Dear Saint Albert Community,
The administration wanted to take the time to update the community concerning the coronavirus, especially after Governor Reynolds’ press conference on Tuesday morning regarding the increase in positive cases in the state of Iowa.
Although we finished our first quarter in the middle of the pandemic, with few interruptions, we implore all of our families to continue to take safety precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Please continue to practice:
- Wear your mask properly – covering your nose and mouth.
- Social distance from others outside of your household.
- Stay home if you or someone in your household is sick, currently being tested for coronavirus or awaiting test results, someone in the household has tested positive, or a person has been instructed to quarantine by the county health officials.
- Be mindful of evening and weekend activities.
Athletics and Activities
After this morning, there are further guidelines that warrant communicating with our families:
- We are suspending all athletic banquets at this time through January 10 due to phase 3 regathering guidelines released by the diocese.
- Basketball and wrestling guidelines will be communicated to all families in the coming weeks.
- We have suspended the band pep bus for Friday’s game.
- With the new clarification provided by the Governor and support from the University of Northern Iowa, IHSAA is full steam ahead with the semi-finals this weekend. There is not a 2 person limit at the game on Friday. Black Hawk County is now limiting the game to 2,400 which is 15% capacity of the UNI Dome. You only may purchase tickets today ONLINE. There will NOT be walk up sales at the box office. For more information on the tickets, please see the instructions at https://saintalbertschools.
org/wp-content/uploads/2020/ 11/Football-State-Guidelines. pdf.
This summer, we published our return to learn plan, which is still available on the school’s website. With the increase in cases, we want to remind everyone about the hybrid learning model. Although we are not currently pursuing this option, we want our community to be mindful that it may become necessary to implement this learning model to keep our staff and students safe. Please consider what arrangements will need to be made to accommodate your household.
- All students who participate in remote learning will receive grades, and attendance will be recorded.
- Teachers will provide direct lessons, personalized instruction, and students and families will be expected to adhere to all appropriate learning expectations.
- Students will be assessed and will receive regular homework assignments.
- The same school policies and procedures apply to students when participating in remote learning, just like when they attend class in-person.
- Breakfast and lunch will still be available.
Your student’s daily schedules will remain the same as their 8 period day. Their teachers will communicate with them via Google Classroom, which is also how they will “attend” class.
If your last name begins with letters A-K:
- attend school on-site Monday through Wednesday of week one
- attend virtually Thursday and Friday of week one
- attend virtually Monday through Wednesday of week two
- attend school on-site Thursday and Friday of week two
If your last name begins with letters L-Z:
- attend virtually Monday through Wednesday of week one
- attend school on-site Thursday and Friday of week one
- attend school on-site Monday through Wednesday of week two
- attend virtually Thursday and Friday of week two
At this point, we have not reported positive cases building-wide due to FERPA regulations and guidance from the Department of Education. If your child may be linked by contact tracing, an administrator or one of the school nurses will be in contact with the child’s parent.
We continue to pray for all of those affected by the coronavirus.
Saint Albert the Great, pray for us!
God Bless You,
Anne Rohling ’82
Saint Albert Catholic School