MHA Online Classroom FAQs
This FAQ is intended to be a resource for parents and students during the state-mandated school closure due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on our nation. We know this is an uncertain time for all of our families. Ultimately, our goal is to continue partnering with you and providing high-quality, Christ-centered instruction during these extraneous circumstances.
Q: What will remote instruction look like?
A: We realize this transition to digital learning will present a challenge for our students, families, and faculty. We have created the MHA Online Classroom as a flexible platform where students can access lessons and activities when it is most convenient for your family. Your child’s teachers will be sharing assignments and resources for continued at-home learning during the shutdown via the online classroom. Please click here to access the MHA Online Classroom. Please refer to your login and password sent via email.
Q: What are the expectations of parents?
A: Remote learning may look different for each grade level, and younger students likely will need more guidance than Rhetoric School students. Partnering to provide continued education during this shutdown will mean an additional level of parent engagement to help children progress in their learning. Take the lead from your child’s teachers, knowing that all parties involved are extending grace to one another in the process.
Q: How will my child get assignments?
A: Information, instructional materials, and assignments will be accessed through the MHA Online Classroom. Teachers will post a week-at-a-glance, which details assignments and provides any special instructions. Materials will be posted by the end of the day Tuesday, March 17 for assignments to be completed through Friday, March 20. Moving forward, the week-at-a-glance will be posted on Fridays for the following week (March 20 for the week of March 23-27 and March 27 for the week of March 30-April 3).
Q: Will printed materials be provided?
A: Teachers will make academic materials available on the MHA Online Classroom. Students can interact with the online materials. Assignments will be designed to minimize the need for printing. Please refer to the email sent out requesting your need for printed materials. These materials can be picked up in St. Andrew’s (lunchroom) on Fridays, 12-6 p.m. Parents may call the MHA office during regular office hours if their needs change in regards to printed materials.
Q: How and when do I return my child’s assignments?
A: Teachers are granted flexibility in how assignments may be submitted, including, but not limited to, drop off at the school and electronic submissions. Teachers will provide specific instructions regarding how and when to return assignments. Pick-up and drop-off hours will be every Friday from 12-6 p.m. Our teachers also understand that students will need flexibility with completing and submitting assignments during these unusual circumstances.
Q: Who will grade my child’s work?
A: Most grading will be completed by teachers; however, parents may need to grade for a particular assignment. Answer keys will be provided by teachers for any work to be graded by parents.
Q: What are the expectations for administering student assessments?
A: It is important that each student remain accountable for his/her own assignments as we work remotely. Parents are not being asked to proctor assessments, but parents can help students do simple things to avoid dishonesty temptations. When taking quizzes and tests, students should clear materials off their desk/work area, remove access to the internet, and put away devices that would allow students to communicate during an assessment. Teachers may also include a statement on an assessment for a student to confirm “On my honor, I have neither given nor taken improper assistance in completing this (test, quiz, assignment)."
Q: What if I have a question about an assignment? How do I get in touch with my teacher?
A: Teachers will respond within 24 hours to emails and phone calls received during the school week. Email addresses and phone numbers can be found in the MHA Directory on our website. Contact details are also included in the online learning page for each grade. Please be patient as we all learn to work remotely. If you have not heard from your teacher within 24 hours, please call the office at 513-770-3223.
Q: What if I don’t understand the subject/topic my child is studying?
A: MHA does not expect that parents will be able to teach or answer questions about all the assignments. Your primary educational support is your child’s teachers. Here are some tips if you and your child encounter challenges with the material.
- Make sure your child has reviewed all the resources posted in the online classroom regarding the assignment, including any related documents and videos.
- Reach out to your teacher with questions. If needed, request a time to talk.
- Students may reach out to classmates to talk through the assignment.
- Take a break from the material if you can’t get an answer right away.
Q: How will specials like PE, Art, music be handled?
A: Art and music will continue with assignments posted in the week-at-a-glance. Teachers will be sensitive to the supplies readily available at home. P.E. and the trackers are suspended for now. Mr. Waldy will offer suggestions of physical activities through his “Mr. Waldy’s Wee Wanderings” classroom page.
Q: What if I am having technical difficulties with the online classroom?
A: Please direct questions regarding the use of the online classroom to email@example.com.
Q: Do you have tips for educating at home?
A: Several of our teachers have put together suggestions for helping you prepare for the transition to remote learning.
- Determine and set-up a learning space as free from distractions as possible, yet near you for productivity and accountability.
- Take some time to assist your child in organizing. Gather and have all school materials, lined notebook paper, and writing utensils within easy reach.
- Have a plan to check on your child’s progress – this will vary based on your individual child’s needs and grade.
- Develop a routine. You may follow a typical school-day schedule or create something that works for your family’s particular situation.
- Make a schedule or checklist for your child to follow. Some children will need order imposed, while others will do well with a check-off list. Include meals, snacks, schoolwork, chores, breaks, and exercise.
- Plan a good time to go over your child’s work together (at the end of each class, the end of the day, or possibly twice a day).
- Plan to change to a new class or assignment every 30 to 45 minutes (even if not finished – come back to it later in the same day). Allow your child a few minutes to stretch and move between lessons.
Here are some ideas specific to Rhetoric Students.
- Rhetoric Students are becoming more independent. Now is a great time to build on those skills of independence.
- Ask questions rather than direct: “Where will you work?” or “What time are you reserving for work?”
- Help them plan: “Show me your list of assignments,” “How do you plan to organize your assignments?” or “Do you have all your supplies?”
- Follow up to make sure work is getting completed: “Were you able to complete all your assignments?” or “Do you need to contact your teacher about anything you did today?”
- Allow your child to struggle with an assignment, as it is part of the learning process. Resist the temptation to do the work for your child.
Q: Will MHA be tracking attendance during the closure?
A: We recognize that attempting to track student attendance under such circumstances is very challenging. Consequently, students will be deemed to be in attendance during the three-week period.
Q: How long will remote learning take place?
A: As of today, we plan to continue remote learning through April 3. This is subject to change based on decisions from state leaders.
Q: How will I get updates?
A: In an effort to keep our community well-informed, we will be sending out regular communication and posting the latest updates on our COVID-19 webpage. We will update you with information as developments continue. We also will continue using One Call Now for important announcements.
Q: Where do I direct questions during the shut down?
A: Teachers are your primary support during the school closure. Please feel free to reach out to them directly and as often as necessary with questions about course work. School administrators are available for any schoolwide questions and concerns. If you have technical questions regarding the MHA Classroom, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus & Calendar
Q: What is the plan for Parent-Teacher Conferences?
A: Parent-teacher conferences will be rescheduled. The method of parent-teacher conferences will depend on the Governor’s plan regarding school closures. The spring parent-teacher conferences will be particularly important this school year. Please plan to participate.
Please also note that progress reports are available in NetClassroom.
Q: How does the closure impact upcoming events, field trips, and athletics?
A: All co-curricular activities, including athletics, drama, and strings, are on hold at this time. All indoor and outdoor events and field trips through April 6 have been cancelled, including the seventh grade Space Camp trip. Reimbursements will be issued when possible in the event a field trip cannot be rescheduled. As the situation continues to evolve, we will re-evaluate events and field trips scheduled after April 6.
We understand the disappointment and inconvenience that these postponements and cancellations may cause to our families, students, and staff. We are responding to the State of Ohio’s emergency order to slow the spread of the virus.
Q: Are visitors allowed to come to school?
A: MHA is closed through Monday, April 6 – this includes using front office, gym, and library. However, parents and/or students who may need to access their lockers or pick up medication may call to make special arrangements.
Q: How does the school closure impact our scheduled Easter Break?
A: As of today, we plan to observe Easter Break scheduled for April 10-17, because we are continuing instruction via the MHA Online Classroom.
Q: Will the school year be extended due to the closure?
A: Since the desire is for MHA to make a good faith effort to provide educational services within available capabilities during this period, we do not anticipate extending the school year.
Q: How will the school closure affect achievement testing?
A: The intention is to be as flexible as possible given the current situation. For now, Stanford Achievement Testing is postponed and will not be administered the week of April 6 as scheduled.
Q: What about graduation?
A: Ensuring that the Class of 2020 is on track to graduate is an important priority. Our teachers are committed to working with each senior to complete all graduation requirements during the remainder of the school year, both during the closure period and at such time as school may resume. Our commitment is to provide reasonable flexibility in the interest of doing what is right for students.
Q: What about Pizza Fridays, Chick-fil-A sandwich Mondays, and Chick-fil-A biscuit breakfasts?
A: These days will resume, as planned, once we are able to return to school. If pizza and Chick-fil-a lunches were purchased this semester, refunds will be issued for days we do not have school. Chick-fil-a breakfast biscuits will be rescheduled when school is back in session.
State Mandated Closure
Q: What will the next three weeks looks like?
A: MHA is closed through Friday, April 3, though we know this closure could be extended by Governor Mike DeWine. Our teachers completed in-service March 16-17 in prepration of moving to a remote online learning platform. We will implement the MHA Online Classroom Wednesday, March 18 and continue this type of learning until our school reopens.
Q: What exactly is the state-mandated closure?
A: Governor Mike DeWine ordered all private, public, and charter school buildings to close to students until Friday, April 3. According to the order, “this closure does not include administrators, teachers, staff, vendors or contractors of a school,” and administrators may determine the appropriate level of access to the school during the closure. Governor DeWine’s actions are part of the state’s strategy to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
Q: Are schools on an extended break?
A: On March 12, Governor DeWine said, “During this extended period of closure, schools should work to provide education through alternative means,” indicating that schools should make a good faith effort within available capabilities to support continued learning outside of school.
Q: What happens after the ordered three-week closure period ends?
A: MHA will follow the state’s orders regarding reopening the school building. However, no specific decisions have been made at the state-level at this time. The three-week time period was selected to allow the state to gauge and monitor the status of the coronavirus outbreak. Decisions about future educational activity will be made prior to the end of the three-week period.