A slight delay to spring term this March allowed for proper planning to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 circumstances. Staff and faculty used the additional few days of spring break to collaborate efficient remote teaching strategies as the School temporarily shifts to remote learning curriculum.
On Friday, March 27th, students joined their classmates in a virtual space, or Zoom Room, using the videoconferencing platform. Students and faculty are taking advantage of several forms of support in our new environment with video tutorials by ITS and Academic Tech teams. Students are using their school-issued iPads for remote work while practicing their best netiquette. Furthermore, the School community has been receptive of Choate's pre-existing online portals which act as an integral way to deliver communication.
While the community cannot be together physically, the School seeks to emulate the traditional campus life to an online atmosphere. One example is social media taking a forefront in student life, while faculty enjoy connecting with their students via video, email, and more. Distance does not even stop students from participating in a live Zoom dance with a student DJ!
This current unusual period has truly demonstrated how our community unites in difficult times. Regardless of where a Choate education takes place, the School community continues to exemplify attributes in the Central Qualities of a Choate Education. The most significant being, "perseverance and resilience are balanced with humor and joy".