When the COVID-19 pandemic caused school closings across the country in mid-March, Loudoun Country Day School harnessed its talents, innovative spirit, resources, and resolve to execute a distance learning program immediately.
The LCDS mission is to inspire a life-long love of learning, critical and creative thinking, leadership, character, and compassion. Never have these qualities been on greater display throughout our educational community. Our administration and faculty created a substantive distance learning program, our students have engaged it, and their parents have made it possible for the experience to be successful.
About Distance Learning at LCDS
A Clear, Unified Vision
A Prior Commitment to Technology as a Learning Tool
Effective and Efficient Communication
Administration and Faculty Teamwork
- A growth mindset – always ready to embrace new approaches
- A thirst for collaboration – learning from and supporting each other
- Adaptability, flexibility, and innovative spirit – modifying familiar instructional practices to a new environment; embracing new methods
Balanced Methods of Instruction
Partnership with Parents
A Day of Distance Learning: Early Years, Preschool - Kindergarten
The academic and social-emotional needs of our youngest learners coupled with respect for working parents drive the focus of our Early Years Distance Learning Program. Daily agendas shared with parents each morning outline a variety of live class sessions, pre-recorded activities, sign-ups for weekly individual Google Meets, and curated content. In addition to the experiences with the homeroom teachers, students also continue to receive a combination of activities and live instruction from specialty content teachers. Each student is provided with a bag of materials to use during lessons so they have everything they need to continue moving forward in their learning. The result is an engaging academic and socially nurturing program for all our Early Years students.
A Day of Distance Learning: Lower School, Grade 1st-5th
Each morning, students and parents receive an email with a schedule of the day’s live sessions, plus a variety of shared lessons, documents, and pre-recorded videos. Each day includes a live ‘Morning Meeting’ designed to meet the students’ social and emotional needs through a fun activity and to help them to organize their day. During the week, every student will meet in person with their teachers from every discipline, sometimes as an entire class, other times in small groups, and even one-on-one during ‘office hours.’ New material is being taught every day, as the teachers continue to deliver a robust curriculum, while at the same time, supporting their students through the challenges posed by social distancing and distance learning.
A Day of Distance Learning: Middle School
Our middle school community of enthusiastic teachers and connected students is redefining what a classroom can be. Our teachers engage our students with new content through a combination of live classes and asynchronous learning opportunities. A weekly schedule of class sessions for all subjects–including art, instrumental music, STEM, and physical education, daily agendas shared with parents, Google Classroom, and an open-door policy for communicating with teachers provide support, structure, and easy access for students and parents. Student-created middle school trivia games, chat sessions, student council meetings, and fun Friday activities also provide a social outlet for students and faculty.