As we begin our new school year 100% online, this page will be updated to contain resources related to Distance Learning at Great Hearts Irving. General information about Great Hearts’ response to the pandemic as a network of schools and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at greatheartsamerica.org/safereturn/tx.
Technical Support for Families
We recognize that increased use of technology will inevitably mean an increased number of technological issues. We would like to thank all of our families in advance for their patience in working through these.
- If you require technical support, we have dedicated personnel to assist you. Submit your help ticket at theveeya.com/GreatHeartsFamilyHelp or call 480-781-4267.
- To access the Family Guide to Google Classroom for step-by-step instructions and other resources related to technology and student devices, visit greatheartsamerica.org/safereturn/tx/resources.
- To learn more about our approach to using technology to support a remote Great Hearts education, please visit the Great Hearts Distance Learning website.
Turning in Handwritten Work to Google Classroom
Some assignments will need to be completed on paper and photographed/scanned and uploaded to Google Classroom to be reviewed by your child’s teacher. Our Upper School teachers have created a video tutorial for families on how to turn in handwritten work using a mobile device. Great Hearts’ Family Guide to Google Classroom contains step-by-step instructions on how to do this as well. If you require additional support, reach out to Great Hearts’ dedicated technical support team at theveeya.com/GreatHeartsFamilyHelp or by calling 480-781-4267.
Lower School Zoom Etiquette
We recognize that supporting young children in using technology can present challenges. To help your family navigate those challenges and make our synchronous Zoom sessions as smooth as possible, we have compiled some tips and guidelines for Zoom that we will ask you to help your scholar(s) observe.
Lower School Distance Learning Schedules
Distance Learning instruction will occur both synchronously and asynchronously. The entire school is invited to begin each day together at 7:45am by joining us for the pledges over Facebook Live. Beginning at 9:15am each day, all students are asked to log on to a Zoom meeting with their teachers and classmates to participate in synchronous learning activities. At 3:30pm, there will be an opportunity for us to end our school days together as well, as we join Mrs. Pantin on Facebook Live for a school-wide Read Aloud. Click here for a more detailed overview of the Lower School Distance Learning Plan.
Below you will find daily schedules indicating the times we recommend your students participate in their asynchronous video lessons. Please note that the time it will take for students to complete their asynchronous lessons will vary and that the video component of lessons will not always last for the entire time indicated on the schedules. Further, we recognize that each family is facing a unique situation, so with the exception of the daily synchronous Zoom in which students are asked to log on at the specified time daily, parents may adjust the times of the day devoted to particular subjects to meet the needs of their family and their child(ren).
Upper School Distance Learning Schedules
Upper School students will receive their class schedules for the 2020-21 school year with their textbooks on August 13 & 14. Distance learning schedules will line up with on-campus schedules for an easy transition between distance and on-campus leaning at any time. Sample distance learning schedules can be seen in the Upper School Town Hall recording on Facebook Live.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find answers to many of the most common questions regarding Distance Learning at Great Hearts Irving using the links below. A more detailed overview of the Lower School Distance Learning Plan can be found at this link. Please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not find the answer you are looking for, and we will endeavor to find it for you to the best of our ability.
Lower School Distance Learning Plan
In order to provide a more comprehensive overview of the Distance Learning plan we will be implementing at the Great Hearts Irving Lower School campus this Fall, we have created this document outlining many of the features of our plan in detail. We will continue to update this document throughout the year as the specifics of our Distance Learning plan adapt to meet the needs of our school and our community.
Lower & Upper School Town Halls
On August 3 and August 4, 2020 members of our community joined our headmasters, Ms. Finn and Mr. Cowan, over Facebook Live for the Lower School and Upper School Town Halls to discuss the Distance Learning and Safe Return plans at the Great Hearts Irving Schools. You can watch recordings of these Town Halls using the links below.
Lower School Student Devices
If you would like to inquire about borrowing a school-owned device for your Lower School scholar to use during Distance Learning, please contact Charlotte.Garthune@greatheartsirving.org. We will endeavor to help you in every way we can.
Meals for Distance Learners
Great Hearts Irving is pleased to be able to continue offering nutritious meals to our families throughout Distance Learning. Visit greatheartsirving.org/breakfastandlunch for more information.
Books & Supplies
Your child can expect to need the same materials for Distance Learning that he/she would need if we were able to be on campus. Lists of supplies needed for each grade level can be found at this link.