Online Learning – Nov. 30th-Dec. 4th.
Expectations outlined in link below.
– PLEASE NOTE: If anyone in your immediate household (student or family member) is tested for COVID-19 during the online learning period, you must still notify our school nurse, Mrs. Staci Kampeter firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Decision regarding how final exams will be handled will be made early the week of Nov. 30th.
– Helias Faculty will be in school building 7:30am-3pm Nov. 30th-Dec.4th.
– Helias business office will remain open 7:30am-3pm each day.
– Helias IT Dept. will be available 7:30am-3pm each day.
– Morning masses to be live-streamed from Chapel at 7:20am Tues-Fri.
– Students who do not have adequate internet service at home will be welcome to enter the school building if they are healthy and not in quarantine during online learning. They should enter through the main entrance and will be required to wear a mask. They will be directed to a location where supervision is provided.
– Extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled.
– Please keep gatherings small.
Mon., Nov. 30 — Preparation day for faculty. No in-person or online classes for students on Monday. Faculty and staff will spend the day preparing for the transition to online teaching and learning.
Tues., Dec. 1 & Thurs., Dec. 3 — Students will engage in online learning from 8 am -12 pm covering periods 1-4 as outlined in our previous plan, provided below
Wed., Dec. 2 & Fri., Dec. 4 — students will engage in online learning from 8 am-12 pm covering periods 5-8 as outlined in our previous plan, provided below. Please be sure to review the full outline for November 30-December 4, and discuss with student(s) prior to Dec. 1.
Students will return to in-person learning on Mon., Dec. 7.
- Nichols students will be addressed separately by Mr. Clingman and Mrs. Ralston about how to handle the online learning days and their classes at Nichols Career Center.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation: Dates will be postponed to the week of Dec. 7.
- Spirit Wear Sale on Dec. 2, from 3:30-6 pm will continue as originally planned.
- Blood Drive Dec. 3, will still be held. There is a critical need for blood. This is an American Red Cross function and will be staffed with as few Helias students as possible.
- Giving Tree gifts: deadline will be extended to Dec. 11 for students to donate money to Samaritan Center Giving Tree adoptees.
- Advent Day of Service, Dec. 5 — These activities will still be held as planned with social distancing and masks.
- Extracurricular — sports and clubs will be allowed to meet, masks and social distancing as much as possible.
- Poinsettia pickup will continue as originally planned on Dec. 2.
Helias Protocols re: COVID-19
WEARING MASKS AND CONTACT TRACING UPDATE
As of Nov. 12, 2020, the State of Missouri and Governor Parson updated guidelines for schools to assist with keeping students in school, in-person, if at all possible. We want to stay in school, and therefore, we will continue to follow mask-wearing guidelines. Please see the full news release here: GOVERNOR UPDATE
What Changed for Missouri: The new guidance says that properly wearing masks when students are closer than six feet, may help us to quarantine less students. Therefore, students in Helias’ classrooms MUST wear a mask when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance. This may keep more students out of quarantine because if a student who tests positive was wearing a mask, and the students around them were wearing a mask, the students sitting around the positive case may not need to quarantine.
Mrs. Kampeter, our school nurse, will make this decision on a case-by-case basis. Helias students will still need to follow the instructions of Mrs. Kampeter and the Helias Administration regarding quarantine, regardless of the information contained in the news release.
In addition, because of rising cases of COVID-19 in Cole County, we will make a renewed effort to social distance and continue hand washing and sanitizing in our school. We increased the spacing in the Commons during lunch by moving some tables to another location.
What Changed in Cole County: Cole County announced in a COVID Update on Nov. 12, 2020, that they are changing their contact tracing protocols and individuals who test positive for the coronavirus will now be responsible to do their own contact tracing. The following is an excerpt front the Cole County update: Beginning tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 13, if you are tested at any site in Cole County, you will be given a lime green educational handout. If you get a call from your doctor with a positive result, you need to take immediate action to slow the spread of the virus within your friends, family and coworkers by following the outlined steps on the lime green educational handout. Please do not wait for a phone call from the health department.Positive cases will be expected to notify their contacts. This will eliminate the wait time and hopefully, stop people from unknowingly spreading the virus.A close contact is anyone within six feet for more than 15 minutes, starting 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic… For a the full update, click on this link: COLE COUNTY UPDATE
What has NOT CHANGED: The Cole County Health Department says they will continue to assist schools as needed as long as CARES ACT Funding is available.
The Helias Administration and our School Nurse, Mrs. Kampeter, will continue with our current protocols for quarantining students, faculty and staff who have pending COVID-19 test for themselves or in their home. Mrs. Kampeter must be notified if a student, staff or faculty member or an individual in their immediate family tests positive for COVID-19. We will also increase mask wearing, renew our efforts to social distance and continue hand washing, sanitizing and cleaning in our school.
Please follow all the precautionary health and safety measures to reduce the spread of the virus: Wash hands, wear masks, stay home if sick, socially distance, avoid large gatherings and gather outside when possible.
IMPORTANT — PLEASE HELP US KEEP IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
If anyone living in your household has been tested for COVID-19, Helias students living in that house, MAY NOT ATTEND SCHOOL, until the results of the pending test come back negative. For example if John Smith’s daughter, Sally, is a student at Helias and John gets tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning and gets his results back (negative) on Wednesday evening, Sally may not come to school on Tuesday or Wednesday. If the results are positive, Sally will be in quarantine for 14 days from her last close contact with John. Even if they are not identified as a close contact, they need to remain in quarantine while there is an active positive case in the home.
ALSO, families should notifiy Helias any time someone in the household of a Helias student has tested positive for COVID-19. Following these guidelines protects, students, staff and faculty!
Online Learning Expectations (If Needed)
This week MSHSAA released their plans for returning to high school athletics and activities. The document is eight pages and can be found at this link. MSHSAA Guidelines. Helias administrators and coaches are working through all of the guidelines and how they will apply to our sports and activities. Helias specific detail will be shared the first week of August and at our all-sports meeting on Aug. 9.
We are also finalizing all our plans for returning to school in the next two weeks. So expect more information as we get all the the details worked out.
Electronic Device Guidelines
Helias COVID-19 planning teams recommended we prepare for the unique challenges we may face. One consideration which has repeatedly come up is the need for expanded student access to technology.
In the past we have only required devices for upperclassmen and students in college credit courses, a policy which will continue into this school year. However, because students may need to transition to at-home learning at some point, we recommend all students have access to a personal device (tablet or laptop) which will facilitate online classwork and web conferencing.
Having their own device at school will allow students to keep up with learning without additional exposure to viruses and germs which may occur while using a shared device at school. Also, if instruction should need to take place remotely, students who already have access to a familiar device will have to make fewer adjustments in order to participate fully in their courses.
Production and availability of devices has varied recently, but currently there are laptops and chromebooks available online at a variety of price points.
At a minimum we would suggest the device have at a minimum a 10-inch screen, a keyboard, a webcam, a microphone, and a battery life longer than 6 hours.
If you already have a device there is no need to buy anything new, and if you need financial assistance in order to purchase a device, please contact Sr. Jean Dietrich at email@example.com
If you are looking to purchase a device, please feel free to shop wherever you wish, we only provide the examples below so that you can compare features and prices.
Here are some links to options that are currently available online, listed here from lowest to highest in price. Please note there are also used and refurbished versions which are even cheaper.
Lenovo Chromebook – $238
HP Chromebook – $251
HP Touchscreen Chromebook – $369
ASUS VivoBook Laptop – $399
HP Laptop – $589
HP Probook Laptop – $839
|NFL Raffle Update|
As of May 21, Helias plans to continue with our NFL Fundraiser to help defray the cost of activities/athletics, the same as we have done in previous years.However, we will not make a final decision, nor will raffle cards be ready to be picked up until, at the latest, Aug. 1, 2020. By Aug. 1, we expect the NFL will have made their determination about the their season.
Please make plans and notify previous donors of the modified schedule. Thank You!
Q & A Re: Return to School
Q. Why are we going to an eight-period day in the fall? In order to maintain 6 feet of social distance in the fall, we will have to have smaller sizes and more sections of each class. We do not have enough teachers and classrooms to accommodate this in a seven-period day. Eight periods will allow us to accommodate all 750 of our students with smaller class sizes keeping students and faculty and staff safe and healthy.
Q. Will classes from JC be accepted as credit? Only if they are not offered within the normal Helias curriculum, for example, Driver’s Education will be accepted as a credit, but PE will not.
Q. Will my student be allowed to take study hall as their class in the fall? Juniors and Seniors will have a study hall built into their schedule.
Q. Will the school day be extended in the fall? Yes, but at this time we do not know the exact start and end times. The day will be extended by approximately 30 minutes. We added extra time for passing periods to allow students to pass while keeping a safe distance from each other.
Q. How long will each period last in an eight-period day? Approximately 47 minutes
Q. How much homework will my student have with eight classes? We are working to allow all students to have a class or two that allows them to maintain a manageable level of homework.
Q. Will Seniors be allowed to complete seven hours and then be finished with their day? Depending on a student’s academic status, we are considering some options for seniors. Please stay tuned for those options.
Options we are considering: Seniors and/or Juniors with a delayed start time to allow taking the temperature of every student entering the building every day.
Seniors and/or Juniors being offered an 8th period option to choose from if they are in good standing with grades.
What we are prepared to do: By August, because of the 8-period day we will be able to flex to a four period block schedule allowing less students in our building at one time or going to e-learning in a fashion that uses 4 classes at one time instead of 8.