Gunn GO - Global Online

Core Commitment

At The Frederick Gunn School, we see the current global health crisis as a moment of responsibility. Everyone is uneasy in these uncertain times, but as mentors and educators, it is our hope that we can offer the support and direction that our students have come to trust through every available communications tool. While we can't recreate every aspect of school life on our campus from a distance, we can provide a vibrant, interactive, creative, innovative and supportive learning community, and we can and will leverage our skills, experiences, ideas and technology to support our students from wherever they are learning.

Principles

At The Frederick Gunn School, we believe that the good person is always learning—this has long been our motto—and this means a commitment to taking a long view on a life of learning. Of course we want our students to find success in college, but we also want them to adopt a posture of openness and courage to whatever travails they will face throughout life. At the core of our Distance Learning Program will be the question: 

What does a life of learning feel like when the typical structures of school are disrupted?

Principle 1: Stay integrated |  In this time, as always but perhaps more than ever, we need to attend to our physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual wellbeing in an integrated fashion.

Principle 2: Stay connected |  The internet can be an amazing tool for social connection. Social distancing does not need to mean complete isolation. How can we all maintain physical social distance while simultaneously embracing a life of service—to our families and those most vulnerable? 

Principle 3: Be deliberate with your time |  With a posture of gratitude and hope, we can establish rhythms and habits that support a life of learning wherever we are, whatever the context. 

Academic Time

Distance learning schedule

The expectation is that students will devote a total of 5-6 hours to each class per week. This amounts to a total of 25-30 hours per week engaged in deliberate practices of learning. Student learning will be broken down in three ways:

  1. LIVE class time | Classes meet twice per week. Recordings will be available for anyone who cannot “attend.” (Policies for attendance below.)

  2. Interactive Learning | Through “Extra Help” sessions and asynchronous experiences, students will spend 1.5-2 hours per class per week connecting with teachers and classmates online.

  3. Independent Study | Students will be given 1.5-2 hours of more traditional homework.

Technology

Three technologies provide the backbone of our distance learning experience. 

  1. LIVE CLASSROOMS will be conducted using Zoom.

  2. INTERACTIVE LEARNING will use Google Suite as the main technology for connecting one-on-one with students and connecting students with one another.

  3. INDEPENDENT STUDY will use Highlander Nation as the repository for all digital resources and assignments.

Technology is supported by our Educational Technology Team (reachable at edtech@frederickgunn.org). That team is led by our Library Director, Ed Surjan, and is supported by BJ Daniels (Director of Technology) and MaryAnn Haverstock (Director of Online Studies and Director of the IDEAS Program). 

Assessment

Distance Learning will be supported by academic grades that will reflect proactive participation by students in the online environment. 

In the Spring of 2020, all courses will move to 50% Process and Participation and 50% Mastery of Skills and Knowledge. Should our Distance Learning Program continue, this may be reassessed. For further details, please contact the Academic Office (academics@frederickgunn.org).

Attendance Policy

Attendance will be taken during LIVE classes. Students are expected to participate in all LIVE classes, with exceptions based on time zone. The schedule was designed to create as much continuity for our community as possible. We recognize that times will not be convenient for everyone, but the general expectation is that students can be in class between 6 a.m. and midnight. If you fall outside of this expectation or you would like to request an exemption, please email academics@frederickgunn.org.

If a student is having technical issues with Zoom, we ask that the student send an email to his or her teacher and edtech@frederickgunn.org in the moment. Failure to send this email and work to resolve connectivity issues will result in an absence being entered for class. 

Students who miss a LIVE class will have 48 hours to watch the recorded class. Recordings will be circulated to excused students by the teacher as soon as they are made available by Zoom. Teachers may require that students who are unable to attend the LIVE class meet during Office Hours. 

If a student skips a class, they and their parents will receive a commitment absence notification. Students should expect that absences will have a direct impact on their grade.

Academic Integrity | The Pledge in a Digital Learning Community

Students are reminded that The Pledge remains an important part of our shared academic life. They will be asked to continue PO’ing assignments. Cases of academic dishonesty will continue to be treated with the utmost seriousness.

FAQ’s about Bringing our Learning Community Online

(Submit a question to answers@frederickgunn.org )