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    Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update from Mrs. Lee 


    March 25, 2020

    Parents, 

    I hope you and your children are adjusting to this new temporary normal.  I know the teachers and I are meeting weekly to discuss best practices, what is working, and what needs improvement.  I am very impressed with their dedication and collaboration to improve your child's virtual learning experience as the days go on.   

    Here are a few updates and answers to some frequently asked questions: 
     

    • Many have asked if we will have to make up the days and if our virtual learning work will "count".  We are working closely with the Archdiocese on guidance around instructional days and minutes.  Our hope is that the work teachers and students are doing through virtual learning will meet the requirements. We will have more information on the process as we determine how long virtual learning will continue.  

    • At this time, we do not know if we will be returning to school.  I find it encouraging that the governor proclaimed a "Safer at Home" order for the next 30 days, taking us to the end of April, which was announced yesterday.  I am hopeful that we will be able to return to school in late April/early May. If we are not able to return, we will coordinate a locker cleanout and book drop off sometime in early June. 

    • We will continue our planned Spring Break.  We will be off from Good Friday, April 10th, returning to virtual instruction on Monday, April 20th.  

    • Please remember that we know this is hard for students, parents, as well as teachers. We do not expect perfection.  We hope that this will evolve and become easier as we all get into a groove. I’ve heard some parents have success establishing a routine by setting up a daily checklist (PDF) for their children.  This is an excellent way to help them stay organized.   

    • I know we are all inundated with COVID-19 information, but please review these resources for talking to your children about COVID-19 here

    • Check Facebook for daily Prayer & Pledge each morning, teacher video messages, and other updates.  If you do not have a Facebook account, you can still scroll through our Facebook news on the bottom right corner of our website

    • Also stay connected to our YouTube channel for Father Don’s homilies, prayer services, and reflections.  

    • As you are looking into next school year and rescheduling vacation plans, you will be able to find the 2020-21 tentative important dates here

    Once again, I thank you for your support and prayers.  Please stay safe. 

    Blessings, 

    Mrs. Kristin Lee 

     


    March 17, 2020 

    As we continue to navigate this unusual situation and the disruption the Coronavirus/CoVID-19 has caused, we hope to provide your family with the tools to successfully learn and pray at home.  I know teachers have sent many emails over the last 24 hours communicating how virtual learning will work.  This is a confusing and overwhelming time for all and we thank you for your patience as we navigate this together. As we work through these next few days, I expect we will all get the hang of this once we develop a routine from our homes.   

    Below you will find links and guidelines for virtual learning. I hope this helps level set our expectations over the next few weeks.  

    Virtual Learning Overview: 

    • The purpose of the virtual learning time is to provide continuity of learning for students in alignment with the current curriculum.  
    • Holy Apostles School plans to be closed starting Monday, March 16th (per the Governor’s mandate on March 17th, all K-12 public and private schools will close and remain closed until the end of the public health emergency. This new order replaces the April 6, 2020 end date for K-12 school closures). 
    • Virtual learning days for students will begin on Wednesday, March 18th. We have a previously scheduled day off on March 20th which we will continue to honor.  
    • Teachers have been and will continue to reach out with virtual lesson plans.  If you have not received emails from teachers, please reach out to them to ensure they have your correct email address.  
    • All work is due based on teacher instructions.    
    • Teachers will be generally be available to support students between the hours of 7:40 AM  - 2:25 PM.  As you are, many teachers are also juggling their own homebound children, as well as their school students.  Please be patient if you do not get an immediate response to a question.  Email is the primary format for communication. Please email the teacher if you need to schedule a virtual meeting.  
    • We recognize that internet outages and other technical issues may develop. If you are experiencing a persistent issue, please email your teacher. 

    3K, 4K, 5K and Through 5th Grade - Student Guidelines: 

    • Parents will need to access their email to find out student learning tasks for the day.  5th graders will also receive communication through email. Teachers will be using their websites, Microsoft Shared Folders, and email. The first assignments will be sent this Wednesday. 
    • Specialty teachers will also communicate assignments for students to complete. 
    • Parents should have students engage with all daily learning activities provided by teachers each school day.   

    Middle School - Student Guidelines: 

    • Each day, students are required to access their school email to find out their learning tasks for the day, as well as where to access them.  Teachers will be using their Standard Score, websites, Microsoft Shared Folders, and email to communicate assignments and lessons. The first assignments will be sent this Wednesday.  Some have already sent one. Please encourage them to check their email at least twice every school day.
    • Specialty teachers will also communicate assignments for students to complete through parent email. 
    • Teachers will email specific information on where to find assignments for each subject and how to submit assignments. If your child has a question, please have them email the teacher.  
    • Students are required to engage with and complete all daily learning activities provided by teachers. 

    Spiritual ideas and links for you and your children: 

    I would like to thank you for your support and patience as we navigate virtual learning together. I would also like to thank our amazing team of teachers as they work tirelessly to support each student’s learning needs. As Catholics we believe that “anything is possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23).  I know that we can get through this trying time with our faith and the support of our community while we keep everyone safe.  

    Blessings, 

    Mrs. Kristin Lee 

    Last Published: March 25, 2020 12:35 PM
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