Letter to the Parents of NDCA – April 2, 2020

April, 2, 2020

Dear Families, 

As remote learning becomes part of the fabric of our current reality, it is important to create structures and expectations, which help all involved, succeed and stay healthy and sane.  To that end, as we come to the close of the 3rd week of providing teaching and student learning experiences from our homes, it is important to establish schedules, but also allow for the schedule to change…

The expectations of students, and the demands of the educational community are changing radically during this COVID-19 crisis; necessarily, the role of the teacher is changing as well.  It is important as we continue with distance learning that faculty have the opportunity to participate in professional learning workshops, seminars and planning sessions.    

Effective Friday, April 3, 2020, a proposal has been developed to make some shifts in the instructional week.  Moving forward, students will continue to complete all assigned work tasks, projects and activities.  Teachers will have the opportunity on Fridays for:

Student Assessment:   to be able to maintain and review student work/videos/photos uploaded to the Google Classroom and provide feedback in writing or by video.

Parent Outreach: to be able to contact and communicate with families the academic progress of their child(ren).

Planning/Networking: to have a designated time to devote to planning lessons and learning activities, and to be able to collaborate with colleagues remotely using technology tools (such as: Zoom, Microsoft Teams conference, Google Classroom).

Professional Development: to be able to receive further professional development.

Please note that this new model being implemented allows for students to use Friday’s as a time to “catch up (K-3) and complete (K-8)” previously assigned tasks, activities and projects, and others to work on enrichment activities (K-8).  Friday’s are not to be seen as a day off.  The expectation is for students to continue their studies.  Student attendance will continue to be taken on Friday’s. The teachers will not be having Zoom meetings on Fridays. 

We continue to thank you for being partners with us during these difficult times and wish God’s continued blessing over you and your loved ones.

Stay Safe,

Jennifer DiLorenzo

 

Parent Letter 04-02-2020