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  • Parent End of Year Drop Off Information

    Please check your email for further information on your drop off date.

  • School Closure Extension until May 31st
    St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School Closure Extension Until May 31st Mandated by Diocese of Charleston Dea [ ... ]

    St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School Closure Extension Until May 31st
    Mandated by Diocese of Charleston

    Dear SMS Parents:


    State health officials have reported that our state will hit the peak of COVID-19 at the beginning of May. Based on this news and because we are committed to safeguarding the health of our Catholic school community, we have decided to suspend in-person classes until the end of May. Distance learning will continue. We will have the option to open the first week of June. The option to open will be based upon the health conditions in our local area.


    Thank you for all you have done and will do to assist your children to further their education during these challenging times. You and your family will remain in our prayers.

    St. Mary Help of Christians, pray for us!

    God bless,

    Charlene Krushinsky
    Principal


     

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  • School Closure Extension Until April 30th
    St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School Closure Extension Until April 30th Mandated by Diocese of Charleston [ ... ]


    St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School
    Closure Extension Until
    April 30th
    Mandated by Diocese of Charleston

    Dear Parents:

    Based on recommendations from public health, state, and local leadership that support the safety of individuals in our communities, the Catholic Schools Office has decided to extend the suspension of in-person classes at our school and all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Charleston through April 30. We will, however, observe Spring Break as was planned in our school calendar. This will give both you and your child(ren) a break from the demands of online learning and allow you some family time free from lessons and homework

    Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to partner with you in ensuring the learning and growth of every child, and this effort will continue as we all work together in providing an excellent Catholic education to our students. Please know the Catholic Schools Office continues to support us and remains fully committed to strengthening school communities possible and upholding the enduring mission of formation of the whole child. 

    If you have any questions or need assistance with our distance learning model, feel free to email me to schedule a time for a phone call.

    Our faculty, staff, and I will continue to pray for you and for your children during these challenging days. We ask that you keep us and our entire school community in your prayers.

    God Bless,
    Charlene Krushinsky
    Principal

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  • COVID-19 Response/Distance Learning
    COVID-19 Response 3/15/2020 St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School Officially Closed Monday, March 16th-Friday, A [ ... ]

    COVID-19 Response
    3/15/2020
    St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School Officially Closed Monday, March 16th-Friday, April 10th
    for Precautionary Measures due to Coronavirus Pandemic

    School Closure E-Learning Plan...

    Dear Parents:

    Due to the increasing COVID-19 pandemic and recent developments in guidance from public health, state, and local leadership, we will be suspending our classes from March 16 through April 10. Based on the recommendations of officials and reflection among our leadership here in the Diocese, we believe this is the most necessary course of action to meet our obligation to the common good of our students, families, and communities.


    To prepare our students to continue academics through distance/remote learning, teachers need additional time plan this process.

    Monday, March 16 School closed for students & Parents
    - Teachers will utilize this day as a work day to plan/prepare our school to transition to e-learning.
    Students are not to attend school as it will be closed.

    Tuesday, March 17 School closed for students -
    School office and classrooms will be open from 7:45 am to 3:15 pm for parents to come and pick up their child’s textbooks, workbooks, and other materials for e-learning. The school office will remain open until 6:30 pm for parents to pick up their child’s materials if they are unable to come during school hours.

    Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, April 10 School closed -
    E-learning begins for all Kind.-8th grade students until April 13.

    Since there was no school originally planned on Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 23, students will be required to do lessons/work on March 20 and March 23 as assigned by their teachers. This is to make up for loss instructional time on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. By doing so, this will ensure our students will receive the required 180 days of instruction and the school year can end as planned on June 5, 2020.

    We plan to return to a full regular schedule on Monday, April 13. At this point, our plan is to resume normal school hours on Monday, April 13. Parents will be kept informed by email and posts on our school website and Facebook page if there are changes.

    Teachers will begin to communicate assignments Tuesday, March 17. Work will be assigned daily, and the procedures for each class will be made clear. Homeroom/Subject Area teachers will be communicating a 2 hour time period each day where he/she will answer email, return calls, and/or provide student assistance.
    To recap:

    Kindergarten-3rd Students
    Teachers will post schoolwork assignments electronically through the school's website on the teachers' webpages and also by email. Student textbooks, workbooks, and other materials will now need to be picked up from school on Tues., March 17 during school hours (see schedule above). This will ensure students can successfully complete the assigned work.

    4th-8th Grade Students
    Teachers will post schoolwork assignments electronically through Google classrooms. Student textbooks, workbooks, and other materials will now need to be picked up from school on Tues., March 17 during school hours (see schedule above). This will ensure students can successfully complete the assigned work.

    For students who do not have access to an electronic device at home in grades 4th and up, Chromebooks will be made available for checkout at the school office on Tuesday, March 17, during school hours (see schedule above). Parents will need to complete a Chromebook Checkout Form.

    Student Assignments/Work Turn-In Days
    Due to the three week school closure, there will be two scheduled student assignments turn-in days for parents to drop off their child's completed work at school: Friday, March 27th and Friday, April 3rd. Details regarding these two days will be sent in a separate email tomorrow, Monday, March 16th.

    Points to keep in mind:

    This three-week remote learning period will not add days to our school year. Our students will be assigned work, and that work will be evaluated.

    Learning will likely be different, but it does not have to be diminished.

    4th-8th grade students utilizing the Google Classroom platform for e-learning must check their school email daily over the next two weeks for assignments and due dates. Students will need to submit their completed work to their teachers through Google Classroom. This is very important in order for remote learning to work.

    Currently, report cards were scheduled to go home on Tues., March 31. This will be delayed due to the e-learning platform. Report cards will be sent out during the week of April 20-24.

    The Internet Safety presentations scheduled on Friday, March 27, has been cancelled and may be rescheduled. If so, parents will be informed of the new date.


    Use this time as an opportunity to slow down, read, and play games as a family. Doctors have stressed that families NOT allow kids to visit the mall, theater, etc. or congregate in any large groups.

    We appreciate your commitment to distance learning during this time, and your flexibility, understanding, and teamwork will help to provide a successful educational environment for each of our students.

    The faculty, staff, and I are praying for the health and well-being of all school families and health care workers. May we remember to turn to our faith during this challenging time.


    Peace,
    Charlene Krushinsky
    Principal

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM
    THE DIOCESE OF CHARLESTON
    Regarding online learning, major internet service providers, including Comcast and Charter, have expanded their offerings to make sure more students and families have access. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Comcast is removing data caps and opening up their nationwide network of Xfinity Wi-fi hotspots free for the next 60 days.


    Officials with our school, alongside those in the Catholic Schools Offices, will continue to closely monitor this evolving health crisis and remain committed to keeping you informed. We will communicate with you as needed in the upcoming days and weeks.

    
    The Diocese of Charleston has launched a special website that will include updates and information about the coronavirus. You can visit that at https://charlestondiocese.org/office-of-multimedia/covid-19-response.

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