March 23rd, 2020

Dear STBS Learning Community,

On March 20, 2020, the Honduran Ministry of Education officially announced that school closures will remain in effect and in addition has officially established guidelines for monitoring the distance learning process through OF-076-DDE01-2020-SDDCE.  The Atlántida Department of Education and Subdirector of Curriculum and Evaluation has requested learning evidence be collected and shared on a daily basis with each of these departments, which in turn will submit the evidence directly to the Central Level.  During school closures, all assignments will continue to be sent and received via digital means. Students without digital access will be authorized to turn-in their work upon returning to our regularly established schedule when classes resume. Sending an encouraging message to all, “Together we are successfully transforming the national education system.”

As we wind down our first week of the STBS distance learning program and look forward to our second week, our efforts remain concentrated on two priorities: maintaining the wellbeing of our children and staff and ensuring the continuity of their education in the days or weeks to come.  Clearly this is a new way of working and learning for us all and we will continue to adapt our distance learning program to meet the needs of all members of our Jaguar Family.

During week one, we received feedback from teachers, students and parents alike and have adjusted our program to meet the needs of all members of the STBS Learning Community.  We are committed to implementing curriculum rich assignments that include engaging activities that have students deeply connected to their learning for a maximum daily time as follows:

PreSchool: students should be engaged in their learning for 1-2 hours a day and do no more than 1-3 assignments a day. Any activity ie. reading, drawing, coloring are extensions of the 1-2 hours of distance learning.

First – Third Grade:  students should be engaged in their learning for no more than 3 hours a day and do no more than 4 assignments a day.  Any activity ie. reading, drawing, coloring are extensions of the 3 hours of distance learning.

Fourth – Sixth Grade:  students should be engaged in their learning for a maximum daily time of 4 hours and do no more than 4 assignments a day.  1 hour in Math, 1 hour in Reading-Language Arts (combined), 1 hour in Spanish, 1 hour with rotation of assignments for Science/Social Studies/special classes.

Seventh – Eighth Grade:   students should be engaged in their learning for a maximum daily time of 4 hours.  1 hour in Math, 1 hour in Reading-Language Arts (combined), 1 hour of Spanish, 1 hour with rotation of assignment for Science/Social Studies/special classes.

Ninth – Twelfth Grade:  students should be engaged in their learning for a maximum daily time of 5 hours.  1 hour a day for classes that meet 5 days a week (i.e. Science, Math, English, Spanish), 30-60 minutes a day for classes that meet 2-4 times a week (i.e. social studies, estudios sociales,electives, etc.).  Keep in mind you will not be given an assignment for every day; many assignments, as well as projects will need multiple days to complete.  Teachers and Parents should consider these daily/weekly recommended time constraints.

Throughout this process the STBS Administration and Faculty will continue to enhance and improve our distance learning program.  We are appreciative of your patience and support during this trying time.  We remain mindful that the quality of the learning experience is closely related to how deeply the student is connected with their learning and we will continue to seek opportunities to enrich the assignments and avoid assigning busy work.  Please continue to encourage your children to dedicate the appropriate time to learning, designate a workspace, develop healthy study habits, and seek teacher guidance as necessary.  We invite parents to continue to share feedback and special circumstances that may be impeding this learning process.  I also remind you that teachers are available through Whatsapp, Class Dojo, and Google Hang-Outs Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m..

Once again, we thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.  As we begin our second week of distance learning, rest assured that our teachers have prepared well for the success of the program.  I have been overwhelmed by the professionalism of our staff, who have worked so hard to maintain normality throughout this transition, and I am sure will continue to provide care and support for their students through these uncertain and stressful times.  All teachers will continue to be on their school email address and will be contactable either directly or through the school office. We will continue to communicate closely with you throughout the closure and will provide updates as soon as we have more information.

We remain hopeful as we look forward to April 15, when God willing, we will welcome our beloved teachers and students back into our school buildings.

In the meantime we share the following link: Tips for Families (Coronavirus):

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=es-419&sl=en&u=https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-talking-about-the-coronavirus&prev=search

Please do not hesitate to contact me personally at ddixon@stbs.edu.hn if you have any further questions

May God be our light and guide and may He shed His mercy and grace upon us all,

Donna Dixon

Superintendent

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble

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