Sydney started virtual school today.
We are in an historic time in which schools across the country have been mostly closed for the past two weeks do to the COVID-19 virus scare. In some ways, the Green Vale School community was lucky because we have been on spring break the past two weeks, even though that meant staying home. However, it did give administrators and teachers lots of time to prepare.
And as one might expect from an expensive private school, Green Vale is doing things right. We started at 8:45 AM with an all-school assembly and then at 9:15 AM with regular school via live video.
Many if not most schools are not using live video for whatever reason, including the fear that not all students have sufficient internet connectivity and privacy concerns of kids broadcasting from home. But, clearly, school via live video is the way to go. As I listen in on the morning “Literacy” section, Ms. Murray is teaching and kids are asking questions or responding as needed. (Sydney has been a model student: very involved, happy and cheery, and asking good questions.)
You can see Sydney’s video to her science class here: https://flipgrid.com/45d7bfb8. And below are short snippets of the all-group assembly and Sydney kicking off morning meeting with Ms. Murray’s class.