2020-2021 School Updates

November 16, 2020

Dear de Paul School Families:

We write to announce a revised schedule for the next two weeks of de Paul instruction.

  • dP will teach and learn remotely next Monday and Tuesday (11/23 & 11/24). Student bins and computers will go home with students on Friday, November 20.
  • dP will teach and learn remotely the entire week following Thanksgiving (November 30 through December 4).
  • Pending daily health assessments and attendance reports/notes throughout this two-week period, we will target Monday, December 7 as a return to campus. Students will return their bins and computers on that day.

With the escalation of confirmed cases throughout Jefferson and adjacent counties, including counties in Southern Indiana, we feel that this is a responsible precautionary action. Recent updates from the Metro Health Department have clearly stated that this is a high-risk time for viral transmission. Guidelines regarding gatherings, travel, and hygiene practices are heightened in their serious tone. Above all else, when we survey this present situation, we are reminded of our obligation to protect our students, teachers, and our extended school family.

We believe that this schedule revision is a prudent decision which will position us well for expedient return to on-campus teaching and learning in December. Each of us can contribute to that desired goal through embracing guidelines released by CDC regarding this historic Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your patience and trust as we do our best in navigating this school year. We will continue to use Jupiter Ed (emails) and One Call Now (emails and phone calls) to communicate any additional significant announcements.

 

Tony Kemper,

Head, The de Paul 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.