Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stratford School's Distance Learning Program for students in Preschool through Grade 8 provides continued growth and educational development as well as support for our families during this unprecedented time.  For prospective parents, we are offering virtual tours.

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Stratford School

Distance Learning
An authentic and engaging learning experience at home

 

About Our Distance Learning Program

With schools and offices closed, we know you are facing unique disruptions and challenges to many facets of your lives. Be assured that we’re here to support you!

Stratford’s team of education experts prepared a multi-faceted, multi-age distance learning plans to serve preschool through grade 8 students.  Our goal was to provide continuity and connection for our students – a sense of normalcy that comes from daily interactions among teachers and students and a continuation of learning. Even though our school buildings are closed, Stratford is still open – continuing our focus on the academic and personal growth of our students, and continuing our outreach and support of our parents.

Early Childhood

  • Our curriculum specialists and teachers have curated rich learning experiences to help children grow smarter, stronger and kinder.

  • Our distance learning program remains holistically focused on all developmental learning domains: language, cognitive, artistic, physical and social-emotional wellbeing.

  • Activities utilize some age-appropriate technology and do not require specialized materials.

K-8

  • In grades K-8, students engage in learning that approximates the rigor and richness of their traditional school experience and keeps them connected to their teachers and their classmates.

  • The depth, breadth, and pacing of daily lessons keep children on track with learning goals appropriate to their assigned grade – whether that be kindergarten or Grade 8.

  • Especially in moments of crisis, our obligation goes beyond ensuring the continuation of formal learning to encompass care for the whole child.

  • Teachers and students are maintaining personal relationships and connections as if they were still in their classrooms or homerooms.

 

Curriculum Structure 

The three common benefits of our Distance Learning Program across grade levels include:

Personalized feedback on learning: One of the reasons why you likely chose to join our school was so that your child is known and is provided a personalized learning experience. This remains our commitment even in a distance learning scenario. Every day starts with a morning Zoom where the children check-in with their teacher, say “hi” to their friends, participate in storytime and share their learning. You are able to share photos and evidence of your child’s learning with school staff so that the natural rhythm between student and teacher remains and schooling can resume with ease.

Sharing the load: We know that it’s sometimes challenging to keep a child’s attention. Like you, our leaders and teachers are dealing with many of the same complexities of balancing family needs and professional responsibilities. While we’re not able to supervise your child’s learning by being physically present, our staff and curriculum planners are curating a thoughtful and purposeful sequence of learning experiences. Our hope is that this lightens your load, helps with the sanity and allows you to attend to your professional responsibilities.

Friendship and Connection: Keeping friendships and connections in place can help your child feel regulated, calm and make a potentially scary situation feel much more predictable. We are providing valuable access for much-needed opportunities for students to interact with their teachers and peers, addressing the social isolation they are currently experiencing.

Building World Knowledge: The primary focus of weekly coursework will be daily tasks solidifying foundations (phonics and spelling) and developing core skills and understanding using our Core Knowledge and Saxon Mathematics courses.

Real-World Issues and Needs: Especially in moments of crisis, our obligation goes beyond ensuring the continuation of learning in core subject areas to encompass care for the whole child.

Learning Adventures: Weekly coursework and daily tasks will be augmented with optional lessons/projects from specialist teachers (Spanish, Computer Science, Music, Physical Education).

Communication Tools

Email will be used for all major communications and announcements. Teachers will also use email to communicate, though they will use other platforms as well.

Google GSuite will continue to be the platform used by most teachers. For video conferencing in small or large groups, we will use Zoom instead of Google Hangouts/Meet.

The Portal is the internal/secure campus page for parents

Zoom will be used for video conferencing in small or large groups. Parents and students may need to download Zoom on other home devices.

Connection and Support for Learning

As we continue with our distance learning journey, it is important for teachers and students to maintain personal relationships and connections as if they were still in their homeroom. We have heard from our colleagues working in schools around the world that students quickly miss being at school: the routines, their teachers, and their friends. To help overcome some of these issues, and to help support your child’s social and emotional learning, it is important to continue these relationships through more “real” and intimate face-to-face learning using video-conferencing technology.

Each day, teachers will host morning homeroom via Zoom. Morning homeroom will give your child and their friends an opportunity to connect and the teacher the opportunity to introduce the day’s learning. The length of the virtual homeroom will be determined by the teacher based on the age and needs of the students and the learning objective(s) for the day. Morning homeroom class will begin Monday, March 23. Details will be sent by email from your child’s classroom teacher.

Classroom teachers will also start individual learning conferences with your child to check in on their well-being and academic growth. Individual learning conferences will occur once a week for 10 minutes. This call is a time for your child to speak with their classroom teacher and to reconnect and share their concerns, worries or excitement.  

We welcome you to email and share with your child’s teacher their daily practice and assessments and/or collect these materials in a folder to share with us when school resumes. We commit to replying within 24 hours, providing you and your child with feedback.   

“Stratford's distance learning program has been integral to our child staying engaged in his education at home." -Stratford Parent”