Notes from the Principal's Desk: School Culture Survey, Social Contract, and more



*increase of 7 close contacts

This year the Department of Catholic Schools is once again participating in the Johns Hopkins School Culture Survey 360. The information gathered from these surveys will help the School of the Cathedral and the Department of Catholic Schools plan for the future as we strive to meet the needs of our community. 

Below you will find two types of surveys. One survey is for parents and guardians of students who are learning 100% remotely. The other survey is for parents and guardians of students who are learning in-person, either five days a week or following our hybrid schedule.

We ask parents to please complete this survey by Monday, March 8th. It is crucial that all parents at the school participate in the survey in order to obtain a complete view of the school culture. None of the data will be linked with your identity in any way, and all responses will be kept completely confidential. 

Survey links were included in email. If you need them again, please email Beth Mayr at bmayr@cmoq.org.

We are excited to begin the process of bringing back more students for five days a week instruction next week. Second and third-grade students will return five days a week next week. Students in grades four through eight will continue to follow the current hybrid schedule. The week of March 8th middle school students will return five days a week, while fourth and fifth grade will continue to follow the current hybrid schedule. Fourth and fifth-grade students will return five days a week beginning March 15th. 

Although students are returning five days a week, there has been no change in maintaining student safety. This includes sanitizing procedures, keeping three feet of social distancing, mask-wearing, suspending after-school activities, and the need for families traveling out of state to inform the school of such travel.

We must remind and caution parents that adherence to the social contract of mask-wearing, social distancing, and informing the school of any out-of-state travel is necessary if we want the return of students five days a week to be a success. Especially critical is reporting the intention of any out-of-state travel. 

The evidence suggests that COVID-19 cases primarily come from large gatherings, often between family and friends, wherein the parties think meeting is safe and safety precautions can be relaxed. Traveling out of state and attending these types of gatherings increases the risk of COVID-19 spread within the school. While we cannot prevent families from out-of-state travel, there are guidelines in place to protect the school community when a family returns. Failing to inform the school prevents us from following those procedures, increases the risk of COVID-19 spread within the school community, and endangers our goal of bringing back all students five days a week. Faculty, staff, and families have made many personal sacrifices to enable the success we have had so far this year. We ask that everyone continue to commit to our community social contract so that we may strive to bring back all students five days a week for the remainder of the year.

Thank you and God Bless,
Michael Wright