We hope you are all safe, healthy, and enjoying the summer weather! The re-opening Task Force is staying up-to-date with the guidelines from Marin Health and Human Services, Marin County Office of Education, and the Archdiocese Department of Catholic Schools, and will continue our reopening planning. Final approval is a multi-layered process and we appreciate your patience. As always, bringing our students, faculty, and staff back to a safe environment is our top priority.
We hope you are enjoying the first week of Summer Vacation!
We are actively making plans for our return to school on August 19, 2020. Given the necessity of complying with local health regulations and the uncertain trajectory of this pandemic, we are designing a variety of contingency plans in order to ensure that we reopen with as little disruption to our families and schedule as possible.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has communicated to school leaders that we will remain in our current Distance Learning Protocol through the end of the school year. At St. Patrick School, we are planning instruction through May 29th. Our school days in June will consist of celebratory events and end-of-year activities for all grade levels.
Before Easter break, the faculty and staff worked diligently with this potential outcome in mind. We analyzed the responses to parent surveys, individual parent emails, student comments, and teacher observations. This additional effort was completed with the goal to improve instruction and learning. Now, more than ever, the focus should not be on a grade, but on the process of learning. Distance Learning is an opportunity to practice executive functioning skills such as time management, organization, and planning. These are life skills that benefit students in their future school careers and beyond.
The current situation is unprecedented and the “new normal” calls us to work together to provide predictable structures and put learning expectations in place for our students to maintain a sense of normalcy and to feel grounded in purpose. We cannot ignore the fact that this could be challenging for some students and families, but together we believe our students will continue to meet our School-Wide Learning Expectations as Skilled Learners, Thoughtful Individuals, Active Christians, and Responsible Citizens.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs. Hadsell and the Faculty/Staff of St. Patrick School