Saints Back Safely Update
The rising number of reported cases of COVID-19 has caused the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools Office to mandate that all diocesan schools begin the 2020-21 school year fully online at least through Tuesday, September 8 (after Labor Day).
Teachers will teach from their classrooms according to the bell schedule for each day (see below). Students will be required to be on time and present in each class at the scheduled time. Students must wear a Notre Dame Prep spirit shirt when attending school virtually. They should also have a study space that is conducive to learning.
"We purchased state-the-art technology over the summer which will allow for more robust teaching and enhance teacher-student interaction," said NDP president/principal Jill Platt. "I'm grateful for our new technology because now we are prepared and ready to teach remotely using a synchronous virtual method,"
Student's electronic devices should be updated with the following tools; Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams (which the school provides). Students who are unsure about their computer's ability to connect with classes should make an appointment with our IT department. Our team of desktop analysts will make sure that they are ready for the start of school. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall semester course schedules will be emailed in early August. For students who require changes, counselors will be available via email to handle requests. Click here to find your counselor.
Our fall athletic programs are still in Phase 1 of reopening. Each sport requires different safety protocols. More information will be forthcoming from our Athletic Director as decisions are made at the AIA-level for each individual sport. We will continue to update you regularly on the status of our academic, student life and athletic programs.
On August 7, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will announce the framework for public safety benchmarks and how opening the state will progress. "At that time, we will know more about what September might look like," said Platt. "What we want more than anything, is to get our Saints Back Safely on campus, face-to-face. We miss our students."