Thank you to all of our families who took the time to take the survey last week! We had many more responses to the survey than last time, so that is greatly appreciated! With that said, a majority of our families do not feel comfortable sending their child back to school on January 4th and 79.3% of our families support our decision to be virtual the week after Christmas break. Please know that I understand virtual learning is not ideal, and honestly not what any of us want for the students, but Father and I believe it is the best and safest decision at this point. We have every intention of returning to face to face instruction beginning Monday, January 11th.
We currently have 3 students and 1 staff member that have tested positive for COVID-19. We have created a COVID dashboard on our website that we will continue to update with the number of positive cases as well as the number of students and staff currently quarantined. This can be found under the school drop down menu on the website. We are urging families to please keep us updated on your symptoms and positive test results. It is imperative that we have this information to help keep everyone in the school community safe.
Thank you for your continued support and please let me know if you need anything!
This is just a friendly reminder to any of you who may still need to turn in calendar raffles. CALENDAR RAFFLES AND STUBS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020. Calendar stubs and payment can be turned in one of the following ways:
I have attached a parent survey at the bottom of this email. Please click on the red button titled Parent Survey to begin answering questions. I have included questions regarding what decision you prefer we make about our learning environment after Christmas break as well as questions about your virtual learning experience thus far. Your input on this survey impacts decisions that are made, so please take the time to fill out this survey. I am asking that all families fill out this survey by Friday, December 18th at 12pm. Thank you!
Thank you for everyone's patience and understanding through this process. I spoke with the Health Department this morning and we have notified all families that have students who were in close contact with the student who tested positive. If you did not receive a phone call from the school office today you do not need to quarantine at this time. We are asking that all families continue to inform us on symptoms and positive test results. It's very important that we understand the spread throughout the school community so that we can respond accordingly. I will be sending out a survey to parents tomorrow regarding next steps. Please take the time to fill out the survey, it is important for us to understand how our parents feel when making decisions. Teachers have been working today to prepare for virtual learning and should be in contact with you at some point throughout the day giving you an idea of what to expect for the next week of instruction. We will be deep cleaning all classrooms as well as all common areas throughout the school. If you need anything or have a question about virtual learning you are welcome to email me.
In my last email I stated that virtual instruction would start on Wednesday December 16th for students. I need to clarify that students will not be in school tomorrow and will not have virtual learning tomorrow. According to our policy that was developed this summer, we stated that should we find ourselves in an event such as this, the staff would be given a prep day to get ready for virtual instruction to begin. Although we will be following our general guidelines for virtual instruction, some small things may change given the situation. Teachers will message out to families tomorrow and you an idea of what to expect. If you need anything please don't hesitate to email me. Thank you!
I unfortunately am writing to inform you that we have a student who has tested positive for COVID and another student who has symptoms and is awaiting test results. I have contacted the Walworth County Health Department and am waiting to hear back for further guidance on who is considered a close contact and how long quarantine will last. We have reason to believe that although it is just one positive case that multiple grades and multiple staff members have been in close contact. This is something that I will need to discuss further with the Health Department and I believe they will contact families individually that are considered to have a student that is a close contact.
As of right now the plan moving forward will be that all students in grades K3-8th will be virtual starting Wednesday December 16th-Tuesday December 22nd. All students were sent home with their books and the students who needed Chromebooks were supplied with them before leaving. I will continue to stay in contact with you throughout the night and into tomorrow as I learn more about next steps and guidance to families moving forward. As of right now, our decision to be virtual the week after Christmas break is being put on hold. I understand that this changes many things regarding that week and that we will do our best to respond to this situation in the most thoughtful and responsible way possible.
I have received some phone calls and emails this morning from parents who are upset over the decision to have virtual instruction the week following Christmas break. Most of what I am hearing is that they feel that it is best for students to be in school for face to face instruction. This is something that I agree with and am doing my best to support. I am urging you to consider the fact that we have many students and staff that are in a high-risk category and getting Covid could potentially affect them on a much larger scale than others. It is my job to do my best to protect the health and safety of all students and staff.
Many Catholic Schools in our area have had to shut down without advanced notice for multiple weeks due to positive tests within the school community. Although East Troy Public has made the decision to remain open, they have 50 positive Covid cases and 219 students currently quarantined. This is something I am trying to avoid for our school community and this decision is an important part of that.
It is unrealistic to expect families not to gather for holiday celebrations. With that in mind we are trying to give extra time between the holidays and returning to school in the hopes that if families have been exposed they will begin showing symptoms during virtual week and this will avoid the spread of the virus within our building. According to our survey that was sent to families, the majority of our families were in support of this decision. I understand that everyone has different opinions about what is the best course of action and I am doing everything possible to understand and accommodate to the differing view points. Walworth County Health Department has recommended that all schools in our area be virtual until after the holidays. It is important that I take these recommendations seriously and make decisions based on these recommendations.
Please know it is my goal to make decisions that will allow us to maximize in person learning time. This virtual week is a proactive effort that we see as the best way to achieve that goal.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to take the survey that was sent out. The feedback was very helpful for decision making moving forward. I also received excellent feedback from families regarding virtual week. I am so grateful to the teachers for all of their hard work and to our families for being understanding and flexible. Given the current recommendations from the Health Department as well as the feedback from the survey we have decided to go virtual for the week after Christmas break as well (January 4th-8th). I have been very impressed with the way that all of our families have responded to the pandemic and I appreciate you diligently following the schools Covid policies. I know that being virtual puts an addition strain on all of our families, but please know that this decision was made as a way of hopefully preventing a situation where we would have to be virtual for an extended amount of time due to positive cases within the school. I will be sending out a Virtual Learning Survey for families to better understand how the process went and how we can improve. Thank you again for your continued support of St. Peter's School!
Reminder that calendar raffles are due to the school or parish office no later than December 21st.
Our Builders Club is currently collecting snacks for The Treehouse which is a great organization that helps teens. You can bring in snacks of any kind until December 18th. We appreciate you helping donate to a great cause.
We are taking a small break from the popcorn and juice until after our Christmas break. I will send a reminder once we start this event again in January.
Virtual Christmas Concert
Our Christmas concert will take place next Thursday afternoon. Due to Covid we are not able to have an audience join us for this wonderful event. We had previously stated that we would try to host a Facebook Live event for our concert, but it is logistically not possible with the layout of the concert. To abide by social distancing guidelines we are splitting our concert into three mini concerts with different grade levels and with the starting and stopping, a live event just won't work. We will however record the concert in its entirety and send out a link to view it in the newsletter. I know our students are proud to show off their hard work!
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Mass on Tuesday December 8th
Tuesday is a Holy Day of Obligation and therefore mass this week is going to be on Tuesday instead of Thursday. Please make sure that students are in uniforms on the correct day.
If you ordered a wreath from our fundraiser this year you are able to pick up your order in the school parking lot this Saturday from 4pm-6:30pm or Sunday 9am-1pm.
As the weather begins getting colder students have more winter gear that they are bringing with them to school. We are asking that all students begin using their assigned area downstairs to store their winter gear that they bring to school. Mrs.Kaminski will be at the bottom of the entry stairs assisting kindergarten students with this new routine.
Family Fun Night To Go
If you signed up for a meal to go for Friday December 11th and have not yet paid, please do so on Monday December 7th.
Virtual Christmas Concert
Students will be participating in a virtual Christmas Concert this year on Thursday December 17th. We are going to try to stream the show live on Facebook and we will also be adding a link to view on the newsletter. Students will need to bring their clothes for the concert with them to school that day. This is a church day, but students can come in dress up clothes that day instead of uniforms.
Student report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, December 9th in red folders with Grades 1-8. Kindergarten report cards are only sent home twice a year and will be sent home before the students leave for Christmas Break.
Morning Temperature Checks
Beginning December 7th, we will be taking student temperatures inside the school building. We have realized that the thermometers have not been reading accurately in the colder weather. We are asking that parents still form a car line and let the students out of the car starting at 7:30am. There will be someone there to open the door for students from 7:30-7:45am. After 7:45am, the students are considered tardy and will need to be let in through the front doors.