School UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 27

St. Mary's Families,

Prayer. Everything we do at St. Mary's begins with prayer. Please pray with us:

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.

- TOMORROW. We are 100% remote instruction tomorrow (Monday, Sept. 28) through Friday (Oct. 2). We will start the day online at ***7:45 am*** with our regular prayer, pledge and announcements. The Google Meet for that is here:  
  -- After prayer, pledge and announcements; students will login into their first period classes. Teachers will provide the links for their individual classes.

What's Next?  
- FRIDAY. There will not be Mass or any Senate activities at The Grace Center this Friday.
- OCTOBER 5TH. We still intend to return to 100% in-person instruction on Monday, Oct. 5. For parents that wish to keep their student(s) in remote instruction mode, we will support you.

How You Can Help.
- COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION. The expression, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on," has been attributed to Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, and others. Regardless of who said it, it rings true. When we announced on Friday that we had a positive COVID-19 test in the school community, I was greatly disappointed by how rapidly speculation about the situation ran through the community. As a reminder, by federal law, the school is not permitted to discuss the specifics (to include the names) of anyone involved with any medical situation. As parents, that should be a comfort to us. But that also means as a community, we should put a lid on the speculation and gossip. Gossip serves no purpose other than to cause harm.

Parents, Students, how are you doing?   
- TALK TO EACH OTHER. One of our local high schools experienced a suicide last week. Parents, make sure you're checking in with your children. Being back in 100% remote instruction can make the at-home communication both easier and more difficult.

- RESPONSE TEAM. When we received notification of the positive case late Friday morning, we were able to make a decision on how to move forward within a matter of hours. That would not have been possible without the input of the five people who form our Return to School Response Team in addition to myself. I'd like to express my gratitude to Mr. John Stinar (board chair), Dr. Andy Berson (board vice chair), Mrs. Christine Baldwin (board secretary), Mr. Mike Biondini (principal), and Mrs. Brigid Jacques (dean of students). Additional advice and wisdom were provided by Mrs. Tara Cuccinelli (St. Peter school nurse), and Dr. Pat Mills. All the information was processed and discussed quickly and professionally, and we chose to communicate with the community thoughtfully and deliberately. We knew information was trickling out, but we wanted to make sure the communication we sent out Friday was crafted properly and thoroughly reviewed.

COVID-19 coronavirus.  
- DATA. Stay informed. 

Daily Mass readings and Saints of the Day 

Deacon Rob Rysavy
St. Mary's High School