2020-2021 School Year at Notre Dame Academy

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Instruction and Learning:

  • The first day of school will be August 24th
    • As per the July 17th State Mandate, K-8 students in San Diego County will begin the school year with Distance Learning
    • Preschool and Kinder Prep will attend class on campus
  • We will offer instruction in Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Religion, Spanish, French, PE, Art and Music
  • There will be an emphasis on social-emotional well-being through Restorative Justice Practices.
    • NDA recognizes the importance of social emotional learning; these skills matter. The goal of teaching social and emotional skills is to build students' mental health and resilience—so that as they grow, they can adapt and handle what comes at them

Distance Learning Program:

Our goal is to have our students in the classroom, however until that is possible, our Distance Learning program will provide a rigorous academic experience that is faith-based and supports social-emotional learning.

A few highlights of our enhanced Distance Learning Program include:

  • Teachers are able to instruct students from their classrooms using webcams, which will allow for more synchronous learning. 
  • Students will have asynchronous learning during their Zoom time with their teachers which will allow students to ask questions in real time. 
  • We have invested in learning resources that are more conducive to distance learning, including workbooks, pre-printed materials, and digital platforms and tools to lower the impact of printing at home and increase student engagement.  
  • As we prepare for Distance Learning, teachers will use Blended Learning strategies which: 
    • frees the teacher to work with small groups of students
    • makes differentiating instruction more manageable
    • creates smaller learning communities within the larger class
    • encourages communication and collaboration among students
    • shifts the focus from the teacher to the learners
    • helps make for a seamless transition back to on-campus learning

 

Safety

  • Daily visual wellness checks for students
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks for our Staff
  • Various entrance and exit points to reduce congregating
  • Staggered dismissal times
  • Class sizes will be limited to 50% of classroom capacity 
  • Students desks will be 6 feet from each other in the classroom
  • Plexiglass shields will be installed on each student’s desk
  • Students will be taught how to keep social distancing while on campus  
  • No visitors on campus
  • Face Covering Requirements: as per CA Dept of Public Health (updated July 17th)
    • Under 2 years old:  No
    • 2 years old – 2nd grade: Strongly encouraged
      • Face coverings are strongly encouraged for young children between two years old and second grade, if they can be worn properly. A face shield is an acceptable alternative for children in this cohort who cannot wear them properly.
    • 3rd grade – High School: Yes, unless exempt
    • A cloth face covering, or face shield should be removed for meals, snacks, naptime, or outdoor recreation, or when it needs to be replaced.
  • Staff will be required to wear masks and/or face shield with a gator
  • Hygiene protocol (scheduled hand washing and sanitizing) will be enforced
  • Hand Sanitizer stations are already located in each classroom, and will be added in the lunch and playground area
  • We will reduce the transmission chain:
    • Students will remain in the classrooms and the teachers will rotate in K-8.
    • Middle school classes will be organized into cohorts with block periods to minimize contact. 
    • Special area classes will be held outdoors when possible
  • We will adopt a Stringent Cleaning Schedule:

o   Daily: Classroom desks, tables, chairs and shared spaces 

o   Multiple times per day: High touch surfaces: door handles, light switches, handrails, water stations, sink handles, restroom surfaces 

o   Between uses: Toys, games, art supplies, instructional materials, keyboards, phones, printers, copy machines

o   Weekly: Electrostatic Disinfectant Treatment (The sprayer emits positively charged particles that “wrap around” surfaces in the classrooms, which are negatively charged. Ultimately, it reaches the impossible corners, crevices, backsides, and other hard-to-reach places often missed during a general cleaning.)

 

We will reduce the transmission chain:

Students will remain in the classrooms and the teachers will rotate in K-8.

Middle school classes will be organized into cohorts with block periods to minimize contact. 

Special area classes will be held outdoors when possible

We will adopt a Stringent Cleaning Schedule  

Daily: Classroom desks, tables, chairs and shared spaces 

Multiple times per day: High touch surfaces: door handles, light switches, handrails, water stations, sink handles, restroom surfaces 

Between uses: Toys, games, art supplies, instructional materials, keyboards, phones, printers, copy machines

Weekly: Electrostatic Disinfectant Treatment (The sprayer emits positively charged particles that “wrap around” surfaces in the classrooms, which are negatively charged. Ultimately, it reaches the impossible corners, crevices, backsides, and other hard-to-reach places often missed during a general cleaning.)

 

  • Class sizes will be limited in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Students will be with one cohort and remain in one classroom for their core subjects (the teachers will rotate)
  • All Staff, students, and families are required to practice preventative hygiene precautions
  • Physical Distancing will be required on campus at all times
  • Health screenings for students and Staff will be conducted each morning
  • Hand Sanitizer stations are already located in each classroom, and will be added in the lunch and playground area
  • Each student in K-8  will have a protective shield installed on their desk
  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout day
  • Our maintenance service will provide intensive cleaning each night and over the weekend they will treat each classroom with their 360 sanitizing technology
  • Staff will wear masks
  • Status on student masks requirements will be updated on a later date
  • No visitors on campus

 

 

As the situation progresses, be assured that we will keep you posted.