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Remote Learning Information for Students and Parents

This is a resource for students and parents with information on remote learning. We will provide updates regarding process, expectations, digital citizenship, and wellness as we transition as a community. 

Be Prepared for Remote Learning

We are providing a list of guidelines that all students should act on during remote learning.

  • Students' iPads must be in good condition, the operating system and all apps must be fully updated (this is mandatory in order for Canvas to work properly for online learning), students should have the charging brick and cord at home, and students should contact the Help Desk at techissue@stjohnsprep.org with any needs or questions as soon as possible.
  • If you have unreliable internet access at home contact Raisa Carrasco-Velez, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development at 978-774-1050 x485 as soon as possible so we can work together to make a plan for you to get access to your online academic work.
  • All students should download the Hangouts Meet by Google app on their iPads. Teachers may use this tool to conduct extra help sessions or hold online office hours during the time when classes would have been held in person. Middle school students can find it in the Self Service app. High school students can find it in the App Store.
  • Students should be in contact with each teacher about Quarter 3 assignments and should submit all Quarter 3 assignments by Friday, March 20. Quarter 4 will start on Monday, March 23.
  • Start planning your school day remote learning schedule now. One approach is to adhere to the normal class rotation schedule and include breaks for lunch and exercise. Click here for instructions for parents to download your student’s schedule. For others, that schedule might be too rigid. Parents and students should work together to plan a daily schedule and hold to it for the first few days before considering revisions.
Expectations for Remote Learning

These expectations can help students stay on track and stay connected with their teachers and classmates.

  • Our school-wide norm of using the Canvas Calendar to post all assignments on their due dates will remain in place. Students should check the Canvas Calendar daily for assignment updates.
  • Teachers will provide additional information about how to access other resources such as articles, instructional videos, and assignment directions within their particular Canvas course.
  • Students must be in the habit of checking their St. John’s Prep email at least twice per day. It is recommended this be done in the morning and at the end of the school day, at a minimum, and responses to teachers, classmates, and others should occur within 12 to 24 hours of receiving their emails.
  • Students can expect to be assigned 2-3 learning tasks per week in each class. The due dates of these tasks will be scheduled throughout the week, so students can expect to spend time doing some academic work each school day.
  • Teachers will be available to offer assistance via email response, voice conversation, and/or Google Meet video conference. These online meet-ups will happen in the form of scheduled office hours during the time classes would normally meet, or by appointment. If a student is struggling with an assignment, he should email the teacher with his specific questions as soon as possible.
  • The official gradebook record will continue to be maintained by teachers in Veracross.
  • If a student is sick and will not be able to participate in remote learning for the day, parents should notify us by email. In the high school, please email Mrs. Olson for high school absences and Mrs. Michaelsen for middle school absences.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all academic and behavioral expectations in the Student-Parent handbook apply to remote learning.
Digital Citizenship

Since communication will be carried out exclusively online, it is important for all members of the St. John’s Prep community to remain mindful of our digital citizenship norms and guidelines.

  • When completing remote-learning work or when interacting online with teachers and classmates, students should be logged in with their St. John’s Prep credentials (@stjohnsprep.org) at all times. At no time should students use their personal Gmail accounts when engaging in remote learning.
  • Students should write all emails, discussion posts, and other online communications in a professional tone. For emails student should:
    • Double-check that the email is being sent from a @stjohnsprep.org account
    • Remember to add a subject line relevant to the content of the message
    • Open with a greeting
    • Keep the message brief, clear and positive
    • End with a closing salutation
    • Teachers will do the same in their responses
  • When participating in Google Hangouts Meet video office hours, students should:
    • Be sure you are joining from your St. John’s Prep Google account and not a personal Google account.
    • While you are not required to be in dress code, you should be dressed appropriately.
    • Use earbuds to avoid extraneous noise. If there is a group of more than 5 in the Google Meet, be sure to keep your sound muted when you are not talking.
    • Set yourself up to look straight on to the camera.
    • Your background should be appropriate for a classroom setting. A blank background is best to avoid distractions for those who can view your video.
  • All teacher-provided materials, including videos, screenshots, and other media, may not be captured, saved, edited or shared on social media, via text message, or other electronic means without their express permission.
  • Parents should continue to use email to contact teachers, school counselors, and learning coaches with questions.
Webinars

Virtual Town Halls Recordings and Q&A
Monday, March 16

Webinar Recordings
Friday, March 20

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