In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bishop Hendricken is committed to providing students with resources to continue their education remotely via virtual learning.
The following links and information are provided to students, parents, and families for use as common resources for their virtual learning experience.
Assignments & Educational Materials
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PLUSPORTALS – Assignment Posts & Grading
Students will receive notification of all assignments over the virtual learning period under the “Coursework” tab on PlusPortals. Grades will continue to be input via PlusPortals, our usual grade book service, too. Students should login to PlusPortals each morning at 8:30am with a username and password, and continue to check throughout the day, to review their assignments and develop a plan to complete them.
HENDRICKEN EMAIL (MICROSOFT OUTLOOK) – Student-Teacher Communication (App available on Apple & Android)
Students’ Bishop Hendricken email address will be the primary channel of communication with teachers. All students should be actively monitoring their Bishop Hendricken email via Microsoft Outlook for assignments and other communications from teachers regarding classes. This includes enabling push notifications on their devices for correspondence.
MICROSOFT TEAMS – Assignments & Video Conferencing (Apps available on Apple & Android)
Most teachers will be utilizing Microsoft Teams to complete the assignments posted on PlusPortals, as well as to complete assessments, projects, and class discussions. Students have been added to class teams automatically by teachers, and should begin to familiarize themselves with Teams, OneNote, Sharepoint, and the rest of the Microsoft Office suite, if they aren’t already.
Microsoft Teams’ video conferencing tool will be used by teachers to communicate face-to-face with students, provide realtime lectures, and teach lessons. We have developed a Virtual Classroom Schedule to provide structure and organization to weekly check-ins with each class period.
Please note: All Microsoft Office applications are available to Hendricken students via web browser, or download onto their device.
ZOOM – Video Conferencing (App available on Apple & Android)
Zoom will be used by teachers to communicate face-to-face with students, provide realtime lectures, and teach lessons. We have developed a Virtual Classroom Schedule to provide structure and organization to weekly check-ins with each class period.
REMIND – Student-Teacher Communication (App available on Apple & Android)
Some teachers are using the Remind school messaging app for communication with students regarding assignments and other class updates. Students should check with their teachers via email to determine if their class will be communicating primarily via Remind. Teachers utilizing Remind will communicate their respective class codes to students.
Virtual Classroom Schedule
With enhanced security features announced, Bishop Hendricken will be utilizing Zoom, as well as Microsoft Teams for video conferencing and class meetings during the virtual learning period. Teachers will inform students of which platform they will be utilizing for their classes.
All classes will meet during their designated class periods within the Virtual Classroom Schedule each week. This means that faculty will meet with their classes regularly via video conference in accordance with the designated time slots assigned to each class period. While these meetings are required and mandatory for students, it does NOT mean that classes will be using the full period each meeting. Invites will be sent to students by teachers using each platform’s enhanced security features.
Virtual Learning FAQ’s
Devices & Internet Resources
Bishop Hendricken has a very limited number of Chromebooks available to students who are in need of a laptop or other device to aid in their virtual learning experience at home. To reserve one, please contact Mr. DeCiccio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of telecommunications companies and internet service providers are offering free WiFi services to students who are in need of service hook-ups. We have aggregated a list of these providers below with links for more information. Students and families should pursue these options separately and independently from our school, if needed.
Questions or Concerns?
We understand that this is a stressful time, both academically and otherwise. Please know that faculty, staff, and administration are here to support you throughout this educational transition.
• Talk with your teachers – If you’re having trouble, communicate challenges with your teachers and ask for help.
• Use your guidance counselor as a resource – Your guidance counselor will be available throughout this process to you via email. Feel free to reach out to them with your questions or concerns.