Virtual Learning 1/4/2021-1/7/2021
Dear SJCS Parents & Family,
We hope that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas break and that everyone is safe, healthy, and happy.
Unfortunately, as I am sure you are aware, COVID-19 rates continue to increase and our current Lowndes County numbers are almost back to where they were over the summer surge. After prayerful consideration and discussion, SJCS will begin the first week of the second semester of school with 100% virtual learning. Teachers will report on Monday, January 4 to prepare take-home packets for students in PK-3rd grade and to digitize materials needed for students in 4th - 8th grades. All students will start back to school virtually on Tuesday, January 5. Reopening virtually will allow more time to identify COVID-19 cases or exposures among students, faculty, and staff that may have occurred during the Christmas break.
For grades PK - 3rd, parents will need to pick up their student's packet after 4:00 pm on Monday, January 4. This packet will accompany virtual instruction over the next four days. In addition to completing the packets, PK - 3rd-grade students will also have a schedule to join their teacher for instruction on Google Meet. This schedule will be included in your packet. If students are not able to attend a particular live instruction, recordings will be available.
For grades 4th - 8th, students will attend class via their individual teacher’s Google Classroom. The virtual class schedule will be shared with students on Monday, January 4, and will also be posted to the school website.
Please understand that it was our goal to start the new semester with in-person classes as soon as possible. We are taking this preventative action to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all of our Eagles.
Our current plan is to return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 11 and we are continuing to monitor the situation. We will send out an update, via email, text, and social media on Thursday, January 7 to provide further direction and details for the upcoming school week.
Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding as we work through these current challenges. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Sequitur Exemplum Christi,
Vito Pellitteri Ed.S.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
PreK students will engage in live, direct instruction. Teachers will log on to Google Meets to engage with their teacher for instruction. Teachers will record lessons and post the links to their Planbook page in case a student is not able to attend the live instruction.
Times for lessons are included on your individual teacher's Planbook page.
K5 - 4th Grade
K5 - 4th grade students will have the opportunity to learn synchronously during our Virtual Learning. Students and parents will have access to their teacher's Planbook which is a copy of the lesson plans and instructions, as well as a link to their teacher's Google Meet for direct instruction. If possible, students should attend the direct instruction via Google Meet before attempting to complete the assignments. Students in 4th grade will continue to utilize their Chromebooks and Google Classroom with Mrs. Ludwig. Teachers will record the direct instruction part of each lesson and post the link to their Planbook for students and parents to review later if needed.
*The above times will include direct instruction for each subject as well as time allocated for individual work.
5th - 8th Grade
5th - 8th grade students will utilize Google Classroom and/or GoGuardian to facilitate direct instruction. Students are expected to be logged in on time, with working cameras and microphones for each class. Students will follow their new schedules detailed below.