In the event it becomes necessary to close the physical campus due to COVID, MVCA will shift to a virtual learning environment in which we continue to:
- Support each student’s academic progress and learning.
- Provide consistent support and communication to students and families.
- Encourage each student’s social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
HOW WILL INSTRUCTION AND COMMUNICATION HAPPEN?
- Learning platform will be Google Classroom accessed using school-provided email account.
- Lesson plans, assignments, and materials posted each Saturday for the following week.
- Google Meet will be used for real-time interaction or meetings.
- Teachers will publish office hours for daily contact, including some evening hours.
- Outside of these hours, teachers will respond to other inquiries within 24 hours.
WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC AND TIME EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS?
- Learning and standards will continue. Academic work and attendance will be required.
- Amount of work is adjusted for at-home learning, not performance expectations.
- Grading requirements will be maintained as normal (though activities will be adjusted).
- Teachers have worked together to create grade-specific learning plans appropriate to the age and develop-mental needs of their students. Each class will follow these grade-level plans.
- At-home virtual learning requires more time and emotional energy, so we plan for fewer hours in the week. Onaverage, elementary should expect a range from about 8 hours per week for K5/1st up to 12-15 for 5th grade. Because they are more independent, middle school students should expect about 20 hours of work per week.
WILL MY CHILD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT ONLINE WITH THEIR TEACHER OR CLASSMATES?
- Yes! Personal interaction is essential to the wellbeing of students in a virtual learning model.
- Every class will provide weekly opportunities for both real-time connections to teacher and classmates.
- Schedule and frequency will vary from grade to grade according with the learning plans for those grades.
HOW WILL WE TRANSITION INTO VIRTUAL LEARNING IF NECESSARY?
- Needed books, workbooks, and other materials will be sent home with each student.
- 1st week as Virtual Spirit Week to allow for preparation and technology training; no instructional activity
- Notification and setup of school email addresses used for accessing Google Classroom platform.
- Orientation to online learning, introduction of grade-specific plans, and technology training on how to use Google Classroom and Google Meet.