March 13, 2020 | DSHA COVID-19 Update
Dear DSHA Community,
We are in full support of Gov. Evers’ statewide mandate to close schools for the coming weeks. We have been planning to do the same as we’ve continued to monitor the fluid and evolving developments as related to the COVID-19 outbreak. While we have no confirmed cases in the DSHA community, we are fully and proactively committed to the safety and health of our student body, faculty, and staff.
We have been consulting resources from the CDC, WHO, DPI, Milwaukee metro area health departments, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. We have also been in considerable conversation with leadership at other area high schools – both Catholic and suburban public schools – and have been consulting with medical professionals on the Medical College of Wisconsin leadership team.
As a Catholic community rooted in developing the whole person and making known the goodness and kindness of Jesus Christ in the world, we are also deeply committed to protecting our larger community. With students attending DSHA from all counties within the greater metro area, and due to the highly contagious nature of this virus, along with the threat that it poses to vulnerable populations, we will be closing DSHA with the intention of returning to in-classroom instruction on Monday, April 20, following Easter break. We will continue to monitor the situation and make any necessary adjustments along the way as needed for the safety of our community at large.
The following plan is in place to move academic instruction online during this time, as well as to continue to provide the vital social/emotional/mental health resources to our students, and pastoral care.
- Monday, March 16 – Tuesday, March 17 |Students will not report to school on these days.DSHA faculty and staff will report to prepare for moving to online instruction.
- Wednesday, March 18 – Wednesday, April 8 | Online instruction will occur
- Thursday April 9 – Friday, April 17 | Easter break
- Monday, April 20 | In-school classroom instruction will resume (unless notified otherwise)
Academic coursework | We are committed to continuing and progressing with academic coursework during this time as follows:
Faculty commitment to student learning outcomes:
- Faculty will focus on student learning outcomes as our primary goal for all areas of academic discipline.
- Decisions will be made prioritizing intentional, focused-learning experiences.
- These outcomes will drive all choices around content and materials (as we may not be able to cover everything that would have been covered.)
- We understand that one size does not fit all: some classes are highly performance based and moving to myDSHA may not make as much sense for some classes as it does for other classes.
- Faculty will be intentional and choosy regarding learning content. The goal is not to inundate students with “stuff”, but to engage them in meaningful ways in direct alignment with the course outcomes, moving students closer to achieving these outcomes.
- Faculty will be transparent about their learning outcomes for each of their courses and will communicate this on their myDSHA class pages for both students and parents to have an understanding of the big picture.
How online learning and accountability to coursework will work:
- DSHA will send a communication on behalf of Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield before end of day on Tuesday, March 17. This email will communicate how the online learning will occur following the plans put in place by each department early next week.
- Faculty and students will continue use their myDSHA accounts to serve as the primary communication platform.
- We are currently taking an assessment to understand how many families do not have internet access at home. If you are in need of internet, please contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield. DSHA is willing to work with any family in need of internet to ensure all students have the resources needed to continue with academic coursework at this time.
- DSHA is committed to working with students and families who may be dealing with illness during this time.
- For general academic questions, contact Academic Dean Dr. Heather Mansfield.
- When online classroom learning begins, please feel free to directly contact your daughter’s teacher.
Student Services offerings | DSHA will continue to provide counseling and college advising during this time.
- Counseling | Counselors will be available via video chats for academic, social, emotional, and mental health support.
- College Advising | College Advisor Brian Hendricks will be available via video chats regarding college counseling.
Pastoral care and faith formation | DSHA will continue to provide pastoral support and resources to students during this time.
Books, binders, and other student materials |DSHA will be accessible during normal business hours on Monday for seniors and any other students who need to empty out lockers. The school office will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Co-curricular and school sponsored events, including athletics |Gatherings of this nature, including sports practices, will be on hold until school re-opens for in-classroom learning.
Travel plans and restrictions |
With spring break on the tail-end of this timeline, please be aware of the following as you make spring break travel plans: As directed by CDC guidelines, you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days following the return from: 1.) a country with a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice; 2.) a state or community with community-wide spread of COVID-19 as indicated by the CDC website
Notification to DSHA if COVID-19 is confirmed |
If someone in your household has a confirmed case of COVID-19, for the safety of our greater community, we request that you let us know by contacting Principal Dan Quesnell
With the safety of both the DSHA community and our greater community at large, and our commitment to the whole-person development of your daughters, we appreciate your patience and compliance as we navigate the weeks ahead. As an administration, we are committed to the ongoing monitoring of this evolving situation.