Reopening Resources & FAQs
St. Francis Xavier and St. Joseph Schools are both eager to welcome students this fall for learning and growth back together on campus! Questions regarding the reopening process may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidance, updates and reflections regarding our safe return are added to this page as new information becomes available. Please check here periodically for updates on questions you may have regarding our return to school and the important work we are doing to keep our students and teachers safe.
FAQs for SJS & SFX Parents
HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE HOUSED IN A COHORT/CLASS?
The Archdiocese has shared that each cohort should be the size of a typical homeroom, with 25 or fewer students. For SFX and SJ, cohorts in Preschool through 4th Grade will not exceed 23 (and Preschool classes are typically smaller, between 12-20). The Archdiocese has also indicated that an entire grade level could form a cohort in the case of Middle School, for example. This is particularly helpful with differentiated math groups that would cross cohorts during math class. We have not made final decisions regarding Middle School cohorts on the St. Francis campus.
WILL SOCIAL DISTANCING (E.G., 6 FEET OF DISTANCE BETWEEN STUDENTS AND TEACHERS) BE MAINTAINED WHILE STUDENTS ARE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS WITH COHORTS?
The Archdiocesan cohort model is set up intentionally so that students spend the entire school day with their cohort in their assigned classroom and without interaction with other cohorts. With this cohort model in place, the Archdiocesan guidelines do not require a full 6 feet of distance between students unless they are passing students/teachers outside of their cohort; however, we will maintain as much distance as possible between desks, tables, etc. during students’ time together in their classroom.
ARE SFX AND SJ CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS, OR HAVE WE REACHED ENROLLMENT CAPACITY?
Yes, we are still accepting new students at SFX and SJ as space allows in each grade level. We are managing enrollment thoughtfully and purposefully with respect to each cohort and the availability of space they allow.
WILL THERE BE A PLATFORM TO CONNECT LIVE TEACHING WITH STUDENTS AT HOME (IF ILL OR QUARANTINED) SUCH A SWIVL? IS THIS AN OPTION, OR MUST STUDENTS BE ON CAMPUS/IN PERSON TO EXPERIENCE “LIVE” TEACHING?
Currently the Archdiocese does not allow for live streaming from our classrooms using tools such as “Swivl.” While students must attend in person to take part in a “live” classroom experience, our faculty is committed to ensuring that all students’ learning needs are met while at home during a quarantine period or due to illness.
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT GRADES OTHER THAN PRESCHOOL AND JR KINDERGARTEN MIGHT MOVE FROM SFX TO THE ST. JOSEPH CAMPUS?
Yes, moves incremental to Preschool and Jr Kindergarten may still be a possibility if they advance the interests of safety in health. As we finalize plans and match each grade level to classroom spaces, should health/wellness needs warrant more space on the SFX campus, additional grade levels might shift to SJ temporarily. At this time, however, we plan for only SFX 2 Year Old Preschool, 3 Year Old Preschool, and Jr Kindergarten classrooms to move to the St. Joseph campus
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