We are grateful for the many blessings that God has been showering upon our school this fall:
Our students have demonstrated tremendous perseverance and patience as their teachers have utilized new technologies and teaching strategies.
Parents have demonstrated their support by offering encouragement and sharing constructive feedback.
Teachers have exhibited expanded ranges of expertise, flexibility, and stamina in working to overcome the limitations of digital resources while finding new ways to enrich their lessons and reach remote learners.
What was initially unfamiliar is becoming routine, and where we had experienced intermittent outages we are now reaching stability.
As we assess learning outcomes to date, we recognize a number of challenges that could threaten student success if not addressed:
Students tell us it is challenging to comprehend concepts and engage in lessons when learning online.
Teachers share that it is challenging to engage students in discussion and to assess their understanding of lesson concepts when students are learning online.
Recordings of classroom lessons demonstrate that online learners often have their camera off or pointed at the ceiling with only their forehead or hairline visible to the teacher. In some cases, teachers cannot verify whether the student is actually seated at their computer.
Teachers lament that instructional time is lost when asking online students to respond to questions and hearing nothing but silence in return.
To strengthen academic achievement and to foster relationships within the online learning environment, we share the following new or reaffirmed expectations that go into effect immediately.
Online students are expected to ask questions as a way of seeking assistance from the teacher when they do not understand lesson concepts.
Students must have their camera on with their entire face visible to the teacher at all times while participating in class online.
Students must maintain their speaker volume at a level where they can hear instruction and teachers’ questions (consider using earbuds or headphones).
Students are expected to respond to questions and participate in discussions while learning online.
Experiencing technical difficulties does not release a student from the responsibilities of attending class and completing assignments. Students are expected to email email@example.com or call 414-867-6162 immediately if they experience unresolved technical issues.
Refusal to comply with the above expectations may result in behavior infractions which can also lead to disciplinary action such as suspension or expulsion.
A student may be marked absent for failing to respond to the teacher, even if they connected with the video call and spoke with the teacher at the beginning of the period.
A student who disputes a behavior infraction for being virtually inattentive due to technical difficulties must email their teacher and copy firstname.lastname@example.org.
The academic detention system is being reinstated for all students whether learning in-person or online. Students will receive an academic demerit when they have accrued five or more missing assignments at the end of any week. While online students do not sit for detention, they do receive demerits. After five demerits, a student is suspended and a parent meeting is required to discuss continued enrollment.
Respond to student and parent emails or phone calls in a timely manner—within 24 hours.
Make recordings of class sessions available via email or onCampus to assist students who may have been unable to attend class; help students understand the value of this resource in answering questions about the lesson.
Correct and score student work in a timely manner, regularly posting grades in onCampus.
Not necessarily. These could be symptoms of the common cold, the flu, or perhaps your student has a history of allergies, and you are familiar with seasonal symptoms. Or, your student ate something that did not agree. While these symptoms can indicate a COVID infection, they might be markers of some other illness that does not require lengthy quarantine. Of the symptoms listed, loss of taste and/or smell may be more COVID infection specific.
The student should not come to school. Call the attendance office and report the absence. If your student is an online learner or on a virtual day and is not feeling well enough to join classes remotely, please call attendance and report the virtual absence.
We require that a student who has a symptom or symptoms stay home for at least two days in most situations. The student should be fever-free/symptom free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication at which point the parent/guardian will contact the attendance office to gain approval to return the next school day.
For example, a student wakes up with a fever above 100.4 F on Monday morning. The student does not attend school. At 2:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, the fever breaks and the student rests well that night. On Tuesday morning, the student has no fever nor did the student take any medication the night before. The parent/guardian should then contact the attendance office to gain approval to return to school Wednesday.
As long as the symptoms persist, the student should not be in school. Again, a 24-hour fever-free period without medication as well as improvement in other symptoms and approval from the attendance office is necessary before returning to school.
If symptoms persist, parents will need to make a judgement about when and if to make contact with their health care provider. They are in the best position to prescribe treatment for the symptoms and determine whether a COVID test is advisable.
He may return to school as soon as he/she has been without a fever and generally felt well for a 24-hour period during which he took no medication to relieve symptoms and has been granted approval by the attendance office.
a person is within six feet of a person who has a confirmed case of COVID for a total of fifteen minutes or more,
a person cares at home for a person who is sick with COVID,
a person has direct physical contact with an infected person (e.g. hugging or kissing),
a person shares eating or drinking utensils with an infected person,
an infected person has sneezed, coughed or in some other way expelled respiratory droplets on another person.
The parent/guardian should notify the attendance office. The student should stay home for 14 days after the last contact with the infected person. Watch for COVID symptoms in the exposed student and isolate the exposed person in the home as much as possible.
The student may return to school after the student has completed the 14-day quarantine period noted above and has had no symptoms for a 24-hour period without medication and has been given approval by the attendance office.
Yes. Teachers send the Go Guardian invite to all students each period, so even if the student is not an online learner, the student can join remotely. The goal is to minimize any lack of academic progress.
Meal Service Opt in for Semester I is Currently Closed.
For students that have chosen virtual learning, or on the day face-to-face students are in virtual learning, families can opt-in for meal pick up for both breakfast and lunch. Click here to register for this food service option for first semester. Pricing for all meals will apply based on free, reduced or paid status.
For other meal location pickups in Milwaukee click here.