*Updated September 2020
In accordance with our COVID-19 Response Plan, The Summit may move individual grade levels, divisions, or all classes to Distance Learning to preserve the health, wellness, and safety of our Summit community. Faculty and administration have been planning and preparing since Spring 2020 to ensure a successful transition.
Please see the following highlights of our Distance Learning Plan:
- Expanded synchronous learning opportunities for all grade levels with their teacher(s)
- Addition of small group learning opportunities with classroom teachers
- Extended Specials instruction (synchronous and asynchronous)
- Streamlined platforms for sharing classroom communications, assignments, and activities
- Supplementary parent resources on facilitating learning at home with suggested times for lessons and activities
- Increased focus on social-emotional well-being during class meetings and advisory
- Continued tech support for students, families, and faculty via firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue to check this page for important updates on re-entry and for more information on our FAQs and Guidelines (see below). The Summit has developed a master schedule of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for each grade. Please check your email for communication from your child(ren)’s classroom teacher or grade level mentor for more specific information on how to access the master schedule and where to access learning activities for each day.
For questions on your child(ren)’s assignments or learning progress or to schedule a 1-1 video conference, please contact your classroom teacher or grade level mentor at their school email address. Contact information can be found in the Family Directory.
For all other questions, please contact administration at email@example.com.
Distance Learning Guidelines for Summit Students & Families
Updated September 2020
With campus closed, we will be implementing our Distance Learning Plan. Teachers will use a variety of communication forms (email, blog, Google Classroom, Google Meet, Zoom, Remind App, etc.), as appropriate for students’ age level(s), to communicate with students and families. While instructional delivery methods will differ from the classroom learning environment, we will continue to uphold our high expectations in executing the best possible virtual learning environment.
- Students should have access to a Chromebook or other computing device and the internet.
- Students and/or families should check their email, class blog, and/or other specified online platforms daily.
- Students and/or families should email teachers for classroom and content-related questions.
- Teachers will generally be available for questions via email or other specified online platforms during normal school hours (8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).
- Student participation and progress will be monitored by classroom and Specials teachers.
- Students are strongly encouraged to participate in all synchronous (LIVE) learning opportunities*
- When possible, students should participate in daily class meetings and/or advisory
Students are expected to complete home learning opportunities provided by faculty to obtain course credit and assure grade level advancement. Progress reports will include a narrative evaluation to reflect learning progress in periods of Distance Learning.
Faculty and staff are committed to working with students and families to accomplish our goals. With the implementation of these guidelines, we recognize the need for flexibility as students, families, faculty, and staff adjust to alternate learning plans. Please join us in keeping lines of communication open and adapting as necessary as we move forward together. Please reach out to your classroom teacher or the guidance counselor directly for additional academic or social-emotional support. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact administrative staff for guidance and support.
*Due to the interactive nature of synchronous learning opportunities, these sessions cannot be replicated through a recording or alternate activity. Participation is strongly encouraged.
Distance Learning Frequently Asked Questions
Updated September 2020
Who do I contact if I have a question during Distance Learning?
Administration continues to work remotely and remains available via email from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For general inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For tech assistance, please contact email@example.com. If you have a question specific to your child, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher or mentor.
How will my child receive learning support and/or counseling support?
The Summit’s Distance Learning Plan includes resources for learning support and counseling support. Support will vary case-by-case depending on each child’s specific needs. For more information, please contact your child’s classroom teacher or mentor, or The Summit’s Guidance Counselor, Becky Breckner, LPC.
What is the type and frequency of communication that I can expect to receive from The Summit?
Early Learners & Lower School
- Teachers will offer daily class meetings and synchronous learning opportunities with their students via Zoom in grades Early Learners-5
- Teachers will provide a weekly schedule including daily content area expectations and synchronous learning opportunities
- Teachers will communicate activities and assignments by email, Google Classroom, and/or classroom blogs for grades Early Learners-5
- Specials teachers will meet with students via email, Google Classroom, Zoom, and/or classroom blogs for grades Early Learners-5
- Teachers will provide a weekly schedule and post subsequent assignments in Google Classroom for grades 6-12
- Students will meet weekly for advisory via Zoom or Google Meet for grades 6-12
- Specials teachers will meet with students via email, Google Classroom, Zoom, Google Meet, and/or classroom blogs for grades 6-12
- Upper School teachers will hold remote open office hours for students in grades 6-12
Please note: Office hours are designated times for students to communicate with their teachers and ask questions in an open forum. Parents wishing to meet with a teacher should email that teacher directly to schedule an individual conference.
What materials will my child(ren) need for Distance Learning?
Students will need access to basic, age-appropriate school supplies. Students will need to have a Chromebook or other computer device and access to the internet for their student email, Google Classroom, and other online learning and videoconferencing platforms. Learning activities will be provided electronically by your child(ren)’s classroom teacher(s). At times, printing may be required. If additional physical materials are needed, that your family does not have access to, please contact your classroom teacher for alternatives.
What if technology help is needed during Distance Learning?
Families needing tech assistance should email administration at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tech help will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What is Google Classroom and how do parents interact with this application?
Google Classroom, a web-based learning environment, is frequently used by Summit students in upper elementary and beyond. Summit faculty in grades three through high school will be using Google Classroom during distance learning. When logged into Google Classroom, students are able to collaborate with peers and teachers, view class announcements, access posted class/course content, and submit work. Only authorized students, teachers, and staff members have access to Google Classroom. Google users outside The Summit network are not granted permission to any Classroom. Although Google Classroom is intended for student and teacher interaction, parents/guardians may access in the following ways:
- Parents/guardians may connect with their student to login and view Google Classroom from the student’s vantage point by clicking this link https://classroom.google.com and having the student login with their username and password.
- All student activity in Classroom is documented under student login and accessible to classroom teachers.
- Parents/guardians will receive and may accept an email invitation from faculty to receive email summaries. Receipt and acceptance of one invitation will allow parents/guardians access to all student classes. Invitations expire within 120 days.
- Upon accepting the invitation, parents/guardians may select email frequency (daily/weekly).
- Parents/guardians can unsubscribe to remove themselves from Google Classroom at any time.
- Email summaries will include missing work (work that’s late at the time the email was sent), upcoming work (work due today and tomorrow for daily emails or work due in the coming week for weekly emails), and class activity (announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers). Parents seeking additional information or clarification should email teachers directly.
- While students are encouraged to communicate with their teachers via Classroom or email, parents should use their personal email when communicating with teachers.
Additional information can be accessed at Classroom email summaries for guardians – Classroom Help and Guardian email summaries FAQ – Classroom Help.
What is the attendance policy during Distance Learning?
Teachers will be tracking student engagement. Students who are not participating in class meetings, advisory, whole or small group instruction, turning in required assignments, or otherwise engaging with the provided content will be first contacted by their classroom teacher. If participation does not improve, administration will contact parents, followed by the guidance counselor, and in cases of extreme absenteeism, a conference may be scheduled with the Head of School.
Early Learner attendance will be measured by participation in class meetings, engagement with teacher provided activities, and parent communication.
Lower School attendance will be measured by participation in class meetings, participating in synchronous learning opportunities, engagement with teacher provided activities, completion and submission of required assignments, and parent communication.
Upper School attendance will be measured by participation in synchronous learning opportunities, advisory, and office hours, completion and submission of required assignments, student-teacher communication, and when applicable, parent communication.
How can I support my child during Distance Learning?
The Summit understands that a shift to Distance Learning will require students and families to make adjustments. A continued partnership with parents and guardians is a vital part of ensuring success. Teachers and administration are all available to support and guide students (and parents) should they need help. Below are some guidelines to help students achieve success with distance learning.
Establish a Regular Schedule for Your Child & Stay Engaged with Their Learning
As The Summit transitions to Distance Learning, it will be important for adults to help students establish and maintain a routine and structure for their day, beginning with a regular sleep schedule. While some of our students may want to stay up late and sleep in, establishing a regular routine will help retain a sense of normalcy. Check in with your child periodically throughout the day to ensure your child is successfully engaging in distance learning. The Summit has outlined guidelines (see above) to help students and parents establish a Distance Learning routine. For additional support, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher or mentor.
Students may need assistance with time management as they adapt to new schedules and routines. Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher or grade level mentor for guidance on suggested schedules, required assignments, and student progress.
Create a Study Space for Your Child
Productive learning relies on a conducive environment. We recommend that you create a separate, quiet space in your home for your child to study, such as an open area in the family living space (kitchen table, dining room, etc.) to avoid isolating your child and to allow you to monitor your child’s learning and screen activity. A room with strong wireless connection, if available, will also be important.
Stay in Communication with Your Child’s Teachers
Your child’s teachers will maintain regular communication. The frequency of the communications will depend on your child’s age, developmental stage, and level of independence. Please see the What is the type and frequency of communication that I can expect to receive from The Summit? section of this document for more information about specific communication plans for your child’s grade level. For additional support, please contact your child’s classroom teacher, mentor, or school administration.
Wellness: Encourage Physical Activity and Movement and Monitor Student Stress
Physical movement and exercise are vital to maintaining physical and mental health, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving concentration and focus for more effective learning and retention. Parents should reach out to the guidance counselor for advice as needed to manage stress for both students and families. The health and wellness of our students is of the utmost importance to us, and students will continue to participate in physical education activities. Breaks, off-screen time, and physical activity are all encouraged as part of The Summit’s Distance Learning Plan.
Help your Child Maintain Social Contact with Peers
It will be very important for your child to maintain communication with their friends and peers during Distance Learning. Encourage your child to interact with friends through Facetime, phone conversations, or by writing letters. Social interactions, such as virtual lunch buddies or study groups, will help your child stay connected and feel a part of the school community.
Update as of June 1, 2020: We hope you’re all enjoying a nice start to summer break! On behalf of all Summit faculty, administration, and board members, we want to say thank you, again, to our Summit community for your patience and resilience during these unprecedented times. The Strategic Planning Committee, Crisis Management Team, Leadership Team, and administration are currently engaged in scenario planning for the 2020-2021 school year while closely monitoring the latest developments and safety recommendations related to COVID-19. We will continue to keep you informed over the summer months as re-entry plans are made regarding the start of school as well as Camp Raven sessions for July.