In Person RE Classes at
St Peter the Fisherman Suspended until further Notice
Friends and Families,
It has been wonderful having the students back in class in person these past couple of weeks. They have been awesome, energetic and engaged. Unfortunately, we have to suspend all further in person classes until further notice.
After consulting with local health officials, examining the trends of local, state and regional COVID related numbers including hospital capacity in our region; it is clear we are experiencing a significant and rising level of COVID related illness in our community that threatens to be very serious.
There have been two deaths this week. In our County, the Manitowoc County Health Department has suspended contact tracing activities because the number of cases has reached and exceeded their capacity to effectively conduct that activity. Contact tracing is vital to helping control the spread of the disease once someone has identified as being COVID positive. Our local positivity rate is close to 20%.
Bluntly, I've been told by Health Officials that any in person or in Church religious education classes would be putting the attendees at risk of contracting COVID. I promised you to do everything possible we could do to keep your students safe. Unfortunately suspending in person classes at this time is what we must do.
I will get more information to you next Monday. But there is no in-person Life Teen this Sunday and there are no in-person PREP Elementary School nor EDGE Middle School in person classes on Wednesday.
We will continue to hold classes online and new Teaching videos for the next chapter(s) are being produced and will be posted. The homework assigned online does have to get done. We will be reasonable and flexible in handling deadlines and offering help. You've been great rolling with the punches and working with us. Thank you.
I have to work with our catechists to discuss the mechanics of how we proceed ie ZOOM and recorded lessons. We do not want to lose the opportunity to continue at least interactively with our students.
We are in this together. God bless you and keep you safe. More info to come.
As always please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (920)242-3047 with thoughts, concerns or ideas.
Dcn. Tom Tomaszewski
St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parish
Two Rivers WI