Please watch this page for continuing updates on this situation.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Please take a moment to read Bishop Ricken's letter to the Diocese as well as the Official Decree of the Suspension of Public Mass.
Monday, March 16, 2020
In light of the new directives from Gov. Evers and President Trump regarding COVID-19 we are cancelling school Tuesday. We plan to return April 6.
Students (with parents) who would like to gather forgotten materials, books, or band instruments, may come until 12:00 noon to do so. I know middle schoolers need their math books.
Some teachers are planning on being present. Look for an email later this week as we continue to put things together.
Please continue to pray.
I am saddened that I will not see many of you until Easter. Perhaps the story of the resurrection will coincide with our reunion.
Nathan Vande Hey, Headmaster
Friday, March 13, 2020
In light of the governor's decision today, St. Ignatius Catholic School will be closed from March 18 until April 6.
We will have school as scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 & 17. On Monday, our teachers will wrap up current lessons with our students. On Tuesday, students will get a course of action from their teachers and bring home any and all material they may need for the next few weeks. Students can also say goodbye to their friends and classmates. This is a confusing time for them and I wish to be sensitive to that. Please note that you may want to send an extra bag for your student to carry home more books, binders, folders, gym shoes, etc. than normal.
Teachers will meet Wednesday to plan our communication system to help students during the time off. We will communicate that plan via email when it is completed.
We are a classical school and thus we are not thrilled with the idea of students being in front of a screen for hours a day for the next month or so. Therefore, we do not anticipate offering several hours of video instruction. A limited amount of video instruction may be necessary.
We would be further ahead to have students read quality novels during this time period than spend hours upon hours in front of a screen.
On a note of assurance, in the regions where COVID-19 has infected large numbers of people, none of the infected school-age children have shown serious or life-threatening symptoms according to the most up-to-date information available to me. Also, as of this afternoon, the Wisconsin Department of Health has not posted any known cases of COVID-19 in any of the counties that we service.
Please join me in prayer for healing for all those infected and for a quick resolution to the situation. May God bless your families and our entire St. Ignatius community with good health. I look forward to seeing all your children again on Monday. If you choose to keep your child home, we completely support your decision.
Sincerely in Christ,
Nathan Vande Hey
Nathan Vande Hey
St. Ignatius, soldier of Christ, defend our school from all illness.
Jesus, send your healing power to those affected by COVID-19.
Send your Holy Spirit to protect St. Ignatius Catholic School and those we love.
Father, we trust in your generous love.