Dear St. Mary Families,
We are so excited that our first week of school was off to a great start! The students were very happy and it was so nice to see new families and see the children engaged in learning. They all seemed like they were very excited and happy to be back at school! With that being said, we want to continue to be able to see each child every day at school and that can be difficult during
a pandemic, if we do not keep our children safe within the school building. Many of you have contacted me to share your concerns about the current situation and not only the way the safety measures are put in place, but the concern for their child getting sick. We too are concerned for the health and safety of our children, our staff and all of our family members. Therefore, all K-8 students starting Monday, August 23, 2021, St. Mary School will be requiring masks indoors for all who enter our building. We will continue maintaining social distancing recommendations of 3 feet distance and avoid large gatherings. Therefore, we will be altering lunch period procedures to adhere to these guidelines. We will also be following the Ohio Department of Health and Delaware City Health recommendations for Covid-19 exposure and quarantining. Last year, we were very successful in keeping our school open full time with our safety measures put in place. It is our desire to continue this and our teachers and staff will be able to successfully teach our children in the classroom as well. Teachers are at higher risk and their need to quarantine places a high degree of stress on the school. This mask requirement will be reviewed every 30 days and we will continue to communicate any changes within that 30 days. Our hope is to go back to optional or no masks as soon as this variant is controlled within the community and no cases are within our school. In reflecting on procedures these past three days of school, please adhere to the following:
● We are temporarily limiting visitors within the building. If you are a current
volunteer, we ask that you wear a mask inside the building.
● For morning drop off procedures, you may drop off your child no earlier than 7:20. This is a change within the Parent/Student Handbook you have read. Please pull through to the end of the gym doors, in the car line, and volunteers will let your child out of the car to enter the building. Please do not park and walk your child into the building. Students are to walk straight to their classrooms.
● We also will be postponing Grandparents Day originally scheduled for September 10th.
We continue to pray for our families, our staff and our children, that we are able to stay full-time in school and give your child the best education. We pray for the health and safety of our students, staff and families. We will continue to communicate any changes or developments within the school. We understand there are a variety of concerns and personal thoughts on mask wearing. We ask for your assistance in setting a tone of respect for different opinions and health situations for members of our St. Mary community and uphold our Catholic standards. Thank you again for your continued support and prayers.
Mrs. Nikki Ford and Fr. Brett Garland