Falcons start flocking back to campus


La Salle students who want to learn both on campus and online this semester are visiting campus this week to learn how to move about the school safely when it launches optional hybrid learning next week. Find details, including a calendar and a bell schedule, about La Salle's re-opening in the school's Return-to-Campus Plan.

The two-hour orientation sessions, which are mandatory for all students planning to participate in the hybrid model, start on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and include an overview of the safety protocols and procedures La Salle is taking to keep the community as healthy as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the orientations, students will learn about some of the safety measures being taken at the school, such as desks spaced at least six feet apart and hand sanitizer placed in every classroom. The school is also using an app that will monitor the health of all students and staffers who come on campus.

“We believe these orientations are necessary to reinforce our safety protocols,” said Brian Devine, Vice President for Student Life.

The orientation sessions are being held by grade and cohort. Freshmen orientation will be held Tuesday, sophomore orientation will be held on Wednesday, junior orientation will be held on Thursday, and senior orientation will be held on Friday. There will be two sessions each day; each grade’s red cohort will start at 9 am and each grade’s blue cohort will start at noon. 

Teachers are assigning asynchronous work for the week.

La Salle will roll out hybrid instruction gradually, starting with freshmen on Thursday, Feb. 11. All students in the hybrid model will be on campus once a week until March 1, when La Salle will offer full hybrid instruction to students in all grades and follow this bell schedule.

Students who continue distance learning do not need to attend orientation. If a student opts for hybrid learning later in the semester, the student will get orientation materials at that time.

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