Distance Learning Plan
Alert and Notification Procedures
Email updates from Head of School
App Notifications to all community members
Signs posted on all main access points to campus
Notice on the school website and emails from principals and teachers
Designing the Learning Experience
At the core of LCA’s approach to distance learning is the belief that we should think differently about our priorities when responding to challenging circumstances, and we should embrace new opportunities for students to learn in authentic, meaningful ways.
LCA’s approach to distance learning begins with the assertion that the learning experiences teachers design when school is in regular session cannot be simply replicated through distance learning. In particular, the invaluable social interactions and mediation that occurs naturally among students and between teachers and students cannot be recreated in the same way.
LCA deliberately uses the term distance learning rather than technology-specific labels such as “virtual learning,” “e-learning,” or “online classes.” This choice reflects our conviction that quality learning can occur at a distance without solely relying on computers. LCA’s goal is for students to read, communicate, and engage in authentic learning experiences, while continuing to be physically active.
Divisional Distance Learning Plans
Click on the buttons below to access the Distance Learning Plans by division.
Guidelines for Parents
The transition to distance learning will be challenging for families. Parents will need to think differently about how to support their children; how to create structures and routines that allow their children to be successful; and how to monitor and support their children’s learning. Some students will thrive with distance learning, while others may struggle. The guidelines provided below are intended to help parents think about what they can do to help their children find success in a distance learning environment.
Establish routine and Expectations
From the first day LCA implements its Distance Learning Plan, parents need to establish routines and expectations. LCA encourages parents to set regular hours for their children’s school work. We suggest students begin their studies at 9:00 am. Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children and expect the same from your Middle School and Upper School children, too. Your children should move regularly and take periodic breaks as they study. It is important that parents set these expectations for how their children will spend their days starting as soon as distance learning is implemented, not several days later after it becomes apparent a child is struggling with the absence of routine.
Define the physical space for your child’s study
Monitor communications from your children’s teachers
Begin and end each day with a check-in
Take an active role in helping your children process and own their learning
Establish times for quiet and reflection
Encourage physical activity and/or exercise
Remain mindful of your child’s stress or worry
Monitor how much time your child is spending online
Keep your children social, but set rules around their social media interactions
Student’s Roles & Responsibilities
- Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences (e.g. 9:00 am start)
- Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully
- Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work
- Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support
- Collaborate and support your peers in their learning
- Proactively seek out and communicate with other adults at LCA as different needs arise (see above)