St. Pat’s students check out before virus-forced school closure

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Faculty, staff and volunteers were on hand at the St. Patrick Catholic School in Perry Saturday morning for a two-hour check out period prior to the school's virus-forced closure.

Faculty, staff and volunteers were on hand at the St. Patrick Catholic School in Perry Saturday morning for a two-hour check out period prior to the school’s virus-forced closure.

Faculty, staff and volunteers were on hand at the St. Patrick Catholic School in Perry Saturday morning for a two-hour check out period, arranged to give parents a chance to collect materials their students will need for at-home learning during the time of the school’s virus-forced closure.

“I know that there have been many questions regarding how your child will be able to learn for the next four weeks,” St. Pat’s School Principal Kandice Roethler. “Please know that we are not ignoring these questions and that teachers are working hard on plans right now to get to you starting on Monday, March 23.”

Starting Monday, the faculty and staff will communicate daily online learning opportunities for students, and they urge parents to make sure their children complete as much of the learning as possible. The school also offered families a limited number of electronic devices available for check out from the school.

“It is important that we continue to exercise patience and support each other as we are experiencing this in our country,” Roethler and Des Moines Diocese Superintendent of Schools Donna Bishop said in a letter to parents. “Please make sure that you are taking care of each other, checking on our neighbors and friends in need and offering prayers to those that are suffering.”

The Rev. Luis A. Mejia, the parish priest at St. Patrick Catholic Church, also reminded parents that Saturday’s Mass would be livestreamed on the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church-Perry, IA Facebook page Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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