3rd Quarter Update

Dear Bishop McDevitt Students and Families,


“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in as much as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” 1 Peter 4: 12-13


We hope you all are doing well. As we continue to discover how our academic year will progress, we are working to ensure our efforts have as minimal of an impact on students as possible. As the current climate regarding COVID-19 containment efforts continues to affect normal operations of schools, much is still uncertain. Transparently, we just do not have all the answers at this time as governmental decisions continue to change daily and advisement from Federal, state, and local agencies remain in flux. At this time, we feel it prudent to take action regarding how to close the 3rd Quarter Marking Period. The original closing of the 3rdMarking Period was scheduled for Wednesday March 25, 2020. In the interest of student and staff adaptation to online learning, we believe it is in the best interest of students to effectively end the 3rd Marking Period and grades as of March 20th, 2020. While we have successfully completed one week of online learning, the uncertainty of when we will return to face-to-face learning leaves many questions on how best to support students as we move into the 4th marking period. With the end of the 3rdMarking Period being moved ahead, students will be given until March 31st, 2020 to work with teachers for submission of late work from the 3rdMarking Period assignments to improve grades. This includes any work provided online from March 16th through March 19th. Teachers will still provide online assignments next week, however all grading efforts moving forward will be for the 4th Quarter. With daily operations being increasingly restricted, we will need additional time to produce 3rdQuarter Report cards. We anticipate a date for completion of report cards to be the week of April 6th.


As the landscape continues to leave us with unknowns, we will continue to remain flexible in our processes for the immediate future. Your patience throughout this ordeal has been most appreciated. We understand there will be many questions as well as moments of anxiety as we move forward. Unfortunately, we are limited in our answers to many questions as of yet. We are hopeful that decisions unfold and guidance is forthcoming so we have more answers and direction for our students, parents, and staff. Our mission at this time is to maintain some continuity of education. I continue to encourage all to take time for prayer and patience. Thank you and God Bless.


Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”


Sincerely,


Vincent Harper ‘92

Principal

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