March 13, 2020

Dear St. Isidore School Community,

I’m writing to you after thoughtful reflection and ongoing dialogue with public health agencies, our pastor, and diocesan leadership.
Given the increasingly restrictive limitations on large gatherings and the positive effect of social distancing on reducing the spread of COVID-19, this letter will inform you that St. Isidore School will initiate a two-week, long-term dismissal to go into effect on Wednesday, March 18th. St. Isidore School is scheduled to resume normal operations on Wednesday, April 1 st .
Please note that as of 03/13/20, NO student, faculty, or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at St. Isidore School. That being said, it is very important that you inform me directly if your child or any member of your immediate family tests positive for the virus. 
Next week, St. Isidore School will hold class on Tuesday, March 17 th and will dismiss at noon . We plan to utilize long-distance eLearning for the next two weeks. Teachers are busy here on campus today preparing to give lessons electronically. They will explain how this will work and prepare students next Tuesday, and teachers will also ensure on that day that students have the books and supplies necessary for learning.
It is vital that healthy students come to school on Tuesday, March 17th. We want to set students up for success and they must be here so that they can maximize their eLearning experience. The curriculum will move forward during this period and students will need extra support. Our teachers will make themselves available during each school day from 7:30 to 3:30 for questions that may arise. Please ensure that your child has a device with internet access he or she can use. If that is not available to you, please let us know.
As you know, this fluid situation is evolving daily. We will actively monitor the situation and will continue to follow the guidance of our public health agencies. Should any changes be made to the plan outlined in this communication, you will be notified as appropriate.
The following link from the CDC provides helpful information for you and your family to utilize at home:
This is a new process for all of us and we realize that there may be some hiccups along the way. We are here to work together with you to provide the best possible support for your children’s education. We will update you with new information as we receive it. As a community of faith, we continue to pray for all those who are affected by this pandemic and to believe in God’s ever-present help.
Maria Ward,
Principal of St. Isidore School