Distance Learning Expectations

Dear Parents,

As you know, these are uncertain times for everyone.  Even though we are providing in-person instruction in a classroom setting for our students, we are faced with providing instruction to students who may have to be out for an extended period of time.  We are set up to provide “live” instruction for students who are unable to attend school in person due to an illness or other excused absence.  St. Luke School is using Google Classroom as our platform for distance learning.  This was used last spring when we were required to close our doors immediately.

We are all in this together and as a school, we continue to grow and improve.  In order to provide the best education for our students, in person or virtually, St. Luke’s has put together “Distance Learning Expectations” for both students and parents.   These are tips that will help make distance learning more productive and less painful for everyone.

Thank you.

St. Luke School’s Distance Learning Expectations


  • Help each student find a good place to learn. Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities.  Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions.
  • Help students own their learning. Let your child be the student.  While it’s okay to be present when your student is “live”, it is important to resist the urge to sit in on and participate in classes with your child.
  • Help establish routines and expectations. Students need to check in and be available during the school day the same as if they were attending in person.
  • Respect the teacher and the classroom.
  • Pick up needed materials weekly during designated pick up time.


  • Work with your parents on creating a space for learning, i.e. a table or desk in the kitchen, living room, office area. This space cannot be in a bedroom.
  • Be on time for class, give your full, focused attention and participate fully.
  • Communicate with your teacher. Seek help from the appropriate source (teacher, principal) when needed
  • Reach out to your teacher(s) if you are overwhelmed, take responsibility for your learning.
  • Sign in to the classrooms daily, stay connected.
  • Demonstrate learning with completion of assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.
  • Engage with the classroom and use tools (like headphones) to focus on instructional videos, etc.
  • Wear proper attire, clothing that is acceptable for school.
  • Demonstrate online learning etiquette, i.e. be aware of your surroundings and any background noise, mute yourself if necessary, don’t dominate the discussion, etc.
  • Support each other in this new way of learning.
  • Be patient with yourselves and your teachers-we are all learning together!