Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School

PK3 through 8th Grade

2020 - 2021 Academic Year

Dear 2020-2021 Jaguar Parents,

Today we send off our teachers and assistants for a well-deserved summer break. We thank them for their dedication and hard work this past grading period, as our entire school shifted to virtual learning due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For new families joining us in the fall, we welcome you to our Jaguar Family! A virtual New Parent Orientation Meeting will be scheduled as soon as possible.

The school office will remain open until June 19, 2020. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. After this date, our administration and office staff will be available by phone/email and for in person meetings by appointment. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

As stated in Mr. Halfaker’s recent video message below, at this time OLOL is preparing for the upcoming school year, which promises to be different. As we continue to receive recommendations from many different organizations, OLOL anticipates a delay in sharing the details for the possible scenarios listed below. However, rest assured we are committed to the safe return of all staff and students in August. Specific details are forthcoming this summer.

At this time, we are ready for a few possible scenarios for all students registered for the 2020-2021 school year. Although we are blessed with large classrooms and a beautiful campus, there may come a time in the near future when we will no longer be able to accept additional student registrations, for current or new students, due to the recommended guidelines.

Scenario 1

On August 19, 2020, OLOL returns to a regular school schedule. (This scenario is what we would hope for, but given the current predictions seems highly unlikely.)

  • The regular school day will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with after school care available until 6:00 p.m. and after school sports/activities occurring as in previous school years.
  • An individual iPad, managed by OLOL, will be available to each student (PK3-8th Grade).

Scenario 2

On August 19, 2020, OLOL follows a virtual learning model until we are allowed to have students in the building. (This scenario is NOT what we hope for, but a possibility we must be ready for.)

  • Each student will be assigned to a homeroom teacher. Other staff members may be available to support students and teachers.
  • Each student will be supplied with books and digital access to several online learning platforms that will assess students and prescribe work to assist their progress. These programs will be closely monitored by the student’s teachers, who will work with each student’s individual needs in order to meet grade level standards.
  • An individual iPad, managed by OLOL, will be available to each student (PK3-8th Grade).
  • Each grade level will be given a schedule to follow on regular school days, where students will login daily for attendance and will submit school work to be graded by the teachers.
  • Virtual schedules will be created to ensure our students receive grade level instruction and meet all grade level standards.

Scenario 3

On August 19, 2020, all staff and registered students will return to school 5 days per week, following social distancing, proper sanitation and safety measures set forth by the CDC, the Archdiocese of Miami and the Florida Department of Health. (This scenario seems viable for all OLOL students who are currently registered for the 2020-2021 school year.)

  • Students will be assigned to one classroom and one “homeroom teacher.”
  • Students will be grouped in pods. These pods will remain together in their assigned classroom with the same group of students each day. Any classes that can occur outside throughout our beautiful campus will be scheduled.
  • Teachers will move to visit each classroom, as necessary for in-person instruction.
  • Virtual instruction may occur in conjunction with in-person instruction in the classroom while an adult staff member stays with the pod to assist each student.
  • All students will receive in-person instruction and virtual instruction.
  • Each student will be supplied with books and digital access to several online learning platforms that will assess students and prescribe work to assist their progress. These programs will be monitored by the student’s teachers, who will work with each student’s individual needs in order to meet grade level standards.
  • An individual iPad, managed by OLOL, will be available to each student (PK3-8th Grade).
  • Devices will NOT be shared.
  • Cafeteria service will not be offered. Students will bring lunch from home to eat in the classrooms or outdoors.
  • If possible, after school care and after school sports/activities will be provided under the recommended guidelines at that time.

Once we are able to share more specific details as to how the beginning of the school year will be like, we will be communicating them to you via email and our website. Regardless of which scenario we follow, we are committed to providing our students with the highest level of education, in addition to the love and support your family needs during this time. We are hopeful that we can be together in August and bring our staff and students back on campus while ensuring their safety.

Stay safe and have a wonderful summer.

God is good,

The Administrative Team