Just around noon on Friday, March 13, I was informed by the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans that Governor Edwards is closing all schools in the state beginning Monday, March 16 through April 13 (the last day of our Easter holidays). As we have been preparing for this likelihood all week, know that we got this!
Thus, Christian Brothers School will implement the following plan to sustain the educational program via distance learning and online instruction during our time of separation.
Students will be asked to bring their school materials home today. If something is forgotten or if the student cannot manage to carry everything home today, time will be provided on Monday between 12:00 and 1:00 on each campus to collect any additional items.
Teachers will have professional development after school today and again on Monday morning from 9:00-12:00 to put the finishing touches on the implementation of our plan for distance learning and online instruction.
The school will send an email on Monday afternoon with greater detail regarding the plan and expectations for teachers and students related to distance learning and online instruction.
We expect to begin online instruction on Tuesday, March 17.
Meanwhile, here is a summary of the distance learning plan for Christian Brothers School:
Teachers will be expected to deliver grade-level appropriate daily lessons online.
Students will be expected to consume the instruction along with associated assignments online each day. Methods of accountability and assessment will be included, and, the opportunity for periodic live contact between teachers and students/parents will be provided.
Canvas will be the primary means by which this plan is implemented. If you have not already established your account on Canvas whereby you are able to observe your child’s activity, then you should do so immediately. Contact Mr. Doug Joubert at email@example.com for assistance. You should also contact Mr. Joubert if your child/family cannot access online instruction.
In addition, the school calendar has been amended as follows with further revisions beyond April 13 possible.
All curricular and extracurricular activities are cancelled.
Speech Nights scheduled for next week (6th grade boys, 6th grade girls, and 7th grade girls) are cancelled. This will not affect the grade that the students will receive in class.
Easter pictures scheduled for next Friday, March 20 are cancelled.
The Mother-Son Bowling Party (grades 1st-4th) scheduled for next Friday, March 20 is canceled.
The Father-Daughter Dance (grades PK4 – 4th) scheduled for next Saturday, March 21 is canceled.
The Homeroom 7D Class Mass and the Homeroom 7C Class Mass scheduled for March 24 and 25, respectively, have been postponed.
The Men’s Club / Foundation meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26 is cancelled, possibly postponed.
The First Communion Retreat for second graders scheduled for Friday, March 27 has been cancelled.
Parent-Teacher conferences scheduled for Friday, March 27 have been cancelled.
The First Communion Mass scheduled for Saturday, March 28 has been postponed. Second grade families will be notified as soon as an alternate Saturday has been chosen.
The Homeroom 7W Class Mass scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 has been postponed.
The Ladies Club Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 1.
The Alumni Cocktail Party and Crawfish Boil scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4 has been cancelled, possibly postponed.
The Living Way of the Cross performed by students on Wednesday, April 8 is cancelled.
Events scheduled beyond the Easter holidays remain on the calendar as scheduled but could be postponed or cancelled depending on updated circumstances related to the mandated closure.
We are fairly certain that there will be more questions to be answered regarding this correspondence, the above plan and the remainder of the school year calendar (e.g. last day of school, graduation, summer plans, etc.). It is my understanding that the governor has the authority to suspend the regulation pertaining to minimal instructional minutes in the case of emergency closures. It is, therefore, my hope that the school attendance calendar will not have to change. For this reason, it is very important that students are actively engaged in our online program. Updates to this email will be provided in the follow-up correspondence scheduled for Monday afternoon.
In advance, I thank you for your cooperation, patience, flexibility and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters. Because of the strong partnership we enjoy with the Christian Brothers School parent body and the relationships we share with our students, I am confident that we will make the best of the next few weeks. Let us unite in prayer for those who are sick, for their quick recovery, and for the safety of all while we are apart. I look forward to our return to school in April.
Live Jesus In Our Hearts,