Back to School

Back to School Plan
Posted on 08/07/2020
Important Links from the August 6th Parent Meeting: 

Please click HERE for a link to the video. 

Here are links to the 
PowerPoint and FAQ

August 5, 2020 Update (New!)
Dear Mishawaka Catholic School Families,

As we weigh all of the factors that contribute to the overall well being of a child, we acknowledge there is a balance between their social emotional, academic, and physical well being.  We also respect that parents are the primary educators and are responsible for evaluating those factors and what is best for their family.  That is why we are offering the choice for in-person or virtual learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. 

We ask that you review all the data, risks and benefits associated with returning to school and make an informed decision.  After reviewing the Back to School Plan, Virtual Learning Overview, and other recommendations provided for your consideration, please fill out the 1st Quarter Learning Option Form by August, 11, 2020. 

Back to School Plan 2020-2021      Describes our different modes of learning and specifics like mask                                                                                           requirements, cohorts, movement about the building and arrival and dismissal

Virtual Learning Overview              Describes what learning will look like for families who opt to do learning at home.

 

MCS Health Protocols                   Describes what will happen if a member of the MCS family gets sick. 

 

Information for your consideration:

Recommendation of St. Joseph County Health Department 

The Center for Disease Control 

The American Academy of Pediatrics

 

We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday, August 6, at 7:30pm at St. Monica church for our Back to School Night.

 

God Bless and Go Saints!

Mrs. Karen Salvador

Principal

Mishawaka Catholic School

Mishawaka Catholic School builds disciples of Jesus Christ through faith formation, academic excellence and service to others in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. 




August 2, 2020 Update 

Dear Mishawaka Catholic School Families,

We have come together as a community to provide what we believe will be the most fruitful beginning to the 2020-2021 school year.  While we all wish we had the opportunity to see into the future, God has yet to bless us with that gift. 

After prayerful consideration, we have chosen to offer both an in-person and a virtual option to our Mishawaka Catholic School families for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.   How blessed are we that our three campus system allows us the opportunity to have all our students return to campus every day of the week.  With close to 80 students in a building at a time in 6 separate classrooms, we can adequately social distance without a hybrid model of alternating days.   We understand that the direction of COVID may still cause us to have to change those plans in the future, but we are committed to remaining flexible, responding creatively and continuing to do what is in the best interest of our entire community. 

We will open our buildings to families beginning August 13th.  We will offer a parent/student welcome and orientation on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 by sign-up only. This ensures we can properly social distance and minimize the number of people entering each campus.  Sign-ups will be sent out with dates and day/evening time slots available.  During this orientation, parents and students will have the opportunity to meet their teacher(s) and a few classmates, see their new classrooms, drop off any paperwork and school supplies, and learn how to navigate Google Classroom and/or SeeSaw.  

The week of August 17th, we will have only 1/3 of our students in each campus at a time to take the NWEA test.  This will allow our teachers to have the data they need to gauge where our students are academically and better prepare for instruction.  These tests take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, so again, we will ask you to choose a day and time through a sign-up process.  Parents will be asked to stay in their cars while students take the exam or drop off and return within an hour.  

August 24th we will start full time instruction. The Church strongly reiterates the primacy of the family to make decisions about the best educational choices for their children.  We are giving families that choice and that flexibility and will strive to provide an equitable service for those who wish to stay home.  We will be asking parents to look at all the risks and all the options and make an informed decision as to whether to return in-person or virtually. 

In-person, students and staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times. Enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices will be put in place as well as less movement throughout the building by students.  Students will be socially distanced in the classroom with multiple chances throughout the day to be outside or in the gym, 6 feet apart and without a mask.  We know that students need more “brain breaks” and opportunities to stretch and move in this environment, so we are getting creative.  We have added more faculty so class sizes are being kept to a minimum to provide for adequate social distancing as well.  

Virtually, instruction will mirror what is taking place in the classroom.  Teachers will have recorded instruction as well as instructional videos to introduce lessons and concepts. This will not be synchronous learning, as our teachers will be with students throughout the day.  However, we will be offering virtual “office hours” so students and parents can connect.    Students in grades 3-8 will be required to complete assignments through Google Classroom.  Students in K-2 will be using SeeSaw (many of their assignments will be done on paper, but uploaded or captured by a phone or tablet camera).

Most importantly, ALL STUDENTS will be able to participate and grow in their faith.  We will still have school Masses and/or prayer services, adoration, rosary and opportunities to be in community with our peers and the Lord.  Whether virtual or in-person, Christ is still at the center of everything we do as a Catholic community!

We know there are many questions, and we want to address them all.  Given the changes, we will be holding the in-person Back-to-School night as previously planned on Thursday, August 6th at 7:30 in St. Monica Church.  We recognize that some families are not able to attend, so we will record this as well as other informational videos for parents.   To best prepare, we have created a Google Form for you to ask any questions you would like to see addressed and included in a FAQ document.

The administration, faculty and staff are beyond excited to connect with every student.  They are working tirelessly to make this the best experience possible.  Please pray that God guides us through the decisions, opportunities and challenges before us!

God Bless and Go Saints!

Mrs. Karen Salvador

Principal 

Mishawaka Catholic School




July 13, 2020 Update (Not current/some info has changed)

Dear Mishawaka Catholic School Families,

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we have worked together to bring you this Back to School Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. We have used data and facts (IN-Class Back to School Plan, Diocesan Planning Guide, St. Joe County Health Department guidance) to create a plan with the staff and students’ health and social/emotional wellbeing at the core.  This plan is a working document, and we expect there will be updates and alterations as data and guidance changes.  As we all know, “the best-laid plans…”

We will be having an in-person Back to School Meeting for parents on August 6, 2020.  We will offer two time slots, 12:00pm and 7:30pm. Both will be held in the church at St. Monica. One parent/guardian must attend one of the sessions, and due to restrictions we ask that everyone wear a mask and students stay home.    We will review our plans, provide guidance on Google Classroom and answer questions you may have.  There will be more information coming as the date approaches.

Given the changes, there are a few alterations we need to make to our school supply list.  We recognize that finding disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer will be a challenge, so we have purchased those products for our classrooms.  You may take those off the list.

 The following are additions:

  • St. Bavo Campus

    • Pre-K - 2nd “yoga” mat for rest time or alternate seating.  

These will be cleaned and sanitized.

  • St. Joseph Campus

    • 4th Fine Point Black Sharpie

    • 5th Personal Pencil Sharpener 

 
  • St. Monica Campus 

    • 6th-8th Sterilite(or similar) black crate for storage in the classroom.

                 (dimensions are about 17 x 14 x 11)

 

There will NOT be an Opening Day this year before school starts.  Students’ pictures will be taken at a later date.  We ask that all paperwork is sent with students on the first day.  Preschool and Kindergarten parents, information regarding the first day of school will be forthcoming. 

Please take a moment to look over the plan. As I’ve said these plans are based on the data and information we currently  have.  Should something change, we will communicate as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  

MCS Back to School Plan

 

God Bless and Go Saints,

Mrs. Karen Salvador

Principal

Mishawaka Catholic School

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