Because we care about the health and safety of every student who enters our campus, we continue consultations and communication with our local and state health departments to ensure our mitigation plan is aligned with the most recent recommendations. To that end, we are sending out this clarification in our safe mitigation protocol if students exhibit COVID-like symptoms while on campus. Following are the most recent COVID-like symptoms you need to monitor your children daily for prior to bringing them to school. In an overabundance of caution, we will maintain a zero tolerance for illness. Therefore, if your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, KEEP THEM HOME:
IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT OR EXPOSED TO A COVID-POSITIVE PERSON, CALL THE SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Thank you for your support in following these health and safety guidelines.
Last week, we finished our first full week of school! It was such a blessing to hear the giggles from the preschool building this week! Our preschool students counted, played outside, and learned about preschool. With our K-8 students, we began online. Even though we cannot see each other in person daily, I did enjoy hearing from some of our students that they were so glad to “see” their friends and “meet” their teachers.
I hope all our students and families enjoyed our first Mass this year! We are so blessed to have Fr. Arnold and Fr. Tom here at Our Mother of Sorrows. Last Friday, they celebrated Mass with a special focus on the Holy Spirit. We were able to ask the Holy Spirit to bless our school year.
As we begin our new school year, we ask that the Holy Spirit bless each of our students, families, and faculty. We pray that each member of our school community will follow Jesus!
After reviewing the guidance for re-opening schools, we are excited to finalize our preparations for the 2020/2021 school year. We will begin the year online on August 17th which is just over a week away. Next week, be on the look-out for important information from the school office and your child’s teacher. In the meantime, we hope that we can help address a few questions that families have asked.
Where can I find information related to COVID-19 and the school year? In order to provide a central location with the current information related to the school year, please visit the school website at www.omoschool.com. The home page has a special link for the pandemic plan and a “news and information” button that will direct you to the latest updates.
Getting Ready for the Start of School
When will I find out who my child’s teacher will be? We know many students are excited to find out who their teachers will be for the year. Your child’s teacher will email a welcome letter and other information on Wednesday, August 12th in the afternoon.
When can I pick up my child’s school books? During the week of August 17th, we will a schedule for families to pick up their books. We apologize for the delay, but two publishers have informed us that they have delays due to weather and COVID-19; the books should arrive soon.
I requested a Chromebook, when can I pick it up? A Sign-Up Genius will be sent to families who have responded to the survey and indicated the need for a Chromebook. We will have designated times for families who have requested a Chromebook to check-out their device on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. In order to check-out a Chromebook, the Technology Agreement Form must be signed. The form can be reviewed here: http://www.omosschool.com/prek-8-handbooks-and-forms.html
What does my child need to access the online learning? Students will need internet, Google Chrome on the device (preferred), and access to a laptop or tablet.
How can I get internet in my home? Cox is offering a deal for internet to support students who are learning online. https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html
First Day of School
Since we are starting school online, what does my child need to do on the first day of school? The school year will start with prayer. Next week, when you receive your welcome information from your child’s teacher, you will receive the instructions for the first day of school.
What time does school start and end when we are online? The school day will begin at 8:00 a.m. The school day will end at the regular scheduled time which can be found on the school calendar: http://www.omosschool.com/calendar.html
Does my child need to wear a uniform online? Students will not need to wear a uniform if they are attending school at home. Students should dress appropriately in clothing that aligns with the non-dress code guidelines in the Parent Handbook. The Handbook can be found here: http://www.omosschool.com/prek-8-handbooks-and-forms.html
My child is registered to attend online learning on-campus. What do I need to know? On Monday, you will receive confirmation of your child’s placement as well as the important information for the start of the school year.
Will breakfast and lunch be available starting August 17th? Breakfast and lunch will be available beginning August 17th. We are resuming our standard lunch program, and the food will be cooked on-campus in our commercial kitchen. Watch for an email from Mrs. Felix for the menu and procedures to order lunch.
I desire to have my child attend school on-campus. When will on-campus learning begin? The current date is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8th but that is subject to change dependent on Pima county meeting specific benchmarks. For more information related to the benchmarks, please review the ADHS information: file:///C:/Users/19046/Downloads/2020.8.6.ADHS%20covid-19-school-benchmarks-county.pdf
Will there be sports? As of right now, the Diocese of Tucson is waiting to start the sports program in the interest of keeping students healthy. When more information is available, we will share it with families.
Governor Ducey is scheduled on August 7th to make an announcement related to schools in the state of Arizona. Following his announcement, the school will send out more information. We realize that many families have questions related to the start of school. We appreciate your patience as we try to respond to the evolving situation related to the pandemic.
We will send out a sign-up for checking out Chromebooks to the families who responded to last week's survey with the August 5th deadline.
Due to the pandemic and the hurricane, some of our textbooks have not arrived to campus yet. Once the books arrive, we will set up a schedule for families to pick up their books. We apologize for the inconvenience, but unfortunately, we cannot control the pandemic or the weather!
We realize that many families may need evening and weekend times in order to pick-up school materials, and we will have times available to try and meet your needs.
Mrs. Gholson is the principal of Our Mother of Sorrows. This blog contains information regarding the exciting things that happen at Our Mother of Sorrows.