We are thankful for the collective community effort that contributed to the success of remote learning in spring 2020. Of the parents who responded to our survey, 94% were satisfied to very satisfied with their daughter’s experience of remote learning. Thank you for supporting your daughters and St. Agnes Academy. Thank you for offering us grace and lifting us in prayer. Perhaps you guided your daughter’s education in ways you hadn’t previously imagined, and we are grateful for your involvement!
What will school be like in August? It's the question we know is on everyone’s mind. While there are many unknowns still, we have already begun to shape our vision for the school year. Our hope is to have all students on campus; however, we know that this may not be possible. We strive to remain flexible and to communicate plans as they develop. We do need each family to let us know whether or not there are factors that will likely prevent your daughter(s) from returning to campus in August 2020, should a return to in-person classes be allowed under all relevant public health and governmental policies and recommendations. Please complete this short form by June 26. You may submit the form more than once if you have more than one daughter at St. Agnes.
St. Agnes Academy has formed two groups to collect and synthesize information and make recommendations to the administration. These groups are comprised of administrators, faculty, and staff members with specific expertise and knowledge. They are collaborating with public health experts and other educators, and utilizing guidelines from the State and TEA to form plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
- The Campus Reopening Task Force focuses on the logistics of reopening campus in a way that mitigates risks to the health of community members.
- The Academic and Mission Continuity Task Force focuses on the vibrancy of the student programs.
The administration is also in the process of selecting a consultant that specializes in designing and implementing infection prevention processes to guide our efforts to keep students and faculty safe while they are on campus.
- We are committed to providing an exceptional educational experience that reflects our mission and our call to develop each student in the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community, and preaching.
- The health and safety of our community is our focus during this planning process.
- We will continue to provide timely updates to the community about our plans.
Returning to School: Three Modes
Our administration and task forces are working to create a school calendar and daily schedules that will allow for flexibility in the way in which we deliver the mission. At this time, we do not anticipate major changes to our published dates for the beginning of the school year, the end of the school year, and scheduled breaks, but these plans are subject to change. We do anticipate looking to three different “Modes” for school in 2020-2021 and plan to build in the capability to switch quickly from one Mode to another, if community health conditions require.
Mode A: All Students, Faculty and Staff
In Mode A, we welcome all students, faculty, and staff to campus. Specific health precautions may be in place in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements and could include:
- Adults attest to being symptom-free before visiting campus
- Health screenings for students as they enter campus
- Wearing masks that cover the mouth and nose, except when eating and drinking
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures
- Procedures for moving through hallways and stairwells
- Reducing or eliminating shared materials and high-touch surfaces
- Redesigning large community gatherings like assemblies and all-school Masses
- Volunteers and visitors welcomed back on campus, as conditions allow.
Mode B: Blended Learning
Think of Mode B as the “dimmer switch” that slides between Mode A, with 100% of our community on campus, and Mode C, with 0% of our community on campus. In Mode B, a portion of our community will be on campus while others stay home for reasons that may include:
- Limits to the number of people allowed on campus at one time
- Students, faculty, and staff in quarantine or isolation for reasons associated with COVID-19
- Students, faculty, and staff uncomfortable with retuning to campus due to personal risk factors
Mode B is characterized by blended learning, in which some students are in the physical classroom and others are learning at home, utilizing mostly asynchronous or self-paced activities planned by each student’s teachers. Most students will have some days in the classroom and some days learning at home each week. Teachers will work to use precious face-to-face time with students wisely, engaging students in labs, discussions, one-on-one work, debates, and various learning and community-building activities. Students learning from home will have clear expectations for their work, with an emphasis on authentic engagement in meaningful and relevant college-prep academics. Completing the survey listed above will help us plan accordingly for a Mode B Blended Learning plan.
Mode C: Campus Closed, Remote Learning
We anticipate periods during the 2020-2021 school year when campus must be closed, following public health recommendations, due to spikes in COVID-19 cases in our area. We can promptly switch into remote teaching and learning, including both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. In the spring of 2020, we quickly developed and implemented a plan for remote learning. We are reflecting on lessons learned and plan for many improvements to remote learning in the coming school year.
In the description of the three modes above, we emphasize the delivery of our academic program; however, the delivery of our extracurricular programs, our activities as a community of faith, and our counseling programs will also be adapted for each mode. We are committed to caring for and developing the whole student.
While the details of our plans may change and evolve as conditions in our community change, our commitment to St. Agnes families is unwavering. Thank you for partnering with St. Agnes Academy to educate your daughter(s). As our task forces continue to develop and finalize plans for the fall, we will continue to provide timely updates to the community.