Our school leaders and staff have been working hard to be able to welcome our students safely back to our classrooms this fall. The Pandemic Preparedness and Readiness Plan (PPRP) is one of the fruits of that labor. It is rooted in our mission of supporting you, our parents, in the education of the whole child—mind, body and soul—and our shared desire, with the Archdiocese, to balance the real risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic with the significant consequences of keeping children out of the classroom.
We cannot eliminate risk for our students or our employees, but we believe the 40+ protocols outlined in this document enable us to open St. Michael Catholic School (StMCS) responsibly, monitor the health of our school community prudently and make wise decisions as the year unfolds. With your support on the home front—especially monitoring the health of your children and keeping them home when they are ill—we can navigate this pandemic and have a safe and successful year.
We know not everyone is heading into this school year with the same level of comfort or confidence, so in all we do this year, let’s lead with love. As a school, we will make decisions with the best information we have, following the lead of our bishops. We trust you with the best interests of your family. And in these unprecedented times, we can all take comfort in St. Paul’s assurance that “all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28).
May God bless us all abundantly in this new school year!
Fr. Brian Park