August 3, 2020 Update - 2020-21 School Year Reopening Plan
Included below are some important and recently updated resources for you to review regarding our policies and procedures for the reopening of our schools next month. (Please follow the link to access each resource.)
For grades PreK-6, students will attend in-person learning five days a week in cohort classrooms. Students and staff will follow all required safety protocols set up by the school including wearing state-mandated face coverings while at school. Students will remain in their cohorts during lunch and recess. Students will be provided with mask breaks outside and we will maximize opportunities for outdoor instruction, activities, and lunch when appropriate and available.
For grades 7-8, students will attend in-person learning five days a week in classrooms. Students and staff will follow all required safety protocols set up by the school including wearing state-mandated face coverings while at school. Students will remain in their classrooms for their lunch. Students will be provided with mask breaks outside and we will maximize opportunities for outdoor instruction, activities, and lunch when appropriate and available.
Aquinas High School we will begin the school year with a hybrid in-person learning plan. This plan is designed to reduce the number of students by 50% in the school, during passing times, and in classrooms to allow for maximum social distancing. Students will be assigned to one of two groups, based upon a family’s last name. This will allow half of the students to attend school while the other half engage in remote learning at home. Complete details of the plan will be shared by the high school administration by end of the week. This plan will allow school officials to closely monitor student and staff member health and the prevalence of the virus in our community. As we proceed into the first three weeks of school, we will see if conditions safely allow for an increase in the number of times students spend at school.
At home, virtual learning option. We respect that parents and families all have unique needs and considerations. Therefore, families may forego the in-person plans described above and elect to enroll their child(ren) in a 100% virtual learning option. Due to staffing constraints and continuity of learning, this option requires that students commit to this plan for the entire first quarter. We ask you to contact your school office by email to register for this option by Wednesday, August 12th. Principal emails are listed below.
Blessed Sacrament: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Patricks: email@example.com
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.
The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change quickly. All policies, procedures, and information are subject to change based on the advice of our local health department and/or the Diocese of La Crosse. Any and all changes are and will be effective immediately. It is important to keep in contact with your school and read all communications.