What setup is required for learning success during the online class?
For all students, please ensure you have a quiet space without background noises. For parents with younger children, please ensure that your child is not being distracted by siblings or pets. It is important to have a stable connection for the Zoom meeting that allows video conferencing, as teachers may not be able to stop the flow of the class if a student has technical difficulties. In the event that you experience connectivity issues, we recommend ensuring that you close all unnecessary apps on your device and that others in the household limit their wifi usage during class time. Make sure younger children have eaten beforehand, as snack breaks during class may not be possible.
How can I connect with the teacher and classmates outside the lesson time on Zoom?
Students will have access to Google Classroom. This will allow you to track classwork, any feedback your teacher might want to share, resources, and interact in the class stream or via email.
Are textbooks and other instructional materials required?
Some classes will be working with a physical textbook which you can order at the time of registration and pick up “contactless” on a pick-up day at the beginning of the school year or students can purchase the textbooks on their own. For those classes not using a textbook, the teacher is will provide all material through Google Classroom, which students print out prior to each class.
Will there be any physical events like Laternefest and Winterfest?
We are working on plans for different scenarios, knowing that it is hard right now to predict what the situation will be later in the year. Our school community thrives and lives from these experiences where everyone can connect and get to know each other. If you’d like to get involved and volunteer, your teacher will be able to connect you or please email us.
Are the German Language School of Marin and the German Language School of the North Bay the same school?
Yes, we changed our name from German Language School of Marin to German Language School of the North Bay to better reflect the counties we serve. Our school was founded in 1967 in Novato and our Santa Rosa Campus opened in 2014.
Is the school a non-profit organization?
Yes, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations to our school are tax-deductible (when they qualify in accordance with the law).
Can I donate German books, media, and items to the school?
Yes, we accept donations of German books and goods. Contact us for more information.