Newsletter June 8, 2020

Dear OLR Families, 

I am happy to announce that with the completion of 8th grade graduation and our drop off/pick up last week, we have successfully closed out the 2019-2020 academic year!  I know there have been many questions and discussions regarding what the 2020-2021 school year will look like and I can assure you that our main priority is to welcome back students for in-person learning starting August 31, 2020.  

The Archdiocese has created a task force to work with the Federal and State representatives to establish guidelines and prepare all AOD schools for a safe return in the fall. It is the goal of Our Lady of Refuge, as well as all Catholic Schools, to continue to provide an excellent academic experience to our students and families. To that end, we have been diligently working to put together various plans to ensure this is a possibility. However, some aspects of our traditional learning days may look different at the start of the upcoming year. 

Our plans center around how to best reorganize classrooms to minimize student contact, the implementation of extra cleaning and additional measures to disinfect and sanitize our building, as well as possible changes to our large gatherings; such as Mass, lunch, and Leadership assemblies.  

In addition, as I mentioned in my last correspondence, we are transitioning to Freckle™, our new on-line learning platform for Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies that aligns with the Star360 assessment which the AOD will be using in place of the Iowa Assessment in the fall. Teachers have already started their professional development training on this program, which will give us the ability to quickly transition the curriculum to online learning should another mandatory shutdown be implemented by our Governor. More information on this will be forthcoming as the school year progresses.

Please know that the details of the plans we are developing, as well as the calendar you received during the drop off/pick up, are tentative pending the updated directives we will be receiving over the summer months from the AOD task force. Once definitive measures are ready to be put into place, they will be shared with all our families. I thank you again for all of your continued support and patience as we all navigate together through these unprecedented times. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to having all our students return to school in school in the fall!

Stay safe,

Mr. Rapal

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