The absolute #1 goal for the start of the 2020-21 school year is face-to-face instruction in our physical classrooms. What this looks like depends on many factors that are out of our control. However, we do know one thing for sure: school will start as scheduled one way or another.
Below are updates from Principal Conticchio on the school’s progress toward Return to JPII:
I know we are all anxious about plans for the 2020-21 academic year. I am putting this update together with the hope that it gives you all confidence that we are working very hard on preparing and planning for 2020-21.
First, school will start as scheduled one way or another. The absolute #1 goal for the start of the 2020-21 school year is face-to-face instruction in our physical classrooms. Seeing the students and parents at the end of the school year for a few moments as you picked up belongings and dropped off school materials was one of many reminders over the last couple of months of just how much we miss being together as a family. What this looks like depends on many factors that are out of our control. However, we have developed and are fine-tuning plans for the three major possibilities.
As smaller schools, we have luxuries our brother and sister educators in larger systems do not have including the ability to pivot and adjust course quickly. While still difficult, it is much easier for us to stay in touch, support, and monitor each student and family for wellbeing, progress, and success.
Best Case We return to school in the building as scheduled. This seems most likely at the moment but again things are changing by the hour. Many adjustments are likely even in this best case. Some may include but are not limited to:
Intermediate Case We start the school year under “limited density” requirements.
Worst Case We start 2020-21 the way we finished last year: remotely. While this seems the least likely case at this time, we will still be prepared with a contingency plan for it.
Some other unanticipated case:
Once again it will take all of us working together collaboratively to realize those three goals above. I am absolutely confident that we can do this together.
St. John Paul II … Pray for us!!
John Paul II Catholic High School
Many of you have inquired about plans for athletics in 2020-21, specifically summer workouts and practices. First, it is our full intention to hold fall sports seasons this coming school year. As you well know there are many factors out of our control but we will do everything in our power to hold to that intention.
We are working closely with Youngs Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in this regard. As you know Youngs has taken very good care of our student athlete’s health and wellbeing over the past year. We have no doubt they will continue to do so in the midst of this difficult health crisis. That said, with Youngs guidance and guidelines put forth by the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA, of which we are a member), North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), an initial plan has been crafted and will be shared with coaches on Monday. Summer workouts will be allowed to commence on Tuesday, June 16 following very specific and strict policy. Coaches at their discretion will reach out to players with their team’s summer schedule (if any) and rules for summer workouts.
We are also continuing to work very hard on day-to-day school building plans: primary, secondary, and tertiary for next year. As such, we are making changes to the day-to-day activities, procedures, and housekeeping to mitigate health risks to every extend possible. This may require some schedule and class offering changes. Please be as patient and understanding as you can with these changes.
A few reminders:
Thanks again to the entire JPII Family for all your hard work, patience, and understanding through these very difficult times. I feel honored and blessed to serve as your principal.