Dear Central Catholic Families,
Today, Central Catholic High School received a letter dated August 3, 2020, from Mr. Thomas E. Boze, counsel for Stanislaus County, which addresses the consideration expressed by many private schools in the county to open the 2020-2021 school year with students on campus. The letter states in part, “private schools may not conduct in-person instruction without obtaining a waiver.” The letter goes on to state that only elementary schools can apply for the waiver. According to the letter, schools will continue to operate in a distance learning environment for at least 14 days after Stanislaus County is removed from the State’s County Monitoring List.
Although we will welcome students back to campus as soon as we can, we will open on August 17, 2020 utilizing our distance learning plan. To ensure that we are ready to provide our students with the best possible virtual educational experience, our teachers, counselors, and support staff are already on campus preparing for the beginning of the academic year. Mrs. O’Connor, our Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction is providing professional development with the help of Mr. Garcia, our Educational Technology Specialist. Today teachers participated in professional learning that focused on developing classroom management plans, establishing organizational and procedural routines, lesson design, and best practices specific to distance and hybrid learning models. Topics that will be covered in the coming days for our teachers include Google Educator Certification, Zoom training, and classroom educational hardware setup.
Early next week information will be shared with families regarding Google Classroom login procedures, so that all students are ready to start classes on August 17.
Central Catholic has invested in upgrades to the school’s educational and environmental technology. This includes the purchase of webcams for each classroom, as well as an upgrade of our ZOOM contract to allow for more efficient and safe classroom use. We believe these changes will provide teachers and students with the tools they need to communicate, share ideas, and have the best possible distance learning experience. Each classroom will also be equipped with iWave air purifiers to help create a more healthful learning environment for teachers who are teaching from their classrooms during distance learning, and for when students return to campus.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Central Catholic High School.
God in all things,