Senior School Information

Sent to Senior School families on March 20:

Hello Parents, Guardians and Students,

I hope that this email finds you in good health and in good spirits. Certainly, these are trying times for everyone so please know that SMUS is sending positive thoughts to our entire community.

Our teachers have been very focused this week in their preparation for remote learning. We feel most fortunate to have had the week to plan and prepare and we are ready to begin on April 14. The Ministry of Education has closed schools indefinitely and so we fully expect to launch remote learning on this date.

Here are a few key points for you to be aware of:

  1. Google Classroom will be our platform for delivery. Please ensure that you are ready to connect through this suite of products. If you reside in a country where Google Classroom is not accessible, we are developing an alternate plan for you.
  2. All of the classes in your current timetable will be offered remotely after Spring Break.
  3. Teaching and learning will look and feel differently. Please be open and ready to try new things and to learn and grow with us in this new environment.
  4. Students will be expected to regularly engage with their teachers and school community using the online meeting and collaboration tools we provide.
  5. All classes will have set schedules where teachers will be accessible and live remote classes through Google Meet will be held. Online class sessions will be recorded for students who may be out of our time zone.
  6. Students will receive details about their new timetable in early April and their schedule will be updated in the SDS.
  7. For our AP students: Recently, the College Board announced they will not hold traditional AP exam sessions at schools and that they are planning for online testing. More details will be forthcoming on April 3. This means that we need to wait and see when the new testing dates are scheduled. For our students, this means that any work assigned over the Spring Break, can be put on hold while you focus on following the recommendations of your local health officer. We will provide updates as soon as we are able to and you can also check the College Board’s website for details
  8. For our graduating families, we continue to consider our plans for the Graduation Ceremonies and Gala. All funds collected for the gala will be 100% refundable in the event we need to cancel. We will update you as information becomes available and we reach decision points in the weeks ahead.

It goes without saying that there will be hurdles for us to clear in the weeks ahead and many uncertainties for us as teachers and for our students as learners. However, as we walk down the path towards remote learning, we feel confident in our abilities to deliver the curriculum and are buoyed by our understanding of the capabilities of our students.

This is merely a snapshot of the work that has been done already and we realize that there are still many questions left to be answered. Having said that, please look for a more detailed communication on April 9 which will encompass more of our planning, our expectations for our students and our opening schedule for the week of April 14.

Until then, be well and enjoy the Spring Break in the best way possible in our new socially distanced world.

Warm Regards,

Eliot Anderson
Director of Senior School

On Behalf of the Senior School Operations Team.