Due to the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19, Cape Cod Academy will implement a distance learning program effective next week. School leaders, along with members of our Board of Trustees, have been discussing this program in depth for several weeks as the COVID-19 concerns have escalated.
In anticipation of extended school closings, our staff and faculty have put many hours into developing a comprehensive learning program that can be implemented remotely and ensures accountability for students, teachers, and supporting staff. A comprehensive distance learning guidance document for families and students, outlining the program and expectations, will be shared electronically next week. Obviously, the distance learning plan is different for each division, and the document will provide you with the necessary details. A snapshot of the guidelines and expectations can be found at the end of this letter.
I have spoken to the middle and upper school students today to bring them up to date. Lower school teachers communicated the message to their students in their classroom groups. We are helping the students to gather all their books and appropriate material today so they have what they need while at home. If a child forgets something at school, please contact me or his or her teacher. We are happy to make the proper arrangements so that all students have what they need to be successful.
We will begin to implement this program next week. There is no school on Monday, March 16, and we will postpone the lower school parent-teacher conferences that were planned for that day. Monday will be used to support teachers as they finalize their distance learning plans. Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, Cape Cod Academy will be closed and distance learning will begin. School will remain closed until further notice. There will be no extra-curricular activities for our students taking place at school until further notice.
During this time of uncertainty, I am confident that Cape Cod Academy can deliver the exceptional educational experience you have come to expect while balancing the weight of the safety concerns we are experiencing. I realize that keeping students home represents a tremendous challenge for many families, but our goal as a community is to contain the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to clean and sanitize the school while it is closed for classes and closely communicate and work together as we get through this unprecedented time.
As I have said before, the health and well-being of our students, families, and staff remain our highest priority. We will continue to closely monitor this changing situation, and I will keep you updated as new information becomes available. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Distance Learning Guidelines and Overview
Guidelines: According to Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC), effective e-learning must include:
1) Internet Access & Platform Experience: Students and teachers know how to use our LMS and digital resources for learning from off campus.
2) Instructor Access: Teachers will be directly accessible to students and parents to facilitate and support instruction.
3) Learning Targets: All of our students will be informed of their learning targets, goals, and assignments for each day by 8:00 a.m.
4) Work Continuity and Measurement: Student work will cover content that would have been addressed if school were in session in a traditional setting, and students will demonstrate time on task and/or equivalent learning growth.
5) Accommodation Support: Students who have accommodations for instruction will have access to those accommodations, including appropriate educational materials and learning activities per the student’s Individual Learning Plan. Contact the learning specialist when needed.
: The school counselor will be available remotely. Contact her at Tel: 773-836-9551. The college counseling office will also be available. Contact via email at email@example.com
A Snapshot of Distance Learning Across the Divisions at Cape Cod Academy
Each weekday, students will log in to the CCA website. Lower school students will open the class page for their homeroom teacher. Middle and upper school students will open the class page for each class that meets on that day. Students will read/open a Morning Message (video, audio, or written) from their teacher that presents the concepts and work for that day, along with the assignments that students need to complete.
Teachers from all divisions will be available each day for instructional support, questions, help, and feedback during posted office hours. Students will spend each day engaging in and completing work for their classes. Work will be submitted according to teacher specifications. For some classes, students will submit work daily, and for others, students will submit according to project or assigned work guidelines as determined by the teacher.
Teachers will correct and comment on student work, providing feedback and assistance as needed. Teachers will also generate quizzes and other assessments for students. Classes such as MS Workshop, Seminars, and Wellness will not post regular assignments. Specials and elective classes that include Art, Music, PE, lower school Spanish, and Science will have class work for students to complete during distance learning. Spring seminars for both middle and upper school students will begin in a few weeks.