Considering the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic disruptions it has caused the Parish will not be charging a fee for Religious Education for the 2020-21 program.
If your family is fortunate enough to have weathered this difficult time financially; we would of course accept any donation you wish to offer.
We are looking over the guidelines we've recently received from the Diocese. We're also talking with other area programs and school districts as we plan for Fall.
We don’t know what the new Religious Education year will look like as of yet. We know students have varying levels of technology available to them. And we know you face challenges, based on work hours or other responsibilities, impacting your ability to be an in-home catechist.
We have made a change in our curriculum for the elementary grades that will make it easier for you to help your student with their religious education studies whether you decide to home school them yourself, work at home with the help of our Catechists or have them participate in person should in person classes be held.
Let me address the most important issue related to the safety of your children; what will determine our decision to have in person classes in the fall?
The Diocese has asked each Parish to monitor three metrics to determine whether Parishes remain open. We will abide by those metrics. They are sound and based on the best available information we have to date to monitor a community.
Those metrics are:
1. Tracking whether the number of COVID-19 cases in a community are rising or falling over time.
2. Tracking the percentage of positive tests in a community versus the number of total tests being administered
3. Tracking area hospital capacity to treat patients without their turning to crisis standards of care.
Here are two reference sources you might find helpful to inform your own decision making. One is a copy of the Guidelines from the Green Bay Diocese and one is from the American Association of Pediatricians.
We will use whatever tools are available to us to work to keep your student safe if we return to in classroom religious education in the fall. In the end the decision to have your student attend or not attend is yours and yours alone.
That is why I want to talk with you. I have scheduled listening sessions on-line at several different times through ZOOM in an effort to hear what you are thinking about the upcoming year and discuss:
your comfort level with sending your student to traditional RE classes in light of COVID
the tools we have to Home School your student with guidance using our curriculum,
recorded lessons with on-line material with which you can work hand in hand with our Catechists,
our efforts to follow the best health practices in effect insuring your son or daughter’s safety,
the impact of the guidance we expect to receive from the Diocese.
You only need to log into one of them on the date and time indicated.
Here is the information about the ZOOM Listening Sessions. Click on the Day, Date and Time to go to that Zoom Session. Use the Password provided. You need only attend one of the Sessions.
Day Date Time Password
If these don’t work for you, call me and we’ll figure something else out.
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More than ever, paying attention to Flocknote emails to stay informed is vital. And please join me for one of the ZOOM Listening sessions on a date and time that works for you.
We will do what we can under conditions that promise to be demanding and uncertain. We appreciate your patience and understanding and pledge to operate with the same virtues in mind.
I am always just an email, text, or phone call away at email@example.com or (920)242-3047. I am always willing to meet and talk about our program as we try and support your efforts to serve as living examples of Disciples to our children, our Parish and community.
Prayers for Health and Safety
Dcn Tom Tomaszewski