Thursday, March 19, 2020
Dear Members of the DePaul College Prep Community,
I hope this message finds you and your family emotionally well, physically healthy and safe.
DePaul College Prep, like other organizations, companies, and individuals around the world, has been responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. These are unprecedented times. I am reaching out to update you because you believe in our school, in our students, and in our mission.
We are taking critical steps to protect and support all members of our community – students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni – during this public health crisis. DePaul College Prep is currently in our previously scheduled Spring Break week, March 16 through March 22. On Monday, March 23, teachers and students will shift to remote learning via our e-learning platform, Schoology. Prior to Spring Break, teachers and students had time to familiarize themselves with this platform. I am so grateful for the time and efforts that each of our faculty under the leadership of our Principal, Dr. Megan Stanton-Anderson, our Assistant Principal, Stan Niemiec, our Director of Instructional Technology, Theresa Allen, and our entire counseling team, has put into preparing for this endeavor. Teachers will instruct and students will attend classes and complete assignments online in real-time until we can all come together again. DePaul College Prep is committed to the academic success of our students, and we are doing all in our power to ensure the continued education of our students.
On Wednesday, March 25, the leadership team and I plan to update families with our action plan for the remainder of the school year based on guidance we receive from our local, state, and federal public health agencies. With a continued focus on the safety of our students, our school building remains closed until further notice. DePaul Prep has cancelled all athletics and extracurricular programs until further notice. Additional updates on how we will continue to keep the health and safety of the DePaul Prep community our top priority can be found on our website here. You can also view the video message that our principal, Dr. Megan Stanton-Anderson shared with students and families last week.
Thank you for your support and encouragement of DePaul Prep and our students. Many of you have asked how you can help our students and our community in this time of crisis. In that spirit, our Fund for Excellence Annual Appeal provides critical support for tuition assistance and scholarships to DePaul Prep families. We are aware of the financial impact that this crisis will have on many parents, families, and students. If you want to help, please consider a gift to the Fund for Excellence. Donations can be made online here. Every gift truly makes a difference and will be incredibly meaningful and appreciated by our students. Please contact Amy Golden, Director of Institutional Advancement, at email@example.com with any questions.
As a Vincentian Catholic high school, we operate under our core values of Faith, Respect, Excellence and Service, and our Vision: We strive to create an educated, compassionate, and just world, one student at a time. I am moved by the strength and spirit of our DePaul Prep community and the ways we care for our individual students and families. We will get through this and we will do it by working and praying together.
Thank you for all that you do to support our mission and our work. Please be safe and stay healthy.
St. Vincent de Paul, Pray for Us!
Mary A. Dempsey