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,
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.
Below are the revised calendar adjustments:
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!
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.