Distance Learning Policy Clarification

Dear Good Shepherd Families,

As we continue to navigate through COVID-19, we understand there might be questions with any new policies and procedures this year. Many families have inquired about opting in and out of distance learning. At  this time, we would like to clarify some important distinctions between student illnesses, distance learning, and any special circumstances that might arise with your family. 

Distance-Learning Students: Distance learning is offered under two conditions: 1) a family has chosen to opt in to distance learning at the beginning of the school year through the first trimester; or 2) a family is required to, or has chosen to, quarantine for 14 days. 

Student Illness: If students are ill, families should follow the school’s standard illness policies,  and should not opt in to distance learning during the duration of the student illness. Any student who is ill should be focused on rest and recovery, and not worried about the changing expectations of flowing between in-person learning and distance learning. It is for this reason distance learning is not an option when a student is ill. This includes any student who did not come to school because of an illness or any student who was sent home with an illness, unrelated to COVID-19. 

Special Circumstances: If families have special circumstances requiring their children to be out for only a day or two, our standard policies will apply. We understand some of our families may have special circumstances, or obligations, when they must take their children out of school for a couple of days when they are not actually ill. In these situations, students can coordinate with their teachers prior to the absence or upon return to complete their classwork. The distance learning policy requires a family to commit to the full 14 days of quarantine, or the full trimester, in order to qualify for distance learning. 

We are continuing to work on our policies and protocols. If anything changes around distance learning, student illnesses, or special circumstances, we will be sure to communicate it to you! 

We are here to answer questions, and we thank you for your support! 

Lori Rolke, Head of Middle School

Casey Martin, Head of Lower School

Liz Fleskes, Head of Early Childhood