Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome back! We hope that you had a blessed Easter and a restful break. We want to thank all of you who offered your feedback on the survey we sent out prior to the break. Administrators and all faculty reviewed the results, and determined that there are three main issues we need to address in order to improve the student and parent experience with online learning. Those issues are: 1) due dates of assignments 2)posting of assignments 3) student workload.
At the beginning of break, administration and faculty determined ways that we can adjust practices and expectations to address these concerns, and during the break, teachers put in additional time planning for these adjustments.
Due Dates: Initially, the 11:59 pm due date was to prevent students from working late into the night and/or taking deadlines right up to the last minute. However, the result was that students felt that they were being given less time to complete work than they had when we were in regular session. To address this, assignments will be due at the start time of the class period, not the night before at 11:59 pm. That being said, given that rest and sleep are important, we discourage students from working excessively late on assignments and encourage them to complete the work the evening before the class period.
Posting of Assignments: No later than 8 am every Monday, teachers will post a weekly agenda on the class Bulletin Board, including assignments and their due dates and times. Teachers will not add to this agenda after it is posted. Teachers have also been directed to post assignments in the Assignment Center, so students can use that as a checklist when completing their work.
Workload: Probably the most significant issue is the feeling that students are overburdened with work. Administrators and department chairs discussed various ways that teachers can reduce the quantity of work, and place an emphasis on quality. Over the break, teachers worked on their plans to identify changes they can make to address this concern. Teachers will share these adjustments with their students in a Google meet on their first day of class.
In return, we ask that students follow some guidelines that will be helpful in creating a more productive online learning experience:
Check Messages & Louismail: Check your MyLouisville Messages and Louismail regularly, as this is the primary way teachers and administration have to communicate important information and reminders to you.
Avoid Distractions: We all know that working at home comes with a number of unavoidable distractions, especially in this current environment. However, your cell phone is one you can control. When attending a Google meet or completing an assignment, it is best practice to leave your cell phone in another room. Screen time is a concern, and checking a second screen when working on your laptop adds to that. Also, when we are in regular session, you are not accustomed to completing classwork with your phone accessible, so checking your phone while completing assignments at home will increase the amount of time you spend completing those assignments.
Meet Deadlines/Attend Google Meets: Deadlines are extremelyimportant, as is participation in Google meets. Failure to meet these expectations will adversely affect your performance.
Communicate: We know that many of you are facing other extenuating circumstances that may impact your school work. Teachers understand that – so if there is something interfering with your ability to meet a deadline or participate in an activity, please message or email your teachers as soon as possible to explain the situation. If there is a significant issue that is going to have a long-term impact or affect all of your classes, please have a parent email your counselor who can facilitate the coordination of accommodating your situation.
Get Rest! We are working on our end to reduce the workload, so we hope on your end you are able to relax a bit more and get proper sleep. Just because you can work on an essay until 4 am the morning it is due, does not mean that you should.
This situation is not ideal for any of us, but please know that we are working to make it as valuable and engaging as possible. We also know that the health and welfare of entire community are the priorities at this time, and many of your families have been impacted logistically, financially, physically, and/or emotionally by this pandemic. We want to be a resource and a comfort for you and your family at this time, so please take advantage of connecting with the school community: reach out to teachers, counselors, and administrators for support; participate in virtual class and club meetings; contribute posts to our social media so we can all see what you are up to on Wellness Wednesdays. We want to stay socially and emotionally connected in spite of our physical distance.
Thank you for your patience and support, and stay well!
Dean of Students / Dean of Faculty
Louisville High School
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