Holy Spirit Catholic School
The well-being of all our students, families, faculty and staff is a top priority as we navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic.
HSCS has been monitoring COVID-19 developments, and is staying in close contact with the Idaho State Department of Education, Southeastern Idaho Public Health, and the Diocese of Boise for guidance. By doing so, it allows us to proactively prepare for many different scenarios concerning COVID-19 within our school communities as well as the community at large. The health and safety of our students, families, and staff are of utmost concern.
HSCS will post updates on this page and through our parent messaging system, FastDirect.
"Fear not beloved you are safe; take courage and be strong." Daniel 10:19
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES & LINKS
Happy Numbers - remote math learning for different age groups and skill levels - fun and interactive!
Scholastic Learn at Home - Daily lesson plans and projects to keep kids learning. Lesson plans involve books read aloud, quizzes and games, videos and project ideas. For grades preschool-middle school.
Imagination Library Bedtime Stories – Everyone’s favorite Book Lady is bringing children and families everywhere just what they need during a time of unrest. "Goodnight with Dolly" is a 10-week special series of weekly videos featuring Dolly Parton reading select Imagination Library books.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens - Daily "Home Safari" field trips via Facebook live at 1 p.m. MST. Home Safari videos remain on their Facebook page for viewing at your convenience.
Child Mind Institute - Resources for parents and kids for coping with Covid-19
Friendzy Freebies - FREE SEL RESOURCES to support teachers, families, and students in the midst of COVID-19. Social-emotional learning has never been more vital. Emotional intelligence is teachable and helps young people navigate anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Our FREE resources teach skills like resiliency, hope, kindness, a growth mindset and self-awareness so kids can better manage their emotions and actions.
RELIGIOUS RESOURCES & LINKS
Pray from Home with Magnificant - During this challenging time, Magnificat is honored to provide complimentary access to our online version to help people pray from home. In addition to its online edition, Magnificant is now offering complimentary access to its iOS and Android Apps throughout May. To register for free access in English, visit www.magnificat.com/free. For free access in Spanish, visit and register at www.magnificat.com/gratis.
MagnifiKid - View and download each weekly booklet of Acolorful Sunday missalette for children ages 6 through 12.
COVID-19 RESOURCES & LINKS
NEWS & UPDATES
Check out this article from the Superintendent of Idaho Catholic Schools about the reopening of schools in the fall.
End of the school year calendar changes:
- May 4 - May 22 -- continue online learning programs, ending Friday, May 22.
- May 26 - May 29 -- no teaching; borrowed textbooks, Chromebooks and laptops, etc., returned to the school; students complete/turn in any unfinished work; teachers compile final grade determinations; tables set up to access “lost and found” items.
- May 29 – Last day of school.
- June 3 -- Graduation Mass: live at 12 noon in St. Anthony Chapel, details to follow.
The Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the "soft closure" of all public schools to the end of this school year or until local and state social distancing orders have been lifted and re-entry criteria established by the state board have been met.
The soft closure prohibits instruction in school buildings, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but still allows school districts to continue remote learning.
Holy Spirit Catholic School is prepared to continue remote learning through the remainder of the school year, or until the school community has met the criteria to come together again. Once the criteria has been released, we will evaluate the school's ability to begin to have students return to campus.
We appreciate your continued support of our wonderful school. Our goal is to provide a strong Catholic education to your child, even though we must deliver it from a distance. If you are having challenges with our distance plan, please reach out.
Thank you and God bless!
Nancy Corgiat, Proud Principal
3/29/2020 Remote Learning Supply Pickup (10 a.m. - Noon)
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
Instructions: drive through the gate on 8th Avenue, pause in your vehicle by the modulars to pick up supplies, and drive out by church on Wyeth
Location: Front of the Main Building
Instructions: Drive North on 7th Avenue and Pause in front of the school to pick up supplies
Location: Middle School Wing
Instructions: Drive through the gate on 8th Avenue, pause by the middle school to pick up supplies, and drive out by church on Wyeth.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL: Please stay in your car and if your children are with you they need to stay in your car as well. We will not be able to allow anyone into the building, including the library. If your child would like to check out a book, please email your teacher the title(s) and, if available, we will have them ready for you at pick-up.
The Idaho State Board of Education announced a "soft" close of schools through April 20. "Soft" close means that they are expecting some services and some education to continue.
The full article is here: boardofed.idaho.gov/resources/covid-19-school-operations-guidance/
Our Idaho Catholic schools will follow this closure guidance (through at least April 20). As you know, our faculty has put together HSCS's remote plan through April 3. That plan is still in place! Be assured that teachers will continue to be in touch with their students and families. Keeping that school connection is so important!
We are still planning to distribute materials on Sunday, March 29, as we begin in earnest remote learning next week, March 30-April 3.
Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school will be finished Friday. Access into the buildings (main school/middle school wing, preschool and kindergarten) will be reduced as much as possible with restricted entrance into non-essential classrooms/bathrooms.
Please keep our teachers and staff in your prayers, and thank you for supporting our efforts to continue learning and maintain safety during this difficult time. Take care of your families and yourselves.
Week One (March 17 – 20) will be a time to focus on preparing for remote or in home learning.
Week Two (March 23 – 27) is Spring Break – Relax and enjoy!
Week Three (March 30 – April 3) remote learning will begin.
Your child’s teacher will be email you class-specific details for Week Three remote learning and what materials will be needed.
The school will be open on March 17 from 1-5 p.m. for families to pick up anything they forgot here at school (clothing, textbooks, water bottles, boots, etc.) or to check out books from the school library.
We will be open again on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for families to pick up homework packets, Chromebooks for those students who need them, and library books.
If you have any concerns please contact us through FastDirect. We will be re-evaluating the need for any further closures as the time approaches for us to resume.
3/16/2020 Update: HSCS will close school and childcare beginning March 17 with a tentative return date of April 6. Thank you for your patience and understanding.