Distance Learning

Overview

Distance Learning Information

DISTANCE LEARNING INFORMATION

We can assure you that every person who works at St. Francis Catholic High School has your child’s best interests at heart, and they will be working hard to ensure a continuity of learning and a smooth return to campus. 

How will distance learning work?

Teachers will be delivering live synchronous instruction via our Schoology learning management system and Zoom.  The goal is not to replace the classroom experience, but instead to provide a continuity of learning and ensure that your daughter is still being prepared with rigorous academic content despite the school closure. 

Instruction will be given Monday-Friday, 8 am-2 pm.  Students will also be able to participate in community faith and student activities events schedules from 2 pm-3 pm.  Events will be posted on the school’s calendar.

Distance Learning “Office Hours”

All teachers will post their office hours on their Schoology class page.  Office hours may be in the form of discussion boards, Google Meet chat, and small group/1:1 Zoom meetings.

How will attendance be taken?

Students will check in to each class using a Google Form link posted on their Schoology class page.  Students must check-in at the start of class to be marked present, regardless if they participate in classwork.  We ask parents to contact the Attendance Office if their daughter is ill or unable to attend class.

Will we be allowed on campus?

In general, students and parents are not permitted on campus during the school closure. However, we understand that unique circumstances may require it. If you need to come to campus, please reach out to the Front Office to arrange a time to visit.

Who do I contact if my child has technology issues?

We have set up a technology support team at St. Francis, and they can be contacted at (SFTech@stfrancishs.org). This is the best way to receive support if you are having trouble with a student’s device, log in ability, WiFi connection, etc. Problems that cannot be easily solved will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, and direction will be given as appropriate.

Who do I contact if my child has questions about the curriculum?

Questions about the curriculum and instructional activities should first be directed to the classroom teacher. Teachers will be on call every school day from 8:00am – 3:00pm. Please understand that they may not be able to respond to your question fully right away. However, they will get back to you in a timely manner. Questions and concerns raised will be responded to within 24 hours.

Who do I contact if I have general questions or concerns?

Depending on the nature of your question or concern, please contact your daughter’s counselor, your Academic Asst. Principal, the Dean of Students or Principal.

 

News

View our Return to School Plan

An incredibly dedicated team of St. Francis teachers, administrators, technology, and facilities members have been diligently exploring options to create the best plan for reopening school in August. The team considered safety guidance from the county and state, the needs expressed by our students and teachers, technical and physical campus resources, and discussions happening in local school districts and private schools. Potential plans were presented to a larger group of teachers representing all academic disciplines. 

Their review criteria focused on maximizing student instructional minutes and student-teacher contact points, teacher office hours and availability for students, teacher prep and collaboration time with peers, reducing student numbers to ensure compliance with physical distancing practices, as well as ease of adaptability for a full distance learning model if needed at any point in the year. The overwhelming response from the team and administration was that a new 70-minute synchronous learning model would net the best results for our students.

As of this writing and our current realities, we have outlined our initial plans for the 2020-21 academic year in this document (below). Undoubtedly, plans may be updated by future developments in public health and governing guidelines. We will continue sending the Principal’s weekly newsletter throughout the summer and posting updates outlining more details as they become available. Excerpt from June 26,2020 Email to families.