November 2020 Message from the Superintendent:
I want to clarify how our schools will handle snow days amidst the pandemic. All of our schools are equipped to provide for a remote learning environment if or when COVID-19 arrives and spreads throughout any of our schools.
A few of our schools are currently in a hybrid learning model. Our schools are doing a tremendous job of keeping our schools open and meeting the academic, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our students. With all that in mind, when the weather creates a need to keep staff and students off the roads and safe at home, we will call for a snow day not a remote learning day. For schools that may be in a hybrid learning model, families should follow the directions provided by your specific school's leadership.
The decision to call a snow day is not one that is made lightly. The safety of all in our school communities is my first concern. I will be in communication with other school districts around the metro area as well as personnel at the National Weather Service in Valley. We will consider the following:
- when the snow is expected to begin
- when it is expected to end
- the amount of snow that will fall
- the line of the storm
- if there is wind
- if there is a layer of ice below the snow
- the time of day all of this comes together
As you know, Nebraska weather is unpredictable. There will be times when the conditions in Bellevue area may be better or worse that conditions in central Omaha or even out in Elkhorn, making a uniform decision more challenging. When the call to have a snow day is made, please refer to local TV stations and our social media accounts linked below. The announcement will say "Omaha Catholic Schools- Closed" which will include our schools in the Elkhorn, Ralston, Papillion, and Bellevue areas as well as Omaha.
There could be times when most of the Omaha Metro will be safe for schools to stay in session but a pocket of schools within a particular area of the city will experience concerning conditions. Your school leaders will communicate with you directly if just your school will need to close due to those weather conditions.
Omaha Public Schools may choose to announce a late start. However, I will not call for the Catholic schools as a whole to have a late start. If your school chooses to use a late start schedule, they will send that information directly to you through established channels of communication.
As a parent, if you feel conditions make transportation unsafe, you have a right to communicate with the school and keep your children safe at home.
Thank you for your continued support for our Catholic schools. I ask for your prayers and charity when the time comes to make these difficult decisions.
Sincerely In Christ,