St. Elizabeth School 2020-2021 Reopening Plan

August 1, 2020 (Sent via Sycamore)

Dear St. Elizabeth Families,

Thank you for your patience in waiting for our Reopening Plan information.  We recognize this is a challenging time for families as you also try to plan for your family needs and circumstances.  We have worked hard to create the safest possible learning and working environment for St. Elizabeth students, teachers, and families.  Please read the information in this email closely and I ask that you review the links at the end of this email.  The links will include our St. Elizabeth Reopening Plan Summary, the complete Reopening Plan, detailed information about our Connected Learning Plan, and information from the Kansas City Health Department Interim School Guidance.

Our Task Force has worked diligently this summer on these documents and we will continue to make adjustments as guidance and protocols change sending out revised plans if necessary.  Flexibility is the key word and we know that we need to be adaptable and anticipate changes during the course of the school year.  These documents will help to guide us in keeping our students and staff healthy and learning for the entire 2020-2021 school year.  You will likely have many questions after reading through these documents.  We urge you to keep a list of your questions and we will work to address a variety of topics in the next couple of weeks.  We will be releasing a series of YouTube videos soon that will go into greater detail on the specifics of our reopening plan, and our new systems and procedures for the upcoming school year.   We will also have Anticipated Frequently Asked Questions document in the Weekly Update to be sent on Thursday, August 6.  We also recognize that, if local conditions continue to indicate health and safety issues for staff and students, the date and/or format for learning (Face-to-Face or Connected Learning) may need to be further adjusted. 

We are planning to return to school five-days per week for Face-to-Face Learning for our students.  As announced last week, Bishop Johnston recommended delaying the start of school by one week from our original start date.  Our K-8 students will begin on Wednesday, August 26 in a half day (noon dismissal) and for full days following the first day, and our PS & PK students will begin in a full-day on August 27.   This decision is based on the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, and our ability to provide instruction to our student population with appropriate physical distancing in place based on our available space.  Teachers will begin their professional development, as scheduled, on August 10. 

We are blessed with a brand new ECC building to be dedicated on August 16.  While the building of this new space began long before Covid-19, the timing couldn't be better.  This new space allows for us to have optimal physical distancing practices.  In our efforts to provide as much physical distancing as possible, we will use the old ECC building for our first and second grade classes this year.  The third grade will move to the cafeteria and the Spanish/Band room.  Additionally, we will use alternative spaces for some junior high cohorts. 

As of now, 5% of students have opted in to Connected Learning at home for the semester.  After reviewing the reopening plan, if you would like to move your child to the Connected Learning Program, please let me know by Wednesday, August 5 at 5:00 pm by emailing me directly.  Remember this is a semester-long decision for your family.  We will not be able to switch a family's preference from Connected Learning to Face-to-Face Learning mid-stream.  However, at any time you may move from Face-to-Face Learning to Connected Learning during the course of the first semester.  We understand the weight this decision carries, so we want to provide enough information for you to make an informed decision for your child.  Please see the link on Connected Learning below.

The Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten students in our ECC will continue Face-to-Face Learning, even if circumstances in grades K-8 require them to be home with Connected Learning.  Also, we continue to assess in our planning whether or not we will be able to provide After Care.  More information will be shared soon regarding After Care. 

Thank you for your patience this summer.  As I mentioned earlier, there is much that can change in the weeks to come.  Please know I will continue to keep you posted about all updates. We will continue to do our best to communicate with you.

We want to see all of you soon!  So, please practice social distancing, wear face masks, wash your hands often, and stay safe!

Sincerely and God Bless,

Mike

St. Elizabeth Reopening Plan Summary

St. Elizabeth Complete Reopening Plan

St. Elizabeth Connected Learning Plan

Kansas City Health Department Interim School Guidance