Our Mission Is Essential

COVID-19 has presented a tremendous challenge for Saint Ignatius High School to balance our mission of providing an academically rigorous, Catholic, Jesuit education along with the health and safety recommendations of leading healthcare experts. A team of administrators and faculty worked diligently so that our students and teachers could return to the classroom.

Saint Ignatius High School

On Campus Schedule

The 2020-2021 school year will follow a new On Campus schedule allowing students to be on campus five days a week, Monday – Friday. Students will attend classes everyday and be scheduled for either a morning session or afternoon session. This schedule allows for safe, physical distancing.
Based on our survey results and conversations with parents, and informed by the recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the school is committed to having all students on campus five days a week.

By being on campus five days a week, Saint Ignatius students will experience a schedule similar to that of a college student where they will encounter their teachers two or three times each week for live classes and continue to learn in an asynchronous environment in between. Students will be expected to learn in class but also during times when they are not in person with their teacher. Students are welcome to be on campus for the full day if they choose.
 
Details and benefits of the On Campus schedule include:
  • A consistent 8 a.m. start time and a 3:15 p.m. end time.
  • Live 45-minute instruction periods delivered by our teachers two to three times per week.
  • A published and predictable calendar of our A/B rotation for the entire semester. 
  • Students – and teachers – will have a lunch period and free periods.
  • Established times for extracurricular activities and faith formation. 
  • Students are allowed to be on campus the entire day. 
 
Our entire campus will be leveraged for academic purposes. Areas will be designated by grade and by purpose. Our teachers and other resources will be made available to provide a structure and a framework for learning when students are not in live session.

The on campus schedule rotates between Days (A) and Days (B). Students will be divided into two groups:
  • Gonzaga Group
  • Xavier Group
Students are grouped by the first letter of their last name. Students with a last name beginning with A-L are in the Gonzaga Group. Students with a last name beginning with M-Z are in the Xavier Group. Our priority here is to keep brothers/families together. Due to the complexity of scheduling, we will not be able to switch groups.

On Day (A), the Gonzaga Group will begin classes at 8 a.m.
  • This group will have 50 minute periods from periods 1-4.
  • Fifth period is designated for lunch and the transition from the Gonzaga Group on campus to the Xavier Group on campus.
  • Students in the Gonzaga Group are free to leave after their fourth period class or remain on campus for asynchronous learning in any of the designated areas on campus.
  • The Xavier Group will begin classes at 11:55 a.m. on Day (A).
  • The Xavier Group will have 50 minute periods from periods 1-4. Prior to the start of their in-class day, students can stay home or use campus for asynchronous learning in any of the designated areas on campus.

On Day (B), the Xavier Group will begin classes at 8 a.m.
  • The Xavier Group will have 50 minute periods from periods 6-9. Once this group has completed classes, they are free to leave campus or remain on campus for asynchronous learning in any of the designated areas on campus.
  • The Gonzaga Group will begin classes at 11:55 a.m. on Day (B).
  • The Gonzaga Group will have 50 minute periods from periods 6-9. Prior to the start of their class day, students can stay home or use campus for asynchronous learning in any of the designated areas on campus.
If Friday is an A-Day, then Monday will be a B-Day and so on and so forth. Some weeks will have three A-Days and two B-Days while other weeks will have three B-Days and two A-Days.

Aware, however, of the context in which we live, our school will adjust our schedule to protect all members of our community:
  • If the levels in Cuyahoga County increase to purple, we will move to our Off Campus Schedule.
  • If the levels in Cuyahoga County are in the red or orange levels, we will be in the On Campus Schedule.
  • If the levels in Cuyahoga County lower to yellow, we will consult the University Hospitals COVID-19 Response Team and consider bringing everyone on campus.