2020-2021 School Policies

TRACK 2: REMOTE

While we offer full-time in-person learning for students in Morrow House, families may elect the Remote Track. Remote is not the same as Flex. Remote is a long term, not temporary solution for the 20-21 school year. Families interested in this option, should contact the Division Head.

As educators, we want to be clear that we believe strongly in the evidence that the best learning environment for children is the one provided in person. Children are social creatures and isolation at this age presents real challenges to development. We also acknowledge that children are unique individuals, some of whom may thrive in an online learning environment.

In the Remote Track, parents are an important partner in education, and the commitment for those parents cannot be understated. There are additional technological, space, and support requirements for Remote learning and they should be carefully considered. EMS is committed to supporting our Remote Track students with all the emotional support and intellectual rigor our On-Campus students enjoy, and as much social interaction as we can.

Before you request this track, we urge you to view our “Remote Track Considerations for Families,” which appears below, and is available as a printable PDF. These are the considerations for successful Remote learning.

Is Remote Right for My Child?

Please assess your student's capacity for remote learning using this rubric.

 


 

Chilton House

Guiding Philosophy

As always, Chilton House is committed to offering Early Childhood and Kindergarten programs that are responsive to both children and their families.

In an effort to provide as impactful and engaging a program as possible, Chilton House planned to offer only an On-Campus Track, with a Flex option in short-term quarantine scenarios. Following the release of the EMS re-entry plan, we discovered that there was, in fact, a desire and need for an Early Childhood and Kindergarten Remote Track which would allow our students to benefit from our exemplary program with more flexibility.

**We will be offering a Remote Track to students enrolled in our 3s, 4s and Kindergarten classrooms.

Children in our remote program enjoy a well rounded educational experience that offers:

  1. A dedicated, experienced remote teaching specialist
  2. A responsive, individualized approach that takes into account both student stamina and family schedules
  3. Social interactions and learning with classroom peers
  4. A focus on emotional growth and wellness
  5. Core subjects: math, language, and literacy
  6. Special subjects: science, Spanish, physical education, music, art, and gardening
  7. Synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities
  8. Family support, especially during periods of transition
  9. Access to tech support team

Sample Schedule

Sample Remote Schedule for 3s and 4s

NOTE: "S" means synchronous and "A" means asynchronous. Schedules are subject to change as faculty and staff make modifications to meet the needs of remote learning.

 

Activity

Type of Learning

9:00 - 9:10

Morning Yoga/Stretch

S

9:15 - 9:30

Morning Meeting

S

9:30 - 10:15

Home Project/Activity Based on Unit of Study

A

10:15 - 10:30

Snack

A

10:30 - 11:00

Specials Activity (Science, Art, PE, Spanish, Music, Gardening)

A

11:20 - 11:35

Read Aloud/Discussion

S/A

11:40 - 12:00

Journaling/Fine Motor Work

A

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch/Rest

A

2:00 - 2:30

Work Share/Closing

S

2:30 - 3:30

Open Office Hours/1:1 Meetings/Family Meetings

S

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Sample Remote Schedule for Kindergarten

NOTE: "S" means synchronous and "A" means asynchronous. Schedules are subject to change as faculty and staff make modifications to meet the needs of remote learning.

 

Activity

Type of Learning

8:45 - 9:00

Log on to Morning Meeting/Chat with Friends

S

9:00 - 9:20

Morning Meeting

S

9:20 - 10:00

1:1/Small Group Instruction/Independent Work for Core Academics

S

10:00 - 10:15

Snack

A

10:15 - 11:00

1:1/Small Group Instruction/Independent Work for Core Academics

S

11:00 - 11:30

Brain Break/Movement Activity

A

11:30 - 12:00

Creativity Work

A

12:00 - 12:30

Lunch

A

12:30 - 12:45

Chores/Personal Responsibilities

A

12:45 - 1:15

Rest/Independent Reading

A

1:15 - 2:00

Specials Class (Spanish, Science, Art, Music, PE, Gardening)

A

2:00 - 2:15

Read Aloud

S

2:15 - 2:45

Group Share/Closing Meeting

S

2:45 - 3:45

Open Office Hours/1:1 Meetings/Family Meetings

S

The remote teacher works with each family to ensure that remote schedules are manageable within family structures, as students will require support and participation from an adult.

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Little School

Guiding Philosophy

We seek to continually review our Remote Learning Program for quality and rigor. There are four major standards that we look to in evaluating our program. The policy describes how we regulate participation, adherence to state and federal laws and regulations, and our specifications on teacher evaluation and professional development. Program design covers how we implement our mission statement into the remote learning platforms. Curriculum and instruction describe our alignment to standards, performance goals, pedagogical practices, rigor, personalization, and assessment. Lastly, we evaluate our capacity to include resources availability, management of platforms, stewardship of the Remote Learning Program, and our administration of the program and stakeholders.

The major components of our plan are:

  1. Two designated faculty members to facilitate an online school program
  2. Instructional strategies that are responsive to individual student needs
  3. A blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning
  4. A combination of full group, small group, and 1:1 instruction
  5. Project-based learning
  6. A focus on human connection/emotional wellness
  7. Regular virtual office hours for student and family support

Social Interaction and SEL

In Little School, all of our students, Remote and On-Campus, participate in a daily morning and closing meeting together. These meetings have long been a tradition of Little School, and focus on community and global citizenship.

Our Remote Track students form their own Cohorts and Sections, and as such also form their own social circle, and we, as staff, foster and encourage those connections. Because we recognize that successful remote learning at this age range is fundamentally different in nature from in-person instruction, our Remote Track students do not participate in general classroom activities alongside our Track 1 students, and that was a decision made only after significant research and consideration. The Remote Track parallels On-Campus Track studies, while subscribing to the specific needs of our students at home.

EMS is devoted to developing healthy individuals and our commitment to supporting the SEL needs of students working remotely is a priority. Opportunities to meet in small groups or 1:1 with our Director of Counseling and Wellness are built into the weekly schedule.

The EMS philosophy of knowing every child is just as important in our Remote Track, and we are committed to ensuring that our students and families feel part of the EMS community and supported.

Accountability and Assessment

We seek to review our Remote Learning Program for quality and rigor continually. There are four major standards that we look to in evaluating our program.

  1. Participation, adherence to state and federal laws and regulations, and our specifications on teacher evaluation and professional development.
  2. How we implement our mission statement into the remote learning platforms.
  3. Our alignment to standards, performance goals, pedagogical practices, rigor, personalization, and assessment.
  4. Resources availability, management of platforms, stewardship of the remote learning program, and our administration of the program and stakeholders.

Both our On-Campus and Remote faculty and staff receive professional development on remote learning strategies and technologies, project-based learning, and additional training in developing culturally responsive classrooms to prepare for the upcoming school year.

For the purposes of maintaining our high EMS standards, not only is your Remote student monitored daily by qualified teachers online, they are monitored by a teacher from the On-Campus Track as well, based in the Cohort they'd attend on campus. Weekly check-ins with your child's EMS advisor are a required component of the Remote Track.

Daily Schedule & Academics

We will schedule small group math and reading sessions and writing and social studies classes that parallel the topics in our face-to-face classes. Our Specials curriculum reflects an interdisciplinary, project-based approach. Students engage in hands-on experiences enriched by the collaboration of the Little School STEAM team of educators. Our Remote teachers facilitate and coach students throughout their online experiences including in the area of STEAM. It is our goal to have students in both physical and remote classes collaborate with one another. Music, PE, and instrumental lessons (grades 3 and 4) offer a combination of asynchronous and synchronous instruction.

Asynchronous studies in science, art, library science, technology, and health and wellness supplement the live instruction components. As students experience challenges in their remote learning experience, our remote educators provide individual support by arrangement and through regular help hours.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30

Post Plans

Post Plans

Post Plans

Post Plans

Post Plans

9:00

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

9:30

Math group A

Math group A

Math group A

Math group A

Math group A

9:50

Math group B

Math group B

Math group B

Math group B

Math group B

10:10

Math group C

Math group C

Math group C

Math group C

Math group C

10:30

Brain Break/Snack

Brain Break/Snack

Brain Break/Snack

Brain Break/Snack

Brain Break/Snack

11:00

Language Arts group A

Language Arts group A

Language Arts group A

Language Arts group A

Language Arts group A

11:30

Language Arts group B

Language Arts group B

Language Arts group B

Language Arts group B

Language Arts group B

12:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20

Free time/Recess

Free time/Recess

Free time/Recess

Free time/Recess

Free time/Recess

1:00

Language Lab

Meeting/Social Studies

Language Lab

Meeting/Social Studies

Meeting/Social Studies

2:15

Project- Based Learning

Project- Based Learning

Project- Based Learning

Project- Based Learning

Physical Education

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Specials, PE and Library

Our Specials curriculum reflects an interdisciplinary, project-based approach. Students engage in hands-on experiences enriched by the collaboration of the Little School STEAM team of educators. Our Remote teachers facilitate and coach students throughout their online experiences including in the area of STEAM. It is our goal to have students in both physical and remote classes collaborate with one another. Music, PE, and instrumental lessons (grades 3 and 4) are a combination of asynchronous and synchronous instruction.

Remote Library Science instruction includes a rigorous research program as well as the exploration of different literature genres.

 


 

Morrow House

Guiding Philosophy

In Morrow House, there is great emphasis placed on the development of independence and development of social confidence due to the increased capacity of this age group. With these in mind, we approach Remote learning more flexibly.

Our Remote learners participate in most of the same experiences alongside our On-Campus learners. They follow the same schedule as if they are on campus, participate in class as if they were there in person, and engage with their schoolmates by logging online each day.

Social Interaction and SEL

Maintaining a daily schedule, interacting with peers, and even learning how to engage socially online are all important facets of our students' development. We believe that, after great consideration, this is the best method for students at this age range to learn and develop socially.

The school psychologist is available to our Remote students and families as needed.

Accountability and Assessment

If students experience challenges in their remote learning experience, our Remote educators provide individual support by arrangement and through regular help hours. Our entire EMS staff stands ready to help our Remote students succeed.

Our teachers assess in many ways. Assessments are a form of feedback that helps students improve. They also allow students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have gained. At EMS, our assessments are designed based on the outcomes, or goals, we set for students.

Our assessments take many forms and may include standards-based assessments, growth assessments, and outcome assessments. Assessment formats may vary but can include written, video, and journal responses as formative assessments in addition to tests, projects, and quizzes. Assessments utilize rubrics so that we can accurately measure student progress.

Daily Schedule & Academics

Remote learners follow the same schedule as if they are on campus.

We're modeling a 5-day schedule, based on a Monday-Friday calendar, and have switched from semesters to trimesters to better accommodate co-curricular and Specials. local

Specials, PE and Library

When On Campus students report to PE classes, their Remote counterparts will also take part in activities. These include following a video instruction from our PE staff, or written direction. Students in our Remote Track have their physical activity levels monitored by the Director of Athletics to ensure they remain active.

Our 7th and 8th graders in various athletic programs will utilize recorded videos and written instruction. They use reporting technology to supply our PE staff with data on how they're completing their athletic requirement.Our Morrow House students have access to our librarian for help in locating resources for books. We recommend local libraries, and use of online apps. Students in remote learning fulfill their music requirements by attending remote lessons and according to the requirements set out by the Music Department.