Adapting to the current situation, the school introduced its online learning program called Marist VIOLETS (Virtual and Integral Online Education thru Technology and Support Systems) for school year 2020-2021. 

The VIOLETS program aims to deliver “holistic” and “values-infused Marist education” through technology-integrated learning systems that caters to the “individual needs, interests, and learning styles” of its students, according to its manual.

“Preparing for school year 2020-2021, Marist School took considerations for important things like our stakeholders, parents, students, administration, and personnel,” said Mr. John Benjamin Balatbat, principal of the school, in the online show Marist OK.

Mrs. Charisse Guevarra, assistant principal for senior high school, said that considerations were taken for the factors that cannot be controlled like internet connection.

“If a student loses his or her connectivity in the afternoon in the senior high, he or she should get in touch with the teacher in the morning. The teacher will be available on that time,” she said.

“When the surveys came out, we considered the time [when] internet connection will be very strong between 7 am to 4 pm,” said Mrs. Guevarra.   

Daily online activities involve Homeroom period, synchronous sessions where students will face their classmates and teachers online, and asynchronous activities which will give students individual tasks.

Other routines include 15-minute breaks in between subjects and a student-teacher consultation time to allow individualized communication.

Student Services are integrated into the program through the Campus Ministry, Learning Resource Center, Guidance and Counseling Services, and Clinic Services. Extracurriculars are also added to maintain student formation.

The grading system is still done through the averaging method, which is now only composed of written works and performance tasks. 

Google Classroom, the school’s chosen learning management system, will provide a classroom environment with tools for communication, content delivery, and assessment for Kinder to Grade 12 students.

The established flow of communication aims to achieve a workable and efficient flow of online information, exchange of bulletins, updates, feedback, and concerns.

Facing this time of uncertainty, this program will be sustained until the end of the school year—even if the pandemic subsides—as the school is considering a possible transition to blended learning in the future. Mark Andrei De Leon and Miguel Angelo Sumalinog // Screenshot from Marist YouTube page

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