Fall 2020 Plans and Return to School Updates

Weekly Updates

Thursday, June 25 Update

Thank you to the 309 parents who participated in the SMOS PLAN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL IN FALL survey.  Your insights and shared experiences are valuable in our planning to safely reopen the school on August 13. We are working now to summarize all the survey responses into a document that we can share back with you. We care about everyone in our school community and are taking all of these wishes and concerns into account.

Teams of dedicated parents and teachers have begun meeting and will use the data and feedback provided in the parent survey to guide their work. More information about the committee’s focus and structure can be found in the attached graphic. All committees have been asked to provide recommendations to the steering committee and school leadership by mid-July with the intention of sharing a full report back to you, our school community, on July 31st.

The ultimate goal of our summer planning is to prepare for a safe, healthy, full return to school. We will continue updating everyone weekly via Mrs. Young’s Thursday newsletter, on this webpage, and on the SMOS Facebook Page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Young or Ms. Burke.


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Steering Committee

The members of the steering committee are parishioners, school parents, and experts in their professional fields that will work with St. Margaret of Scotland administration to coordinate an overall proactive planning effort to re-open school for learning, with increased attention to the health and safety of the SMOS community.   

If you have questions regarding the reopening of school, please contact Mrs. Young or Ms. Burke.

School Administration: Clare Young, Principal; Christine Burke, Assistant Principal; and Chris Stephens, Administrative Support

Co-Chairs: Bridget Andrews and Mary Lisa Penilla

Members: Jenny Schmidt MD, Chris Heisig, Tom Reitenbach, Cliff Reynolds, Sherry LeBlanc, Shannon Grass, Ryonnel Jackson, and Michael Mille

Steering Committee

Planning Timeline

In the month of June and early July, our St. Margaret of Scotland planning committees will meet to develop a plan to safely reopen the school in August.  In mid-July, all of the committee work will be assembled in a proposal to Fr. O’Toole for final approval.   Our timeline aligns with the working timelines of the Archdiocese Task Force and St. Louis public school districts.  We hope to provide our plans for fall no later than July 31st.  If at any point during our planning, a full return to distance learning or partial return to school becomes imminent, we will communicate that ASAP in order to give SMOS families adequate time to make plans accordingly.

June 1 
Survey to parents went out

June 14
Survey was due

June 18
Survey results will be distributed to subcommittees to begin planning

June 21
Subcommittee meetings begin to plan to safely reopen the school in August

June 28
Subcommittee meetings continue to plan to safely reopen the school in August

July 10
Subcommittees present recommendations to the steering committee for final approval

July 16
Steering Committee reviews recommendations, mandates, requirements, and begins to develop a plan

Release plan to safely reopen school to SMOS community

Thursday, August 13
School Reopens

Planning Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions

We will add questions as they come up and we get more specific plans in place! If you have questions or feedback, please email  Mrs. Young or Ms. Burke.

What day will school reopen/start?
School is still to begin on Thursday, August 13th. Part of our planning will be to determine what school will look like when it reopens.

Frequently Asked Questions