Remote Learning Done Right!

Nancy Ward
Many parents have heard that as of July 17, 2020, all area schools are required by Governor Newsom to be in Remote-Learning mode in the fall. Clairbourn was prepared for that possibility, and the school has taken extensive steps to do remote learning right! Over the summer, we expanded our investment in the latest technology and equipment, including a new fiber network, to support our Remote Learning Program and to provide a top-notch online learning experience for students. 

Our teachers are tech-savvy and they are supported by one of the finest teams available, Knowing Technologies, who work with schools and their teachers to ensure they are empowered to deliver meaningful lessons using appropriate and compelling software and technology tools. These people are always on call for our staff!

Additionally, our students will each receive a remote learning device preloaded with configured software and will receive technology training at the start of school to ensure a seamless experience whether they are doing school online or switching to an on-campus experience.
The signs of a high-quality Remote Learning experience include these 10 elements:

  1. Tech-savvy teachers. We have them, we're proud of them, and we're enhancing their training for Remote Learning. Additionally, they are supported by education technology experts Knowing Technologies.

  2. The right software, systems, and technology. Our new fiber network, installed over the summer, will ensure fast Internet speeds and strong connectivity. Our CougarNet, Google Classrooms, SeeSaw and other learning management software tools are now streamlined and battle-tested to create a consistent and simplified delivery of educational content for students.

  3. Age-appropriate levels of screen-time. It is not age-appropriate to be in front of a screen all day long, and quality Remote Learning Programs will offer a balance of online and offline activities. Depending on your child's grade level, the average amount of screen time in Clairbourn's Remote Learning Program may range from 3-5 hours per day which will provide quality instruction as well as balanced off-screen activities. (We recognize that parents of younger students are severely challenged by the home supervision required on their part, but this is a world-wide challenge generating an intense search for solutions which have not yet become clear.)

  4. Live sessions with the teacher/s every day and live specialist sessions weekly.  Our parent surveys indicated that more live teacher time and live specialist sessions were a must, and these will be offered to the highest degree allowable based on grade-level appropriateness.

  5. The right student equipment with technology training. We've purchased individual Remote Learning devices and have pre-loaded them with learning apps to distribute to our students to ensure the success of their learning experience. All students will receive training on the systems at the start of the school year.

  6. Well-rounded offerings with character education. Clairbourn is offering music, arts, and PE in addition to its academic classes, and character education is infused into all of it. We are continuing to develop the whole child, and Remote Learning doesn't stop that. We are just delivering those experiences in a new way.

  7. Office hours for most teachers. Students and parents will have questions during the Remote Learning Experience, and our Remote Learning Program will include office hours for most teachers to help ensure that you and your student can get the answers and help needed in a timely manner.

  8. Easy access to school administration. Clairbourn is known for having easy access to administrators without red-tape battles. If you have a need, let us know! We will be keeping the communication lines open so you can get answers, report challenges, or make suggestions. Emails can be sent to

  9. Readiness to resume on-campus instruction and the ability to do so safely. Clairbourn's campus is kept in a constant state of readiness to allow us to return to campus at a moment's notice with all the safety protocols in place. Regardless of format, in-person or online, the quality of education will be the highest possible under current circumstances.

  10. Parent interaction and support. Remote learning has a strong impact on parents! Clairbourn recognizes this, and will continue its efforts to take care of the whole family unit with helpful ideas and online interaction opportunities to help maintain a sense of community and meaningful support.

Being a preschool to Grade 8 school means Clairbourn is a source of stability and continuity in uncertain times. We have made the investment in improving our spacious campus with safe and technologically advanced systems to ensure our students succeed and will have a seamless transition between remote and on-campus learning.  

Class sizes will be kept small, despite the intense demand to attend Clairbourn. Students will be getting individualized attention with differentiated learning. Every effort has been made to ensure a quality experience, as allowable by circumstances and according to grade-level appropriateness.  Our Clairbourn Families Association is ready to implement creative ways for families to interact online to maintain and expand parent community connections. 

These elements combined leave parents and students free to focus on the job of learning instead of constantly checking the pulse of a state school budget, or having a whole new set of challenges to navigate by attempting to homeschool.

Clairbourn recognizes that our parents have busy lives and they need school to happen for their child as seamlessly as possible, with every attempt made to minimize the burden on parents.  It's a known fact that the younger the child, the more parents need to be involved to help their child stay on schedule and supervise that their work is completed and turned in. There is no avoiding that reality whether it is a Remote Learning or homeschool circumstance.

But, Clairbourn students are trained to grow into tech-savvy problem-solvers who are strong in time-management and are responsible with their assignments and homework. As students move up through the grade levels, they become more and more free of the need for parent support and are usually completely independent by middle school. 

It is important to remember that Clairbourn goes beyond academics.  Our programs are well-rounded in all subjects, employ researched-backed educational techniques, include character education, and our teachers are equipped to handle differentiated mindsets and learning styles. Our students are not only prepared to learn the skills and qualities desired by the top high schools, but they are exposed to opportunities that help them develop and understand their strengths as people.  

Clairbourn students are guided by experienced teachers who promote the growth mindset in their students and who have the patience and love to work with students until they truly grasp a concept-all the while keeping the learning experience enjoyable.

In our opinion, based on over 94 years of educating students, this is the time to appreciate all the features of of a Clairbourn education. Our engine is roaring, and we're ready to take you and your children forward on the path to success!

For more information check out the Remote Learning Program page with FAQs about learning remotely as well as FAQs about on-campus safety measures, plus additional Parent Comments.
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