Distance Learning

Our distance learning plans are available in myLab in the Resources section. As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to refine the plans. 


A message from Katherine Schantz, Head of School

April 21, 2020
Intermediate Museum Club Virtual Exhibit
Sara Hawkins

Sara Hawkins

Intermediate Museum Club Teacher, Head of Visual Arts, Grades 1-8

Who knew a virtual museum exhibit could be so engaging?

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The Creating Never Stops!



Students in Ms. Sara Hawkins’ Intermediate Art class and Museum Club have been upping the ante in the creativity department!

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Celebrating Milestones



Acknowledging achievements and marking milestones is always meaningful.

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Virtual Lab Lecture Series on April 22, 2020 with Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C



  • Distance education will take many forms depending on grade level and subject area. These experiences will look and feel very different than a student’s typical in-class experience—learning experiences will vary in ways that are developmentally appropriate and instructionally feasible. For example, as teachers plan to modify their content to fit a distance-learning framework, students may work on independent projects, meet via video conference, watch online videos, write blogs, and so forth. We will also work with families so that they know how best to support their children in their learning.

  • Unlike typical school days when students meet together at a particular time of day, students often experience distance learning differently. In some cases students will learn asynchronously or on their own time; in other cases, classes will meet virtually in real time in order to continue the in-class, group-learning experience.

  • Our goal is not to recreate the typical 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. school-day experience. This will mean that students will participate in more independent learning and may have reduced direct instructional time with their teachers. Taking into account the disruption of a prolonged school closure, the school will do its best to balance quality and quantity. We will prioritize delivering high-quality and meaningful experiences for our students. 

  • Functions like grading, assessment, attendance and homework will be different than the typical in-class framework. Divisions will share expectations around these topics with their students and families for each class or grade level.

  • Lab School recognizes that families have different resources available at home... Our teachers will work with students and families individually to ensure that all learning opportunities are equitably available for all students in class. If you have specific concerns about your family’s resources (computers, internet access, etc.), please reach out to response@labschool.org with those concerns and we will do our best to respond.

Distance Learning: Parent Resources (The Lab School’s Educational Technology Department)

As a school committed to equity and inclusion, we remind our community that bullying, harassment, or exclusion of any kind is not tolerated under any circumstances.  

The following resource can be helpful:

Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance)

On May 13, Lab’s Reservoir Psychology Group hosted a support session for Lab parents of students with ADHD.  More than 60 Lab parents attended and many have written to say how helpful it was. Lab's mental health team shared strategies to help support these students during this difficult time, and parents benefited from sharing their stories with one another.

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Distance Learning

Within days, Lab embraced the challenge of designing and creating distance learning for our nearly 400 students grades 1-12. 

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