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School News & Events

NO SCHOOL MONDAY (11/26) Virtual Learning Day

Dear St. Margaret Mary Families,

St. Margaret Mary will be closed tomorrow, Monday, November 26.  This will also include all before and after school activities. 

We will be utilizing a virtual learning day for all our students.   Your child’s teacher will be sending out information or posting information on Google Classroom by 9:00 a.m.  For more information on virtual learning days, please see the additional information below.

Be safe and enjoy some time in the snow!

St. Margaret Mary Virtual Learning Days/Virtual Snow Days

St. Margaret Mary will be rolling out Virtual learning Days beginning January 1, 2018. Virtual Learning Days will be put in place when school is canceled due to severe weather. These virtual learning days will be counted as a day of attendance, therefore students and staff would not be required to make these days up at the end of the year. There will be no set number of virtual days, rather the faculty and administration will discuss concerns or issues when the virtual days cause issue with our educational program.
Below you will find details about Virtual Learning Days/Snow Days:

• Teachers in grades K-8 will modify their educational lesson plans and post assignments on Google Classroom or email the activity directly to the parents no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day that is canceled. It will be the student’s responsibility to check Google Classroom for any work that will be assigned.

• All students in grades K-8 have a google account with access to Google Classroom. Information on how K-2 students can log in will be sent home by the classroom teacher.

• Teachers will be accessible via email or Google Classroom between the hours of 9:00 – 3:00, if students have any questions.

• Student will have two days to complete the assignment and turn it into the teacher that gave the assignment.

• For example – Monday virtual learning day, work due Wednesday. Thursday virtual learning day, work due Monday.

▪ If there are two virtual learning days in a row the students would have two days to complete the assignments before the day it is due. For example – Virtual learning days Monday and Tuesday – work is due on Friday.

▪ If there is an excess of virtual learning days, a decision might be made to use a snow day. These days would need to be made up at the end of the school year. This information would be communicated to the school families via email and remind texts.

• This will give students the opportunity to ask the teacher questions about the assignment before turning it in for credit once they are back at school.

• Internet is required to gain access and/or complete the assignments given on a virtual learning day (especially for grades 3-8). Student will not be given time in class to complete the assignments, however arrangements can be made for a student to come in before or after school, if needed.
• If you do not have internet due to power outage or lack of connection additional time may be given to complete the assignment. This information will need to be communicated to the teacher on the students first day back at school. They will be no penalty if the information is properly communicated.

• If you do not have internet access at your home you will need to make other arrangements to complete the assignment.

▪ Options for completing the assignment: Please note you should only travel what you are able to do so safely.

▪ Visiting a local business that provides Wi-Fi (Panera Bread or McDonalds)

▪ Local library with internet access or Wi-Fi

▪ Visiting family or friends who have internet at their homes

• It is understood that students will not have access to textbooks or other materials found in the classroom. Teachers will have lessons that can be completed with the materials at home or via the internet. Assignments will be appropriate work for the subject matter.

• Virtual learning days will look different for each student based on the particular grade level. Teachers will plan the assignments with the student’s abilities in mind. For example a first grade teacher might send worksheets that can be printed off from home whereas an 8 th grade student might have to do some narrative writing.

• Students are expected to complete the assignments as they are part of the student grades. Also, if the assignment is not turned in it will be counted as an absence from school for the virtual learning day.

We understand that not every snow day will be used as a virtual learning day, this information will be communicated via email and remind text sent out by administration. It is the school’s goal that our educational program will have the least amount of disruptions. Although, this cannot replace face to face instruction, we believe this will give the students continued learning and achievement.

In Faith,
Brenna O’Hearn
Principal – STMM