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Coronavirus Updates

SIS COVID - 19 UPDATES

Following the recent decision by the Oakland Diocese, to align with April 7th's announcement given by public health officers and six Bay Area County Superintendents, St. Isidore School will be extending distance learning through the remainder of the 2019 - 2020 school year.  Click here to view the letter released on April 7th, from the Contra Costa County Office of Education regarding this decision.

In addition, all special events, including Communion, Graduation and other end-of-year activities have been canceled. Please know we plan to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our students at a later date.  School may not look like what we are accustomed to, but school and learning are not finished for the year. We will continue to provide online platforms for students. Moreover, because distance learning will be continuing, we are making improvements and will roll those changes out after Easter.  Please note the faculty and staff are committed to supporting distance learning through the end of the school year and that we have spent countless hours preparing for this possibility.

Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus known as COVID–19. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this challenging time. Updates will continue to be available here and will be shared via email with our school community as well. Should you have specific questions that are not noted below, please email us at mward@stisidore.org or dkeane@stisidore.org.

Student Attendance - Assuming students are well, the expectation is that they continue to work/study online. Please email your child's/children's homeroom teacher before on or before 9:00 am informing them of your child's presence or absence.  Anything after 9:00 am, please call into the school’s attendance line at 925-837-2977.

Campus Closed - During Online Learning, no one will be allowed on campus. During this time our Facilities Team will disinfect our campus.

• Distance Learning - Teachers are using Schoology as a mode to communicate with parents and students. TK–4 students will be using Schoology updates in each parent group for new lessons and messages and will be working at their own pace. Students in grades 4–5 will be using Schoology and Google Classroom for new lessons and messages and will be working at their own pace. Grade 5’s lessons and messages will mostly be in each of the student’s courses in Schoology. Students in grades 5–8 will be using Schoology, Google Classroom, Google Meets, and Google Hangouts. Students will be following their “Friday” schedule on a “live” basis. The “live” sessions are for students to meet with teachers at specific times to have questions answered. Lessons and messages will mostly be in each of the student’s courses in Schoology.  Please refer to the SIS Distance Learning General Info document for specifics.

 

SIS COVID - 19 Electronic Communications

 

SIS COVID - 19 Resources

  1. Common Sense Media's tips on how to explain the news to our kids
  2. Tips on how best to discuss the Coronavirus with children
  3. Tips on parenting during the Coronavirus
  4. Tips on homeschooling Tweens and Teens during the Coronavirus
  5. Steve Glazer, CA State Senator of our District 07 has ongoing virtual town hall meetings.  In one of his latest meetings, his special guest was Denise Pope, one of the founders of Challenge Success, author and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Pope is an expert on engaging students in their school work and has written extensively on academic stress and its consequences for students’ mental and physical health.  Together they discussed how working from home while trying to help your children keep up with their studies can be challenging, if not impossible. Even though most schools are now providing guidance to families, many parents with young children have told me they are struggling to keep their children engaged in these stressful times.  Click here to listen to Parental Survival Skills for Distance Learning from April 14th.
  6. Helping youth become more mindful of the ways to use the power of our tech revolution as a positive force in their lives and that of others is so much of what Screenagers and Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER is all about.  Click here if you would to attend an online screening to learn about Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience and is about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world.
  7. Common Sense Media's take on Podcasts, how they can help during this time, and their recommendations