Distance Learning

Distance Learning Plan

In the event that the campus is closed for an extended period of time, we will implement our distance learning plan. While we cannot replicate the same learning environment our students experience in the classroom, we can provide them with meaningful and engaging opportunities to learn. Following is an outline of the policies, procedures, and expectations of the SJPII Distance Learning Plan. As opposed to in-person learning, digital learning necessitates dedication, accountability, self-motivation, and time-management. The shift to digital learning offers students the opportunity to experience a different learning modality while building a digital skill set that will benefit them educationally and eventually, professionally. This resource has been made available for you here

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will my classes be live every day?
    • Each teacher will arrange to have either a pre-recorded lecture, activity, or live session each day of class. You will likely not have live sessions every period or day, but your teachers will be hosting at minimum one live session each week.
  • How is attendance taken?
    • Each morning, students are responsible for accessing this form to record their attendance. We are using the same form every day, so if you forget to complete this task you must email Mr Preble and or the attendance clinic to adjust your record. 
    • If you know you will be unable to access the internet for the day effectively making you absent, your parent/guardian must notify the attendance line to record your excused absence. 
  • What extracurriculars can I participate in during this distance learning period
  • How do I access the daily prayer?
    • Mr Scaramuzzo's daily prayer can be accessed on his youtube channel here. You can also reach this through the links in our Instagram bio. 

Academic Schedule

The following is the recommended daily schedule. Students are strongly encouraged to follow this schedule to organize their time throughout the day and ensure the continuity of their education. While this schedule provides a recommended framework for your student's daily routine, we recognize that there may be times when circumstances make it difficult to follow. If your child cannot complete the assignment for a given class during the scheduled "period", he/she should complete it before the close of the school day or in accordance with the instructions from the individual teacher.  As always, close communication with the teacher is strongly encouraged

Digital Platforms

In an effort to connect faculty and students in the most efficient means possible, we will primarily use the digital platforms and applications that are already in place and are familiar to all.

 

Expectations for Teachers

1) Required update of RenWeb/FACTS: Teachers are required to post all instructions, assignments, links to videos, and learning materials to RenWeb/FACTS. A weekly update of learning objectives and expectations should be posted, as well as weekly updates to the gradebook. Assignments and materials for the upcoming week should be posted no later than 8:00 PM on Sunday.

2) Faculty will be available (virtually) to students during office hours (see schedule above). All other emails and inquiries will be answered within 24 hours. Teachers are not required to be immediately available during scheduled class time, but may choose to use this block for live presentations 1-2 times a week. Teachers are expected to be in professional dress anytime they are visible to students, either in live or recorded videos or chat sessions.

3) Workload for students: A maximum of 4 hours of work per class per week. This includes: time for reading/watching/listening, engaging with peers via discussion boards, attending live class sessions, homework assignments, etc.

4) Attendance: Teachers will make sure each student is connected within their community. Teachers are responsible to see that attendance is taken EACH DAY through the submission of work, participation in discussion boards, interactive Google docs, live class sessions, or responses to email. This attendance should be posted in RenWeb prior to the start of class for the following day (8:15 AM).

5) Individual Student Virtual Support: Individual student support from teachers is available each day between 10:00 AM - 10:30AM and 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM and as needed, by appointment. Students may schedule a virtual meeting with a teacher, counselor, or student support staff member. Students should email the staff member in advance to coordinate the session. Virtual support sessions may be conducted through a zoom video call or Google Hangouts. Text messaging or voice calls with students via personal cell phone is not permitted!

6) Assessments: Providing assessments for students online can be challenging, especially when traditional assessments can put remote students in a tempting position to consult online sources. This is a good time to think “outside of the box” and to create alternate ways to evaluate students’ comprehension. Project-based learning with multiple checkpoints is one option, and it fits well with remote learning.

Expectations for Students

1) Students will be expected to check their SJPII email and RenWeb/FACTS daily, Monday through Friday, for information from their teachers and school administrators. These will be the two primary means of communication with all students.

2) Students should be ready for “digital school” at 8:15 AM each morning. It is recommended that students wear their uniforms during school hours as an indication that it is time for work. School uniform is REQUIRED for Zoom sessions or any other platform where the student is visible to the teacher and/or other students.

3) Students are encouraged to continue to make prayer and reflection part of their daily lives. Daily prayer in the digital world is coordinated by Mr. Scaramuzzo and student members of the Campus Ministry Program. Student will be notified electronically with instructions on how to access this prayer.

4) All work should be completed using the SJPII issued iPad or a home computer. Students will be required to complete any and all daily work that is assigned to them online by their teacher, by each teacher’s established deadlines. Work submitted after these deadlines will be considered late, and may result in reduced credit being awarded.

5) A student's daily "attendance" will be determined by their daily completion of the work they are assigned in each class. This work could include assignments to be submitted digitally, comments to be posted on RenWeb/FACTS, videos to be viewed, etc. Students are required to check in daily for each class in whatever form is requested by the teacher.

6) Students can expect to devote an average of about 45 minutes to each class, each day.

7) As such, students are encouraged to treat each day like a school day, completing work using the recommended schedule as if the school building was open. Students should take breaks regularly and think carefully about the best environment in which to complete their daily work at home.

8) When joining live meetings, you should be respectful of your teachers and your fellow classmates. It is best practice to have your microphone on mute and to post questions to the chat feature. Always put forth your best effort and communicate with your teachers whenever you have academic questions or if you believe you are not meeting class expectations.

9) Grading will continue, and new grades will be posted to RenWeb/FACTS. Although changes are not anticipated at this time, any necessary adjustments to our academic calendar will be communicated promptly with all students and parents.

10) Students with a registered Accommodations Plan will receive an email from Mr. Atkins and should contact him if assistance is needed at jatkins@sjpii.net

11) Academic integrity is an essential component of the SJPII community. Throughout the Distance Learning Program, students are expected to adhere to the academic integrity policy, as well as any other applicable policies in the SJPII

Student/Parent Handbook.

12) Students enrolled in STU online DE / FLVS courses should remain in contact with Mrs. Osowski (dpavek@sjpii.net) and Mrs. Demarest (mdemarest@sjpii.net) for assistance.

13) Any issues with connectivity, online access or with a SJPII issued iPad should be communicated immediately to Miss Stevenson and Mr. Garbalosa at helpdesk@sjpii.net so that problems can be addressed and alternative plans can be developed.

14) The administrative team is available to support all students throughout the Digital Learning Program. Please contact the appropriate administrator by email if necessary (see list above)

Guidelines for Parents & Guardians

We recognize that the transition to remote learning will require students and families to make adjustments. A partnership with parents and guardians is essential for the success of the distance learning plan. Teachers and counselors are available to guide students as much as possible, but assistance from parents/guardians can help students be successful as well. Here are some recommendations for parents:

1) Help your child establish a regular schedule and stay engaged with their learning. While the schedule in this document provides a recommended framework for your student's daily routine, we recognize that there may be times when circumstances make it difficult to follow. If your child cannot complete the assignment for a given class during the scheduled "period", he/she should complete it before the close of the school day or in accordance with the instructions from the individual teacher.  As always, close communication with the teacher is strongly encouraged.

2) Please encourage your student(s) to wear their uniform during school hours as an indication that it is time for work. School uniform is REQUIRED for Zoom sessions or any other platform where the student is visible to the teacher and/or other students.

3) Create a dedicated learning space. Help your child identify a place at home that can serve as a dedicated workspace for online learning, where they can “go to school” each day. This should be a space that is clean, neat, and free of distractions (e.g.TV’s, video games) and one with a strong WIFI signal and outlet access.

4) Encourage independence and allow for productive struggle. Online learning creates the perfect opportunity for

students to develop self-monitoring skills, independence, self-reliance, and confidence. Stay engaged with your child’s learning, but allow them to grapple with problems and come up with ideas for tackling them.

5) Refer your child back to their teachers for extra help if they seem stuck or discouraged and our teachers will help your child reframe their questions and approaches.

6) Academic questions or concerns should be directed to your child’s teacher and/or counselor as per usual.

7) Enable your child to maintain social contact with peers. It is important for your child to stay in social contact with their friends and classmates during a campus closure, virtually or in-person, as permitted.

8) Encourage physical activity and monitor student stress and well-being. Physical movement and exercise are vital to maintaining health, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving concentration and focus. Try to ensure that your child is getting the same amount of physical exercise during remote learning periods as they are used to getting.

9) Remind your child to eat healthy foods and drink water throughout the day. We also ask that parents monitor their child’s stress levels and reach out to the teacher or school counselor for advice as needed.

10) If your child is ill and unable to participate in digital learning on a particular school day, we ask that you send an email to rmulholland@sjpii.net to report his/her absence.