This message contains the initial instructions and details for how Saint Joseph Academy will carry out our Plan for Instructional Continuity. While this email is a bit long, it is very important that you read it in its entirety and keep it for reference. Additionally, our website has a page dedicated to resources that support our Instructional Continuity Plans. Click here
to access it. We are finalizing plans for ongoing communication to the community.
Our teachers, guidance counselors and administrative staff are committed to maintaining instructional continuity as well as the spirit of the community. In the spirit of the Congregation of St. Joseph and the mission of unity, we need to support one another during these challenging times.
Parents/guardians, as we embark upon this new online learning journey, we need your support more than ever. First, and most importantly, it is imperative that you continue to ensure your daughter’s safety and physical, emotional and spiritual needs are being met during this time. Second, we need your help to ensure your daughter is continuing her educational studies online. Please continue to ensure she frequently checks her email, logs into classes to be able to complete assignments in a timely manner and communicates regularly with her teachers.
Community is an essential part of what creates the unique culture of Saint Joseph Academy. We are committed to maintaining that community while we navigate COVID-19. How we do this will look different. Our world today looks different. This global pandemic is forcing us to see many things through new eyes. It’s okay. We will get through this - together!
The best way for parents/guardians to contact members of the Saint Joseph Academy faculty and staff is to email that person directly. Calling may result in a delayed response.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Teachers will communicate directly with their students regarding how to proceed with their specific classes.
Additionally, the building will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students to pick-up items that they need for learning online (see section “Building Access” for more information).
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Follow directions from teachers for each class, check your internet connectivity and make sure you are ready to login for Thursday’s classes.
Beginning on Thursday, March 19, all students and teachers will follow the schedule below. It is important to note, while classes are blocked off in three-hour increments, in most cases, students and teachers will only meet online for a portion of this time or possibly not at all. Your teachers will communicate their plan directly.
Attendance will be reported twice a week, on Thursday and Friday. Teachers will report attendance based on student participation in their online learning class. Students that are showing progress with their online learning will be marked Digitally Present (DP) in PowerSchool. Students who are not showing progress will be marked as Absent (A). If your student is sick and will not be able to attend online learning classes, please call the Attendance Line at 216.251.5374 by 8 a.m. The Attendance Line will be checked daily.
INSTRUCTIONAL CONTINUITY THROUGH ONLINE LEARNING
We are blessed that a blended learning model has been implemented at the Academy for many years. Students and teachers alike are used to working with learning management systems such as Schoology and Google Classroom. Teachers will communicate with students directly to advise which systems their class will utilize to engage in online learning.
TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT AND TROUBLESHOOTING
Reliable internet access is essential for online learning. We should all prepare ourselves for the possibility of occasional internet connectivity disruptions due to the unusually large numbers of people working and attending school from home.
If you are experiencing repeated internet connectivity issues, follow the following steps:
Contact your internet provider (AT&T, Cox, Time Warner, etc.) and inform them.
Access the internet through your smartphone data plan, if available.
Contact your teacher(s), describing the issues you are experiencing.
If the issue still has not been resolved, you can contact the Saint Joseph Academy Technology Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students should work through challenges with apps and software with classmates, teachers and parents/guardians.
The building will be open on Monday, March 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students to gather any materials they will need in order to work online. The building will be closed to all students per Governor DeWine’s directives effective Monday, March 16 at 3 p.m.
We will continue to limit access to the building to essential personnel in accordance with current Health Department guidelines.
END OF QUARTER 3
Quarter 3 of the school year ended on Friday, March 13. Final grades for the quarter will be posted on PowerSchool on Monday, March 23. Contact your teacher if you have a question regarding your Quarter 3 grade.
STATE TESTING / AP TESTS / FINAL EXAMS
At this time we are following the guidance of the state of Ohio and The College Board regarding the administration of the state tests and Advanced Placement (AP) Tests. We recognize that learning will look different during this time period, which may impact Final Exams. Please know that we will make modifications, as needed, to meet the needs of students and teachers. As we learn more, we will keep you informed.
Community is the foundation of Saint Joseph Academy, “that all may be one.” We want to keep our community strong during this time of uncertainty. While this will undoubtedly look different, teachers, counselors and program coordinators will do their best to facilitate meaningful digital community engagement. We encourage students and families to develop creative ideas to stay connected to one another.
We will continue to engage in community prayer on a daily basis. You will receive more information on this soon.
We understand that our beloved community celebrations such as Graduation events and Paws for Pride could be impacted. We are developing flexible plans to ensure that these will continue to be memorable celebrations.
We may be a school that is not gathered on a physical campus for a time, but we remain committed to our mission. We will continue to develop women of unifying love, faith-filled leaders who “serve the dear neighbor without distinction.”
We ask that St. Joseph, our patron and protector, watch over us and protect us. Stay safe, everyone.