Good Shepherd Temporary School Closure due to COVID 19
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in Missouri in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Representatives from the Jefferson County Health Department, Jefferson County Administration Office, Mercy Hospitals, and Jefferson County Public, Catholic and Private Schools met today and determined that out of an abundance of caution, all Jefferson County Schools will close beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th. We will re-evaluate after two weeks.
Keeping our kids, educators, families, and communities safe is our top priority. We are using every tool we have to protect our community and will continue to do so in the coming days and weeks. We did not make the decision to close schools lightly. The determination to close schools was made with the health and wellbeing of everyone in mind. We understand everyone will be impacted and lives will be disrupted by our decision, but we believe we need to take such actions to protect our families and communities from this outbreak. Measures like closing schools and restricting mass gatherings are intended to slow the spread of the virus and assist our healthcare system, so those affected can receive the care needed. Early signs are beginning to occur with five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of Missouri as of this morning along with two cases in Jefferson County. Based on trends from around the world over the past few months, spreading to more communities in our country over the next few weeks is likely.
The anticipated reopening date is Monday, April 6, 2020; however, the reopening date is subject to change pending further information. There will be no practices or games for any of the teams involved athletics and/or all other activities through April 3, 2020.
During the closure, we are going to continue doing all we can to support the students and families with resources they may need while schools are closed. We are also working to gather and communicate methods of ongoing communication with our students. Many students will feel nervous with this unexpected change in plans and isolation from friends and teachers. We will remain in contact with our families during this time.
We will continue to communicate using our various methods; email, Remind and Class DoJo. Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date with the office.
Prayer is of the up most importance. Please continue to pray the prayer given to us by the USCCB. You can find the prayer posted at archstl.org/coronavirus.
May grace and blessings be in your path,
The Good Shepherd school is a Catholic community dedicated to academic excellence, enriched by faith and tradition and lifelong discipleship in Christ! We welcome and respect children of all faiths.
Good Shepherd Catholic School is accredited by the National Federation of Non-Public School State Accrediting Association (an association recognized by and in good standing with the state of Missouri). We serve children ages preschool through eighth grades. Our faculty and staff strive to help our students to become Disciples of Christ by growing spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. At Good Shepherd we partner with our families to help students grow and succeed. Along with our entire church community, we encourage our children to be life-long learners, with a commitment to service, faith, family and the Catholic traditions of love and respect. We offer our students more than an education we offer them a formation that will give them tools for a successful life.
Good Shepherd Catholic School – Shepherding in the Light of Christ
- Lived Gospel values in Catholic tradition
- Welcome students and families of all faiths
- Faith development for all age levels
- Christ-centered sacramental programs
- Daily shared prayer for students, faculty and parents
- Sacrament of Reconciliation celebrated several times during the school year
- Participation in monthly First Friday Adoration, prayer services and liturgies.
- Mass Buddies and Prayer Partner Programs
- School mission is centered on Christ creating an caring and nurturing atmosphere
- Partner with families providing more than an education but a lifelong formation.
- Student/Parish CAC sports
- Participation in the Federal School Lunch Program
- Continuous communication between faculty and parents through Thursday folder, e-mail, phone and meetings
- Oasis volunteers at the primary level
- Extended care service for families
- Tuition assistance
- Multi-age classrooms
- Extended calendar school year
- Optimal student-teacher ratio
- Faculty attend professional growth activities
- Junior Achievement Programs
- Art, Music, PE and Health programs
- Integrated classroom computer program-
- Archery Program 5th – 8th grade
- After School Enrichment Programs
- F.L.O.C.K.S. – Families Living Our Catholic Knowledge and Service – a multi-age student family groupings
- Phonics and literature-based reading programs
- Broad range of social studies and science
- Caught Being Christian program rewards excellence in behavior
- Broad range of Service Learning Projects throughout the year
- Students participate in art and writing contests
- Students with IEP’s given accommodations
- International Day presentation with guest speaker
- Interactive Electronic Learning Boards in all classrooms
- All full-time faculty have state education certification
- Staff trained in CPR/AED