- What are the platforms that will be utilized for distance learning and how do I access these platforms?
Utilizing the distance learning tools listed below, collectively and collaboratively, will provide for a unique and successful platform for virtual learning at PDS. These tools include:
- Zoom and YouTube video conferencing during both synchronous (live) lessons and asynchronous previously recorded sessions.
- Additional resources and websites provided by PDS teachers.
- What will the daily schedule look like and how many hours will my child be in synchronous and asynchronous learning?
Click Here to see our Schedule for Virtual Learning.
- Will the school be doing preparation work with my child to support at-home distance learning?
Students will be introduced to the online learning platforms during virtual orientation opportunities to familiarize them to learning at home. All students will be issued individualized supply packages in order to transition to distance learning seamlessly. Students in grade one and two will be provided a school-issued iPad which will be loaded with all school-approved applications.
- How is the distance learning program at PDS differentiated to meet individual needs and how will teachers know if or when my child needs additional support?
Differentiation is a hallmark of the Primary Day experience and both our on-campus and virtual curricula are delivered with individual goals and needs in mind. Teachers will be meeting with whole class and in small groups in order to differentiate lessons. In addition, classroom teachers will be in regular contact with individual learners to assess and enhance learning goals as needed. Please note that learning schedules may change occasionally. Teachers will provide advanced notice to any change in schedule through emails and class calendars.
Teachers will monitor and affirm your child’s progress on a regular basis during cohort, small group, and individual Zoom sessions. Understandings will be assessed through a review of submitted work (writing, drawing, voice recordings, video recordings) via Seesaw. Teachers will directly communicate with parents if extra support is warranted.
- How will the school support families in creating routines, expectations and learning schedules at home?
Seesaw for Schools provides students access to activities and learning calendars to facilitate their experience and our grade level program outline provides a schedule of learning activity for each grade. In addition, weekly communications from the School and/or the Head will provide additional resources such as websites, virtual events, and podcasts. Please see the Resources Section. The PDPA will also sponsor parent education opportunities throughout the year.
- To what extent do children need adult assistance during distance learning?
We recommend that all students have a learning space that is quiet and free of distraction, with supplies readily available. Children in PK & K will need assistance to log-in for Zoom classes and manage assignments in Seesaw for Schools. While more independent, students in grades one and two may also need assistance with loss of connectivity to iPad (re-entering Wi-Fi information), or an accidental change in settings. Teachers may send printable activities which parents will need to print out at home for their child.
- What are the expectations relative to the support I will need to provide my child after the daily distance learning session?
We ask that you help your child/children review and submit work on time to help them keep on track with daily lessons and assignments. If needed, we recommend that you support the organization of specific supplies that an assignment may require so your child/children are ready with the lesson begins. The use of folders or binders at home to organize printable work may be helpful for families and teachers will support families in setting up at home organizational systems.
- Can the school provide technical support if needed?
Yes. Our Library Media Specialist, Adam Roach (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ryan Manalo, Director of Campus Programs (email@example.com) can provide support with the following:
- Password Retrieval
- Support with login to Zoom
- Technical issues with Zoom conferencing, Seesaw, or a PDS issued iPad.
Beyond technical issues:
- For curriculum related issues, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
- For scheduling issues and/or specific questions for the School or Mr. Lawrence, please contact Dannette Evans, Executive Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Where can I find additional resources about distance learning?
Please see the Resource Section located on the Distance Learning page for curated information on distance learning and COVID-19.
- How can I help my child prepare for distance learning?
The link to Seesaw will be accessible to you. We recommend navigating through the pages to create familiarity with the site.
Likewise, practicing with Zoom is helpful, as well as setting up expectations around PDS Distance Learning etiquette. (See below).
Identifying and preparing a learning space at home is another important step to help your child become comfortable with distance learning.