Livestream Learning Protocol

Updated 10/9/2020
Given the pandemic, we know that some members of our community may not be able to come to campus for different reasons. To address these situations, The Summit has developed a Livestream Learning option and invested in a camera and microphone system in all grade 1-12 classrooms. (The pedagogy and the complexity of the Montessori classroom structure makes Livestream Learning infeasible when in-the-building learning is available.) This video explains how the system works.

This video explains how the system works.

This Livestream Learning Option is available for situations that may prevent students from in-person learning:

  1.   International students who have delays in arriving to the United States related to COVID-19.  This may include not receiving their visa in time for start of school, quarantines, travel bans, safety concerns.
  2.   Students with underlying health conditions who cannot risk infection from COVID-19.
  3.   Immediate family members who have underlying health conditions and cannot risk the student perhaps being exposed at school and bringing the infection into the home.
  4.   Students or parents who are anxious about in-person learning during the pandemic.
  5.   Students quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure but otherwise healthy.
  6. Absences longer than one day because of illness.

To take advantage of Livestream Learning students must be approved by the division director.  Teachers should never be approached to turn on Livestream Learning.  Once notified by the director, the teacher will turn on Livestream Learning and record the class.  Recordings will be retained for 14 days. Class requirements for students who cannot be in the building are the same as those who learn in the building. When in-the-building learning is available, students not attending in person will not be allowed to engage in after school sports or in-person activities.  This is consistent with normal school policy. 

A student may decide to switch from Livestream Learning to in-person learning during the school year by notifying the director.  We will not allow students to transfer back and forth between in-person and livestream learning multiple times unless there is a medical/quarantine reason for doing so.

Situations #1-4:  Since the deadline has passed to enter Livestream Learning for the year, anyone requesting to transfer into Livestream Learning must provide official documentation of the medical or mental health issue necessitating the move. Once approved for Livestream Learning, healthy domestic students are expected to attend each remote class live each day.  Healthy international students are expected to view the recorded classes within 24 hours. If students are too sick to attend Livestream Learning classes, they must report their absence to the division admin by 8:15 a.m. each day. 

Situation #5:  The directors are notified by the nurse once a quarantine case occurs and will automatically notify the student’s teacher to make Livestream Leaning available.  When the student logs in to Livestream Learning during the quarantine period, the teacher will mark the student as present via Livestream Learning.

Situation #6:  In case of illness lasting more than one day, a request for Livestream Learning may be sent to the division director.  Livestream Learning is not a requirement in this situation; it is optional.  Regardless, parents must call in to inform the division office every day that the child is absent.  Teachers will only make Livestream Learning available once they have heard from the division director.  If a request to the division director for Livestream Learning is received by noon on a school day, we will do our best to make Livestream Learning available the following day.  Whether a student is Livestream Learning or not, the student will be marked absent in this situation.  Upon return to school, the student will arrange with the teacher to take missed tests and quizzes.