Dear Saint Paul School Community & Friends,
Three months ago we left Saint Paul School thinking we were going to have two-weeks of remote learning and then back to school we’d go. That quickly changed and here we are, June 12, ending our school year with me at our closing liturgy and you participating from home.
I am very proud of our school community.
I first have to thank our PARENTS!
You have managed to continue with your own professions while adding teacher to your resume. From logging our little ones onto technology to printing assignments you deserve a gold star!
– You did an extraordinary job managing your classes and schoolwork from home. I know it has not been easy. The temptation to be outside and play and not study was very real for all of you but you did it!
FACULTY & STAFF
you did not miss a beat! As I said yesterday … whoever thought we would be closing out a school year from afar? Certainly not me! It doesn't seem real and I feel like I am missing something along the way.
You have all embraced this experience and while I do not know what the future holds I know you are all highly capable of adapting and providing our students with the best Catholic education in our diocese!
So, what will September look like?
We have a responsibility to keep our students, teachers, staff, and families safe and to provide the best possible education for our children. While I’m confident the DESE guidelines will help us accomplish both of those objectives I also know our classrooms will not look like the way did when we left on March 12.
As I eagerly await the DESE guidelines I am spending a lot of time thinking about what our September Re-Opening Plan looks like. I am watching other states and countries that have already put out guidance for possibilities of what we may have to come.
There are many things to consider like practicing prevention, transporting students, entering school buildings, serving meals, transitioning between classes and spaces within the school, conducting large group gatherings, supporting teaching and learning, and protecting vulnerable populations and low to no spread of COVID-19.
This is all before we even consider models of learning like the prospect of hybrid where students are on site some days while others are learning remotely.
In closing, I encourage everyone to continue practicing social distancing and the safety protocols put in place by our state. The more we adhere to it, the better chance we have at returning to school 100%!
Have a joyous summer and be proud of all you accomplished this school year!