Schoolwork during absences

Dear Gordon Families,

We are settling into our new routines for teaching and learning on campus and @Home. On-campus teachers are getting a sense of what it feels like, in reality, to face a group of students in person and also turn to a screen and connect with students @Home. From the best placement of a laptop and camera to scheduling time to collaborate and plan with @Home teachers, teachers are finally putting into practice all that has been planned, designed and talked about for the past six months. 

As this is a new way of being “in the classroom” for everyone, it will take patience and practice, but each day we are making progress. We appreciate your partnership as we go along.  

Please see below for our plan to manage absences and help all students stay connected to their classmates and learning.  You can expect that this system will be fully implemented in all grade levels by Wednesday, September 23rd. If your child is absent on Monday or Tuesday, please contact the classroom teacher via email.

This page is linked off the longer "My child is not feeling well. Now what?" document at www.gordonschool.org/nowwhat

If your child is absent between one and three days:

  1. Tell the school your child will not be in class by calling 401 434-3833 and talking to Kim O'Donnell.
  2. Go online to get the link to the grade level absentee plan. Detailed instructions for each grade level are below.
  3. Your child should follow that schedule with Zoom links for the day.

 
If your child is absent for more than three consecutive days, they can be enrolled in the Gordon@Home program for the absence. The Gordon@Home program provides additional scheduled support from the @Home teacher as well as programming specifically designed for @Home students.  When you know that your child's absence will extend beyond three consecutive days, please contact Lynn Bowman, via email lbowman@gordonschool.org.
 
If you need a device for your child, please call the school to schedule a time to pick one up. If your child is out for more than three days, you can also arrange to pick up a classroom tote or materials.

Why can’t my child just join @Home for the day?
Gordon@Home is a program and resource designed for a group of students who enrolled at the beginning of the year, and we have students enrolled at almost every grade level. We have learned that on any given school day there will be between one and ten students absent at each grade level. Our @Home teachers do not have the capacity to take on an additional ten students on a rotating basis, so “daily drop ins” are not possible.

Grade level absentee plans

Nursery through Kindergarten
If your child is absent but still well enough to keep up with their school work, your teacher will email you the absentee weekly schedule, which will include choice activities and any Zoom links for that particular day. Bookmark this link as this is what you will use throughout the semester.
 
First and second grade
Email Katie Cahoon, the first and second grade @Home teacher, at kcahoon@gordonschool.org to let her know that your child will be joining for the day.
2. Log into Seesaw and access the link to the absentee weekly schedule. Your child will have access to classes which are Zoomed throughout the day as well as a morning check in with Ms. Cahoon.  
 
Third and fourth grade
If your child is absent but still well enough to keep up with their school work, log into Google Classroom and access the link to the absentee weekly schedule located at the resource and topics tab. Your child will have access to classes which are Zoomed throughout the day as well as a morning check in with the @Home Teacher and cohort. 
 
Fifth grade
If your child is absent but still well enough to keep up with their school work, your child should email their house teacher as soon as possible to let them know that they will be absent. Your child should log in to their advisory Google Classroom and click on the absentee daily schedule located in the stream. Each class will have daily assignments posted in their Google Classroom.
 
Sixth to eighth grade
If your child is absent but still well enough to keep up with their school work, they will access the absentee weekly schedule through their Google Classroom. Your child will have access to classes which are Zoomed throughout the day. Assignments and classroom materials are posted on Google Classroom (see individual course Classrooms). All students in sixth to eighth grade know how to access Google Classroom.