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Distance Learning

ISM has activated its Distance Learning Plan (DLP) due to ISM's school closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff conducted professional development on March 30-31, the academic leadership conducted online parent meetings on April 1-2, and teachers met with their classes to discuss the DLP and ongoing learning on April 3. The new DLP class schedules launched on April 6 and will be refined and followed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

The ISM Distance Learning Plan (DLP) describes the actions and approach ISM will take in the event of an extended campus closure. It does not detail specific emergency protocols; those measures are maintained in ISM’s Comprehensive School Safety Plan. Rather, understanding that each emergency situation is different, the DLP provides a flexible online learning framework with guidelines that can be implemented in a variety of circumstances.

Current Assessment Approach

Also in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related school closure, ISM has also adopted a current assessment approach as summarized in its broader Distance Learning Assessment Guide:

Each student’s  academic standing as of school closure will be honored. Report cards will recognize performance relative to standards addressed through 3/13 on our standard 4-point scale in grades K-5 and 7-point scale in grades 6-8. In addition, rich narratives will describe student learning products, progress, and process. 

From 4/1 through 6/5, teachers may adjust student scores upward based on performance relative to standards addressed through distance learning, and will add to narratives based on work completed, specific competencies, teacher-student-negotiated Individual Learning Plans, and student portfolios.