Dear Parents and Families,

We are aware of the fact that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and likely more to come. We are also aware of several states closing schools and organizations canceling events. We do not have current plans to close at the moment, but we realize this could be a possibility. We continue to work closely with the local health department and Mauston School District to monitor this situation and proactively share information to enhance preparedness. We are currently in the process of finalizing details associated with planning for possible closures.

Should a prolonged school closure become necessary in the future, we are looking into ways to continue with instruction. Teachers and staff are working to create a plan for each classroom which could include sending work home with students or providing online lessons and activities. Details are being discussed as far as how we intend to distribute necessary curricular materials to students and families. Details on how materials will be accessed will be provided to students and families by the specific classroom teachers. For example, upper grades might utilize Google Classroom and iReady as the primary method for uploading and disseminating school work. However, our younger grades might have a combination of class work on paper and/or online instruction.

We recognize that this approach may not work for every student and every family due to device and connectivity issues, special needs, and other circumstances. We have devices at school which we can check out to students for those without devices at home. We ask that families reach out to their child/children’s individual classroom teacher to develop plans to meet their needs if accessing information and resources digitally is an issue. If your child would need to check out a device, please send your teacher an email to make this request. In addition, there may be students and families with certain needs and circumstances not identified here; in those cases, we ask that you reach out to your child/children’s teacher to plan as proactively as possible to ensure that educational needs are met.

Please be aware that if schools are closed, there will be NO after school activities—this includes extended care, academic and athletic co-curriculars.

If you are in need of extra food or lunches for your child, the Food Pantry will have meals prepared for students. They are working on these details, andI will share more information as it becomes available.

The approach described above will ONLY be used IF it becomes necessary to close schools for an extended period of time (more than two or three consecutive days).

One way you can help to keep the lines of communication open is to ensure your contact information is up-to-date, including phone numbers and email addresses in Sycamore. Contact Mrs. Czajka in the school office if you need assistance in updating any information. We recommend that you give some thought and planning for any potential childcare needs you might have should school closures become necessary.

Finally, a reminder that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends “everyday preventative actions” to stop the spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional details will be provided as they become available. While this approach (if necessary) is less than ideal, it should provide for continuity of educational programming, thereby allowing the school to NOT have to make up missed days due to extended school closures should they arise. Please feel free to contact your child/children’s teacher or me if you have any additional questions.

Karla Reinhardt

A message from our principal.

Thank you for visiting our website for St. Patrick Catholic School. Our school vision is that we provide a foundational experience of faith, community, and knowledge that forms courageous disciples ready to serve generously. Our mission is to foster a Catholic identity, maintaining high academic standards for pre-k through 8th grade students while collaborating with families of all faiths by forming courageous disciples equipped to serve.

We are a small, rural school in Mauston, Wisconsin. I am proud to say that we have a wonderful team of teachers and staff members that guide and encourage our students to reach their highest potential. Learning is exciting at St. Patrick School. Students are immersed in the learning process and experience Catholic theology, literacy, math, science, social studies, art, music, p.e., and other subjects in a Christ centered environment. We have high academic standards and ensure teachers and students all have the tools they need to find success and reach their goals.

We are still accepting enrollments for the 2019-2020 school year. Please call the school office at (608) 847-5844 to schedule a tour of the school and pick up enrollment paperwork. We look forward to this school year, and the many years to come at St. Patrick School!

Karla Reinhardt, Principal