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Virtual Plan

A leader and innovator in dyslexia education with a commitment to the values of kindness, respect, honesty and hard work, since 1926 The Gow School has been helping students with language-based learning differences develop the skills and confidence to succeed in higher education and beyond as creative, compassionate adults and engaged citizens.

The Gow School Virtual Program is meant as a temporary learning path for students who would otherwise attend The Gow School in person, but who cannot do so because of travel restrictions, extended illness, or other factors.  If you have questions about the Virtual Program, please contact Jennifer Bamann at 716.687.2076 or jbamann@gow.org.

Overview

  • Students in The Gow School Virtual Program will use audio/visual technology to virtually attend live classes, enjoying many of the same benefits as their peers on campus such as a low student-to-teacher ratio, daily tutorials with expert teachers, and remedial reading instruction during Reconstructive Language classes.
  • Class sizes would keep the low student-to-teacher ratio with no more than three virtual students in any section.
  • The virtual program will follow the structure and schedule that we use on campus.
  • Virtual students will be connected synchronously to their classes via Microsoft Teams, and using panoramic camera technology which allows them to be seen and heard by their peers, they will be able to participate as if they were sitting in class.

Academics

  • Virtual students will be eligible to enroll in most courses offered at Gow to our on-campus students. Due to the nature of some courses, Virtual Program students will not be able to take certain electives.
  • Virtual students will be eligible to take advantage of a wide variety of student supports and services such as Executive Function Coaching (EFC), Speech and Language therapy, counseling services, college advising, and evening academic support.
  • Virtual students will be eligible for full course credit, a Gow diploma, and all academic honors.
  • Virtual students will be provided School laptops, texts, class materials and other requirements as needed for the classes for which they are enrolled.

Technology

  • Ensuring an equitable experience will be critical to the success of the Virtual Program. Prospective families must complete an Internet speed test (https://speedtest.gow.org) and meet minimum benchmarks to be accepted into the Virtual Program.
  • Students will be shipped a Gow-issued laptop preloaded with all the software needed to take part in virtual instruction. In the event of a broken laptop, a replacement will be arranged. During this transition, the student will use a personal device if available.
  • Microsoft Teams will be the delivery platform for instruction, assignments, and grades.
  • Classrooms will be outfitted with an immersive camera and microphones to help virtual students feel present in the space.

Structure

  • The virtual program will follow the structure and schedule that we use on campus.
  • A virtual student will be expected to be in classes from 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturday.
  • Virtual students will have the ability to seek assignment help from study hall proctors during regularly scheduled evening study halls. Virtual attendance in evening study hall is encouraged but will not be required.
  • Virtual students will use their daytime study hall period for periodic meetings for EFC, Speech and Language, other student supports. If there is no meeting scheduled, it will be used as study time or a screen time break.

Expectations

Virtual Program students are expected to:
  • Follow the School's Pillars of Kindness, Respect, Honesty, and Hard Work.
  • Arrive to virtual class promptly and prepared to work.
  • Take advantage of tutorials and study hall to seek assignment help.
  • Join the School for the daily assembly.
  • Use their technology for academic purposes.
  • Keep their cameras and microphones on throughout each lesson.
  • Turn off and store cell phones, tablets, or other personal electronic devices during academic time.
  • Participate in lessons by volunteering to ask and answer questions.
  • Complete their homework assignments individually, on time, and to the best of their ability.
Parents/Guardians of Virtual Program students are expected to:
  • Provide a dedicated learning space within their home with the flexibility to allow their child the freedom to vary their position, i.e. standing and sitting.
  • Reinforce the structure of the academic schedule and promote accountability.
  • Maintain communication with their child’s teachers and advisor, and work in partnership to ensure their child’s academic engagement and performance.
  • Monitor and balance non-academic screen time of their child and promote daily fitness.
Parents/Guardians of Virtual Program students can expect Faculty/Staff to:
  • Be prepared to academically challenge on-campus and virtual students in each class.
  • Prepare instructional technology and utilize it for each class.
  • Strive to cover course material in a multisensory manner whenever possible.
  • Provide a brief update every Friday about the student’s quality and completion of work.
  • Notify parents immediately when course average falls below 70% or their homework completion is below expectations.
  • Encourage the use of assistive technology when appropriate.
What to do next?

Let us know you are interested.  Please fill out the form below and Jennifer Bamann will reach out to you to answer questions and get you started.  

Committee Members

  • Jeff Poblocki, Director of Technology, Committee Chair
  • Rob Marshman, Head of the Upper School
  • Luke Salerno, Head of the Middle School
  • Heidi Baust, Department Chair – Applied Technology
  • Charlie Brown, Director of College Counseling
  • Brian Thompson, Department Chair – Reconstructive Language