We have received communication from the Archdiocese of Seattle that all Catholic schools within the Seattle School District will need to close starting from Monday, March 16 through March 30.
Classes will remain in session as scheduled tomorrow, March 12, but closed for our previously scheduled professional development day on March 13. Remote / digital learning will begin on Monday, March 16th.
We will continue our regular scheduled day tomorrow to give an opportunity for teachers to better train students in online platforms and practice remote learning tools. This will also allow us to help train families who do not have digital access to technology at home and support the accessibility as best we can. These practices will ensure equity and continued learning in our community.
Per Archdiocesan guidance, “This closure includes any planned school events such as fundraisers, community events, and field trips. During this time, school buildings will not be open to children, parents, or community members.”
We recognize this will cause a significant impact on the lives of all in our school community, from parents to grandparents to children, other care providers and our teachers and staff. It is certainly not taken lightly and we want to acknowledge with gratitude your patience through this process as we navigate an unprecedented event in our community.
Please note: Teachers have been preparing for the possibility of an extended closure, and will be communicating directly with their parents/students on Friday regarding their specific expectations over this closure period. Expect your child to come home tomorrow with some materials and books needed during this time of closure. Please provide an extra bag for your child if you can!
In general, here are some basic guidelines of expectations for OLG Remote Learning:
- Students will be expected to engage in academic activities as part of an age-appropriate academic plan provided by the teacher for the school closure period.
- Teachers will be in consistent communication with parents and/or students, depending on age level, about expectations on assignments and due dates via email and Google Classroom
- Assignments will be assessed and feedback provided either through our online resources or upon return to school, depending on age level
- Teachers and staff will continue to be available via email for questions regarding assignments or expectations. If you do not have access to a computer at home, please contact the school office.
Thank you for your understanding of the need for this extended closure period. In this time of Lent, I am reminded of the words of taking up trust in God in the midst of stress and uncertainty. It is my hope we can take those words to heart especially during this time of challenge. We will continue to keep you updated on any new information that we learn. Our parish life is also changing… for more click here. For a larger view, watch Archbishop Ettiene’s video here. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please let me know.
Yours in Christ,