The pandemic has presented extraordinary challenges, and we have been carefully monitoring its implications for the upcoming school year. Recognizing the evolving nature of the pandemic itself, as well as our understanding of how best to combat it, we have worked diligently throughout the spring and summer to prepare for various contingencies. Specifically, we have designed three alternative learning experiences for your children, depending on what the circumstances allow: a hybrid model, distance learning, and full in-person instruction with health and safety measures in place.
Our goal has been and continues to be, to allow students on campus for in-person instruction as soon as that makes sense. That said, due to the concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families, we will begin the school year in our full distance learning instructional model for the month of September. This decision was made in consultation with St. John's Board of Trustees, health officials, a number of members of the broader SJC community, and legal counsel.
While we will offer more detailed information in the near future, we wanted to outline what this will mean for the month of September. The classroom experience will be engaging, community-building, and innovative. Four days a week, students will meet remotely but in real-time with their teachers. Wednesdays will be dedicated to extra-curricular activity meetings, faculty office hours, asynchronous lessons, and one-on-one meetings with teachers. The schedule for each school day (other than Wednesday) will closely follow what your students are used to:
Period 1 - 8:30-9:10 am
Period 2 - 9:20-10:00 am
Period 3 - 10:10-10:50 am
Period 4 - 11:00-11:40 am
Period 5 - 11:50 am-12:30 pm
Period 6 - 12:40-1:20 pm
Period 7 - 1:30-2:10 pm
Period 8 - 2:20-3:00 pm
This approach was based on feedback from families and is intended to ensure a rigorous, structured classroom experience for students.
In addition to this schedule, and as a Lasallian community that values the connection between student and teacher above all, we will have the opportunity to bring small groups to campus for optional in-person experiences. These interactions will build connections among students, provide social/emotional support, and allow students the ability to grow in their faith. We will also be continuing performance training activities in the afternoons. All of these gatherings and events will have safety and health at the forefront. The details and dates for these experiences will be distributed in the weeks ahead.
Throughout September, we will evaluate when we can transition to a hybrid model, i.e., a model in which some students are on campus and others are participating remotely, on a rotating basis. Our decision will be based on many sources, such as the recommendations of health professionals, the experiences of other schools, our conversations with members of the SJC community, and our evaluation of the needs of our families. When we decide to begin hybrid learning, we recognize that some families may prefer their students remain off-campus. As such, we will continue to provide the off-campus distance learning option.
Thank you for your patience, consultation, and prayers throughout this process. Please visit our website Friday afternoon for more information.