Catholic Schools Onward

Best Practices and New Opportunities as We Move Forward


(Please note that as current information becomes available this page will be updated – 06.25.2020.)

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While we realize that in-person instruction has greater impact at the elementary level, the need for virtual learning has become a reality in a variety of circumstances including the pandemic-related quarantines.  Physical presence in the classroom allows time for students to develop spiritually,  socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. When this is not possible, it is important to provide a means for student learning without interruption.

This guidance is for  situations in which a child cannot attend class.   This may be because a parent is not comfortable sending their child to school or because the child has to do a limited time of quarantine.



The term “virtual learning” refers to instructional practices being utilized  so a child can access what is taking place with his /her class by means of connecting virtually to  the classroom in realtime.  



  1. Provide the use of a Learning Management System to centralize materials, lessons, instruction. assessments, feedback and communications
  2. Provide a direct video connection to the classroom during the period the child is unable to attend class.
    • Child is able to receive direct instruction by teacher
    • Use textbook online components with timely follow-up
  3. Use of assessments with timely feedback
  4. Goal is mastery of curriculum so the child stays current and can return prepared to rejoin the class.
  5. Regular communication with parents/guardians



  • Prepare administrators, teachers, students and parents to use Learning Management System  
  • Identify and provide needed devices to use platform
  • Utilize one system throughout the school rather than a variety of systems so parents and others have consistency when there are several students in the same household. (Note:  Students in a family can be linked in one platform)


Other Considerations.

  • Keep in focus the Standards for Ministerial Behavior.

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