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School UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 13
School UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 13
St. Mary's High School
Monday, August 17, 2020

St. Mary's Families,

Let's change the order and start with prayer:

THE MEMORARE
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy, hear and answer me.
Amen.

Updates

- Schedules.  You should have a schedule for tomorrow's (Friday's) activities, and you should have a class schedule for your student (or students).  Please review them carefully.  To help ease us back into the school, there will be plenty of staff members to direct traffic and help students understand how to navigate the school, but a little bit of schedule study will go a long way.  THANK YOU for your patience as we worked on the school and student schedules.

- Health Screening Questionnaires.  PARENTS.  Next week, before we "officially" start school on Wednesday, we will send you a health screening questionnaire for each of your students.  That questionnaire will come with the stipulation that you have completed the basic health screening EACH TIME your student enters school property.  We will be checking temperatures at the door (or before they board the bus if you are using school transportation) before allowing students and staff to enter; however, we will not have time to complete and review a health screening questionnaire for every student every day.  When you sign that letter next week, you are agreeing that you will assess your student(s) each time they intend to enter school property.

- State COVID-19 Guidance.  As you may know, yesterday the state updated the COVID-19 guidance as it pertains to schools.  After our initial review, it does not appear there is anything in that guidance that immediately impacts our plans, but the staff is doing a deeper analysis today and we will keep you informed on any potential changes.

COVID-19 coronavirus.  

- Current Status.  The five-day moving average of new cases is the lowest it's been in about a month for both the US and Colorado.  Hopefully that means the state and county will not take any drastic actions that negatively impact our ability to educate our students in person.  That said, DO YOUR PART.  Government officials have made it clear that if cases start spiking, they may take away our freedom to act.  Wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance. 

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  
https://covid19.colorado.gov/
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/    

What's Next?  

- Super Hybrid Friday.  TOMORROW.  We're looking forward to seeing students back in the school! REMEMBER, FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED!

How You Can Help.

- Stay healthy!

Parents, Students, how are you doing?    

- Talk.  Parents, stay engaged with your students.  The coming weeks and months will likely be filled with flexibility and adaptation.  Change is hard.  Make sure you are checking in with your students and talking to them about how they are navigating these often challenging times.

Mass Readings and Saint of the Day.

www.usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/index.cfm 
www.franciscanmedia.org/sod-calendar 

Respectfully,
Deacon Rob Rysavy
President