Saints in the Summer
2020-2021 School Year
Update on Reopening School
After the Governor's announcement last week, we took some time to understand the reason behind her delaying the start of the school year. In fact, there were a variety of reasons, the most important being school readiness and state testing availability. While we ARE ready to start and our plan has a solid foundation built on health and safety, we have decided to delay the start of the year due to the state not having met the 48-72 hour testing metric yet (see below). There is great hope that this will be in place by the end of August. We will have to wait for the announcement on the 31st.
With that said, beginning on September 9th, we will have a "soft reopening." Each day a different team will have a half-day of orientation (8-11:30) in the school building. During these orientation days, teachers will have the opportunity to welcome their students, go over classroom routines and expectations, walk through a daily schedule, and go over all of the new safety protocols. This will also give our students a half-day of mask-wearing practice rather than going right to a full six-hour day. Students should bring a snack, a water bottle, and any supplies on the school supply list on their orientation day. We will not be having lunch at school. Here is the schedule:
September 9th - Grades 6-8
September 10th - Grades 3-5
September 11th - LS-Grade 2
Students that have chosen distance learning are invited to come in from 1 - 2 pm on their scheduled orientation day to gather any textbooks, etc needed to learn from home. This will be a full hour of orientation. If you would prefer to simply pick up the necessary items and not have your child stay for the hour, we can arrange that, as well.
As stated, the next announcement will be coming from the Governor on August 31st. She will determine if we are able to open our school fully, partially, or not at all. Please refer to my last newsletter that explains what each opening scenario will look like. We are incredibly hopeful and are absolutely ready for a full in-person reopening! This remains our goal.
All virtual student orientations will go on as scheduled this week, as well as all primary grade assessments. Our virtual parent orientation, originally scheduled for August 26th, will be moved to September 3rd. The times are below. This is taking place after the Governor's announcement so that we have the most up to date information to give to you.
Alterations have been made to the school calendar online. Please note these changes:
- September 3rd is our Virtual Parent Back to School Orientation
- September 9, 10, 11 are Student Orientation Days from 8-11:30
- There is NO October PD day for teachers - we will have school that day
- December 21 and 22 are no school days
- Last day is June 11th
I'm praying that everyone is taking deep breaths and enjoying a little bit of the summer sunshine. I'll be communicating again with you after the announcement on the 31st. Please email me with any questions. For now, be well!
Virtual Parent Zoom Sessions with homeroom teachers - September 3rd
LS-Grade 2 @ 5 pm
Grades 3-5 @ 6 pm
Grades 6-8 @ 7 pm
These sessions will be organized by homeroom. Links will be sent by your child's homeroom teacher prior to the designated time.
Families Choosing Distance Learning
- Your child will have two check-ins daily with either their teacher assistant (1-5) or Mrs. Rogers (6-8).
- Google Classroom (2-8) and SeeSaw(1) will be where all work is posted.
- You can opt back into school at any time. You just need to Mrs. McKenna, our Academic Dean with a formal request.
The RI Department of Health Playbook has been distributed. This will answer all of your questions regarding symptoms and how schools will be required to act in specific situations.
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