UMHS In-Person/Virtual Learning Overview

  • At A Glance: In-Person/Virtual Learning at the High School

    The summary below is provided to give you an understanding of how in-person and virtual learning will be achieved within the High School from March 29 through the end of the school year.  Please be aware that all details below are subject to change or modification.

    Our Vision for Teaching and Learning

    Upper Moreland High School is committed to providing consistent and quality instruction for all students regardless of their educational setting.  We believe in the importance of engaging students both within our school and while they are learning at home.  At Upper Moreland High School, our plan for in-person and virtual learning will incorporate synchronous learning opportunities that will occur in the classroom and at home simultaneously.

    All of our students will continue in their same courses and follow the Purple and Gold Day rotation. Adjustments to the length of time of each block, along with the addition of a fourth lunch block are being finalized and will be shared the week of March 8.  The High School is working to align with the Eastern Center schedule so that students can participate in either AM or PM tech as they are assigned. 

     

    Our Approach to In-Person Instruction:  

    In our in-person model, we will continue to foster a school environment that looks and feels very similar to our traditional 9-12 block schedule with the exception of mitigation efforts such as masking and social distancing to the maximum extent possible.  Our teachers will continue to engage the students in front of them (in-person) while simultaneously working with the students who are learning virtually (at home). This will include both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) lesson delivery throughout the day, with teachers differentiating as needed.  PLEASE NOTE:

    • If there is a need to switch to remote instruction for individual students or the school because of a COVID-19 related closure, students in in-person instruction will transition to virtual instruction as detailed below.
    • Students who are in the In-Person Instruction model are expected to attend everyday unless they have an excused absence or there is an extenuating circumstance (ie, the need to quarantine) that has been communicated to school administration.

    Our Approach to Virtual Instruction:

    In our 100% virtual environment, students will not report to the Upper Moreland High School. Students will receive instruction five (5) days a week from home through their technology devices. In order to continue offering instruction in this approach:

    1. We ask that you support your child in turning on their camera for all instructional lessons.  This will allow your child’s teacher to see them during lesson presentation and provide on-going and meaningful feedback.  In addition, by keeping their camera on, teachers will be able to verify your child’s attendance and work completion.  If you have any concerns regarding your child’s privacy while on camera, please contact Dr. Djang, Ms. Franczkowski, or Mr. Feeley.
    2. According to Pennsylvania mandates regarding remote learning, in order for your student’s attendance to count, students must be physically present and complete assigned work.  Please continue to encourage and support your student to continue to do both each day to ensure that they are counted as present in our attendance system. 
    3. Under Pennsylvania School Code, Upper Moreland is tasked with taking accurate attendance of all students and reporting habitually truant students for further interventions.  Students who accumulate over 10 days of absences will receive a School Attendance Improvement Plan and may be referred to Child and Youth or Truancy Court for further interventions.  Please remind your child to log in, attend their classes, and complete their coursework daily.  For any absences, please submit an email to Mrs. Jagger. (cjagger@umtsd.org), attendance secretary  noting the reason for the absence.

    Engagement and Support:

    The entire Upper Moreland High School community is committed to fostering the success of students, whether they opt for the in-person or virtual learning option.  Families and students are encouraged to reach out to teachers, counselors or administrators at any time to seek help or assistance. 

  • In-Person Learning Model

    • Students will report to school for five (5) days of face to face instruction each week
    • The schedule will alternate daily following the Purple/Gold Day structure
    • First Block starts at 7:45 am and dismissal is at 2:31 pm
    • Wednesdays will be a half-day for all students with a homeroom start at 7:45 am and dismissal at 11:00 am with an optional grab and go lunch
    • Eastern Center students' schedules will be coordinated according to the schedules for both full days and half-days.  For example, Eastern Center will still be operating virtually on Wednesdays.  Synchronous connections are being planned to coordinate with the High School half-day schedule to the fullest extent possible.
    • Students are provided support and intervention with teachers, counselors, and staff throughout the week
    • Students will still have access to some work through Google Classroom, and participate in live instruction through Google Meets or Zoom; this may occur at times while they are in school for in-person instruction dependent upon the activity, instruction, or potential interactions with students who are in the virtual learning model 
    • Assessments will be implemented with the same rigor as expected in either face to face or virtual environments
    • Students will be expected to submit homework, projects, and classwork at an appropriate time determined by the teacher
    • Asynchronous learning may still occur at times and is defined as students viewing pre-recorded instructional videos, submitting classwork assignments, completing projects, and using digital resources

    Virtual Learning Model

    • Students do not report to the Upper Moreland High School
    • Students will receive virtual instruction five (5) days a week
    • First Block starts at 7:45 am and classes conclude at 2:31 pm
    • Wednesdays will be a half-day for all students with First Block starting at 7:45 am and the day concluding at 11:00 am
    • Students are required to access their work through Google Classroom, and participate in live instruction through Google Meets or Zoom 
    • Students will participate in both asynchronous and synchronous learning dependent upon the activity, instruction, or potential interactions with students who are in the in-person learning model 
    • Assessments will be implemented with the same rigor as expected in either face to face or remote environments
    • Students will be expected to submit homework, projects, and classwork at an appropriate time determined by the teacher
    • Asynchronous learning is defined as students viewing pre-recorded instructional videos, submitting classwork assignments, completing projects, and using digital resources