COVID-19 and Digital Learning Updates
Catholic High School and the Diocese of Richmond are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. This webpage will be used to post the most current information regarding our school and student learning.
- What is a Digital Learning Day (DLD)?
- How should absences be reported during DLDs?
- What is the DLD schedule?
- Who should I contact?
- What are the new En Christe requirements?
- Where can I find other important updates?
- What about the AP exams for this year?
School closings can disrupt the instructional programs of Catholic High School. To help students remain on pace with their studies during extended absences, administration and teachers of CHS will implement Digital Learning Days (DLD) in the event of a school closure. Read the full policy here.
|K||7:30 am - 8:10 am|
|A||8:20 am - 9:00 am|
|B||9:10 am - 9:50 am|
|C||10:00 am - 10:40 am|
|DE/D Lunch||10:50 am - 11:30 am|
|EF/FG/F Lunch||11:40 am - 12:20 pm|
|HG/H Lunch||12:30 pm - 1:10 pm|
|I||1:20 pm - 2:00 pm|
|J||2:10 pm - 2:50 pm|
40 min classes
10 min breaks in between
1 hour lunch (w/ breaks considered)
Note for Parents
Please encourage your students to get up and move during breaks and lunch. These movement breaks are proven to improve healthy brain function for learning!
We understand that at this time there are many questions as we navigate this new experience together, and we are here for you! Please contact any of our staff below with questions you may have.
School closure and message: Peggy Boon, Principal, email@example.com
Digital Learning Days or Academic Questions: Richard Covington, Assistant Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance: Vann Sutton, Assistant Principal, email@example.com
New Student Applications: Mary Beth Dober, Admissions Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Students: Eileen Monacchio, Admissions Coordinator, email@example.com
Student Assistance Program Coordinator: Natalie Beutel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transcript Requests: Mrs. LJ Schrader, email@example.com
Fundraising and Major Gifts: Lisa Hamlet, Director of Advancement, firstname.lastname@example.org
Website, Tech and Chromebook support: Nancy Mulholland, Director of Technology, email@example.com
En Christe Hours: Cate Harmeyer, Campus Minister, firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletics: Lyndsey Boyce, Athletic Director, email@example.com
Tuition and Financial Aid: Rosa McElroy, Business Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our CRU is committed to creating, strengthening, and supporting relationships in our communities and families during this challenging time. We are each called to reach out in service in new and creative ways. After collaboration between Theology teachers and Campus Minister, there will be adjustments to the En Christe requirements for this year. Please see the attached document for these adjustments. Our hope is that we can turn our current obstacles into opportunities to spread faith, hope, and charity. Please do not hesitate to contact our Campus Minister, Mrs. Cate Harmeyer (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
The goal of the En Christe Service Program is to answer Christ’s call in Matthew 25 of the Corporal Works of Mercy. Through En Christe, our students engage in reflective, direct service to those most in need. With these goals in mind, we have adjusted the requirements of the program to reflect state-wide directives regarding social distancing. These adjustments apply to En Christe hours for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, and final due date is May 15, 2020.
Firstly, we have cancelled En Christe reflection projects for this year. Students who have already completed and verified 20 hours (10 hours for Freshmen) through Mobile Serve have completed their En Christe requirement for the year. Students who have not completed the required hours should engage in appropriate alternative acts of service, as outlined below. They must log those hours through Mobile Serve, with the required notes and photos communicated by their Theology teachers. These hours must be email verified by an adult in the home.
Suggested Alternative Service Hours:
Yard Work for Neighbors
Making and sending cards of support for Medical Professionals (1 hour awarded per card).
Making and sending cards for quarantined residents of Assisted Living Facilities (1 hour awarded per card).
Helping family/friends with homeschool work digitally (through Google Hangouts, FaceTime, etc.)
Serving in your home:
Helping siblings with Homeschool Activities
Entertaining siblings with creative activities so parents can work from home
Cooking, serving, and cleaning up after meals (1 hour per meal).
Other activities approved by your Theology teacher.
Address for Cards:
|Assisted Nursing Facilities||Medical Facilities|
*You may also bring your letters in a
|Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
736 Battlefield Blvd. North
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
*You may also drop off cards in the box
The Jewish Home of Eastern PA
Wellspring Lutheran Services
CHS AP Exam Administration - Policies and Procedures
1. How will the exams be administered?
Students will take abbreviated 45-minute free-response AP exams from home through an online testing system. Students can take the exam using any device (tablet, computer, or cell phone). It is suggested that CHS students use their Chromebook or an at-home laptop to complete the exam, as opposed to typing on a smaller device like their phone. Students may also write out answers by hand and submit their response by taking a photo on their cell phones. See more about what each subject-specific exam will look like here. The only exception to the above may be AP Spanish and AP German exams which will require a specific app download on a smartphone or tablet for recording a response. More will come from the CB on this in those specific classes.
2. What days/times will the exams be administered?
The standard administration of AP exams will take place from May 11 - May 22. Each AP exam will be administered in the same 2-hour window worldwide. Please see the schedule linked here to find out dates and times for specific exams. Students should log in to the online testing system 30 minutes prior to each exam window to get set up. Students, please look for communication from the College Board in late April regarding information on access to the online testing system.
3. What rules are in place regarding open book/open note and security?
Because the exams will be administered at home, the AP exams will be considered open-book and open-note. Students will have the ability to use class notes, assignments, and resources that have been provided in class throughout the year. However, students MAY NOT incorporate any work that is not their own into their responses and are NOT PERMITTED to receive or seek aid from anyone in-person, online, or mobile during the exam administration. There should be NO COLLABORATION OR COMMUNICATION during the exam. Harsh penalties will be in place for any student who breaks this “no communication” policy. Please see more about open-book/open-note testing and Exam Security here.
4. What will happen for students with accommodations?
Students with accommodations will still receive the accommodations that would normally be granted to them. Most of this will be done automatically through the online testing system. To learn more about responses to specific accommodations, click the link here.
5. Can a student opt not to take the AP exam?
Yes. For this year only, the CHS requirement that AP students must take the AP exam has been lifted. However, should a student choose not to take the exam, his/her parents must let Mr. Covington know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 8 of the intent not to take the exam(s). Students that do not take an exam will be granted a full refund of the AP exam fee in late June/early July. This refund will only apply if Mr. Covington is officially notified by May 8. Students are strongly encouraged to talk to their AP teacher before making this decision.
6. How will students log in and take the exam at the proper date and time?
More information is forthcoming from the College Board on this topic. In late April, the College Board will be releasing a Testing Guide that will outline all procedures for exam access. It seems like there will be an E-Ticket that will come via email from the CB. Students, please be checking your emails for updates soon.
7. Does a student have to attend CHS digital classes on the day of an AP exam?
No. If a student has an AP exam in any of the time slots on a certain day, that student has the option to attend or not attend CHS digital classes that day. However, if the student chooses not to attend, it is still that student’s responsibility to get any missed information from that day and make up any missed assignments. Students will be given an adequate amount of time to complete this work by their classroom teachers. Please note that if a student has opted not to take the AP exam on a certain day, that student is not granted this choice and is still required to attend all classes on that day.
8. What happens if I have technical difficulties before/during the exam?
Should a student have technical difficulties that prohibit him/her from taking or finishing the exam, he/she will have the opportunity to report the incident to the College Board after the exam. Please also report the incident to Mr. Covington so he can confirm. The College Board will review the incident and potentially give the student another opportunity to test again during the late window. If there are tech issues prior to the exam administration on the day of an exam, please let Mr. Covington know ASAP.
9. What about AP Art and Computer Science exams with portfolio submissions?
These deadlines for submission have been pushed back to May 26 at 11:59PM. Students should speak with their teacher(s) about progress and a plan for submission.
10. What if a student doesn't have connectivity or a device?
As CHS students have school-issued Chromebooks and have been participating in regular digital learning, we do not believe this will be a problem. However, if a student has issues with access to connectivity or a device, please let the College Board know before this Friday, April 24 via the link here. Additionally, please share this information with Mr. Covington so that we can work out a solution for digital learning moving forward.
11. Do students have to attend DLD AP class periods after the AP exam.
Yes. As has always been the case, instruction will continue after the AP exam in AP class periods. With the loss of time this year due to COVID-19, many AP classes will need this extra time to finish the full breadth of the curriculum.
12. What should students do now? How will families get further information?
Students should continue working hard and preparing for their exams. More information will be coming from the College Board in the coming days/weeks. Please make sure that you are receiving the update emails from the College Board. This is a good time for students to check that they have a reliable and often-checked email linked to their College Board account. To check or change this email, go to myap.collegeboard.org and look in Profile > Account Settings.
Please see the AP Website (linked here) for more information regarding the changes to AP exam administration.
For additional information regarding CHS policies surrounding the administration, please contact Mr. Covington at email@example.com.