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COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Update

St. Paul Ann Arbor Families, 

 

The year 2020 is a year like no other. St. Paul continues to stand firmly on the solid foundation of Christ to offer quality education for your children.  Gathering students and teachers together daily creates a personal connection and interaction that provides a dynamic environment for learning. Along with the teachers inspiring the students through educational instruction, the development of social, emotional, and physical well being is essential for each student. St. Paul Ann Arbor continues to focus on walking alongside parents to provide the opportunity for each child to be confidently prepared for life’s journey. Now, more than ever in our lives, this is what we desire for our children.

 

The St. Paul COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plans and the Continuous Learning Plan establish the requirements that St. Paul School will implement to meet the Governor’s MI Safe Schools 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap. Our plans are designed with the consideration and recommendations of health officials and state and local leaders. While careful consideration has gone into the creation of this plan, St. Paul Ann Arbor recognizes that this plan must provide flexibility to allow us to respond to potential changes in local health regulations.

 

Click the corresponding cover to view St. Paul's preparedness plans for each of the phases in the governor's MI Safe Start Plan. You may also click on the buttons for letters from our superintendent and principal, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.      

Phase 4   Phase 5
  Phase 3  
  Letter from the principal  
  Superintendent Letter  
  Frequently Asked Questions  

 

This year, parents at St. Paul Ann Arbor will have the option available for their students to participate in virtual learning by quarters or for the duration of the school year. If you choose to participate in virtual learning by quarters, your student would initially remain on that platform until the end of the 1st quarter, and then you may re-evaluate. This allows our teachers to create the consistency that we know is necessary for optimal classrooms both in person and virtually. 

 

IN-PERSON LEARNING ON CAMPUS

Your child(ren) will be attending school in-person on the SPAA campus with their teachers. The students will practice required specific health and safety procedures. A student will transition to Virtual Connection Learning in the event of a need to quarantine.

 

VIRTUAL CONNECTION FOR LEARNING

Your child(ren) will attend school at home learning through a blend of synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (teacher-directed non-live instruction) learning that ensures a well-balanced and academically fulfilling experience.  Plans are being made to have a daily live connection with your child’s on-campus classroom. This live connection approximately once a day with their teacher may involve a devotion, Bible study, science lesson, etc.  There will be a combination of video recorded lessons, textbooks, printed materials, links to valuable resources that assist with the learning process, etc. The intent is to be selective in using technology and not be on screens most of the day. Since the pace will be different than in-person instruction, the work is more independent and age-appropriate accommodations will be made by the teacher. We will be continually evaluating this program and making adjustments as needed to ensure an academically fulfilling experience.  

 

In the event that the state places our school in Phase 3 to close schools, we will transition to our Phase 3 Continuous Learning plan for all students. 

 

The beginning of the school year will be a time for students to adjust and become familiar with the pace for a successful start. The week of August 31 will emphasize the following: 

 

  • On-campus students will start school on Monday, August 31. Along with the usual first week of introductions to the learning process, training will take place on additional health safety protocols and procedures in our building. 
  • During the week of August 31, virtual students will have scheduled zoom sessions with their teacher to acclimate them to their distance learning environment, including training on how to access the platforms and how they will be used. 

 

God’s blessings to our families and staff as we look forward to the new school year, 

 

Bob Burgess

Principal