IMPORTANT UPDATE: PLANNING FOR A RETURN TO CAMPUS
August 31, 2020 – Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year.
July 28, 2020
Dear Holy Family parents,
The quiet in our building this summer is a hollow reflection of the close of the 2019-20 school year online. The school’s arched locker bays whisper with the faint echoes of laughter and passing bells, and shadows of empty desks are cast on classroom floors. More than ever, this quiet, reminds us that this building is a tool. Like textbooks, laptops, smart boards, and course wiki pages, it serves an integral purpose in the educational process. It is a tool that brings students and educators together, in the physical sense, and supports the more vibrant, human-to-human relational connections that truly animate and enliven an authentic educational experience. While we are, indeed, grateful for the provision of technology to help us educate online when needed, we know that a virtual learning environment is not the ideal. Within the context of a communal, faith-filled, daily experience, teaching and learning are what truly bring life to the brick and mortar that is 8101 Kochia Lane.
To that end, our two return-to-campus committees have worked diligently to provide us with a safe road map to bring our students and educators back to campus at the end of August. Linked below is Holy Family’s plan as of July 27. As our students enter through our front doors for their respective orientation days (more information available in the road map), they will walk under the words, “Let us remember we are in the Holy presence of God.” They will see the flicker of the sanctuary lamp’s candle in our Sacred Heart Chapel, reminding us that Jesus is truly present at Holy Family Catholic High School. With His Strength and our community’s spirit of cooperation, respect, and resiliency, we will again find ourselves together, and, God-willing, remain there for the 2020-21 school year.
Please take a moment to read through our return-to-campus road map to understand how we arrived where we are today and our plan for moving forward. Thank you for your attention to our communications, including this document, weekly all-school emails, and other special directives. This information will also be available on our school website by clicking the 2020-21 Plan on the top menu.
We hope you are equally excited to return to our beautiful campus in the weeks ahead. Thank you in advance for your support, kindness, and patience as we journey together throughout the next ten months. So that in all things, God may be glorified.
June 9, 2020
Last September, we gathered as a community at the Ignite the Fire All Family Mass to pray and celebrate as we ushered in Holy Family’s 20th school year. Not one of us could have imagined that implications of a global pandemic would force the final three months of school behind a computer screen as we transitioned to an online learning platform.
Much like the virus, this transition was indeed novel for a time; however, it soon revealed our inherent and fundamental need for community and a deep desire to learn in communion with one another – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
A virtual environment cannot fully support these elements. It falls short in contributing as effectively to the cultivation of a complete educational experience as when students and teachers gather in the physical classroom.
With this said, the leadership of Holy Family assumes a posture of complete conviction that we will reopen our doors and resume an on site and in-person educational experience this fall.
Our campus is wonderfully well-suited to the health and safety measures that may be needed:
- Our class sizes mean we can achieve social distancing while still teaching and learning in person.
- Our 72-acre campus, 176,000 square feet school building, and wide hallways and stairwells provide ample space as needed.
- Our front entry security doors and check-in policies allow us to closely monitor those who come and go to and from our building.
I invite you to watch the video linked above with details describing our process and approach as we spend the coming weeks and months planning for a return to campus in the fall. While next year may not look exactly the way it has in the past, we remain 100% committed to pushing the limits of our creativity to engineer both an innovative and safe environment.
With each step forward, we ask for your patience and compliance as we create a safe environment for our summer activities. The protocols and behaviors of the summer, in turn, will help inform our plans for the fall. You can expect updates as appropriate over the coming months, including in, but not limited to, our back-to-school packet in mid-summer.
We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall.
Live Jesus in our Hearts,