Opening of School 2020-2021
When evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide! That we may find serenity in Your presence, and purpose in doing Your will.
Hello, and welcome to St. Anne School!
Words will never do justice as to how much we appreciate your child and your family being involved with our school. We are excited to have the children back.
I wish to give you an update on several items in regard to how things will operate (at least in the beginning) this school year. Please know that any procedural decisions that are made or changed are done so with the highest regard and commitment to doing everything we can to provide for the overall health of your child/children, as well as everyone’s children, our school staff, and our school on the whole.
All Reopening, Procedural, and School Health Plans will remain fluid and be adapted/adjusted accordingly as health requirements change or if/when specific needs arise.
I would like to warn parents ahead of time that things may be a bit chaotic to begin (as none of us have ever been put in the situation we find ourselves in), but I can assure you our entire staff is committed to working through things and will strive to ensure things eventually run as smoothly as possible. Please be patient with us as we get acclimated to these new procedures and routines.
As always, parental concerns and suggestions are accepted and appreciated more than you can ever know.
#1 Morning arrival. Our temperature check plan will be changing. Instead of having parents drop off students and then waiting to depart (ensuring your child is properly admitted to school), we will be temp checking at the vehicles upon entry into the parking lot.
#2 If you have not yet stopped into the school office to finalize your child’s registration for the 2020/21 school year, please do so prior to August 18, 2020. We are here at the office daily between the hours of 9am-2pm. As we expect to be very busy with all of our school health procedures on August 19, we will not be taking any registrations that day.
Please remember that our dismissal time on Wednesday, August 19, is 1pm. AfterCare will not be available.
#3 Here is an addendum to our ReOpening and School Health Plan.
If families will be traveling domestically, out of state, please inform the school. The school will follow any applicable travel, 14-day self-quarantine, guidelines which MAY be in place through the local health department. Any international travel will require a 14-day self-quarantine period from school upon return from the trip.
#4 An additional clarification in regard to any student or staff member that exhibits a fever (designated as 100.4f or above): The individual must be fever free, without the use of fever reducing medications, for a consecutive 24 hour period, prior to returning to school.
Example, in the event a fever is identified at 10am on a Monday, the student or staff member would not be able to return to school until at least 10am on Tuesday. However, with our School Health Plan, we would err on the side of caution and ask the student or staff member to please wait until Wednesday morning before returning to school.
#5 As you pick up school supplies or do any last minute school shopping, please think about grabbing some additional hand sanitizer to send into the school. I have found that Menards usually has a supply of these items.
I have also given you the link to our school supply lists on our website. https://www.stanneschooldixon.org/
#6 Due to our Reopening guidelines, we will be making a slight shift in our PreSchool. To maximize distance, we will be separating our PreSchool students into three classrooms. The teachers: Ms. Edwards, Ms. Schuller, and Ms. Noble will be offering a unified and growth-mindset type curriculum. Ms. Noble will be instructing our younger “Pre3” students, Ms. Schuller will be taking our older 3’s and younger 4’s, and Ms. Edwards will be teaching our older 4 year old and PreK students. Basically, we added a transitional “Pre 3/4” class. This allows us to make the best use of our classrooms and distance students accordingly.
We are completing some final student registrations for PreSchool over the next several days. We will be reaching out to our PreSchool families as soon as possible to share which teacher your child will have. I respectfully request as much patience as possible. This is obviously an atypical year and, as a result, the demand for St. Anne School has increased within our community. We will, of course, communicate with all families as quickly as we are able.
#7 As we do have occupancy restrictions in the church, students will attend “All School Mass” every other week. We will be going with an EVEN (K,2,4,6,8)/ODD (1,3,5,7) rotation.
During the off week, the students not attending Mass will be praying an additional Rosary on Fridays. This way we can make sure all of our students spend time in God’s house on a weekly basis.
As we start this school year, please know that, while stressful for all of us, we have a distinct advantage in this chaotic time. We know that if we stick together, have faith, turn to our Lord in times of trouble, and continuously focus on what is best for our children and our families, we will persevere.
In these times of great adversity our strength as individuals of faith, as members of the St. Anne School/Parish Community and as God's Children, will emerge.
Please know that I speak for everyone at St. Anne School in that we are truly blessed to be serving your children and your families.
Mr. Michael J. Armato
St. Anne School
1112 North Brinton Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021