Distance Learning Plan

Distance Learning Plan
Veritas will be implementing our Distance Learning Plan (DLP) from March 24, 2020 - April 9, 2020 due to the effects of COVID-19. 
 
Changes to this schedule will be communicated as the Veritas Administration makes decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage for more information regarding school schedule changes.
 
The Veritas DLP outlines the strategies and structure that Veritas will implement in the event of prolonged school closure. The DLP was developed to provide framework and guidelines that can be implemented in varying situations to provide our students with the continuity of education and learning.
 
The Veritas Administration will make the determination in the event that a major emergency occurs which may result in an extended campus closure. The circumstances that constitute a major emergency may vary and will determine when Veritas might close our campus and implement this DLP. Examples include natural disasters such as major widespread flooding, hurricanes, health risks such as viral pandemics and more. Veritas will communicate to the community on the time frame regarding the implementation of the DLP which may be a number of days to allow for stabilization which would warrant the appropriateness of its use.
 
The DLP is designed to allow for a smooth transition into distance learning which would utilize tools and resources that teachers and students already use and are familiar with. While the DLP will not be on the same standard as the daily educational experience that students receive at Veritas, the plan strives to create a level of learning that coincides with our current curriculum and educational plan.
 
General Guidelines for All Students
  • Students will need high-speed internet, a personal computer, and a printer available.
  • Assignments will be posted by teachers daily and will be either on RenWeb (FACTS SIS), Google Classroom, and/or ClassDojo (links below under "Quick Links").
  • The school schedule in the DLP will be from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Teachers will be available for contact during these times, and daily assigned work will need to be submitted by the end of each school day.
  • All questions regarding work or content will need to be addressed by teachers during the DLP school schedule.
  • Though the DLP may incorporate the aid of a parent or another adult to assist in the management of the learning process, parents/guardians are not expected take on the role of being their child’s teacher. In most cases, the workload that will be assigned to students should allow for completion independently.
  • The goal of the DLP is to make learning authentic, and the varying learning activities may occur on or offline. Teachers will outline expectations and documentation necessary for the completion of any assigned task or work.
  • Each department and specific grade levels will outline details of their expectations (see links below to Department Specific Expectations).
 
Department Specific Communication
Dear Parents,
 
Myself and all of the teachers at Veritas definitely miss seeing you and your child/ren on campus, but we are also excited about the newest adventure of distance learning! This is a great way for us to stay in touch, to have some communication and activities, and to learn the things your child will need to learn at this time of the school year! Your child’s distance learning will begin tomorrow.
 
Our plan is to have a progressive roll out for Distance Learning. As we are all shifting into a new online environment for your child’s education, we want to take this in measured steps. If your child is having trouble with any of the online materials, please reach out immediately to your child’s teacher. We will work to resolve any technical difficulties as quickly as possible. We want to make this an excellent experience for all.
 
Your child will be using ClassDojo as their portal and for all assignments. Kindergarten through 2nd Grade will also have information posted on RenWeb under homework assignments. You will receive an email with directions from your child’s teacher tomorrow. Your child’s teacher will be in close contact throughout this process.
 
In preparation for distance learning, please create an ideal learning environment. I encourage you to have a routine, a flexible schedule, and a workspace with supplies. Your child should be dressed appropriately and when we are online together, they need to be in an appropriate setting. I do advise students to wear headphones, if available, to keep their focus on their learning. It will take some time to establish these routines, so please be patient with yourself and your child over the next couple of weeks.
 
The main thing I want each of you to know for certain is that this is a challenge that we are taking on together, as a community, and that I and your teachers care about your family and want so much to stay in close touch with you. There will undoubtedly be a learning curve for all of us and kinks to be worked out, but we will do it together as a community. I will be working alongside your teacher to help in any way possible. I look forward to hearing from you and to our new adventure in distance learning. Please know we are continuing to pray for our Veritas family, our government, and our health professionals in this unknown time.

Many Blessings,
 
Alecia Gallegos
Early Education and Lower School Principal
Dear Parents,
 
WELCOME BACK! I want to say first, that we miss all of you and your child! We have been working diligently in preparing for our distance learning program. We are thankful that technology has allowed us to do this as this will be a great way for us to have communication, activities, and to continue to teach virtually. Your child’s distance learning will begin tomorrow and we are excited to see this through.
 
Our plan is to have a progressive roll out for Distance Learning. As we are all shifting into a new online environment for your child’s education, we want to take this in measured steps. If your child is having trouble with any of the online materials, please reach out immediately to your child’s teacher. We will work to resolve any technical difficulties as quickly as possible. We want to make this an excellent experience for all.
 
Your child will be using Google Classroom as their portal. You will receive an email from your child’s teacher with information and login instructions. Your child’s teacher will be in close contact throughout this process.
 
In preparation for distance learning, please create an ideal learning environment that is best for your child. I encourage you to set up a routine, have a flexible schedule, and a workspace with supplies. Your child should be dressed appropriately and when we are online together, they need to be in an appropriate setting. I do advise students to wear headphones, if available, to keep their focus on their learning. It will take some time to establish these routines, so please be patient with yourself and your child over the next couple of weeks. We are here for you if you need help.
 
The main thing I want each of you to know for certain is that this is a challenge that we are taking on together, as a community, and that I and your teachers care about your family and want so much to stay in close touch with you. There will undoubtedly be a learning curve as we shift into this new reality, but we will do it together as a community. I will be working alongside your teacher to help in any way possible. I look forward to hearing from you and to our new adventure in distance learning. Please know we are continuing to pray for our Veritas family, our government, and our health professionals in this unknown time.
 
Many Blessings,
 
Alecia Gallegos
Early Education and Lower School Principal
Hello parents,
 
Middle School classes will continue online through Google Classroom. All Middle School
students are familiar with this program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you
may have.
 
  • All daily assignments and lessons will be posted on Google Classroom by no later than
    8:30AM each morning and daily assignments need to be turned in by 3:00PM each day
    (students need to click the “turn in” button on Google Classroom to make sure the
    assignment is submitted).
  • Teachers will be available to answer questions, emails, and give feedback between
    9:00AM and 3:00PM.
  • If a student needs one on one help, please contact the teacher to set up a time to meet
    through Google Meet.
  • All assignments will continue to be posted on Renweb and on Google Classroom.
  • Math and English teachers will meet with students live two times a week via Google
    Meet. See below class schedules for more information. Also, below you will find a guide
    on how to access Google Meet. If a student can’t make it to the meeting, inform the
    teacher and they can meet one on one through Google Meet at a different time if
    needed.
  • Bible, History and Science classes have scheduled optional Q&A times through Google
    Meet in case students have any questions.
  • Spanish/Latin classes don’t have scheduled live meetings. Feel free to contact the
    teacher directly via email with any questions. All Spanish/Latin assignments will be
    posted daily on Google Classroom.
  • PE, Art, Music, Logic and Journalism will start on March 30th. These classes will be
    optional and will post their lessons on google classroom every Monday for the week.
  • Every teacher is available via email and if needed via Google Meet.
 
This is uncharted territory for all of us. As we transition to an online platform for learning, we
will probably have glitches, and technology issues might arise. Please be patient with us as we
work through any issues in our first week to make online learning a great experience for all.
Please know we continue to pray for all Veritas families as we enter this new journey together.
 
God is at work,
 
Lina Delgado
Middle School Principal