COVID-19 Update

This page includes updated information regarding St. Luke’s Episcopal School classes and activities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Wednesday, April 22nd, Head of School Connie Bradford announced that St. Luke’s Episcopal School’s campus will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. The full letter can be found at the bottom of this page. For the latest on activity postponements and cancellations, see the headings below. These will be updated as soon as new information is decided or learned.  

e-Learning

Our teachers spent their in-service on March 16 converting material for a digital classroom.  e-Learning began on March 17. Each child’s education is continuing from a platform that the children are already familiar with, including Seesaw and Google Classroom. Even though the campus is closed, learning will continue.

Our last teaching day will be Friday, May 15th.

There will be no exams or cumulative tests given. 

Monday, May 18th and Tuesday, May 19th will be “catch-up” days to finish any work not done or work that needs to be corrected.  Middle school teachers will have office hours those days for assistance for any MS student that needs help.  Lower School activities on those days will be fun activities and virtual parties.

During this time period at a TBD date, we will have an opportunity to turn in books, Chromebooks and chargers, library books, or any other items that need to be returned.

SCHOOL AND ATHLETIC EVENTS

On Wednesday, May 20th, we will end our year with a virtual Last Chapel at 9:00am. We invite all of you to join us.

With input from our 8th graders and parents, graduation has been postponed to Thursday, July 9th.

All other school and athletic events are canceled for the rest of the school year.

A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR

Mary Waller, March 19, 2020

In times of crisis, we may worry and become overwhelmed by the fear of uncertainty. Below I’ve provided links that offer ways to talk to your children about our current circumstances and several tools to use when feeling worried. It is important to establish a routine that works for your family during this school closure, as routine is important in helping children feel safe and grounded. If your child is having difficulty and could benefit from checking in with the school counselor, you or your child can email me at mwaller@stlukesbrschool.org to set up a virtual appointment through Google Hangouts Meet. 

ADMISSIONS

While our campuses are closed, please reach out to the Director of Admissions, Barbara Simmons, who will be happy to give you an introduction to life at St. Luke’s and schedule your visit as soon as our campus re-opens. bsimmons@stlukesbrschool.org 

PREVIOUS COMMUNICATIONS

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Good Morning St. Luke’s Families,

In following the Governor’s direction, we will not return to campus for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. We knew it was likely coming, but this reality has seemed to take the wind out of our sails. We miss our students, their families, and our coworkers; they give us a sense of purpose and inspire us to be our best. 

We have diligently been trying to nail down the specifics to what this looks like for all of us. It is not as easy as we thought, but we have a few decisions to share with you.

With input from our 8th graders and parents, graduation has been postponed until Thursday, July 9. Other events, such as Awards Day,  are still being worked out, but we have hope to have those details soon. 

Our last teaching day will be Friday, May 15. There will be no exams or cumulative tests given. 

Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19 will be “catch-up” days to finish any work not done or work that needs to be corrected.  Middle School teachers will have office hours those days for assistance for any MS student that needs help.  Lower School activities on those days will be fun activities and virtual parties.

During this time period at a TBD date, we will have an opportunity to turn in books, Chromebooks and chargers, library books, or any other items that need to be returned. We are still working on how this will work to be sure we are keeping everyone safe. 

On Wednesday, May 20, we will end our year with a virtual Last Chapel at 9:00 am. We invite all of you to join us for Chapel.

Thanks to so many of you for your kind words of support and encouragement. This is new territory for all of us, but I think everyone is doing a great job of not just meeting the challenges, but surpassing them. I grieve for what we perceive that our students have lost. Instead, we need to focus on what we all may have gained.

In the meantime, I thought this Facebook post was a good message to remember:

Not Everything is Cancelled  (keeplookingup – source)

sunshine is not cancelled
spring is not cancelled
love is not cancelled
relationships are not cancelled
reading is not cancelled
naps are not cancelled
devotion is not cancelled
imagination is not cancelled
kindness is not cancelled
conversations are not cancelled
hope is not cancelled
This makes me feel better already!
“May the Lord bless and keep you;
May the Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”       Numbers 6:24-26  (NKJV)

Blessings, Connie Bradford

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dear St. Luke’s Families,

The President and the Governor have extended the stay-at-home order until Thursday, April 30th.  In keeping with these directives, St. Luke’s Episcopal School’s campus will remain closed until Thursday, April 30th. Though we are disappointed by the news, it was not unexpected. We want to be sure that we are doing our part to safeguard our students, faculty, staff and our parents. It is also what is best for our community, state, and nation.

We will continue with our e-Learning during this period.  We will not have lessons the week of Spring Break/Easter Break starting on Monday, April 6th through Monday, April 13th. We will begin back on Tuesday, April 14th.

Any events scheduled in the month of April are canceled. This is a hard fact for all of us, and we hope to find ways to continue to connect through social media as we have been doing. With God’s help, we will come back closer and stronger as a school community. If you ask any teacher, they will tell you this is hard. The hardest part about it for us is missing the beautiful faces of our students.                                    

We appreciate your continued support, understanding, and prayers during this time. You are in my prayers as well.

Stay well. We will get through this together because this IS St. Luke’s!

Blessings,

Connie Bradford, Head of School

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear St. Luke’s Families,

As many of you have heard, the State of Louisiana has issued a proclamation that all public K-12 schools in Louisiana will be closed from Monday, March 16th through Monday, April 13th.  In following EBR’s directive, we will be closed from Monday, March 16th through Monday, April 13th. To limit the amount of time our students are away from campus we are moving our Spring Break/Easter Break to the week of April 6th through April 13th. This means we will return to school on Tuesday, April 14th.  If you have previously planned travel for the week of April 13th your child be excused from school.

Today teachers will be sending home materials that students will need for e-Learning. If your student was absent today we will arrange for you to pick up materials on Monday, March 16th after 1 pm. On Monday, March 16th you will receive an email detailing e-Learning guidelines. We will begin e-Learning on Tuesday, March 17th.

Closing schools for this period should minimize the health risks to those in our community. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time.

Blessings,

Connie Bradford, Head of School

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CDC Coronavirus Information