In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Chaminade High School initiated its contingency plan on Friday, March 13, 2020, at 8:05 A.M. — a comprehensive distance-learning program. Students logged in to our Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, where they found an enhanced version of what they see most mornings: upcoming assignments and notes for each of their classes.
Although they are in their own homes, every day they hear familiar voices, as they watch virtual lectures that their teachers prepare for them. Following the regular cycle of days, classes meet asynchronously, as students are addressed by their teachers, complete classwork assignments for each class, and are assigned a homework assignment to be completed by the next class meeting.
This program is not something we put in place solely due to COVID-19; in fact, we have been incorporating distance-learning on a smaller scale for the last six years. Every student and faculty member receives an iPad to work on when they start at Chaminade High School, and teachers distribute class material and collect assignments through Canvas daily. While a distance-learning program cannot replace the experience of in-person learning, our faculty has established a program that ensures both quality and personalized instruction.