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Temple Sholom

300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830
203-869-7191 • Fax: 203-661-4811 • info@templesholom.com

SMNS Distance Education Plan


Updated October 2020

There are two distinct approaches to distance learning – short-term and long-term.  Short-term refers to distance learning for defined closure.  Long-term refers to an extended closure, such as the one experienced in the spring of 2020.  The difference considers the potential of changes in salaries and/or tuition, which could occur for an extended closure.

Professional Development:  SMNS will conducted professional distance education with the goal of making procedures and objectives clear.  This will include any needed support in the use of technology.

We will also offer parents' discussions with the experts (psychologist, pediatrician, Mr. Dave, occupational therapist).

Short-term Closing

This assumes that teachers will be fully paid and tuition will be fully paid.

Preparation:  For each enrolled child, there will is a “Go Bag” of materials.  It will be sent home on the last day.  If this is not possible, it will be available for pick-up at Temple Sholom.  This will include materials selected by SMNS, that could be used as part of distance instruction.  There will be differentiation by age group.  Teachers will also have a materials list of items that they would take home to provide distance education.  This may include the “Go Bag” materials, as well as books and other educational tools.  Teachers will have a distance education curriculum ready to implement. 

Daily (Mon-Thu):

 9am – Zoom class.  This will include welcome, songs, books and a plan for the day.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

10am-12pm – Individual teacher-child work.  Each child will have a regularly scheduled (e.g. daily from 10:15-10:30am) work session with one teacher.  This will be directed specifically for the development of each child.  The foci will be identified and discussed with the parents.  These can also be set up as small groups of 2-4 children.

12:45-1pm – Zoom class.  This will include a wrap-up to the day, a book and a preview of the next day.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

Weekly:

Mon 12-12:30pm – Special of the Week.  Based upon availability, we will have a teacher/specialist providing a class.  Ideally, there would be different specials for different age groups.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

Wed 12-12:30pm – Story Time with Mr. Dave on Zoom.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

Fri 12-12:30pm – Shabbat Celebration with Clergy.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

Fri 9am-12pm – Teacher Office Hours.  Teachers will schedule a weekly 15-minute Zoom with each family (adults, no children).  This will be a time to discuss the child’s progress, challenges, goals, etc.

Weekday afternoons – Administrator Office Hours.  Dave and Deidre will be available to schedule Zoom sessions for any family (adults, no children).  This will be a time to discuss the child’s progress, challenges, goals, etc.

Long-term Overview

This assumes a transition into reduced/interrupted salaries and credits/refunds on tuition.  If teachers are not being paid, they cannot be asked to work.  If payroll can be maintained, the short-term plan can be maintained.  If payroll cannot be maintained, distance education will be provided by Dave and Deidre, or tuition and payroll can be altered.

Preparation:  For each enrolled child, there is a “Go Bag” of materials.  It will be available for pick-up at Temple Sholom.  This will include materials selected by SMNS, that could be used as part of distance instruction.  There will be differentiation by age group.  Teachers (or Dave and Deidre) will also have a materials list of items that they would take home to provide distance education.  This may include the “Go Bag” materials, as well as books and other educational tools.  Educators will have a two-month distance education curriculum ready to implement.  This would be extended, as needed.

Daily (Mon, Tue, Thu):

 9am – Zoom class.  This will include welcome, songs, books and a plan for the day.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

Weekly:

Mon 10-10:30am – Special of the Week.  Based upon availability, we will have a teacher/specialist providing a class.  Ideally, there would be different specials for different age groups.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

Wed 10-10:30am – Story Time with Mr. Dave on Zoom.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

Fri 12-12:30pm – Shabbat Celebration with Clergy.  This will be recorded and will be available to the class parents on a private YouTube channel.

Fri 9am-12pm and weekday afternoons – Administrator Office Hours.  Dave and Deidre will be available to schedule Zoom sessions for any family (adults, no children).  This will be a time to discuss the child’s progress, challenges, goals, etc.

General notes:

Consistency is important

  • Zoom will be the platform for all classes
  • YouTube will be the platform for all privately posted videos
  • The timing of distance learning experiences will be on a consistent schedule (families with scheduling conflicts will use the videos)
  • Zoom meeting info will be consistent for each class (always the same meeting ID and password)

Teacher expectations and limits must be consistent

  • Quality will be monitored by administration joining classes and/or reviewing videos
  • Visits to homes will not be permitted.  This is for several reasons:
    • If the safety of in-person interaction is such that we must close school, this negates the safety measures
    • Teachers who are driving as part of their work creates a significant liability for Temple Sholom
    • This is not part of the expectations for teachers; creates a serious divide between those who are or are not comfortable/able to do this
  • School-supported in-person gatherings are strictly prohibited – if it is not safe to come to school, it is not safe to gather outside of school
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