"The first 50 came yesterday...and we delivered to three schools right away, and the rest are coming in over the next few days. And we'll turn those around as quickly as possible," she said. "(It's) all hands on deck to try to deliver those, of course, using social distancing measures," she said. Families have also been able to pick up supplies from schools.
Chilelli said she thinks when it came to setting up long-term distance learning, Catholic schools were at an advantage because of their smaller sizes.
"I'm watching these large districts that, still a month later, don't have contact with such huge percentages of their students. So I just think it's a huge advantage of Catholic schools that we're smaller, we can be more nimble and we have this one-on-one relationship with all of our families," she said.
Dr. Brooke C. Tesche is the chancellor of education for the Diocese of Allentown, which has already announced that its schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.
Tesche said while they've had some students who are lacking computers or tablets on which to do their work, the Catholic school system has been working to accommodate these students any way they can. One way, she said, has been through lending out existing technology at the schools to families.
Two local internet providers are currently offering free services in order to help students continue their education, which has also helped in Allentown.
"So many families who would not have been able to connect, are able to connect," she said.
Still, Tesche added, there are students who do not have computers on which to complete their homework. For these students, teachers are putting together paper learning packets with two weeks of materials at a time. Parents and students can either pick up their packets in person, or see the packets mailed to students.
"So it's definitely a challenge right now, but (teachers are) responding and using I think as many options as possible to make sure that the kids continue to move forward," she said.
Tesche emphasized that schools are moving forward in their curriculum - rather than providing students with busy work or enrichment activities, teachers are working to prepare their students to be ready for the next grade level, whether schools will resume in-person in the fall or not.
The Diocese of Allentown is also unique in that it has the only Catholic high school for students in recovery from substance addiction, Kolbe Academy.
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The school is in its first full year of operation, and so while it is "unfortunate" that the coronavirus closed the school's doors in its first year, Tesche said those students have been able to move their instruction, and their counseling and therapy, completely online.
"We just had a student this week celebrate 100 days clean and sober," she said. "I'm really proud of that. They are doing really good work."
Additionally, the school system has also partnered with Catholic Charities at this time in order to be able to address any mental health or social-emotional needs that families might have, Tesche said.
"We're just dovetailing really nicely to make sure they have support of Catholic Charities," she said.
In Ontario, the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board said in a meeting this week that the district has been accommodating students without access to technology by providing them with weekly paper packets. Teachers have adjusted instruction so that each week is planned out in advance, and students can complete the weekly work at their own pace.
"...(the students) enjoy having the freedom to complete their work (on their own schedule)...they can do all their Monday and Tuesday work on Monday. I've heard nothing but good things about the work. Surprisingly, no complaints," Anthony DeLorenzi, an H-SCDSB student representative, said during a board meeting this week, according to local news source SOOTODAY.com.
Rose Burton Spohn, H-SCDSB director of education, told the board that about 70 students in the district were lacking either computers or access to the internet, and that the packets were being delivered to students on an ongoing basis. Teachers have also made themselves available via phone calls to students who lack internet access, she said.
Catherine Thompson is the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Diocese of Las Vegas. Thompson told CNA that while the district has had some students who lacked access to computers at home, educators were able to fill those needs with what the schools had on hand.
Thompson said that the schools prepared for the impending closures as they watched the development of the pandemic, and particularly how it was affecting some harder-hit states on the East Coast.
Part of that preparation included a couple of surveys sent to parents, asking them about their technological needs as well as what they would like to see out of the distance learning experience.