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Academic Continuity Plan

In the event of an emergency that dictates an interruption of normal school attendance, The Fay School will endeavor to provide continuous learning through technology.  Regular live and prerecorded contact with teachers will provide a sense of comfort and normalcy to your child’s day. The Head of School will announce if the plan will go into effect. 

  • Communication: Should the school declare a closing, you will receive an email from the Head of School.  Within two days, you will receive communication from your child’s teacher through Seesaw.  Contact and instruction will be developmentally appropriate and vary by department.
  • Delivery Platforms: The main avenues of delivery will be Seesaw and Zoom.  Zoom meeting invites should be posted in Seesaw at least one hour before the assigned time. All Zoom sessions will be recorded, and links posted in Seesaw in the event students are unavailable at the assigned time.  Fourth and Fifth Grade Students will also use Microsoft Teams to communicate with their teachers. Sign-Up Genius will be used for individual sign-ups as needed.
  • Parent Participation Work with your child to create a healthy daily routine that includes regular wake-up and bedtimes, academic times, off-screen times, and physical activity.  Please communicate with your child’s teacher if your child is struggling with their distance learning experience, either academically or emotionally. 
  • Attendance: Attendance will be taken for each Zoom lesson.  Regular attendance and participation in academic activities are strongly encouraged to keep your child engaged and learning.  The Fay School understands there may be barriers to regular attendance. 

Primary Schedule:

  • Sunday: The Lead Teacher will send an outline of the week to parents, letting them know what materials are needed for each day.
  • Monday: Classes will be split in half for a small group Morning Meeting to kick-off the week and interact with classmates. A student will be in the Lead Teacher’s group one week and the Assistant Teacher’s group the next week. The Lead Teacher will post one Language Arts lesson and one Math lesson to introduce the concepts students will be working on this week.
  • Tuesday-Friday: Assistant and Lead Teachers will hold 15-minute individual Zoom sessions for each child to reinforce the lessons on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Each child will be assigned a time of day and will meet with either the Lead or Assistant Teacher at the same time each day.
  • Additional Components: The Assistant Teacher will post two read-aloud stories each week.  Students will have an opportunity to sign up for a small group conversation with a Specials teacher.  See the schedule below for the Specials class schedule.

Lower Elementary Schedule:

  • Sunday: The Lead Teacher will send an outline of the week to parents, letting them know what materials are needed for each day.
  • Daily Morning Meetings: Morning Meetings will be held each school day.  On Mondays and Fridays, Morning Meetings will be the whole group to maintain a sense of regularity and build classroom community. Tuesdays through Thursdays, Morning Meetings will be held as small groups in order to increase the opportunity for each child to engage with classmates.
  • Monday-Friday: Lead Teachers will post one Language Arts and one Math lesson daily introducing new concepts.  These concepts will be reinforced in 20-minute Zoom small groups on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: Each Lead and Assistant Teacher will hold two 20-minute small groups of 4-5 students each will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday so every child meets with one or the other teacher each day. 
  • Additional Components: Each student will have a 10-minute Zoom call with either the Lead Teacher or the Assistant Teacher each week. The Assistant Teacher will post two read-aloud stories each week.  Students will have an opportunity to sign up for a small group conversation with a Specials teacher. See the schedule below for the Specials class schedule.

Upper Elementary Schedule:

  • Monday-Friday: Lead teachers will post daily schedules each morning. Students will participate in a whole group Morning Meeting each day.  Language Arts and Math teachers will each post one recorded lesson each day. Lead and Assistant Teachers will give feedback to students on written work daily through Seesaw.  Lead teachers will contact students through Teams for flexible small groups each week as needed. Students and Teachers will use Teams to communicate throughout the week about assignments.
  • Monday and Wednesday: Language Arts Office Hours will be held 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Math Office Hours will be held 1:00-2:00 pm.
  • Additional Components:  Students will have an opportunity to sign up for a small group conversation with a Specials teacher. See the schedule below for the Specials class schedule.

Specials Schedule:

Day Special
Monday Spanish & P.E.
Tuesday Music
Wednesday  Art
Thursday Library & P.E.
Friday Technology

*Posts will be made by the Specials departments by 8:00am on the chosen day.

Please email faytechsupport@thefayschool.org if you are having difficulty accessing any of the Academic Continuity platforms.