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May 26, 7 p.m.

Dear St. Martin’s Families,

It seems that the longest semester in history has come to a close. There is a lot to be proud of, and much to be grateful for; and, though it wasn’t perfect, together we made it through. Our faith, strength, courage, commitment, and compassion have served as the rock-solid foundation that has enabled us to survive this storm, together.

As we step into summer, I want to give you an update regarding school and campus matters. As you can imagine, much thoughtful planning must be done to ensure a safe and healthy return to campus. Our leadership team is hard at work preparing for the rollout of a summer care program and for the opening of the 2020-21 school year.

Return to campus: A dedicated workgroup is researching details for the safe return to on-campus working, summer care and auxiliary programs, and on-campus learning in the fall. The group is closely following all CDC, local, and national health and safety guidelines to determine the processes and procedures necessary to resume on-campus operations. This group, in partnership with Ochsner professionals, is also responsible for planning appropriate health and safety training for faculty and staff to ensure we all have the tools we need to maintain a healthy campus environment.

At this time, Summer Care, Jumpstart, and Summer School are scheduled to take place on campus. More information will be coming soon.

Planning for the fall: The pandemic has challenged us all and we’re faced with important choices. St. Martin’s is not only choosing to survive; we will thrive and emerge as community leaders. We will turn adversity into opportunity and use this time and space to design a stronger, more anchored experience for our students, no matter the circumstances.

Assurances:
  • St. Martin’s will deliver the same quality curriculum and programs regardless of place or scenario.
  • Our campus will continue to adhere to the highest levels of cleanliness, sanitation, health, and safety practices.
Action plan: To ensure we are able to deliver on our commitment to you, St. Martin’s will strategically expand the faculty professional development program to include more time and training devoted to remote learning, campus safety, and wellness.

In addition to curricular professional development, our administration and student support services team will work closely with Ochsner professionals to train our faculty/staff and families in the best practices for assuring health and safety on campus.

Possible fall scenarios:
  • Scenario #1: This is our strong preference. St. Martin’s will begin the 2020-21 school year on schedule with our students and faculty returning to on-campus learning. We will follow all CDC, local, and national guidelines.
  • Scenario #2: St. Martin’s will open the 2020-21 school year with a hybrid scenario based on the CDC, local, and national guidelines in place at the time of opening. This may include alternating number of days and divisions on campus, platooning, and/or a combination of on-campus and distance learning.
  • Scenario #3: St. Martin’s campus will remain closed due to CDC, local, and national restrictions. The school year will begin with distance learning, moving to on-campus learning as quickly as conditions allow.
Note to George Cottage families: Should the recommendation be that we shift to remote learning, the Cottage will maintain some form of on-campus care to the extent the government guidelines allow.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to provide another successful school year. Your strength, courage, and commitment have enabled St. Martin’s to continue to carry on our mission of Faith, Scholarship, and Service.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.
I look forward to seeing you all back on campus as soon as possible.

Have a healthy and restful summer!

Together we are Saints,

Merry Sorrells
Head of School
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