The department of Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has announced that its Catholic schools throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties will continue with distance learning through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.
“After recent discussions with public health officials in the three counties we serve, public and private K-12 campuses will not be included in the initial stages of sector reopening. As a result, distance learning will continue through the end of the school year,” said Paul Escala, senior director and superintendent of Catholic schools for the archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Archdiocesan schools transitioned to distance learning on March 17, as schools throughout the state were urged to close in response to the threat of COVID-19. Teachers, staff and leaders of the 265 elementary and high schools in the archdiocese of Los Angeles responded rapidly to ensure that the 73,000 students they serve never stopped learning.
Daily schedule and structure of distance learning vary by Catholic school and grade level, but many include morning check-ins online to record student attendance, online religion class with time to share, speak, reflect and pray, video lessons from teachers, and virtual classrooms where students can see and hear each other, as well as chat and text capabilities. The archdiocese has deployed an additional 20,000 connected iPads through its C3 partnership with Sprint which the entire family can use. Since 2016, the C3 IGNITE program with Sprint has deployed over 24,000 connected iPad devices to more than 132 schools in the archdiocese. The devices are not only used as a classroom tool by students for their projects, research and homework, but can also be used in homes without internet access, as a mobile hotspot and/or a direct connected Sprint network device….
The above comes from a May 11 release from the L.A. archdiocese.