FAQ Distance Learning
Frequently Asked Questions for Fall 2020 Return to School
Is Jesuit Sacramento now going to start the school year with all classes online?
On July 31, Jesuit Sacramento announced that due to the current state of the coronavirus in Sacramento County and the requirements imposed by state officials, Jesuit cannot reasonably plan for in-person learning by the start of the school year. Therefore, Jesuit Sacramento will temporarily begin the fall semester in Distance Learning and is ready to make a return to on-campus in-person instruction when Sacramento County is off the state’s COVID monitoring list.
How does Sacramento County get approved to hold school classes on-campus?
For on-campus instruction to occur, Sacramento County must:
- Have a sustained decline in COVID-19 cases.
- Be off the state’s monitoring list* for 14 consecutive days
- Have individual schools/schools districts with an approved safe return plan that includes all CA Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for schools.
*NOTE The state and CDPH measures used to shut down counties/businesses/schools includes: positivity rate, transmission rates, ICU capacity, hospitalization numbers, available ventilators.
If the new information from CDPH and the Governor is only “guidance,” doesn’t that mean they are just suggestions, especially because we are a private school?
On July 17, 2020, the California State Health Officer ordered the closure of all in-person operations at public, private and charter schools K-12 in counties on the State’s monitoring list (including Sacramento County) and also provided new CDPH School Guidance on when and how to open. The Health Officer’s Mandated Directive supplements the State Guidance and is mandatory – failure to follow it is a state violation.
Will Jesuit Sacramento be ready for on-campus classes when Sac County is off the monitoring list?
Yes! Jesuit Sacramento’s Safe Return Task Force has been working since last spring on our plan which already meets – and exceeds in many areas – the requirements outlined by CDPH on July 17. The plan is continually being reviewed and amended as needed based on public health officials’ recommendations to ensure compliance with state regulations.
If we start with Distance Learning are we then doing that for the entire semester?
No. Once Sacramento County is off the state’s monitoring list for 14 days and the county has deemed our return plan safe for on-campus instruction, Jesuit Sacramento will make the immediate transition to hold classes physically on the campus. A return to on-campus classes will occur regardless of where we are in the semester. The academic framework and synchronous instruction style was made nimble specifically to be prepared for this scenario.
Why did Jesuit choose to start school online?
This was not Jesuit Sacramento’s choice. The decision is in response to state mandates and directives that were announced on Friday, July 17, 2020.
How is Jesuit’s Distance Learning different from public schools’ distance learning?
Jesuit Sacramento’s online instruction will be almost exactly as it would be if your son was sitting in class. It will:
- Follow the standard eight-period class bell schedule (or short schedule if it is a holiday week)
- Be full day, five days per week, with faculty instruction
- Teach in real-time (synchronous) utilizing live streaming video conferencing with their classmates led by their class teacher
- Include the full offering of courses and electives your son has on his schedule
- Be innovative in modifications to still hold co-curricular, visual and performing arts, electives, clubs, ministry, service and Masses in small groups and virtually. We will work toward continuing to hold many of the on-campus activities that were approved for summer, such as sports training.
- Have the ability to transition quickly back to on-campus instruction.
- While in distance learning, we must note that some teachers will need to teach from home based on their individual situations.
Is our Distance Learning “homeschooling”?
No. Homeschool is traditionally done by the parents with occasional tutor support and academic chapters done at the students own pace. Jesuit’s Distance Learning will follow the regular school day schedule and have direct live teacher instruction to the students following the same syllabus as they would when physically in-class on the campus.
What are the new dates for school to start?
Our first full week of instruction will be on Monday, August 24, 2020. The school day will be the same, 8:00 a.m. – 3:10 p.m, whether doing online or on-campus learning.
- The week of August 17 will consist of multiple student orientations – Frosh 8/17; Soph, Jr, Sr 8/18. Initial class instruction begins 8/19. *SUBJECT TO CHANGE
- Our faculty and staff will begin their school year with orientations and in-services during the week of August 10.
Will all Distance Learning classes be done like the Spring semester?
No. Distance Learning will be synchronous and follow the same class schedule and times as it would if the students were on-campus and physically in class. Attendance will be taken at the start of each period and class policies will be followed. The classes will be interactive with students engaging in conversation with their teacher and classmates.
But my summer camp and child care is still able to be open, why?
The directive and new guidance does not apply to community colleges, universities, childcare facilities, or preschools. Childcare, summer camps, and children’s activities are subject to a separate directive.
But the new school guidance talks about a “waiver.”
The July 17, 2020 guidance for school has an opportunity for elementary schools that meet certain requirements to apply for and obtain a waiver from their local health officer. The waiver does not apply to high school grades 9 – 12. The focus on elementary education is included primarily to help support children of families that are essential workers in order to maintain their child’s education as opposed to having to attend daycare.
Can sports, arts, and clubs still happen?
YES! Whether your son’s learning is occurring on-campus or online using Distance Learning, Jesuit Sacramento places a strong emphasis on the social and emotional needs of our students and will include modifications to non-academic endeavors that are a core part of Marauder life and a critical part of our school’s mission. This includes visual and performing arts, electives, enrichment opportunities, clubs, athletics, and events as well as our religious core of Campus Ministry, Service and Justice, Big Brothers, morning prayer, afternoon Examen and school Masses.
Will students still be doing service?
Freshmen will have virtual service and justice opportunities facilitated through their Theology 1 course. Sophomores and Juniors will be able to select from a variety of virtual service and justice opportunities that coordinate with and build upon the learning outcomes of their Theology courses. They will also be able to propose their own opportunities. Virtual service opportunities will include the Ignatian Solidarity Network Carbon Challenge and letter-writing campaigns serving individuals experiencing isolation, along with others. Seniors can choose if they would like to engage in an array of optional virtual service opportunities including the popular Ignatian Solidarity Network Teach-in (offered in an online format this year, dramatically increasing accessibility), the Jesuits West Get Out the Vote Effort and advocacy training.
Will tuition be discounted?
No. Jesuit Sacramento is a non-profit school supported by tuition and donations. A majority of our costs are fixed whether our campus is open or in Distance Learning mode.
The 2020-2021 tuition is a key revenue source for Jesuit Sacramento to provide for the safety and protection of your son and his teachers while continuing to provide an unparalleled educational experience. Our Safe Return Plan requires significant and necessary items to ensure compliance with the state and county regulations. These costly items include:
- Web cameras, enhanced audio, and live-streaming equipment in every classroom;
- Increased streaming bandwidth to live stream to remote learners;
- Faculty and staff masks, other PPE equipment, plexiglass barriers in offices and classrooms, signage, hand sanitizer, and dispensers;
- Additions of an on-site medical professional and other support staff for health and safety;
- Tents at strategic locations to allow students and staff to have additional areas to utilize across campus to aid in physical distancing;
- Ability to allow modifications to ensure arts, electives, enrichment, clubs, and athletics will be held in compliance with new county and state regulations.
- Training and orientation for faculty and staff on health and safety procedures on campus.
- Professional development for faculty and staff as they prepare for multiple learning models and continued training in culturally-responsive teaching.