Our plans for September include various models and schedules for full and partial student attendance

The Seton Hall Prep tradition and Catholic values through in-person instruction combined with the best distance-learning tools.

"The Road Back" - Confident in Return to In-Person Instruction in September

July 2, 2020

The announcement from Governor Phil Murphy last Friday has given the SHP COVID-19 Planning Task Force a good opportunity to share an update on our planning efforts with the Seton Hall Prep community. Information in “The Road Back,” the report by the Department of Education, has given us confidence to focus on our plans for the fall with the intentions of full in-person instruction with health and safety modifications put in place for the start of school.

The teaching-learning process for in-person instruction will begin much like any other school year would. However, we continue to develop our plans for instruction in both blended learning and remote learning modes should future conditions require us to switch to these alternate modes on short notice. Faculty development and technology updates are still in force. Plans are in place for serving any student over periods of extended absence should his health require it. We have made adaptability a priority.

Our COVID-19 Task force Committee, which has been meeting weekly since the beginning of March, has been divided into various sub-committees. Each subcommittee handles insuring a safe return to the building for our students, staff, and faculty.

The look and feel of the school environment will be significantly modified for health and safety. We are incorporating social distancing, the use of masks, stringent cleaning protocols, modifications of lunch routines, hallway traffic, and increased nursing staff.

Plans for activities and sports are awaiting further guidelines from the proper agencies.

We intend to support everyone in the community and to preserve continuity of teaching and learning under the conditions required for health and safety. We thank you for your efforts in supporting your sons during these challenging times.

List of 7 items.

  • SHP Covid-19 plans for September:

    • Return detailed in the above section.
    • Student and Teacher Safety
      • One-way hallway and stairwell traffic
      • Minimize exposure time
      • Designated quiet sitting areas for each grade for students before school and during lunch
    • Utilize technology and best practices for delivering instruction
    • Blended Learning Model
  • What’s Blended Learning?

    • Combines On-Campus classroom experience days alternating with Off-Campus days for a four-day week
    • Instruction driven by classroom real-time interaction
    • Asynchronous support and assessment allow students more time and flexibility
    • Zoom conference help classes and recordings give additional student-teacher and student-student interaction
    • 4-day schedule gives structure to both On-Campus and Off-Campus days and allows time for focused work on Friday through Sunday
  • Basic Features of our Blended Learning Vision

    • Shortened school day: 7 half-hour classes each day Monday through Thursday
    • Each class is simultaneously presented in video form
    • Help classes via video conferencing offered outside of shortened school day
    • Assignments delivered via weekly log for each class
  • The Benefits of Blended Learning:

    • Forming the habits of the college model of learning
    • Efficient and effective use of synchronous, off-campus time
    • Shorter units of instruction with intensive follow-up
    • remote lessons will look and feel like live lessons in class
      • students at home may participate live or watch their lessons later in the day
      • teachers will be teaching “naturally”
    • students will be accountable for daily lessons, have more structure to their day
    • attendance will be taken
  • Terms and Definitions

    Blended Learning – the combination of live, in-person instruction with virtual, remote learning platforms

    Synchronous mode – Teacher and student present in real time

    Asynchronous mode – Teacher and student responding sequentially in time remotely

    Zoom conferencing/Microsoft Teams meetings – a synchronous but virtual interaction on computers or phones with live video and audio

  • Parent Expectations

    Some students have already learned to make asynchronous learning a part of their study lifestyle. Others will need more support. Parents who work at home presently have the opportunity to model good habits of independent work and focus. School Counselors can help parents in their efforts to find a suitable routine for their sons.
    Areas to support your sons with our help:
    • An organized workspace with suitable technology: a laptop or desktop computer is ideal; using a phone has limitations
    • Good time management habits: knowing the best time of day for productivity; managing task lists
    • Encouraging self-advocacy: teaching the benefits of email, messages; maintaining etiquette and professional communication with teachers
  • Student Expectations

    Students will be engaging in traditional classroom settings and benefitting from social interactions, while also continuing to develop the good habits of independent study. Students will be expected to fully participate in both the On-Campus classes and the Off-Campus modes of instruction, including video conferences, discussion boards, and online-assessments.
    Behaviors for On-Campus days are established in the Student Handbook.
    Behaviors for Off-Campus days:
    • Attendance will be taken
    • Appropriate dress and location for video conferences are required
    • Full-participation in video conferences includes camera and microphone being enabled for the duration of the session
    • All acceptable use of technology rules apply
    • Communication directly with teachers through the portal messaging system
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