Dear SPC Families,
Thank you for your patience as we work to best inform you of all the decisions being made for Fall 2020. The reopening teams are busy finalizing plans, but I want to make you aware of some information as it becomes available.
If you have not already enrolled or made your tuition agreement, please do that ASAP, there is important information at the end of this letter regarding re-enrollment.
This email contains the following information:
2020-2021 CALENDAR CHANGES:
NEW FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL & ORIENTATIONS
Orientation schedules are as follows, and we know that this may mean families have to make a few trips to school, but it is important that we phase in the school year in this manner, and we appreciate your understanding. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building with their children.
For August 25th and 26th, students will only attend (no uniform required) for their assigned time.
Early Childhood will be given a more specific orientation schedule at a later date.
NEW SCHOOL START DATE: August 27th for all grades!
FALL EVENTS THAT ARE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED:
TIGER FUN RUN--Moved to May
GRANDPARENTS DAY-Postponed indefinitely
FALL Parent-Teacher Conferences-Moved to October 8th and 9th (will happen via zoom-this will allow for mid-trimester conferences and an extended Columbus Day Break)
Holiday Breaks: I do not anticipate any changes to Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter Vacation.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CONSIDERATIONS:
We know the early childhood classroom is unique; therefore, the Office of Catholic Schools has just released guidelines specifically for Early Childhood. If you have an Early Childhood student, you also received an email from me earlier today.
FAQS: (These questions appeared on the survey last week that I am able to answer at this time) If you have not already read through the documents sent from the Archdiocese, I highly recommend you read them. They are very detailed and answer many questions. These are the documents that are guiding our work at SPC. CLICK HERE FOR THE ARCHDIOCESE REOPENING PLAN.
HEALTH AND SAFETY QUESTIONS:
What type of thermometer is being used?
Will children be allowed to wear shields instead of masks?
Will teachers be allowed to wear face shields instead of masks?
What type of mask should my child wear?
Is there a timeframe provided of when masks could be eliminated?
I noticed in the Archdiocese plan that if kids are outside and social distancing, masks can be removed? Will that be able to happen at SPC?
Will teachers have to quarantine if they take a trip?
Will children be allowed to bring/use water bottles instead of using the water fountain?
Will I still be allowed to volunteer?
Will Hot Lunch Friday's still be offered?
CATHOLIC IDENTITY/ACADEMIC/EXTRA-CURRICULAR QUESTIONS:
Will students go to Mass in person or watch Mass virtually?
Will extended day programs be offered, such as Sticky Fingers and Bricks for Kids?
Will athletics be offered?
How are cohorts defined?
Will Dr. M consider changing cohort assignments after I receive my childś assignments?
How will cohorts in the UGC take into consideration Advanced Math? (only applicable for grades 6-7-8)
For example--all 8th graders will take math period 1, all 6th graders will take Math period 3, and all 7th graders will take Math period 5.
Cohorts are allowed to move to a different classroom (as long as safety precautions are in place) for Math. Therefore cohorts are not being defined by Math groups. After Math, students will return to their homerooms where their teachers will be rotating to the classrooms.
Where will PE take place?
How will electives for 7th and 8th Grade be decided?
Will twins be placed in the same cohort?
Will SPC definitely be back to 5 full days of instruction, or is there an option for SPC to choose a hybrid of in-person and remote learning, allowing students to attend in shifts?
No, the Archdiocese of Chicago has planned for a return to 5 full days of instruction. Families who wish to enroll in the Archdiocese Remote Learning Program will be enrolled through SPC. Please see below for more information on this option and a link to register.
The Reopening Plan for the Archdiocese mentions a remote learning option if I choose to keep my child home. What are the details?
REMOTE LEARNING OPTION:
Families who wish to continue to be enrolled at SPC and the Office of Catholic School Remote Learning Program should complete the registration form below. At the moment, details available are as follows:
TUITION: Please refer to the documents previously sent from the Archdiocese related to tuition questions. CLICK HERE (Answers regarding tuition are located on page 12)
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL QUESTIONS:
URGENT-- RE-ENROLLMENT REMINDER:
PLEASE COMPLETE THE RE-ENROLLMENT PROCESS & TUITION PLAN (FORMERLY THE SUMMER MAILING)
Thank you to those who selected their payment plan in the tuition section of the online enrollment process. Please complete the online enrollment forms listed in the left menu, beginning with the Enrollee Information form. The tuition portion is required now, and all other portions may be completed and submitted by August 1st.
Feedback will be provided throughout the process to help you complete the enrollment packet. A yellow caution sign will appear in the menu next to forms that are missing required information. If a form contains all required information, a green checkmark will appear next to the form's menu item. You may save and return to your packet at any time.
Thank you again for your attention to this email. There is so much information and it is being refined daily! Even though this is quite the task, I find great joy in knowing that we will be together again in August! May God continue to watch over you all!
Dr. Erika Mickelburgh