March 16, 2020
Thank you for your patience, cooperation and encouragement in this time of ongoing transitions as we adjust to life with COVID – 19. We will continue to communicate with you as frequently as the need dictates. That may include email communications, social media and our webpage.
Feel free to contact your student’s teachers if you have questions about curriculum and the school office if you have other questions.
Over the next two days, our teachers will be introducing our students to online learning. They will talk with our students about using their email addresses, make sure the student passwords are accurate, and know how to login to Google Classroom and/or other platforms that the teachers may use.
Please know that each student will need a device for online learning. This device should have a keyboard attached. The students will need a camera too, but that could be on a smartphone, iPad or tablet. We will be checking with students and parents to determine which students will need a Chromebook owned by MVL. There will be a user agreement that we will ask parents and students to sign to cover each device. That information will be forthcoming.
Students should plan to take their books home over the next several days. They will need them for their classes.
• When will online classes start?
o Our students who take PSEO or ALHS Online classes should defer to the instructors of those classes. We have been told that ALHS Online classes will continue throughout this pause in the school year.
o We are considering starting AP classes as soon as Monday, March 23. Our teachers of those classes feel that they will be ready to start online instruction by Monday, March 23. A confirmation of the actual starting date will be sent out later in the week.
o We may start online instruction for all remaining classes as early as Thursday, March 26 or as late as Monday, March 30. That decision will not be made until early next week and will be dependent on the readiness of the faculty to begin instruction.
• When will face to face instruction begin again?
o We don’t know when that time will be. We can hope and pray that it comes soon, but we want to keep everyone’s safety in mind. During this pause, we will remain in contact with state and local officials who will provide leadership.
As part of the planning process, our teachers will be discussing how we can best help our students with ISP or SAP plans.
Our faculty will also address ways in which we can offer spiritual encouragement and guidance as part of our online instruction through video devotionals or other opportunities for spiritual growth.
Those students who are eligible to receive free and reduced lunches can get food packages from our food service before they leave on Tuesday.
If you are providing care for younger children during class days, whether your siblings or other families, please let your teacher be aware of that. You may have things that come up during the day that prevent you from being with the class or present during attendance time. We want you to volunteer and to be helpful, but you are still accountable. If you have any issues or questions, ask.
Here are some suggestions to share with students on online learning:
Online Learning Study Tips