Student and Family Roles and Responsibilities


All students are expected to participate in distance learning. Any learning activities or assessment not completed will need to be worked on outside of the scheduled time. Parents of students who are unable to participate in distance learning for a given period of time should notify Newman as they would for any school absence.

Student Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Establish a daily routine for your schoolwork.
  • Find a comfortable, distraction-free place in your home where you can work.
  • Check email and ManageBac each day to learn about the expectations for your work for each class during the day.
  • Perform tasks as outlined by teachers and seek clarification from teachers on any assignments where they need it. 
  • Follow the Academic Honesty Policy at all times regarding the integrity of their work and acceptable use policies.
  • Follow the norms of communication online as have been set out by their teacher for a given class in school.
  • For “live” class meetings, students will log in to real-time (synchronous) video services designated by your teacher (Zoom / Google Meets) when classes are scheduled for dialogue with teachers and members of your class.
  • Put forth your best effort and communicate with your teachers whenever you have academic questions or if you believe you are not meeting class expectations.
  • Communicate with classroom teachers, or your advisor if you need any support.



As we are preparing for the learning that will happen from home, we ask that families play a role in ensuring that their children engage in meaningful learning and reach out proactively should they run into any challenges.

Parent Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Establish routines and expectations for your child.
  • Establish a beginning and end-of-day check-in with your child.
  • Help them create a comfortable, distraction-free place to work.
  • Help ensure that your student is checking email and assignments daily.
  • Monitor communications from Newman.
  • Help your student to plan out their work for the day and check in to keep them focused and on task.
  • Establish clear expectations that your student’s work must be their own and that they should abide by the Newman Academic Honesty Policy.
  • Encourage your student to stay connected to friends, both through talking about academic work and questions and also in other ways.
  • Provide opportunities for your student to find time in the day to engage in physical activity.
  • Be mindful of your student’s physical and emotional health.
  • Reach out to appropriate Newman faculty and staff as needed.
  • Monitor your student’s screen time and help them build in breaks.
  • Think about ways to relax or take breaks that do not involve screens.
  • Be a calm, non-anxious presence for your student.
  • Be a supportive partner of teachers and Newman.
  • Remind students that they should not expect to spend significantly more or less time on their studies.
  • Attention to academic studies should remain as high as when students are at school.



For questions about a lesson or assignment contact your child’s advisor and teacher (but encourage your child to be the first point of contact with them).

For questions about a technology problem contact  Director of Technology, Jeff Iwanicki

For questions about a social-emotional learning, contact School Counselor, Jill Foley