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Off-Campus Learning

starThis section describes three categories of off-campus learning:
  1. Remote Learning Option
  2. Required Quarantine Remote Learning
  3. Handbook Addendum: Plans 2 and 3

Trinity Hall has chosen to continue with the traditional model for learning and return to campus classes. Some families may feel uncomfortable with this return to campus or a student may be medically compromised. In these cases, the family may choose the Remote Learning Option. All classes can be live-streamed to allow for remote learning.

A parent request must be submitted in writing to the Head of School. Said request must include reason for request, student name and grade, and indicate period for request. The school must be notified by August 28, 2020 for period 1 and October 1 if requesting remote learning for period 2. Students opt-out of in-person instruction for a period of time and cannot randomly return to campus.
  • Period 1: September 14 – October 14
  • Period 2: October 14 – November 14 
While attending classes using the Remote Learning Option, students must wear a uniform shirt, be seated at a desk with camera on, and attend and participate in all classes using Zoom links. Students must submit work on time and reach out to teachers for online student support. Students on remote learning are not allowed to participate in campus activities or athletics.
If a student is ill or unable to participate in classes for any reason, a parent must report the absence and reason to by 7:50 a.m. on the day of the absence (or as soon as the situation arises).
Students opting for remote learning will follow the regular class schedule using Zoom. Classes will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, those on remote learning may only attend campus programs virtually.
Students will be required to quarantine and participate in remote learning for the following reasons:
  1. Travel to state on NJ Travel Advisory List (two week quarantine)
  2. Exposure or positive test (two week quarantine for exposure; two week plus for a positive test)
Students who are out for illness or other reasons will not be able to attend classes virtually unless given prior approval. Students cannot participate in in-person activities or athletics during remote learning period.
Trinity Hall will begin the school year with in-person instruction (Plan 1). 
As Trinity Hall monitors the pandemic we are ready to pivot at state direction and/or a rise in COVID-19 with our community.
Plans for Academic Instruction
  • Plan 1: In-person instruction with health risk mitigation procedures.
  • Plan 2: Fully remote program with both synchronous and asynchronous classes online. See addendum to the Trinity Hall handbook below.
  • Plan 3: Hybrid program with 2 cohorts. Cohorts will attend classes – one week remote and one on campus. All campus classes will be live streamed. Details to come.

Trinity Hall Handbook Addendum for Plan 2: Fully Remote

During the remote learning period, all members of the Trinity Hall community must follow the same guidelines and fulfill the same expectations and responsibilities as defined in the Trinity Hall Handbook, including the Code of Conduct (p. 19-25), which includes the Honor Code and Acceptable Use Policy.
This addendum addresses temporary changes or additions to the guidelines and expectations found in the Handbook that will be in effect during this period.
Plan 2: Delivery of Remote Learning Program:
Trinity Hall will use Zoom, Schoology, Albert, AP Classroom, Khan Academy, Flipgrid, ePuzzle and other online platforms/tools to continue delivering the academic program. While each platform has been verified by school administration and deemed appropriate for educational use, students and parents are encouraged to review each platform’s specific user agreements.

Faculty will teach classes through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes following the daily schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We have designated Wednesdays as campus connection day when students and faculty can independently catch up, attend club and organization meetings, request student support, meet in advanced placement classes, arrange meeting with college counselors or school counselors. A club/organization and event calendar will be posted for these campus connection days.

All synchronous classes will meet on Zoom; students should expect to have a “live” class at least once a week in each course. Attendance will be taken and reported for each synchronous class. Teachers will notify students by Sunday night of that week’s class schedule, posting Zoom meeting invitations as a Schoology event (and possibly sending via email as well in the event of Schoology interruptions).
For asynchronous classes, teachers will post assignments on Schoology with clear deadlines, typically by the end of the class day. Students are expected to check Schoology to find out their assignments and meet all deadlines. Teachers will be available via email throughout the school day (8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) to answer questions, and students can request one-on-one meetings on Zoom for additional support. Students and faculty will not communicate via personal accounts, only school-provided accounts.

The schedule for meetings held during the lunch meeting period (community, class, advisory, council and student health) as well as athletic workshops, club activities, and parent meetings will be communicated in the Community Notes sent every weekend by the Head of School.
If a student is ill or unable to participate in classes for any reason, a parent must report the absence and reason to by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence (or as soon as the situation arises).
Student Expectations:
  1. Follow all guidelines and responsibilities found in the Trinity Hall Handbook.
  2. Behave with integrity and honesty throughout the remote learning program, abiding by the Academic Honor Code each student pledged and signed at the beginning of the year (see p. 20 of Handbook). Any infraction of the Academic Honor Code will be reviewed by the Conduct Review Committee following the usual procedure.
  3. Dress appropriately for class each day. Students do not have to wear the school uniform during Plan 2 (when the academic program is fully remote) but should wear dress-down day school-appropriate attire (no pajamas, bathrobes, etc.).
  4. Attend all synchronous classes and meetings by joining on time and ready to participate, sitting upright at a desk or table, with appropriate backgrounds, suitable lighting and limited distractions. During Zoom classes and meetings, students’ video cameras and microphones should be turned on (though they may be asked to mute themselves for optimal sound). Students are expected to behave as they would during an in-person class.
  5. Check Schoology throughout the day for asynchronous assignments.
  6. Complete and submit all coursework on time.
  7. Communicate with teachers immediately if unable to join a synchronous class (or communicate with an adviser or administrator if unable to join a meeting) for technological or other reasons. While technological issues will arise, missing a class or meeting without proper communication will be considered an unexcused absence.
  8. Seek help from teachers and/or advisor if you don’t understand an assignment, are struggling to submit work on time, or need additional support. Teachers and advisors are available via email throughout the school day and will meet individually with students via Zoom as needed. Not understanding how to submit work or participate in class activities is not a valid excuse for incomplete work.
  9. Reach out to Dean for Student Life Dr. Whelan who serves as our technology support coordinator, if experiencing problems with the school-issued Chromebook or online platforms.
  10. Utilize remote learning platforms for school and educational purposes only. Students may not record, screenshot, share, re-post, capture or distribute any content created on these platforms. All provisions of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy apply (p. 22-24 of Handbook).
Students and parents are encouraged to regularly check the Trinity Hall website, Schoology, and Community Notes for updates throughout the remote learning period and for tips to improve connectivity at home. While remote learning is not our first choice for instruction, we are confident that Trinity Hall can continue to provide a rich educational experience for all of our students with full cooperation and support from home should we need to move to the remote platform.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students: Trinity Hall admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.