COVID-19 UPDATES

 

Reported Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 for February: 0

Last Updated: Monday March 1, 2021

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Posted Tuesday December 1, 2020

Dear Parents and Scholars,

As many of you are aware, the Governor’s latest public order issued included mandatory COVID “rapid” testing for students and staff participating in high school extracurricular activities, such as Band and Orchestra, Choirs, Dance Company, Theater, Mock Trial, Intramurals and other after school scholar clubs. Schools were given very short notice on how to implement and administer this new rapid COVID test which was to begin on Monday, Nov. 30.

We moved quickly to get things in order at Paradigm with the little information we were provided, so that our scholars would not miss any more time participating in their extracurricular activities.

A special training was held on Monday Nov. 30 (yesterday evening) for school administrators about the new testing kits.

During the training, we received much needed clarification on our COVID-19 testing procedures and obligations.

As always, we honor a family’s decision to do what is best for each family and we recognize that this type of testing may be concerning for some. Our intent is to facilitate learning experiences for our scholars with as few obstacles as possible, to help keep everyone safe and healthy, and to meet our obligations to all stakeholders.

Here is some information we received at the training about COVID testing:

1) The health officials clarified that although we may begin testing on Monday Nov. 30th, we have a two-week grace period to actually begin the mandated testing for our scholars who are involved with extracurricular activities.

With the information received, it has become apparent that COVID testing for our scholars in the school musical is not necessary, since we will have completed the musical by the time our two-week grace period is up.

2) Scholars will only need to be tested once every two weeks for the duration of the time period they will be meeting after school for extracurricular activities, including practices and rehearsals. If the extracurricular activity requires only one after school meeting or event within the two week period, testing will not be necessary.

3) COVID testing at Paradigm will be administered by Mr. Seminario, Mrs. Woodbury, and Mrs. Bowe in the office. Results are required to be reported to the health department through REDCap. Parents will pre-register for the test through REDCap (a link will be emailed to you ahead of time) and results will be sent to you via email or a paper copy will be given if electronic means are not possible.

4) The COVID “rapid tests” are quick and painless. The testing consists of a swab in each nostril (not deep into the brain cavity! And results are available in about 15 min.

5) This testing is only for high school scholars (grades 9-12). It does not apply to our 7th and 8th grade scholars.

Parents will be notified ahead of time if testing needs to occur for those involved in an extracurricular activity so that you have adequate time to decide what is best for your family.

We ask that you please still continue to monitor your scholar(s) for symptoms and to please keep them home if they are not feeling well.

Please contact our COVID-19 point of contact, Mallory Woodbury at mwoodbury@paradigmschools.org, if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Paradigm Schools

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Posted Tuesday November 17, 2020

Dear Paradigm Families,

This school year continues to be unusual and unpredictable. We are all doing our best to “keep things going” as best as we can. Thank you for your ongoing support, encouragement, and partnership.

It has been decided that:

  • Thursday, Nov. 19 will be a distance learning day (Zoom day at home).
  • Friday, Nov. 20 will be a normal online learning day (with assignments posted by 8:30 am.)
  • Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24 will be in-person school days.
  • Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 25-27 will be our Thanksgiving Break.

While it may seem odd to return to school for just two days, we feel that it is important for continuity, course management, and the mental and emotional health of our scholars.

By next Monday we will have completed all necessary cleaning and quarantining in order to return to in-person school safely. Coming back to school next Monday and Tuesday will allow us to hold one full A-day and one full B-day prior to the Thanksgiving break. If current COVID data trends are accurate and hold, it seems likely to expect another aggressive spike in cases following the Thanksgiving break, as projected. This may very well lead to more distance learning spans, or even other soft school closures for longer periods of time. Therefore, not knowing how long it may be until we may need to move to distance learning again makes any time we can meet in-person valuable and important.

Our intent is to remain open as much and as long as safely possible and allow families to determine if attending in person or attending through Zoom is best.

The number of confirmed cases at Paradigm have remained relatively low. We attribute this to the safety protocols implemented at school, but most importantly to scholars staying home when not feeling well. We thank you for staying home when sick.

However, we have also found that while the number of our confirmed cases have remained low, the need to quarantine many other scholars per each confirmed case significantly affects our ability to operate. For each case, 10-20 other scholars are requested to quarantine, increasing the number of scholars attending through Zoom and increasing the challenges that come with simultaneous teaching in two different formats (in-person and Zoom).

Last week, we had 48% of our entire student body not attend in person who were either absent or attending through Zoom. Additionally, some of the confirmed cases last week necessitated that we quarantine 16 staff members which makes operations impossible. Therefore, the number of confirmed cases alone cannot be used as the sole determining factor for deciding to move to distance learning.

As we look ahead at the remainder of 2020 and the school year, there are still so many unknowns. It is likely to expect that an increase in confirmed cases, an increase in the number of scholars needing to quarantine, an increase in the number of staff needing to quarantine, the percentage of scholars absent, and directives from state government and health officials may all contribute to future decisions to move to distance learning.

Lastly, we are all very concerned about the mental and emotional health of our scholars. Reports are not addressing the rising numbers of those suffering from mental and emotional health issues as consistently as they are with COVID cases, but this is very real and we are seeing the effects first-hand. We especially see an increase of anxiety and depression this time of year. We realize that the constant changes to our school schedule may contribute negatively to these types of health concerns. Please reach out if your scholar needs help. Provide ways for virtual socializing and creative ways to break up the monotony and loneliness that can dominate life at home for young people. Our school counselor is available as a resource.

Balancing the health concerns of meeting in-person and the health concerns of staying home is no easy task. We will be supportive to individual needs on a case-by-case basis, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your patience.

As more time passes with us dealing with this pandemic, many things become normalized including (unfortunately) isolation, complacency, and low motivation. We want our scholars to succeed, and know they can, even in this crazy school year. We have the power to rise above our challenges, especially when we do it together.

Wishing you safety and good health now and through the holiday season,

~Sem

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Posted Wednesday November 11, 2020

Dear Paradigm Families,

Due to an increase in cases in our area this week and the increased number of scholars and staff needing to quarantine, tomorrow will be a school cleaning day (NO SCHOOL), Thursday November 12th. The school building will undergo a deep cleaning. This school day will not need to be made up.

In addition, we will follow the schedule listed below:

Friday November 13th: Regular Friday Schedule, no classes, assignments posted to Google Classroom by 8:30 am
Monday November 16th through Wednesday November 18th: DISTANCE LEARNING – all classes online, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
We will re-evaluate by Wednesday November 18th and decide whether to continue online classes through the Thanksgiving Break or to return to school in-person on Thursday November 19th.
Online Class Schedule for November 16-18:

A/B1: 8:00-8:55

A/B2: 9:00-9:55

A/B3: 10:00-10:55

A/B4: 11:00-11:55

Scholars will use the time between 12:00 and 3:00 pm to work on assignments, reading, and/or, in some cases, work in smaller groups or one-on-one with mentors through Zoom.

Attendance will still be taken. If you need to excuse your scholar, please email us at office@paradigmschools.org. Our office will still remain open during the distance learning period, so if you need anything, please feel free to give us a call.

We have a limited number of Chromebooks that we can check out for this time period. They will be available for pick-up tomorrow from 11:00-3:00 and Friday 9:00-3:00. If you are in need of a Chromebook, please reply to this email. They will be given on a first come, first serve basis. The Chromebooks MUST be returned on the day that we return to school or else a $10.00 per day fine will be assessed. Scholars and/or parents who need to check out materials from the library can come from 8:00-3:00 pm tomorrow.

This continues to be an unpredictable school year but we are keeping up! We are constantly impressed by how flexible and positive our scholars are remaining through all of this.

Thank you for your continued support! We truly appreciate having you here with us!

Thank you,

Paradigm Schools

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Posted Monday November 9, 2020

Per the Governor’s announcement, all after school and extracurricular activities are canceled/postponed during the next two weeks.

Additionally, we need everyone’s help with maintaining the following:

1) Scholars should go directly to class in the mornings and not hang out in the hallway.
2) Scholars should go directly to class between passing periods and exit the building right after school.
3) Social distancing should be observed throughout the school day, especially during lunch.

We are currently not at the threshold for another school closure but we are monitoring the situation. If your scholar tests positive for COVID-19, please make sure to let us know so that we can begin contact tracing and keep everyone healthy and safe.

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Posted Tuesday October 20, 2020

Dear Paradigm Families,

Thank you for our hard work and support during this distance learning time. After close monitoring of our confirmed COVID cases and in consultation with the Health Department, it has been decided that we will return to school in-person on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Individuals who were exposed to any of our confirmed cases while at school have been contacted and will complete the Health Department’s protocols and meet the criteria for returning to school.

Families are expected to use best judgement and wisdom to determine when to keep scholars at home.

We urge everyone to please stay home when sick with any symptoms including a high temperature, and especially with any of the declared and known COVID symptoms.

We further urge, that when returning to school everyone please follow the school’s safety protocols which include, social distancing, wearing face coverings, and the recommended hygiene practices.

We believe that our school was able to meet in person longer than many other schools because of our adherence to our safety protocols and because of our offering of virtual school attendance through Zoom. We are confident that we can continue to meet in person for the rest of the year, so long as we keep COVID out of the school.

It is our goal to remain in school, in person, safely, as much and as long as possible.

If you are unable to return on Oct. 27th because of this unexpected change of plans, please attend virtually if possible.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support during this crazy time! Stay healthy!

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Posted Monday October 12, 2020

Dear Parents,

We received notice of third confirmed COVID-19 case at Paradigm today. Out of an abundance of caution due to the fact that these cases have come on quickly in a short span of time and per the recommendation of the Salt Lake County Health Department, it has been decided to move to distance learning until Friday October 30th. We will resume in-person on Monday November 2, 2020. Three cases may not seem like a lot, but we are a small school and with each case 10-15 additional scholars are required to quarantine at a time, as well as our mentors. Thank you for your understanding.

Scholar activities will be either cancelled or postponed during this time. The fall social will be postponed to a later date in November. Parent-Mentor Conferences on Thursday October 15th will still take place as planned.

All scholars should have access to their Paradigm Google accounts and email and already have logged on this year, including accessed Google Classrooms. There will be no school tomorrow, Tuesday October 13th, to provide mentors and scholars time to prepare for our online format.

Distance learning will begin this Wednesday October 14, 2020. We will follow a similar format from this past Spring:

Monday – Thursday

A/B1: 8:00-8:55

A/B2: 9:00-9:55

A/B3: 10:00-10:55

A/B4: 11:00-11:55

Scholars will use the time between 12:00 and 3:00 pm to work on assignments, reading, and/or, in some cases, work in smaller groups or one-on-one with mentors through Zoom. Fridays will remain the same with assignments posted to Google Classroom and no regular classes.

Attendance will still be taken. If you need to excuse your scholar, please email us at office@paradigmschools.org. Our office will still remain open during the distance learning period, so if you need anything, please feel free to give us a call.

We have a limited number of Chromebooks that we can check out for the two-week period only. They will be loaned out on a first come, first serve basis and will be available to pick-up tomorrow, Tuesday October 13th from 10:00-3:00 at Paradigm. If you would like to request one, please click here. These Chromebooks MUST be returned by Monday November 2nd or else a $10.00 per day late fine will be charged. Scholars who need to check-out books, please email kdoman@paradigmschools.org. A library drive-thru will be available Wednesday and Thursday this week from 1-2 pm each day. Please make sure to email your book requests to the library.

We know that there are varied perspectives on the virus and on virus response, but we hope that by taking these two weeks everyone can do their best to stay healthy and return healthy so that we don’t have to keep doing this throughout the school year. Please follow safety protocols while at home.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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covid announcement

Posted Tuesday September 8, 2020

Distance Learning Fridays:

An email was sent to all parents and scholars regarding our decision to move to Distance Learning on Fridays. Please see below for the email that was sent out:

During our Parent Night meeting on Thursday August 27th, Mr. Seminario spoke about the possibility of changing our schedule to a Monday-Thursday full day and Friday at-home distance learning. We sent out a survey regarding this change and the results came back with the majority favoring this new schedule, as opposed to what we are currently doing now. Our faculty also heavily favors this change as well.

Our administration would like to move forward with this new schedule. This change will begin on Friday September 11th. The reasoning for this change is to:

  • Allow more time for mentors to focus on one to one mentoring with our online scholars
  • Allow for more prep time for our mentors to prepare for both the in-person and online formats.

Friday Schedule:

Scholars will still follow the alternating A and B day schedule for Fridays (please check the school calendar). Mentors will email an assignment or other project before 8:30 am each Friday (some may send them out Thursday afternoon). Scholars are expected to either engage in self-study, work on their assignments or meet with mentors by appointment either in-person, over zoom, or over the phone.

Mentors will be available during their “Office Hours” for one to one mentoring, with our online scholars taking priority. Scholars will need to make an appointment with their mentor during their scheduled class time below if they need help. Mentors will be reaching out to scholars via email to schedule their one to one mentoring time. Mentors will then be unavailable after 12:00 pm on Fridays for prep time and professional development meetings.

 A daysB days
8-9A1 Office HoursB1 Office Hours
9-10A2 Office HoursB2 Office Hours
10-11A3 Office HoursB3 Office Hours
11-12A4 Office HoursB4 Office Hours

Again, thank you for your continued support. We received many positive comments from parents in our survey and we are grateful to have all of you here with us!

Posted Friday July 31, 2020

 

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Posted Thursday July 16, 2020

Dear Paradigm Families,

After much consideration and deliberation, two parent surveys, two staff surveys, and guidelines and instructions received from state school and health officials, the Paradigm School Board has come to a decision regarding our “Return to School Plan of Action” for the 2020-2021 school year.

Although impossible to design a plan that would please all, our primary objective, as has always been, is to provide as many options as possible for parents and scholars to decide what is best for their family. We are pleased that our plan of action includes reasonable and safe options for families and our staff and faculty. In the last one-question survey that was sent out to parents and staff, both had a majority vote in the plan described below, which helped our governing board make their decision. Thank you for your input.

Our staff and faculty are ready to continue to provide high quality classical education and mentoring for all of our scholars in each of the options your family may choose.

The following will outline our plan of action and also some additional information to help you make the best decision for your family.

Plan #1: “Normal as Possible”

  • Our school schedule will follow our normal bell schedule:
    • Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 2:55pm (90 minute class periods) and
    • Friday 8:00am to 12:40pm (65 minute class periods).
  • Classes will be structured to place “instruction/discussion time” during the first half of the class (approx 45 min) and the second half of class will focus on self-directed study, group study, mentor coaching, etc. Scholars attending virtually can log off for the second half of class and complete their self-study for the remainder of the class period at home.
  • Lunch will take place in classrooms with some classes allowed in the lunchroom or outside (weather permitting) in rotations.

Learning Options for Scholars:

  • Classroom Learning: Scholars may attend school in-person with safety measures.
  • Hybrid Learning: Scholars may attend school both in-person and virtually during real-time class instruction.
  • Live Virtual Learning: Scholars may attend school virtually only, (through Zoom and Google Classroom) during real-time class instruction.
  • Self-directed Distance Learning: Scholars may work on packets/online classes without in-person or virtual access to live classes. Scholars may schedule appointments with a mentor for academic help.

Additional Information:

  • Please be aware that because face coverings are a state mandate and the school is a state entity, Paradigm is obligated to comply with state regulations on this matter due to safety and liability issues related to the schools’ COVID response. Please expect to wear face coverings while at school as long as that is the direction the school receives.
  • Face coverings include mask or face-shields
  • Please be aware that the state’s guidelines to schools specify “social distancing” as a space of 3ft-6ft of distance between persons with or without face coverings, Paradigm will do its best to provide space within the school for 3ft-6ft social distancing.
  • Please be aware that the school has invested in additional products and services to sanitize the school building daily.
  • Because our classes will have live-streaming of class instruction,
    • Please be aware that mentors may shut off video and/or audio capabilities in the live-stream feed occasionally, but rarely, to tend to classroom needs that may be personal, sensitive, or private to those in the class in-person.
    • Please be aware that classes will not be recorded by any participating persons in the live streaming of classes.
    • Please be aware that web-cams in classrooms will be directed towards the mentor in the classroom and not towards the scholars for privacy reasons.
  • Because a live-streaming component will be a part of the educational services provided by the school, please be aware of the following expectations:
  • Scholars will be expected, while attending class virtually, to have the camera on so mentors and scholars can engage and interact as in-person as possible.
  • Scholars will be expected to utilize headphones/earbuds to improve sound quality on both ends of a virtual connection.
  • Scholars will be expected to be dressed in the school uniform and follow dress code standards while attending school in-person or attending virtually. Please do not attend class in pajamas or workout clothes, for example.
  • Scholars will be expected to find a reliable work space, preferably a desk/table and chair) with limited distractions when studying at home and when attending school virtually. Please do not attend virtual class while lying in bed or on a couch, for example.
  • Scholars will be expected to not eat or snack while attending class in-person or attending virtually as this may be a distraction in the learning environment. Exceptions are of course granted for medical dietary reasons.
  • Please be aware that not all classes may be offered in-person due to challenges to maintain a high quality learning experience due to COVID related restrictions. These classes will be indicated in the class schedule.
  • Please be aware that not all classes may be offered virtually due to challenges to maintain a high quality learning experience due to COVID related restrictions. These classes will be indicated in the class schedule.
  • Please be aware that if you do not feel safe or comfortable attending school in person, you may still attend school virtual with live real-time instruction, enroll in the State Online Education Program (SOEP), online BUZZ courses (independent study program), Paradigm school packets and online work, or Paradigm’s Homeschool portfolios.
  • Please be aware that the school plan of action if flexible and subject to change during the school year dependent on the virus outcomes and state and health recommendations and instructions.
  • Please be aware that in the event of a positive COVID test result by any member of our staff and faculty, any attending scholar, or visitor to the school, state and health officials may determine to close the school temporarily in order to prevent or slow a possible outbreak.
  • Paradigm Special Education Services will still be offered for all scholars with IEPs.
  • Paradigm 504 services and accommodations will still be offered for all qualifying scholars with 504 plans
  • Paradigm honors the parents’ primary role as educators for their family and therefore will consider ideas, suggestions, feedback, and reasonable accommodations in scheduling, school policies, and classroom instruction that best meet the needs of your family.
  • Please be aware that while Paradigm can guarantee a plan is in place and will be implemented, Paradigm cannot guarantee that the human behavior of persons will align with the school plans, policies, and expectations or the course of the virus or other illnesses.

More information will be provided in preparation for the school year, but it is our hope that the information outlined in this email will be helpful in your family’s decision-making regarding your return to school this school year. We encourage you to contact or meet with our school counselor with specific questions you may have regarding the many options available for you. We also request that you please consider remaining enrolled at Paradigm and participating in the educational option that best fits your family’s needs before considering unenrolling from the school. We can assist you. We can support your family’s educational plans.

We will send you a copy of our official Return to School Action plan after we submit it to the Utah State Board of Education on August 1, 2020.

Thank you for your ongoing support during these uncertain times. We are in this together!

Thank you,
Paradigm Administration

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