June 30, 2022
Dear Parents, Guardians and Caretakers,
While the school year has only just concluded, we are already preparing for 2022-23. I’m writing you today to inform you of new and updated COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming school year.
These protocols have been developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago based on the experiences of the past two years and how we can provide the best learning environment for our students while protecting everyone’s health and safety.
As always, our focus is on maximizing in-person instruction and minimizing the disruption to our students, families and staff, while maintaining a safe environment for everyone.
- Based on data collected since removal of the mask mandate earlier this year, we’re doing away with contact tracing and the actions we required for close contacts of someone with COVID-19. Close contacts will no longer be required to mask, quarantine and social distance at lunchtime.
- Individuals who test positive must isolate from all school activities for five days and report the positive case to their school. Upon their return to school, for days 6-10 no masks are required if they test negative. Absent a negative test, they must mask during the school day and social distance at lunch.
- We will inform families of all in-school, positive COVID-19 cases. Families are encouraged to take any precautions they consider appropriate.
- Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or any illness should stay home while sick.
- When there are three cases in a classroom within a 10-day period, all students in that classroom must mask for 10 days.
As we have all learned during the pandemic, things can change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. As a result, our protocols may also change as we progress through the school year. Please do not hesitate to contact your school if you have any questions, comments or other feedback on these protocols.
Because of your commitment to what’s best for children and our communities, and the dedication of our principals, teachers and staff, our Catholic schools have been able to provide in-person instruction for the past two years. We’re honored that you entrust the education of your children to us.
August 2, 2022
Dear Parents New to St. Patrick School in Grades K-8,
I wanted to take a moment to officially welcome you to St. Patrick School and thank you for entrusting your child into our care. We do not take this responsibility lightly. The upcoming school year will be St. Patrick’s 65th anniversary as one of the most reputable Catholic schools in our area. The faculty, staff, and I take great pride in continuing this excellent reputation throughout our parish and community.
Being new to St. Patrick School, I would like to share some important information and dates with you as we approach the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.
The first date is this Thursday, August 4: This is our Forms Night and Used Uniform Sale to be held in our gym from 4-7 p.m. It is important for you to attend this evening if at all possible. There is paperwork to complete (yes, I know…more paperwork!) and items for you to receive. You could also find some very good deals on gently used uniforms.
The next date is Thursday, August 18: SPS Meet and Greet & Ice Cream Social from 3-5 p.m. This occasion is an opportunity for you to come in and meet your child’s teacher, bring in their school supplies, see the door / procedure for drop-off each morning, and then enjoy an ice cream in our gym with other families.
Friday, August 19: This is our Kindergarten Welcome for Parents and Child from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Students should come in their new SPS uniform. Parents and our new Kindergarten students will enter our Boehm Center doors (middle doors) and come into our gym. Your child’s teacher and aide will come into the gym to take your child to their new classroom. Parents will then join Mrs. Krista Khayat and me in the Historic Church basement for a coffee and presentation on important SPS policies and procedures. This morning is also a wonderful photo opt time.
New parents (only - sorry no children) in grades 1-8, are more than welcome to join the Kindergarten parents in the Historic Church for our 8-10 a.m. presentation on SPS policies and procedures.
Monday, August 22: This is the first day of school! All students in grades K-8 will be in attendance for half a day. Our early dismissal is at 11:45 a.m. There is no Gurnee or Woodland bus service on this day.
Tuesday, August 23: This is the first full day for students in grades K-8. There is no Woodland bus service on Tuesday, August 23.
Saturday, August 27: Our first fundraiser, the Hornet Hustle. This is a 1K, 5K, or 10K fun run. Register and join us if you can!
If you will be dropping off your child each morning, remember drop-off times are from 7:35 – 7:55. Kindergarten students and grades 2, 6 enter through the Bohem Center doors (middle doors). Students in grades 1, 3, 7 enter through the Main School Entrance. Those in grades 4, 5 & 8th enter through the stage doors.
This year’s dismissal procedure will revert back to our pre-COVID procedures. Parents will park their cars in the center of the parking lot and get out of their cars lining up to enter the stage doors. Please avoid arriving before 2:30. Dismissal (calling of names) begins at 2:45. Every person picking up a student must have the official SPS Family Card with their name on it (these are given out at Forms Night.) This allows them into the building. A staff member will meet the person at the stage door and call the family name. The adult will walk around the catwalk to the Boehm Center doors (middle doors) where they will meet their child. Together you will walk to your car to exit the campus.
You recently received a letter from Mr. Greg Richmond, Superintendent for the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago concerning this school year’s COVID protocols. As you will see, these protocols have eased from those of last year. You will want to be familiar with what still exists however, so please make sure to read this letter carefully.
In the next week or so, you will be notified by Mrs. Lisa Lindgren who your child’s classroom teacher is for the coming school year.
I am looking forward to another great year at St. Patrick School! I’m eager to get to know each one of you as the year goes on.
In peace and gratitude,
Mrs. Mary Vitulli Principal
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