Back to School 2020-2021

September 2, 2020

Please view the latest issue of the Husky Weekly for de Paul Back to School Updates:

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August 21, 2020

Dear de Paul School Community:

The de Paul School announces that we will open for on-campus instruction on Tuesday, September 8. Our schedule for the next two weeks will be:

Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28  -  de Paul Remote Instruction
Monday, August 31 through Thursday, September 3  -  de Paul Remote Instruction
Friday, September 4  -  No School (Oaks Day Holiday)
Monday, September 7  -  No School (Labor Day)
Tuesday, September 8  -  Regular, On-Campus School Day

We have initiated the creation of a remote option for families whose children cannot attend on-campus instruction due to health concerns. We will be in a better position next week to communicate the details of that option as they emerge.

The Faculty and Staff will be making time in the coming two weeks to rehearse our specially developed procedures (protocols). There may be modification in our team-based virtual office hours during the week of August 31 in order to provide sufficient time. Any modifications in the dP Remote Instructional schedule will be communicated in advance to our families. Over the next two weeks, we will share with families particular protocols (management of ill students, response to a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our school community, arrival/dismissal routines, visitors and campus access, and healthy at home recommendations) so that all are aware of what we will need to do as a community to support a safe, healthy, and productive de Paul campus.

We will continue to monitor closely the Healthy at School guidelines published through the Kentucky Department of Education and an abundance of back-to-school guidance provided by the National Association of Independent Schools. We will monitor responsibly information shared each day through our State and City Officials and will consider that information valuable in our decision-making throughout the year. We are tracking the local and regional reports and trending of confirmed cases, positivity rates, and impacts of the virus on school-aged children. We are compelled to comply with a Government order which mandates that schools close throughout the Commonwealth.

The careful and research-driven redesign of our classrooms, facilities, and new procedures are reliable in moving forward. Our spacious campus and divisions will be ideal for a reduced enrollment that may not exceed 150 total students this year, as we intentionally space our students responsibly throughout our buildings. I fervently believe that our school is one of the safest and best prepared settings in which our students can learn, thrive, and reconnect as de Paul School learners. Please look forward to future communications in the coming two weeks as we share more information about an important return to our school campus.

 

Tony Kemper, Head of School

JCPS Meal Sites for Students

Jefferson County Public Schools’ Nutrition Services is distributing free breakfast and lunch to all children (both JCPS and non JCPS students) 18 years old and under. The program also includes JCPS students over age 18. Families can drive or walk up at any of the sites and get the meals from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. each weekday while schools are closed. Each child present can get a breakfast and lunch. Here are the sites and menu. Contact Ashley Brandt, ashley.brandt@metrounitedway.org with any questions.

Funding for Those in Need

Greater Louisville’s corporate community has come together to create One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund aimed to assist families and nonprofits in need in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual households may request support by contacting their nearest Neighborhood Place Location. Here’s an overview of the fund including who is eligible for support, how to request assistance, and how to donate.

The de Paul School Remote Instruction Program

The de Paul School has rolled out a comprehensive and specially-crafted remote instructional program. It includes synchronous sessions led by our faculty, with students engaged multisensorily in a new teaching and learning landscape. Over 95% of our students are attending/participating each day -- an attendance that rivals any “normal” school day.

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Tips from Our de Paul School Faculty

In these uncertain and challenging times, consider these important points for safeguarding our children’s emotional health and wellbeing:

Reassure Children That They Are Safe

You undoubtedly have had conversations to set your child’s mind at ease. It will be important to revisit these conversations regularly. For example, review that most people who become infected only get mildly ill and recover fully. Amid nationwide alarm and upheaval, our leadership in maintaining perspective is essential.

Call attention to ways people are helping others. Express appreciation to doctors, nurses, volunteers, and others who help those who get sick.

Communicate a positive perspective about hygiene and social distancing. Rather than talking about these from an anxious and self-protective point of view, emphasize that these are ways we help our community and keep others safe. This is how we join the ranks of the helpers.

Discuss how our bodies are very good at fighting off viruses.

Reduce And Prevent Anxiety

Establish a daily routine and stick to it. While children and teens may balk at structure, they need it for their own emotional security.

Set an example of calmness and confidence. As new information unfolds, children are watching your reactions to determine whether they should feel safe. They need to know that the adults are secure and confident in protecting children.

Frequent and repeating news reports are emotionally toxic. Daily death tolls, divisive debate, and casting of blame teach pessimism and despair. Limit children’s exposure to these news cycles.

Avoid conversations that depict worst case scenarios. Help children separate reality from rumor and fantasy.

Monitor Online Activities

Enforce screen-free time each day. Yes, remote instruction and social distancing will require increased screen time, but the fact remains that offline time each day is essential. Play board games, play in the yard, read books, or take a stroll together outside.

Enforce nighttime technology restrictions. On school nights, students should be restricted from late-night chatting or game playing.

Help your child navigate his/her online social life. Be aware that online interactions can bring unique forms of conflict or stress.