COVID-19 Learning Plans for 2020-2021

St. Clare School remains driven and committed to providing the same high quality academic offering during the pandemic within a personalized, small school community environment it is known for within Southwest Portland.

We’re fortunate to welcome back all teaching staff and a new principal, Chris Harris, who has served as a school administrator within the Archdiocese for 6 years. You can view a special video message to our students from our amazing faculty and staff HERE.

Distance Learning Began on September 8

Given the state COVID-19 metrics guiding school reopenings this summer, St. Clare started this school year on September 8 under our Comprehensive Catholic Distance Learning Plan. Learning from online instructional best practices and successes, and from parent and staff feedback from our spring distance learning offered, St. Clare is committed to the following in our approach:

  • Daily online class interaction for all students
  • A hybrid of on-screen and off-screen core academic learning assignments
  • Live and recorded video instruction to assist in family scheduling flexibility
  • Online specials instruction each week including PE, art, music and library
  • 1:1 and small group online access to teachers, learning specialists and teacher’s aides
  • Online social and spiritual enrichment activities including virtual prayer experiences, student family groups and more

You can learn more details of how St. Clare will tackle providing high-quality distance learning by reviewing our Comprehensive Catholic Distance Learning Plan

St. Clare Onsite Reopening Plans Offer Families Safety and Flexibility

As the counties we serve meet Oregon’s COVID-19 school reopening metrics, St. Clare will resume 5-day a week onsite learning, likely with K – 3rd grades returning first given these reopening metrics will likely be met sooner than metrics tied to older grades.

We have started to offer our Limited-In Person Instruction Plan for K-2 grades in October, 3rd grade on November 9, and 4th grade the first week of December. We are currently reviewing plans and scenarios for what it would look like to bring 5th-8th grade back for Limited In-Person Instruction in the future.

In preparation for Limited In-Person Instruction and a full reopening when state metrics are met, St. Clare has invested and planned to ensure students return to school as safely as possible. Some of the investments we’ve made include:

  • New Swivl video collaboration technology and increased internet bandwidth
  • Upgraded cleaning protocols, that may include touchless bathroom faucets
  • New digital curriculum
  • New devices to ensure every student has access to a device for distance learning
  • HVAC improvements
  • PPE purchases

In addition to these investments, our staff and parent community have worked together to complete our comprehensive Return to School Plan detailing the safety protocols we’ll undertake in our daily onsite learning.

Built-in flexibility to meet your family’s risk level or need as community COVID-19 levels dictate

While we intend to resume onsite learning as soon as possible, St. Clare understands every family’s risk profile differs. To that end, our Limited In-Person Instruction Plan and Return to School Plan offers families the option to continue to learn from home even as the school is open for onsite learning. Our investments in video collaboration technology and internet bandwidth will ensure we can continue to support distance learners right alongside our onsite learners. Review our Limited In-Person Instruction Plan and Return to School Plan to learn of the approaches we are implementing to ensure no student – whether at school or at home – is left behind. 

Certainty in a time of uncertainty

As a community, we all wrestle with the uncertainty that COVID-19 is inserting into our daily lives. Through our Comprehensive Catholic Distance Learning Plan, Limited In-Person Instruction Plan, and Return to School Plan, St. Clare aims to reduce the stress and anxiety you may be feeling. We’re confident the combination of our distance learning and onsite learning approaches during the 2020-2021 will continue to provide St. Clare students with the high-quality academic, social and spiritual education they have come to count on in our community. 

Comprehensive Catholic Distance Learning Plan

Return-to-School Learning Plan

Summary of Plans One-Sheet

Limited In-Person Instruction Plan

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Interested in learning more about 2020-2021 school openings available for your student? Please click on the link below and the school office will contact you.

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