Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year. In the last 6 months we have seen a shift in education in the United States. Our teachers have developed innovative methods to engage learners, families have shared in the academic process in a more intimate way, and administrators have expanded their abilities to manage live and virtual environments. In extraordinary times like these, reevaluation of practices is mandatory.
The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH). The use of best practices in education and guidance from the Department of Education (DOE), Department of Children and Families (DCF), the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), and the Florida Catholic Conference (FCC) were used to create this plan. Regular updates will be made to this plan based on information provided by all the organizations mentioned above and applicable federal, state, and local agencies.
Tampa Catholic exists to glorify God by cultivating academic excellence, growing personally and spiritually, and serving the community. Traditionally, this mission has been established in a community setting with face to face instruction. With proper protocols for sanitation and social distancing, we plan to continue this tradition in full by opening on August 24th for faculty, staff, and students.
Some families may choose to begin the year online with our flexible learning option (TC FLEX). In order to begin the year utilizing TC FLEX, families must indicate this choice on their Intent to Return surveys by August 10th. All students choosing to be a part of the TC FLEX program will be expected to attend their classes synchronously via Zoom. They will follow the bell schedule for the day with attendance taken during each class period. Teachers will provide instruction, notes, and assignments in real-time through the Canvas platform. Students in TC FLEX will be expected to complete and electronically submit homework and classwork by the specified deadlines. They will participate in all learning activities remotely. Assessments will be proctored utilizing Lockdown Browser, an app which prevents students from navigating away from the assessment while it is in progress. Some summatives and exams may need to be proctored on campus for enhanced security.
Tampa Catholic prides itself in being a top choice in Catholic education for over 57 years. While this school year will be different in some regards, we will continue to cultivate academic excellence in all we do.