Nazareth's Hybrid Learning Model
The 2020-21 school year may look different, but the education at Nazareth Academy High School remains top-notch! Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, Nazareth faculty, staff, and administration are all working diligently and collaboratively in a new, hybrid model of education while maintaining an unwavering commitment to our students. They have creatively pivoted to continue to provide the excellent, high-level Nazareth education that students and families are accustomed to.
As part of Nazareth’s Hybrid Learning Model:
- Each student is assigned to a specific learning cohort, Blue or Gold, that alternates weekly between being present in school or participating remotely from home. Students may also opt to work remotely full-time.
- Each class is livestreamed through the course’s Microsoft Teams page. Students who are livestreaming classes are required to be on for 60 minutes of the 80-minute block to avoid screen fatigue. While learning from home, students are still able to participate in their classes as well as see and hear their teachers and classmates, allowing them to essentially be in the classroom and to never miss a beat in their classes.
- In order to meet the need for more comprehensive technology to meet our students' needs, every classroom at Nazareth has been outfitted with a camera, an additional monitor, and speakers to facilitate interaction and learning with ease.
With two cohorts and alternating groups of students present in-person each week, we have doubled our traditions and student events for the fall semester or turned them into virtual events so that everyone is able to participate! These traditions and events include:
- Freshman Week
- Student Council Installation
- Virtual Clubs & Activities Fair
- Clash Day
- Challenge Day
- Ring Day & Ring Mass
- ...and many more!
The safety of Nazareth’s students, faculty, and staff was paramount when developing this Hybrid Learning Model. Having two cohorts of students allows for social distancing in the classrooms and throughout the building. Each morning, prior to entering the building, everyone is required to complete a digital wellness checklist. Protective face coverings are required at all times while in the building. New tables, benches, and chairs have been placed around campus to allow for classes and lunches to be held outside. Directional signs, social distancing reminders, and hand sanitizer stations are strategically placed throughout the building.
By following all of the protocols of the CDC, PA Department of Education, and those built into the Hybrid Learning Model, the faculty, staff, and students at Nazareth are able to continue our mission of faith, family, and education while looking forward to eventually being able to safely be all together again.