Dear St. Margaret of Scotland Families,
Thank you for your patience as we have made decisions for our return to learning. In this time of growing COVID-19 infection, St. Margaret of Scotland is prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and their families.
St. Margaret of Scotland School plans to begin in-school learning in the Hybrid In-School stage of our Responsive Learning model on Monday, August 24. We will continue with Hybrid In-School learning only as long as necessary. Our plan is to increase the number of students physically on campus, up to full capacity, as soon as it is safely possible. Additionally, after reviewing the logistics, facilities, staffing, physical distance requirements and financial feasibility, the 2020-2021 SMOS school year will start without an Aftercare program.
Our intention is to work diligently over the next month to train and prepare teachers and upgrade technology for these learning paths.
A parent recently said to me that everyone just wants to be reassured that they are making the “right” decision. My answer is YES. Whatever decision that you and your family make for the upcoming school year is the right one for you. I know each time we watch the news or get on social media we start to worry… but I also know that God has a plan for us. Together as a community we can overcome this and much more.
I know that this year will be an adjustment no matter what plan or learning model we are using. If we are learning from home or learning in-person only a couple of days a week, we still get to create our own stories and memories as we try to set a new mindset for ourselves and our families. Through all of the many changes we also gain opportunities to enrich and enhance our school community even more. The core values of St. Margaret of Scotland remain the same…
That we serve a diverse and inclusive community of learners
That we provide a challenging learning environment for all students
That we offer many faith-filled learning opportunities
That we offer a safe and enriching learning environment
The full detailed document with information about the learning options, plans and schedules can be found in the attached Detailed – Fall Return to Learn Plan – July 31, 2020. We have considered many options and recommendations and believe this is the appropriate decision for St. Margaret of Scotland at this time. We will continue to consult with public health officials, our Steering Committee and School Board, and will use their guidance to continue our preparations.
If you have any questions after reviewing the Detailed – Fall Return to Learn Plan – July 31, 2020. please submit them by filling out this google form: Hybrid In-School Learning and an Option for Learning at Home Questions.We will take submitted questions to create FAQs for our school website and next week’s Thursday newsletter.
Thank you for your trust and support. St. Margaret of Scotland, pray for us!
Fr. Matthew O’Toole, Pastor
Mrs. Clare Young, Principal
Ms. Christine Burke, Assistant Principal