May 11, 2020
Dear SGS Families,
Today, as I update you on plans at Saint George’s, I again want to express my gratitude for your flexibility and patience as we adapt to the changing circumstances related to the COVID-19 crisis. We have experienced a great disruption in the ways our community engages, and I appreciate your effort and resilience. We will have more challenges ahead, and I am confident we will continue to confront them with a spirit of unity and grace.
I encourage you to read through the updates on our weekly email sent out on Mondays for highlights still ongoing within our community. Our social media pages are being updated almost daily with uplifting news.
For now, I want to share more information and details about planning for this fall, that continues to be a primary focus... Read More
May 4, 2020
Dear SGS Parents,
Each passing day provides some insight into what the new “normal” might look like for schools and the Spokane community. I stress “might” because, since the beginning of the pandemic, we have all been operating in unknowns and best guess scenarios. As a school steeped in tradition, we mourn each special event as it unceremoniously passes with the other cancellations. Navigating the loss, creating the present and planning for the future are all part the current quandary. I am sure many of you have seen stories regarding plans for universities and schools in the fall. For the 2020-21 academic year, Saint George’s is creating multiple plans to address a variety of situations as well... Read More
April 27, 2020
I hope you are remaining healthy and enjoying the warmer weather. Yesterday provided a welcomed excuse to get outside and be active. The Nine Mile Falls area was beautiful and the views overlooking the river were breathtaking. Enjoy the four-day school week ahead and more importantly enjoy a little break on Friday, May 1 and the three-day weekend. Our next break is May 22 and that will provide for a four-day weekend over Memorial Day!
During the last two weeks we have focused on providing more structure and routine around the Distance Learning platform at SGS.... Read More
April 13, 2020
I hope you all were able to enjoy “Spring Break” and a little down time. I also hope for those celebrating, that Passover and Easter were joyous occasions. In talking with friends and colleagues, it sounds as though some virtual get-togethers may not have happened if not for these special circumstances. I hope these silver linings made for a special time for your family. I know my daughters enjoyed the traditional Easter Egg hunt at our house and they are now both in their 20’s... Read More
April 6, 2020
Dear SGS Community,
Today we heard the news that Washington state would be joining fourteen other states in closing in-person school for the remainder of the academic year. That was anticipated, but still not the news anyone wanted to hear. For SGS, that means we will extend the learning horizon to June and spend more time refining our approaches to Distance Learning (DL). The first three weeks have been a steep learning curve for everyone taking part in DL and we will learn from that experience. Fortunately, we have a strong network of professional development resources internally and externally that we have relied on and will continue to do so for the next eight weeks... Read More
March 30, 2020
March 20, 2020
Will SGS hold its typical Commencement ceremony as scheduled on May 31?
Commencement for the Class of 2020 has been rescheduled to Thursday, July 30, 2020. At this point, the event is planned for Graduation Lawn. The school will evaluate plans by June 30 and decide if the event can be held in person or will need to be a virtual event.
Will the school closure last beyond the April 24th date originally set by Governor Inslee?
Yes. The Governor has announced that all public and private schools will stay closed through the end of the school year in June. Saint George's will continue its distance learning curriculum through the spring semester. WIAA has also announced that spring sports will not be played this year.
Will Saint George’s alter its assessment practices during the closure?
We are currently adapting our assessment practice at each divisional level to meet the needs of the students. The primary goal is to provide a meaningful learning experience for the students during the closure while maintaining the benefits of an SGS education for students now and that will prepare them for future learning. This is new territory for students and teachers alike, and it is not our intention to penalize students as a result of this crisis.
Will IB Exams be held in May 2020?
No. The IB has announced the cancellation of the May 2020 IB Diploma Program Exams. Information regarding assessment for the IB Diploma and Course Certificates was released on March 27th. The updated IB statement cancelling IB tests in May 2020 along with IB deadlines can be found on the IB Website.
Is the SGS campus open?
The SGS classroom buildings are in use from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm M-F by some teachers for lesson prep and virtual office hours. Administrators are working on-site and at times remotely based on daily circumstances at this time. SGS is working under an emergency closure structure where essential personnel are on-site. All other buildings and grounds are closed and not available for use. We only want people coming to campus if absolutely necessary and to advise us prior to arrival that they are coming. The SGS Storybook Trail and State Park hiking trails around campus are closed.
What is the best way to contact school employees?
The best way to contact school employees is by email. There is a directory available on the SGS website or you can use the hard copy of the school directory mailed home last October. All SGS employee emails follow this format: email@example.com . Employees are expected to respond to all emails within 24 hours during working days.
What will distance learning look like for my child?
This will be dependent on your child’s age, grade level, and schedule. For the most detailed information refer to your child's teacher's instructions and the most recent Division Head letters:
LS - Kathy Johnson
MS - Joelle Neiwert
US - Francesca Mulazzi
During the scheduled Spring Break of April 6-10, distance learning will not be offered.
When will postponed athletics and activities be rescheduled?
This is dependent on the length of the closure. Some events and activities once cancelled, will not be rescheduled. We are unable to schedule all events and activities into the last month of school. Once the careful decision has been made to cancel an event, it will not be revisited to be rescheduled.
Can athletes meet with coaches at school or off-site for practice?
No. Coaches may post individual workouts and technique videos. The purpose of the school closure is to prevent people gathering and reduce the spread of the virus. The SGS campus and facilities are closed for non-employees through the mandated school closure.
Will there be make-up days?
At this time, we are awaiting details from the State Superintendent’s office and the Governor’s Office. Due to the emergency closures, the state will not require make-up days, but is still working through graduation requirements and related details. The distance learning instruction hours at SGS are currently being logged and will be submitted to the State Superintendent’s office upon request at the end of the year. The state has said that distance learning will be counted towards our required days count and instructional hours count.
Is the admissions office open and accepting applications for enrollment for the 2020-21 school year?
Yes. The admissions office is still operating, though we are not scheduling tours during the closure. The Admissions Director, Tami Peplinski, is still available to answer questions and provide any customer service needed or you can inquire electronically at SGS/SchoolAdmin. Applications are submitted electronically, for more information on this, please visit us at Application Process.
Can my student get together with a group of other SGS students to do their homework?
At this time, we are following the CDC guidelines and suggesting that social gatherings be limited to 10 people or less. We encourage students to use Microsoft Teams to connect with one another via video about homework. The purpose of the school closure is to prevent people from gathering and to reduce the spread of the virus.
This page will be updated with new questions or answers on a periodic basis...