Offices & Resources

Student and Family Roles


We know that remote learning will feel new, and perhaps at times uncomfortable for you. Remember that success in remote learning is an extension of the project of developing intellectual independence that the school is focused on year-round. Defining routines that work for you and communicating with your support resources in the community are core success skills in the weeks ahead.
  • Age Quod Agis! Do and be your best as you engage with classes.
  • Read this content carefully and ask questions.
  • As you are able, set an uncluttered, and distraction-free workspace.
  • Review weekly plans made available by your teachers in Canvas each Sunday by 7 p.m. and put your deadlines and commitments onto a general weekly planner.
  • Check Canvas (and your school email as you are able) to stay connected.
  • Complete your assigned work and join scheduled Zoom calls. Synchronous calls are strongly encouraged, but not required.
  • Seek clarification from teachers when you need help or don’t understand assignments.
  • Follow the rules set forth in our Student Handbook for academic honesty and conduct—they apply in our remote learning just as when we are together in person on campus. RUSH is our guiding principle—Respect, Understanding, Safety, and Honesty!
  • Keep your interactions in online spaces appropriate, and don’t share recordings or images of class activities beyond the members of the class itself.

For Questions About

Technology Issues - The Help Desk 
A class resource or assignment - Your teacher
Managing workload or general school struggle - Your advisor
Health or Counseling Concerns - Ms. Pavletic or Ms. Taylor
General policies and expectations for remote learning - The Academics Office, III and IV Form: Mrs. McBride, V and VI Form: Mr. Waters

Family Roles and Responsibilities

We ask for the partnership of our families to set conditions and routines at home that are conducive to learning and encourage proactive self-advocacy by students if they encounter challenges. As tempting as it may be to take a more active role in managing your student’s work, also ask that you remain mindful of the project of developing independence that lies at the core of our mission on campus, allowing students to take ownership of their learning.

Read this content carefully and ask questions.

Check-in with your student to ensure they have identified:

  • A place to work where they will be productive
  • The necessary technology to support their learning.
  • The work they are responsible for doing in Canvas.
  • The ways that they can communicate with and connect to teachers and support at school.

Talk with your student about establishing a regular routine that includes space for wellness:

  • Discuss ways to take breaks that do not involve screens.
  • Be mindful of your student’s physical and emotional health: encourage physical activity, and monitor stress.
  • Encourage your child to remain connected to peers and the St. Mark’s beyond the academic conversations taking place in remote learning.

Be a calming presence for your student, reminding them that the school is mindful of the need for flexibility in this period of remote learning.

Be a supportive partner of teachers and the school, including reaching out to ask questions when you need more information.

If your student is challenged with...

Academic progress or general policies and expectations for remote learning | Contact: Your student’s advisor remains the first point of contact. The Academics Office, III and IV Form: Kinne McBride, V and VI Form: Nat Waters
Technology or access to necessary resources | Contact: The Technology Help Desk
An illness that prevents your student from engaging in learning | Contact: Sue Lafreniere in the Dean’s Office or Adria Pavletic, Director of Health Services
Social-emotional struggles | Contact: Jennifer Taylor, Director of Counseling Services