This page will be updated often and will serve as our primary source of information about restarting school this Fall at our six Consortium schools: Holy Cross, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Bernadette, Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Thomas More and the Dual Language Academy.
A message from our Executive Director - August 12, 2020
This letter is to confirm the plan for the return to school later this month. As was communicated to you two weeks ago, we will start school the week of August 31st. We will have a staggered start that week, with one third of the students choosing face-to-face coming on Monday, one third on Tuesday, and one third on Wednesday. While they are there, they will focus on practicing the health measures, updated classroom and school expectations, and learn how to access online learning materials. Since it’s possible we may have to move to a hybrid or remote learning option at a point this year, we want all students to be ready. Thursday will be a day set aside to meet with those who have elected remote learning. Friday will be a day for teachers to assess what went well, determine what adjustments need to be made, and plan for the next week where all face-to-face students will attend each day.
Approximately 15% of our students across the consortium schools opted for remote learning. This helps make social distancing easier to accomplish with fewer students in our classrooms. This does place significantly more demands on our teachers. Please be extra supportive of this dedicated group.
The principals and teachers in each of the Consortium schools are making very best efforts to guidelines from health care professionals including the following;
- Social distancing
- Keeping cohorts from mixing
- Ensuring optimal cleaning is occurring
- Everyone in the building wearing masks
Please encourage your students to be flexible as new ways of doing things are put in place.You’ll continue to hear from your school principals about procedures specific to your school.
Keep in mind these approaches apply only to school. Your decisions outside of school are important. If you want to keep your children in school, please make good decisions that support the entire community.
We will be working with the principals to the monitor the virus by tracking key metrics. We’ll use this information to determine if any changes in our learning approach may be warranted. We will make best efforts to communicate our status on a frequent basis. These metrics include the following;
- The Douglas and Sarpy County Department of Health dials
- The number of cases in our school zip codes
- The number of positive cases in each of our schools
Last, but certainly not least, please pray for all of our students, families, teachers, staff and principals as schools start.
Michael Goetz Chris Nelson
Executive Director Education Director