Dear Father Ryan Community,
Just after closing our campus in the spring, many of our administrators sent video messages of favorite places on campus. All of us in the Ryan community have a place on campus that brings us rest, peace, or a special memory. Even so, it is the people, the faculty, staff, and students who truly make Father Ryan. We find ourselves in times of enormous complexity readying for a return to school days on Norwood together. As we move towards the opening of school, each day brings with it new opportunities and challenges.
The basis of the Returning to Campus Safely plan (below) that we are providing you today is our fundamental priority to provide a safe and healthy educational environment for everyone involved in our endeavor to form lives of excellence in the Catholic tradition. Even with the hope that this plan brings, the unpredictability of the circumstance demands of all of us a flexibility and a trust that we are in this together to serve our students, faculty, and each other.
What follows in the Returning to Campus Safely plan is our best sense of the way forward built around the basic principles below. We recognize the complexity of the pandemic as well as its varying effects on our families’ personal circumstances. Additionally, this plan includes a REQUIRED SURVEY of all our families to choose which delivery of instructional environment will best serve their needs and circumstances.
The following are the principles we have used in developing the plan for returning to campus:
- Protect the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff
- Comply with diocesan, public health, and government orders
- Utilize guidelines from the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Nashville, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Metro Public Health officials
- Establish effective use of spaces and places to support physical distancing
- Provide students with some familiarity of school routines for learning
- Set clear expectations for everyone.
We anticipate and must be prepared for a return to remote learning for some interval(s) in the coming school year, and we will remain attentive to any Metro Public Health directives. The reality is that we earnestly want to be back together. That commitment is written into the plans described and detailed in the pages that follow. Of course, with emerging science, empirical data, and government directives, this is the first of our campus plans. Future updates/changes in protocols will be sent to all our families and placed on our coronavirus updates page on the Father Ryan website.
We call upon the entire Father Ryan community to join in prayer, seeking the intercession of our Blessed Mother for all within our world who are experiencing loss, illness, fear, and anxiety as a result of this pandemic. We invite everyone to join in an active, working partnership that will provide a means to our students’ success in this historic season, benefiting everyone within our family.