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School Communications Relating to COVID-19

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families, 

We pray this message finds you all safe and healthy and rejuvenated from summer break. Prince of Peace Catholic School continues to closely monitor the continuing developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Thank you for partnering with us as we navigate this continuously-evolving and difficult situation. 

The information below is based on the public health situation as we understand it today and is intended to support planning for school year activities and instruction. As shared previously, the safety of our teachers, students, and staff is our number one priority. Changes to the public health situation may necessitate changes to this guidance, including additional restrictions to school operations. We will continue to update our community as we make decisions and refine our plan via email and the POP website.

Throughout the summer, we have been meeting regularly with the Catholic Schools Office and other school leaders in the diocese as well as health experts and our Health & Safety Task Force to reevaluate protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. Data clearly indicates that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in North Texas and the presence of the highly transmissible Delta variant is increasing exponentially across the metroplex and is expected to continue to surge over the next few weeks. Simple measures, such as wearing a mask, will dramatically decrease the spread of COVID-19, including the more transmissible Delta variant.

Furthermore, according to the CDC, “COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the United States have been shown to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 infections, including asymptomatic and symptomatic infection, severe disease, and death. These findings, along with the early evidence for reduced viral load in vaccinated people who develop COVID-19, suggest that any associated transmission risk is likely to be substantially reduced in vaccinated people.” 

Given these considerations and in accordance with Catholic Social Teachings to care for others, while masks will not be mandated for POP students, we highly recommend that all students eligible to receive the vaccine (ages 12+) do so and that all unvaccinated students wear masks while indoors in accordance with current CDC guidance. 

Keeping our community safe and being able to offer on-campus instruction is a shared responsibility, and we are counting on everyone to do their part. Additionally, we must note that POP is subject to Collin County Health Department rules and regulations regarding Covid-19 outbreaks, and that if the school exceeds a certain threshold in cases in a certain time, school will be closed. This would be regrettable and is preventable.

Keeping you informed about the latest developments is very important to us, and we will continue to send updates as they are available. Please continue to review the COVID-19 Plan on our website. It is full of valuable information and answers many of the questions you may have. Please note a few highlights:

  • We look forward to welcoming volunteers back to campus this year. All visitors and volunteers are required to wear a mask while in the building. This includes our Meet-the-Teacher event on August 8.
  • Students may wear masks of their choosing as long as they are not distracting or inappropriate.
  • POP will not provide eLearning unless a substantial number of students in a class are required to isolate or quarantine. 
  • Students who stay home due to isolation or quarantine will follow the normal absence procedures as they pertain to illnesses. 
  • All-School Mass will begin in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, August 18. Visitors are welcome to attend Mass; however, all visitors must wear masks while inside the building. All students and staff will wear masks during All-School Mass.

In continuing with tradition, all teachers will send a welcome email to their families on Friday. We look forward to seeing you this weekend at Mass and our Meet-the-Teacher event and welcoming our students back next week.

In Christ, 

Mr. Chad Evans            Mrs. Meghan Jones

President                     Principal

May 19, 2021

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

Please see the attached letter from Dr. Matthew Vereecke, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Dallas, regarding the updated plans for the 2021-2022 school year.

As we are wrapping up the school year, I want to thank all of you for your ongoing support. 

In Christ,

Mr. Chad Evans

President

March 3, 2021

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

I’m certain you have heard by now about Governor Abbot’s latest policies to rescind the statewide mask wearing mandate. Prince of Peace Catholic School and the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Schools Office (CSO) prioritize the health and safety of our faculty/staff, students, and their families. Please review the following message from the CSO in response to Governor Abbott’s announcement:

From the beginning of the pandemic, Governor Abbott has reinforced private schools’ abilities to determine the methods necessary to ensure the safety and protection of our students. We are thankful that we are able to maintain our current mitigation efforts that have proven to be remarkably effective at protecting our work force and our students, and we will continue to employ those methods until it is determined safe by our medical professionals to discontinue them. We are grateful that our families continue to make choices to protect the most vulnerable. 

Thanks again for you continued support and understanding. We truly appreciate and value the partnership we have with each and every one of you.

In Christ,

Mr. Chad Evans

President

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

Please see the attached letter from Dr. Matt Vereecke, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Dallas, addressing our upcoming Christmas break, considerations for travel, and the new CDC guidelines. 

We also want to share the following videos from Bishop Burns and Bishop Kelly addressing our responsibility to each other and also ourselves in these trying times.

I hope you were able to read last week’s newsletter as we stated our plans for the new year.

As always, we are grateful for your ongoing support. This year has been challenging in so many ways, but your continued trust and support has ensured we can continue to offer your family the best experience possible.

In Christ,

Mr. Chad Evans

President

Good afternoon Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

We had a great first day of school today for our A-M students and are excited to welcome our N-Z students and eLearners tomorrow! Students did a great job waiting to get their temperatures checked, walking to their classrooms, keeping their masks on, and maintaining distance between one another. Way to go, POP Stars! Tomorrow and on the first day of every school week, before students get out of their cars during morning carpool, staff members will ask parents if their child has experienced any of the symptoms listed on our POP COVID-19 Screening Questions document within the last 24 hours. Please do not have your child exit the car before being screened. We appreciate your cooperation and support. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!

In Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Jones, MS

Principal

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

Thank you for joining us for our Virtual Back-to-School Mass and Meet the Teacher event! Our teachers loved seeing your smiling faces. We are just a few days away from our first days of school, and we are excited to kick off the 2020-2021 school year both in-person and virtually. Please watch our POP Back 2 School Video to see what school will "look like" on campus. We hope it will ease concerns for families who chose face-to-face as their learning preference and give students an idea of what to expect as they return this week. 

In Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Jones, MS

Principal

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

Our community always looks forward to our annual Back-to-School Mass and Meet the Teacher event. While it will look different this year, our teachers are looking forward to meeting you virtually and sharing their classroom routines and expectations this Sunday, August 16.

Mass will be live streamed at 10:00 a.m. We understand the Church is starting in-person Mass this weekend, but we encourage families to participate virtually so you have the opportunity to join the Meet the Teacher presentations. Virtual teacher presentations are from 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

In keeping with tradition, all students, including eLearners, can look forward to receiving a welcome email from their homeroom teacher on Friday, August 14. This welcome email will include instructions for joining your teacher's virtual presentation via Microsoft Teams. For families with multiple students, recordings of each presentation will be emailed following the event.

Due to restrictive COVID-19 protocols limiting visitors on campus, the Kindergarten & New Family Orientation has been modified; families will no longer have the opportunity to visit our campus. Teachers will now share information about themselves, their classroom, and the upcoming year during our Virtual Meet the Teacher event.

Upcoming Communication

We understand starting a new school year can be stressful. We realize this year is unlike any other. To ease concerns about what school will “look like” for face-to-face learners, we have created a Back 2 School Video that will be shared with families soon. This video highlights what students can expect when they step onto campus for the first time next week.

In the meantime, we’d like to share some of the many projects and improvements we have made to campus over the summer as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year. Please see our Back 2 School Campus Updates for additional information.

Our POP newsletter returns this Friday and will include information and details about pre-ordering for E&E Food Services, carpool procedures, the COVID-19 screening form, supply pick-up for eLearners, 8th grade traditions, and much more.

Your continued prayers are appreciated as we count down to the start of the school year.

In Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Jones, MS

Principal

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

We invite you to explore our Back 2 School Reopening Guide which outlines the policies and procedures for our reopening and answers many of the questions we have received over the summer. If you have additional questions, please submit them here. Responses will be posted to the FAQ section of the COVID-19 Plan on our website.

We recognize that for some, making the decision to send your child(ren) to school versus keeping them at home is an extremely difficult one to make. We are committed to doing everything we can to meet the needs of every student. It is our hope that we have provided enough information through our website, our Back 2 School Reopening Guide, and our conversations with you to help you make the best decision for your family. Please complete the POP Learning Preference Follow-Up Survey to confirm your family's learning preference. Please note, the Virtual eLearning Model is a quarter-long commitment (9 weeks). In order to make sure that every detail is worked through to ensure a successful start to the 2020-2021 school year, we need a firm commitment no later than midnight on Sunday, August 2. 

A Diocesan parent agreement is required for all parents choosing face-to-face instruction. Please click here to read and electronically sign the Diocesan Consent and Release Agreement. The agreement must be completed by midnight on Sunday, August 2.

Thank you for sharing your precious children with us, thank you for your support and trust, and thank you for being in this together with us. We appreciate your time and partnership! 

In Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Jones, MS

Principal

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

This summer has been like no other, but I pray that you have had the opportunity to spend time together as a family. We have missed your children, and we were very thankful to receive Dr. Vereecke's letter yesterday announcing the reopening of diocesan schools on August 19.

We fully recognize that this opportunity comes with a great responsibility. As shared previously, the safety of our teachers, students, and staff is our number one priority. Our administration, faculty/staff, and various community members have worked tirelessly to create safety protocols for face-to-face instruction. Throughout the summer, Mrs. Jones and I have been meeting regularly with the Catholic Schools Office and other school leaders in the diocese to create plans that will keep our schools safe. As Dr. Vereecke mentioned, we have been sharing, revising, and testing the various plans and protocols that are necessary to open school back up safely. All of these safety plans have been vetted and validated by the Dallas County Health Department, our accreditation agency, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department (TCCBED), the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Schools Office, and outside local medical experts.

We are prepared and ready to begin school, and we can't wait to see your kids! The first week of school will look a little different than usual. On the first day of school, we must provide instruction to students on appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices consistent with the mitigation practices we have adopted. As we need to practice the new procedures in the classrooms, in the hallways, and at lunch/recess, we are planning to take it slowly. 

In order to make sure all of our students, parents, and teachers are comfortable with the new safety protocol, we will have two first half-days of school:

  • Wednesday, August 19 - First day of school (half-day) for face-to-face students with last names beginning with A-M
  • Thursday, August 20 - First day of school (half-day) for face-to-face students with last names beginning with N-Z and all eLearners

Over the next few weeks, we plan to share additional information with you in the form of pictures and videos so your family has an idea of what to expect when we return to campus in August. The visual representations are intended to help your child prepare for what a day in the life of a student will look like and provide greater insight for our parents to see the spirit in which we are returning to campus.  At the virtual Meet the Teacher event on August 16, students will have the opportunity to see their classroom and receive a tour from their teacher.

At Prince of Peace, we have always known that the strength of our community is invaluable and second to none. Class socials, parent events, weekly school masses, Fall Festival, annual Gala, school musical, and DPL sporting events are just a few of the many opportunities we have to come together as a community. These experiences create feelings of connectedness and unity which we all want and need. There is no greater time to be united together as a community than right now. The safety protocols that I mentioned above and the protocols that are found on our website leave no exemptions or exceptions. All of us must commit to protecting our students, teachers and each other and keeping everyone as safe as possible. The protocols are not ideological or political statements but rather decisions that have been made in an effort to ensure the health, safety, and faith of our students, faculty, and staff. We want and need to make the reopening of our school as safe and successful as possible, and your partnership is key.

We acknowledge and respect the thoughts and viewpoints of everyone in our community. Please know that we will continue to offer our families the option of eLearning instruction. A follow-up survey will be communicated next week, and you will have the opportunity to indicate if your initial learning preference has changed.

Keeping you informed about the latest developments is very important to us, and we will continue to send updates as they are available. The information below includes additional details regarding the reopening of school. Also, please continue to review the COVID-19 Plan on our website. It is full of valuable information and answers many of the questions you may have.

Back-to-School Dates  

Please mark your calendar for the first week of school as this year will be different than usual.

Sunday, August 16 - Back-to-School Mass & Meet the Teacher

  • Virtual Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m.
  • Virtual teacher presentations for all families will follow Mass.
  • The presentation schedule will be communicated in advance.

Sunday, August 16  - New Family Orientation

  • POP Campus: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Kindergarten and new families will attend in rotations 
  • Schedule to be sent via Sign Up Genius

Wednesday, August 19 & Thursday, August 20 (half-days) - First Days of School

On the first day of school, we will provide instruction to students on appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices consistent with the mitigation practices we have adopted. In order to make sure all of our students and faculty are comfortable with the new rules, we will have two first half-days of school.

  • Face-to-face students with last names beginning with A-M will begin school on Wednesday, August 19.
  • Face-to-face students with last names beginning with N-Z will begin school on Thursday, August 20.
  • All eLearners will begin school on Thursday, August 20.

First Week of School Schedule Changes

Please see the schedule below as well as the updated 2020-21 Academic Calendar. Please note, we will not have school the first three Fridays of our return (August 21, August 28, and September 4).

Extended Day Program (EDP)

EDP will begin Tuesday, September 8. For additional information, please contact Mrs. Melissa Hanold, EDP Director, at mhanold@popschool.net.
 

COVID-19 Update

Important information regarding our COVID-19 plan is available on our website. The protocols and guidelines will help ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as we return to campus. The website will be updated regularly, and additional information will be communicated as it’s available.

In Phase 1, Prince of Peace Catholic School will foster a culture where face coverings and social distancing are the “new norm”.  At this point, masks or gaiters are to be worn by everyone while inside the building. You should be prepared to provide clean face coverings that are comfortable for your child(ren).

eLearning

Prince of Peace Catholic School is committed to providing all families with a Catholic education and providing quality instruction, whether learning at home or on campus.

  • POP will provide a full-time eLearning model for any families wanting a POP education but not ready to attend in-person classes at this time.
  • Selection of the eLearning model will be by quarter (9 weeks).
  • A follow-up survey will be communicated the week of July 27. Families will have the opportunity to indicate if their initial learning preference has changed.
  • The eLearning model will look very different than eLearning in the spring. It will include synchronous (live instruction in core content) and asynchronous (independent and/or parent-guided work) instruction.
  • POP is realigning roles and responsibilities of staff members; teams for grades K-2 and 3-4 have been assembled to deliver eLearning instruction. Students in grades 5-8 will attend core classes synchronously (live instruction) with their homeroom sections.
  • POP has invested in additional technology to enhance the eLearning experience. This includes one-to-one use of iPads in the lower school as well as ClassLink, a tool that enables students to access educational websites and applications with a single sign-on.
  • CLC and Lower School will use Seesaw as their learning management platform.
  • Upper School will use Moodle as their learning management platform.
  • Students and parents will utilize Microsoft Teams for video conferencing and communicating with teachers.
  • Students and parents will be responsible for completing and turning in assignments according to the teacher’s procedures and expectations. A universal assignment schedule will be utilized to help keep students organized.
  • We are fully prepared to transition to eLearning full-time in the event that students must be quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure.

Faculty Professional Development & Continuing Education

Our community is truly blessed to have an incredibly hardworking team. Our faculty and staff completed an impressive number of continuing education and professional development opportunities last spring and over the summer.

CLC faculty and staff attended several conferences over the summer including the Play First Professional Summit, the Frog Street Virtual Conference, Teach Your Heart Out, and the Region 10 Now4Ever Early Childhood Conference. One teacher is working on her master’s degree in Special Education.

Several of our Lower School teachers attended professional development through the Texas Association of School Psychologists Summer Institute and the University of Dayton. Others attended trainings in the areas of theology, Seesaw, distance learning, and accreditation. One teacher is working on her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. One teacher will start working on her doctorate degree in Catholic School Leadership in August. One teacher in the lower school is working to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist.

Our Upper School teachers attended professional development opportunities through the Middle School English/Language Arts Online Summit and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Others attended trainings over remote learning and Microsoft Teams.

Two Upper School teachers are enrolled in Creighton University’s Catholic School Leadership program. One faculty member is working on her master’s degree in Educational Technology. Mrs. Edwards gradated with a master’s degree in School Counseling. Mrs. Frasco graduated with her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy and is working on her state certification as a Reading Instructional Specialist.

Mrs. Gass, Mrs. Gorlitz, and Mr. Perez completed Creighton University’s Catholic School Leadership program, earning a certificate in Catholic School Leadership.

Our nurse is taking a course through John Hopkins University that focuses on contract tracing and the science of SARS-CoV-2.

The advancement team spent their summer attending virtual trainings and webinars in the areas of fundraising, enrollment, and communications. One member of the advancement team is currently enrolled in the Catholic School Leadership program through Creighton University.

We applaud our POP faculty for taking the initiative to grow in their professions! These training opportunities allow us to continue focusing on 21st century skills and increased student engagement in the classroom.

Personnel Updates

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of several of our beloved staff members. Please join us in a heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Sharon Bohannon (21 years), Mrs. Kim Collins (22 years), Mrs. Betty Coughlin Hill (21 years), and Mrs. Kathy Winti (6 years) for their years of service to our school. May God bless each of them as they embark on new endeavors.

We are thrilled to inform you that Mrs. Katie Chandler is our new Dyslexia Therapist! Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Chandler in her new role. Mrs. Chandler has been a teacher at Prince of Peace for six years. Her education includes a degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M University, a master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas, and certification as a Dyslexia Therapist through the Take Flight program at Scottish Rite Hospital. In addition to her responsibilities as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Chandler has provided literacy and dyslexia instruction for students in multiple grade levels. Mrs. Chandler values the relationships she develops with her students and is eager to form new bonds as she transitions to the role of Dyslexia Therapist at Prince of Peace Catholic School.

As previously mentioned, our goal is to create a long-term sustainability plan for STEM implementation and aim to increase STEM-integrated activities within the classroom. As such, we are excited to announce that Mrs. Leah Fleitas is assuming a new role as our Campus Educational Technologist. For the past five years, Mrs. Fleitas has led Kindergarten through 5th grade science lab instruction and taught 6th grade Earth science at POP. Mrs. Fleitas was one of three faculty members who completed the STEM Trustey Fellows Program at Notre Dame in 2019. Since that time, she has continued to serve as one of the program's Senior Fellows. Mrs. Fleitas is working towards a master’s degree in Educational Technology and is excited to facilitate and teach technology at POP. She looks forward to the unique opportunity she has to help our students meet the new and evolving technological challenges they face amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are extremely excited to share the newest members of the POP family with you. We know you are excited as well. Please see the 2020-21 New Personnel attachment to learn more about the newest members of our team.

Academic Outfitters

As many of you know, we have partnered with a new vendor this year for school uniforms. We are excited to have all of our uniform items sold directly through Academic Outfitters. They are here to help with your back-to-school uniform needs.

Store Location and Hours:

700 Alma Drive, Plano, Texas 75075

  • Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (July 26 – August 9)

To ensure a smooth shopping experience, please see the following online and in-store procedures:

  • Face masks must be worn by shoppers and employees while in the Academic Outfitters store.
  • Social distancing should be practiced while shopping. Capacity for shoppers in the store has been reduced by Governor’s Order. The number of shoppers in the store will be monitored. If the capacity is reached, people will have to wait outside the store.
  • Online ordering at www.aoutfitters.com is encouraged to avoid the shopping guidelines mentioned above. Items ordered for store pick-up should be picked up before tax free weekend.
  • State mandated Tax-Free Weekend (Friday, August 7 - Sunday, August 9). The store will not process returns or exchanges of merchandise purchased prior to the tax-free weekend.

Special Thank You to our PVO

Thank you to our Parent Volunteer Organization for their gracious gift of $15,000 to help offset the new technology expenses we’ve acquired to prepare for the upcoming school year. We are so grateful for the PVO Board and committee members for their hard work and dedication this summer.

School Spirit Store

Please visit the Spirit Spot School Store to purchase your new POP gear for the 2020-2021 school year. The school store will take pre-orders for new designs through Friday, July 31. Orders placed after July 31 will be limited to the sizes and quantities that are still available at that time. Please check out the sale section for discounts on designs from previous years.


Please review the new guidelines before placing your online order with the School Spirit Store.

  • The School Spirit Store will be ONLINE ONLY until further notice.
  • The School Spirit Store will NOT be accepting exchanges or returns until further notice.
  • Items ordered can be cancelled for a full refund up until pick up.
  • Orders placed now through July 31 will receive an email from popspiritstore@gmail.com when orders are ready for pick up. Please disregard any email confirmations received from Square.
  • Order pick up will take place at Maverick Awards located at 610 Coit Road, Suite 100, Plano, Texas 75093. They are at the intersection of Coit and Plano Parkway.

If you have any questions or need to make changes to orders already placed, please email the School Spirit Store at popspiritstore@gmail.com

PVO Used Uniform Sale

PVO is holding a virtual used uniform sale prior to the start of school. Additional information will be communicated as soon as it’s available.

Safe Environment Procedures

Our teachers will need your volunteer support more than ever this year. We are temporarily limiting volunteer opportunities this year to off-campus support and out-of-classroom projects/activities. We are working to provide alternative and modified opportunities to volunteering for the 2020-21 school year. In the meantime, we encourage our parents and grandparents to complete their Safe Environment re-certification to stay active. The Diocese of Dallas has implemented a new online program called MinistrySafe. This program will allow our community to stay up-to-date with Safe Environment until on-site trainings resume. We will communicate more information on how to register for MinistrySafe at the beginning of August.

Stay Connected

Don’t forget to find and follow us on social media:

  • Facebook: @popschoolplano
  • Instagram: popcsplano
  • Twitter: @POPSchoolNews

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at cevans@popschool.net or our Principal, Mrs. Meghan Jones, at mjones@popschool.net.

In closing, I ask that you never forget the importance of prayer. We have lived in what some would say are uncertain times, but as believers, we are certain that God has never abandoned us. He is, and has been, with us at all times. He gives us courage and strength to get through all of this. Pray to Him. Ask Him to continue to guide and protect our students, teachers, and families. We need prayers!

In Christ,

Mr. Chad Evans

President

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

I pray this email finds you and your families safe and healthy. Please read the letter from Dr. Matthew Vereecke, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Dallas. In this letter, he addresses the start of school for the 2020-21 school year. Please take the time to read it closely. 

In order to make sure all of our faculty and students returning for face-to-face instruction are comfortable with the new protocols, we will have two first half-days of school: Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20. Whether your learning preference is face-to-face instruction or eLearning, we look forward to welcoming our students back for a great 2020-21 school year! 

Tomorrow, we will be sending our summer letter containing more information including an updated academic calendar, back-to-school events, COVID-19 protocols, new personnel, and other important items. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and trust in the mission of our school. 

In Christ,

Mr. Chad Evans

President

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

I pray this email finds each of you safe, healthy, and enjoying your summer break. You may have seen or heard about the latest Dallas County Health and Human Services order that was issued yesterday. We are aware of its contents and possible impact to schools. We are working together with the Diocese of Dallas Catholic school system to make unified decisions on what our plans will be. At this time, decisions have not been made about how we will start school, but we remain in constant communication with the diocese and are meeting again on Monday to discuss our plans moving forward.

If we are able to return to campus, we are confident in the safety plans we have put into place. However, if we are unable to come together to start the year, our administration team and faculty have worked tirelessly over the summer to develop a comprehensive eLearning plan that offers students a superior educational experience.

Please know we will communicate with you as soon as decisions are made. Until then, I encourage you to visit our website to review the protocols we have created to ensure we are ready for the first day of school. I am extremely grateful to all the faculty, staff, and community members who helped us create these protocols and who continue to serve on our task forces. These individuals have worked long hours to ensure that we create the safest and best experience for our teachers and students.

We deeply appreciate your ongoing belief and support in the mission of our school. As believers in the risen Lord, we know that the story has been told and we will overcome all of these trials and tribulations.

Take care and have a great weekend!

In Christ,

Mr. Chad Evans

President

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

Thank you for your participation in the POP End of Year Parent Survey. Your responses have been reviewed, and your feedback is being used to help us better prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

At this point, we plan to welcome the full student body back for face-to-face instruction the week of August 11. As mentioned before, we realize not everyone is comfortable returning to campus. For those who prefer to learn from home, Prince of Peace Catholic School will offer a strictly eLearning option. Families who would rather begin the school year in an eLearning environment will be asked to commit to eLearning for the entire quarter.

After reviewing the protocols for face-to-face instruction below, please complete the POP Online Inventory form with your learning environment preference for the upcoming school year. All families must complete the online inventory by Friday, July 3. This tool will provide POP with valuable and necessary data that will aid with planning efforts, resource allocation, and staff assignments.

eLearning

  • Families who choose to begin the school year in a strictly eLearning environment will have to commit to the entire quarter (August-October).
  • eLearning will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. The curriculum will mirror that of in-person instruction as closely as possible.

Face-to-Face Classroom Instruction

  • Students will be grouped together so as to minimize the number of students who they encounter regularly.
  • Classroom configurations will allow for students to be socially distanced.
  • PreK-3rd grade classes will be self-contained.
  • In 4th-8th grade, teachers will travel to students so as to minimize the number of different students utilizing a given classroom.
  • We will ensure that students have plenty of breaks so they can move, stretch, and go outside.
  • Students will have their own individual supplies in containers.
  • All classes will continue to utilize the Art Room, Gym, and Tech Lab. These classrooms will be disinfected between use.
  • Weather permitting, students will utilize outdoor areas when possible.

Health and Safety Measures

  • Teachers and staff will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving on campus.
  • Before arriving on campus the first day of school and at the start of every week of instruction, all students should be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms that they or others living in their house may experience. A questionnaire will be emailed to families every Sunday until further notice so families can pre-screen.
  • Teachers will have ready access to non-contact thermometers in classrooms to screen students as necessary.
  • Students will wash hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are in all classrooms, hallways, and common areas. They will be utilized frequently.
  • Teachers and staff will wear non-medical grade face coverings.
  • Students in 4th-8th grade will wear non-medical grade face masks in high traffic areas.
  • Surface cleaning of furniture and classroom materials as well as air purification will be constant areas of focus to disinfect the school. • Non-essential visitors and volunteers will be limited.
  • There will be an isolation room in both the main building and CLC for students displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Facilities, Cana Center, Recess, and EDP

  • All students should bring their own water bottles to school. Students will have the opportunity to refill bottles using water bottle dispensers in hallways. All other water fountains will be sealed.
  • Clear dividers will be placed on desks for all grades with the purpose of shielding students, teachers, and staff from respiratory droplets and to encourage greater social distancing.
  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected frequently.
  • Hot lunches will be pre-ordered and individually packaged so students do not have to go through the lunch line.
  • CLC, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades will eat lunch in their classrooms or outdoors (weather permitting). Hot lunches will be individually packaged and brought to students.
  • 3rd -8 th grade will eat lunch in the Cana Center. Students will have seating arrangements that allow for social distancing.
  • Classes will be able to play as a homeroom or section in separate areas around the school.
  • EDP will be offered and details will follow from the Director of EDP.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

  • Morning carpool times will run as normal. Students arriving between 7:20 – 7:30 a.m. in St. James carpool will remain in St. James Hall. Markers will be strategically placed to encourage greater social distancing. Students arriving after 7:30 a.m. will go directly to their classrooms.
  • Students in all grades should wear masks from their cars to their classrooms in the morning and from their classrooms to their cars in the afternoon.
  • There will be no morning tutoring.
  • Afternoon dismissal options are being explored.

Positive Cases and Teachers, Staff, or Students Showing COVID-19 Symptoms

  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified, whether the teacher, staff, or student, we will identify any individuals who had regular or close contact with the affected participant. This will include the entire class (students, teachers, and staff) and potentially other teachers and staff (if multiple teachers work regularly with the student or staff member). If those teachers or the students interacted with other students or staff on a regular basis or came in close contact with them, those students and staff should be considered potentially exposed as well. Anyone who is considered to have regular or close contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 must stay at home for two weeks. In some cases, this may necessitate closing only a single classroom. In other cases, it may require closing multiple classes, or even the entire school, for two weeks.
  • We will notify the school community of a positive case of COVID-19. The school must also notify its local health department.
  • Any teacher, staff member, or student who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) should self-isolate until the below conditions have been met.
  • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may visit when all three of the following criteria are met: at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • Any student, teacher, or staff member living with someone who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19, whether they have a positive COVID-19 test or not, should self-isolate for two weeks. If they do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms during that period, they can return to school. If they experience symptoms, they must self-isolate until the conditions outlined above have been met.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19

As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our number one priority. Without the vigilance and support of the entire community, these health and safety protocols are rendered meaningless. We ask that each family do their part to discuss the importance of good hygiene, healthy habits, and social distancing with your children. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to sharing more information and updates as the summer progresses. I hope you and your families continue to have a wonderful and safe summer.

In Christ,

Mr. Chad Evans

President

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

As this school year comes to a close, we are all experiencing a myriad of emotions. This last quarter has been a rollercoaster. It has not been easy, but there are so many positive experiences that have come out of this situation. We have certainly been tested in perseverance and grit! I am so proud of all of our POP Stars and am extremely thankful to the parents and family members who have taken on such a vital role in their children’s education. Although we have had to connect in different ways, our communion with one another has remained strong and has pushed us through to the end. Thank you again for your partnership!

We have been working on plans to help families retrieve students’ personal belongings from the school and turn in school-owned items such as library books, classroom novels, textbooks, and athletic jerseys. Our goal is to exchange items efficiently and effectively while ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff members. The process will look a lot like the supply pick-up we experienced in March.

On Wednesday, May 27, all student materials from classrooms and lockers will be available for pick-up from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We will also be collecting school-owned items at this time. Families with only CLC students will go through the CLC carpool line, and all other families will go through St. James carpool.

Before you leave home:

  • Please write your student’s last name and grade levels visibly (dark ink/marker) on a piece of paper to hang/post in your car window or dashboard.
  • Please bring any school-owned items (library books, class novels, athletic jerseys, etc.) that need to be returned. You may receive emails from teachers asking for specific items to be brought back to school.

When you arrive on campus:

  • Enter CLC (for only CLC families) or St. James (for all other families) carpool as you normally would in the afternoon.
  • Please make sure that your student’s name and grade is visibly posted in your vehicle window or dashboard.
  • Please DO NOT exit your vehicles.
  • Watch for staff members directing traffic.
  • All personal items have been bagged and labeled with students’ names and grade levels. All labeled items from lost and found have also been placed in bags. Staff members have been assigned to various stations so that bagged materials can be brought directly to your car.
  • Medications left in the nurse’s office will also be brought directly to your car.
  • Staff members will collect items you are returning.
  • Families will not be able to enter the building for any reason.
  • Leftover Lost & Found items without labels will be available for families to look through outside in the Cana Center parking lot. Please park in the Cana Center parking lot and walk up to the Lost & Found table. Cones will be set up to help with social distancing while waiting to look through items. All unclaimed items will be sold in the used uniform sale in the fall or will be donated.

When you arrive home:

We recommend you take additional precautions by unpacking student materials, disposing of the bag, and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation and are so thankful for your continued kindness and support! We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday.

In Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Jones, MS

Principal

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School 8th Grade Families,

After reviewing the latest guidelines, research, and studies, we have decided that it is in our best interest to move our Graduation ceremony to an outdoor location. The ceremony will be held on the football field at John Paul II High School on Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. Our ceremony will adhere to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Executive Order No. GA-21 regarding all Graduation ceremonies and will still be limited to students and their parents. You will receive two tickets to the ceremony when you pick up your graduation packet tomorrow. Please see the updated Graduation Procedures and Safety Protocol document.

For planning purposes, please complete this survey by Sunday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. to let us know if you will or will not attend the ceremony on Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m.

There will be no student meeting on Friday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m. This meeting is postponed until Tuesday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m. We will send an email with the Zoom link to all students prior to the meeting.

We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family, but we hope that you can all join us on this new date to celebrate the great accomplishments of the Class of 2020.

In Christ,

Chad Evans

President

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School 8th Grade Families,

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. I realize the end of the year celebrations and events for the Class of 2020 are unique and different than those from years past. Recognizing our 8th grade students is important to us, and we hope these events will express our sincere appreciation for their hard work and perseverance. Please see the following dates below. Note there are no final exams scheduled.

  • May 4-8: Library Book Drop-Off (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
  • May 11-15: Class of 2020 Virtual Spirit Week
  • May 14: Virtual 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (4:30 p.m.)
  • May 15: Last Day of Instruction for 8th graders Mandatory 8th Grade Student Teams Call - Graduation Safety Protocol (9:30 a.m.), 8th Grade Final Drive and Graduation Packet Pick-Up (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
  • May 21: 8th Grade Graduation Mass (5:30 p.m., POP Sanctuary)
  • May 27: Student Material Pick-Up
  • June 6: Confirmation (5:00 p.m., POP Sanctuary)
  • June 7: Confirmation (9:30 a.m., POP Sanctuary)
  • TBD: 8th Grade Party / Yearbook Signing (Gleneagles Country Club)

For more information on Graduation, please refer to the Graduation Procedures and Safety Protocols document. Please complete the Class of 2020 Graduation Survey by Wednesday, May 6 at 4:00 p.m. Detailed information for all other events will be communicated soon. As always, the health and safety of our school community is our number one priority.

Please know you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Although we are apart, I know our community remains strong, and we will have a memorable finish to the 2019-2020 school year.

In Christ,

Chad Evans

President 

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. We have begun preparing our end of the year closing procedures. The health and safety of our school community is our number one priority. Adherence to these procedures and expectations is vitally important to ensuring a smooth end of the year.

Please see the following dates below. Detailed information on each of these events will be communicated soon.

  • May 4-8: Library Book Drop-Off (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
  • May 11-15: Class of 2020 Virtual Spirit Week
  • May 14: Virtual 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (4:30 p.m.)
  • May 15: Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up for Incoming Kindergarteners (10:00 a.m.), Last Day of Instruction for 8th graders, Mandatory 8th Grade Student Teams Call – Graduation Safety Protocol (9:30 a.m.), 8th Grade Final Drive and Graduation Packet Pick-Up (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
  • May 17: Virtual New Family Welcome Mass & Meeting (10:30 a.m.) May 19: Virtual Transition into Upper School Meeting for Incoming 5th graders and Parents
  • May 20: Livestream Final All-School Mass (9:00 a.m.)
  • May 21: 5K Graduation Video Presentation Virtual Step-Up Day for Incoming 1st – 8th grade students, 8th Grade Graduation Mass (5:30 p.m., POP Sanctuary)
  • May 22: 4K Promotion Video Presentation Last Day of Instruction for 3K – 7th graders
  • May 27: Student Material Pick-Up June 6: Confirmation (5:00 p.m., POP Sanctuary)
  • June 7: Confirmation (9:30 a.m., POP Sanctuary)
  • June 14: First Communion (9:30 a.m., POP Sanctuary)
  • TBD: Yearbook Distribution / Signing for Current 3K – 7th grade

Our team is working on multiple plans to prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. I expect to receive more information in terms of guidelines and regulations and will continue to update the community. Please know you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Although we are apart, I know our community remains strong, and we will have a memorable finish to the 2019-2020 school year.

In Christ,

Chad Evans

President

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

On Friday, April 17, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order mandating that all school campuses in the State of Texas must remain closed through the end of the academic year. We will continue eLearning through our 2019-2020 school year. Additional information and potential mandates will be forthcoming from the Governor’s office in regards to the end of the school year, summer camp, and other updates. As we receive more information, we will provide you with updates in the coming weeks.

As a parent of a graduating senior, I completely understand the new level of stress and struggle these circumstances have brought us all. None of us were prepared to take on these new challenges, but as the leader of our school, I remain committed to providing you and your students with the best experience possible. I appreciate the tireless work that Mrs. Jones, the administrative team, and teachers have been doing to adjust our instructional methods and systems to meet the students where they are at. This has been no easy task, but with your ongoing trust and collaboration, we are seeing strong indicators of growth in our students.

Finally, I recognize for many of you this pandemic and economic shutdown has impacted your job and financial security. Please know that we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Business Manager, Mrs. Laura Olson, or me if you need assistance with tuition payments or registration fees. We value your partnership and want to do all we can to help you.

As always, thank you for your ongoing belief and trust in the mission of our school. Times are tough, but not all is lost. We always tell the students this time of year that we must finish strong just as we started strong. So, please join me as we work together to complete this mission.

In Christ,

Chad Evans

President 

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

Please see the letter below from Dr. Matthew Vereecke, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Dallas, confirming that our school campus will remain closed through Friday, May 1.

I understand this situation is not ideal, but our faculty and staff are dedicated to continue to provide our students with quality educational experiences through eLearning. I am very grateful for your patience and grace as we walk this journey together.

Please know you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay healthy and take care of yourselves.

In Christ,

Chad Evans

President 

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

As you know, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order that all schools in the State of Texas must remain closed until midnight on Friday, April 3, 2020. Many neighboring school districts have closed campuses indefinitely. Prince of Peace has been in close communication with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, and at this time, our students will continue eLearning. It is hard to predict changes in policy, but as soon as new information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates.

As we move into our sixth day of eLearning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to thank our amazing students and their families along with our fantastic faculty and staff for their tremendous efforts. We have received some great feedback, and I have heard several stories of students learning with enthusiasm within our virtual classrooms. I have heard that students and faculty are quickly adjusting to the current academic environment. That being said, I know that this disruption of the educational, work, and home life routine continues to bring unique challenges and stress on all of us. The newness and excitement that some students may be feeling due to the situation will wear off quickly. While our goal is not to recreate the 7:50 a.m. – 3:20 p.m. workday experience, we are committed to bringing quality educational experiences to our students.

We have been diligently researching video conferencing options to decide which is best for use with minors in an elementary school environment. Beginning later this week, upper school teachers will offer small group instructional meetings with students through Microsoft Teams. Teachers will send more communication out regarding these meetings. We are working on providing a video conferencing option for lower school students next week.

Please read the POP Video Conferencing Instructions and Expectations document found under the eLearning Protocol tab of our website in its entirety to familiarize yourselves with the procedures.

The Prince of Peace Catholic School mission remains the same. As a community, we will weather this storm and continue to influence the world for Christ. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need assistance.

In Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Jones, MS

Principal

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

Please see the letter below from Dr. Matthew Vereecke, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Dallas, regarding the latest Executive Order from Governor Greg Abbott and its impact on all schools in the State of Texas.

Thank you again for your patience and grace as we navigate through these uncertain and unpredictable times. We truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Stay healthy and take care of yourselves.

In Christ,

Chad Evans

President

My dear Brothers and Sisters,

May the grace and peace of the Lord be with you and yours!

There is a saying in the Orient: “May you live in interesting times.” In my seventy-one years these recent weeks have been the most “interesting” I have ever experienced; and I suspect that is true for most of you as well. Every day is a new day with new or ongoing challenges. Since the beginning of recorded history every age has faced some kind of challenge and humanity has lived to tell about it and so shall we.

In the midst of all this fear of the known and unknown, I want to remind you that faith is needed to overcome fear which seems so prevalent. I am amazed how many people have come up to me asked “what can we do about all that is happening?” My response has been: “Have you thought about praying?” We are in the Lenten season which highlights for us the need for prayer, fasting and charitable works. The gospels recount a time when the disciples return to Jesus and recount that they had trouble expelling demons. Jesus reminded them that this kind of evil was cured only by prayer and fasting. So over and above some of the physical health recommendations, I would recommend that we try the spiritual recommendations of prayer and fasting to help overcome this “evil” that is in our midst.

I want to use this opportunity to let you know what we as your parish staff are doing to help you during these “interesting” times. In light of the current civil and ecclesiastical decrees:

  • We will be live streaming a Mass each day. Monday – Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. I know that this is not the same as participating in person at Mass, but it does give you the opportunity of hearing God’s Word daily and then making a Spiritual Communion.
  • The Church is open Monday – Friday from 6:00AM - 8:00PM and on Saturday and Sundays from 7:00AM - 6:00PM for those wishing to stop by and pray or to make an hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament
  • Currently, we have Adoration in Church throughout the week (M-F) from 8:00AM - 1:00PM.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Fridays from 5:30- 6:30PM and Saturdays from 3:30 – 4:30PM
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation scheduled for March 28 is canceled. We are working out how the Sacrament will be administered to the Confirmation candidates if the current restrictions are still in place. We will communicate that information once a plan is formulated.
  • If a person needs the Anointing of the Sick, please call the Church Office at 972-380-2100 and the Secretary or answering machine will give you information how to contact one of the priests to arrange such.
  • Baptisms and Funerals are currently permitted, so please call the Church Office to make arrangements and find out what the present regulations are regarding offering either of those Sacraments.
  • The Church Offices are open Monday – Friday from 9:00AM - 1:00PM. Please be aware that some of the church staff is working from home, so you may want to call ahead to make an appointment with a staff member rather than just dropping by.
  • There will be a daily communique from POP. The various Ministries will be communicating with you through our E-letter and website (www.popplano.org) with suggestions how to use these periods of “isolation” to better your faith life, so be on the lookout for those communiques. They will also relate information to you regarding upcoming events in view of present regulations.

The Bishop has indicated that his present decrees are in effect through March 30th at which time he will evaluate what needs to happen as of April which obviously includes Palm Sunday, the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday. As soon as that information has been given to me, I shall pass it along to all of you.

Over and above the virtue of Faith, we need to be practicing the virtues of Patience and Charity. Patience will be needed in our dealings with one another, especially within the family household as we spend more and more time with one another.

Charity should be directed not only to our family but also to our “neighbor.” Reach out to any elderly relatives/ neighbors/shut-ins to see how they are doing and what needs they might have. An aspect of Charity would be not hoarding food or necessities which causes a hardship for others. Consider bringing non-perishable food and needed items to the Church so we can keep our Food Pantry stocked as we are getting more requests for assistance these days.

For updates on Prince of Peace Catholic School, please visit their website (www.popschool.net) for the latest news.

While you are at home with a lot of extra time on your hands, consider • Reading the Bible/Praying the Rosary • Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m. • Reading a spiritual book/Shared Prayer etc.

We are doing our best to cut down on expenses but there still are some necessary expenditures, so please remember to mail in your contributions or give online.

Some good news in all of this. Ishmael Rodriguez, our former pastoral year student, will be with us as of March 27 for an undetermined amount of time as The North American College in Rome has shut down for the time being. Ishmael will come to us after being self-quarantined for two weeks in Dallas to make sure that he is physically healthy. It will be a delight to have him back with us. By the way, March 25th is Ishmael’s birthday.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness of food, cards and calls to Fr. Stephen and I, as well our very dedicated staff. Your graciousness is deeply appreciated and treasure.

That is enough information for now. Let us pray for one another. Let us pray to the Lord for the end of this health crisis and pray for those affected by it directly and indirectly.

Be holy, healthy and happy! Blessings!

Father Tom

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our community for the concern and care that you have shown during the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Prince of Peace Catholic School remains committed to providing an outstanding education in a safe and secure learning environment. Please know that students are always at the heart of our decisions, and we are managing this situation with the entire community in mind. As we communicated earlier, our campus will be closed 3/16 – 3/27, and we will begin eLearning on Wednesday, 3/18. Today, our faculty and staff spent the day training, planning, and preparing to support our students in an eLearning environment. Please see the important procedures below concerning this new style of learning:

Supply/Materials Pick-Up – Tuesday, 3/17:

On Tuesday, 3/17, all materials needed for your student to be successful in an eLearning environment will be available for pick-up from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. For the safety of our community, we ask that you pick up student materials via your regular after-school carpool line during this time. If your child typically attends EDP, please choose either Cana or St. James carpools. All necessary materials (workbooks, novels, login information, etc.) have been bagged by your child’s teacher(s). Staff members have been assigned to various stations so that bagged materials can be brought directly to your car. Please note, 4th -8th teachers have already retrieved materials necessary for the learning process from students’ lockers. If your student needs personal items from their locker, please park your car after you have received your bagged materials. Only students may enter the building. We have staff members assigned to assist with lockers as needed. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

eLearning Protocol:

  • Communication & Overview - Learning targets, assignments, resources, and daily expectations will be communicated to your child via Seesaw and Moodle by 4:00 p.m. each day. We realize this environment is new for students, and we are here to make the transition as seamless as possible. Our goal is for families to have time to look over the material and prepare for daily lessons a day in advance. Communication will be key during this process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers, support staff, and administrators if assistance is needed.
  • Assignments – Students are expected to work on material throughout the week and will be provided a variety of resources to enhance the learning process. Assignments will be meaningful and coincide with existing curriculum. Teachers will be available throughout the day but will have dedicated windows of time each day to answer questions and give feedback. These “office hours” will be posted on Seesaw and Moodle. Grades will continue to be posted via Renweb.
  • Attendance – It is imperative that we continue to take attendance even through students are not physically present on campus. The most efficient way to do this is through Seesaw and Moodle. Your child’s homeroom teacher will post specific instructions for attendance procedures. Attendance must be submitted by 9:30 a.m. each day.

As stated before, this is a rapidly evolving situation. The most current and accurate information will continue to be posted to our dedicated COVID-19 webpage on our school website. Please continue to adhere to preventative measures as recommended by public health officials. We pray that the peace of Jesus enters our hearts during this trying and stressful time. Thank you for your continued kindness and support.

In Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Jones, MS

Principal

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

Please see the attached letter below from Dr. Matthew Vereecke, our Superintendent of Catholic Schools, dated March 13, 2020. The following changes include:

  • Teacher training will occur Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
  • eLearning will start Wednesday, March 18.
  • Campus closure will start Monday, March 16 until at least Friday, March 27.

Since this is a rapidly evolving situation, we ask that you check our website for the most up-to-date information concerning our school: POP COVID-19 Information Plan. This link can be found under the Current Families tab of www.popschool.net.

More communication will be sent to you on Monday, March 16, if not sooner. During this time of uncertainty, all of our families, students, faculty, and staff are in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to support each other. Please continue to join us in praying for those affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both at home and abroad.

In Christ,

Chad Evans

President 

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Families,

We hope you are having a great Spring Break. Our administrative team has been intently following reports of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by COVID-19 both at home and abroad. At present, 43 states including Texas and the District of Columbia have confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The health and safety of our families and faculty is our top priority, and we are maintaining close contact with our local health department to determine how to prepare for and manage any possible instances of coronavirus within our community.

Given that many members of our community have traveled within the U.S. and abroad during the past week, we have made the decision to transition to an eLearning environment starting Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20, 2020. Throughout this period, we will continue to assess the situation and update the community. In addition, there will be no after-school activities for the next week. This includes DPL, Fine Arts, and all other extra-curricular activities.

The decision to temporarily move to an eLearning environment was not made lightly by our administrative team. We have been meeting regularly over Spring Break to ensure students experience a smooth transition and continue to learn and grow. The goal is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with one another. Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Please see the eLearning protocol for students below. More details will be sent out soon.

eLearning Protocol for Students

  • The first day of campus closure will be a preparation day for faculty members (March 16). Students should use these days to set up a workspace at home if one does not already exist.
  • Please complete the At Home Technology Access Survey as soon as possible. This survey will help us assess family technology needs at home.
  • The eLearning environment will mirror classroom routines as much as possible. Students will continue to complete academic work each school day although campus is closed.
  • CLC families must check parent email and Seesaw accounts regularly.
  • K – 4 families must check parent email and Seesaw accounts regularly.
  • 5-8 students must check their POP student email and Moodle accounts regularly.
  • Any student having technology issues should contact Mrs. Patty Bowman (pbowman@popschool.net) and copy their teacher(s) and Assistant Principal.
  • Teachers will post learning goals, assignments, and relevant resources by 9:30 a.m. each day on Seesaw or Moodle starting Tuesday, March 17.
  • Students should approach the eLearning experience with academic integrity. Unless an assignment or project is specified as group work, students should complete work individually so teachers can best provide feedback and support.
  • Teachers will be available via email, Seesaw, or Moodle for assistance.
  • Students should complete their assignments and submit them to teachers via the requested format (e.g. Seesaw, Moodle, email) by the next class day or the deadline communicated by the teacher.

As we plan to share with our faculty members on Monday, a shift to eLearning will challenge all of us to work in new ways. Again, because this is a rapidly evolving situation and guidance from the health department and the diocese is changing daily, we will be updating the community as we assess the situation. As always, we appreciate your partnership and thank you for your patience, grace, and flexibility as we work to support one another.

In Christ,

Chad Evans

President

Dear Prince of Peace Catholic School Parents,

Earlier this week, Prince of Peace sent out this letter from Dr. Matthew Vereecke, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Dallas, regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As communicated before, we are following the protocols outlined by the diocese to prevent a potential outbreak here in our community.

Our facilities and maintenance teams are hard at work cleaning and disinfecting our campus, and we continue to remind and encourage our students, faculty, and staff to practice good hygiene and frequent handwashing to prevent the overall spread of communicable illnesses. Students are asked to wash hands before eating snacks and lunch, after using the restroom, and after P.E. and recess. Please encourage your student to take these opportunities and wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Because this remains an evolving situation, the potential for outbreaks over the next few weeks in previously unaffected areas is possible. We ask that students or families who will be traveling domestically or internationally over Spring Break complete this form regarding your travel plans. After submitting the form, you will see a message with information on what actions to take in the unlikely event that anyone in your family experiences illness over the break.

Thank you in advance for partnering with us to help ensure the health and safety of all members of our school community. We pray for safe travels for all and wish you a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break.

In Christ,

Mrs. Meghan Jones, MS

Principal