Distance Learning

Overview

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?

Our teachers are in the process of preparing the curriculum for the next two weeks. 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. This is not considered a vacation from school, and each student still has expected work she will be doing remotely throughout the duration of the school closure.

Instructional activities will be provided via PowerSchool Learning and email by the classroom teachers. Some of the activities will be completed online, and some will be completed using other resources.

Some teachers may be providing live instruction via web resources like Zoom; they will provide students with a link and guidance on how to connect. 

Every classroom teacher will be on call between the hours of 9:00am and 2:30pm on school days. Teachers will be available to provide guidance and assistance as your child completes her assigned activities. 

Distance Learning “Office Hours” will be held on Fridays.

The best way to contact a teacher during the on-call window is via email, but please be patient as they may receive a large volume of emails on any given day. Emails sent outside of the on-call window will be answered within 24 hours during this time of school closure.

It is imperative  that your daughter monitor her school email daily and also on the weekend for updates. 

How will attendance be taken?

Student attendance will still be recorded despite the school being closed. Every teacher will be using PowerSchool to take daily attendance at the beginning of each block. If a student is ill and cannot complete the work for that school day, there will be an option to mark them accordingly.
 

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 me, another administrator or the classroom teacher directly in order for us to evaluate your needs and set up a time if possible.

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 9:00am to 2:30pm. 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 outside of the on-call window will be responded to within 24 hours.

Please also understand that this is our first venture into distance learning as a staff. I ask you to please be patient and charitable with the teachers as they address the issues that will likely come up throughout the next two weeks. They are all exceptional educators with your daughter’s best interests at heart, and they are doing their best given the unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves in. Please keep these things in mind when you reach out to them.

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

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