While cold, wintery weather continues to be a threat, I can now give you an update on where we stand with calamity days.
As you know, we are permitted five such days and we have already used six. The governor has requested more days be allotted and there are a couple of bills working their way through the legislature. I would expect to receive another three or four calamity days.
Additionally, the Archdiocese has approved the use of ‘Blizzard Bags’ to help make up some of the lost instruction time due to calamity days. This is the same program that Milford Schools started utilizing these past couple of weeks.
We are permitted to use up to three ‘Blizzard Bags’ to make up any additional days beyond the five calamity days and whatever additional days the state grants.
When there is a school closure, you will be notified that the ‘Blizzard Bags’ are activated. You will then be instructed to go to the website to retrieve the grade level assignments. Seton Campus will be posted directly on the main webpage and the St. Andrew Campus students will receive their information via g-mail from their teachers.
By law, students will then have two weeks to complete the given assignments. Students who do not complete the work will receive a failing grade and will be marked as an unexcused absence for that day.
Should there be computer issues at home and access to the work not available; upon their return to school students will be given a hard copy of the ‘Blizzard Bag’. Again, they will have two weeks from the day they received it to complete the work.
While nothing is able to replace classroom instruction this will at least allow teachers and students to stay more current than if nothing were in place.
Thomas J. Devolve, Principal