Teaching and Learning
The school calendar typically includes one or more staff-only days before students arrive at school. Acknowledging the challenges that our teachers and staff have faced this spring delivering remote instruction under stressful circumstances, the school will focus these in-service days on providing support to staff in the areas of social-emotional health and technology integration.
These days will also be utilized for student orientation. This time will allow small groups of students to meet with their new teacher and begin to establish the relationship necessary for a successful school year.
As we enter the new school year, teachers will be encouraged to spend time building relationships, supporting students with the transition back to school, and teaching social distancing etiquette at developmentally appropriate levels.
The school has developed a continuity of learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year for in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.
Assessing student learning gaps or areas of need will be critical. Formative assessment before a unit of instruction to assess student understanding of pre-requisite skills will be common practice.
Acknowledging that the typical content in a given grade level or course may need to be adjusted, content will be prioritized to ensure that students receive instruction for the prioritized learning standards, key understandings, and skills necessary for students’ success in future study.
Grading practices will follow a standards-based framework designed to provide direct feedback regarding students’ mastery of course content.
If families have questions regarding their child’s instruction and/or technology, they should contact their child’s teacher and/or administration.
Upon reopening, the number of students in each of our classrooms will be reduced to adhere to CDC guidance regarding proper social distancing. Class size will reflect the need to ensure that students’ desks/seats are positioned no less than six feet apart.
Accommodating a six-foot radius around students will necessitate the identification of additional rooms and common-area spaces that can be converted into elementary classrooms.
All instruction will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards.
The school will minimize the movement of students. This potentially means having students eat lunch in their classroom instead of the cafeteria and eliminating assemblies, field trips and other large-group activities. Special-area subjects (e.g., art, music, physical education) may be pushed into the classroom. Whenever possible students will utilize outside space for physical education instruction. We will adhere to 12 feet between students when engaging in physical activity.
To the extent possible, students will remain in small cohorts if/when leaving the classroom, such as for recess or any necessary transition, so as to reduce their exposure to additional students.
For information on school schedules, visit the School Schedules section https://www.stpius-x.com/religious-and-independent-school-schedules of our reopening plan.
For information about how in-person instruction information will be communicated to students and families, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section https://www.stpius-x.com/communication-family-and-community-engagement of our reopening plan.
Technology and Connectivity
In support of remote learning, St. Pius X School will make computer devices available to students, teachers and staff members where appropriate. The school will supply Chromebooks to students in grades 4-8 at no cost to the families. Families with students in Preschool through grade 3 will have the opportunity to borrow Chromebooks and I-Pads from the school as needed. The school will provide students and their families with multiple ways to make contact teachers during remote learning. These ways include email, phone calls, text messages and messages sent through our Student Learning System platforms (such as SeeSaw, Remind, Class Tag, Google Classroom/Meet and Zoom).
Families should contact the administration if they are having difficulty with Internet access during the use of remote learning.