School Calendar Updates Through October 29, 2020
This past Friday’s update of the “Covid-19 School Guidance Dashboard” from the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD), showed a 7-day average positivity rate of 4.9%. This number had been hovering just above 5% for a few weeks. The MCPHD has said that it will give high schools clearance to be fully in-person after the positivity rate has stayed below 5% for two consecutive weeks. It is continuing to head in the right direction. We will continue to keep a close eye on it and consult with our Medical Task Force as we identify the right time to return to 100% in-person classes. This may take place soon after we are allowed to do so (with at least a week advance notice to the community), or we may choose to wait a bit longer.
There are many factors to consider in this decision. Our community survey results from a couple of weeks ago indicate that we are divided about half and half into those who would like to see a return to 100% in-person, and those who would prefer that we continue with hybrid. The hybrid schedule has certainly shown its benefits with the ability to distance in the building, and with minimal need for students to quarantine as a result of contacts that occur in classrooms and hallways. While the hybrid academic setup appears to be working as well as a hybrid setup can, we all know there are downsides to the effectiveness of learning from home. There are also transition time issues to consider in making the switch, along with preparation and communication of different schedules and procedures that would be in place when we return to 100% in-person. We will give careful consideration and planning to all of these issues, and will communicate thoroughly with you in advance when that decision is made.
For now, we are going to publish the next two 8-day academic cycles with Maroon/Gold hybrid designations, which takes us through October 29. As we’ve done before, this is for your planning purposes, but does NOT ensure that we will necessarily remain in a hybrid schedule through this period.
Click here see the next two 8-day academic cycle schedules.
Wednesday, September 23
DELAYED OPENING SCHEDULE
This is our first delayed opening schedule of the school year, which are done periodically for faculty/staff professional development. It is a Gold Cohort Day 3 and classes begin at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, September 28
YOM KIPPUR – NO CLASSES
There will be no classes on September 28. Brebeuf Jesuit has long taken this day as a school holiday in respect for those Jewish members of our community and the significance of this observance.
September 29 – October 2
Tuesday, September 29 – Maroon Day 6
Wednesday, September 30 – Gold Day 7
Thursday, October 1 – Maroon Day 8
Friday, October 2 – Gold Day 1
Please note we have adjusted the Maroon and Gold Cohort schedule for this date range. We will have two maroon days and two gold days during this week, so that all students can participate in spirit week activities in-person for two days each. This means that we are NOT doubling with back-to-back Maroon days on October 1-2, as we have been doing with the change from one 8-day academic cycle to the next. Please consult the latest hybrid academic calendar for the designation of days through October 29.
SCHOOL MASSES FOR THE FEAST DAY OF ST. JEAN DE BREBEUF
These are scheduled earlier than usual to try to take advantage of better weather as we again hold them outside on the football field.
FRESHMEN – SCHEDULE FOR THIS DAY WILL BE COMMUNICATED SOON
SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS – PSAT
SENIORS – SCHOOL DAY SAT FOR REGISTERED SENIORS
These activities are for BOTH Maroon and Gold cohorts.
The PSAT/NMSQT will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at Brebeuf Jesuit, and will be administered to all 10th and 11th grade students. Students are automatically registered, and there is no fee required. Students must be in their testing rooms no later than 7:45 a.m. and should bring several #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils) and a calculator. Cell phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted in the testing rooms, nor will any food or drink. Testing will be completed at approximately 12:00 p.m. (1:30 p.m. if approved for extended time). The exam room assignments will be shared out via email and posted throughout the school building in early October.
SCHOOL DAY SAT FOR REGISTERED SENIORS
Seniors who opted to take the school day administration of the SAT should report to Brebeuf between 7:45-8:00 a.m. Students will test in the gyms. More information, including assigned testing rooms, will come from Ms. Shank in the coming weeks. Seniors do NOT need to be registered for this exam through the College Board.
Wednesday, October 21
VIRTUAL ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING DAY FOR STUDENTS
There will be NO in-person classes this day, but students will receive assignments on Google Classroom as an academic day. Advance sign-ups will take place for Parent-Teacher Conferences that will take place online using Google Meet. More information will be sent to you soon on making appointments.
FALL BREAK – NO CLASSES
Tuesday, November 3
VIRTUAL ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING DAY FOR STUDENTS
There will be NO in-person classes this day, but students will receive assignments on Google Classroom as an academic day.
This is a NEW calendar change, and there are two reasons for this decision. First, we are trying to ensure that during this challenging time, we are able to provide our faculty & staff with occasional and regularly spaced apart days off for their rest and wellness. November 3 falls in between Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break, breaking up that stretch of school days. Second, we recognize the pandemic-related challenges that are anticipated in carrying out our citizenship duty of voting this year, and we would like to help ensure that all of our faculty, staff, and students who are eligible to vote, or to volunteer at the polls, are able to do so.
Friday, December 18
LAST DAY OF CLASSES
We will NOT hold separate final exam schedules on the last days of this semester. Classes will not have the same type of cumulative final exams that we have typically held in the past. Instead, any final assessments for the semester will be held during the regular class periods.