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.

St. Clare School has returned to in-person, on-site learning 5-days a week for all Kindergarten-8th grade students, with a full-day schedule and COVID-19 protocols in place. We continue to provide a distance learning option for families who prefer to remain fully remote. You can learn more about our current offerings by reviewing our Return-to-School Plan.

Distance Learning Began on September 8

Given the state COVID-19 metrics guiding school reopenings last summer, St. Clare started this school year on September 8 under our former 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 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

St. Clare Onsite Reopening Plans Offer Families Safety and Flexibility

As the counties we serve met Oregon’s COVID-19 school reopening metrics, St. Clare started started to offer our former Limited-In Person Instruction Plan beginning for K-2 grades in October, 3rd grade in November, 4th grade in December, and 5th-8th grade in the beginning of 2021.

In preparation for our former Limited In-Person Instruction and our current full reopening, 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 worked together to complete our comprehensive Return to School Plan detailing the safety protocols we’ve taken 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’ve resumed onsite learning, St. Clare understands every family’s risk profile differs. To that end, our 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 remote learners right alongside our onsite learners. Review our 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 aimed 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. 

Return-to-School Learning Plan

Comprehensive Catholic Distance Learning Plan

Limited In-Person Instruction Plan

Summary of Plans One-Sheet

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Interested in learning more about 2021-2022 school openings available for your student? Please click on the link below and the school office will contact you.

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