This week we began welcoming back our 6-8th grade classes! As you can imagine this came with great excitement as well as some snafus! I believe all students were genuinely excited to see, and in some cases physically meet, their classmates. We experienced some wi-fi issues which we are working on. We ask for your continued patience as the load on our network needs to be fine-tuned. We had to battle through what seemed to be the windiest day of the year. Recommended cross ventilation in classrooms was adhered to and in turn caused some items on the walls to fall down and break due to the wind. Again, unanticipated and something that can be easily worked through. While we have planned as best we can for the return of all grades, slight variations in the plan, such as movement of students on campus while outside, still need to be massaged a bit so as to ensure social distancing is maintained. We will be working together with our students to make sure this happens!
I would like to ask that all families again review the established protocols for the safe return of students to the hybrid learning model and discuss the plan with your children. For example, a great deal of time was spent throughout the day reminding students to keep their masks on properly and keeping them socially distanced. These are two key factors in our plan that must be adhered to. I know it is difficult for students and staff to be in a mask all day. We have discussed the need to be both understanding and accommodating in this regard by allowing students to simply take a moment outside alone if requested and needed. Please help us relay this message to our students by reinforcing the importance of the concept with your children.
Administratively it was a revealing day. I received several messages from parents wanting to report that they were aware of other families that brought their children to school after having either traveled or having engaged in what was perceived as risky behavior. We as a faculty and staff have done all we can to create a learning environment here on campus that adheres to the recommended health guidelines in an effort to maintain an opportunity for our students to be on campus. The rest is up to our school community if we are to prevent our return to 100% digital learning. The recommendation from health officials is that if you travel over 150 miles and/or are in a position of increased exposure that you self-quarantine for a period of 10 days to ensure no COVID symptoms present themselves. This keeps us all safe. If made aware of such a circumstance I am obligated to inquire with the family in question in order to keep our students and faculty safe. If I determine the activity jeopardizes what we are trying to accomplish on campus, your children will be asked not to return to campus for the 10-day period and continue with digital learning. Please know that I will not, nor do I have the resources to, independently search up to see what families are doing. In fact, it is my opinion at this point that families need to police themselves. Families need to hold themselves and each other accountable. Our teachers and staff are concerned for their safety but are choosing to come on campus to teach. I ask our community to respect the risk our teachers and staff are taking by keeping them and our students safe.
Grounded in Grace,
THANK YOU TO ZYANYA GUTIERREZ – 8TH GRADER
Zyanya made face masks for the students and faculty/staff to keep them safe during their return to on-campus learning. She made them by hand and donated them to our school. Thank you Zyanya for being a faith-filled person and globally responsible citizen.
Grades TK-5 enjoyed a virtual assembly presented by Jose-Luis Orozco. We sang in Spanish and danced around – what a great time!