Chance at Home
School is in-person but a student's needs require learning at home.
Chance-At-Home Learning is designed to accommodate students who are unable to attend class in person due to health and safety guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic or are experiencing an extended illness but are well enough to participate in school learning. Virginia Chance School can continue instruction and whole child development from home when a student is away from campus for an extended period of time. Teachers will provide lessons and activities across all curricular areas. Expectations and instructions will be clearly communicated. Materials will be provided for each family to ensure success while learning at home. We encourage you to let your child work as independently as they are able so teachers can review their authentic work.
Chance-At-Home K-5 Learning Overview
The Chance-At-Home day follows the on-campus class schedule and students will have access to a variety of opportunities.
- join LIVE lessons and activities taking place during the school day, in the classroom and on occasion when the class is meeting outside and internet capabilities are available. When classes are meeting outside, lesson guidance from the classroom teacher will be provided outlining expectations for the at-home learner.
- enjoy scheduled time during the week to socialize with classmates during lunch, soft start or an informal collaboration time.
- have time away from the computer screen each day to complete independent work across all content areas, practice a specific skill or process, work on project work when assigned, or to take lunch and play breaks that align with the classroom daily schedule.
- have the opportunity to meet weekly (or more) with classroom teachers for a one-on-one “touch base” meeting.
During LIVE lessons, your child will access a Google Meet to connect to the lesson being presented and have the ability to actively participate, when required. At times, lessons may be recorded or modified to support your child’s learning, but students are expected to attend all scheduled LIVE learning sessions. Asynchronous lessons and independent work will also be shared through Google Classroom.
For those students who are unexpectedly staying at home for an extended period of time due to an illness or quarantine in the family or other health concerns related to COVID, classroom teachers will connect with parents to assess and gather materials and technology for successful learning to take place at home. This time frame will be 24-48 hours to accommodate schedules for pick up or delivery.
Information regarding schedules for the Week at a Glance and a Daily Classroom Schedule will continue to be provided in your child's Google Classroom. See a sample schedule below for K/1, Primary or an Intermediate classroom, as well as some sample social opportunities for K/1, Primary and Intermediate at home learners:
Sample Week At A Glance/Daily Classroom Schedule: Monday through Friday
Sample Social Opportunities for K/1, Primary and Intermediate “Chance at Home” Learners:
- Soft Start with a friend or friends using Google Meet
- Morning Meeting participation
- Snack/Lunch with a friend using Google Meet (when eating indoors)
- Partner work, when applicable
- Marco Polo/Flip Grid videos to/from friends
- Share a writing piece/peer editing via Google Meet
- Read to a friend on Google Meet
- Mailing writing pieces to each other
- Virtual turn-and-talks on Google Meet
Students will access class materials through their Chance School Google account on Google Classroom. Delivery of these materials relies on each student’s ability to access the Internet from home via a web-enabled device such as a laptop, Chromebook, desktop computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.
Terms important to understand the structure of Chance at Home Learning:
Synchronous learning: A group of students are engaged in learning at the same time, sometimes referred to as LIVE. For synchronous learning in Chance at Home Learning, students will join Google Meet video conferences set up by their teachers. The teacher will lead the lesson for the students, who will watch and participate through the Google Meet video conference.
Asynchronous learning: A group of students are engaged in learning, but the learning does not necessarily take place at the same time. For asynchronous learning in Chance at Home Learning, teachers will provide instruction through prerecorded content and/or assignments that students can complete at a time of the students’ or parents’ choosing.
Teachers will provide lessons and activities across all curricular areas. Expectations and instructions will be clearly communicated. Materials will be provided for each family to ensure success while learning at home. We encourage you to let your child work as independently as they are able so teachers can review their authentic work.
Support Along The Way
Director Support: If students encounter any learning, social or emotional issues that are classroom related, please contact your child’s teachers. If he or she is not available, please reach out to the appropriate Director (Elementary: Sue Musson and Preschool: Lisa Howie).
Resource Teacher: Students who receive support services in reading, writing, or math will receive information directly from our Resource Teacher (Kathy Kopp) or his or her classroom teacher to coordinate virtual support sessions.
Tech Help: If students encounter technical difficulties with Chance at Home, parents should contact the Technology Team (Samantha Hahn and Lee Receveur) and classroom teachers so issues can be identified and resolved.
Distance Learning Expectations for Students
Just as there are expectations for all students during in-person learning, there are expectations for those participating in Chance-At-Home and Chance Remote Learning.
Roles of all Constituents during Chance-at-Home Learning
Head of School Role: Communicates effectively the big picture and provides authentic support to the Staff, Faculty and Families of Virginia Chance School
Director Role (Preschool and Elementary): Provides the faculty with appropriate resources and technology to achieve success during Chance-at-Home teaching and learning. Facilitates time and space to encourage collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.
Teacher Role: Facilitates and supports student learning with clear communication of expectations, activities, and assignments for synchronous and asynchronous opportunities.
Parent Role: Communicates with teachers and staff to support learning and help students actively engage in the learning process.
Student Role: Participates in all aspects of the Chance-at-Home opportunities while observing established expectations provided by teachers for activities and assignments.
Our values during Chance-At-Home Learning
Our values during Chance-At-Home Learning are:
- Supporting the whole child (cognitive, social, emotional, moral and physical)
- Offering meaningful and purposeful experiential learning
- Maintaining a joy of learning
- Creating a sense of community between home and school
- Providing outside (offline) learning opportunities
- Providing roles for teachers, students and parents
- Utilizing authentic assessment and providing feedback to students and parents
- Maintaining flexibility and grace for all
How to use Google Classroom
Chance-at-Home Enrollment Form