March 13, 2020
Dear St. Anthony School Community,

We continue to respond to guidance with regard to the Coronavirus Outbreak with the number one priority being the safety and well being of all of our community members. The Office of Schools with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has directed us to cancel all extra-curricular activities through April 1st, effective immediately. Here is a portion of the letter I received from our school superintendent:

"Leadership of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee strongly recommends that every Catholic school within the archdiocese immediately postpone all non-essential functions, especially those in which attendees gather from a wide range of areas, such as multiple schools, and particularly if the functions involve sustained interaction between attendees in close physical proximity. This includes, but is not limited to, all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, such as:
  • All grade school athletics, including the Padre Serra Tournament, spring sports, and high school-sponsored junior programs. 
High Schools will follow the lead of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) regarding competitive athletics.  We will support any high school that may choose to suspend its athletic offerings, regardless of WIAA decisions.
  • Forensics meets or other academic competitions involving multiple schools
  • Concerts, plays, musicals
  • Field trips
  • School-sponsored trips that may be overnight and / or out-of-state
Further consideration should be given to in-school events in which a large number of people gather or persons from at-risk groups or of unknown exposure enter the school.  These include, but are not limited to:
  • All-school assemblies
  • Outside guests / presenters to students
  • Grandparent / VIP events
The recommendation for these postponements comes after significant reflection, discussion, and deliberation and is consistent with other actions across the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  

We are urging our all Catholic schools to cancel or postpone non-essential functions until at least April 1, 2020, when we will reassess the status of the situation."

In the short-term, this cancellation will include the following activities:
  • Father Daughter Dance scheduled for this evening;
  • Musical Tryouts scheduled for this Sunday, March 15th;
  • Let's Build It (final two sessions);
  • All athletic practices;
  • Donuts with Dad, scheduled for March 19th;
  • All field trips, particularly the 4th Grade trip to Madison;
  • All planned school assemblies;
Please note: Parent & Teacher conferences WILL be held as scheduled on Thursday, March 19th.

With the rapidly developing nature of this situation, I ask your patience with our team as we work to make good decisions on behalf of our community, and as we communicate that information in an organized manner. I am in communication with Archdiocesan leadership, as well as leadership of our neighboring schools and I will continue to share school-specific information with you via email. You can also find the most up-to-date info on our parish's overall response on our web page at www.stanthony.cc/coronavirus

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and patience.

Blessings,
Ellen Knippel