EDUCATION MODELS, ROSTERS, AND SCHEDULES
In recognition of the health and safety challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the fluid and evolving nature of the current environment, La Salle College High School has developed plans for returning to learning for the 2020-2021 school year that are flexible. Consequently, the school has made modifications to the academic schedule and physical learning environment that prioritize the following:
- the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty and staff;
- having students, faculty and staff physically present on campus as safely and as often as possible;
- sustained delivery of exceptional educational programming; and
- nurtured relationships and community connections.
MODES OF SCHOOL OPERATION FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
In accordance with current guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), La Salle College High School is prepared to operate in three different models:
- “All-In” defined as in-person schooling where all students are present on campus;
- “Hybrid” defined as in-person schooling where half the students attend classes on campus and the other half participates at the same time from home; and
- “Full Virtual” which will be utilized should the building be required to be closed and virtual instruction is needed for students.
HEALTH CONCERNS AND VIRTUAL LEARNING POSSIBILITIES
Parents who have health concerns for their student(s) have an option to request attending classes virtually full-time, when the school is operating in an “all-in” or “hybrid” model. In order for a student to do this, they must first obtain approval from the Academic Affairs Office. After approval has been given, an official notification will be provided to all relevant teachers and administrative offices. Students who are approved will be required to remain in the full-virtual status for a specified duration of time, as determined by the Academic Affairs Office. To make such a request, parents should contact Mr. Kevin Whitney, Dean of Academic Affairs as soon as these concerns arise.
Adjustments made to the master schedule for the 2020-2021 school year have implications on a student’s ability to make changes to their schedule after they are released the second week of August. When the school is operating in a hybrid format, the number of students in the “Blue” and “Gold” group must be evenly balanced within each individual class period to ensure compliance with social distancing. Ultimately, this means that the entire master schedule has been constructed very precisely and students will not have an option to change the classes they selected (and that were scheduled for them) after schedules are released.
MASTER SCHEDULE FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
The school has also adopted a master schedule that will remain consistent in structure, regardless of the mode of school operation. This consistency of structure, in addition to the professional development completed by the faculty this past spring and summer, will enable the school the ability to “shift” in and out of these respective models effectively and efficiently, when needed.
10 DAY CYCLE
The 10-Day Cycle will be followed for in-person and remote learning. The sequence of the letter days will remain intact regardless of calendar days of the week they fall.
CLASS SCHEDULES FOR “ALL-IN” AND “HYBRID” MODES
10 DAY CYCLE FOR “FULL-VIRTUAL”
If the school is operating in “full-virtual” mode, all letter days will remain the same. “C” and “H” days, however, will be converted from 9-period class days to a 9-period office hour schedule, which means that classes will not be held on letter days “C” and “H” and, instead, students can attend virtual meetings with their teacher during the structured class times. In some instances, please be aware that some students may be required to attend office hours with their teacher, should their instructor deem it necessary. These office hour sessions are primarily aimed at providing additional feedback and support for students seeking extra help.
CLASS SCHEDULES FOR “FULL-VIRTUAL”
Please note that class start times and breaks between classes are different compared to the in-person daily schedule.