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Distance Learning

As we did in spring, ISM has activated its Distance Learning Plan (DLP) for the start of the 2020-2021 school year due to ISM's school site closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on feedback from students, parents, and teachers, the academic leadership team has updated the DLP during the summer break.

Upon returning on July 30, teachers immediately started developing schedules of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences to best meet the needs of students while complying with new state requirements for daily minutes of instruction. These new DLP class schedules will launch on August 6, the second day of the new year, and will be refined and followed until our distance learning status changes. 

The ISM Distance Learning Plan (DLP) describes the actions and approach ISM will take in the event of an extended campus closure. It does not detail specific emergency protocols; those measures are maintained in ISM’s Comprehensive School Safety Plan. Rather, understanding that each emergency situation is different, the DLP provides a flexible online learning framework with guidelines that can be implemented in a variety of circumstances.

Current Assessment Approach

Also in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related school closure, in spring 2020, ISM also adopted updated assessment guidelines as summarized in its broader Distance Learning Assessment Guide. This guide will also be updated near the start of the fall term.