Distance & Hybrid Learning

Overview

During the period of distance and hybrid learning, the policies in the current Family Handbook remain valid. However, we have supplemented them with additional policies.

Please take time to review the following guidelines with your children. Students and families are responsible for adhering to school policies for distance learning.

Guidelines for Attending A Virtual Class

Students who are learning remotely while school is in session on campus are expected to attend each class and advisory on time, via Zoom.

If a student is absent from school, the parent must contact the Upper/Middle School Main Office to report that absence. They should also inform the Upper/Middle School Main Office if the student will be attending classes virtually—via Zoom.

The Family Handbook section on Student Conduct, Citizenship, and Disciplinary Consequences holds whether students are on campus or remote. Students not adhering to the following protocols can be marked absent.

Use of Zoom Software

Students in a Zoom class are expected to have their cameras and microphones on, and teachers may ask students to turn cameras and microphones on. No avatars are permitted.

If students would prefer a virtual background, the School will make a selection available; students must choose a virtual background from the official selection.

Dress Code and Learning Environment

Students are expected to dress in attire appropriate to an indoor, public space.

Students are expected to be situated in a place appropriate to work: sitting upright before a clear surface with space for their technology, books, and other materials, in a space as quiet as they can find.

Dress Code at School

Casual attire is permitted, but to keep within the spirit of the dress code, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Clothing and face coverings may not display any writing or images, with the exception of Morristown-Beard/Crimson attire. Garments that are solid in color and/or include small logos are also acceptable.
  • Shorts, skirts, dresses, and necklines must be modest and appropriate for school.
  • Clothing must fit properly (not too loose or too tight).

Hats may not be worn indoors (with the exception of head coverings worn in religious observance)

Behavior and Participation

When attending classes on Zoom, students are expected to be on time, participate actively, listen thoughtfully, and collaborate generously. Students on Zoom should be focused on the class; they should not be viewing multiple browser pages, texting, using social media, or eating.

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty and integrity are at the heart of the School’s commitment to teaching and learning. Communication, learning, and community culture depend on trust between its members. Academic dishonesty corrodes that trust.

During a period of hybrid and distance learning, the trust between teachers and students matters more than ever, as we see each other in person less frequently. As in normal times, during hybrid and distance learning faculty members want to see that each student has understood the concepts and has been able to make the material his or her own. Teachers want to know what each student is thinking about the work, as well as how the student can apply the ideas to novel situations.

Some examples of academic dishonesty worth mentioning in light of hybrid and distance learning include:

  • Copying and submitting another student’s homework or book content
  • Obtaining or distributing information about quizzes, tests, exams, or projects to another student
  • Submitting work that has been completed by another person—including tutors, teachers, peers, or family members
  • Using an online translator to gather the meaning of, or to compose, a sentence in another language
  • Using an online script calculator to perform calculations claimed as the student’s own

During the period of distance and hybrid learning, students will be expected to follow the rules of their individual instructors when it comes to using specific technology to show their work. For example, an essay might need to be typed entirely into a new Google Doc, a paper may need to be submitted to a service such as turnitin.com to check for plagiarism, or a service such as GoFormative may be employed when a test or a quiz is being completed. Other relevant technologies might include, but are not limited to, Google Classroom and Google Docs.

Attendance and Latenesses

When students are attending school on campus, the existing Handbook guidelines hold, with the time of arrival and departure modified in light of the 2020–2021 hybrid schedule.

On the hybrid schedule, advisory begins at 8:00 AM and students may depart campus
at 3:05 PM. Buses depart at 3:15PM. Extracurriculars begin at 3:15PM.

Attendance policies

As is usual, students with 18 absences in a year-long course and nine absences in a semester-long class will receive no credit for the course (barring special circumstances and excused absences).

Students who miss school for illness are required to make up work for classes in a timely manner. For illnesses that last more than a day, students will coordinate with individual teachers to make a plan for completing work. Students who miss class are responsible for contacting the teacher to inform them of their absence and to receive instructions for making up work. Students who are learning remotely while school is in session on campus are expected to attend each class and advisory on time, via Zoom.

Reporting absences

  • If a student is absent from school, the parent must contact the Upper/Middle School Main Office to report that absence. They should also inform the Upper/Middle School Main office whether the student will be attending classes via Zoom.
  • When a student is at home and attending classes virtually from home, their presence will be recorded as “Virtual” when a teacher takes attendance at the start of class.

  • During a period of distance learning, when no school is being held on campus, attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class (including morning advisory for Middle School students).

Reporting Latenesses

School policy does not distinguish between excused and unexcused lateness. Students may be late to school up to seven times in a semester. Beyond that, each late arrival may result in a detention.

  • Students who arrive late to campus must check in at the relevant Middle or Upper School Office upon arrival.
  • Parents of children who are planning to arrive late or depart early are expected to notify the Middle or Upper School office in the morning.
  • Students who leave early for medical reasons may check out in the Nurse’s Office.
  • During periods of distance learning, students who know they will be late to a course must notify their teacher prior to the start of class.

Students are expected to arrive to class on time.

Protocol for students arriving more than five minutes late to Zoom sessions

  • First time: teacher will contact student after class

  • Second time: teacher will contact student, advisor, and class dean

  • Third time: teacher will send a PCF

  • Fourth time: student will be marked absent

Student technology expectations

Students in Middle School are expected to have access to an iPad, on campus and at home. Teachers will be assigning work that requires iPad apps and features. Students in the Upper School are recommended to have an iPad, though a laptop is also permitted.

Students on campus will be asked to register only a single device on the network. If students need to register a second device, please contact Ezra Gottlieb (egottlieb@mbs.net).

For questions about access to or replacement of technology, please contact the Office of Admissions, the Director of Academic Technology (Caitlin Skobo-Trought, ctrought@mbs.net), or the Director of Diversity and Inclusion (Klarissa Karosen, kkarosen@mbs.net).

A limited number of laptops and iPads are available for students to borrow, if needed. If
a student needs access to technology (laptop, iPad, wifi, etc) to complete schoolwork, please contact, for the Upper School, Meg Ahern (mahern@mbs.net), Director of Financial Aid, and, for the Middle School, Joe Locandro (jlocandro@mbs.net), Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid.

Students are expected to be prepared to Zoom into classes when learning from home, whether school is in session on campus or virtually.

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