School Updates Regarding COVID-19

April 3rd, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are entering the most special time of the year, Holy Week. Through all of this, let’s try to keep this week holy and special for your children and families. You will be receiving information on the times and how to live-stream the Triduum services. In our Zoom staff meeting this morning, we discussed the management of student online work during Holy Week and will adhere to the school schedule with no distance learning Friday, 4/10 through Monday, 4/13.

Thank you so much for your cooperation as our teaching staff works hard to develop a balance between workload and learning. We understand that this affects every student and family differently. Know that we are doing our best to take that into account regarding this new way of learning. I am very proud of our teaching staff and how much they have gone above and beyond to make the best out of this difficult situation keeping your child(ren) connected to their school and learning.

On our website, we will be posting our COVID-19 distance learning plan. This document is fluid and will be adjusted as necessary as things progress and change. Remember, we have Chromebooks available to check-out from the school if you need technology for your children at no cost to the parents. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to your program principal if you are having trouble accessing the various educational programs your child’s teacher is using.

Please use the following link to access the mandatory and optional live class schedule for grades 7-12 for the week of April 6-9th.

High School Live Class Schedule

The high school teachers (grades 7-12) have also decided to offer Virtual Office hours for students to join a video session with the teacher to ask questions or get help in a specific class. The schedule of the Virtual Office hours is available here.

All students have the option of picking up grab and go meals in East Grand Forks. Please see the attachment in your parent email for more information regarding location and pick up times.

Stay safe, stay strong, and stay healthy. We are resilient!

Yours in Christ,

Carl Adolphson
Sacred Heart School President

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March 27, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Governor Walz made his most recent address yesterday, and below are a few changes to note:

  • Beginning Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59PM through Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00PM, all persons currently living in the state of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home in their place of residence except to engage in the activities and critical sector work set forth in the Emergency Executive Order 20-20.
  • Individuals may engage in outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, running, bike riding, driving for pleasure, hunting, fishing, visiting public parks as long as they maintain at least six feet apart from other individuals from other households.
  • Schools will remain closed until May 4, 2020. Distance learning will continue throughout the closure.

During these times, we are all being forced to change and adapt how we live our lives. As a Catholic school we realize God is with us and will bring the comfort and strength needed to make it through this crisis. Sacred Heart School leadership has recently renamed our conference room, an essential planning location, the W.A.R. Room (W.A.R. = We Are Resilient). Here at Sacred Heart, we have made it through difficult times before, and because Jesus is the rock in which we stand, we will endure again!

Remember, the main school webpagewww.sacredheartegf.net/school has all vital links needed to access morning announcements, teacher webpages, Google classrooms, live-streamed school masses, and most recent COVID-19 school updates. Thank you so much for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to develop this alternative form of learning. We are so proud of our students, teachers, and families on the progress we have made already after one week!

Distance Learning Updates:

Live Session High School Classes: There are several required live session classes this week. There are also many optional live sessions classes and support sessions. Updated lists of those are to be found on individual Google classrooms. Below are the required sessions this week.

  • Mr. Pieper’s Class - Seniors in assigned group sessions 9:15-9:45AM.   Check Google classroom for your specific date.
  • Mrs. Heitman’s Class  (12th Grade English – Wednesday during your class time) (11th Grade English – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during class time.) (10th Grade English – Monday during your class time) (9th Grade English – Wednesday and Thursday during your class time.)
  • Ms. Bauer’s Class - Anatomy and Physiology – Monday during your class time.
  • Mr. Gergen – (Geometry Thursday first period and second period. 8:15-8:57 and 9-9:39) (Algebra 2 on Wednesday 10:21-10:51 and 10:51-11:21 and 1:17-1:56)

K-6 Day Care: Our K-6 Day Care is open to Sacred Heart children of Critical Sector Workers Tier I & II as listed in the Governor’s Executive Order. Starting Monday, 3/30, parent key fobs we be deactivated in order to decrease the risk and number of people who are entering the building. When dropping off and picking up your child enter door 4 and follow the instructions posted inside the door.

Morning Announcements: A morning announcement video will be posted each day at www.sacredheartegf.net/school.

Daily Attendance: Daily attendance will be taken via student interaction with material posted to the teacher webpages such as Seesaw and Google Classroom.  All students are expected to log in daily to receive instruction. Should your child be ill and unable to participate in their instruction, please contact Carrie Shea (K-6) cshea@sacredheartegf.net or Dana Yanish (7-12) dyanish@sacredheartegf.net. Students will be marked absent if a 24-hour window passes without them logging in or leaving items incomplete. This will be adjusted once students complete missing tasks accordingly.

Hot Lunch: We will continue to provide meals for families in need who have chosen to continue to receive meals. Pick up will continue just inside door #1 at noon each day.

Technology Needs: Please contact the school office if you have any questions or difficulties with technology.

Teacher Availability: Teachers are available via email from 8:15AM-3:30PM Monday – Friday on school days.

Postsecondary Education Option (PSEO) Students: PSEO students enrolled online are responsible for working with the admitting college to complete expectations and course requirements. Any students who have proctoring needs can reach out to Mr. Hart via email phart@sacredheartegf.net to make arrangements.

We are resilient! Blessings and good health to you and your family!

Carl D. Adolphson, President

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Video Announcements for 3/23/2020

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March 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Monday, 3/23, our students will get an introduction from their teachers regarding the distance learning options we are implementing during these unprecedented times. Please go to the main school webpage www.sacredheartegf.net/school for a link to access the teacher websites or google classrooms. Tuesday, 3/24, the students will begin distance learning through these alternative methods.

Please be patient and know that we understand there will be struggles, adjustments and technology issues to address along the way. Regardless, we continue to do the best we can to provide quality education, and our teachers have worked extremely hard this week to be ready.

Distance Learning Guidelines:

  • Preschool: Two weeks of learning materials were sent home with students this past week with your preschooler. Mrs. Stevens will continue to provide parents with resources through her teacher page and her Shutterfly platform. For now, preschool materials will be available to parents each Monday, beginning 3/30, for families inside Door 4 from 7:30AM-5:30PM. 
  • Morning Announcements: A morning announcement video will be posted each day at www.sacredheartegf.net/school
  • Daily Attendance: Daily attendance will be taken via student interaction with material posted to the teacher webpages such as Seesaw and Google Classroom.  All students are expected to log in to receive daily instruction. Should your child be ill and unable to participate in their daily instruction, please contact Carrie Shea (K-6) cshea@sacredheartegf.net or Dana Yanish (7-12) dyanish@sacredheartegf.net.
  • Daily Instruction: Teacher Webpages www.sacredheartegf.net/school will provide daily instruction. Daily activities and assignments will be collected and graded. 
  • Technology Needs: Please contact the school office if you have any questions or difficulties with technology.
  • Teacher Availability: Teachers are available via email from 8:15AM-3:30PM Monday – Friday. 
  • Postsecondary Education Option (PSEO) Students: PSEO students enrolled online are responsible for working with the admitting college to complete expectations and course requirements. Any students who have proctoring needs can reach out to Mr. Hart via email phart@sacredheartegf.net to make arrangements.
  • End of Quarter/Report Cards: The third quarter ended 3/20. Report cards will be mailed in the coming week and adjustments will be made to take into consideration our school closure. 
  • Mental Health and Wellness: Mr. Patrick Hart, our school counselor, will be available to assist students and families throughout our school closure. He can be reached via email at phart@sacredheartegf.net. Please take time to review the attached document, “Mental Health Notice,” for suggestions of how to help maintain mental health for all.

Sacred Heart is resilient! We don’t know what tomorrow might bring and be assured we will continue to act in the best way possible according to the information and suggestions received from state and national organizations. In the meantime, we are ready to begin distance learning with an introduction on 3/23 and instruction on 3/24.

God bless all of us, be with us, and help us do what is best for our children and community. Have a restful weekend and know that all of you are in my prayers!

Carl D. Adolphson, President

Sacred Heart School

 

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Good Morning Families,

It’s been a very busy few days of planning and preparation for school closures surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If your student/s were absent this week, Monday 3/16 or Tuesday 3/17, rest assured that they will get the information they need beginning next week when we begin distance learning.  Consider this week an impromptu spring break for our students as we need crucial time to prepare quality educational experiences for all students.

Distance learning will begin with an introduction on Monday 3/23 and classes will begin on Tuesday, 3/24.  Our school webpages will be the universal platform for delivering education.  On Friday, we will send you information regarding the full experience.  Please note that things will continue to change and we will continue to update you.

With the closure of the school, we will be disinfecting the entire building.  In order to help us with this, we need all materials from lockers and locker room to be taken home.  You may come in anytime from 8:15AM-3:20PM on Wednesday to pick up needed items.

Elementary: Teachers will empty student desks and will have items placed in student lockers.

High School: Items from student lockers and athletic lockers will need to be picked up.  Textbooks may be placed outside teacher classrooms.  Students in those classes should pick up those text resources.

Blake Karas
7-12 Principal/Activities Director
Sacred Heart School, 218-773-0230

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March 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A couple of updates:

  • If you are a healthcare provider or a first responder, and do not have a childcare option, please let us know as soon as possible by calling Principal Wilson in the elementary office at 218-7731579 to discuss options to assist you.
  • Know that for those of you who chose to keep your children home today and/or tomorrow, we completely respect and support your decision. Communication will be made later this week with detailed instructions on the alternative learning options. At this time, these alternative learning options are scheduled to start on Monday 3/23.
  • Remember, if your child is sick or showing any symptoms, please keep them at home.

We will be continuing to closely monitor the situation and will remain responsive and nimble as information changes moving forward. We are working hard to communicate any needed changes or updates as clearly, quickly and efficiently as possible.

Thank you so much for your cooperation and continued prayers as we navigate these difficult times.

Prayers to all of you and your families,

Carl D. Adolphson, President

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Sacred Heart School

March 15, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart Parents/Guardians,

As the Coronavirus situation continues to change and evolve, we are making some changes based on the mandates and guidelines set forth in Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s press conference this morning. In order to give parents time to develop a plan for their children and families, school will be open, per the Governor’s request, both Monday 3/16 and Tuesday 3/17. We will then proceed to be closed March 18-27th. We respect your decision as a parent if you choose to have your student(s) stay home both Monday 3/16 and Tuesday 3/17.

Below outlines details for these changes:

Child Care:

  • Our Child Care program will remain open at this point indefinitely unless other changes occur.
  • Regular breakfast and our hot lunch program will remain open 3/16 – 3/27 for our Child Care Program.

Preschool (Little Angels and Little Saints):

  • We will hold school as usual Monday 3/16 and Tuesday 3/17 for parents who choose to send their children to school.
  • We will then proceed to be closed March 18-27th.
  • Additional communication will be sent home by Mrs. Stevens.

Elementary School (Grades K-6th):

  • We will hold school as usual Monday 3/16 and Tuesday 3/17 for parents who choose to send their children to school.
  • School will be off Wednesday 3/18 to Friday 3/20 in order to give teachers time to prepare for delivering an alternative format for instruction.
  • Starting 3/23, we will start the distance learning experience. Individual teachers will be communicating the specifics about their plan to deliver resources and online instruction.
  • Sacred Heart School will be open to provide care for K-6 children of any Sacred Heart families with parents who work as a first responder or a health care professional per the Governor’s request.
  • For social distancing, lunch seating will be adjusted as needed.

High School (Grades 7-12):

  • Beyond the classroom week has been cancelled. We will hold regular classes on Monday 3/16 to Tuesday 3/17 for those students who will be attending.
  • These two days are important for any student who lacks internet access or a usable device for the upcoming distance learning experience. The school will work hard to give access for an equitable education for all students.
  • We will provide a distance learning experience for high school students beginning Monday 3/23 through Friday 3/27.
  • All athletic and co-curricular activities are suspended indefinitely. Teams and clubs may meet from 3:30-4:30 on Monday night. No future meetings or gatherings will occur after Monday.
  • For social distancing, lunch seating will be adjusted as needed.

As things continue to develop, we will communicate as best we can regarding this issue. We all must work together ensure the best possible outcome during this difficult situation.

God Bless,

Carl D. Adolphson, President

Sacred Heart School

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