An independent school in Middletown, DE for students in Preschool through Grade 8

Short Term Virtual Learning

Dear St. Anne’s Families, 

 Last Friday, our teacher in-service time focused on fine-tuning short-term virtual learning plans, specifically to be used for repeated snow days or other events that would close campus for more than one day. We could need to be away from campus for extended (more than 1 day) snow storms, loss of power on campus, etc. 

 In the event that we would need to be away from school, families would receive, as usual, a mass communication from the Head of School, for example: “Tomorrow will be a snow day - no virtual learning. If, however, we must be out of school again, students will have virtual classes and their homeroom teachers will contact you and your (older) student(s) by email with instructions.” 

Similarly, in the event that we are unable to return to campus after one day away, teachers would communicate with families using email, communicating the day’s schedule, any specific student groupings, material needs, etc. We understand that students may not have all their materials at home and their lesson plans take this into account. 

With the exception of our youngest students (PS and PK), students will follow their typical daily schedule although the periods will be shortened. Depending on the grade level, teachers will use SeeSaw or Google Meet to share lessons, assignments, Google Meeting IDs, etc.


Basic information about virtual learning for on-campus students/teachers: 

All Grade Levels

  • Students will be meeting LIVE on Google Meet with their teachers who will be working from home. 

  • Families will receive an email from their child’s HR teacher or MS advisor communicating the plan for the day. 

  • Virtual Learning Guidelines: Students should adhere to these guidelines for online behavior. 

5th - 8th Grade

  • Homerooms will meet from 8:00 - 8:15 am in Google Meet.

  • Students will attend LIVE virtual classes in their regular  HR cohorts.

  • Use Google Classroom for posting assignments and Google meeting IDs

  • General MS Schedule:

    • 8:00 - 8:15 am Homeroom Google Meets

    • 8:30 - 9:00 pd 1 (9:00- 9:15 am office hours)

    • 9:30 - 10:00 am pd 2 (10:00 - 10:15 am office hours)

    • 10:30 - 11:00 am pd 3 (11:00 - 11:15 am office hours)

    • 11:30 - 12:00 pm pd 4 (12:00 - 12:15 pm office hours)

    • 12:15 - 1:00 pm LUNCH for all MS students - on your own

    • 1:00 - 1:30 pm pd 5 (1:30 - 1:45 pm office hours) 

    • 2:00 - 2:30 pm pd 6 (2:30 - 2:45 pm office hours)

    • 2:45 pm end of the school day

  • Office hours are optional for students unless otherwise assigned by the teacher. They may be used for questions, extra support, etc.

  • Homework may be assigned, as warranted by the teacher. Assignments should be posted to the subject area Google Classroom.

Kindergarten - 4th Grade

  • Homerooms will meet from 8:30 - 8:45 am in Google Meet.

  • Students will meet LIVE in Google Meet with their teachers.

  • Students will meet in smaller groups (6-7 students or smaller) for math and literacy instruction.

  • Students will have math and literacy learning sessions as well as related arts classes. 

  • Example schedule:

    • 8:30 - 8:45 am Homeroom

    • 9:00 - 9:30 am Math instruction

    • 11:00 - 11:30 am Literacy instruction

    • 1:00 - 1:20 pm Spanish

    • 2:00 - 2:20 pm Wellness & Movement (PE)

    • 2:20 pm End of the school day

  • Homework may be assigned, as warranted by the teacher. Assignments will be communicated by the teacher. 

Preschool - Pre Kindergarten

  • Students will meet LIVE once with the HR teacher for a learning activity. 

  • HR teachers will communicate with families to determine the best time for this along with the Google meeting information. 


Absences: As we do for absences from on-campus learning, please let your child’s homeroom  teacher (and also the advisor for MS students) know if your child will NOT be attending classes. This helps teachers make groups for lessons as well as for learning activities. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your LS/PS homeroom teacher or MS advisor. I am also available to help answer your questions. 

In partnership,