Dear St. Richard’s Parents:
 
Since our last communication in which we expressed our intention and optimism for opening on campus in the fall, we have received earlier than expected guidance on reopening school from the Indiana State Department of Education. We spent this past weekend reviewing “Indiana’s Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools - Covid-19 Health and Safety Re-entry Guidance” and comparing it with the current guidance from the CDC and other relevant organizations.  
 
Based upon the extensive planning we’ve already completed, the success we’re having in acquiring the necessary PPE, our initial meetings with the Back to School Advisory Task Force and this latest information from the state, we can now commit to safely opening the 2020-2021 school year on campus as previously scheduled (August 13). This opening will include similar start and stop times as previous years and will follow the previously released academic year schedule (see attached ).  

We are working diligently to determine if we can safely offer before and aftercare in the fall. We are confident we can meet or exceed CDC and state restrictions during the school day, and we don’t want to negate these efforts with excessive intermingling of students and counselors after school. We also need to ensure ample time for cleaning in the evening. We realize how important aftercare is for most of our families, and we will have a definitive answer by the end of June. Also, we’ve yet to determine if we will be able to offer a separate remote learning option for families not interested in returning to campus this fall, but this information is forthcoming. 

With our reopening plans for next fall now established, we ask that you reach out to Abby Williams should your fall plans not include SRES or if you have additional questions, particularly about a remote learning option. We will stick with our revised June 15 enrollment deposit deadline, but it would be very helpful to hear from you before then so we can finalize our staffing plans. If you did not complete  the survey  we distributed last week, we have extended our deadline until Thursday, June 10. Your feedback is important to us. 
 
As with everything during the pandemic, we will continue to closely monitor the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Governor Holcomb's Office, the State Department of Education and the Marion County Public Health Department. Should we learn that our plans will have to change, we will communicate promptly with you. 
 
We hope you are excited as we are to have our Dragons safely return to campus in the fall. A little good news goes a long way these days. Please look for our next communication by the end of June. 
 
Be well,
 
David Amstutz


Head of School