SAINT PETER’S PARISH & SCHOOL

December 3, 2020

Dear St. Peter’s Family,

In the midst of this pandemic, we thank you for entrusting us with your students’ academic, social, spiritual, and physical development. We are proud that our Restart Smart Plan has enabled students to receive in-person learning for the majority of our first quarter.

According to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, however, spread in Richland County is at the highest level. Richland County will move to Level 4 or ”purple”, effective tomorrow, Friday, December 4. Per our Restart Smart plan, this will result in the continued use of remote learning for next week. Therefore, please plan on continuing with remote learning through Friday, December 11. We believe that this is the safest course of action at this time to ensure the health of our students and staff.

Remote Learning

Students will continue to attend school remotely following the remote learning guidelines and schedules distributed last week. Montessori/Elementary parents (Preschool-6) will be able to pick up their student’s remote learning packets on Monday, December 7 from 7:00-10:00 AM at their student’s designated building. As a reminder, attendance in virtual sessions will be taken and is required unless the school has been notified regarding your student’s absence.

Return to In-Person Learning

If our county status changes from purple to red and our campus indicators as outlined in the Restart Smart Plan are not met, students will return to in-person learning Monday, December 14.

Remote Lunch Pick Up

St. Peter’s School is providing a week’s worth of bagged lunches free to any currently enrolled student. Pick up is available every Monday from 10-11 AM or 3-5 PM at the door behind the cafeteria. To order, simply email Brenda Schuck on Sunday before 8 p.m. at [email protected] with your student’s name(s), grade level(s), and the time you will pick up. If you cannot pick up at your scheduled time, please email Brenda and let her know. Ring the bell and your child’s lunches will be brought out to you.

Technology Support

Tutorials for remote learning software are available at https://sites.google.com/myspartans.org/parent-guardian-technology/home If you have any technology issues, if your student’s iPad is not functioning correctly, or if you are in need of a wifi hotspot, please contact our Director of Technology, Sam Chamberlin at [email protected]

Mass

During these challenging times, our school continues to support the growth of our students’ faith through their theology classes and our televised weekly Masses which you can access on our YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/c/mansfieldstpeters

Financial Assistance

Should the pandemic find you in need of financial assistance, we encourage you to reach out to Paula Nestor, [email protected]

Revisions to the Restart Smart Plan

We recognize the burden this transition places upon families and assure you these decisions are made after careful consideration of many factors impacting our campus community. To better understand our students’ and families’ needs and concerns, we invite you to provide us feedback by completing this survey by December 9th: https://bit.ly/2JwJnNf.

We thank you for your patience as the administration and Restart Smart Committee continue to refine to provide the best opportunities for our students’ academic growth. Our goal continues to be to provide our students with the best educational experience possible during the pandemic. If Richland County continues to be under the “purple” designation as we enter 2021, the administration and Restart Smart committee will reassess our ability to return to in-person learning.

Going forward, please be vigilant about following current health guidance including social distancing, wearing masks, and hand-washing. Following these protocols is essential to reducing the level of spread in the community and allowing us to get back to school in-person. Also, please notify the school as soon as possible if anyone in your family tests positive for COVID or needs to quarantine so we can take appropriate precautions.

This week, we begin the season of Advent, a time of hope for the coming of the Christ child. We ask that you continue to pray for all those who have been impacted by this pandemic, and for our school community. May this also be a season of hope that an end to this health crisis is near at hand.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Mrs. Ashley Rastorfer, Elementary Principal/Montessori Director

Mr. Jonathan Cuttitta, High School/Junior High Principal