2020 - 2021 Academic Year Outlook
Dear Epiphany Families,
Reflecting on this year we are humbled by the support and grateful for the true partnership built between teachers, parents, students, and our community. No one could have predicted the detour this year has taken, but in true Magi Spirit, every student, teacher, family, and faculty member rose to the occasion.
Thank you for trusting us throughout these uncharted waters. We recognize the sacrifices families have made to make this work and appreciate your patience throughout this last quarter.
With that in mind, we have been planning the 2020 – 2021 academic year with flexibility and alternative plans. I know many of you have questions and we want to provide as much information as possible about next year, our plans, and changes to our current practices and procedures. Knowing that at times plans must change for reasons outside of our control, please know we will always work for your children, with safety as a top priority.
Our faculty and staff are working closely with the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. At this time, we have not received any specific directives from the Archdiocese or state and local governments regarding how we are to proceed with the opening of the new school year in the Fall.
Furthermore, you may have heard recently on the news or from sources within Katy ISD about alternative schedule options for schools next year – including a year-round or extended school year into next summer. Currently, we are not expecting to implement either of these options. Instead we are planning on our traditional schedule as published this past January.
However, within that traditional calendar we are planning for flexibility. Ideally, we will hold in-person classes throughout next year. But most experts are suggesting we may need to implement more of a hybrid model, where we can close in-person classes for a few weeks but continue our programs and curriculum pieces throughout that time. Then return to in-person classes with minimal disruption in achieving our planned learning objectives. Working with publishers, teachers, and specialist from around the city and state, we are exploring better ways to seamlessly move our instruction and programs back and forth between in-person classes and online classes, as needed.
Additionally, we are reviewing our daily practices and procedures within the school day. Morning assembly, lunch, recess, passing times, weekly mass, etc. are under review to find ways we can continue to come together for prayer, school wide events, and the very important social interactions, but not compromise the safety of our students and staff. New procedures for entering the building and visitor screenings will be implemented, as well as new procedures for containing any students exhibiting signs of illness. New procedures and practices for disinfecting all areas of our building have been implemented already and will continue into the new academic year.
Please know the considerations mentioned above are being discussed thoroughly with student and staff safety in mind. Despite any uncertainty that surrounds our opening, what is never uncertain is our commitment to ECS families. We understand distance learning creates challenges for students and families, and we want to ensure you that we are looking closely at every possible solution to help ease the burden on families while continuing to provide an exceptional and spiritually inspired Catholic education.
We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns that you might have. We promise to do the same and will provide you with updates and information as they become available. Our hope is that we can continue to work together with open lines of communication and mutual understanding. This is a journey none of us anticipated, and yet we are blessed to be your companions as we navigate through uncertainty, because together, we are Magi strong.