Are you worried about managing the schooling situation should your secondary student—who has a lot of different teachers—need to quarantine due to the student or a family member being diagnosed with COVID-19?
Here’s what we’re doing to help.
- Reduce load for the student (and, in effect, for the parent) during a time of uncertainty, distraction, and varying degrees of illness (for student, parent, or other family members)
- Maintain student learning (student learns material critical for success in future work in that subject area)
- Maintain academic integrity (for example, for a high school class, retain the value of the academic credit to be given on the transcript)
- Simplify communication (since a secondary student may have 7 or more teachers; and since parents may have more than one secondary student)
- Note: This year brings additional challenges to these long-established goals for extended absences at BJA. This year an extended absence can involve each member of a family, rather than in normal times the family being focused on a single child with a special need. Our normal communication process to work with secondary students and the family during an extended absence has been adjusted to help with that need.
- When officially notified of an extended absence situation, academic office personnel–Laura Freeman at the high school or Truc Sulaiman at the middle school–will contact the student’s teachers, parents, and the student to initiate a plan. (Official notification about a COVID-related absence comes to the academic office from our elementary nurse who works with parents once a COVID-related situation occurs.)
- A clear, simple, and solid communication path is created for the reduced load plan so parent, student, teachers, and the academic office staff have the information needed to provide for the student’s success.