Saint Patrick's Catholic School will be closed through April 30. The closure follows a proclamation from Gov. Kim Reynolds ordering the closure of schools through the end of the month during a press conference on Thursday, April 2.
The closure is an extension from the original date of the governor's recommendation to close schools through April 13.
While it is an extension, it's one that didn't come as a complete surprise to Principal Kandice Roethler as COVID-19 concerns continue to rise.
“We actually had stuff in place that made this transition a little bit easier for us,” she said.
The school has implemented an online assistance learning platform.
“Our kiddos get daily learning objectives from their teachers using some age-appropriate materials,” Roethler said. “Third through eighth grade have been using Google classroom, where the teachers have been sending out expectations and work that the kids can do.”
During the school's resource pickup day on March 21, staff members handed out all of the books and materials students needed for four weeks.
Roethler said teachers have been posting math and reading materials almost daily. They have also alternated that work with religion, science, social studies and more for students to work on.
Saint Patrick's was recommending online work be completed. Roethler said they are now transitioning to have that work be required.
“What will happen is the kids who have not been checking in every day or have fallen behind, they will now be expected to be on daily and caught up with the work,” she said.
Roethler praised her staff for continuing to adapt and find solutions to connect with students from afar.
“They've been working really hard and I've been super impressed with them. They've definitely taken the challenge and run with it,” she said.
Saint Patrick's is looking at another way to connect with students. The school will host a car line parade at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7. Parents are encouraged to drive by the school at 3 p.m. Teachers will be outside of the school and will wave to students.
Roethler added that the school's grab-and-go meal program will continue to be provided from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. If families require additional resources or have any issues with technology limitations, they are encouraged to reach out to their teacher or Roethler.
Families can find updated information on the school's Facebook page. A COVID-19 page has also been added to the website.