Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Dear DSHA families,
We are experiencing so much as a country right now. While we would typically be enjoying the start of summer, we are collectively facing some challenging times – individually and as a community at large. But as a DSHA community, we know that growth comes from struggle; hope comes from sorrow when it is met with prayer; and we are rooted in a strong Salvatorian mission to guide us along the way.
We know this school year did not end in the way we hoped it would. I would like to share some important information about events in the coming weeks along with planning for the 2020-2021 school year—including tuition and financial aid assistance.
Dasher Dialogue on Racial Injustice | June 9
On Monday, June 1, we sent a response to the current events of racial injustice that our country is experiencing. Last night over Zoom, June 9, we held a Dasher Dialogue to serve as a safe space for students to discuss reactions, feelings, and questions regarding racial injustice in America. This was organized and led by the Student Diversity & Inclusion Council. We will continue to have ongoing dialogues of this nature; students should stay tuned to their emails for information and links.
DSHA Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation | August 1
The entire school community is very proud of the young women in this class. They have risen to the challenge and finished the school year with determination and perseverance; they will forever remember how they have handled the challenges of this spring. As a TSC, we are looking forward to celebrating this very special class at the Baccalaureate Mass on July 31 at DSHA, and at their graduation on August 1 at Miller Park.
Online Learning Year-End Surveys
Thank you to all of the parents, students, and faculty that completed these surveys. They are providing insight into the online learning experience and will help inform our planning for this coming school year.
2020-2021 School Year | Re-Open Plans in Progress
Working with experts | DSHA is collaborating with MUHS and a team of medical professionals in the Milwaukee area to best inform us on how to open our school buildings to our faculty and staff this summer, and eventually our students at the start of the fall semester. We are developing safety procedures and policies to keep our school community safe. We will continue to refer to this team, the Center for Disease Control, the Wisconsin Health Department, and the Medical College of Wisconsin to inform our plans.
Building re-open to staff on July 6 | We have new procedures and policies in place to increase the sanitation and safety for all. Face coverings will be required for any person that enters the building throughout the summer. Additional sanitation and cleaning protocols will be in place as well.
In-person instruction in August | We are building plans to be back to school in person with safety protocols and procedures in place.* Some of these plans include optimizing the full space within our building; adding technology measures that will allow flexibility for a student to stay home and engage with her classroom learning if she has a cold, etc.; and moving to an extended instruction schedule to minimize movement within in the building and optimize in-person student/faculty time together.Our academic administration and teaching faculty are hard at work putting these plans in place over the summer. We plan to communicate with you on an ongoing basis throughout this summer so you are fully prepared for the fall.
*Should our state require schools to open with social distancing in place, or require schools to close, we are preparing two alternative plans: 1.) a hybrid plan with a staggered schedule to reduce the number of students in the building at one time while prioritizing regular in-person instruction; and 2.) a virtual learning plan should we be required to close school.
2020-2021 School Year | Tuition Assistance and Financial Aid Adjustments
Due to the wide-spread effects of COVID-19, we understand that this is a financially difficult time for many. COVID-19 has created increased and unprecedented financial need for many of our families. If you are dealing with changing financial circumstances, we are here to help.
The DSHA Financial Aid Committee has created a form that will help families explain any change to financial circumstances due to COVID-19 that may not be accurately reflected on their most recent tax documentation. In addition, the questions will help the committee understand a family’s full picture in order to make necessary adjustments to financial aid applications and awards when possible.
If you have already applied for financial aid this spring, received an award amount, and are now interested in more aid due to COVID-19:
If you have not previously applied for, or have not needed financial aid before COVID-19, but you would like to apply at this time:
Of note, DSHA has its own procedures to follow when awarding financial aid. We own the responsibility to be good stewards of the money given to DSHA from various sources for the financial aid of our students. Although we have limited resources, we will do our best to meet your family’s needs so your daughter can continue to receive all of the many benefits a DSHA education offers.
We will continue to keep you informed throughout the summer. I am praying for all of you, that you remain safe and healthy during this time.
God Bless,Katie Konieczny, DSHA '92