Notes from the Principal's Desk: Happy Thanksgiving!

SCMOQ CoVid-19 Dashboard

I am genuinely thankful that we have made it to Thanksgiving. If you had asked me in September how long school would remain open, I would have told you that it was unlikely we would still be opening our doors by Thanksgiving. 

However, through the faculty, staff, students, parents, and caregivers' tremendous efforts, we have come together, adhered to our social contract, and been able to remain open to our students. Let us continue to do so over the holiday break.
 
I would also like to thank the parents and community members who are on the frontline working towards putting an end to this virus or caring for those who have become ill and cannot care for themselves.
 
As we head into the Thanksgiving break, I would like to offer a prayer for everyone in the community.
 
Lord, we thank you for the goodness of our people and for the spirit of justice that fills this nation. We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the land and the challenge of the cities. We thank you for our work and our rest, for one another, and for our homes. 
We thank you, Lord: accept our Thanksgiving on this day. We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Giving Tuesday

On December 1, for the third year in a row, The School of the Cathedral will participate in Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Last year we raised almost $5,000 for the Annual Fund, and this year I am confident we will surpass this amount. All gifts will count towards the Class Participation Challenge, and you will also be entered in a Mustang Market Swag Bag Contest! Thank you in advance for your support.

Parent Survey Link

In September, we asked families to complete a CoVid-19 Wellness Survey to gain feedback at the start of this unique school year. As the end of the 1st Trimester draws close, we ask our families once again to complete a survey to assess students' and family needs. This survey does offer some open-ended responses to discern any themes regarding feedback within the community. 

We recognize that this can be an overwhelming time for many families, and we appreciate hearing from you. Your participation is entirely voluntary, and we value your feedback.

Please respond to the survey for only one of your children. If you have more than one child at Cathedral, you can complete the survey again for your other children. The survey will close on Friday, December 11. You can access the survey here: End of 1st Trimester Parent Survey

Re-enrollment Information

It is hard to imagine, but now is when we begin the process of re-enrollment for current families. The re-enrollment fee for families who commit on or before January 1, 2021, is $300 per student, with $225 applied to the 21-22 tuition. After January 1, 2021, the fee is $325 per student, with $225 applied to the 21-22 tuition. The re-enrollment deadline is February 15, 2021. All re-enrollment fees are non-refundable.

SCMOQ Task Force Update
As I have shared previously, the school's goal is to ultimately bring back students for 5-days a week in-person instruction. As part of this process, the SCMOQ task force has been working towards creating a plan to make this happen. A small group of the SCMOQ Taskforce has met over the past several weeks, and the larger Task Force will be meeting after the Thanksgiving break.
 
As we continue to wrestle with the resurgence of the COVID virus nationally and locally, we strive to act responsibly, in the community's best interest and root our decisions in data and science. While there is no specific number by which our decisions will be made, we have consistently tracked three community health data points in determining the feasibility of returning more students on-campus for in-person learning. The first is the number of new cases per 100,000 population. Second, the infection rate, and third, the positive test rate. This data is available on theCOVID Act Now website and the JHU CoronaVirus Resource Center. The data suggest that our local community trends continue to move in the wrong direction for all three of these indicators. The fact that these levels have not been seen since this summer and are increasing, we must recognize the possibility of an imminent outbreak. 
 
As a result, I do not see a time in the immediate future of returning more students to 5-days a week in-person instruction. For now, it is better to remain with the Hybrid schedule we have been following since the beginning of the school year. This format allows students to have some in-person instruction while mitigating any possible community spread.

Thanksgiving Travel

Finally, as we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday break, we remind the community regarding the protocols involving out of state travel and the return to school.

Any student returning from high-risk out-of-state or international travel will be required to quarantine upon their return until they provide evidence of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 administered after their return from travel, are asymptomatic, or they complete the entire 14-day quarantine.

We look forward to seeing everyone returning for remote instruction on Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st as well as our grade K-1 & B Cohort students back in school on Thursday, December 3rd.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

God Bless,
Michael Wright