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Distance Learning and COVID-19 Response

Dear Bellarmine Summer Days Community,

Bellarmine Summer Days is going the distance this summer! We are excited to announce that our distance learning program is now online! Several changes were made to our schedule and programming in order to support our goals for our distance learning program. Through our revised catalog, we are offering elementary and middle school students constructive, hands-on programming that will spark their imagination and encourage creativity. Bellarmine freshmen will have an opportunity to connect with Bellarmine teachers and programs through our Bell Prep camps and a variety of other academic and enrichment offerings including Robotics, Speech and Debate, and more. We also have a variety of outstanding academic and enrichment options for all high school students, including our biggest line-up of computer science courses yet, and the continuation of our outstanding entrepreneurship camp. Further, we will continue to provide opportunities for preview, remediation, and acceleration to all high school students with our UC approved credit bearing courses. UC-approved A-G course credit is available for our guest students; guest students should check with their respective schools to determine if they can receive credit for selected courses. Our instructors are busy preparing a quality distance learning experience for each of their respective courses and camps. Check out our revised catalog here: Summer Days: Distance Learning Catalog. I am confident that we can continue meeting our high standards for our Summer Days programming through distance learning. Below are some important facts regarding Summer Days, at a distance.

Frequently Asked Questions and information:

  • Why shorter periods? We continue to be dedicated to student health and safety in our programming. Our revised schedule was designed with the intent of reducing continuous screen time without breaks. Our 50-50 method is 50 minutes of synchronous instruction, and 50 minutes of asynchronous instruction. Synchronous instruction is real-time instruction with a teacher present online for lecture, discussion, and class activities. Asynchronous instruction, which is also often referred to as “flipped teaching”, is when content is provided in the form of a consumable video, reading, or project, providing students the chance to work independently or on teams, then return to the synchronous classroom for feedback and assessment.
  • Why smaller class sizes? We feel it is important to preserve quality of programming for each of our programs. Anyone who has spent time in a classroom knows that classroom size has a profound impact the quality of each student’s experience. As such, most of our classes will be capped at 15 to 20 students to allow for smaller group discussions and one on one assistance from instructors. This also means that seats will fill faster than usual, so reserve your spot soon.
  • Why reduced pricing? All our one, two, and three-week enrichment courses have had their prices reduced to accommodate your budget. We can do this based on the reduction in usual overhead of meeting at our physical site, and we are happy to provide the same engaging curriculum and instruction at a now-reduced rate.  If you have already registered for a course with reduced pricing, we will be reaching out to refund you the difference.
  • Can we still get credit for UC credit-bearing courses? Yes! The UC has committed to providing credit for distance learning courses that would have previously required in-person meetings, including Chemistry and Biology, as well as English and Math courses.
  • Follow us! We now have an Instagram account where we will be sharing images and information about all our great offerings. Click here to check it out!
  • If you have already registered for courses, we plan to maintain your schedule with modifications to accommodate distance learning including shorter periods. You do not need to take any action at this time; we will reach out as changes are made.

The Summer Days team is looking forward to providing constructive, structured, and enriching opportunities to serve students and parents this summer. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at summerschool@bcp.org

Sincerely,

Chris Cozort

Director of Bellarmine Summer Programs