March 16, 2020

Message from the President- March 16,2020

Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools families, faculty, staff and friends,

I am following up on my pledge to update you today about Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools closings. Please know that I am with you as a parent and staff member in understanding your concerns and questions. Here are several points and concerns I want to address:

While our school buildings are closed, our administration office building is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and here for you. You are welcome to call and set appointments in this office. Please call ahead if you’d like to personally visit so the right staff member is available to you.

From Iowa Governor Kim Reynold’s March 16 news conference we learned:

  • She confirmed 4 full weeks of no school through Sunday, April 12. This of course could change and be longer as time passes.
  • She is requesting that the legislature not require this time be made up.She indicated she would sign the bill to allow these days not be added on to the end of the school year.
  • Online learning and work done at home will not count toward the school year requirements. Hence, we will soon be providing you with resources to academically engage your children though none of that work will be required.

Originally we were scheduled to have Monday, April 13 off after Easter as well as Friday, April 24.  We plan to be in school now on those days to help accommodate all these days we are missing.  Of course that could change if the 4-week ban extends beyond April 12.  Please make note of these days in your calendar and plan to have your children in school.

Prayer is powerful. We are all asking for God’s mercy and protection during these difficult times. I encourage you to watch this 2-minute video message by Heelan Chaplain Fr. Shane Deman. It will give you some reassurance and perspective.  It can be found here:

Finally, I do plan to continue to update you at minimum on a weekly basis.
  If more information becomes available, I might accelerate that communication.  Even if information does not change, I will reach out weekly to check in with you.

Thanks for your commitment to Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools.  May God keep you and your family safe and healthy.

John Flanery
President, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools

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