Return to Learn Planning Underway

Team is Creating 3 Plans for 20-21 School Year
Posted on 06/15/2020
School staff, students and faculty members are meeting this month to create “Return-to-Learn” plans for Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools.

Since the spread of COVID-19 is unpredictable, BHCS leaders are planning for three different learning scenarios for the school year, depending on the status of the virus in the Sioux City area. The plans are: onsite learning in classrooms, distance learning and a blend of onsite and distance learning. 

The plans focus on leadership, academics, social emotional behavioral health, Catholic Identity, health and safety, infrastructure, equity and data. 

Since the spread of COVID-19 is unpredictable, BHCS leaders are planning now for three different learning scenarios for the school year, depending on the status of the virus in the Sioux City area. They are: onsite learning in classrooms, distance learning and a blend of onsite and distance learning. 

“After we receive communication on re-opening schools from the Iowa Department of Education we will share the news with all families,” says Dr. John Flanery, BHCS president. “Our number one priority will be the health and safety of our students, families, faculty and staff members. 

“I’m very grateful to our teachers, principals, staff members and Heelan students Avery Nelson and Andres Villalobos who have spent summer hours on sharing input for our plan working collaboratively to have the best plans in place for the 2020-21 school year. 

A decision for distance learning due to virus activity will be based on information from the Iowa Department of Health and the CDC, he adds. If distance learning is needed, additional professional development for staff, and increased student and family support will be provided. 

Return to Learn plans are due to the state by July 1. 

“Our school and faculty families can feel confident that the Bishop Heelan School System will be prepared for whatever direction we need to take,” Flanery says.
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