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How LuHi is Keeping Students Engaged During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Dan Gehrke on Apr 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Lutheran High School is with the majority of schools across the country that has switched to remote schooling. Currently, the official end date for Colorado’s stay-at-home order is April 30th, but these orders may be extended at any time if there’s no real change in the spread of the virus. Obviously, our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, families, and wider community. It’s potential that all students will finish out their current school year from home.

This time is a new challenge for many as we try to establish schedules and work life balance at home. It can be extremely difficult for parents who are working around their kids who are studying all while making sure chores still need to get done. On top of that, we assume everyone is getting a little stir crazy from the limited ability to get out and just live life the way we’ve been accustomed to – we feel you. It’s not easy – but we can say that LuHi has been staying on top of this transition to try and make it less stressful and provide constant resources for at-home students so their education doesn’t hit any more bumps in the road.

Let’s take a look at some of the bigger ways we’re adapting to the situation to keep our progress strong even in the face of these challenges.

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To facilitate online learning, all teachers are now using Zoom, having students virtually attend classes from a wide variety of devices. Teachers use Zoom meetings to answer questions, go over projects and homework, and...well...teach! We’re grateful that we have the technology available to stay so well-connected, even from all our different homes. 

Monday’s are mostly reserved for Teacher Prep time, and no official sessions are being held on these days. This gives teachers extra time to set up lessons, establish homework assignments, and review projects that have been completed. Regular online classes then take place Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m with office hours going until 2:30 p.m. to leave plenty of time to answer questions and give students extra help.

Parents! While we’re sure your students will be responsible, please help them along by checking on their schedules and having an idea of when they should be attending classes and working on homework. This way you can help structure the at-home schedule to give them some stability and stay on top of their assignments and class attendance. Obviously, integrity standards such as no cheating or plagiarism are still 100% in effect. Students may be tempted to bend the rules since they’re not being watched over as strictly by faculty, but help your students maintain their academic rigor, knowing that cheating only undermines their educational growth. 

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We’ve also set up a resource page to keep our students and their families informed about the latest updates and provide detailed guidelines and tools to stay on top of the new virtual curriculum. 

We are a month into online learning and have had well over 99% of our student body present for all the Zoom classes. It’s a testament to our great families and community that our students are all-in, even in these unprecedented times!

Teachers will keep reaching out to students individually and to parents as needed if there are any issues such as lack of attendance, late projects, and other concerns. Check the page for Zoom instructions, student guidelines for participating in online classrooms, and expected standards for turning in assignments.

As always, we’re here to help and make this experience as positive as possible. If you have any questions, reach out as follows:

General questions - Contact Principal David Ness at david.ness@lhsparker.org.

Class-specific questions - Contact the teacher. Find the full staff directory here: https://www.lhsparker.org/staff

Technical questions - Contact canvas@lhsparker.org.

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