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ECS Reopening Plan

Magi Online

Magi Online is offered to families who have a specific family situation that makes distance learning a better fit at this time.  Our distance learning program allows students to attend classes virtually for part of the school day while working from home and staying up to date with Learning Objectives.

Students who enroll in the Magi Online will receive supplies and books needed to complete all core and essential activities at home.

Families opting into Magi Online need to inform the school of this choice by completing the online form no later than August 28th.   Families who opt to participate in Magi Online will continue with the program until the conclusion of the first grading period (nine weeks), without the option of switching to in-person instruction during this period. At this time, we anticipate a return to classroom learning for all students after the first grading period unless health circumstances make it necessary to offer distance learning for another set period of time.

  • Live Instruction
  • Classwork
  • Ancillary Classes
  • Morning Assembly
  • Mass
  • Technology Requirements
  • FAQ's
  • 2020-2021 School Calendar
  • Magi Online Support
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Live Instruction

To ensure student growth and attendance, Magi Online includes increased frequency of live interactions with core teachers throughout the day.

Students are required to log into live lessons with their teacher daily. For our younger students (pre-K – 1st grades), most of the live online lessons will be in the mornings.  Special teaching lessons such as enrichment classes may be in the afternoon.  Magi Online students will be given a schedule of lessons to attend at the beginning of the school year and given updates of additional lessons at the beginning of every week.

For 2nd to 6th grade students, each child will have a schedule of classes throughout the school day, each lesson consisting of a live introduction, explanation, and examples. We plan to have instruction throughout the school day, especially for our middle school students.  Please see our explanation of “Classwork” for daily expectations for attending classes online.

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Workspace Expectations

Magi Online students will be required to be seated at desk or workstation during live lessons.  Additionally, we encourage students to wear their uniform at home to get into the routine of school, but it will not be required.

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Classwork

During class lessons, after initial introduction and directions, students will be able to work offline to complete activities and classwork.  All classwork will be submitted through Google Classroom or physically returned to school (depending on grade and class).

All lesson introductions and instructions will be hosted through Zoom with the teacher, during the scheduled class period.

The student’s online schedule will be based on what their peers will be learning that particular school day.  The Homeroom Teacher will set the students’ regular daily schedule and communicate through Google Classroom or email any additional changes or updates.

Students can still reach out to the Homeroom Teacher with questions through Google Classroom, email, or Google Meet.  For the older grade levels, families should expect a full school day’s worth of activities.  However, students will not need to be online for the entire time – only at scheduled times for lessons and instructions.

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Ancillary Classes

An important aspect of an Epiphany education is the human development of well-rounded students.  Magi Online students will be required to complete one scheduled ancillary class per day, including Music class, Art instruction, Spanish class, Library Enrichment and STEM Lab.  The ancillary lessons will be recorded and posted to Google Classroom.  P.E. videos will be posted two to three times a week.

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Morning Assembly

Even at a distance, we want to start the day with prayer and as a community.  Recorded videos for morning assembly and prayer will be posted daily for students and families to view. Links will be shared through Google Classroom.

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Mass

We will still have Mass as a community once a week on Thursdays.  Students enrolled in Magi Online will participate in the mass service virtually with the entire school.

At this time, parents and other parishioners will not be allowed to physically attend the School Mass service in the church with the students, teachers and administrators. The health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and such policy helps mitigate possible exposure. Magi Online students are required to attend the Mass online.

Spirituality of the entire family is important, especially during this challenging time.  Parents are encouraged to attend the School Mass online with their child.

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Technology Requirements

The Magi Online program requires some minimum technology and equipment, including the following:

  • Internet access for students between 8 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Chromebook or laptop
  • Proper learning environment such as a table or desk for the student

Families enrolled in Magi Online may check out a school Chromebook for each student enrolled at Epiphany.  Families will be responsible for the Chromebook for the duration of the Magi Online.  Chromebooks will be pre-loaded with apps and programs used in classes, managed through Clever Login Management, and monitored through GoGuardian.

FAQ's

Will my family have an option for on-campus or remote instruction?

Families will be able to select either on-campus instruction or remote instruction through Magi Online. If a family selects the Magi Online option, it is important to know that selection is for the first nine weeks of school. Please be aware that once the option is made, the student will continue with Magi Online through the nine-week program until the end of the first grading period.

After the initial 9-week grading period, we anticipate all students returning to the classrooms for in-person instruction.  The administration will determine if the distance learning program will be offered beyond the 9-week period based on their assessment of  the current health situation and the guidance of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Will the Magi Online program be the same as the Distance Learning Program from Spring 2020?

Magi Online will offer students real-time instruction and virtual interaction with students inside the classroom. After reviewing the Spring distance learning experience of this past year, our teachers and COVID-19 Response Team have reviewed the suggestions and best practices learned from the initial period of remote learning during the pandemic.  An improved virtual experience has been developed to meet the needs at this time.

Please keep in mind that this past Spring’s distance learning program was mandated for all students by the County and the Archdiocese.  Magi Online incorporates distance learning with classroom instruction and real-time experience to create a new virtual learning experience for your child as we begin this new academic year.  With this improved program, there will be clear guidelines and expectations that families will be expected to adhere to in order to ensure the learning success of those who participate in Magi Online.

If we select remote learning through Magi Online can we switch to on-campus instruction at anytime?

If you select distance learning through Magi Online, that selection will continue for the first nine weeks of the semester.  Once the option is made, the student will continue with Magi Online through the nine-week program until the end of the first grading period and cannot be switched to in-person instruction during this period.

Please be aware that after the initial 9-week grading period, we anticipate all students returning to the classrooms for in-person instruction.  The administration will determine if the distance learning program will be offered beyond the 9-week period based on their assessment of  the current health situation and the guidance of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Will Magi Online students have a schedule to follow?

Yes – the homeroom teachers will communicate the individual student’s weekly schedule which must be followed.

Will Magi Online students have access to attend mass with the school?

Yes – Magi Online students are expected to log into and attend mass virtually at 1 pm on Thursdays with the rest of the school.  A link will be provided in their Homeroom’s Google Classroom.

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