As we enter week 3 of our Distance learning Plan, I wanted to provide you with an update on a few important matters ... I hope our Distance Learning Program is going well for your family. My team and I are available to answer any questions as we learn remotely together.
Distance Learning Plan
Wichita Collegiate School’s approach to distance learning is centered on 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. We use the term distance learning deliberately and in lieu of technology-specific terms such as “e-learning” or “online courses” to reflect our conviction that quality learning can occur at a distance without solely relying on computers. Our approach to distance learning seeks, to the greatest extent possible, to ensure that students maintain connections with each other and with their teachers as well as engage in authentic learning experiences across all disciplines. Although distance learning will never replace the direct contact students have with their teachers and peers as members of a caring, inclusive campus community, it will allow students to continue to progress in their studies and to nurture relationships with friends and trusted adults.
As we begin Week 2 of our Distance Learning Program, I want to thank all of you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we work though this uncharted territory together.
Everyone at our School has jumped in full force, and I am grateful for the hard work they have put in to create an intentional and thoughtful Distance Learning Plan so quickly. Our Distance Learning Plan begins tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th.
Since my last communication on March 17, our team has done an amazing job of preparing our Distance Learning Plan for next week. This communication serves to provide you some information on what you can expect in the coming days.
I wanted to update you today as I am sure many of you have heard the news that Governor Kelly has made the decision today to close all Kansas public schools for the rest of the semester. Decisions about the impact of COVID-19 seem to be being taken with ever increasing speed and scope.
- How can I support my child(ren) during the Distance Learning Plan?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Resource Links for COVID-19
- Distance Learning Resources
When will campus re-open?
Currently, WCS is monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis. Distance Learning will be offered remotely beginning Tuesday, March 24, through the foreseeable future. The Senior Leadership Team will evaluate the re-opening of campus on an on-going basis while monitoring CDC, state, and local government guidelines.
Whom do I contact if I have a question during Distance Learning?
If you have a question specific to your child, please reach out to your child’s teacher or advisor. Please direct questions about Distance Learning in a particular division to the appropriate division head.
- Early Childhood Division Head, Becky O’Hearn firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lower School Division Head, Lindsey Noble email@example.com
- Middle School Division Head, Ann Rai firstname.lastname@example.org
- Upper School Division Head, Chris Ashbrook email@example.com
What is the status for WCS events and field trips?
Rescheduling of field trips and events will be reviewed case by case and will depend on the length of time our campus is closed and health guidelines. All are cancelled though April 3rd at this time.
How will distance learning work for students?
Visit the Collegiate Website page devoted to our COVID-19 response to find out what learning looks like at WCS in each division.
Will my child be on a screen all day long?
Absolutely not. The amount of screen time will vary by the child’s age and grade. Our expert teaching faculty have designed a distance learning plan that is developmentally appropriate. Breaks, off-screen time, wellness, physical activity, and advisory meetings are all part of the Distance Learning Plan for our students.
How will my child receive learning support and/or counseling support?
The WCS Distance Learning Plan includes plans for learning support and counseling support. Support will vary case by case depending on each child’s specific needs. Counselors will be available by email to support students and/or families:
- Early Childhood and Lower School Counselor, Jennifer Hearne firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle School Counselor, Heidi Holton email@example.com
- Upper School Counselor, Shanna Ahmad firstname.lastname@example.org
What can my family or WCS community members do to help those in need?
After Distance Learning begins, we will turn some of our focus to the WCS and greater Wichita community. A number of our faculty and parents are working on plans to focus on the needs of our WCS families and others in Wichita. Stay tuned for more information.
What is the type and frequency of communication that I can expect to receive from WCS?
The Head of School will communicate weekly (or more depending on situation) through email or video.
The Division Heads will communicate (or more depending on situation) weekly through email.
The Spartan Scoop e-newsletter will continue on a weekly basis.
During the school week, your students will be communicated with daily from their homeroom teacher or advisor and several times a week from their subject teachers.
How can I retrieve an item my child left at school?
Families may not come to campus during the current guidelines. Please contact your child’s division head so we can work out curbside pickup at the campus at a specific time arranged with the division head if the items needed are crucial to your child’s Distance Learning Plan.
What is the plan for standardized testing such as NWEA and AP?
WCS is monitoring the standardized testing plans that are managed by NWEA and the College Board. We will communicate with families once we receive updates.
What if my child (or parent) needs technology help during distance learning?
Families needing tech support should contact email@example.com and include their phone number. Someone will contact you to offer you assistance.
This SeeSaw Quick Tips is for parents with directions on how to access and use the camera and microphone features in SeeSaw.
This SeeSaw Quick Tips is for parents with directions on how to access SeeSaw via the website utilizing home learning codes.
This SeeSaw Quick Tips is for parents with hints at how to navigate through SeeSaw folders, calendar, and printing options as well as how Google Docs can be accessed on SeeSaw.
These helpful tips will help students have a successful and productive experience using Zoom as an educational tool.