Welcome to UpperSchool@Home

This section is devoted to providing essential information regarding the UpperSchool@Home. Check this page frequently for updates as we continue to learn, evolve, adapt, and refine our approach to teaching and learning in this new way.

  • Approach

    Phase 1: Community

    The primary goal of this phase is to connect with students, and create community. In doing that, we will begin to explore modes of online engagement together. Students will have work assigned to them by their teachers, in a flexible manner, as we all adjust to changes in the routine. Students will have at least one synchronous learning experience each day, and will be provided with work in all subject areas. Phase 1 is expected to last for one week. The primary goals are: 

    • Connect with students and families using online technology 
    • Introduce and familiarize students with different technologies
    • Provide assignments to stimulate students

    Phase 2: Rollout

    During this phase, we will implement our BankStreet@Home schedule, allowing for flexibility as we transition. Students and teachers will establish norms and routines, and assess how they are working and need to be modified to support students. We will continue to increase our use of synchronous and asynchronous learning modalities in different configurations. Students will participate in individual check-ins with homeroom teachers at least once/week and have morning meetings daily. Google Classroom will continue to be used to deliver asynchronous content. The primary goals are: 

    • Establish norms and routines with remote learning
    • More synchronous and asynchronous experiences
    • Engage and share work in different subject areas
    • Increase communication, morning meetings four/week

    Phase 3: Assess and Adapt

    In phase 3, we will continue to deliver our curriculum, aligning and adjusting content to be emergent and reflective of the experiences of students. Students and teachers will maintain a predictable and consistent schedule, ensuring daily contact and inquiry-based learning. Flex periods can be used in a variety of ways, based on curricular demands and student needs. Students will have opportunities to engage in group work, and have long term projects that they can work on together. We will continue to assess and reassess the schedule, and provide instruction that meets the needs of our community. The primary goals are: 

    • Consistent work across subject areas, with opportunities to share 
    • Variety of learning experiences in each subject area
    • Flexible learning experiences and social opportunities (clubs/affinity groups)
    • Teacher office hours/weekly individual check-ins
  • Community Norms

    Student Responsibility

    Online classes are real classes.

    • Check your email every morning and every afternoon.
    • Show up on time and ready to learn, prepared with any needed materials. Teachers will post the link to your Zoom class on the class website and will be taking attendance.
    • You are responsible for the material presented in class. 
    • Work assigned to you in a remote class or independently must be turned in promptly by due dates. Please check the HW document regularly. 
    • If you need help managing your time, please ask your teachers for support. 

    Surroundings and Presentability

    Make sure you are appropriately dressed, and that there is nothing between you and the camera. Your teacher and classmates will be able to see if you are focusing on other things. Zoom gives you the option to select a background, which students are encouraged to do for additional privacy.  

    When you are connected to Zoom:

    • Mute yourself when you are not talking.
    • Stay focused on the speaker or activity. Phones and other distractions should not be out.
    • Do not navigate to other tabs unless directed by your teacher.  
    • Do not bring your laptop/device to the bathroom or other inappropriate places.
    • Do not stream music.  
    • Do not interrupt while someone else is speaking. Some teachers may have alternate ways they want to have you make a request.


    Participation in BankStreet@Home should follow all the same rules and guidelines of attending class at school. Do not record, screenshot, or abuse the technology being used to provide instruction. Your tech contract is still in effect, and we are holding you to those expectations.

    • Be your best self. Be kind, gracious, and patient to everyone in the community.
    • Google Hangout and Meet on student accounts are disabled, students are expected to engage in appropriate and on topic conversation in the Zoom chat. 

    Exercise your best judgement, if you would not say or do something in person or around your grownups, do not do it online.

  • Google Classrooms
  • Upper School Communications

    Below you will find an archive of weekly communications from the Upper School Division Head.