While Virtual Commonwealth could never replace our home at 151 Commonwealth, our goal is to carry forward our work together in as engaging and productive a way as online school permits. We encourage you to use the resources below to gain a better understanding of what this academic adventure entails.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Bill Wharton or your faculty advisor.
Virtual Commonwealth Values
- We hope to follow our normal class schedule as much as possible but acknowledge the need for flexibility as we adjust to the unique demands this situation presents.
- We expect everyone to try their best and to exercise patience with themselves and each other. We do not expect perfection. We are all figuring this out as we go along, one step at a time.
- We encourage all members of our community to maintain the cadence of a “normal” day as much as possible: waking up on time, showering, getting dressed, eating breakfast, etc. Routine has value.
- We attend to physical and mental health, including engaging in daily exercise, eating balanced meals, having meaningful interactions with friends and loved ones, and giving time to fulfilling pastimes.
- We recommend reducing screen time as much as possible by taking frequent and deliberate breaks, as well as setting clear digital boundaries to maintain your offline hours.
- We acknowledge our individual and collective responsibility to rise to the challenge of remote learning.
- We encourage open lines of communication, asking questions, offering suggestions, and sharing struggles, and celebrating success as soon as they arise.
- We are in this together, buoyed by flexibility, patience, humor, and humility—with ourselves and each other.
Virtual Commonwealth FAQ
- What is remote learning?
- What is the schedule?
- What will students do during remote learning?
- What will a typical remote learning lesson look like?
- Will students have homework?
- Will the school's usual rules and policies apply?
- Will attendance be taken?
- What about athletics, extracurricular arts, and clubs?
- Will students and advisors meet?
- What other resources will be available?
- How can parents and guardians help students succeed during remote learning?
- How can students stay active?
- How can students foster community outside of classes?
- How will we know when remote learning begins and ends?
- Whom should parents and guardians be in touch with if they have questions or concerns?
College Counseling and Standardized Testing
Guidance coming soon.
Extracurriculars and Staying Connected
- Uncommon Community: How Commonwealth Stays Connected
- Keeping the Mermaid Happy! Ways to Have Community Even If Stuck Inside (live Google document open to Commonwealth community)
- The Mermaid Pantry-Recipe Cookbook: Good Food for Hard Times (live Google document open to Commonwealth community)
Thank you to our entire community for helping us carry on in the face of uncertainty, ensuring the vibrancy of our community and the continuing wellness and education of your children, our students.
- Wednesday, April 1: Classes will begin as they normally would, following our existing schedule. For the first few days, at least, we will run regular announcements at 10:00 a.m. in the Cafegymnatorium.
- Thursday, April 2: Virtual Assembly with Major Jackson
- Thursday, April 23: Virtual Assembly with Whitney Phillips
- Saturday, April 25: The Virtual Commonwealth "building" will be host to the COMMUN Model UN conference. (The building will be closed to non-participants.)