Why Distance Learning?
Students, staff, and families may be fielding questions from friends and neighbors as to why York Catholic is conducting Distance Learning when other schools are not.
As stated previously, our York Catholic community relies on our connectedness to lift each other during these unusual times. What better way to do so than to maintain as much routine and normalcy as possible? Daily prayer, routine instruction, assignments, and assessments, and the opportunity to interact with one another as a community are what drives each of us. If nothing else, these unusual times have reinforced the power of our YC family, evidenced by the number of virtual interactions conducted today through Zoom, the teachers who left the building Monday in tears by the thought of not seeing their students for an extended period of time, and stories shared from family dinner table conversations where parents and students alike are navigating this distance learning adventure as a family, many writing in to express gratitude to the teachers for providing for student learning from home.
We encourage everyone to view the most recently updated FAQs posted on the PA Department of Education website regarding School Closures. Here you will find information regarding the school closure mandate as it relates to both public and non-public schools within the state of Pennsylvania. Because York Catholic is not mandated by Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) guidelines, we have been able to begin that continuity of instruction immediately. Our teachers are certified by the State of Pennsylvania, many with advanced degrees and add-on certificates. As such, they are trained and able to differentiate instruction to a variety of learning needs and abilities, including those students who receive instructional support in our Academic Assistance Center. We are prepared to accommodate students virtually through distance learning in the same way we accommodate them in the regular education classroom.
- Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and that adults are there to help keep them healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”
- Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.
- Upper middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
Suggested Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children
- Adults at home and school are taking care of your health and safety. If you have concerns, please talk to an adult you trust.
- Not everyone will get the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. School and health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick.
- It is important that all students treat each other with respect and not jump to conclusions about who may or may not have COVID-19.
There are things you can do to stay health and avoid spreading the disease:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash hands often with soap and water (20 seconds).
That’s the equivalent of an Our Father and a Hail Mary!
- If you don’t have soap, use hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol based).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Updates for Families
April 7, 2020
April 6, 2020
April 3, 2020
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April 1, 2020
March 31, 2020
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Remote Learning Resources
School Counselor Support
Mrs. Jamie Loughman
Mrs. Sarah McShane
Mrs. Eva Phillips
Addressing Children’s Questions About Coronavirus
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- Explainer Video from BrainPop, showcased on PBS NewsHour
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus from Child Development and Behavior Specialist Betsy Brown Braun
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus from The Child Mind Institute
- How it spreads
- Protect yourself
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Manage Anxiety & Stress for Adults/Children
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