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. The week-at-a-glance will be posted on Saturdays for the following week.
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. Planning for packet pick up after Spring Break is underway.
Q: How do I return my child’s assignments?
A: Families are asked to send all assignments as either PDF or Word files to ensure compatibility. For those who do not have access to a home scanner, please click here for a tutorial on using a scanned app or using an iPad or iPhone.
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. 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, and 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 offers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do you have tips for educating at home?
A: Several of our teachers have put together suggestions for educating at home.
- 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). 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 school closure.
Q: How long will remote learning take place?
A: As of today, we plan to continue remote learning through May 1. 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 email@example.com.
Q: How can I connect with other families?
A: MHA at Home is a Facebook group for the MHA community to navigate remote learning together. It’s a place to help our community continue to thrive and to support one another. Please share resources, tips, words of encouragement, and photos or videos of what school looks like for your students at home. This group is a place to foster community and support one another. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MHAatHome/
Campus & Calendar
Q: What is the plan for Parent-Teacher Conferences?
A: Parent-teacher conferences will be held on an as-needed basis. Please feel free to contact your child's teachers directly to schedule.
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 May 1 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 May 1. Humanities Night has been cancelled, and plans are underway for a virtual art show.
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 Friday, May 1 – this includes using the 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. Packet pick ups will be scheduled for picking up school materials.
Q: How does the school closure impact our scheduled Easter Break?
A: Easter Break will be held April 10-20.
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.
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, if 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, if possible.
State Mandated Closure
Q: What will school look like during the closure?
A: MHA is closed through Friday, May 1, though we know this closure could be extended again by Governor Mike DeWine. Our teachers completed in-service March 16-17 in prepration of moving to a remote online learning platform. The MHA Online Classroom was implemented Wednesday, March 18. MHA will 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 and then extended that closure through May 1. 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 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 initial three-week time period was selected to allow the state to gauge and monitor the status of the coronavirus outbreak. The state decided to extend this closure through Friday, May 1. Decisions about future educational activity will be made prior to the end of April.