Remote Learning

As a Damien community, our concern is always for the well-being of all our students and employees. In the same breath, we also take seriously our obligation to continue to prepare our students academically.


As you have heard and read, the current global health concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus have initiated conditions for teaching and learning unlike anything we have experienced before.


Please read the information on this page carefully, so you are able to help your son(s) prepare for this change and to assist him/them in making academic progress during the days and weeks ahead, when we are not meeting face-to-face on campus.


What do I need to do for online learning?


Students will need to be checking their faculty members’ websites and their Damien e-mail account several times per day, at least.


Teachers will be posting lessons on an ongoing basis and students will be asked to complete assignments, readings, and assessments remotely for all of their classes. Additionally, students may be required to log into synchronous (“real-time”) chats, video broadcasts, discussion threads, or other online platforms at specific times in order to perform work or assessments. (The schedule of classes and times is provided in the table below.)


Teachers and counselors will be keeping regular ‘virtual office hours’ as well, in order to answer questions and be available for check-ins. (The schedule of classes and times is provided in the table below.)



What will be happening during the time window for each class?


That will depend on your teachers. Here are some of the possibilities:

    • You may be asked to join a video conference or online chat using Google Hangouts, Moodle, or some other platform. Once there, you might:
        • Watch a video/listen to an audio of presentation
        • Be asked to contribute to a virtual class discussion
        • Watch a video on YouTube or another platform
    • You may be asked to take an online assessment through Google Classroom, Moodle, Quizziz, Socrative, Kahoot, or some other application
    • You may be asked to collaborate on a project or assessment with classmates in Google Apps
    • You may have an assignment to complete on EdPuzzle, Khan Academy, or some other platform
    • Check-in and submit/post work that was assigned from the previous class meeting
    • Download or view work to be completed for the next class session
    • The options are almost limitless

Will I need to do work outside the time window of my class?


Absolutely. Just as if you were in school in person, you will have work to complete and submit outside of the time window of your class. Teachers have been asked to assign three-to-four hours of work per class per week.


How will grades be assigned?


It is important to understand that in order to receive credit for the semester, you will be completing and submitting assessments (homework, quizzes, tests, worksheets, workbooks, review guides, etc.) online. As would be the case if you were in school, we expect that your work will be turned-in on time. If you do not turn-in work, turn-in late work, or turn-in incomplete work, then, just as if you were in school in person, you will not earn credit, or earn reduced credit, and your grade will be lowered.


How will attendance be taken?


Attendance is intended to be a progress report of the work being done over the course of a few days. In determining the attendance code to post, your teachers will assign you a mark based on the following criteria:


    • If you:
        • have been turning work in on time as assigned, and/or
        • have been “showing up” in synchronous (“real time”) meetings, chats, broadcasts, check-ins, etc., then you will be marked ‘PRESENT’
    • If you:
        • have turned-in some (but not all) work on time, and/or
        • have turned-in most work eventually (though not all on time), and/or
        • have been “showing up” for some (though not all) synchronous meetings, chats, broadcasts, check-ins, etc., then you will be marked ‘TARDY’
    • If you:
        • choose to do none of the above, then you will be marked ‘ABSENT’

Wednesday’s attendance will take into consideration work, activities, assessments, etc., completed to that point from the last time attendance was taken; and the same holds true for Friday’s attendance.


Just as if you were in school in person, being marked ‘TARDY’ or ‘ABSENT’ means you will earn reduced credit, or not earn credit, and your grade will be lowered.


Can I come to campus?


For some classes (laboratory science and PLTW), we are seeking approval to allow small groups of students to come to campus at scheduled times to complete laboratory work.


If this is approved, we will let you know and we will provide instructions on how to sign-up for available spaces.


What about sports practices, co-curricular activities, and social events?


All school activities and events have been suspended at least from March 17 – March 31. If the time frame is extended, we will let you know.


Baseline League interscholastic athletics competitions will not resume before April 13, 2020.


What if I have questions?


The best thing, as always, will be for you to consult your teachers, so send e-mail to them.
What remote learning platform is my teacher using?
Links to faculty remote learning pages can be found on each members’ home page. Please click here to be directed to the faculty list.