July 16, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I would like to begin this message by asking you to do what we are doing every day so far in July at La Salle Academy: take a deep breath.
There is a lot going on in the local and national news this week about schools and reopening. How are we digesting this information? What is really happening and what will affect our plans? Refreshed/updated guidelines are sure to be coming and we have been expecting this. We continue to plan with what we currently have access to while checking regularly for those updates of local, state, and federal guidelines. We are working in pencil, not pen and will make adjustments to our plans as necessary. This is a marathon and we will keep going on creating the healthiest environment possible for our students and faculty to return to campus at the end of August.
Our Physical Space Committee continues to meet each week as one piece of the school-wide effort to plan for a return to school in August. La Salle is committed to ensuring that the health and safety of our students and the entire La Salle community as its central focus. To that end, we continue to work and plan to not only meet both the federal CDC and R.I. Department of Health guidelines but we also are developing procedures that go above and beyond those guidelines to ensure the safety of our La Salle family this fall and the entire school year.
At this time, we would like to share the following significant action with the La Salle community: La Salle Academy has invested in air purifying systems (iWave) to be installed on available air handling units throughout campus. These air purifiers have been proven to kill coronavirus and other airborne viruses/germs. These units will promote a healthier environment schoolwide, particularly in those areas with existing air handling units.
Also, students are reminded to visit the library section on the main page of our website and click on "Library Guide" to find descriptions of more than 50 titles for their Summer Reading requirement. This year's list celebrates La Salle's 150th anniversary and includes a wide range of classic works, as well as popular contemporary novels from a diverse group of authors.
We will be in communication next week with more updates.
Donald J. Kavanagh, AFSC
Br. Dennis Malloy, FSC