After speaking to the DeKalb Health Department and to other Medical Professionals in our DeKalb/Sycamore Community, we have decided to announce that the entire school will be conducting E-Learning from November 30th-December 11th.
We are taking the precaution of no in-person learning during this time due to the Thanksgiving Break. We know that families will be traveling, gathering to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, and participating in traditions that bring people together. As people gather over the holiday break, germs do spread. It has been historical at our school that students become ill in large numbers between Thanksgiving and Christmas Break. The symptoms of Covid-19, Influenza, and other upper respiratory infections are very similar.
We are working with RLS Tutoring to provide childcare options for parents that may need to utilize this service in our building during this time period. Students that are using RLS (our providers for Before and Aftercare) during this time would be working on their E-Learning each day they attend. A special rate will be determined to make sure that this is affordable for our families that may need to utilize the service.
Teachers will be communicating to their families for preparations and material pick up and drop off during this time period as well.
In person will resume Monday, December 14th with the last day before Christmas Break being December 18th. Also, our return to school from Christmas Break will now be on Monday, January 11th, 2021. This will follow the same practice of making sure that there is enough time from Christmas gatherings before the return to school to protect everyone's health and safety.
Thank you for understanding this plan for the health and safety of all our St. Mary School Family.
Ashley Davis, Principal