St. Jude of the Lake

COVID Preparedness Plan: Return to School

St Jude of the Lake Catholic School remains committed to keep all our students, faculty, staff and families safe while offering a full-time, in-person educational experience of excellence rooted in our Catholic faith.  We have designed a comprehensive plan that is flexible enough to be responsive to the ever-changing impact of COVID-19 on our local community.

Our theme for the upcoming year is, “Keep Our Penguin Power Shining Bright!” As you discuss these guidelines with your children, remember that your encouragement and optimism will help set the tone for the upcoming school year. Please continue to check this webpage for further updates on our COVID Preparedness plan.

Updated: October 30, 2020

Hello PengWINNER Families,

 Hooray!   We made it to November, and I do not know about you, but I loved the temperatures and gorgeous leaf colors of early-October and am getting used to enjoying the winter wonderland of late- October. You got to love Minnesota!  My favorite times of the day are when I visit with students, as it is clear to me that they are feeling extremely settled-in and more confident each day.  The energy is back in the building.  There is an abundance of smiles, laughter, and learning going on in our school.  Although this year looks a little different for our PengWINNERS, I am so impressed with their resiliency and positive attitudes they display every day.  Our students have adapted to wearing masks, following the new rules and procedures, and so much more to keep our community safe and comfortable. #PengWINS4theWIN!

I want to extend a big thank you to all our parents for partnering with us as we navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. On behalf of St. Jude of the Lake, thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. Your efforts are to be applauded.  Many more thanks to our staff and faculty for the incredible job they are doing to continue to deliver an outstanding academic experience while maintaining our HAPPY PLACE feeling, even under these unique circumstances.   We are proud of all that we are able to accomplish TOGETHER.

 I am sure you are becoming increasingly aware of the changing Covid-19 landscape. The national, state, county, and local cases are keeping schools on high alert.  Despite all our efforts, there is a perfect storm brewing of the holiday season approaching and Covid-19 cases spiking. The holiday season inevitably will bring more visits and get-togethers with friends and family, increased travel, and a much more relaxed health and wellness routine. Therefore, in the best interest of our entire community, adjustments are going to need to be made to the calendar to maintain the health, safety, and emotional wellness of all our community members.  I think we would all agree that we are experiencing a bit of fatigue, but we also want to keep our kids in school.  Together, we all must do our part. Please do your part so we can do ours!

 After much discernment, St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School has made the decision to shift to online learning to quarantine immediately following the Christmas Break for a period of two weeks. If the spread worsens before the Christmas Holiday Break, we will be in close contact with our families to share the go forward plan at that time. We are ready to pivot and implement our Distance Learning Program if the time comes earlier than expected.  In the meantime, please be diligent with mask wearing, physical distancing, personal hygiene, and engaging in large gatherings.    

 Please note: Christmas Break will remain the same two-week timeframe as indicated on our current school calendar from December 21-January 2, 2021. We are asking ALL FAMILIES to quarantine two weeks after Christmas Break to insure a safe return to school.   THIS IS NOT AN EXTENDED HOLIDAY BREAK.   ALL STUDENTS will be in Distance Learning from January 6-15, 2021. 


Below are the revised calendar adjustments:


December 21- January 2nd: No School– Christmas Break 

Distance Learning Boot Camp 1.3 videos will be posted on ParentSquare and    the school website to view at your convenience.


Teacher Workday to prepare for material and supply pick-up and Distance     Learning. 

January 5th:   Week #1 Device and materials pick-up in the circle drive, Door 18,

 from 10am – 4pm. 

January 6:      Distance Learning BEGINS.

January 13:     Week #2 Materials Pick-up Day

January 18:     No School Martin Luther King Day.

January 19:     Distanced Learning ENDS and IN PERSON LEARNING BEGINS

  Back to Our IN-PERSON Happy Place!


In addition to the above adjustments to the semester, there will be four NO SCHOOL dates added to the revised calendar. There will be no school for students on these days. Due to the management of all our plan guidelines, there are many added stressors on the day, including lack of prep times, as well as additional duties and responsibilities. These calendar days off are provided to the staff to take care of themselves.  I am concerned that the added stress and strain on the staff will eventually lead to unbalanced lives, health issues, susceptibility to illness, and eventually burn out resulting in forced distanced learning due to lack of subs and a compromised ability to deliver the amazing product our staff, students, and community are used to and love.


Please accept my apologies in advance for any inconvenience and/or hardship that these changes might create.  I hope and pray you understand that this will help reduce our collective community risk and alleviate some of the stress on the staff in order to help keep them spiritually, mentally, and physically healthier for the long term, as well as better prepared to provide you and your children with the quality experience we at St. Jude of the Lake work so hard to maintain.    


Please add the following NO SCHOOL days off to your calendars:

February 16th, 2021

March 15th, 2021

April 12th, 2021

May 28th, 2021

On behalf of Fr. Chad, myself, the staff, and faculty our thoughts and prayers continue to be held up for everyone’s health, safety, and well-being. Many thanks and kudos to our entire community for walking with us.  Virtual fist bumps all around.  The St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School parents, students, teachers, and staff are all shining bright.

Stay well…Stay safe… Stay positive…Stay flexible…Stay in prayer and KEEP THE PENGUIN POWER SHINING BRIGHT!  #PengWINS4theWIN!

Blessings on your days.
Cheerfully In Christ-
Carrie Hackman, Principal

Updated: September 1, 2020

MN COVID Decision Tree for Schools

Updated: August 27, 2020

Return to School Plan -- Released 8/10/2020

Updated: August 1, 2020

Letter to Catholic School Supporters from Bishop Cozzens

Please  read the latest letter from Bishop Cozzens and the Office of the Auxiliary Bishop.

Updated: July 23, 2020

Abbreviated Return-To-School Plan & Communication Letter

Please  read the latest school communication letter, watch the video, and view the return-to-school QUICK card graphic.

Return-To-School Video - 7/23/2020:

Abbreviated Return-To-School QUICK Card Graphic:

Updated: July 20, 2020

Letter to Catholic School Families — From Bishop Cozzens

Bishop Cozzens addresses all Catholic School families in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul on their commitment to safety and reopening of all Catholic Schools. Over the last five months, a dedicated team has been working together to come up with a preparedness plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education, with a minor in Early Childhood at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.