June 17, 2020 Update - BISHOP CALLAHAN LETTER (FALL PLAN)
On June 17, Bishop Callahan from the Diocese of La Crosse announced our Catholic schools will be opening this fall according to regular schedules and policies, in conjunction with state and local policies.
You can read his full letter to all of our Catholic school parents and guardians by clicking here on the link below
Our school leaders have started reviewing the feedback we received from the Parent & Guardian Survey regarding COVID-19 and our online learning period. Our school leaders are meeting on a regular basis to continue planing for the 2020-21 school year.
April 21, 2020 Update - A message from our President
Aquinas Catholic Schools Parents,
I hope you continue to be healthy and safe. Here are our plans for the education of your child(ren) for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The school calendar shows the last day of school is Friday, May 29. In consultation with the Aquinas Catholic Schools leadership team, we will continue to deliver new instruction through Friday, May 22. We will close out the school year Tuesday, May 26-Friday, May 29. This will consist of collection and return of materials, possible extra support and assistance in academic areas, and any other student/school needs.
Students will continue to receive letter grades. A mid-quarter report and an end-of-the-year report card will also be issued. You will receive more details from your individual school principal in the coming days. As we work with this at-home virtual learning process, I ask that you reach out to your child's teachers if you have curriculum or grading questions.
We thank you for your cooperation and support during this time. This difficult situation has created unprecedented circumstances that make these decisions and actions prudent and necessary. Our prayers continue for the health and safety of all those affected. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your building principal or me.
President, Aquinas Catholic Schools
Many questions and issues come to the table as we implement this closure and at-home learning. Some are:
Will the school buildings be open? The Aquinas Catholic Schools Central Office will remain open. All school buildings will be closed including school offices. Phone and email messages will be checked on a regular basis.
Will attendance be taken? The at-home instruction allows for these days to be counted as regular attendance days. No formal check-in process is required.
What if my child is sick during the campus closure period? Like a normal sick day, they should make up the learning experiences that they miss with the extra day(s) usually afforded them.
Will these days need to be made up at the end of the school year? No - the At Home Learning Plan allows for these to be counted as regular attendance days, and these days will not need to be made up.
What if my 7-12th grade student does not have access to a device or internet? Please communicate this with the school office as early as possible.
How will the closure affect grading? Teachers will continue to use standard assessment and grading methods to evaluate student work.
What if my child has an ISP or 504 plan? Students will follow their general education lesson plans and teachers will be available.
This situation will be monitored and evaluated by administrators and adjustments will be made as needed and communicated to families and stakeholders.
Here are some things you can do to help prevent the spread of illness in our community:
Stay home if you are feeling sick.
Wash your hands often.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Follow guidance from the CDC and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health if you are traveling.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.