Virtual Commonwealth Student Life and Extracurriculars
Even during this era of social distancing, there are many ways of fostering community, and our students have been exceedingly proactive in seeking them out, planning virtual events and sending suggestions directly to the community.
When school is in session, Virtual Commonwealth’s “building hours” are 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and students can use the rooms to spend time with each other and hold meetings for clubs and other extracurricular activities.
Finally, our Commonwealth Google accounts enable any student to host a Google Hangout, which make virtual meetings easy to schedule and join.
When the campus is closed for remote learning, all on-campus activities will be cancelled or postponed. Those activities conducive to the virtual format will continue to meet.
Clubs and other student groups can arrange to hold virtual meetings during the Virtual Commonwealth day (during lunch or after school, as usual) via Zoom in order to maintain social connections with each other and, as possible, to continue their work remotely. These meetings should be open and inclusive, just as they are on campus.
Student groups that have indicated an interest in meeting remotely include:
- Chess Club
- COMMUN (Thursday)
- Debate Team
- Environmental Committee
- Evil Genius Club
- Feminism (Monday)
- GSA (Friday)
- Math Team
- Model UN
- Model Congress
- Peer Advocates
- Rap Club
- We Discuss
- Yearbook (Wednesday)
We are still a team.
While the school is operating remotely, our athletic opportunities have been relegated to activities students can participate in independently, including faculty-led yoga, dance, and running (warm-ups), as well as daily meditation. These opportunities are supplemented by ongoing guidance for taking purposeful breaks, including stretches that relieve some of the strain of increased screen time, from our Director of Athletics and Wellness.
We also remind all members of our community to prioritize daily exercise. Going outside for walks, hikes, and other activities (maintaining social distancing measures) is still okay!