Covenant Distance Learning
While nothing can replace your student’s Covenant classroom experience, our new Distance Learning Plan has been thoughtfully developed to prioritize our school’s core content, deliver meaningful instruction, challenge students with self-paced assignments and provide reasonable and regular assessments of student progress. While some necessary pedagogical shifts have been made, assignments and assessments will continue to develop and reflect knowledge, skills and prerequisites to success in future courses. On this page, you will find all the tools you and your students need to facilitate learning at home, including a checklist to help you prepare.
Connect to Your Child’s Distance Learning Resources
Parent Partnership has always been a core value of the Covenant experience. Careful consideration has been given to making the delivery of an “at-home” Covenant experience as smooth as possible for our families. Each grade-level page listed below contains all the information you need to navigate the next week of in-home learning.
Covenant Distance Learning FAQ
Q: What is Covenant’s plan for distance learning?
A: Our new Distance Learning Plan has been thoughtfully developed to prioritize our school’s core content, deliver meaningful instruction, challenge students with self-paced assignments and provide reasonable and regular assessments of student progress. This will be achieved through the creative use of technology, flexible learning schedules, a commitment to teacher accessibility and personalized support. While this new learning experience will certainly be different than “school as usual,” it is our hope that your students will enjoy learning from their teachers in new ways, fully engage with their teachers and classmates online and take advantage of the recommended enrichment activities.
Q: How long do we expect this season of distance learning to last?
A: School closures have been recommended by Governor Abbott through at least Friday, April 3, to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While we are closing our campus, we are not “closing” the school. We intend to continue delivering excellent instruction, and facilitating learning on behalf of our students, despite changing circumstances. We will continue to assess the situation and consult with public health officials to determine the best course of action beyond that.
Q: How will our family know what to do at home?
A: On Fridays afternoons, each grade level page on our website (found on this page) will be updated with links to the next week’s instructions, due dates, teaching videos, documents, assignments and optional Q&A meeting times. This will allow you to use Friday afternoon or the weekend to plan your week ahead.
Q: What platforms will be used?
A: We are adopting the use of a few easy-to-use online tools, including Zoom for live, interactive meetings with teachers, Loom for the creation of original video content, and Google Docs for scanning and submitting student work. Grammar and Upper School families will need to become familiar with Zoom and Google Docs. Training videos are provided on this page.
Q: What kind of technical support will be available?
A: If you have technical questions during the school day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What tools can I use for planning my school week?
A: Careful consideration has been made to make an “at-home” Covenant experience as smooth as possible for our families. Browse our Printable Resources for Distance Learning (on this page) that will help you prepare.
Q: Any suggestions for managing our time?
A: Knowing that each family’s routine and schedules will be different, we have designed our learning plan to be completed at your own pace over the course of the usual school week. To help you plan, you may consider making a family schedule or a schedule for each student. Browse our Printable Resources for Distance Learning (on this page) for sample planning sheets. We know our families will get creative!
Q: Is every subject included in the Distance Learning Plan?
A: Distance learning will prioritize core content that is fundamental to each subject and foundational to future success. Students will also be encouraged to engage in the recommended enrichment opportunities. For example, between completing required assignments, a student may choose to compose a work of art, enjoy listening to music or complete an exercise routine. These enrichment opportunities are not required in any way, but may be welcome additions to your time at home!
Q: Will my student be able to get help from teachers on assignments?
A: Yes! Our teachers are committed to remaining accessible and providing timely, personalized feedback via email and live online chats in scheduled class Zoom calls. (See next question.) All of our teachers are ready to help you navigate this season of distance learning. Please do not hesitate to ask for help! They will be available via email between their normal teaching hours and emails received outside of these hours will be responded to at the teacher’s earliest convenience:
Kindergarten through 2nd Grade – Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
3rd through 12th Grade – Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Friday (8 a.m. to noon)
Q: What about “face-to-face” time with a teacher?
A: Students may also choose to join their classmates in optional Q&A sessions hosted by their teachers via Zoom. (The schedules for these meetings are on each grade level page.) During this time, teachers will be available to field student questions and facilitate meaningful discussion regarding the big ideas of each week’s assignments. These sessions are not instruction-based or required, but are available for those who would like to maintain a sense of class community, pray together, laugh together and see some friendly faces!
Q: Can my student communicate with his or her teacher directly?
A: All teachers will copy at least one parent on email communications to students. Scheduled class Zoom calls are scheduled throughout the week and will be recorded as well.
Q: Are parents welcome to “attend classes” with their students?
A: Yes! We realize that our younger students, especially, will require assistance online. You are welcome to sit in with your student and help them ask questions via Zoom’s chat feature.
Q: How will Student Support play a role in distance learning?
A: We understand that distance learning will impact each student differently. If your student is constantly struggling with the requirements, we encourage you to reach out to your student’s teacher directly. Student Support will work closely with teachers to identify how best to aid students and families during this time. You can find additional resources by clicking on the Distance Learning Overview on this page.
Q: What will school communication look like during this time?
A: Starting next Monday, our weekly Parent Connection eBlast will resume. The Friday website updates will be your touchpoint for all things academic. As new developments occur, you can expect to hear from school leadership through email and via our website.
Q: When will athletics events and theatre productions resume?
A: All extracurricular activities and events are cancelled through April 3. We will consider events scheduled beyond that date on an ongoing basis.
Q: When will refunds be processed for missed Fun Lunches or field trips?
A: We remain committed to processing timely refunds. Fun Lunch refunds will be completed at one time instead of on a rolling basis. Once we know how long the closure will last, we will communicate with our Fun Lunch families and provide them with refund options. For field trips already missed or scheduled during the next two weeks, those FACTS charges are being cancelled before being processed or are being refunded now. Questions about specific charges? Please contact Aimee Sapp.
Q: How can I help families in our school community who have suffered financial setbacks?
A: Covenant has a Bridge Fund set up to assist families met with unexpected needs. This fund is used to assist with tuition payments with the intent of freeing up cash for other needs. If you would like to donate to this fund, please click here. If you are in need of assistance, please reach out to Eric Cook.
Q: How does this closure affect our plans for the new addition to our campus?
A: While the needs and vision for the school remain the same, we are pausing our fundraising efforts to focus on the health and well-being of our families and distance learning for our students. If you have specific questions regarding the campaign, please reach out to Lana Kennedy.
Printable Resources for Distance Learning
Technical Support and Instruction
How to Join a Zoom Meeting (1:09)
Joining and Configuring Audio and Video on Zoom (1:42)
Sharing Your Screen on Zoom (1:12)
Zoom Meeting Controls (10:16)
Submitting Homework Documents to Teachers (8:00)
Ongoing School Communication
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