This past spring semester we were all thrown for a loop with the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
In hindsight, we feel very blessed with our nimble Holy Rosary faculty and staff who were able to quickly shift to an online learning environment and minimize the impact to our students. In fact, Holy Rosary students were back on their learning paths in digital classrooms merely a week after spring break; an impressive achievement comparatively to other areas of the state that took several weeks to mobilize.
We are currently planning an in-person classroom learning experience for the 2020/2021 school year. In addition to our already small classroom sizes and our continued focus on a culture of virtue (encouraging students to be respectful and tidy), we will be developing and implementing a mitigation plan including the below elements.
- Intensified cleaning, disinfecting and sanitation practices
- Limiting the number of students in common areas including staggered lunch and recess schedules
- Limiting unscheduled guests
- Training for all staff and faculty
- A possible digital/classroom blended experience for certain topics and/or grade levels
- Establishment of communication protocols if there is a COVID-19 case within our community
We are also already anticipating the coming school year will have its fair share of turbulence resulting from COVID-19 and the decisions of our elected officials in response to the virus. We have spent time evaluating lessons learned from this spring semester and moving forward we will be better prepared to move to a full digital environment if needed with minimal disruption to our student’s learning.
Finally, in addition to ensuring the physical safety and academic continuity for our students, we are also astutely aware and concerned for the mental, emotional and spiritual health of our students. What a blessing that the choice of a Catholic Education allows our educators to take time to address the whole student and guide them in partnership with their families.
We will update this page as we continue to use this summer to develop plans for the coming school year.
In the meantime, thank you for your patience in this difficult time, and may God continue to bless you, your family and our school.