Back to School 2020
We are confident in our plans for a strong fall semester and in our ability to adapt as needed to the ever-changing landscape.
While much uncertainty still remains, we are ready to open the school year. Our plan for the school year prioritizes the community’s clear desire for a safe environment and access to on-campus instruction. Because our situation remains fluid, our plan embraces the need for flexibility with an eye for continuity.
The success of our plan depends upon a core strength of Spartan Country – community support for one another and a desire to focus on the greater good. De Smet Jesuit is re-opening campus using evidence-based practices to reduce risk to students, faculty, and staff. While doing so, we are also working hard to build routines and schedules that are predictable and supportive to students, parents, faculty, and staff. Everyone’s success and safety are interconnected.
Fall 2020 Schedule
To help our community adjust intellectually, emotionally, and physically to our plan, we are taking a phased approach to the opening of the school year.
- Phased Roll-out Approach
- Tentative Calendar of Phases
- Odyssey & Orientation Weeks
- Phase 1: Acclimation Week
- Phase 2: Hybrid, 9AM-12NOON
- Phase 3: All Students On Campus, 9AM-12NOON
- Phase 4: All Students On Campus, 9AM-2PM + Lunch
- Phase 5: All Students on Campus, Full Day
- Phase 0: All Remote, 9AM-12NOON
- Formation Fridays
- Helpful Calendar Resources
Student Life and Learning
The development of our young men extends well beyond the college prepatory curriculum and classroom instruction. The formation of faith, character, leadership, and community is essential to the De Smet Jesuit experience.
Health, Wellness, Safety
The success of our plan rests upon a core strength of Spartan Country – community support for one another and a focus on the greater good.
Campus and Facilities
A community-wide commitment to health and safety practices is essential to everyone’s success. We are truly in this together.
So that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. (1 Corinthians 12:25-27). St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians
Task Force: COVID-19 Response and Readiness
Administrators, staff, and faculty began meeting in April to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, knowing that with the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, it would be critical to plan for a variety of scenarios. We have worked closely with internal and external educators, medical professionals, doctors, nurses, coaches, and counselors, keeping our sharpest focus on what is best for our students and teachers.
We are grateful to each member who contributed to the work of the task force, comprising the following sub-committees.
- Academic readiness
- Health and safety procedures
- Student Life (faith, service, clubs and activities)
- Professional development for faculty
Pledge of Commitment to the Community
A community-wide commitment to these practices is essential to everyone’s success. We are truly in this together. We will be asking all our families to sign a pledge of commitment to comply with current health and safety practices when the school year begins in conjunction with our Parent/Student Handbook agreement.