Remote Learning Hub
(As of August 11, 2020)
Westridge will begin the 2020-2021 year in full remote learning and will shift to hybrid learning, which includes both on-campus and remote learning, when approved by local health authorities. In recent weeks, there was some discussion at the state and local levels about the opportunity of applying for waivers for students in TK-6 to return to school, but on August 4, the LA County Department of Public Health announced that elementary schools in our area are not currently eligible for waivers for in-person learning.
At this point, we are pleased to share with you the important changes to our approach to remote learning made over the summer. The below guide provides an overview of our updated program for 2020-2021 (click to download).
2020-2021 Remote Learning Overview
Please make sure you are familiar with our technology use guidelines on pages 11-12 and our COVID-19 Addendum on page 71 of the Student/Parent Handbook. 点击此处用繁体中文阅读学生/家长手册附录:COVID-19。点击此处用简体中文阅读学生/家长手册附录:COVID-19。
Coronavirus Information & Updates
Looking for information about how coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting Westridge? Click below to view all our updates regarding how coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting Westridge activities, policies, and educational programming, as well as our COVID-19 email communications archive and links to public health information sources.
On-Campus Safety Protocols & Program Updates
(As of July 20, 2020)
We will be prepared for on-campus learning whenever it is determined this can be accomplished safely. Accounting for our campus capacity amid physical distancing guidelines, we would put in place a hybrid learning model for students in grades 8-12 with periods of on-campus learning and periods of remote learning. At any time when we are in hybrid learning mode, students not ready to return to campus will have remote access to our full program.
Click below for an overview that provides an overview of health and safety protocols and our planned hybrid learning approach. It is not yet comprehensive and is subject to change, but provides insight into what students and families can expect when we are able to have students on campus.
Communications with Faculty & Staff
We recommend communicating with the school primarily through email while we are in remote learning mode. We won’t hesitate to pick up the phone if that is best; however, while we are physically away from our phones there may be delays in receiving voicemail. Faculty emails may be found in our online directory, accessed through the Parent Portal.
You may also utilize the chart below to find the appropriate contact to address your question or concern.
|Questions about an assignment or class||
Teachers will be online for email questions from all students and parents each school day from 8 am - 3 pm. Please note that due to the potential of many emails, they will do their best to prioritize requests and get back to everyone in a timely manner, although it likely will not be immediate.
|Technology questions or issues||
|General questions/issues with remote learning||
Contact your daughter’s advisor or homeroom teacher for student issues (available online from 8 am - 3 pm).
For questions regarding how parents can best support your daughter, please contact your division director.
|Student support and wellness
We ask all families to reach out to their division director, advisor, dean, or learning support specialist at the first sign that a student is struggling emotionally or academically in the structure of remote learning.
Lisa Carruthers, Psy.D.
Cynthia Conteas-Wood, RN, M.P.A.
Sheri Johnson, M.S., M.A. MFT
Tami Millard, M.A., M.Ed.
Susie Murdock, M.Ed.
Bonnie Martinez, M.A.
Sarah Simon, M.A.
Regina Wei, M.A., M.A., MFT
Physical Education (for exercise ideas)
Kim Cota, M.B.A.
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- When do you think you will be able to transition back to campus/hybrid learning?
- How many hours a day should my daughter spend on school during remote learning?
- How/when can parents reach teachers if needed?
- How will my daughter receive her books and other learning materials?
- When will students receive assignments and when will they be due?
- What is the best approach to teaching online?
- Why can’t we use Zoom? / Why is the school using Microsoft Teams?
- Why are live classes being recorded?
- How will performing arts be handled during remote learning?
- How will science labs be handled during remote learning?
- How will PE work during remote learning?
- Will my daughter still be prepared to take the AP exam?
- How do you plan to handle grades and assessments?
- What if my daughter is sick? Should I let the school know?
- What if my daughter needs emotional or psychological support during remote learning?
- Will advisory groups still be meeting?
- Do you plan on continuing with clubs, affinity groups, student council/ASB etc.?
- What is happening with Community Action Projects and service learning for Upper School students?
- Is campus open for use for small gatherings?
Student and family support:
During remote learning, Westridge’s student and family support program will continue. It’s critical that students and families have access to our support services.
We ask all families to reach out to their division director, advisor, dean, or learning support specialist at the first sign that a student is struggling emotionally or academically in the structure of remote learning. Learning support specialists will also proactively reach out to students and work with faculty to identify students who might need additional resources.
How parents can support students during remote learning:
The most important way that parents can assist their students during this time is to help set the right environment for study. Check out this article and the tips below to get started.
- Set a routine. Help your student create their daily schedule, and build in time for breaks and away-from-screen time. Encourage them to act as though they are attending classes in person (for example: changing out of pajamas, allowing ample time to prepare for the school day, etc.); structure and consistency is extremely important to reduce anxiety as students transition to remote learning.
- Set up a workspace. If possible, allow your student to work in a common space and help remove items that may cause distraction.
- Socializing time and check-ins. The transition to online learning can feel lonely at first. Check-in with your student to ask how they are doing and how you can support them. Encourage your student to attend virtual office hours to talk with their teachers and to set up time to talk with classmates over the phone or online.
- Get technical help. If your student is experiencing difficulties using the technology, please contact email@example.com.
Resources for parents & families:
- "Parenting During Coronavirus: What to Know About Play Dates, Education and More." Washington Post.
- "How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus." New York Times.
- "Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic." Common Sense Media.
- "Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters." New York Times.
- "When Siblings Won't Stop Fighting." Child Mind Institute.
- "Teachers, Families, and the Future: A Collection of Resources." Stanford Graduate School of Education.
Anxiety & Wellness:
Ideas & activities for kids at home:
Looking for activities and other ways to keep your kids occupied while at home? Our community is sharing their ideas on this collaborative Padlet (a digital bulletin board)!
Browse the current list and add your own ideas by clicking below.