The Covid-19 impact on our schools and communities is rapidly changing by the minute.  While, we cannot control what is out of our hands, but, we can control our reactions to it.  With every challenge, comes new possibilities. With every possibility, comes hope.

Together, we can make a difference and overcome any obstacles that come our way, as long as we have love in our hearts.  In the words of Amit Ray, “In every crisis, doubt or confusion, take the higher path — the path of compassion, courage, understanding, and love.”

Absenteeism

What if my child is not feeling well or cannot attend class? What is the procedure for reporting absences?

Students are still expected to attend class; however, they will be joining the class through our web-conferencing tool, Zoom. If your child is not feeling well, please send an email to attendance@monticelloacademy.org to report it.

Social Distancing and Learning

How does the school recommend our children practice social distancing while learning at home?  Can we still reach out to Nurse Nancy?

Continue to follow the recommendations from trusted organizations such as the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, California Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.  Our school nurse, Ms. Nancy continues to be available if you have any questions.  You can reach her at nnguyen@monticelloacademy.org.

Communication Procedures with Distance Learning

How do I contact the school?  Can I still call?  How do I schedule meetings with the administration or teachers?

The best way to contact a teacher or administrator is to email them directly so that they can schedule a call or web-conference session with you.  You may also call the school directly at (408) 615-9416 where we will be available to answer your call Monday-Friday from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Schedules, Calendar, and Class Links

The elementary and middle school schedules have been adjusted to better accommodate distance learning.  You can find those by clicking the links below. You will also receive a Loopmail for the join link and ID for each of your child’s classes.  For privacy reasons, these will not be published publicly. 

General Advice for Success in Distance Learning

We recommend creating a special work area for your child to study in which includes school materials such as pencils, notebooks, etc. that is free of distractions.  Staying consistent with a daily routine to get ready for school is very helpful to our learners as well. 

Computer Applications and other Helpful Apps

We recommend that students have a dedicated device to use while in school.  Middle school students should use their Chromebooks when completing work or learning activities.  An iPad or tablet is also a great way to connect during your learning sessions.  The primary tools that will be used during our distance learning period will be Zoom and possibly Google Hangouts (if needed).  

Technical Support

What to do if you can’t connect to a teacher’s web conference session? What if my child forgot their password?

If you need technical assistance, you can contact our Technology and Innovation department by emailing tech@monticelloacademy.org where one of our awesome members of the Technology and Innovation Department will assist you. 

Articles and Updates

Santa Clara County Public Health

California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Q&A

I’m worried about the screen time with my child? 

There is a difference between active screen time and passive screen time.  Just staring at the screen, watching videos, or typing and staring the entire time is much different than collaborating with your peers, engaging in meaningful discussions, or participating in physical activity in your home while your teacher is available to guide and support you.  Our goal is to create authentic learning experiences for the children by combining the best pedagogical practices with learning at home.  Our teachers will be there to guide and support your child and to help them demonstrate healthy habits while learning in the digital classroom.

 

Do I need to sit there with my child the entire time? 

If you have a younger child, they may need some help getting started; such as clicking the link to start the Zoom session or opening a resource.  Our teachers will do their best to accommodate you and make it as easy as possible.  We encourage the children to be as independent as possible.  If you are experiencing any challenges, just let us know and we’ll be happy to provide guidance and support.

 

Do I need to purchase anything? What kind of device can I use? 

We recommend a device such as a Chromebook for upper elementary and middle school students while lower elementary students can use a device such as an iPad or tablet to join.  At the end of the day, any device that can connect to the web will do.

 

If you decide to use an iPad or Android tablet, we recommend installing the Zoom app from your App Store.  However, Chromebooks and laptops will do fine by connecting via the web browser.

 

I don’t have a device at home for my child to use. What should I do? 

Contact tech@monticelloacademy.org so that we can assist you.

 

What is we have multiple users in web-conferences at home?  Will our bandwidth be enough?

Most web conferencing sessions will require somewhere between 0.5-1.5 Mbps.  Most basic packages are well over this amount and can handle multiple devices streaming.  

 

What about textbooks? My child didn’t bring theirs home. 

Due to social distancing, the Administration will generate a material pick-up schedule starting Monday, March 30.  Each class will be assigned a time for material pick-up. If you are not able lto come at the designated time, you will need to make an appointment.

 

My child is too young, we can’t turn things in online. How will this work? 

Your child’s teacher will use the best possible method to submit your child’s work based on age level.  Our goal is to provide simple options during these challenging times.  Your child’s teacher will inform you of their expectations and options for submitting work during this distance learning period.

 

What if Wi-Fi goes out? 

If you experience wi-fi issues at home, please email the teacher to let them know as soon as you’re back up and running.  You can also contact the school at (408) 615-9416 to get a message to the teacher if needed.

 

Will my child still be required to wear their uniform? 

Yes, students are expected to wear their school uniform tops during classes, Monday-Thursday (Friday will continue to be a free-dress period).  Students need to continue their routine in the morning to get ready for school.  Doing so will help them prepare mentally for the learning day ahead.

 

How will this affect the school calendar? 

The school calendar will remain relatively the same.   If shelter-at-home is still in place, your teachers will schedule web-conference meetings with you instead of meeting face-to-face during the parent/teacher conference week.

Many school events will be canceled during this time.  

How do I schedule meetings with the teachers? 

Email your teacher directly to schedule meetings with them.  They will schedule a phone call or web conference.

What are the teacher’s expectations? Assessments? Helping their child? 

If your child has a test or quiz to complete at home, the teachers will trust that they are not receiving extra help to answer questions during this independent time.  We expect that the students and parents will apply ethical practices when completing and submitting student work.

What is my role in this as a parent? 

Be supportive of your child.  Be positive and work with your teachers and the school.  Our goal is to provide the best learning experience for your child.  You will have the best experience if you work in tandem with your child’s teachers and help ensure that distance learning will be a success!  We’re all in this together!