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COVID-19 Updates

SLES continues to monitor and work with national, state, and local health agencies as well as our peer schools, the leadership from our regional and national school associations, and the diocese of West Texas.  Our first and foremost priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff. 

SLES Communications - Fall 2020

Greetings St. Luke's Episcopal School Community,

While we continue to feel confident that we are maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment, it is essential that we have a response plan in the event of a diagnosed COVID-19 case. After extensive internal research and discussions, recommendations from our Medical Professionals Advisory Council, and the review of guidelines from the CDC, I am writing to share details about our COVID-19 Response Plan. 

Additionally, as we gear up for Labor Day Weekend, we remind you that the health and safety of our community is the responsibility of our entire community! Therefore, we ask that you take great caution as you celebrate this holiday season by practicing the "3 Ws":

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear your mask
  • Wash your hands

Please contact me at ccollins@sles-sa.org or (210) 826-0664 if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support, and best wishes for continued health and safety!

Warmly,

Chelsea Pope Collins
Head of School
St. Luke's Episcopal School

Greetings St. Luke's Episcopal School Community,

We are excited to know there is no way to replicate the learning and connections on our campus, but as we embark upon this new journey, I pray that we will all find a way to appreciate the efforts being made by our faculty and staff and have grace for each other. Some of you will expect more from our teachers, some of you will believe they are asking for too much, and others will think the workload and expectations are appropriate. In other words, we know that we will not please each family. However, we anticipate the need to adjust our current plan based on the experiences of our students and faculty, and we ask for your patience as we all attempt to navigate this new sense of normal. 

We also understand that this model will not be convenient for all families, so if your student is having difficulty managing the expectations, please be sure to communicate with the individual teacher or advisor. And, please know that we welcome positive feedback, too, so that we can have a holistic representation of our students’ needs. Remember, a phone call may still be the best mode of communication, and we are available if you need us!

My colleagues and I truly appreciate your continued support and patience as we work together during this evolving and challenging time. Additionally, we ask that you please recognize the adjustments our faculty are making as they, too, are managing this change in expectations of teaching styles along with taking care of their homes, loved ones, and themselves. 

We also know this pandemic can elevate stress and anxiety levels, so we continue to pray for wisdom and guidance as well as for healing for those affected directly and indirectly by this virus. We shall continue to update you as new information becomes available. Please continue to take all the steps to stay well.

We look forward to seeing “our babies” and re-establishing a sense of normalcy as soon as possible. So, please practice flexibility, patience, and grace with yourselves, each other, and our faculty and administration (including during carpool)! Smile, and trust that we all will be okay!

Last week, I asked you to reflect upon the reasons why you are grateful and to share with your loved ones. This week, I ask that you take some time to mentally and emotionally prepare for the changes of next week. As we move forward, please remember, "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7) 

Warmly,

Chelsea Pope Collins
Head of School
St. Luke's Episcopal School

Greetings SLES Community,

Thank you, again, for your continued support of the faculty and staff as we have been hard at work developing and implementing a plan for all members of our community to return to campus safely. Attached is a thorough plan for reopening our campus, which has been reviewed and approved by faculty and staff, our medical professional advisory committee, the Board of Trustees, and the Vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. It defines and outlines the accommodations that have been made by the School as well as the expectations of community members. Additionally, next week, you will receive divisional (and grade level) information that offers specific details such as classroom procedures, morning and afternoon carpool logistics, after school care guidelines, and any updated safety practices and protocols.

Following this email, you will receive a 3-question, grade-level specific form indicating your intent for your child to return to campus for in-person instruction. Please complete and submit the form by Monday, August 19, 2020. 

 

Sending well wishes and virtual hugs,

Chelsea Collins

Head of School

St. Luke's Episcopal School