If your student(s) will be using iPads at home for remote learning, they will need to install both the Google Classroom app and the Google Meet app. Students cannot join Google Meet through the Chrome or Safari browsers.
Please read the email from Principal Sepich regarding school plans starting November 23 through January 11 here. There are changes to the annual calendar and also changes from in person to remote learning during this time period. Thank you.
This year, the 8th grade boys basketball team (coached by SPSL alums Andy and Greg Petersen) is collecting items for the annual Siena Francis House Stuff-a-Stocking Project. The idea is to provide some basic necessities and maybe some warmth and cheer to those in need this year. It has been an extremely difficult year for so many people, and we hope that you will consider donating. The team will be collecting the following new items: men’s crew or tube socks, toothbrushes, stretch gloves, and bags of Christmas candy. There will be boxes outside each of the school entrances so students can drop off items on their way into school from Monday, December 7 to Thursday, December 10. Thank you so much!
School directories are now available to purchase for $5.00. Please send payment with your child to school and a directory will be sent home with him/her.
Beginning Wednesday, November 4, grade level Masses will be held in the church. A specific grade level will lead and participate in the Mass each Wednesday and Thursday. Please check our events calendar to see what grades are leading Mass each week. The Masses will be streamed via YouTube each day. The grade levels not attending Mass in person may participate remotely in their classrooms via the live stream. You can access the live stream at the time of Mass by accessing the St. Pius X webpage here. The YouTube page for SPSL Masses can be found here.
For this school year for all grade levels we will be allowing SPSL spirit wear that is outerwear (sweatshirt, hoodie, quarter zips) to be worn at school. Students will still have to wear uniforms polo shirts underneath the spirit wear. Students can still wear the SPSL navy uniform sweatshirts as well. The Spirit Wear store will be opening again in the coming weeks.
Dear St. Pius X / St. Leo Families,
We are writing to you as the pastors of our two wonderful parishes and also as your SPSL School Board representatives to inform you that we have made the decision to have Friday, December 11th be a full day off from school instead of what was scheduled as a half-day. Generally, the purpose of this half-day is for us to be able to honor our amazing SPSL faculty and staff with a school board sponsored Christmas party in the afternoon. This year, COVID-19 and the subsequent restrictions we have in place have sadly made this regular SPSL tradition not able to happen the same way. In reflecting on what we could do to still show our gratitude to our teachers, we know that there is no better gift, especially this year, than the gift of time. Therefore, we felt it was appropriate to celebrate the hard work for our incredible faculty and staff by giving them the full day off. We wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you can make any arrangements ahead of time for having no school on Friday, December 11th. Thank you for your understanding and for joining us in thanking the SPSL faculty and staff for all they do for this wonderful school community.
Fr. Craig Loecker, Pastor, St. Leo the Great
Fr. Joseph Wray, Pastor, St. Pius X
Mrs. Jen Christen, SPSL School Board President
To clarify for SPSL, if there is a snow day that is called this school year, SPSL will not have a remote learning day. It will be a day off for teachers, staff, and students. Also, if OPS calls a late start, the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) will call a full snow day and SPSL will follow suit with having the full day off. For more information on the CSO policy, click here.
Please read the “modified” arrival and dismissal process:
In order to keep the health and safety of students and staff the priority, students must enter the school building at the designated doors as outlined on the attached map. This will require each and everyone’s patience and understanding. When accessing the west parking lot or the north church lot, please pull your car around as far as you can to avoid causing blocked traffic onto Blondo Street from our parking lots. More cars can access the parking lots at one time if cars pull as far ahead in the lots. (Drop Off Example: Family A has a Kindergarten student and a 5th grade student. Access the west parking lot to drop off the Kindergarten student. From there, the car would exit the west lot and turn right onto Blondo Street. At 69th Street, the driver would take a right and follow 69th Street south to the entrance for the south parking lot. Use the map attached above to locate the drop off location for 5th grade. We realize this is not an ideal drop off for all families, but again we are trying to ensure separation between students as they enter the school building.)
Each child must have their cloth mask on their face when entering the building. At each entry door, students will have their temperature taken, as well as will be asked some general health questions (e.g. How are you feeling today?). The students will also be given hand sanitizer to clean their hands. We ask that the students enter the building with their hands free, (i.e. everything contained in their backpack) ready to be given the sanitizer. In the event your child has a fever upon entering, they will be escorted to the office and a parent will be called to pick them up as soon as possible. As a reminder of the school’s policy states in the Family Handbook, “a fever is a temperature measuring 100.0 degree Fahrenheit or higher. As outlined in the SPSL-COVID Student Acknowledgment Consent Form you are required to sign for each of your children, you are agreeing to conduct self-screenings of your children on a daily basis before sending them to school. Your assistance and cooperation is greatly appreciated.
At dismissal time, you should plan to park in the designated parking lot for your youngest/only child (e.g. family has a 2nd and 6th grader; they should park in the west parking lot). In the example listed here, the 6th grade student could walk outside the school building along the building to get to the west lot to meet their parents. All grade levels will be dismissed outside through the same entrance doors the students entered through in the morning. Staff will be outside with the students to help guide them to parents. In the event a parent exits their car to come and meet their child, we ask that the parent please wear a mask and practice social distancing as much as possible.
We realize these changes are going to take all of our patience and flexibility. Your willingness to adapt is appreciated. Please feel free to call the school office at 402-551-6667 if you have any questions.
Cory Sepich, Principal
Please refer to this page for any and all information from Principal Sepich regarding COVID-19 and St. Pius X / St. Leo School.
November 12 email from Principal Sepich – “SPSL School Plans 11/23/20 through 1/11/21”
November 5 email from Principal Sepich – “COVID Message from Principal”
September 2 email from Principal Sepich – “SPSL Response to New Directed Health Measures”
August 14 email from Principal Sepich – “Return to School Information as of 8/14/20”
August 7 email from Principal Sepich – “Return to School Information”
July 9 email from Principal Sepich – “SPSL Return to School Overview”
July 1 email from Principal Sepich – “SPSL Start of School Planning Update”
June 5 email from Principal Sepich – “Update on Current Planning for 2020-21 School Year”
For emails from March to May 2020 regarding COVID-19 and SPSL, click here.
The Visiting Nurses Association recommendation is that no child should attend school if they have a fever and/or symptoms, or have had recent close contact with someone who has COVID-19. You can find more information on how to screen your child in the SPSL Return to School Guide.
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