Southwest Christian High School

Southwest Christian High School, 1981 Bavaria Road, Chaska.

Southwest Christian High School of Chaska will have no school on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, 2020, with eLearning beginning on Wednesday, March 18.

Faculty will use the first two days of the week without students in the building to prepare for the launch of eLearning.

Wednesday, March 18: Traditional Monday eLearning schedule

  • Teachers will post an agenda to Google Classroom with details about preparatory work to be completed and a schedule showing if and when classes will meet online during regularly scheduled class times for that week.
  • On Traditional Mondays, students will not be expected to report online to any of their classes during the day but will work independently.

Thursday, March 19: eLearning Odd Classes

  • Teachers will post content and assignments on Google Classroom.
  • Check each class' weekly agenda for assignments and online meeting details.
  • Students need to be prepared to report online to their classes according to their normal odd hour class schedule.

Friday, March 20: eLearning Even Classes

  • Teachers will post content and assignments on Google Classroom.
  • Check each class’ weekly agenda for assignments and online meeting details.
  • Students need to be prepared to report online to their classes according to their normal even hour class schedule.

Southwest Christian is on spring break from March 23-27. All co-curricular events are cancelled between March 16-27.

"We are hopeful that students could return to school on Tuesday, March 31. However, our students and families must be prepared for the scenario in which we continue eLearning in the weeks following our Spring Break," Dan Beckering, Head of School, said in an e-mail to families.

"The SWCHS leadership team will continue monitoring the information provided by our local governmental and health authorities, the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization. As the situation progresses, we will continue to provide the SWCHS community with updates," he added.

Jason Wipf, education technology coordinator at SWCHS, said the Chaska school was in a good place to use March 16 and March 17 as a pivot. Departments met Monday to work through how online instruction will look like.

"We're using the three days this week for instruction. It's a great time to try some stuff, maybe do some things that are comfortable. We will use spring break to regroup, adjust to what we learned," Wipf said.

Emily Robertson, Marketing and Communications Director for SWCHS, said eLearning will be through student-issued Chromebooks. Google Classroom will be the platform used.

"Each teacher really will do their own thing. What works for their class," she said. "I know with art classes, they're exploring new technology out there. Some teachers will record lesson plans and send them to students."

Wipf said the school will still use odd and even-day schedules.

"The administration team sees value in schedule, some regularity. To us, not be in the room together is weird. We're all about community. We'd like to keep some regular rhythm. Have some designated time for students to reach out to teachers through Zoom and Google Hangout," Wipf said.

Wipf said the other advantage to Chromebooks is if the device fails, other personal devices will work in the same through Google.

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