CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

INFORMATION

March 14th, 2020 Update

 

Aquinas Catholic Schools will follow the directive of Governor Evers to close all schools beginning Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, April 3rd to respond to growing concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  All Aquinas Catholic Schools will be in session Monday and Tuesday, March 16th and 17th with a regular schedule in place including elementary aftercare. Please keep your student home if they are feeling ill, running a fever or returning from a trip out of state. We will spend time preparing our staff and students academically, emotionally, and spiritually for this school closure. All Aquinas Schools’ athletic and co-curricular practices, clubs, meetings, competitions, performances, trips, weekend events, and community/staff use of school facilities are canceled from now until April 6th. 

 

Below is a look at the full schedule for the next few weeks for our PreK-12 students at our schools; Aquinas High School, Aquinas Middle School, Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, St. Patrick Elementary School, and Cathedral Elementary School.

 

  • Monday, March 16 | Regular School Day (No After School Activities)

  • Tuesday, March 17 | Regular School Day (No After School Activities)

  • Wednesday, March 18 | NO SCHOOL (Mandated Closure Day)

  • Monday, April 6 | Schools Tentatively Scheduled to Reopen

 

 

As released earlier this morning, our administrative team has been working on a plan to continue to deliver educational instruction to our K-12 in light of this now mandated closure. Starting Monday, March 16th students will bring home necessary materials and directives detailing how learning can continue at home.  We respect that there is a delicate balance that needs to be maintained so as to not leave students/families feeling overwhelmed.  Provisions are being made for teachers to have regular electronic contact with students and families throughout this time.

 

Many questions and issues come to the table as we implement this closure and at-home learning. Some are:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.  

  6. How will the closure affect grading?  Teachers will continue to use standard assessment and grading methods to evaluate student work. 

  7. 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.

 

As of right now, local health experts say there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in

La Crosse County. As a reminder, 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.

 

 

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Contact ACS

Aquinas High School: 608.784.0287

Aquinas Middle School: 608.784.0156

Blessed Sacrament Elementary: 608.782.5564

St. Patrick Elementary School: 608.783.5483

Cathedral Elementary School: 608.782.5998

Central Office: 608.784.8585

Address

315 11th St S 

La Crosse, WI 54601