Suspension of in-person classes at St. Ann Catholic School and Temporary Closure of St. Ann Early Childhood Center and Extra-curricular Activities
As many of you may have heard, Archbishop Robert Carlson announced, last night, that all schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis will close beginning Wednesday, March 18th . The Archbishop made this decision in cooperation with local and state governments and health officials. Archbishop Carlson says the health and safety of the people of the Archdiocese is a priority and sees this decision as the best path forward to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our area.
Our current Spring Break may help ease the burden of this closure timeline but we are making preparations for the imminent extended closure.
We recognize the challenges ahead for our school community following this decision.
The biggest challenge is managing continued education/instruction in a remote manner through an extended and indefinite closure timeline. Planning to miss a week of school is different than planning to miss 2 weeks or 8 weeks and we’ll be trying to cover as many anticipated contingencies as we can within reason. As I stated in a previous email, this is an unprecedented circumstance and we’ll be working with the resources we have, the technological infrastructure we have, and support and guidance from the Archdiocese to navigate this challenge. Look out for more information on how to push ahead in the school’s curriculum at home in the coming days. There are a number of options being considered.
For our families that depend on our schools for food, assistance can be found through St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis, (314) 881-6000 and Catholic Charities of St. Louis (314)367-5500.
All extracurricular activities in our school are postponed/canceled including athletics.
We continue to work with the Archdiocese of St. Louis and state and local health officials to ensure the safety of our school population. We are in this together and remind you that your role as parents is the most critical component in the strategy of preventing the spread of this illness.
If a family member is symptomatic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, please contact the St. Louis County Department of Health Hotline at 314-615-2660 . Officials operating the hotline will give you information on testing and the need to self-quarantine.
If you or a close relative plans to travel, you are advised to check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for travel guidelines and the latest updates on areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19. If you are traveling to an area where the virus is present or are unsure whether or not it is present at your travel destination, please contact the St. Louis County Department of Health Hotline at (314) 615-2660 for further instruction.
Be aware of how COVID-19 spreads and what you can do to prevent it. That information is similar to the procedures we use in preventing influenza.
State and health officials have banned gatherings of 50 or more people.
Prayer is of the utmost importance. Please continue to pray the prayer given to us by the USCCB. You can find the prayer posted at archstl.org/coronavirus.
If you have any questions please contact us.