DeLaSalle will hold Online School through Thursday, March 26 in response to the worldwide outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please find more information about the Online School program here.
As we have communicated, school will be held online until Thursday, March 26. Students have the same expectation to attend class as they would if they were physically on campus. Parents or guardians should report any student absence to the Main Office at (612) 676-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Even though the school building will be closed to non-essential personnel, we will remotely check voicemail messages.
- Students do not need to check in to their lunch period nor their Study Hall. We encourage students to set up a Google Meet during their lunch period with those whom they have lunch with so they can have some much needed social time.
- We have put together DeLaSalle Online School Tips for Student Success. We have shared this with students as well in a separate communication.
While the opportunity for students and faculty to collaborate in person is not possible, faculty will communicate their individual office hours and how students may schedule a one-on-one appointment via their Canvas course pages. As a reminder, you can find a full staff directory here.
What we are doing with “DeLaSalle Online School” is quite unique compared to many other schools. Our teachers, students, and entire school community have committed themselves to “synchronous learning,” through online classrooms/conferencing. The students and teacher in every class are meeting in a virtual classroom, seeing each other and interacting with each other just as they would on a typical school day. Teachers are lecturing, demonstrating, and sharing materials for a lesson, and students are in discussion, working on assignments with the teacher available in real time, and most importantly for many, supporting each other in their inquiry and their learning.
Most importantly, we have committed our delivery of instruction to ensure that seniors will be able to graduate and feel better prepared for college in the fall, and that younger students will transition into the next grade level without any gaps in their learning. From their homes and using their school-issued iPad and apps provided by the school, students are still learning, even if they’re not currently reporting to Nicollet Island. While we have been doing online learning for several years, this approach is significantly broader in its scope and expected outcomes. Our teachers have been magnificent in their commitment to students.
We provided two days of professional development to help our teachers with the launch of synchronous “online school,” to more fully implement technology as they conduct classes remotely. We will use the spring break week of March 27-April 3 to more robustly assess and adjust the programs and protocols.
As a reminder, students should check each course within Canvas to access the request to join a Google Meet. Here are additional resources that will help students connect to their classes.
Student and Parent Directory
We know that families may have a desire to communicate with one another during this time. As a reminder, DeLaSalle provides a student and parent directory through Canvas. To access the directory,
Using a web browser:
- Log into Canvas
- Click on “Account” > “Profile” > “Family Directory” on the left.
- Click blue button “Open in New Tab” You should now be able to view.
Using the Canvas Parent App:
- Open the App
- Navigate to the Islander Course
- Tap the Syllabus Icon in the top right corner.
- Click Family Directory
As much as we have prepared for a successful Online School experience, we recognize that there may be challenges along the way. It is important that students who experience problems with their iPad or connecting to their class Meet contact email@example.com or (612)-676-7678 for assistance. Students should also inform their teacher if they are unable to connect to the Meet.
Counselors and academic support staff in both the Guidance and Learning Specialist offices will continue to meet with students throughout Online School.
- Learning Specialist
Amy Copeland and Max Conrad will be available daily from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Joseph Rogers will be available during periods 3, 4, 6, and 8, as well as other times by appointment. The Learning Specialist office will communicate to the students whom it serves to schedule a Google Meet to check in.
During DeLaSalle Online School, counselors from the Guidance and College Planning office will continue to support students’ learning, social, emotional, and postsecondary planning needs, while working remotely from home. Please email a counselor to identify the best way to communicate with them. Staff will use email to make appointments and for regular communications, and also make Google Calendar appointments, which provide the opportunity to connect via Google Meet. Find which counselor your child works with here.
DeLaSalle distributed meals March 17 to more than 125 students who receive free or reduced meal benefits. If you or someone you know is in need of meal assistance, please contact Barry Lieske. We learned that free meals are being distributed by Minneapolis Public Schools to any student affected by school closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. You may find more information here.
The Minnesota State High School League has communicated that all spring sports, including practices and competitions, are prohibited. It is also important that students and families review and understand the requirements outlined in this new update, which you can find here.