Coronavirus Danbury: Distance Learning Nothing New For Immaculate

DANBURY—Immaculate High School has moved its curriculum into the cloud, as they wait out concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus in southwestern Connecticut. Currently, the school is planning to teach everything online through March 27, beginning Monday.

“We are using multiple technologies to teach our students, and they will have full-schedule days from home,” Immaculate spokeswoman Janine Azzi told Patch. “Faculty has been preparing for this in advance in case such a decision was made. All activities have been canceled for these two weeks.”

Immaculate students are not alone, Azzi said. All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport have been similarly prepared, and are currently online-only through the end of March.

“We are well-prepared for this type of distance education as we have been doing it for several years for bad weather days,” Azzi said. “We recently added new technology and video tools, and we have also been offering a Distance Learning math program to Catholic middle schools. This is a big advantage of Catholic schools.”

Academics are covered, but there are still some very important highlights of the high school experience that not even the internet can salvage in the Age of COVID-19.

“Our Gala and Spring Musical have been postponed,” Azzi said. “All other events both in and out of school up until April 1 have been canceled.”

Azzi says custodians have been deep-cleaning the school regularly, and 24/7.

By Rich Kirby, Patch Staff