April 2, 2020
We are extending distance learning through the end of the school year. This decision was made after much discussion and prayer by members of the President’s Council, Principal’s Council, and Academic Leadership Team. We made this decision with the hope that it will alleviate some of the uncertainty for families in this time of many unknowns. It also ensures the quality of teaching and learning by allowing teachers to plan lessons and pace the curriculum appropriately. Students should focus on finishing strong despite the extraordinary circumstances.
March 30, 2020
President Mike Loyet '77 shares why saying YES as Mary, Our Mother said YES is more important than ever.
March 20, 2020
Our mission is to form young men for spiritual, academic, and personal excellence in the Catholic, Marianist tradition. We are ready to fulfill that mission even in the face of this pandemic--appreciating the importance of "adaptation and change" on our journey. We have finalized our distance learning plan for students effective Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, April 5. Now, we want to address some of the questions that have emerged, knowing there are even more questions ahead of us.
Q: Do students come to campus for class on Monday, March 23?
A: No. Students should remain at home on Monday and prepare for their distance learning courses to open by 9 am on Tuesday, March 24. This means students should have a dedicated computer with internet access for their classwork, along with their textbooks and other class materials.
Q: What if a student does not have a computer and/or internet at home? What if he left his textbooks and other class materials on campus?
A: If a student needs his textbooks or does not have a home computer, please email Scott Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to make arrangements. Also, companies like Spectrum are offering students free internet access while St. Louis County Library offers a limited number of mobile hotspots.
Q: How do students connect with faculty about classwork?
A: Our faculty will post assignments in Blackbaud by 9 am each day, giving students at least 24 hours to complete and submit their work. Teachers will respond to students between 9 am and 2 pm on what were our regularly scheduled school days. That means a student reaching out after 2 pm may not receive a response until after 9 am the next school day. We are not structuring our days as A, B, C, and D. This will allow students more time to connect with our faculty online and better prepares students for the distance learning model used by most colleges and universities.
Q: What school events have been cancelled?
A: ALL school events on and off campus, including athletic practices, have been cancelled through Sunday, April 5, with the possibility that we will reschedule our Junior Ring Mass and Dance and Senior Parent Meeting. Cancelled events include, but are not limited to:
Q: What is happening on campus at this time?
A: We are deep cleaning every building on our campus this week and next, limiting access to only authorized adults. The weight room, courts, and other common areas remain closed to students through April 5.
Q: Will students return to campus on Monday, April 6?
A: We cannot answer the question at this time. We ask that you remain flexible as the situation across the world continues to evolve.
Q: How can students manage the emotional impact of recent events?
A: Our counselors will still be available to students during this time and offer some distance learning tips. We also encourage you to visit the CDC website as it offers invaluable information that separates fact from fiction.
Q: What should we do if we have any other questions?
A: If the question is about a specific course, please email your faculty member during the hours we shared. All other questions can be sent to email@example.com. Our goal is to respond as soon as possible with an answer or connect you directly with the person who can best assist you.
We rely on our partnership with you to keep the lines of communication open, trusting that every decision we make places our students and their well-being first. Let us continue to pray for those impacted by COVID-19 during this unprecedented time in our history.
March 12, 2020
We wish our students and their families a safe Spring Break next week with classes expected to resume Monday, March 23. We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 or coronavirus disease in St. Louis and encourage you to visit the St. Louis County Government website for the latest information. If you are planning to travel over Spring Break, the CDC also offers invaluable information on its website.
Our focus on campus continues to be on prevention, wiping down common spaces nightly, offering hand sanitizer, and encouraging healthy habits like regular handwashing. We are assessing upcoming events and will notify you of any changes. We recommend that students take ALL of their textbooks and other class materials home for Spring Break. This ensures they have everything they need in the event we decide to move to online classes.