St. Edward Catholic School
Fr. Craig Timmerman, Pastor * Jaci Garvey, Principal
210 W. 4th Street * Minneota, Minnesota 56264
Phone:(507) 872-6391 * Fax: (507) 872-5263
We made it through our first day of distance learning and are almost through the second. Phew! This is not normal for any of us and we are seeing our way through in the best way that we know how.
The teachers have shared with me that the Zoom sessions are sometimes "glitchy". This is due in large part to the fact that 54 million children are out of school and many of their parents are working from home. Our infrastructure is simply not geared to handle this sort of traffic. That being said, I will offer some little advice. 1) If possible ensure that your child's device has a full"ish" battery. There is nothing wrong with having the devices plugged in while they are in use. 2) If possible ensure that all other devices in the house that are not in use are turned off. Even a Wii that is not in use will pull some bandwidth if it is not all the way off. Phones that use your home's WiFi are the same.
Some families and students are having issues with passwords and specific web-sites. Please contact the teacher that assigned the web-sites for help in these areas.
The next topic I would would like to address is the daily schedule and the quantity of work. When we had our staff meetings last week, the word "rigor" was used a lot. Rigor, in education, looks at whether or not the academics are aligned with what the student needs to learn. The rigor should be high on a normal school day. The schedules for the students were created using the measure of what happens when the students are in the building. We then spent considerable time estimating how long the average student would take to complete the expected matter from each subject. The schedules were then finalized using this thought process. The idea was that the k-4 students should be able to finish their work within 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours. The older students will need a bit more time. This does not mean that we expect them to do all of this work in one sitting! At school they get up and move at least every 25 minutes. We have snack and recess in the morning, recess after lunch and PE in the afternoon.
Please let me know how this schedule is working for your family. While our goal is to keep the learning of our students moving forward, it should not be coupled with tears and frustration.
May God Bless,