Remote Learning Plan at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy – What are the “FAQs”?
What is the plan for Fall 2020 at HRBA?
Based on current case rates and the widespread nature of COVID-19 in Pierce County at this time, HRBA has made the decision to go with a hybrid educational model for the Fall of 2020. This means that Pre-K and Kindergarten are planned to be onsite for daily instruction, while students in grades 1 – 8 will have daily online instruction for the morning and tutoring onsite one to two times per week in the afternoon. This will move to a full onsite model for all students, when the case counts go down and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department says it is safe for all students to return to onsite learning.
How will Pre-K and Kindergarten learn during remote instruction?
The plan is for both Pre-K and Kindergarten students to learn at school every day. This may be identified as school or as childcare. The Pre-K will continue to be 100% Spanish Immersion. Kindergarten will continue to be 50% Spanish and 50% English instruction.
What about students in grades 1 – 8?
These students will have access to technology and receive online instruction daily from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. They will also have the opportunity to do small group tutoring onsite with their teacher, one to two times per week from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
How will the technology work this year?
Thanks to a grant from the Fulcrum Foundation, HRBA was able to buy 100 brand new Chromebooks, allowing all students in grades 1 – 8 to have their own Chromebook to use at home during remote instruction and in class, once school resumes on campus. For families without internet access, several companies are offering this to low income families at just $9.95 per month.
What are the metrics which would allow students to all return to campus?
The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) will assist us with the metrics needed to allow all students to return to campus safely. This will include items such as: a leveling off of current cases, a low daily and per 100,000 case count, and a declining rate for 14 days. The Catholic School principals of Pierce County are in communication with Dr. Chen and the TPCHD. HRBA is following their guidance on this issue with respect to student safety and community spread.
Will students have access to school masses?
Student/School masses will be offered twice per week at St. Martin of Tours – Fife. The times and days have not been finalized, but we will be able to make sure students can attend at least one mass per week, if they are able to do so.
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