Thank you for your unwavering support and patience during this challenging time of uncertainty. As the summer continues, I pray that you and your families are enjoying your time together and are excited about a return to campus.I recognize the challenges that COVID-19 has placed on our community, and I pray daily to our Lord for your protection.
Catholic Central has implemented the Catholic Central COVID Committee (C4) to address all areas of need in preparation for the in-person learning environment, as outlined in this document. We have great confidence that our subcommittees and stakeholders have created a plan noteworthy of offering our students a clean, safe, challenging, and effective return to school plan.
In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, please understand that Catholic Central remains committed to offering and upholding our standard of academic excellence. We also must ensure a safe environment for our students and staff. We appreciate your honesty and input in our community surveys in helping us prepare this plan, and it is our goal to return to full in-person instruction this fall. We will look to follow the mandatory requirements and strongly recommended points in Michigan's 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap. In working towards this goal, we must also make sure we follow our own values of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge, and remain flexible for the good of our community.
In the State of Michigan's Return to School Roadmap, Phase 4 allows Catholic Central students the opportunity to return to campus for in-person instruction. Students will return to campus beginning August 17 for a two-week period of hybrid learning that will allow us to fine-tune our procedures with a smaller student population. Our goal is to return to full capacity on August 31. Details on the plan follow in this document, which also outlines the option for fully online education for families not ready to return to the building.
Should the State of Michigan roll us back to Phases 1-3, Catholic Central is prepared to offer a robust online curriculum that will look much different than the past spring. There will be a more structured, synchronized schedule, and incredible upgrades to the technology in our building will allow for a seamless transition between in-person, hybrid, and distance learning models of teaching.
Trust that we are fully prepared, and I look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Fr. Patrick W. Fulton, CSB