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Academics

Distance Learning

Even though our physical campus and classrooms are temporarily closed, student learning continues remotely beginning March 26. We have developed specific plans to deliver our educational programming and we are committed to supporting each child. GDS is committed to planning and implementing a cutting edge, high touch experience for our families during Distance Learning.

Distance Learning Structure

  • Daily schedules vary by division and provide flexibility for each family
  • Teaching and Learning will continue but it will look different and feel different - let go, make mistakes, have fun!
  • Teaching will not be a collection of online links to consume. Students and families will continue to experience the personal touch of the School.
  • Appropriate guidelines and expectations exist so that the distance learning school day does not place students in front of screens too much.  Suggested daily schedules for on/off screen time by grade will help support parents and caregivers (especially in Lower School).
  • Consistent, predictable methods of communicating with families is critical.
  • Methods of assessing students and communicating student progress will include conferences, video chats, traditional assignments, and more.
  • Alignment within each grade level and across disciplines will be a priority.
  • All lessons will be recorded and made available for students and families.

Our Mantra

Greensboro Day School has given a powerful example to our community of how to thrive during difficult times. -- GDS Upper School Parent

List of 11 items.

  • Supplies and Online Platforms

    Platforms
    Platforms used for Distance Learning will vary per grade level.
    • Zoom
    • Seesaw
    • MyGDS
    • Google: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom
    Students
    • Age 2-Kindergarten: Internet access, one family device for occasional access to internet, hands-on materials, and a space to play/exercise/practice mindfulness
    • Grades 1-3: Internet access, one family device for occasional access to internet, hands- on materials, and a space to play/exercise/practice mindfulness
    • Grades 4-5: Internet access, school-issued chromebook, and a space to play/exercise/practice mindfulness
    • Grades 6-12: Internet access, school-issued laptop, and a space to play/exercise/practice mindfulness
  • Lower School

    Lower School Distance Learning will be mostly asynchronous. If parents need a guide for how to manage the day, a possible suggested schedule for Lower School students in grades BT - K and in grades 1-4 is in the Distance Learning Handbook.   
  • Middle School

    The following schedule is designed to allow student learning to continue under a distance learning model in the event of an extended suspension of face-to-face classes. It will be followed by all students grades 5-8. See below for more information about class meetings, advisory, and division work under the distance learning schedule.

    Monday Morning Division Meeting - Division teams will meet during this time to discuss plans for the coming week. In the event of a multi-week disruption, this time will be used to adjust schedules or plans as needed based on feedback from the previous week (see Friday Afternoon Division Meeting below)

    Morning Advisory - This is a time for students to check in with advisors, organize themselves, and prepare to start their days. Advisors should have an open zoom session for the entirety of the morning meeting time. This is a good time to check in with students about their current progress, their questions about the day, and their general wellness.

    Class Meetings - Each regular period meets twice a week under the above model. The 45 minutes set aside for class meeting time should be used for active work within that class, whether that is a brief lecture, presentations, writing workshops, or another model. Each class is followed by a 30 minute block of time set aside for students to work on assignments independently. During the 30 minute working time, students may set up meetings with teachers, chat with peers, or work offline.

    Lunch - During lunch there will be no scheduled zoom sessions for classes, though counselors, administrators, and college counselors may have open sessions.

    Division Directors Office Hours - During this time, each division director will hold an open virtual meeting and be available for faculty, staff, and students.

    Teacher Office Hours - During this time, each teacher will hold an open virtual meeting and be available for faculty, staff, and students.

    Academic Enrichment - During this time, core teachers and the learning resource teacher will support students with assignments, executive functioning, time management, etc.

    Wellness Time - In the event of a suspension of face-to-face classes, it is imperative that students remain appropriately active and healthy. This block of time is set aside for students to engage in one of the suggested activities at this link as prepared by the Physical Education Department.

    Friday Morning Advisory/Assembly - This block of time is for advisors to have a longer meeting with students as needed or to run an advising activity. Division Directors may also use this time to have a division assembly.

    Shared Working Time - During this time students are responsible for completing longer assignments, mastering course learning goals, and preparing for the coming week. This is a good time for reviewing longer virtual labs, meeting individually with students on writing assignments, conducting study or practice groups, and having reading circles. Individual teachers should not require students to come at a specific time during this block, but are encouraged to discuss this time throughout the course of the week.

    Teachers should establish a regular one hour block of office hours during this four hour window, and should be available to students at other times during this block by appointment.

    Friday Afternoon Advisory - Advisors will have open zoom sessions for their advisees during this time. This is a good time to help students plan for the following week, be sure that they understand any school announcements about the following week, and gather student feedback about how the teleschool schedule has been working.

    Friday Afternoon Division Meeting - The week will end with a division-level meeting for all faculty and staff with their directors. Faculty should come prepared with feedback about how the week has progressed, and suggestions for any necessary modifications to the following week should the disruption continue. Administrators will discuss all feedback over the weekend and present any potential changes at the following Monday’s Divisions Meeting.

    Study Halls - During distance learning, structured study halls will no longer meet. If a student needs support in managing workload or time, they should reach out to the Learning Resource Specialist.

    Find more details in the Distance Learning Plan.
  • Upper School

    The following schedule is designed to allow student learning to continue under a teleschool model in the event of an extended suspension of face-to-face classes. It will be followed by all students grades 9-12. See below for more information about class meetings, advisory, and division work under the teleschool schedule.

    Monday Morning Division Meeting - Division teams will meet during this time to discuss plans for the coming week. In the event of a multi-week disruption, this time will be used to adjust schedules or plans as needed based on feedback from the previous week (see Friday Afternoon Division Meeting below)

    Morning Advisory - This is a time for students to check in with advisors, organize themselves, and prepare to start their days. Advisors should have an open zoom session for the entirety of the morning meeting time. This is a good time to check in with students about their current progress, their questions about the day, and their general wellness.

    Class Meetings - Each regular period meets twice a week under the above model. The 45 minutes set aside for class meeting time should be used for active work within that class, whether that is a brief lecture, presentations, writing workshops, or another model. Each class is followed by a 30 minute block of time set aside for students to work on assignments independently. During the 30 minute working time, students may set up meetings with teachers, chat with peers, or work offline.

    Lunch - During lunch there will be no scheduled zoom sessions for classes, though counselors, administrators, and college counselors may have open sessions.

    Division Directors Office Hours - During this time, each division director will hold an open virtual meeting and be available for faculty, staff, and students.

    Wellness Time - In the event of a suspension of face-to-face classes, it is imperative that students remain appropriately active and healthy. This block of time is set aside for students to engage in one of the suggested activities at this link as prepared by the Physical Education Department.

    Friday Morning Advisory/Assembly - This block of time is for advisors to have a longer meeting with students as needed or to run an advising activity. Division Directors may also use this time to have a division assembly.

    Shared Working Time - During this time students are responsible for completing longer assignments, mastering course learning goals, and preparing for the coming week. This is a good time for reviewing longer virtual labs, meeting individually with students on writing assignments, conducting study or practice groups, and having reading circles. Individual teachers should not require students to come at a specific time during this block, but are encouraged to discuss this time throughout the course of the week.

    Teachers should establish a regular one hour block of office hours during this four hour window, and should be available to students at other times during this block by appointment.

    Friday Afternoon Advisory - Advisors will have open zoom sessions for their advisees during this time. This is a good time to help students plan for the following week, be sure that they understand any school announcements about the following week, and gather student feedback about how the teleschool schedule has been working.

    Friday Afternoon Division Meeting - The week will end with a division-level meeting for all faculty and staff with their directors. Faculty should come prepared with feedback about how the week has progressed, and suggestions for any necessary modifications to the following week should the disruption continue. Administrators will discuss all feedback over the weekend and present any potential changes at the following Monday’s Divisions Meeting.

    Find more details in our Distance Learning Plan.
  • Social & Emotional Support

    Our Three Counselors Will:
    • Serve as liaison for communication with students/families in crisis
    • Maintain a bank of social-emotional lessons
    • Host office hours at set times for students and families to access counseling by phone or FaceTime. Students, parents, and guardians are encouraged to schedule these meetings as needed.
    • Support faculty with well-being tools, conversations, and collaboration
    • Support students who are absent or cannot participate
    • Lead small groups online for personal support
  • Learning Resources

    Our Four Full-time Learning Support Teachers Will:
    • Support all teachers and teams in the implementation of distance learning
    • Communicate regularly with the subject or classroom teachers
    • Continue to offer support for students with learning plans and/or diagnosed learning differences
    • Offer to scaffold or modify assignments, as necessary, for students to support subject or classroom teachers
    • Help subject or classroom teachers differentiate lessons and activities for the students
    • Communicate regularly with students and their parents who are struggling to help ensure they have success with distance learning
    • Provide supplementary learning activities for students who might benefit from additional practice to close academic and curricular gaps, or for students who need additional enrichment/challenge
    • Support students who are absent or cannot participate
    • Lead small groups online for study sessions, tutorials, as needed
    • Click here to access Student Tips for Transitioning to Distance Learning
  • Counseling and Learning Resource Support Group Meetings

    Early Childhood - Kindergarten Support Group hosted by Brittany Lutzweiler and Laura Shue, Mondays from 8-9 p.m.

    Lower School (Grades 1-4) Support Group
    hosted by Brittany Lutzweiler and Suzanne Billips, Thursdays from 8-9 p.m.

    Middle School Grade Level Parent Meetings hosted by Dana Smith, Kyle Gilmer, Michelle Bostian, and Kathy Gillespie
    Fifth Grade: Tuesday, 8 - 8:30 a.m.
    Sixth Grade: Wednesday, 8 - 8:30 a.m.
    Seventh Grade: Thursday, 8 - 8:30 a.m.

    Upper School Support Group hosted by Bridget Gwinnett and Megan Mimms, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7-8 p.m.

  • College Counseling

    Our College Counseling Team Will:
    • Continue to provide all regular college counseling services to the student body
    • Evaluate timeline for graduation requirements, class credit, and AP testing deadlines
    • If needed, help students locate testing centers for AP, ACT and/or SAT
    • Host Office Hours at set times for students to call in and access support virtually.  Encourage students, parents, and guardians to schedule these meetings as needed.
    • Provide College Counseling information and resources during Distance Learning
    Helpful Resources 
    Have Questions? Contact the College Counseling Team.
    Tammy Alt, Director of College Counseling
    RJ Hooker, Assistant Director of College Counseling 
     
    Barbara Maynard, Administrative Assistant
  • Parent Tips

    • Establish routines and expectations for learning at home - a quiet space, a regular time, limited distractions, etc.
    • Prioritize physical movement and normal sleeping hours.
    • Make sure there is adult supervision and engagement.
    • Read communications from school regularly.
    • Use email as your primary method of communication with teachers (not texting).
    • Check in regularly with your child & provide feedback to your child's teacher about what is going well and what is challenging.
    • Encourage/support productive struggle
    • Facilitate virtual social contact with peers
    • Enjoy this special time to engage with your child in a new way
  • Wellness Resources

    Our physical education department has created a comprehensive health and wellness guide and resilience challenge for the entire Greensboro Day School community. It is simple and sustainable for all!
  • Distance Learning Photos and Videos

    Share your Distance Learning photos and videos with us by sending to socialmedia@greensboroday.org. If you post to social media, tag Greensboro Day School and use hashtags #GDSathome #GDSBengals and #DistanceLearning.
We are proud members of Global Online Academy and proudly use their resources and best practices for offering a humanizing approach to Distance Learning.
Lower School
ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Laura Shue, Early Childhood (BB-K) Learning Resource Specialist
Schedule an appointment with Laura Shue

Suzanne Billips, Lower School (1-4) Learning Resource Specialist
Schedule a meeting with Suzanne Billips

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Brittany Lutzweiler, Lower School Counselor
Schedule a meeting with Brittany Lutzweiler.

Middle School
ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Kathy Gillespie, Middle School Learning Resource Specialist

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Michelle Bostian, Middle School Counselor
Schedule an appointment with Michelle Bostian

Upper School
ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Megan Mimms, Upper School Learning Resource Specialist
Schedule an appointment with Megan Mimms

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Bridget Gwinnett, Upper School Counselor
Schedule an appointment with Bridget Gwinnett

COLLEGE COUNSELING
Tammy Alt, Director of College Counseling
Schedule an appointment with Tammy Alt

RJ Hooker
, Assistant Director of College Counseling
Schedule an appointment with RJ Hooker


Technology Support

The GDS Tech Team is available for faculty, students, and parents who need tech support related to distance learning. 
 
Tech Help Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Students, parents, and employees needing tech assistance should fill out the tech help ticket form

Emergency Tech Help: 7 - 9 p.m.
The tech team is also managing a tech help hotline in the evenings, Monday - Friday from 7 - 9 p.m. This hotline number is for urgent requests only, including a problem which is preventing a student from completing schoolwork in the evening. For other non-emergency evening requests, please use the ticket form above. The tech hotline number is 336-517-7905.

Concierge Hotline
GDS has established a COVID-19 Concierge Hotline.
Call 336-209-4245 between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. with your questions during this stressful time.

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