Distance Learning

A Message from Heidi Sloan, Director of Academics

St. Michael's campus remains closed through April 5 in response to COVID-19, and we are implementing a Distance Learning Plan beginning Monday, March 23.
 
With that eventuality in mind, we asked that students and faculty take all necessary materials home before Spring Break. If for any reason, a student or staff member missed that window, campus will be open on Monday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow pick up of devices and materials. For other arrangements to pick up items, please contact communications@smca.com.

Our Distance Learning Plan
  • Faculty and staff have developed a Distance Learning Plan that explains all policies and procedures, including expectations for faculty and students.
  • Parents are able to access teacher pages for announcements and up-to-date information.
  • To the extent possible, we will use "webinar" style classroom instruction.

This Distance Learning webpage will be updated as needed, so please refer to it before calling or emailing school.
 

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • How to Stay Informed

    You may expect further messages during the days and weeks ahead as we move through this unprecedented challenge. Please be mindful about reading all email from St. Michael's. The bulk of communication from teachers will be via direct email to you.

    The ways in which we communicate are designed to capture all community members to ensure our messages are delivered. These include:
    1. Outreach messaging via textemail and voicemail from our broadcasting software.
    2. Homepage banner messaging on our website.
    3. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram postings.
    4. Custom emails (pushpages) from our website service provider (similar to the weekly newsletter)
    On our St. Michael’s Student Life Health + Wellness web page, you may find all of our published communications regarding our response to COVID-19, as well as useful resources.
  • Technology Support

    We want to ensure that all of our students have access to a computer or device that meets their educational needs.
     
    If you would like to reserve a laptop for Distance Learning, please complete this Google form. Laptops can be picked up on campus between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, in the Upper Commons.  
     
    Additionally, if access to the Internet is an issue at home, several companies are offering their support:
    • For households that do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
    • All AT&T consumer home Internet customers can use unlimited internet data. AT&T will offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through AT&T Access.
  • Need a Laptop? 

    Need a Laptop for Distance Learning?
     
    If you would like to reserve a laptop for Distance Learning, please complete this Google form.

    Laptops can be picked up on campus between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, in the Upper Commons.
 

Upcoming Event Status

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Resources

FAQ: Communication

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I contact teachers?

    Faculty members are available via email. Students and parents are encouraged to use teacher class pages for up-to-date information.

  • How do I contact SMCA staff? 

    Staff will maintain regular office hours virtually, and can be reached by phone or email. 

    Please refer to our School Directory for contact information. Staff members are listed under "Administration."


  • What is the daily Distance Learning schedule?

    We are following a set Monday block schedule for each day of the week:
    • 8:30 to 9:15 Block A
    • 9:20 to 10:05 Block B
    • 10:05 to 10:30 Flex Block
    • 10:35 to 11:20 Block C
    • 11:25 to 12:10 Block D
    • 12:10 to 1:05 Lunch
    • 1:10 to 1:55 Block E
    • 2:00 to 2:45 Block F
    • 2:50 to 3:35 Block G
  • How do students check in for attendance?

    Students will receive an email to their school email account from the Director of Academics at 8:30 a.m. each day with a link to a Google check-in form.

    Complete the daily Google form with a timestamp; the form must be completed each day between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    International students who opted to return home for the spring semester are expected to check in daily with teachers at 8:30 a.m. local time. If there are issues connecting to certain sites, please contact Mr. Haas immediately via WeChat.
  • What if a student is ill?

    Our attendance policies will still be in place for digital learning days. Families should email attendance@smca.com each day before 9 a.m. if their student will not participate in digital learning that day and include the reason why. 

    Teachers will take daily attendance for each class period. Any student who does not participate in the daily DL lesson will be marked absent and will be reported to the Attendance Office.
 

FAQ: Academics

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Are students required to log in for every class session?

    No. Nor do we want students in front of their computers all day, every day.

    Log in and check mySMCA teacher pages for each class on a daily basis. Attend virtual class sessions or office hours each day as you are able.  Links will be sent for logging into virtual classes - no special software download is necessary. 

    Teachers will make provisions to post materials for those who can't attend a class session.
  • How should parents and guardians support students?

    Parents or guardians may need to check in with their student(s) more often to help them stay on track. Setting up a daily schedule, dedicating a place for study and reviewing materials are encouraged. It is also recommended to build in time for students to step away from the screen, take a break and engage in physical activity each day.
  • Is tutoring available?

    Students should first communicate and work with their teacher(s) before asking about tutoring services. Please email Ms. Suzanne Lara for more information.

    Khan Academy is also a valuable resource to learn all subjects. It is free and covers high school subjects, college advising and SAT test prep.
  • Can we get a St. Michael's laptop to use at home?

    We want to ensure that all of our students have access to a computer or device that meets their educational needs.
     
    If you would like to reserve a laptop for Distance Learning, please complete this Google form. Laptops can be picked up on campus between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, in the Upper Commons.  
     
    Additionally, if access to the Internet is an issue at home, several companies are offering their support:
    • For households that do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
    • All AT&T consumer home Internet customers can use unlimited internet data. AT&T will offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through AT&T Access.
  • What will happen with scheduled testing?

    We will share with our community whatever information becomes available. As of right now, no testing is taking place. Visit the below webpages for more information and updates about AP testing as well as the SAT and ACT.
                                                                                                                                                                                  
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