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 upcoming assignments and notes for each of their classes.
Although they are in their own homes, every day they hear familiar voices and see familiar faces, as they watch both pre-recorded and live Zoom lectures that their teachers have prepared. Each student studies one subject per day and partakes in one live Zoom conference. They are expected to complete and submit their classwork each day through CANVAS for grading. Our faculty members are also hosting regular Zoom extra help sessions. Similarly, clubs and activities have begun meeting virtually and will continue to do so throughout the third trimester.
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.