I am pleased to share the virtual learning plan with you today that will be guiding our start to the school year. This plan is the result of much prayer, research, reflection and consultation. It seeks to build upon our experience of pivoting to distance learning last spring by now enabling us to incorporate best practices, input and innovation to take our teaching and learning to the next level.
Your survey insights were critical in guiding this virtual learning plan. The most resounding parent theme concerned the need for consistent, daily, class schedules that feature live direct teaching and the ability for students to receive teacher help throughout the day. You will see these clear, balanced, predictable, and structured schedules in our virtual learning plan (with the specific and detailed elementary schedules being sent to you by our teachers on Monday). These schedules enable teachers to structure, directly teach, and lead the learning of each school day while parents play a support role. Additionally, our online virtual learning platforms (Seesaw or Google Classroom) will guide and structure the daily learning for all of our classes.
Another major area of input was the need for childcare for some families unable to work from home and be with their children during the virtual learning school day. I deeply hear this need and I want us to do all that we can to support these families. We will be offering a seasonal camp (which is the DCYF classification) called Spartan Camp for a limited number of students. Our staff members will supervise and monitor students as they follow their daily virtual learning schedules; all health and safety procedures for mask wearing, social distancing, and cleaning will be followed. More information about this service is included on the third page of our plan.
Please read through the plan and know that we are fully engaged and committed to providing the best Catholic education for your children in this upcoming school year. We will share any updates to this plan as we approach the start of the school year. While we are hopeful and prepared to return to the classroom just as soon as the county deems it safe to do so, we are confident that this virtual learning will be a success for our students through our partnership with you.