July 3, 2020
I trust you are well and enjoying your summer. Allow me to update you concerning our school reopening. The first day of school is Thursday, August 6. Please find the 2020-21 school year calendar attached. We miss everyone, and we are excited to get back to school!
As we prepare to return, please understand that the health and safety of our students is our number one priority. We are determined to provide a safe learning environment for our students. We have a task force working on the details of reopening for on-campus instruction. This task force includes a lawyer, doctor, and nurse, as well as teachers and parents. We are working hard to do our due diligence and will reopen with mitigation efforts in place. We are thoroughly reviewing guidelines from the Louisiana Department of Education, as well as other resources, to assist in developing our protocols.
As you are aware, things change daily in relation to Covid 19. We are in a constant state of flux. However, based on the small size of our school, and particularly our classrooms, we are confident that we will not have to implement all the changes and offer all the options that neighboring public schools will be required to. Again, we will have protocols in place, but thankfully we believe they will not have to be as transformative as others.
First, concerning the school supply lists, please disregard the cleaning items requested (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays, etc.). We will be providing needed items in this area. If you wish to bring some extra, you are certainly welcome to.
For your information, as of now the following are a few things we plan to do:
- We will take temperatures of all staff, students, and guests as they arrive on campus. If someone has a temperature of 100.4 or above, he or she will not be allowed on campus.
- We will have sanitizing stations at the doors of every classroom.
- We will space desks as far apart as possible.
- We will use a sanitizing spray on desks, doorknobs, etc. between each class period.
- We will adjust our lunchtimes to ensure that the cafeteria is not crowded with students.
- We will disconnect all water fountains on campus. Students will need to either bring their own water, or they can buy bottles of water in the cafeteria.
Our plan is to make the wearing of masks optional. Students that wish to wear masks should bring their own masks approved by their parents. Due to constant changes, understand that our mask protocol could be modified based on final guidance from educational and governmental authorities.
We will do our due diligence, but despite our best efforts, there is a very real possibility that a student (or students) may contract Covid 19. Understanding that, we are developing protocols if/when that happens. We will provide appropriate notice to all who may be affected should that occur. If a student contracts the virus and must quarantine per health officials' advice, we will ensure that the student will have remote learning capabilities during that time, which may include recording and sharing class instruction. We will be working with our teachers to have a consistent method of learning 'in these instances. More details will be forthcoming.
Specific, final details and comprehensive protocols will be communicated the week of July 20, following the latest guidelines provided by the Louisiana Department of Education and BESE. We will send a letter to all parents at that time, requiring a signature acknowledging that you have read, understand, and accept our protocols. Please understand that we will likely need to adjust as the school year progresses and circumstances change.
We are certain there will be many questions, and we are glad to speak with you about any concerns you may have. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please be patient and remember that we will not have answers to all questions until the week of July 20.
Thank you for your continued support and for being a valuable part of the Central Private School community. We know we can count on the continued patience and cooperation of all our school families as we navigate these challenges together. God bless you all. We are soaring to new heights together!
The Central Private School Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of our Head of School, Brother Robert W. Martin, effective April 1, 2020. We are confident that with his leadership, Central Private will continue to grow as a school that provides a college preparatory experience while nurturing strong character and spiritual growth of our students. Serving as the Interim Head of School since November, Brother Martin has shown outstanding leadership with a passion for our children and their education. His desire to advance our school’s mission is evident, and the feedback that we have received from the faculty and staff has been overwhelmingly positive. Brother Martin provides a mixture of integrity and optimism that when partnered with his passion and love for Central Private gives us confidence that he is able to move our school forward into the future.
Brother Martin is a graduate of ULM in Monroe, Louisiana, holding both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree. He has served as the Pastor of Hope Central since 1991, and has taught high school classes for the past three years at Central Private. He and his wife Alison have three children. Their oldest son, Alec, graduated in 2016 after attending CP since the first grade. Their other two children currently attend CP (Noah- 11th grade and Myla- 10th grade).
Please join us in welcoming Brother Martin as our Head of School. We are excited and optimistic as we move forward under his leadership. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Central Private School. During this very challenging time of health and economic crisis, we hope that you and your family remain healthy and safe. May God bless and continue to protect our Central Private family.