August 7, 2020
 
Dear Parents and Guardians:
 
It’s unrealistic to have the perfect plan. As school leaders, we tend to put an exorbitant amount of pressure on ourselves to have the whole plan, communicate the whole plan and avoid change. Instead, in this moment, the most successful communications are paradigms for decision making:
  • We will resume school in a manner that’s compliant with the public health requirements. How, when, and where will be determined by those.
  • We will resume school with a priority for the safety of our students and staff.
  • We will resume school with an emphasis on our youngest students returning first, when possible.
Really, what we want to say is that we will resume education.
 
We are all going to be a messy work in progress for a while. Prioritizing safety, upholding guidelines and listening to our communities will continue to be our priorities in the weeks ahead.
 
In order to for all of us to stay safe, please refer to our “Guidelines” on masks/face coverings.
 
 
In the meantime, please remember that together we will overcome the hurdles that we face. As always, we are but an email away, so please reach out for assistance and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
 
Sincerely,
Donald J. Kavanagh, AFSC
Br. Dennis Malloy, FSC
July 31, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As we enter August, we are looking forward to welcoming our students, faculty, and staff back to campus. La Salle has spent the past few months researching and exploring the various models for resuming school in the fall of 2020.

Our Reopening Committee has worked with great intention and care to develop a comprehensive plan for the return to school under the REOPENING RI Guidelines of health and safety; academic instruction; social, emotional, and mental health support; and re-opening operations presented by the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island Department of Health. In order to ensure we are meeting and exceeding our goal for the safety of all constituents, we conferred with an infectious disease specialist, who reviewed our complete reopening plan.

We have two documents to share with you today. The first is the S.M.A.R.T. Back to School Guidelines which offers a user friendly view of our overall plan. We encourage you to view this document in its entirety to prepare for the reopening of school. The second is the state-required complete reopening plan formatted according to the REOPENING RI template, which contains more detailed information.

We hope that you stay healthy and safe as you continue to enjoy the remainder of the summer.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Kavanagh, AFSC
Br. Dennis Malloy, FSC

July 24, 2020
 
Dear Parents and Guardians:
 
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. Once again, we wanted to provide some brief updates of our continued planning for the upcoming school year.
 
Our Physical Space, Curriculum, and Scheduling Committees remain in regular communication as we approach the start of school. In addition, the administration is working to finalize the state required plan for reopening that will be published on our website on July 31st. Please look forward to our letter next week for more details.
 
One area of our planning involves the safety of student transportation to and from 612 Academy Avenue each day. Understanding how our students arrive at and depart from campus will help to ensure a safer environment for all. In order to do this, we ask that you complete the brief transportation survey that can be accessed in the email that was sent out.
 
Finally, we believe that the below CDC Factsheets for young adults during the pandemic are relevant. As the summer continues and we look ahead to a different yet welcome return to the school year, please take the time to look these over. 
 
 
We will once again provide an update next week.
 
Sincerely,
Donald J. Kavanagh, AFSC
Br. Dennis Malloy, FSC
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.
 
Sincerely,
Donald J. Kavanagh, AFSC
Br. Dennis Malloy, FSC
July 2, 2020

To Our La Salle Families:

Our Physical Space Committee continues to meet each week as one piece of the school-wide effort to plan for a return to school this fall. 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 state Department of Health guidelines but 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 actions with the La Salle community:
 
  • We have purchased three state-of-the art, high-speed thermal temperature cameras to be placed at all open entrances through local vendor EBS Econotel.
  • Course schedules have been sent out to students. Please contact your school/college counselor with any questions with regard to courses for the fall.
  • Summer training sessions for many of La Salle’s fall sports begin on July 6. Please contact the head coach of any fall sport you are interested in by email.
 
Information and updates can be found on our website: Reopening School 2020-21

On behalf of the La Salle Academy family, we hope that you and your families have a safe, restful, and healthy 4th of July.

Sincerely,
Patrick Meehan, Chief Financial Officer
June 23, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

During the past six or seven weeks the La Salle Academy administration has been working with our faculty and staff to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. As the Governor stated in the press conference on June 11th, 2020 “The goal today is that we return to full in-person school this fall on August 31st.”

Our efforts to meet this goal will coincide with the information from the planning guidance for schools, subject to the latest information from the RI Department of Health, the RI Department of Education, the CDC , and the Governor’s Office. Given the uncertainty of the spread of COVID-19 all schools are charged to be ready for multiple reopening scenarios ranging from limited to full in-person instruction. “Back to School RI” forms the framework for us to prepare for the full range of scenarios based on current health and safety considerations.

La Salle Academy currently has three committees researching, discussing, and planning in the areas of Physical Distancing for Health & Safety, Curriculum, and the School Schedule. The goal will be to have each of these committees report out their findings and recommendations specific to our school, in order to further develop a plan for reopening in August.

Based upon the health and safety mandates put out by the CDC, La Salle Academy has retained the services of the local architectural firm, Robinson, Green, and Beretta Group (RGB), to do a spatial analysis of our school buildings in order to ascertain the number of students who can safely be in the school buildings at any one time.

We will be assessing class and group size limits; classroom layouts; cleaning protocols; face coverings; screening students and staff; school schedules; visitors; busing and transportation; and responding to staff or students who are sick. The guidance outlines policies required to safely reopen, as well as recommendations for implementation in each school.

We hope to form partnerships with each of our families as we move through this pandemic to a hopeful future.

La Salle Academy will provide information biweekly, as it is developed between now and the opening of school. We will have our plan available on the La Salle Academy website by July 31st .

Sincerely,
Donald J. Kavanagh, AFSC
Br. Dennis Malloy, FSC
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