March 18, 2020
Dear NativityMiguel School Community:
I am writing to let you know of our continued support and prayers for all members of our school community as we deal with the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. It is very important that we stay connected as a community to help each other through these difficult times. Our first priority is the health and well-being of every student in the NativityMiguel community.
At this time, it is unclear how long school will be suspended from in-person meetings, however we are preparing for the reality that we may not return for several weeks. For this reason, we are asking your help in providing our educational program to all NMS students in the following ways:
1. We ask that you encourage you children to set aside at least 4 hours every day to complete the online assignments which teachers have prepared. Teachers have been in touch with their students and students are required to check in with their teachers on a regular basis as determined by the teacher. Students who do not do this will not be fulfilling the school’s academic expectations.
2. NMS expects that students will spend 30-40 minutes working in each class every school day. Every student has 6 major subjects (ELA, Reading, Math, Science, History, and Religion). Therefore, students should schedule at least 4 hours per day to meet this requirement.
3. On Monday, I will be asking each student to fill out a personal daily schedule (see a sample below) which will be shared by teachers. This document can be found on google classroom and should be personalized for each student and shared with each student’s homeroom teacher. It is important for each student to have a routine and we believe a daily schedule will help them to concentrate on their schoolwork. Ideally, we would hope that students will work during normal school hours, from 9am-2pm, with times for breaks and meals. If this is not possible, we ask that students find other times so that they are able to fulfill our academic expectations.
4. Students should realize that they will continue to be graded on all their assignments and will be penalized for late work (unless they have informed the principal or teacher and have a valid excuse).
Any student who is having problems with technology or internet must contact the school as soon as possible and an alternative learning plan will be administered.
We also remind all community members that packed breakfast and lunch meals are being provided in a variety of locations for all people under 18 by the Scranton School District. Please check Scranton School District website for a list of distribution sites. https://www.scrsd.org/apps/news/article/1184304
Please do not hesitate to call the school or email me directly with any questions or concerns you have. Our school office remains open from 8am-3pm Monday-Friday. Ms. Gina Spohr is also available to speak with students or families during this time.
As we continue to monitor the situation, we will be in touch with any new developments relating to NatvityMiguel School and our academic program. Let us continue to support each other in prayer and generosity during these difficult times.
Timothy P. Casey