eShift 2020: LBASS Education Systematically Ensured
School Year 2020 – 2021
Background and Rationale
The LBASS educational philosophy states that “LBASS believes in the responsibility of the educational system to play its role as an active agent in the formation of the youth, the transmission of human values, and the transformation of society.” It is this responsibility that LBASS takes to heart as it opens School Year 2020 – 2021 amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic, political, social, cultural, spiritual, and health and well-being concerns that the disease has engendered.
Believing that it is in the best interest of every child to be educated and that every child has the right to quality, relevant, and meaningful education, LBASS shall systematically ensure that learning continues for its students, taking into consideration the following:
(1) the context of the community within which the school and its students resides;
(2) the mandatory regulations imposed on schools by the relevant government authorities, especially on matters concerning safety, health, and well-being;
(3) the unique and evolving capacities of its students;
(4) the prevailing conditions in the home and the readiness of parents to support a home-supervised and technology-enhanced learning set-up;
(5) the capacities of the school’s employees to deliver instruction and provide essential services; and,
(6) the preparedness of the school’s infrastructure to support learning under the new normal.
The core value to be highlighted in SY 2020 – 2021 is SPIRITUALITY, and the SY’s theme is “Making a Better and More Resilient World Possible through Prayer, Reflection, and Action.”
SY 2020 – 2021 will open on 24 August 2020 and will end on 30 April 2021. Preliminary activities such as parents’ orientation sessions and training on the learning modalities, students’ orientation sessions on the use of the digital platforms and student conduct under the Distance Learning approach, and others will be conducted in August 2020.
Celebrations and commemorations will still be observed although these will be done online and no mass gatherings will be held. Co-curricular and extra-curricular time will be devoted to online engagements and the pursuit of hobbies and other interests.
Year-end rites will be held in May 2021.
Enrolment will be conducted online and will commence in the second week of June 2020. An enrolment portal will be accessible through the school website. As their data have already been encoded during enrolment in SY 2019 – 2020, old students will simply update their basic information. No new documents will be submitted.
Application for admission will also be conducted online through the Application for Admission portal accessible through the school website. Applicants will fill up the Application Form and Interview Form (Google Docs) and submit a digital copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and report card.
All students should also fill up the DepEd’s Learner Enrolment Survey Form.
Modes of Learning
In the meantime that the traditional face-to-face classroom set-up is not feasible, LBASS will implement eShift 2020, a Distance Learning approach to learning where “classes are conducted by correspondence using an online platform, without the teachers and students meeting in a physical classroom.”
Given the limitations prescribed by whatever quarantine measures the government may warrant for the City of Santa Rosa, eShift content delivery will be done online using Schoology as the learning management system (LMS). Classes will be conducted by video conferencing. Communication between the teachers and students will be done through Schoology’s messaging function or through email.
Teacher-student-content interaction will be synchronous or asynchronous depending on the content to be delivered and the delivery of instruction designed by the teacher.
Under synchronous learning, learning occurs at the same time but not in the same place. The teacher will be in a “classroom” while the students will be at home. Online learning takes place and students learn from their teachers and classmates in real time, but not in person. Video conferences, interactive webinars, lectures, and demonstrations are broadcast at the same time they are delivered.
Under asynchronous learning, instruction and learning occur not only in different locations but also at different times. Learning materials (e.g. pre-recorded videos, online videos, textbook pages, or handouts) are provided by the teachers and students engage with the materials on their own, keeping in mind the scheduled submission of outputs that the learning material requires.
Students will be primarily using e-textbooks and other digital resources as aids to learning. They may also purchase printed textbooks.
The eShift 2020 (Distance Learning) approach will stay in effect for much of the school year and (1) until such time that the health situation in the City of Santa Rosa improves (i.e., there is no local transmission in the city); (2) the concerned government authorities declare that it is safe to proceed with the traditional face-to-face classroom set-up; and (3) the Health Declaration and Disclosure Statements submitted by all employees and parents on behalf of their children indicate no possible cause for concern.
The Academic Team will develop an adjusted curriculum map using the DepEd’s Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) as basis, keeping in mind the limitations set by distance learning, the school’s core values and green orientation, and the evolving capacities of children, while not losing sight of the school’s Science orientation. In order to give more meaning to the thousands of competencies listed in the MELCs, subject integration and competency webbing will be maximized.
Under eShift 2020, a formal structure to the learning process will still be followed. Classes will be held from Monday to Friday. On hours assigned for synchronous learning, the classes will begin with the usual Routines followed by fixed minutes for subjects assigned for the day. There will be short breaks in between periods. After the synchronous learning periods, while students are engaged with coursework on self-paced, independent study mode, the teachers will be available for consultation through the LMS message board, text, or call. On a daily basis, students will be on synchronous learning mode from 1 to 4 hours depending on their level, as indicated in the table:
||No. of Hours per Day of Synchronous Learning*
||No. of Hours per Day of Asynchronous Learning**
|G1 – G3
|G4 – G6
|G7 – G12
* This more or less conforms with the Screen Time by Age guidelines as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization.
** The teachers will ascertain that the tasks assigned for the day can be finished by the student within this number of hours.
The video conferences during the synchronous periods will be recorded so that students who will not be able to attend real-time will be able to view the recording some other time.
Assessment of Learning
Assessment of learning will be based on DepEd guidelines and the LBASS Science Curriculum Standards. The emphasis will be on the attainment and mastery of the skills and competencies.
Requirements for the Conduct of Distance Learning – Home
In order to fully benefit from eShift 2020, students should have access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera and microphone. Office productivity software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and publishing tasks should be installed. An internet connection with a minimum of 5 MBPS or more is ideal. Prepaid data connectivity may also work. Smartphones can be used to access the LMS and videoconferences but there are limitations and most of the tasks cannot be done using these gadgets. Peripherals such as printers, headphones, and the like can also significantly enrich the students’ eShift 2020 experience.
The full support of the parents to learning during the new normal is greatly expected. The school will provide parents’ orientation sessions and trainings so that they will be in sync with eShift 2020 and will be able to provide the necessary assistance to their children.
Safe Return to School Policy
In the event that the DepEd and other relevant government authorities declare that the traditional face-to-face classroom set-up is feasible, LBASS will proceed with caution, keeping in mind and implementing all the safety measures required. In order to reduce the volume of students within the campus to a manageable level, there will be a maximum of 20 students per class. The synchronous-asynchronous learning set-up may still be adapted, with the synchronous periods being held in school. Other options like AM/PM shifts and every-other-day reporting can also be pursued.
In a press conference on 11 May 2020, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones stated that “Education must continue even in times of crisis, whether it may be a calamity, disaster, emergency, quarantine, or even war.” There has been no crisis in recent memory that has had the same impact – both in terms of breadth and magnitude – as the COVID-19 pandemic. The narrative of the pandemic is still unfolding and its end is not in sight. But this should not derail us from fulfilling the right of our students to quality, relevant, and meaningful education. We must remain resilient so no one among our students is left behind!
The crisis may be the best opportunity for us to teach our students resilience and other life skills. We believe that it is in the best interest of our students to learn. In SY 2020 – 2021, we will systematically ensure that learning continues at LBASS!
First Edition. 29 May 2020.
LBASS reserves the right to make changes to the contents of this issuance. Parents will be informed immediately should any changes be done.
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