A Change To Our Educational Model For December 14-18
Parent Newsletter for October 28-November 4
Parent Newsletter for October 21-28
Parent Newsletter for October 14-21
Parent Newsletter for Oct 7-14
Parent Newsletter for September 28-October 2
Parent Newsletter Sept. 14-18
Moving to Hybrid 50 Model Letter
Aug. 25 letter from President Michael Dougherty
August 25, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your passionate commitment to your student’s education at Gonzaga Prep. I am concerned that my last letter did not adequately communicate our commitment to increasing opportunities for in-person instruction. Here are a few clarifications:
We are fighting hard, and will continue to fight for our students to return to in-person instruction. We share your dissatisfaction in the need to cut back our original plan for hybrid instruction. The good news is that our board has approved a phased approach returning to in-person instruction, despite the strong recommendation of the Spokane Regional Health District. We have a strategic path forward.
Our phased approach is designed to accelerate our ability to return to safe and in-person instruction by: 1) enabling the school to teach and enforce new safety and health protocols, 2) minimizing the impact of any SRHD mandated quarantining or closures as a result of school based COVID spread, 3) giving the school data that will support the incremental expansion of in-person instruction.
The school will monitor several factors as we evaluate our opportunities to expand in-person instruction, most importantly the effectiveness of our safety measures at preventing COVID spread at school. We will increase in-person instruction as quickly as possible, while ensuring the safety of our students and the adults who serve them. We ask for your trust and confidence in our discernment and timing.
While we have exercised our right to reopen with in-person instruction, the SRHD retains the legal authority to mandate quarantining and/or school closures in the event of school based COVID spread. Starting the school year with one day of in-person instruction gives us the best chance to avoid disruptions and/or closures in the first weeks of school.
As a private school, Gonzaga Prep has unique challenges and opportunities for reopening during the COVID pandemic. We remain concerned that the SRHD is not adequately considering the unique circumstances of private education, as well as the holistic health of our high school youth in their efforts to control COVID spread. We are committed to advocating for our youth and acting in a manner that places their interests as our highest priority.
Aug. 18 letter from President Michael Dougherty
May 5 video message from President Michael Dougherty
COVID-19 Screening Questions and Waivers
Spokane Regional Health District
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control