ONLINE LEARNING INFORMATION
APRIL 9, 2020
Dear Allentown Central Catholic Families,
Today we received an update from the Diocese of Allentown Office of Education:
On Thursday, April 9, Governor Wolf and the State Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, announced that all schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition to this order, the limit on the number of flexible instruction days that may be used has been lifted.
Therefore, Allentown Central Catholic will continue with our education plan through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will deliver instruction via our Online Learning Plan throughout the final eight weeks of the current academic school year.
There will be many questions that will need to be answered moving forward. Many of these questions
will not be able to be answered today, but we will update our families as we work with the Diocese.
Our administrators and teachers are also meeting regularly to maintain the quality of education our students and families deserve.
As decisions are made and finalized regarding the traditional end-of-the-year activities, this information will be communicated to our families.
We are incredibly grateful for the support over the last several weeks as we navigate this situation together as a Viking family. We thank you for your patience in this most difficult time. We hope you and your families continue to be safe and healthy.
Have a Blessed and Happy Easter and continue to stay safe!
Mr. Randy Rice, Principal
Mrs. Diane Young, Vice Principal
MARCH 27, 2020
Dear Viking Families,
As Principal of Allentown Central Catholic High School, I want to thank all of you for being supportive these past two weeks as we began implementing online learning for our students. We acknowledge that this is a difficult time for all of us as we navigate social distancing, business and school closures, and the accompanying trials of COVID-19.
During this crisis, we must continue to come together as a family and support each other. Please use our online resources for Prayer Requests, Stations of the Cross, and Daily Mass with our Bishop to help your family draw on the strength of our faith in this uncertain time.
This correspondence provides you with more specifics regarding Allentown Central Catholic’s Online Learning Plan — officially beginning next week, Monday, March 30 —with the start of our 4th quarter.
As Governor Wolf announced on March 23rd, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed through April 6th. As a result, ACCHS students will begin required online curriculum starting Monday, March 30th. Learning will continue through a variety of structured electronic lessons that are teacher-lead, and students will be assessed based on their progress. We have shared our Online Learning Plan for both parents and students with this letter. It includes the guidelines and suggested schedules that we will be implementing.
For the past two weeks, the administration, staff, and faculty at Allentown Central Catholic have been preparing and testing our Online Learning Plan, and assessing the required technology. This plan will help us evolve from our current transitional online learning format to our formal Online Learning Plan, which will continue until we can return to classroom teaching. This plan will include required lessons, classwork, and homework assignments that are similar to the traditional classroom format.
To receive credit and grades for each course, students are required to login to Sapphire daily and complete coursework and assessments by the dates provided by each teacher. Weekly attendance will be taken based on the completion of these required activities.
Our Online Learning Plan requires parent support from home as well, and we thank you in advance for your help and patience. We know that many of you may also be working from home, or that your circumstances may be changing in a variety of ways. We recognize that this will not be easy for everyone. There will be challenges, and we all must be willing to be flexible and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. However, we all want this to work to continue to keep everyone healthy and to deliver the best possible education to our students. We greatly appreciate the effort students and families have made over the past two weeks to adjust to our online learning environment.
Please read through and familiarize yourself with the ACCHS Online Learning Plan.
Also, please refer to the following information from our School Counseling Office about how you can provide the needed structure for your student while following our Online Learning Plan.
We will continue to send updates as we move forward with this new learning format. Please monitor your email for the most up-to-date information as well as visit our website for communications and additional resources about Online Learning.
Two of the hallmarks of ACCHS are our strong Viking community and our Catholic faith. Now more than ever, we need to join together and call on these strengths for the benefit of our students and families. While our school and church buildings may be closed, the Spirit of our faith still connects us through our school family and remains alive in our Online Learning Plan.
May our faith continue to lead us through this difficult time – as a Viking Nation, we will continue to be Always Faithful!
Sincerely, Randy Rice. ACCHS Principal
MARCH 24, 2020
Dear ACCHS Families,
Now that we have entered our second week of virtual learning, I am encouraged by the efforts of our staff and administrators to provide a seamless learning atmosphere that our families have come to expect from Allentown Central Catholic.
Our teachers are preparing and presenting lessons for our students. In return, our students have been diligent in accessing and completing assignments. While it is obviously not the ideal situation, ACCHS takes pride in knowing that we have successfully implemented an online learning platform that maintains our quality of academic excellence.
As per the new directive ordered by Governor Wolf, ACCHS will now remain closed through April 6, 2020. We will continue to monitor government recommendations and follow Diocesan guidelines.
Rest assured, ACCHS is ready to proceed with virtual lessons in order to continue providing an outstanding Catholic education. Please continue to check our website for news and information about our Online Learning. Encourage your student to login to Sapphire daily to remain in touch with their teachers and classmates.
Most importantly, we keep our families, staff and Viking community in our prayers to remain safe and healthy!
God bless, Randy Rice, Principal
MARCH 16, 2020
Dear Allentown Central Catholic High School Parents,
From our Mission Statement: "Our tradition of rigorous academic and extensive co-curricular program encourages students to develop their spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and creative potential."
Without a doubt, the current COVID-19 pandemic has taken precedence in many aspects of our daily lives. The recent mandated shutdown by Governor Wolf, though necessary, has made it challenging for our school to achieve its goals. In the coming weeks, we will try our best to conduct “business as usual”
to limit the disruption to your child(ren)’s education. Our administrative team and faculty have been preparing for some time now for the potential of online instruction days.
In 2017, ACCHS began a 1:1 device program with iPads to provide equity of access to devices for our students.
In August 2019, ACCHS developed a plan for Flexible (Online) Instruction Days that was approved by the Diocese of Allentown. Central’s teachers received training and resources for online instruction.
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, teachers will have lessons and assignments posted online to their Sapphire class pages. The learning opportunities designed by our teachers will both reinforce and extend the learning of our students. This will apply for all major, one-credit courses as well as any Virtual High School (VHS) classes.
Students should login and check their Sapphire Community Web Portal each day, and email
their teachers using their ACCHS email address with any questions that they may have.
If you experience technical problems, please email your teacher first. This will make them aware
of the situation and if there is anything they can do to resolve the issue (e.g.: update Google sharing permissions). If the issue cannot be resolved, students should email email@example.com.
Because of Governor Wolf’s mandate, attendance will not need to be taken, and, as per Diocesan
policy, work will not be graded. However, teachers will not be expected to reteach concepts already covered and students are encouraged to keep up with their work. Once our typical school schedule resumes, students can take advantage of their teachers’ office hours and the many other tutoring opportunities that are available.
For students who take a course through Virtual High School (VHS), you should have received an email informing you that online coursework will continue as scheduled over the next two weeks. If you can’t access your course at home, VHS teachers will be granting you a 2-week late period without penalty. You may see a grade of zero for any work not submitted on time, but you can submit your work for a full grade up to 2 weeks later. Keep in mind the course will continue on schedule; do the work on time if you can.
We will continue to update our website and send notifications as information becomes available. If you have any general questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
Stay healthy and safe!
Mr. Randy Rice Mrs. Diane Young Mrs. Karen Rolston
Principal Assistant Principal Director of Studies