Education 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. On Monday, March 15, students returned to full-day, in-person learning.

Saint Ignatius High School

On Campus Schedule

As a result of a consultative process with members of our faculty/staff and students, and after further discernment and reflection, we will return to campus by implementing a schedule that is similar to our current Off Campus schedule (that we used for three weeks in the fall semester) with an A/B rotation.
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.
 
Our focus for March 15 through May 24 is three-fold:
  1. Care for the health and the social and emotional wellness of our students, faculty and staff 
  2. Foster a sense of community and belonging
  3. Prioritize meaningful and authentic teaching for learning
 
As a result of a consultative process with members of our faculty/staff and students, and after further discernment and reflection, we will return to campus by implementing a schedule that is similar to our current Off Campus schedule (that we used for three weeks in the fall semester) with an A/B rotation.  It includes the following:
  • Monday-Friday, a daily start time of 8:30 a.m. with the day ending at 2:55 p.m.
  • Four 70-minute instructional periods per day
  • Each student will have a 35-minute lunch period
  • A-Days are periods 1-4 and B-Days are periods 6-9  
  • Our existing school calendar will remain intact and the A/B rotation will be identified for planning purposes. 
  • Students should anticipate 2 hours of homework per night (est. 30-40 minutes per course)

Lunch

We are committed to providing students and teachers with a cognitive break and time for lunch during the school day.  We are also aware that lunch poses a significant logistical and health challenge. Students will have a dedicated time and location to eat lunch during the day. The 70-minute lunch period has been divided between grades with “First Lunch” for freshmen and sophomores from 11:00 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. and “Second Lunch” for juniors and seniors from 11:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.  Students that are not eating during that dedicated time will be able to access other open spaces on campus for studying, socializing, potentially meeting with a teacher, participating in a club or sports meeting, etc.