QND set to launch distance learning plan

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 25, 2020 12:30 am Updated: Mar. 25, 2020 12:34 am

QUINCY — Quincy Notre Dame High School intends to launch a distance learning plan on Monday.

"We're very much relying on our teachers, using their expertise and creativity to make lessons engaging and easily accessible to families," Principal Mark McDowell said.

QND is a one-to-one school, with one computer for every student.

"Our ability to continue the educational process is easier compared to come others, but this is unchartered waters," McDowell said. "There's a lot of getting up to speed we as a faculty must do."

Virtual staff meetings, held since Monday, help with the planning process.

"We've made great progress, but there is more work to do. Having teachers get together, share ideas, ask questions is very important," McDowell said. "As we get into the process next week, we're clearly seeking feedback from faculty, students and parents as well. It's important we hear from everybody."

McDowell said the school already had begun discussions about elearning tied to snow days, joining other schools statewide moving in that direction.

"We had done a little work and research, but were not prepared to launch that this school year," McDowell said. "It was something on the long list of things we wanted to educate ourselves on and possibly implement in future years."