Dear Parents and Guardians of Saint Pius X Catholic School,
We continue to pray for you all in these extraordinary times, and we look forward to returning to campus next month. Included in this document are the details of our school’s plan. We believe the faith growth, social interaction and synchronous learning that happens when our students are together is essential. This plan allows us to open our school to all Saint Pius X students, while continuing to build ways of keeping those who choose or need to be home connected in a real and meaningful way.
As the Diocese of Charlotte has stated, the mission and needs of Catholic schools do differ from our public school brothers and sisters. We will review and seek to adhere as closely as possible to guidance provided from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, which establishes guidelines and operating procedures for our state’s public schools, but we look to these as
recommendations. (For example, parochial school populations are relatively smaller and completely within our control, so adherence to social distancing measures is easier to accomplish and maintain.) Please be assured that we will open in a manner that is most conducive to the particular needs of our school community within the parameters of public health standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as well as local health officials.
We at Saint Pius X are committed to the following priorities in our plan:
- A Safe and Secure School – Providing a school environment conducive to learning that takes into account appropriate social distancing, use of PPE, best practices in sanitization, the emotional needs of our students and families, and continued education in good hygiene.
- Academic Excellence - Keeping our school physically open as much as possible because this supports our whole school community, provides consistent schedules, maximizes the highest quality instruction, and delivers a program that ensures holistic progress for our students.
- A Mission-connected School - Providing tangible expressions of faith to our students that advance the diocesan mission of preserving school traditions and in physical and remote environments, ensuring liturgical celebrations and strong connections to the faith community, and advancing our emphasis on integrating our Catholic faith in all aspects of school life.
You are the primary educators of your children, and we at Saint Pius X value your collaboration and the trust you place in us. We will continue to deliver an unmatched education where our priority is placed on the interactions between students, their faculty, and each other, and the continued spiritual growth of every member of our school family.