A Message from the CCC Administration
Pressing the “Reset Button”
Thank you for your support during this challenging time. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, we chose the inspirational tagline, “With Courage and Hope We Will Make It Together.” How true that has proven to be.
As we navigated our way through the obstacles that COVID-19 presented for educational institutions, our goal at Clearwater Central Catholic High School was to continue providing students with a superior academic experience, guided by our mission and vision. In response to the global pandemic, a Response Task Force was formed consisting of school and community leaders, teachers and staff. The Task Force referenced and continuously reviewed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Florida Department of Education, and the Diocese of St. Petersburg regulations and recommendations to optimize the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
Pressing the Reset Button is our first communication concerning our return to a more normal experience on campus. By reset, we are not sweeping everything away but instead continuing to adjust in those areas where we accommodated to the demands of COVID-19 and now realize that these accommodations are no longer needed. On the other hand, we discovered that some new ways of operating have been highly effective in optimizing student learning, and therefore, there is no need to reverse course at this time.
For the remaining few weeks of school, all rules, regulations, protocols, policies, and procedures as outlined in the Re-opening of School Plan, distributed back in August, remain in full effect (barring effect (barring any additional recommendations from the CDC, the Diocese of St. Petersburg, or the Pinellas County Health Department).
Below are initial changes for the 2021-2022 school year:
· Face Coverings will not be required. Following CDC and DOSP guidance on wearing face-coverings, students, faculty and staff will not be required to wear a mask or gaiter. Masks are optional.
· Desk Shields will no longer be required or permitted for students.
· Blended Learning Educational Model:
· At-home Learning using Synchronous Learning (real-time) will not be available next year.
· Our school will provide temporary permission to work from home using Asynchronous Learning on a limited basis in emergencies such as extended student illness or injury. Students will use CANVAS to follow up with instructional activities in all courses during the absences. We will communicate more detailed information with criteria and request process.
· We will continue our Block Schedule (Red and Yellow Days) with potential adjustments to make early dismissals on yellow days more consistent. We will communicate the adjustment once the calendar events for next year are confirmed.
The advantages of block schedule:
· The block schedule provides an opportunity to complete the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model, shifting the cognitive load from the teacher to the student in a single class period (I do; We do it together; You do it alone).
· It provides more time to complete learning activities during class time, including time for collaboration and project-based learning, lab experiments, and interdisciplinary connections.
· It gives more time for differentiation of instruction with different levels of support or means of action.
· It provides fewer transitions and disruptions in the daily schedule maximizing learning times.
· It also allows for an extended homeroom (8th period) on yellow days. During this time, CCC offers students time for study hall, tutoring, participation in meetings related to student activities, assemblies, Mass, and other spiritual events.
· On early dismissal days, the block schedule provides an opportunity to implement the Marauder Academic Recovery Sessions (MARS), offering time for students to improve by connecting with their teachers or working individually in an environment conducive to learning.
Please continue to look for future Pressing the Reset Button communications. Thank you again for your support. With Courage and hope, we will continue to make it together. Truly, God is so very good all the time!
In God’s provident care,
Dr. John A. Venturella, President
Mr. James Deputy, Principal
Mr. Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal