Elective Remote Learning Policy

Elective Remote learning at CCDS for the 20-21 School year

Country Day plans to have on-campus instruction for the 2020-21 school year, yet we realize some parents, due to their families’ health needs, may not feel comfortable having their children on campus for in-person instruction during the Covid-19 pandemic.  In response, Country Day is providing students with the opportunity to participate remotely in classes held on campus.

This policy describes the program and how the learning experience would be similar and dissimilar to an on-campus experience.

Learning Arrangement

Students in all three divisions (Kindergarten – 12th grade) may elect to attend Country Day during the 2020-21 school year remotely even when our mode of instruction will be on-campus classes.  The school has outfitted classrooms so students may participate in classes using videoconference platforms on Microsoft TEAMs.  Student learning would be based on the same syllabus for in-person instruction, and grading policies and reporting would be identical for both learners.

Country Day will make every attempt to provide a similar learning experience for remote learners, and the faculty will participate in professional development this summer in the lead up to the start of school to best plan for the integration of remote learners into a face-to-face classroom.

Despite efforts to make the remote learning experience similar to in-person instruction, parents and students must understand that remote learning will come with limitations and will never be a full substitute for in-person instruction.  Experimental instruction such as lab science and studio art, for example, will be challenging to duplicate at home; however, the school will make every effort to provide materials so remote learning can be fulsome.

Some of the remote program, such as physical education, would require students to participate remotely on their own.  Country Day will provide programs and support, but it will be the responsibility of the individual learner and/or their family to complete requirements.

Elective remote learning will, by definition, be a different experience by division and the age of the learner.  Lower school students who elect this option will need significant support from parents to partner with the school and to have the children participate as fully as possible.

Families who opt for remote learning are required to commit to the program for a full semester.  Students will not be permitted to re-enroll for in-person, on campus instruction until the second semester, which begins January 4, 2021.  Following the fall semester, students will be provided an opportunity to elect to attend on-campus instruction in the second semester.

Restrictions

Students who elect to participate in their academics remotely may not participate in co-curriculars activities held on campus, including sports, clubs and activities, and enrichment programs.  Moreover, students electing remote instruction should refrain from coming to campus unless special arrangements are made with teachers.  We realize that co-curricular programs are an important part of a Country Day whole-child education, but for safety reasons, we cannot allow for on-campus participation using an à la carte approach.

The nature of the remote learning program and the need for faculty and staff to develop and administer parallel learning environments for both in-person and remote learner requires significant resources. The election of the remote learning program does not constitute a reduction or increase in tuition or fees, and all families who select this program will billed at the same costs as outlined during the enrollment or reenrollment process.

Commitment to excellence

Country Day is committed to providing the best education to each and every one of our students.  In this spirit, we will work tirelessly to include students in our program who elect remote instruction during the 2020-21 school year and to ensure their learning is the richest and fullest possible.  These are unusual times, and we will do everything we can to provide choice for excellence in learning.

Electing remote learning

Those families who wish to elect remote learning for their child must complete a request form provided by the Country Day Admission’s department and this form must be completed by Tuesday August 4, 2020 by 11:59 pm.