Q: Will the bus company sanitize buses every day?
A: Buses will be sanitized at the end of each route.
Q: Will students be required to wear a mask on the bus?
A: As safety protocols currently stand, students will be required to wear a mask while on the bus.
Q: Will students be appropriately distanced while riding a bus?
A: In accordance with DE State Department of Education protocols, capacity will be limited by the number of students that can be seated between 3 or more feet apart on the school bus with one student per row in staggered fashion, if possible. Students from the same family may sit together in one row, however.
Center for Faith & Justice
Q: Will students be able to attend retreats?
A: Virtual Encounter, Camden Experience, and VJ Retreats have all been piloted over the Spring and Summer. We are prepared to safely deliver any overnight programs virtually until it is safe to return to retreat centers and outside locations. Day retreat programming will have some combination of in-person socially distanced prayer and reflection and online components.
Q: How will service hours be handled?
A: Each grade will continue working with their target issues and areas of Catholic Social Teaching, but do so through online platforms. For instance, freshmen usually do a mentoring/tutoring program with students at Nativity Preparatory School and/or Reed’s Refuge. Our plan is to set up one-to-one meetings via iPads with students at these schools to continue these relationships. Sophomores will either be a part of a digital pen-pal program with senior centers or will also meet via iPad with their digital buddies under the supervision of the CFJ. We are currently setting up virtual BRIDGE trips for juniors and developing digital and outdoor/distanced projects for seniors to work on throughout the year as part of their Salesian Servant Leadership groups or independent study.
Q: We were away when school reopened to clean out lockers, when can my son arrange to get his belongings?
A: We inventoried lockers that have not been cleaned out and emailed those students directly to come to campus. Students must book an appointment via the link shared in their Salesianum email.
Q: Is there a change of start date for the upcoming school year?
A: Freshmen Orientation will be held on August 24 and 25. All students will attend a virtual start of the school year meeting on Wednesday, August 26 with school starting the following day on Thursday, August 27.
Q: When are senior portraits?
A: Senior portrait appointments were available on campus in mid-July. We are currently working on another on campus date for mid-September/October.
Q: Will juniors still have the opportunity to meet with their college counselor throughout the year?
A: Yes, juniors will still have their advisory class and there will be additional opportunities to meet with college counselors as well, whether that be virtually or in-person, if conditions warrant.
Q: How will the school address anxiety or emotional needs?
A: If students are on campus they will be able to meet with our counseling staff as normal. If we are in an asynchronous mode with students at home we will be able to pick up with our virtual Wellness Check-In sessions on Zoom. This is something that we offered to students last spring and it worked very well.
Q: How will you address non-continuity of core classes like Math, Science, and World Language?
A: This will be articulated before the school year begins.
Q: Will class length of time be longer each day?
A: Each class will be 65 minutes long. This is about 15-25 minutes longer than our “regular” schedule class time.
Q: How will exchange classes be handled - like band?
A: We are working with Padua and Ursuline to determine if exchange classes will work with the current schedule adjustments.
Q: What does PE/Health look like under a hybrid learning environment?
A: In a hybrid environment, it is possible that PE classes will take place while students are in school and health would take place during online days.
Q: Will subjects be offered back to back, meaning Spanish 1 first semester, Spanish 2 second semester?
A: We would not rule that out, but in many cases students would be prevented from doing this due to the scheduling of their other classes. For example, most students in Spanish I would not have room in their schedule for Spanish 2. On a case by case basis, however, this may be evaluated.
Q: What happens when/if a students gets sick and are too sick to keep up with school work? What’s the plan for that?
A: With each class meeting live streamed, students will be able to “join” classes remotely, while absent for an extended period of time. Students who are unable to attend due to illness should also contact the school nurse, Suzanne Mansi email@example.com
Hybrid Learning Split
Q: Could we have the hybrid learning split by class so all of the students can be together in a grade?
A: The reopening task force explored many ways through which to subdivide the students. The benefits of the last name approach (A-L, M-Z) is that it allows us to effectively halve the number of students in a classroom.
Q: My son carpools to school with a student on the other half of the alphabet, is there anything that we can do?
A: We are looking at the possibility of making accommodations for families that carpool and we would look at each request on a case-by-case basis.