Mariner Minutes

August 13th, 2020

Principal Message

Dear St. Mary School Families,

Thank you again for all of your patience and feedback as we have navigated preparing a reopening plan. After careful and prudent consultation with the Erie County Health Department and recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, State of Ohio, and Diocese of Toledo, the reopening plan has been reviewed, revised, and is available. As stated previously, the goal, as of today, is to return to a five-day in-person school. However, the plan also establishes contingencies in the event the school needs to adjust to any mandates and/or extenuating circumstances that may impact the school. This school year will require us all to practice patience and flexibility as changes to the plan may be needed at any given moment. I will continue to work in close consultation with Parish Leadership, Erie County Health Department, and the Diocese of Toledo to provide the safest possible learning environment and deliver an exceptional, Catholic education to our students. If there are questions regarding the plan, please submit them using the Google Form at the end of the reopening presentation and I will compile them and answer them in the most conducive format regarding the amount of questions and frequency.

With the need for flexibility during this school year, there are several items that I need families to check on. In this newsletter are instructions for Final Forms. Please ensure that you have completed Final Forms registration and have up-to-date contact information. There is also a transportation survey, please take a moment and complete this. I am also looking into adding another avenue of communication for our families. More information will come next week for this communication platform.

Last week I updated that we were in the hiring process and hopeful to resolve that search. However, we are still in the hiring process for our two open positions. As soon as a hire is made for those positions, I will communicate that out to families and the community.

Lastly, as we enter the new school year and adjust to the changes and navigating education in the age of a pandemic, there will likely be questions. Therefore it is important to follow the expected chain of communication. I ask that questions pertaining to the school, that is school level concerns and questions, be brought directly to my attention. Questions and concerns regarding individual classroom instruction, grading, procedures, and expectations please email with your child's teacher. This will ensure clear and timely communication.

Thank you,

George Mitchell

St. Mary School 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

Transportation Survey

In order to tailor daily school procedures in the midst of this pandemic, it is important for us as a school to know the transportation methods of our students to ensure safe arrival and dismissal procedures can be followed. This information will also help us to work with Vermilion Local Schools to find transportation solutions during the time that VLSD is fully virtual and St. Mary School is continuing in-person instruction. Please take a moment to fill out this survey. Thank you!

Transportation Survey

First Day of School

The first day of school has been pushed back to Tuesday, September 8th. The first day of preschool will be the following week on the 14th. The new official school calendar will follow soon.

Online Learning Option

St. Mary School is offering an online learning format that will run synchronously with the in-person school. Lessons and materials would be provided through Google Classroom daily. A commitment for the first quarter is required. Please contact Mr. Mitchell if interested

Masks and Hygiene

The Ohio Department of Health issued a mask mandate for all students K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. St. Mary School will require masks in accordance with the state mandate as well as for the preschool. Parents, please begin to work with your children on wearing masks properly and becoming comfortable wearing them.

Also, please practice proper hygiene as well. Please visit for guidelines.

How to Wear a Mask
What You Need To Know About Handwashing