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Our Mission


Catholic schools provide an environment in which we consistently model Gospel values and Church teachings and traditions in the image of Jesus Christ. All students experience an academically challenging curriculum that helps them to grow closer to God by learning about themselves and His world, while preparing them to succeed at every level. At St. Michael the Archangel Regional School (St. Michaels), our mission is to provide a rigorous and comprehensive academic program in the context of a living faith community.

We challenge our students to develop and put into practice the skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century, while building on faith and empowering them to make a positive impact on the world.


We believe that this mission is best carried out when students, faculty, and staff can be together, in person, as a Catholic community. This belief was reinforced during the 2020-2021 school year, when parents and their children, along with the leadership, faculty, and staff of our school, made personal sacrifices every day for the good of all members of the community so that the majority of students could be in school every day from September through June. We were blessed to have been able to meet our goal of having as many students as possible come to school every day safely. In the process, we learned much that has influenced our preparations for the 2021-2022 school year. Our goal for the coming school year remains the same, and we will welcome all students back to the classroom in September. Our process for achieving that goal is influenced by the lessons we learned last year, a review of current guidelines, data on the status of COVID-19 in our community, and input from public health officials, educators, parents, and others.

We have created this plan to aid families as they prepare for the 2021-2022 school year and to guide our decisions, procedures, and protocols as a school community. It is intended to help employees, students, and families understand how we will promote health and safety together to reduce the potential impact that COVID-19 may have on our community. It is expected that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new guidance may mean that aspects of this plan will need to be updated or changed. Therefore, necessary updates will be made to this plan based on information provided by local public health officials, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and applicable federal, state and local agencies, and our experience of how well it is working every day in school. We will inform all members of the school community of changes as soon as they occur.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

In order to ensure the continued well-being of our employees and students, the following principles are the foundation that guide our planning:


  1. Protect the health and safety of St. Michael's students, faculty, staff, and families.

  2. Sustain the Catholic faith communities that distinguish our schools and drive their success.

  3. Maximize student learning through best practices in classroom and, if necessary, remote learning instruction and assessment.

  4. Maintain flexibility to respond to changing guidance from state, public health, and medical leaders in response to the progression of COVID-19 in our community.

In addition to these principles, our school is a Catholic community. As such, we are used to depending on one another. The school leadership is taking on many actions and activities to promote the safety of our community. In order for this plan to be effective, it is important that each parent, teacher, student, and member of the school community take seriously our responsibilities to one another. All individuals will be asked to take actions that protect their health and that protect the health of others. The plan will have the best opportunity for success when we all work together – when we all respond to Jesus’s commandment to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF