Dear Notre Dame Community, 

The top priority of Notre Dame Catholic School continues to be the health of our students, school employees, and community members. As you were previously informed, Notre Dame’s campus will be closed until Monday, March 30th. This decision was made through our own administrative consultation and with the guidance of the Catholic Center to mitigate the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic. This cancelation also includes the closure of the Extended Day Program and the cancelation of all extracurricular activities on and off campus. 

Teachers are currently creating contingency academic plans for 3K – 12th grade students that should be taught at home during the week of Monday, March 23rd – Friday, March 27th. These academic plans are organized into packets that will contain thorough lesson plans and necessary materials for parents to use with their child. Administrative staff has been working closely with our teachers to ensure that developed lessons will not only advance students’ learning but also be attainable for all those at home. As an additional precaution, all of students’ textbooks and workbooks will be sent home as well. 

On Monday, March 23rd, we ask that all 3K – 12th grade parents come to Notre Dame to pick up their child’s academic materials. All 3K – 5th grade parents should drive alongside the front of the school on York Street, and all 6th – 12th grade parents should drive alongside the circle drive to pick up these necessary materials. Weather permitting, administrative staff will set up tables just outside the main doors and pass out students’ items. Please pull up to the orange cones, and wait for a staff member to bring your child’s materials to your vehicle. We ask that all parents and students remain in their cars to allow for proper social distancing. 

This will operate much like a drive-thru, and please be informed that all administrative team members will wear masks and gloves as they provide you with your child’s instructional materials. Scheduled drive-thru times are 7:30 am – 10:30 am and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Alternative plans will be made with parents who are unable to pick up their child’s items on Monday, March 23rd. Please contact Mrs. Gutgsell to communicate any potential conflicts. 

We ask that students complete their contingency academic plans by Wednesday, April 1st and return them to the teacher on or before this date. Additionally, all students with the written accommodation of “extra time” will be provided 1 or 2 extra days to complete the instructional materials per their accommodation plan. Know that your child’s teacher is available to you via email to answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s instructional materials, so please do not hesitate to reach out. 

At Notre Dame, we strongly believe that parents are the first teachers of their children. We thank you for your continued partnership to best educate your child, especially during these difficult circumstances. We pray that this week will provide families the opportunity to work closely with their child and gain greater insight into his/her learning. 

Lastly, we would like to thank our parents for promptly communicating all Spring Break travel plans to school administration. We fully anticipate that multiple students will stay home past March 30th due to traveling, illness, or parents taking an abundance of caution against COVID-19. Please know that future contingency academic plans will be created to ensure that your child’s education is facilitated during his/her time at home. Please continue to communicate all travel plans outside the country and any decisions to keep children home due to concerns regarding COVID-19 to Mr. Escobedo daniel.escobedo@ndcswf.org and Mrs. Gutgsell rachel.gutgsell@ndcswf.org. 

Please understand that this continues to be an evolving situation, and school administration will make informed decisions based on the guidance and recommendations from the Catholic Center and health authorities. We will be in communication with our families over Spring Break and during the following week with more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to school administration. 

Ultimately, our faith will allow us to remain strong during this difficult time. We encourage all of our families to view our newly released video that highlights the Catholic Identity present on our campus. Click here to view the video. We also ask that you continue to pray for all those affected by COVID-19 and for the health professionals caring for these individuals. 

Sincerely, Daniel E. Escobedo & Rachel Gutgsell 

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