University School of Jackson

Online Learning

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University School of Jackson has transitioned the three divisions of our school to online learning. While a constant and intentional work in progress, USJ will continue to uphold the vision and mission of our school through the USJ Online Academy. The Middle and Upper Schools will be utilizing the Zoom teleconferencing platform and Google Classroom to maintain an online school-day schedule to deliver content and facilitate remote discussions. Our Lower School teachers will also communicate with their students via the Zoom platform. However, the schedule will be adjusted appropriately by grade level. For additional details, please click on the appropriate division below to be taken to each divisional-specific Online Learning Policy.

 

USJ - Lower School Online Learning

The following policy is to help guide actions and expectations during this unprecedented time

 

Vision of Learning

 

Learning is a personal, lifelong process that leads to change, including the ability and willingness to adapt. It is driven by curiosity and motivation, occurring in a supportive environment rich in engagement, social interaction, and feedback.

 

For Students

 

Early Childhood (Jr Cubs – JrK)

 

Students will be encouraged to continue to develop as thinkers, problem solvers, and explorers through daily hands-on-learning experiences. These experiences will align with the developmental domains of play-- fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional skills, language, and cognitive skills.

 

Grades K - 2

 

  • Students will attend all Zoom meetings hosted by their teacher unless parents/guardians have contacted the teacher to explain why they are unable to attend. Attendance will be taken each day after the grade levels Zoom session.

 

  • Students will complete their online learning on Seesaw, Redbird, IXL,etc as requested by their teacher.

 

  • Students will meet the deadlines as laid out by their teacher for submitting work through whichever platform that the teacher has identified.

 

  • Students will make time for play and gross motor exercise every day.

 

  • Students will read every day.

 

  • All interactions online must follow the USJ acceptable use policy.

 

Students will be encouraged to continue to develop as thinkers, problem solvers, and explorers through daily hands-on-learning experiences. These experiences will align with the developmental domains of play-- fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional skills, language, and cognitive skills.

 

Grades 3 - 5

 

  • Student Supplies - students will have access to their laptops or a computer to access Zoom, Google Classroom, Redbird, IXL, etc.Students will receive instructions in linking to the Zoom platform and any other site that their teacher wants them to access.They will also need their standard school supplies and books.

 

  • Daily attendance will be taken by the teacher.This will be done during the Zoom sessions.If students have an issue arise that results in them not being able to attend the zoom session in real-time, teachers must be notified.

 

  • Completion of work - students will meet the deadlines as laid out by their teacher for submitting work through Google Classroom or whichever platform that the teacher has identified.

 

  • All interactions online must follow the USJ acceptable use policy.Think before you post and/or comment.

 

 

 

For Parents

 

Objectives:

Help your children to understand the learning objectives and outcomes of their tasks. Help them to clarify with their teacher where the learning fits into the broader curriculum. Not every task will necessarily be directly linked to content but could be enhancing their communication, social, research, self-management or thinking skills.

Responsibility:
While teachers are updating materials and regularly checking in and guiding students, learning is a shared responsibility. In the case of learning online students may be thrown by the lack of structure that is found at school and need help in setting a daily learning schedule. Allow your child to take the initiative in this, and offer guidance if you see things are going off track or they're not sticking to agreements.  Students have included in their day time online and offline, time to socialize and time to exercise or enjoy the outdoors. This is vitally important to their health, wellbeing, and to their learning. Think also about how your children can pitch in more around the house with chores or other responsibilities. Don’t let your children off the hook – expect them to pitch in!

Expectations:
By its nature, online learning is asynchronous. However, they are expected to attend Zoom meetings when scheduled with their teacher.  Students will have the ability to complete work on their own time but must meet the deadlines set by their teacher. Try to keep to a regular sleeping and waking cycle.  Students will still be expected to complete tasks and assignments and stay in sync with the class. It is important they take learning seriously.  Teachers will let students know when they are available in "real-time" to answer questions on a one to one basis.

 

Above all, we feel that you, as parents, can be your child’s teacher. Be yourself, use your strengths, and make learning as fun as possible. It may not be perfect but as long as your child feels safe, loved and emotionally supported, the learning will follow.

Lower School
Dr. Louise Dunn
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Early Childhood
Holly Stroup
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USJ Middle and Upper School Families,

We will be transitioning to our Zoom Virtual Class Schedule on Monday, March 30 until further notice. Below are some guidelines and expectations for our students as they log into their virtual classrooms.

  1. Students should find a link to their online Zoom classrooms on their teacher's Google Classroom. Students must log in on time to their respective classes.
  2. Students are expected to follow the daily class schedule as outlined below beginning on Monday. Please note this schedule will not rotate from week to week. Attendance will be taken daily for every class excluding study halls and free periods. As always, any absences should be communicated to the middle and upper school offices ahead of time. Please contact Mrs. Becky Baskin in the Middle School Office and Mrs. Kim Rainey in the Upper School office.
  3. Students are responsible for completing all assignments and meeting deadlines for their classes.
  4. Student behavior during Zoom sessions should be positive and respectful at all times.  
  5. Students are not required to wear uniforms, but they should be dressed modestly and appropriately for the learning environment.  
  6. Students should check their email and teacher google classroom pages regularly for announcements and communication from their teachers and the school.
  7. During this time, routine and structure are key. Maintaining a regular bedtime, schedule and designating a place for "Zooming" and school work will prove to be very helpful.
  8. Per CDC guidelines, it is recommended we follow social distancing and safety precautions. Please remember that the USJ campus is closed to all students and families until further notice.
  9. Communication is vital as we work through this process. There will be issues, and your teachers are here to help. We have designated a time daily for teachers to help you with school work. School administration and technical support will be available as well as we navigate this together. Please reach out via email if we can be of assistance.

 

Finally, we encourage all to be patient as we work through this transition together. Let us be positive and encouraging as we use this opportunity to grow as a school community.

Don Roe and David Suber

Middle School
Mrs. Becky Baskin
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Upper School
Mrs. Kim Rainey
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For More Information

Stuart Hirstein
Head of School

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Don Roe
Associate Head of School, Middle School Director

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Jim Hardegree
Dean of Students, Football Defensive Coordinator

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David Suber
Upper School Director

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Louise Dunn
Lower School Director

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