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Scott Burton and Jennifer Martin-Gledhill discuss Marburn's plans.
Dear Marburn Academy Families,

The Head of School and Leadership Team are actively monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and are keeping up to date on recommendations from health authorities. 

First and foremost, please know that our goal is to maintain the safety of our community while addressing our students’ unique educational needs. Marburn has crafted a two-phase plan: Phase Ⅰ which addresses our current situation and Phase Ⅱ, how to proceed in the event that an extended school closing becomes necessary. 

Marburn is partnering with state and local institutions to be responsible members of the Ohio community. This includes limiting exposure to slow the spread of coronavirus, to protect the most vulnerable members of our community and ensure that the medical facilities have the ability to address the needs of our community by not being overwhelmed.

As of Thursday, March 12th, Governor DeWine ordered that all K-12 schools close until April 3rd. We are currently working on the assumption that classes will resume on April 6th. During this mandated shutdown Marburn is enacting Phase Ⅰ of the Distance Learning Plan by offering recursive practice and support to our students. This includes providing ongoing office hours the week prior to and after the regularly scheduled spring break. Teachers/division heads will be in contact with families to provide detailed information about Phase Ⅰ for each division. 

Marburn recognizes that distance learning is not a substitute for in-person, day-to-day instruction and is particularly difficult for children with learning differences. With this in mind, we are enacting a plan that may differ from other public school districts. Using remaining calamity/snow days and scheduled teacher in-service days, for a total of ten days, we are able to delay the launch of the Phase Ⅱ Distance Learning Plan for two weeks. 

Regardless of which phase we are in, we will be extending the school year to May 22 and rescheduling parent teacher conferences to May 27. 

We felt a responsibility in being proactive in creating a plan (Phase Ⅱ) to address a longer closure should this be necessary. More information on Phase Ⅱ is listed below.

Campus Closing – Communication, Technology
and Medication Retrieval

Communication
As we have seen over the last week, this situation and advice on how to proceed moves quickly and changes often. We will provide community updates via all communication channels, including but not limited to: phone message, email, and website. 

Technology and Supplies 
We have sent individual student technology home with students for them to use for academic purposes, including recursive practice during Phase Ⅰ. It also ensures all students have access to necessary software and applications for the potential of an extended closing. Families will also be asked to sign a responsible use agreement, if you have not yet done so. 

If you have yet to pick up your student’s technology, you may do so during the following times:

  • Tuesday, March 17th: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18th: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

If you are unable to pick up during these times, please send an email to sburton@marburnacademy.org.

We know that technology can be a benefit and a distraction for our students. Please have a conversation with your student about the appropriate use of technology and periodically check devices to make sure they are being used for academic purposes. In addition, we recommend that devices only be available during scheduled times and charged overnight.

Medication Retrieval
We recognize that you may need your child’s medication during this time. You may pick up medication at the school during the following times:

  • Tuesday, March 17th: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18th: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

If you are unable to pick up during these times, please contact Scott Burton at sburton@marburnacademy.org.

Phase II - Distance Learning Plan

Once we decide to enact Phase Ⅱ of the Distance Learning Plan and it is communicated, we will have a two-day window to allow faculty and families to prepare for implementation. On the third day, Phase Ⅱ will begin using the expectations, priorities, and schedule as outlined. We will continue to rely on our families to help our students access the education they deserve. Even more importantly, we will prioritize students’ social and emotional needs during an uncertain time by creating opportunities for connection, routine, and “normalcy”

During this time, Marburn will do its best to: 

  • Contribute to your child’s well-being and learning based on what we believe is most appropriate for their age and grade-level. 
  • Continue the connection your child has formed with their classroom teachers. 
  • Maximize technology while being mindful of screentime. 
  • Provide suggested daily schedules.

During this time, Marburn asks families to: 

  • Dedicate a consistent, distraction-free space (no TV, radios, social media, etc.) in your home for students to “report to school.” Preferably, this would include a cleared counter or desk and a chair.
  • Encourage your child to wear school appropriate dress to provide a sense of “normalcy.”
  • Assist with consistent school approaches by encouraging your child to listen, participate, and do their best while recognizing this is a new approach for everyone.
  • Establish a daily routine before and after “school” - i.e., consistent wake-up, lunchtime, bedtime, etc.
  • Partner with us with patience and understanding as we all learn from our experiences. 

Lower Division Learning Priorities and Expectations

  • Provide comfort, routine and certainty during an uncertain time. 
  • Prioritize instruction for continued growth in the areas of language arts, math, and language remediation. While we recognize the importance of other academic areas, these are where students struggle the most to make and keep gains.
  • Provide assignments through guided instruction, including video, with practice and feedback from teachers.
  • Provide opportunities to participate in science, social studies, and special area activities.
  • Plan on provided activities taking approximately 3-4 hours a day.

Middle Division Learning Priorities and Expectations

  • Provide comfort, routine and certainty during an uncertain time. 
  • Prioritize instruction for continued growth in the areas of language arts, math, and panther block. While we recognize the importance of other academic areas, these are where students struggle the most to make and keep gains. 
  • Provide assignments through guided instruction, including video, with practice and feedback from teachers.
  • Provide opportunities to participate in activities in special area classes.
  • Plan on provided activities taking approximately 3-4 hours a day.

High School Learning Priorities and Expectations

  • Provide comfort, routine and certainty during an uncertain time. 
  • Provide instruction in all regularly scheduled class areas except for TASK, which does not lend itself to an online platform. This is to ensure we are meeting class time and graduation requirements for all high school students.
  • Provide assignments through guided instruction, including video, with practice and feedback from teachers. 
  • Plan on provided activities taking approximately 4-5 hours a day.

Speech and Language Learning Priorities and Expectations
In Phase ⅠⅠ, if a child is currently receiving level 1 or 2 SLP services, the SLP coordinator will be in contact to set up tele-therapy services on a distance learning platform. 

Distance Learning Platform: 
Marburn will use PowerSchool, the current learning management system, as its distance learning platform. In the event that we launch the Phase Ⅱ Distance Learning Plan families will receive an email with instructions and links as a refresher on how to log into PowerSchool from home. If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact your teacher, division head, or send an email to techrequest@marburnacademy.org

Thank you for your partnership.

Scott Burton
Interim Head of School
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