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The Grove School is excited to get back to learning! In that we also acknowledge the anxiety that we are all feeling as our landscape continues to shift, as we reflect on spring’s successes and challenges, and as we venture into new practices. However, we continue to ground ourselves in a commitment to holistic, Montessori education that serves students as they build their self in in academics, personal health, and community. To facilitate this, the Grove School Board, administration, faculty, staff, and parent group have been debating, collaborating, preparing, and training to foster learning in whatever setting we are allowed.
Like most schools, we will be beginning our year remotely. While we have scheduled the first semester for distance learning, we plan to return to in-person instruction as soon as possible. For information about guidelines that rule that decision, please see our note in the Frequently Asked Questions section below.
We hope that this helps to answer many of your questions. We will continue to update this page and communicate further information via email. For other inquiries, please email email@example.com.
To maximize online learning and engagement, students need a laptop, Chromebook, or similar device with functional keyboard, camera, speaker/headphones, and microphone, as well as reliable Internet connection. Phones or tablets (unless outfitted with an outside keyboard) are unable to fulfill these needs. Grove has devices available to assist with any and all of the above. To check out technology, please fill out this Google Form to arrange for pick up.
Back to School nights happened August 19-21 and we hope you were able to join us. For privacy reasons, we realized we could not publicly post recordings. However, this webpage and our Back to School website should answer most questions. You are also welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time for information.
Perhaps the most important items that students need are a Chromebook/laptop/desktop and reliable internet access. To check out technology, please fill out this Google Form to arrange for pick up.
Books, all school supplies from our list, messages from ASB, and other relevant materials have been distributed. If you were unable to make one of our pick-up days, please call the office at (909) 798-7831 or email email@example.com. Anyone who is having any symptoms of illness (since COVID-19 symptoms cover nearly everything), should not come to campus, but contact the office to make other arrangements.
To prepare for the new school year, Grove will start with orientation week on August 24 with mentoring. During this training and community building week, students will attend live sessions during regular class times Monday through Wednesday that will cover the distance learning program, expectations, best practices, and social activities. Students will attend live sessions of their classes on Thursday and Friday. A schedule for the week will be sent to students through their Grove School email. Families will be sent directions to access email addresses.
Students are required to attend all live sessions for the classes they are registered in as well as mentoring and any assigned small groups. Live sessions are in bold. Students will be individually scheduled for one mentor session per week.
There are multiple ways to get Google Classroom codes and Zoom meeting links. Mentors have emailed families their Google Classroom code and a Zoom link to all mentees. During the first week of school, mentors will work with students to make sure they know how to get to their other classes. Google Classroom codes and Zoom session links are also available for all classes on Aeries (look for “Visit Website” and “Join”). You can also find your Google Classroom code below in order to access the Zoom links posted in Google Classrooms.
School, in any form, will begin for Grove School students on Monday, August 24. As of August 12, infection trends and California guidelines for opening schools indicate that this means opening within the framework of a distance learning program.
Class schedules will be available via Aeries on Thursday, August 20. Students will only need their mentor information for the first days of orientation, and during that period, students and mentors will verify that information.
The honest truth is that we don’t know. The Grove School, like all other schools, wants to keep its students, teachers, and staff as safe as possible. To open a public school in California, counties must meet several criteria and have been removed from State of California Health Department’s Monitoring List for two weeks. As of September 9, our county is rated “purple and widespread”, and our infection rate has stabilized. The closure of secondary schools remains the recommendation. You can see current COVID-19 data for San Bernardino County here.
Once San Bernardino County has entered a period in which public secondary schools are recommended to open, it will likely take a few weeks for Grove to pivot to in-person learning. We anticipate that we will proceed with continuation of online classes in the morning with optional in-person sessions on campus in the afternoon as the first manifestation of a return to in-person classes. This is also an effort to avoid a quick re-opening that may be followed by a quick closure, causing even more disruption to learning routines.
Calling what we did in the spring of 2020 “distance learning” is a bit of a misnomer. A better description would be “crisis learning,” as there was essentially a freeze on expectations, and no formal grades, accountability, or required attendance. As we return in August, California schools are called upon to bring “rigorous learning” wherein students will be accountable for their work, teachers will be accountable for learning and growth, and attendance will be required, including during periods of online only learning.
Grove School administration, teachers, and staff have been working to address concerns brought up from surveys and other data gathering sessions. Teachers will be coming back with better knowledge from the spring period and increased technology and training to help with engagement and learning. This includes collaboration with an established online program to assist teacher’s with the addition of online, practiced, and rigorous curriculum, which can be adjusted to suit the Grove School mission and vision.
Unfortunately, no. State of California’s Framework for Reopening In-Person Classes do not allow any students to return to school for in-person classes for any reason. In addition, we can not offer any kind of “child care” program, as public schools are not licensed for those activities. However, there are child care programs, like the YMCA of the East Valley, that are opening programs for students that need supervision during periods of distance learning.
Grove remains committed to serving a high quality lunch program. Receiving lunch requires signing up for meals, either through the lunch calendar, or via the form emailed to students on a weekly basis. Sign ups close a few days ahead of the meal to allow for time to buy and prepare ingredients.
During periods of distance learning, meals are packaged for grab and go and can be picked up from the kitchen window at the high school campus (200 Nevada St). A staff member will be on site Monday – Friday from 8am – 2pm to hand over the food. Feel free to contact kitchen management with your questions.
Lunch costs $5 per meal, or less, if the student qualifies for free and reduced lunch. Any family that believes they may qualify for Free or Reduced lunch should fill out this form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or paper copies. Application to the free or reduced lunch program can also help Grove staff to connect families with a range of additional services, so please fill out a form if your family is facing hardship.
Live instruction times are when teachers have prepared lesson plans for students to participate in. This can be considered traditional class time. Teachers will give directions, review concepts, lead students through activities, and assign independent work.
Parents and guardians can support students by helping them get to online lessons on time rested and prepared to participate.
Office hours are designated time periods following live instruction when teachers will be available to help students complete the independent work that has been assigned. Teachers may use this time to organize small groups of students to continue to work on activities that were started during live instruction. Each office hour is designated for a specific class period.
Parents and guardians can support their students during office hours by encouraging them to contact their teacher with questions, and work on independent work for the corresponding class period.
Three afternoons a week are dedicated to time for small group meetings with staff and students to provide additional support to students. This is also a time when virtual club activities may be scheduled. For students not attending a small group or club activity, this is a time to complete the independent work that has been assigned. Teachers may be available to answer questions, but they may also be leading small groups or clubs and not respond to emails right away. As an example a student may be asked to meet with a specific teacher to complete assignments. Teachers will share a summary of weekly assignments and lessons at the beginning of each week. You can ask your student for their “weekly preview” from each teacher.
The Grove mentor program is designed to provide time for students to receive social emotional and community based lessons, as well as time to reflect on personal goals and academic progress with a designated school mentor. During distance learning students will be scheduled during mentor time to meet with their mentor to discuss their progress, goals, and meet their mentor group. These individual meetings will be scheduled for 10 to 15 minutes, one day a week. A mentor group meeting may be scheduled once a week for 30 to 45 minutes. When students are not meeting with mentors this is time for them to be completing independent work as assigned.
Providing a quiet work space, reviewing progress on Aeries, and talking to your student about their assignments and class activities are all ways for you to help your student when they are completing their assignments. Also encouraging your student to ask questions and reach out to the teacher when they do not understand a concept or question.
The school will provide all necessary materials for distance learning. A schedule will be set out with a time for you to stop by the school and pick up your students supplies, and chromebooks will be available to check-out.
All 7th and 8th grade students will be assigned elective classes for 5th and/or 6th period and will have a total of 6 different electives throughout the year. These electives include art, drama, music theory, technology, business, and fitness for life.
During the scheduled times for small groups and clubs staff will sponsor virtual activities and meetings that students can choose to participate in. Students will be contacted through their Grove School email about these opportunities.
San Bernardino needs to be taken off of the county COVID19 watch list for 14 consecutive days before in person instruction can resume. When we are able and ready to have students on campus in any capacity, families will be contacted through the Weekly newsletter, direct email communication, and information will be posted on the Grove School’s website.
Teachers may offer small groups, individual check-ins may be scheduled during this time, or students who are completing independent study courses may meet during this time.
With some staff working remotely during distance learning, the best way to contact the school or an individual is by email. If you have a question about procedure, paperwork, the general schedule, or if you are unsure of who to contact, please email email@example.com. Questions about a specific class or assignment should be directed to the teacher of the class. Teacher emails can be found on the school”s webpage (http://www.thegroveschool.org/faculty-and-staff/).
Aeries is a Learning Management System that is sometimes referred to as a digital gradebook. It houses all student information including emergency contacts, schedule, and grades. Students and their parents/guardians use aries to see upcoming and past assignments. Aeries also provides links to teachers’ Google classrooms where students can find more information about their classes and assignments. All students and parent/guardians are provided with Aeries login information and can login in through the Grove School webpage or at https://redlands.asp.aeries.net/.
Students will attend live sessions during regular class times Monday through Wednesday that will cover the distance learning program, expectations, best practices, and social activities. Students will attend live sessions of their classes Wednesday through Friday. A schedule, Google Classroom code, and Zoom links will be sent to your student through their Grove School email.