2020-21 Opening of School Information

Dear SLS Families,
We hope you are having a wonderful summer. As we approach the middle of July, we want to provide you with an update on our opening of school plans. Our Pandemic Prep Committee has been hard at work creating a flexible, responsible and comprehensive plan for returning to school that focuses on safety and high-quality education. We still intend to bring our freshman class into the building for orientation on August 19, and our sophomores, juniors, and seniors in for their respective orientations on August 20. The first full day of school will be August 21, and we are planning to have all of our students in the building for classes. Our plan also provides flexibility for families who demonstrate a need for their child to be provided remote instruction.

We are planning for:

  • 100% in-class instruction with required participation
  • A traditional bell schedule
  • Traditional grading
  • Extracurricular activities (as permitted)
  • School-based activities (as permitted)

For families who need a remote option:

  • Virtual daily instruction (synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Required participation
  • Traditional grading
  • Flexible scheduling options for individual students

SLS continues to follow the COVID-19 situation and is in close communication with state and county health and education agencies and the Diocese of Pittsburgh to ensure a safe, yet productive school experience. Your children's safety and education are our top priorities. We've been planning and preparing since April to ensure we have the proper cleaning equipment, sanitizing supplies and processes in place for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. Our detailed plan outlining these options and safety measures will be available on our school website once it is completed. You can click HERE for some highlights as provided by the Diocese, which will be incorporated into our plan.

With the lessening of restrictions by state and local officials, we will be restarting voluntary athletic and activities sessions next week. As a reminder, students will be screened by our coaches (temperature screens and questionnaires) to determine whether or not student-athletes can participate in the sessions. If students confirm that they have symptoms, or have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will be isolated until a parent can be notified that the child need to return home. Subsequently, the child must be picked up or drive home themselves. Parents should also go through the screening process before sending their children to the sessions.

Please find the following files below:

    • A brief presentation about what to expect when your child comes for voluntary practices, including the questionnaire for self-assessment.
    • A quick reference guide for daily best practices for parents and student-athletes.

As a reminder, if you travel this summer anywhere outside of the United States or in the CDC-designated hot spot areas, you may not come into the school or attend any school-sponsored events, activities, or team practices for 14 days.

In Faith and Charity,
Mrs. Martin, Mr. Hartman and Mrs. Osterhaus