On-campus learning again an option at Holy Family Catholic School
Since this school year began, public elementary and high schools have opted to continue with "distance learning" models.
But, in October, Eastmoreland's Holy Family Catholic School began offering limited in-person instruction to their kindergarten through third grade students.
"Our staff spent months collaborating and discussing the best options for our students," explained Principal Joe Galati. It was in late September that, as a staff, we decided to return to school - offering students the chance to choose what learning option they felt was best for them.
Parents opting to have their kids back in school make sure they're on campus at 9:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Depending upon their grade, they enter either through the front or the side door. Once they're inside, staff checks their temperatures using a no-touch video thermometer, and ask each pupil questions about COVID-19 symptoms.
"After screening each student, they are then greeted by our teachers; then, students spend the day practicing math and ELA skills, while also continuing social-emotional learning," Galati told THE BEE. "Students depart at noon, and the rest of their day is conducted online."
However, the Principal added, the teachers arrive as early as 7 a.m., have their own temperatures taken, and enter their data onto a contact-tracing log kept on the front desk of the building.
The school is not affected by the Governor's "stay-home" decree. "However, we have provided students and families with the opportunity to return to fully digital learning as well, based on what they feel is safest for their families," Galati said.
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