Distance Learning

Distance Learning Plan

QAS Distance Learning Plan

The staff and administration have developed a QAS Distance Learning Plan to provide quality instruction to our students remotely.  This plan has been developed through the collaborative efforts of our staff in consideration for the instructional needs of our students and the requirements for meeting the educational standards of each grade level.  All families will have the support of classroom teachers, specialty teachers, and administrators as students engage in lesson activities.  This plan will allow us to be flexible and function remotely throughout the length of the school closure. 

 

Communication with Students and Parents

The faculty and staff will continue to work during the school closing period.  The school office will communicate with parents as needed via email or phone.  Parents may leave email or phone messages for office staff which will be returned in a timely manner.    Arrangements can be made through the school office to drop off or pick up items unless or until officials direct us otherwise.

Maureen Hecht - hechtm@qasstl.org 314-846-0506

Gayle Millburg - millburgg@qasstl.org 314-846-0506

Amy Voegtli - voegtlia@qasstl.org 314-846-0506  

*Registration packets may be mailed to the school (6611 Christopher Rd).

 

Teachers will be available online Monday through Friday (except for holidays) from 8:00-3:00 to provide assistance to students and parents and answer questions about assignments and instruction.  Per the directive of the Archdiocese, staff will be working virtually from home and will not be present in the school.  

 

Internet access & electronic devices 

Students in K-5th grades will need access at home to a device that connects to the Internet and all students in 6th-8th grades will use their Chromebooks (and chargers).  Questions or concerns about electronic access can be addressed with the classroom teacher or Mr. Riley, QAS computer technology teacher, at rileym@qasstl.org.

 

Lesson Activities - PK

Lesson activities for PK will be emailed home to parents.  

 

Lesson Activities - K-3

Lesson activities and assignments will be made available through Google Classroom.  Students are responsible to check-in and complete the work required on a daily bases M-F.  Parents will need to check in with students and monitor their work progress and completion.   Parents and students will need to check the email throughout the day for information and replies from teachers.  

 

Lesson activities and assignments will be articulated in the plan as well as how to submit any required assignments for credit.  Parents will need to share this email information with students and monitor their work progress and completion.   Parents and students will need to check the email throughout the day for information and replies from teachers.

 

Lesson Activities 4-8

Lesson activities and assignments will be made available through Google Classroom.  Students are responsible to check-in and complete the work required on a daily bases M-F.  Parents will need to check in with students and monitor their work progress and completion.   Parents and students will need to check the email throughout the day for information and replies from teachers.

 

Please note:  We will not offer an option for students to drop off completed work as this creates a situation both for the family and the staff for increased exposure to infection.  Teachers and families will work together to share student work through Internet devices.  

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE

Guidelines for QAS Parents

 

The transition to distance learning may be challenging for students and families.  Parents will need to think differently about how to support their children and how to create structures and routines that allow their children to function successfully in this learning format.  

 

Establish routines and expectations

On the first day that the distance learning plan is implemented, parents need to establish routines and expectations.  We encourage parents to set regular hours for their children to work on school assignments.   We recommend that assignments be completed by 6:00 pm on the days they are due.  We suggest parents keep regular meal and bedtime routines for children.  Children should be encouraged to take periodic breaks.  It is important that parents set these expectations for how their children will spend their days on the first day, not several days later after it is apparent the student is struggling with the absence of routine.  

 

Define the physical space and material management for your child's study

Establish a space/location where your child will learn most of the time.  This should be a family space, not the child's bedroom.  It should be a place that can be quiet at times and have a strong, wireless Internet signal, if possible.  Above all, it should be a space where parents are present and monitoring their children's learning.

 

Establish a system for maintaining instructional materials including where to place incomplete and complete work,  where to store materials when not in use, where to keep supplies (i.e. pencils, paper, computer, etc.), etc.  

 

Begin and end each day with a check-in

Parents are encouraged to start and finish each day with a simple check-in.  In the morning, open and review the lesson plans for the day.  Ask your child(ren): 

What are you learning today?  

What are your learning goals?  

How will you plan your time?  

What resources do you need?  

What support will you need?  

Have the same conversation at the end of the day.  This brief conversation allows children to process the instructions they have received from their teachers and helps them organize themselves and set priorities.  Older students should engage in these conversations as well (even though they will think they don't need to).  Parents should establish these check-ins as a regular part of each day.  Some students will struggle with the independence or lack of structure of a distance learning environment and these check-ins will allow parents to prevent these problems before students fall behind or begin to experience difficulties.

 

Establish times for quiet and reflection

A huge challenge for families with multiple children will be how to manage all of their children's different learning needs, especially when those children are different ages.  There may be times when siblings need to work in different rooms to avoid distractions.  Parents may even experiment with noise-canceling headphones (no music necessary) to block out distractions.  Older siblings can be a great resource for helping younger siblings with lessons.  

 

Monitor communications from your children's teachers

Teachers will communicate with students and parents through email and Google Classroom.  The frequency and detail of these communications will be determined by your children's ages, maturity, and degree of independence.  Teachers will be checking email regularly between 8:00 am & 3:00 pm.  Parents should communicate via email or message using Google Classroom.  Teachers will not be contacting parents from their personal phones.

 

Take an active role in helping your children process and own their learning

In the course of a regular school day, children engage with other students or adults dozens, if not hundreds, of times.  While some of these social interactions will be re-created on virtual platforms, others will not.  Humans learn best when they have opportunities to process their learning with others.  Beyond the check-ins recommended at the start and end of the day, parents might be wise to regularly circle back and engage with their children about what they're learning.  However, it's important that your child does his/her own work.  Parents should NOT complete assignments for them, even when they are struggling, as this will have a detrimental effect on future learning.

 

Encourage physical activity and/or exercise

Make sure your children incorporate movement and exercise into their day.  This is vitally important to their health and even to the learning process.  This is a great time, also, to have kids pitch in around the house with daily chores.

 

Monitor your child online (amount of time and exposure to content)

We rely on the content filtering from our firewall to keep students away from inappropriate websites when they are at school.  Be aware of student computer activity at home.  

 

FINAL NOTE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS

We know this is a huge learning leap, not only for all of you, but for us as well.  These are uncharted waters and we are committed to working with you to make this successful for all of us.  Please be patient and let us know what is working and where you need assistance.   Thank you for your patience and commitment to educating our great kids!

 

Queen of All Saints, pray for us

Classroom Resources

Sample Distance Learning Schedule

Below is a sample daily schedule for QAS Distance Learning.  This is just a suggested schedule.  Parents and students are free to change subjects and/or times during the day to better fit their needs.  If making revisions, this schedule provides guidelines on how to schedule each subject area in a day and how much approximate time to allot to each subject (can fluctuate somewhat based on the lesson requirements for the day).

7:00-8:00

Breakfast

Get dressed

Prepare for the day by setting out instructional materials and organizing learning space

8:00-8:15

Prepare to view Live Stream of weekday mass

(www.qasstl.org - Click on LIve Video Stream at very top of website page)

Determine prayer intentions

8:15-8:30

Watch weekday mass together

8:30-8:45

Daily check in of learning goals and expectations

8:45-9:15

Religion

9:15-10:00

Math

10:00-10:30

Brain Break & Physical Activity

10:30-11:45

ELA

11:45-1:00

Lunch

Brain Break & Physical Activity

Silent Read

1:00-1:45

Science

1:45-2:15

Brain Break & Physical Activity

2:15-3:00

Social Studies

3:00-3:15

Brain Break & Physical Activity

3:15-3:45

Specials - Spanish, Art, Music, PE, MakerSpace/Genius Hour, PLTW, Computers

3:45-4:00

Daily check in on progress towards learning goals and expectations

4:00-4:15

Clean up and put away of materials

4:15-8:00

Open family time, chores, dinner prep, bedtime routine & prayers