School Reopening Plan

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TIME: 4:00pm
DATE: 9/01/20

Based on recommendations from the Governor and the King County Health Department and knowing that St. Philomena School is part of the corporation of the Archdiocese of Seattle, and takes directives from the Archbishop and our Superintendent from the Office for Catholic Schools, St. Philomena School will begin the 2020-2021 school year using remote learning. This decision was not taken lightly. We have stated from the very start, our main concern is the safety of our students, faculty/staff, and our parents. If transmission rates begin to trend downward, and the health department, Governor and Archdiocese revisies their recommendation, we will look to bring students back when it is possible.

We know that this decision will have serious ramifications on enrollment and finances and we will have to deal with them. Given these unavoidable facts and recognizing the remote learning model makes different economic demands then in person learning, we are studying the financial figures with an eye on enacting a temporary tuition reduction. We will post this information as soon as it is available.

Our goal is that our students in grades Pre Kindergarten to 8th grade will take part in direct, live instruction. The Leadership Team is meeting next week and will create a remote learning plan with specific instructional goals, but know that schedules will be followed by all grade levels for live instruction. Students are expected to participate in all direct instruction and a variety of learning activities. Students will be expected to submit all class work on given due dates. We will also be working on remote learning protocols for all students.

We are flushing out the possibilities of different child care scenarios for parents that will need it.

I know for some of you this was not the decision that you were hoping to hear. I also know that we will lose some amazing and wonderful families and for that I am truly heartbroken. I want to thank you for your patience and your understanding. It seems like as all we know, things are continuing to change. I feel now at least we have a decision and can start planning. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Father Woodland and Kara for all their support with these difficult decisions, especially the financial ones. I also want to thank all the parents for your emails of support and for your dedication to St. Philomena School. Let's put our faith and trust in God and move forward.

God Bless,

Dr. M.