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StMM Coronavirus Update

March 25, 2020

Dear Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic School Families,

A few minutes ago, I received the following communication from Dr. John Pendergrass, the Interim Superintendent for the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Raleigh.

The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Raleigh has set the goal of doing what is best for our students and families during the public health state of emergency. North Carolina’s public health leadership has asked that schools in the state not return to on-site classes until May 18th. Our schools will abide by this guidance. If the public health prognosis changes in the weeks to come, I would welcome the prudent option to return to school sooner. I will remain in conversation with you just as our teachers are staying in conversation with our students through distance education initiatives.

Please observe Easter break as planned by your local school calendar. You know the names and faces of families that are now dealing with many challenges. Thank you for knowing that some of the normal processes will not exist, and that we will be dealing with the impact of this public health emergency on many levels. Bishop Luis is assessing needs, extending help and prayerfully preparing for impacts that are yet unseen. Broader support for parishes is being offered through the various administrative offices of the Diocese.

Together, we will help our families, faculties, staffs and students emerge from this time of shadow and dance in new brightness.

At this time, we will be moving to extended distance learning instruction until May 18th. More information will be sent to you in the coming days to help with this long-term transition.

As a result of this mandate, we will be cancelling any clubs and field trips scheduled during this time. Parents, I would ask you to be patient with us as we begin the daunting task of refunding you the amounts paid for such activities over the coming weeks. Any events scheduled after May 18th will go on as planned unless this date is extended.

While we are not physically in school, Saint Mary Magdalene's amazing group of educators will continue to provide your children with an amazing educational experience through many of the outlets they have been using. As a community, we will get through this storm together and come out on the other side as a stronger school and parish for it.


God bless,

John Mihalyo, Principal
Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic School


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