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COVID-19 Update

List of 4 news stories.

  • Remote Learning Grading Guidelines & Expectations - April 27


    Dear Parents,
    Below you will find the expectations from the Archdiocese of Chicago and OLPH School regarding Remote Learning Grading and Assessments Guidelines. 
    You can click Assessments and Grading to download this information or keep reading for the details.  
     To begin with, grading and assessment are key components of how students learn during any situation. This time of remote learning does create a challenge in the way teachers have traditionally communicated feedback to students. To that end, students and families should expect that teachers will provide feedback on student work in key content and skill areas, including formative feedback aimed at improvement and feedback that indicates a student’s level of performance (grades or scores). Student learning and demonstrations of learning in a remote setting may look different than in-person work and will require flexibility on the part of teachers and students.
    Work assigned during remote learning must be graded. 
    Varied assignments and assessments will ensure that students have ample opportunities to improve grades and receive feedback on their progress. Every effort should be made to work with students and families to provide opportunities for engagement that take into account individual or unique circumstances. Examples of these circumstances include but are NOT limited to access to technology and internet, ability of the parent to supervise learning and students whose diverse learning needs, including socio-emotional considerations, may impact mastery of content.

    If students fail to complete assignments or other related assessments during this period, the school should engage in a series of steps to document the cause of the missing assignments.
    1. Ensure that the student is not impacted by circumstances out of their control, such as access to technology, ability of the parent to supervise learning and students whose diverse learning needs, including socio-emotional considerations which may impact mastery of content. If the student is impacted, the school should make every attempt to resolve the issue and support the student (such as developing alternative assignments). If the school cannot satisfactorily address the issue, the school should assign “pass” for the affected quarter or trimester in core subjects.

    2. If the school can determine that these conditions are not in effect, the school should contact the parent and inform them of their child’s poor performance and discuss interventions to support the student and parent.

    3. If after an extended period of interventions with the student and parent (at least two weeks), the school may consider the grade of “incomplete” for the respective subject(s). Incomplete grades can be removed at any time and expectations regarding the changing of incompletes are at the discretion of the individual school.

    4. All communication with students and parents should be recorded for evidence to support the possible assignment of an “incomplete” grade.
    If a student does poorly on the first attempt at an assignment and would normally in a traditional setting receive a lower grade, what should we recommend to the teacher?
    5.     All students regardless of ability should have unlimited attempts to make up assignments during this time and be able to turn in assignments late. Schools should refrain from the use of “hard deadlines” due to concerns regarding technology access, as well as various other considerations related to remote learning, including but not limited to students being charged with supervision of younger siblings, difficulty managing the stress of complying with the stay-at-home orders, concerns over a sick family member, etc. 
    Based on and in alignment with the Archdiocese of Chicago expectations and guidelines,
    here are OLPH School’s Remote Learning Grading Expectations.

    Work assigned during remote learning will be graded. Varied assignments and assessments will ensure our students are learning, have meaningful feedback, and opportunities to improve their grade.


    What happens when a student is missing an assignment?
    An “M” will be marked in the gradebook when a student is missing an assignment.
    When are parents notified?
    Parents are contacted when there seems to be a pattern of missing work: 3 or more assignments. Teachers will personally contact the parents by phone and email to see
    what’s going on and how can they help.  
    What if a parent does not respond to a teacher’s attempted communications?
    If Mom or Dad has not responded to teacher communications, Miss Musker or Dr. Mills will personally reach out to the parents to gather further information – family health issues, tech issues, etc. We’re here to help, respond, and assist our families in any way.  
    Do letter grades need to be given?
    At the end of 4th Quarter, all core subjects: Reading, Math, Language Arts, Spelling/Vocab, SS, Sci, and Religion need a letter grade. Special subjects including Spanish will be Pass/Fail with the exception of 7th and 8th grade.

    *Since Kindergarten does not give letter grades, they’ll continue with standards based report card
    What about Honor Roll?
    We have reconfigured the Honor Roll points needed now that special subjects are Pass/Fail. Click Updated Honor Roll to download.
    Is there still Gold Cord for Grade 8?
    Yes, the our 8th graders who have been and continue to keep academics a priority under these
    challenging conditions are still able to earn a Gold Cord. While the total points have been slightly adjusted, the opportunity to graduate with honors remains.

    Will there still be final exams for junior high students? 
    In light of our current learning environments, final exams have been canceled.
    What if a student is missing a lot of work at the end of the 4th Quarter?
    If a student is missing work or number of assignments (with attempted and documented contact with child’s parents from teacher and administrator), then the student will simply receive an “I” for Incomplete on his or her report card and be promoted to the next grade level. Why? The student completed the work and demonstrated proficiency in 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, and 3rd Quarter – a significant majority of the school year.
    How are the teachers approaching this now?
    They are starting with the end in mind. They have identified the essential skills that will be taught and assessed this final quarter. Their focus will be targeted looking to the priority standards for their given grade level - Looking for quality over quantity and engagement in the
    learning process. 
    We're exploring this e-world together ... Thank you for your continued partnership! 
  • Making the Most of the E-Learning Experience - March 16

    Dear Parents,

    As you try to do your job and manage school work, here's some things to think about and keep in mind: 

    • Find a Productive Space for Academic Learning 
      Create a quiet space where you child can focus on lessons/activity and where there is limited distractions. 
    • Establish Structure to the Day
      While learning will be self-paced and flexible, children need structure.  Create a footprint for when it will be time to do school work. Depending on the age of your child, set your expectations - cell phones charging in kitchen, TVs off, bed time routines continue, etc. You know best what this will look like in your home.
    • Encourage Your Child to Stay Charged and Connected
      Encourage your child to take breaks, stretch between sessions/lessons, hydrate, and just unplug. Teachers are available to them from 10:00 - 2:00 each day.   
    • Help Your Child Adjust to This New Reality 
      School is important from a social perspective as well. Not seeing friends face to face 
      can be hard for them. If your child struggles with or talks about this, find age appropriate creative ways  to connect with classmates - virtual lunch dates, baking challenges, etc.  
    Lastly, we know on-line is not the same as in-person. Navigating this way of learning presents
    a set of challenges that are new to everyone impacted, take comfort in knowing we're in this together ... Our team is here to help you! 
    Morning announcments will be coming shortly ... It's how we start every school day! 
    Take care!
    Amy Mills
  • E-Learning Guidelines & Expectations - March 15

    Dear Parents,
    As you know, we are moving to E-Learning for Grades K - 8. With this in mind, here are some important things to know: 
    Grades Kindergarten - Eighth Grade 
    • By 9:00 am assignments will be posted daily 

    • Teachers are available from 10:00 - 2:00 daily through email and/or website messaging
    Purposeful Play for Preschool 
    Some intentional fun activities will be sent to you from Mrs. Whittington throughout this closure. These are opportunities for you to engage with your young child. 
    Kindergarten - Third Grade 
    Teachers will post their assignments on their website with the assignment information. There may be worksheets to download or links to use.
    Fourth Grade
    You'll see the assignments on the class web pages and the announcments with information about the assignments  in each class.  Please read and check each class web page daily.
    Fifth - Eighth Grade 
    Assignments posted as usual.  Please read all class web pages and assignment postings daily.
    Keep in mind this is new to all of us and it will be a work in progress. We are going to be thoughtful with assignments and learning experiences as well as work through any and all challenges.  Teachers will stay in communication with you and with each other.
    Take care,
    Amy Mills
  • March 13 Announcement - OLPH School Closing - Starting Monday March 16

    Dear Parents,
    The Archdiocese of Chicago is closing all schools starting Monday, March 16. While it is not yet known how long this closure will last, here's what we know and are doing at OLPH School: 
    We are moving to electronic learning. Students today will be told to bring materials and textbooks home with them. Additionally, we will be sending more detailed information about this platform and how it will work.
    Extended Hours Today to Gather Items 
    Since most children will not be able to carry/take everything needed with them, our classrooms and campus will be open until 6:00 tonight. You are welcome to come and gather whatever is needed. 
    Parent Teacher Conferences 
    Parent -Teacher Conferences have been canceled at this time. If you have a concern or would like an update from a teacher, please email him/her. We'll be connecting with the staff as well on how to handle these requests. 
    Extended Care 
    Extended Day Programs may not function during this closure as directed by the Archdiocese of Chicago. 
    Non-Essential Events 
    All extracurricular activities, events, and meetings will not be taking place during this closure. 
    Staff is not allowed to be on campus during this closure and deep cleaning process with only essential staff here on limited hours. 

    So What Do You Need to Do Now? 
    • Come to school today from 3:00 - 6:00 to gather materials. clothing, whatever your child may need.
    • If the Health Office has any necessary medication needed at home, please pick it up. 
    • Continue to be on the lookout for communication/messages from school as we'll stay in virtual touch with you. 
    Lastly, embracing our true partnership, we'll work together to provide the best instruction and learning experiences we can under these unique conditions. Fr. Nick did an amazing job today with the students and we'll continue to navigate this evolving situation 
    Stay healthy ... Take care! 
    Amy Mills

COVID-19 Prevention Tips

Prevention Tips
When your children are sick, please keep them home and they should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications AND they have been free of vomiting or diarrhea episodes for 24 hours. 
  • Wash hands frequently and vigorously for at least 20 seconds with soap and water especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Disinfect objects that are in regular use
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cough into your elbow or cover your mouth with a tissue then throw tissue out
  • Do not share food or drinks with others 
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