Notre Dame Academy resumed in-person learning on Jan. 11, 2021. We are using a revised 4-Period Schedule. Students who are in the blended and at-home learning groups will also use this schedule for classes. The changes made to this schedule are in response to continual assessment and evaluation of instructional, spiritual and social emotional needs of students.
Learning Groups for 3rd Quarter
- In-School: Students attend NDA five days per week. Due to classroom size and number of students, some class periods may be split into two parts with some of the students staying in the classroom while the remainder of the students move to another location in the building to learn remotely. This will depend on how many students opt for In-School learning.
- Blended: Students attend NDA 2-3 days per week and work virtually from home on the other days. Students would attend school on the day of their designated Blue/Green cohort. Due to classroom size and number of students, some class periods may be split into two parts with some of the students in the classroom while the remainder of the students are moved to another location in the building to learn remotely.
- At-Home: Students learn virtually from home five days per week. Students submit attendance via Swipe.
Family Commitment to In-School/Blended/At-Home
Families must have completed the Magnus form, Notre Dame Academy Family Return to School Commitment Form - 3rd Quarter 2020-21, to declare their choice for the 3rd quarter by Dec. 11.
- Families who choose In-School/Blended, may change their choice to At-Home (virtual) one time during the quarter by calling the attendance office at (920) 429-6104. The student must remain virtual for the remainder of the quarter if the family changes their choice.
- Families who choose At-Home (virtual), must remain home for the entire quarter. Because of the challenges of scheduling students and maintaining social distancing, these students may not change their selection.
Family Health Status Form
Families who choose In-School/Blended must complete a required Family Health Status Form in Magnus the week of Jan. 4. The school will notify families when it is available. The form must be completed before your student will be allowed to attend school in person. In addition, the Magnus Health App must be completed prior to students coming to school each day.
Parent Volunteer Assistance in the School is Needed
Because some teachers have health situations which will preclude them from being in school and we do not have the funding for hiring additional personnel, we are asking parents who are VIRTUS trained to offer assistance as classroom and hall monitors and lunchroom supervisors.
Please consider if you are able to make the commitment to assist our students. A Volunteer Assistance Form will be sent next week asking for you to register for specific opportunities. Questions may be directed to Mr. Patrick Browne at email@example.com. There will be a mandatory training and a background check is mandated before you begin volunteering.
Blended Learning Schedule
|1||Blue Cohort Periods 1-4||Blue Cohort Periods 5-8||Green Cohort Periods 1-4||Green Cohort Periods 5-8||Blue Cohort Periods 1-4|
|2||Blue Cohort Periods 5-8||Green Cohort Periods 1-4||Green Cohort Periods 5-8||Blue Cohort Periods 1-4||Blue Cohort Periods 5-8|
|3||Green Cohort Periods 1-4||Green Cohort Periods 5-8||Blue Cohort Periods 1-4||Blue Cohort Periods 5-8||Green Cohort Periods 1-4|
The physical school building will be closed during inclement weather; however, classes will continue virtually during inclement weather. There will be no extracurricular activities (practices, rehearsals, contests, performances, meetings) when the school is closed during inclement weather. The schedule will continue to follow the published calendar after it is deemed to return to school safely. For example, if the snow day occurs on Green Cohort Periods 5-8, those classes will be virtual and if we return to school the next day, the schedule will be Blue Cohort Periods 1-4. When possible, the NDA school community will be notified by 8 p.m. the night before potential inclement weather the next day will be virtual. Communication regarding any changes due to inclement weather will be made through major television stations, the NDA website, email and text alert system.
Entrance protocols will not change. Parents must complete the Daily COVID-19 Assessment in the Magnus app on a mobile device before the student leaves for school. If the app says "STOP," the student must stay home and follow the instructions on the app. Students will not be allowed in the building until the app says "GO" at which point they will have their temperature taken.
Students must wear their school ID at all times. The ID will also be used for attendance purposes at lunch and at other times.
AM Advisory will not change. Students must report to AM Advisory by 8 a.m. All student belongings (coats, lunches, etc.) will be stored in the advisory classroom. Signs at the entrance will inform students if an advisory teacher is absent from school. The students will report to the Triton Center for AM Advisory where they will store their belongings in the first few rows of bleachers in the Triton Center. Students assigned to the Triton Center must report their attendance by scanning their school ID at the Swipe cart located at the entrances to the Triton Center. Students will sit socially distant at desks in the Triton Center.
Official Start to School Day
Students who are not in their advisory classroom by 8 a.m. will be considered unexcused tardy to school and will receive consequences. Students at home must tune in to the NDA Morning Show at 8 a.m.
Lunch A or B/Study Hall Period
To accommodate all students to eat lunch, there will be two lunch periods (Lunch A & Lunch B). Students will be assigned a lunch period based on their advisory. When students are not scheduled for lunch, they must go to their advisory classroom for study hall. All students will eat lunch in the commons or Triton Center. Seats will be socially distanced at 6-foot intervals. Students with Lunch A stop at their advisory classroom after Mid-Day Prayer to pick up their lunch. Students must report their attendance for lunch by scanning their school ID at the Swipe cart located at the entrances to the commons or Triton Center. Food service details will be shared in Thursday News & Notes email.
Teachers teaching Virtually
Students may have a teacher who is teaching virtually and not at school. Students who have those teachers will report to the Triton Center for their class where they will Zoom in for their class. If a teacher is unable to teach virtually, the students will report to the Triton Center for a study hall. Students must report their attendance by scanning their school ID at the Swipe cart located at the entrance to the Triton Center. Students will sit socially distant at desks in the Triton Center.
Due to classroom size and number of students, some class periods may be split into two parts with some of the students in the classroom while the remainder of the students move to the Triton Center to learn remotely. Each time a student enters the Triton Center, they must report their attendance by scanning their school ID at the Swipe cart located at the entrance to the Triton Center. Students will sit socially distant at desks in the Triton Center.
Students with a scheduled study hall (not the lunch period study hall), will report to the Triton Center where they must report their attendance by scanning their school ID at the Swipe cart located at the entrance to the Triton Center. Students will sit socially distant at desks in the Triton Center.
Students who are at home, continue to use Swipe to report their at-home attendance. Students in the building will have their attendance reported by the classroom teacher in classrooms. Students in the building will scan their IDs for attendance at lunch or if their classroom is the Triton Center.
End of School Day
Classes end at 2:55 p.m. Students will stop in their advisory classroom to pick up their belongings before leaving school. Most buses pick-up in the loading zone at 2:55 p.m. and depart by 3:02 p.m. Teachers will be available to students until 3:15 p.m. Students may remain in the Commons until 3:30 p.m. while they wait for rides or later departing buses.
Seniors with Senior Privilege may leave school after 7th period. Seniors may be required to stay at school during their 8th period if they are not passing all of their classes or on track for graduation. Seniors who ride the bus or are waiting for a ride home, may go to the library or the Triton Center for quiet study. Seniors who stay on campus must scan their IDs for attendance in either location.
All extracurricular activities may begin at 3:20 p.m. Students who are at home may come to the school building for extracurricular activities as long as they are eligible (attendance policy) and go through entrance protocols when they arrive (parents complete the Magnus Daily COVID-19 assessment and temperature taken).
The school building will be open to students from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Students who have extracurricular activities that start after 3:30 p.m. will need to leave the building and return for the start of their activity.
Students may attend daily Mass before school at 7:25 a.m. and are subject to the same entrance protocols as aforementioned.
Students who attend in-school/blended learning will have Mass during the school day periodically as scheduled by the school.