We have been asked to begin the year remotely as a precautionary measure. Given the plan PC has put in place for returning to in-person instruction, spending the first few weeks of school distance learning optimizes and helps prepare students and teachers to navigate the schedule and technology that we will utilize during the school year.
Once we are given the green light to return to campus, we are prepared to meet the needs of all families who wish to either have their son/daughter on campus or at home learning. Tomorrow, all registered families will receive a survey where you will indicate your preference of whether your son or daughter will be taking courses on campus or through distance learning. These numbers will help us as we set up classrooms adhering to safety guidelines prepare for students on campus. We ask you to make the decision that best suits the needs of your family and children.
Together with administrators, teachers, and parents, Pomona Catholic has put together a plan that will meet the needs of our families. This plan includes hosting students on campus or off campus for instruction. Students will attend all 6 classes each day, Monday through Thursday, either in person or watching a live feed from home. All classes will have live teaching each of those four days. With this model, we can move to total 100% distance learning if we are moved back to the watch list or bring all students back to campus if conditions improve. Fridays will be set aside for tutoring, office hours, meetings with teachers and teacher planning and communication with families.
Pomona Catholic has invested in the necessary technology and PPE supplies to help us set up this hybrid learning model. You have our commitment and promise to provide the same high quality of teaching and learning PC puts forth each year. In partnership with each of you, we will meet the individual needs of students. Along with academics, we recognize the critical role social emotional issues play in the success of our students. Our counseling department and student leadership groups will continue to create opportunities for students to connect with their peers and the school.
Please click here for guidelines on Pomona Catholic’s return to school: Return to School Year 2020-2021
Here are important dates for the start of school:
- August 20th - Parent Orientation
- August 21st- Device pick-up at PC for all students who need to borrow iPads or laptops
- First week will be held virtually 8:30 am to noon
- August 24th- Student Orientation and Health and Safety Workshop
- August 25th- Student Seminars
- August 26th- Periods 1-3 (15 min periods to test out login to class, teacher to introduce class, etc)
- August 27th- Periods 4-6
- August 28th- Office hours, teachers connect with students who had difficulty with login or were absent
- Monday, August 31st- First day of classes Periods 1-6
We ask you to continue monitoring emails and reach out with questions should the need arise.
Returning to School
MAINTAINING A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR IN PERSON INSTRUCTION
1. Parents are asked to:
Communicate with their children as to why wearing a mask for several hours is protecting themselves and their family.
Have children practice wearing a mask for several hours a day during the next few weeks to help students feel more comfortable with wearing a mask for extended periods of time.
Begin daily health checks at home to familiarize children with the routine.
2. Students and staff many not come to school sick and must be fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.
3. Daily health checks will be preformed on-site consisting of temperature checks and health screening questions upon arrival and before entry. Parents will be asked to pre-screen at home, prior to arrival.
4. Any student or staff member experiencing symptoms, including a fever of 100.4 or higher, during the school day, is required to wait in an area of isolation until they can be transported home. Any student or staff member experiencing symptoms, including a fever, upon arrival, will not be allowed entry and will be immediately sent home.
5. A COVID-19 team of staff members and medical professionals has been established and is responsible for safety protocols to ensure staff, students, and families received education on school protocols related to COVID-19, and to serve as the liaison between the Department of Public Health in case of an outbreak on campus.
6. If there is a positive case of COVID-19, we will follow health procedures to keep our school staff and students safe and complete the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Report Form.
HYGIENE, CLEANING, AND DISINFECTING
1. Students and staff will be trained and reminded of proper hygiene, cleaning, physical distancing protocols, etc…
2. Hand sanitizer will be available in every room and at every entrance.
3. The bell schedule includes a clear plan to ensure that all students and staff wash their hands and wipe down areas regularly.
Plans are in place that include the use of restrooms at designated times, including limited occupancy of restrooms.
Mandatory hand washing/sanitizing will occur before and after eating, using the restroom, any outdoor activity, or student classroom movement.
Student classroom movement will be minimized as much as possible, to avoid undue cross contamination. Teachers will rotate classrooms to stationary student desks as much as possible. When student do move classrooms/desks, required disinfecting and hand sanitizing time is built into the schedule.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT PLANS ARE FLUID. ON CAMPUS PLANS WILL CHANGE IN ORDER TO KEEP STUDENT AND STAFF SAFETY AS THE PRIORITY.
PLAN A: HYBRID IN PERSON/AT HOME LEARNING
1. Families will commit to on campus OR at home learning, taking into consideration family health considerations and overall family safety. Siblings will be asked to commit to the same schedule. This will be a commitment for the semester. On campus plans are based on numbers and safe distancing, therefore planning in advance is a necessity for the school. Families opting for on campus learning will be expected to continue physical attendance throughout the semester, unless in the case of a health concern, at which time Distance Learning could be considered an option, with the proper communications in place.
In person learning expectations:
1. Daily health checks will be preformed at home and on campus.
2. Staggered start times for MS and HS students to avoid crowds at arrival and allow time for health checks.
3. Students and staff must wear a mask at all times, except during designated “mask breaks” outside of the classroom, as directed by the teacher.
4. Students will be assigned to desks appropriately physically distanced in the classroom.
5. Students and staff will maintain physical distancing throughout campus where possible and open classroom doors and windows for ventilation, whenever possible.
6. Students will remain seated at the same desk/same classroom, with teachers rotating, whenever possible, and will not intermingle with other grade levels, to decrease the size of cohorts and increase ability of contact tracing.
7. Students will not share supplies.
8. Students will not utilize lockers. Textbooks will be at home supplemental resources, as much as possible.
9. Staggered dismissal times for MS and HS to avoid crowds. Immediate departure from campus – no after school care for MS, and limited flex period opportunities for HS.
10. Monday-Thursday full day live instruction, periods 1-6, Friday office hours and other special livestreamed events.
At home learning expectations:
1. School uniform/dress code
2. On time attendance for every class, periods 1-6, and online classroom etiquette (appropriate and recognizable username, no eating on camera, muting self during direct instruction, no cell phone usage, etc…)
3. Daily log-in to FACTS/Renweb SIS to access live instruction link and daily class assignments
4. Monday-Thursday full day livestreamed instruction, periods 1-6, Friday office hours and other special livestreamed events.
5. Occasional opportunities/requests for Friday livestream instruction and/or on campus in person assessment
6. Frequent communication with teacher, on time submission of assignments
PLAN B: DISTANCE LEARNING
1. School-wide Distance Learning will occur only in response to county or state mandates or multiple cohorts with positive cases on campus.
At home learning expectations, as outlined above, would go into effect for all students. Livestreamed instruction, periods 1-6, Mondays-Thursdays would continue.
2. If an in person learner must quarantine for precautionary reasons, that student could switch to at home learning expectations for the duration of that quarantine.
3. If an individual teacher must quarantine for precautionary reasons, a proctor would replace that teacher in the classroom and the teacher would livestream their instruction from home. In person learners would continue to attend in the classroom and at home learners would continue to attend online.
4. If a positive case is identified, that cohort would switch to at home learning expectations for the duration of that quarantine. In person learning would resume for those students in that cohort with no symptoms after that person. If positive cases are identified in multiple cohorts at the same time, the entire school would switch to at home learning for the duration of the quarantine and in person learning would resume for those not exhibiting any symptoms.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE PLANS ARE FLUID. ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE MADE THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR AS HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES ARE UPDATED.
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT SCHOOL FAMILIES SELF-QUARANTINE PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.