Robert M. Beren Academy

RMBA ONLINE Plan and COVID-19 Info

Please see the plan for remote learning and continued education below. We will keep updating you as information becomes more available.
 
EARLY CHILDHOOD (ECE15-ECE4) AND KINDERGARTEN
Early Childhood Communications and Learning- There will be no live online learning for Early Childhood
  • Early childhood teachers will be emailing parents each day with a daily message.
  • Each message will contain 2 attachments:
  • a circle time activity for the day
  • a read aloud with extension activities
  • There will also be a list of activities to do at home and learning links for age appropriate activities
  • Teachers will have office hours daily, where parents can email to set up a time to chat.
  • STEAM will also be sending out emails with learning links.
  • JUDAICS will send a video of davening (praying) circle time and a video of Parsha each week as well as additional Judaics learning opportunities.
  • Teachers will be checking in with each student twice a week.
 
LOWER SCHOOL (1-5)
Hebrew and Judaic Studies Classes
  • Students are asked to daven each morning at 9 AM so that they can feel connected to their classmates doing so at the same time. Teachers may email out a link for live Davening sessions which students will be able to join.
  • Teachers will send out a pre-recorded lessons each day. Teachers may also send out a link for group learning. 
  • Teachers have begun sending materials home for students to work on remotely.
  • 2nd and 3rd grade will use iTalAm for activities that are automatically graded.
  • Any Google Meet lessons that take place will also be recorded and the link will be emailed out to parents for students who were not able to log on at the time of class.
  • The school will be open on Monday, March 16 from 9 am to 11 am to collect any school materials that were left behind.
  • Teachers will be checking in with each student twice a week.
 
General Studies
  • Teachers will be sending out a daily email which will include
  • a daily message
  • content learning videos for reading and math
  • assignments
  • Links for social studies and science will also be sent out during the week.
  • Teachers will be hosting office hours each day, where students/parents can request support or ask questions.
  • Teachers will be checking in with each student twice a week.
  • Upper elementary classes (3rd-5th) are encouraging interactive journals, where students write to teachers (email) daily.
  • Additional work may be scanned or sent home.
  • In the event your family does not have the ability to print, it is suggested that your child record the answers on a plain paper.
  • Spelling words may be provided, and students are encouraged to call friends or Facetime with them to practice. Be creative and have fun!
  • STEAM for K-2nd grade and PE/Enrichment will also be sending out emails with activities and links for learning.
  • Learning may include:
  • Mini video instructions/lessons
  • Independent work assignments with due dates
  • Time for support and questions to follow (office times for appointments)
  • Individual times and clarification/remediation as requested for student support
  • Read aloud time with reading extensions
 
UPPER SCHOOL (6-12)
General Studies 
  • Teachers have communicated with each class with regard to their expectation in the event of a school closure for health reasons. It is imperative that students ensure that they can log into their berenacademy.org email account as well as RenWeb to stay current with information.
  • Teachers will post assignments on RenWeb or Google Classroom with deadlines for projects, research papers, reading, and all other assignments. Teachers will respond to emails from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM daily. Of course, students may email during off hours, but it should be understood that teachers will respond during normal work hours.
  • Students will need to manage their time wisely during the time of school closure and be sure to complete their work and meet deadlines.
  • Students are to take materials, textbooks, etc...home daily in the event of a school closure.
  • Each teacher will have required office hours to have contact with students during this time.
 
The office hours schedule is as follows:
Mondays
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Mr. Duke
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Mrs. Cunningham
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Mrs. Gross, 6th Grade
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Mrs. Gross, Algebra I
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Mrs. Gross, Algebra II and College Algebra
 
Tuesdays
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Ms. Goldstein
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Mr. Stanulonis
 
Wednesdays
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Mrs. Rosenweig, 6th and 7th Grades
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Mrs. Rosenzweig, 8th Grade
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Mrs. Rosenzweig, 9th Grade Geometry
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Ms. O’Leary and Mr. Guthrie
 
Thursdays
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Ms. Berger
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Mr. Cell
 
Judaic Classes 
  • All Upper School Judaic teachers will conduct virtual classes on Google Meet in lieu of each regular class that day. Each virtual class + assignments should be equal in time to their normal classes (80 minutes on Monday-Thursday, and 35 minutes on Friday).
  • How is a virtual class conducted?
  • Teachers will email their students Google meeting invites for their virtual classes on Google Meet.
  • The face-to-face component of each virtual class will last the first 20-40 minutes of the regularly scheduled period. That time will include review and new learning.
  • The remaining 40-60 minutes of the period will be used for engaging activity to contribute to the lesson. This may be a collaborative project, online discussion, or some other activity that deepens the learning, at the discretion of the teacher. 
  • Each virtual lesson will be recorded for student and teacher reference.
  • As long as a student is healthy enough to work, all students are expected to attend all of their virtual classes and complete all assignments given by their teachers, as they would normally. 
  • Students will be marked Present, Tardy, or Absent from each virtual class and will continue to receive grades from their teachers in Renweb for their assignments. Completed assignments will be emailed to teachers using students’ Beren Academy email addresses.
  • If a student is unable to connect to the internet from home, the student and their parents must directly contact the teacher and appropriate principal to work out an alternative solution.
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
From Harris County Public Health
 
Public health and the community must work as partners to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable. Individuals can lower their risk of contracting coronavirus disease by taking the same measures that are recommended to prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illness:
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep a sick child home from school to prevent spreading illness in the school and the community
 
If you feel sick and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider (call before going), describe your symptoms, and travel history or contact with an individual who testing positive for COVID-19.
 
HCPH strongly recommends that people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 should practice social distancing by staying home and away from large group settings and social gatherings where there will be close contact with others.
People at higher risk include people:
  • Over 60 years of age. The risk and severity increase significantly with age. Persons over age 80 are in the highest risk category
  • With underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • With weakened immune systems
 
Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. HCPH understands that public health actions may disrupt individuals’ lives and we are asking for the public’s understanding and support of practicing social distancing to slow community spread.
 
HCPH advises the public to call their local health department for questions as information and guidance may vary. Regional resources for both clinical-related questions and general questions about the virus are available below:
 
For Harris County Residents:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH)
832-927-7575* This number is 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., everyday
 
Harris Health System
Ask-My-Nurse
713-634-1110* This number is 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., everyday clinical-related questions 
 
For City of Houston Residents:
Houston Health Department
832-393-4220* This number is staffed 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. M-F, 9a.m - 3 p.m. on Sat. 
 
For Fort Bend County Residents:
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
281-633-7795* This number is Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
 
For updates on COVID-19, including health tips, fact sheets, case counts, and other community resources, visit www.ReadyHarris.org and the www.hcphtx.org.