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March 23, 2020
Dear Nazareth Academy Families,
Thank you to our students and faculty for the remarkable job that is being done during Nazareth's Flexible Instructional Days!
In our communication on March 15th, we announced Nazareth Academy will be on Flexible Learning Days through March 27th and that it was our hope that we would reopen school on Monday, March 30th. We promised to reevaluate within the next two weeks based on current guidance and recommendations.
In light of Mayor Kenney's "Stay at Home" order for the City of Philadelphia beginning March 23rd at 8 am and continuing for an indefinite length of time, and Governor Wolf extending a "Stay at Home" order for the surrounding counties and announcing school closures for two more weeks, Flexible Instructional Days will continue through Friday, April 3, 2020. We will continue to evaluate next steps based on information received from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the City of Philadelphia.
As we begin our second week of virtual learning, we wish to congratulate all of the Nazareth Academy community for maintaining strength and commitment to Nazareth during this crisis. To our parents and guardians, thank you for your flexibility and your feedback. We have received many messages of support from you via email and social media. We are grateful for your trust in us during these uncertain times. We are very thankful for the work of our teachers and staff, shepherding our students through unchartered territory. To our students, thank you for hard work, patience, and diligence. We know that none of you anticipated this, but you have responded to the challenges. We pledge that we will continue to do all we can to make your Nazareth experience the best it can possibly be. To our juniors and seniors especially, even if we are not together at this time, we will continue to celebrate and support your successes and milestones, including the initial college search process, upcoming college acceptance, and the Junior Dinner Dance and Senior Prom.
Although life is far from normal, we have done our best to maintain normalcy. Nazareth faculty, staff, and administrators continue to meet virtually to continuously evaluate our progress in real time and adjust as necessary. Following the plan we initially shared on March 15, our teachers and students have met virtually in platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Teaching and learning has not stopped, it has just dramatically changed. We have also shared daily video messages with our students each day and Ms. Donnelly conducted a virtual Prayer Zone on March 19th (see the video on the side), the Feast Day of Saint Joseph, Protector of the Holy Family. Daily prayers and birthday announcements are also underway this week. Daily prayer intentions can be submitted by clicking here. Our counseling and college counseling departments are currently checking in with all students through email and phone calls. In addition, counseling resources to support students and families during this crisis are available on our school website (see link below). We will continue to share light moments on social media to maintain our connection as a community and provide some needed levity at times. Photos shared using #VirtualPandas will be shared on Nazareth's social media sites.
During the coming days, please watch your email for details about the schedule for upcoming events and other important information. By the end of this week, we are also going to launch a survey to seek more of your feedback. A reminder to students that the official school communication will be sent through your Nazareth Academy email.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this crisis. We remember most especially all those who are suffering and the first responders who are on the front lines in harm's way treating the afflicted.
May the Holy Family of Nazareth bless you and keep you safe.
Mrs. Denise LePera Mr. James Meredith
Tuesday, March 17 - Friday, April 3: Flexible Instructional Days
How Flexible Instructional Days Work
- Only courses that are scheduled to meet that day will follow the protocol (i.e. Blocks either full or half and only on the days that the classes are regularly scheduled to meet). We will follow A Schedules on Flexible Instructional Days.
- On Tuesday, March 17th, teachers will share with students their platform (FA Web, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, Canvas, email, et cetera) and details for posting assignments, lectures, and assessments
- For each Flexible Instructional Day, teachers will post their Academic Plan for their students by 8 am for each day using their previously communicated platform
- If teachers plan a virtual meeting for your class via Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or other platforms, it will be scheduled during the regularly scheduled class block and students will be given at least 24 hours notice
- During each school day, teachers will have two hours of office hours for students to communicate with teachers
- Teachers will respond to student or parent emails outside of office hours within one school day
- Students should expect at least 45 to 60 minutes of work for each class
Illness and Other Circumstances
- In the case of a student illness or other serious circumstances that will prevent the student from fully participating in the Flexible Instructional Day, a parent may contact the teacher via email to excuse the student
- The student will be considered "absent" from the classes on that day. Students will still be responsible for work assigned on the Flexible Instructional Day. However, they will have an extension on the deadline as agreed to with their teachers.
- If a student is without power or internet access on a Flexible Instructional Day, a parent must contact the teacher via email to excuse the student as soon as they are able to do so. Students will still be responsible for work assigned on the Flexible Instructional Day. However, they will have an extension on the deadline as agreed to with their teachers.
Counseling and College Counseling
We realize the psychological impact of not knowing what to expect and the inability to engage in our lives as we typically do can cause distress. Please know that our Counselors will be available to assist your child during these uncertain times. Counselors can be reached via email throughout school hours (7:30am-3:00pm) to assist parents and students with non-emergent concerns and guidance. There are also links and additional resources to support you and your daughter posted on our website. Click here to visit our Counseling Coronavirus Resource page.
Athletics and Upcoming Events
The following changes have been made to our school schedule:
- All athletic events, practices, workouts, team meetings and extracurricular activities have been suspended for the next two weeks
- Athletes Helping Athletes on March 20 has been cancelled
- Class of 2024 Welcome Mass and Breakfast on March 22 will be rescheduled
- Freshman/Sophomore Music Showcase on March 24 will be rescheduled
- St. Lucy's Day on March 27 has been cancelled
- 5th and 6th Grade Event on April 3rd has been canceled
- Naz Bag Bingo on Sunday, March 27th has been canceled. Click Here for an update
- The Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday April 5th has been postponed until the Fall. Click Here For More Information
Ways to Stay Connected
Click here to view our daily announcements and morning updates.
Each weekday at 10:45 AM, Ms. Donnelly, our Campus Minister, will utilize social media to say daily prayers for our Nazareth Academy Community. You can have your intention said during prayer by filling out this form. Also, watch daily prayer on our Facebook page.
You can visit our Facebook and Instagram Page to stay connected to both our faculty, staff, and students during these times of uncertainty. We have started the hashtag #VirtualPandas for teachers, students, and alumnae to share how they have been adapting to learning or working from home.
During the school year, our girls have the option to meet every Thursday during Activity Period in Chapel for Prayer Zone with Ms. Donnelly our Campus Minister. During Prayer Zone, students take time to reflect and talk to God. During the coronavirus outbreak and virtual learning, Ms. Donnelly has graciously decided to keep this tradition going. Click below for recent Prayer Zones:
Prayer Zone 3/19/2020