Academic Models to Ensure Continous Learning
Regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves this year, whether on-campus, online, or a combination of both, we are prepared to carry out our mission and provide our students with the excellent educational experience that is McDonogh.
Our faculty are engaging in required professional development this summer to prepare for the coming year. This training is designed to ensure continuous academic excellence in all three models. It includes a schoolwide transition to Canvas, a powerful learning management system where rich, engaging learning can take place whether students are online or on campus. Faculty are also completing a course on blended learning called The LifeReady Classroom, which is an approach to instruction that organizes and optimizes synchronous learning and asynchronous learning. When faculty return to school, additional professional development will include instruction on new health and safety protocols.
Hybrid 5-3-2 Model To Start School Year
To ensure a safe and seamless transition, our plan at this time is to begin the school year with the On-Campus/Online Hybrid 5-3-2 model (Lower School on campus five days a week; Middle School on campus three days a week; and Upper School on campus two days a week), and we will have staggered start dates. In this model, students will be in virtual school when they are not on campus, with the exception of the first week of school (there will be no virtual classes the week of August 31 to September 4). We are building toward having students on campus five days a week as soon as it is viable to do so.
View the staggered start dates and September calendar.
The first week back (August 31-September 4), the school day will begin at 8:30 a.m. for all three divisions and buses will leave at 12:00 p.m. for Lower School students and 3:00 p.m. for Middle and Upper School students. After the first week, the school day for all students will begin at 8:30 a.m. and buses will depart Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. Late buses (upper schoolers only) will be available on the days when Upper School classes are held on campus; more details regarding times and routes will be forthcoming.
We understand some students may be unable to attend on-campus school due to a variety of circumstances, including the need to self-isolate at home. In order to support continued learning, virtual options will be available for such situations. Daily start and stop times will be the same for students who opt for virtual learning options. Stay tuned for more details.