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End of Semester Update for our Parents and Students:
Communication that was sent to our current parents and students on April 8, 2020 regarding our plans for the end of semester:
Unless there is a drastic change in the circumstances related to the coronavirus, Ursuline will continue to engage in distance learning through the remainder of the Spring semester.
There will be no formal exam weeks, and a more detailed explanation of grading for the semester will be shared in the near future.
The last day of the semester for seniors will be Friday, May 8.
The last day of the semester for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (juniors, because junior service has been postponed) will be Friday, May 22.
Prior to finalizing any of the plans below, the UA administration plans to engage seniors and their parents in a conversation about their wishes for these events. Below are some ideas to get the conversation started.
- Return to Building: Once gathering restrictions have been loosened or ended, we will establish a day during which seniors can return to the building to walk the halls together, take pictures and gather one more time as a senior class.
- Senior Prom: Senior prom, which was originally scheduled for May 1, has been postponed. If gathering restrictions have been ended, we will look for a time this summer, possibly coinciding with a summer graduation ceremony, to reschedule a prom either at an outside location or at Ursuline.
- Baccalaureate and Graduation: Baccalaureate, which was originally scheduled for May 14, and Graduation, which was originally scheduled for May 17, have been postponed. We have tentatively scheduled a Baccalaureate Mass and dinner for Friday evening, July 10 and a graduation ceremony on front campus for the following morning, Saturday July 11. Students will receive cords, medals and any other senior awards at the Baccalaureate ceremony.
- Alumnae Induction: Originally scheduled for May 12, Alumnae Induction will take place as a part of the Baccalaureate liturgy on July 10.
Junior Ring Ceremony and Dance Both the Junior Ring ceremony and dance have been postponed. Junior rings will be delivered to the houses of juniors by school faculty and administrators in the coming weeks. Juniors will receive more information about these deliveries as plans are solidified. A ring ceremony and dance may be scheduled for a time early in the Fall, 2020 semester. We will seek the input of juniors and their parents as this planning takes place.
Junior service, which was scheduled for May 11-22 has been postponed. Current juniors will complete their junior service projects in January of 2021, following retreat week.
Sophomore Conversations Sophomore Conversations, which would have taken place during the 4th quarter, have been canceled. Our Sophomore Conversation Committee will send out a video and other resources explaining the ideas behind Sophomore Conversations in hopes that parents will still engage in these conversations with their daughters. Committee members will be available to parents to answer individual questions regarding Sophomore Conversations.
Spring Sports Teams will continue virtual practices and workouts. If changes are made to the athletic program, they will be communicated through our coaches and Athletic Director.
Ursuline Academy and Events
As we continue to carefully monitor global and local health developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus), our Catholic foundation and Ursuline commitment to care for the whole person — we are called to be especially vigilant in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
The Ursuline community has a human responsibility to model social distancing best practices that help “flatten the curve” and slow the pandemic. The highly contagious character of the virus and the danger it can pose to vulnerable populations demand that we take all possible precautions.
We understand families have many questions during this time of uncertainty and unexpected school closure. We will be updating this webpage as circumstances and guidance change, so please check back frequently. To stay informed of all updates, please stay connected to us on facebook, instagram and twitter at @UrsulineSTL.
(Last Updated: 4/10/2020)
How long will schools be closed?
Unless there is a drastic change in the circumstances related to the coronavirus, Ursuline will continue to engage in distance learning through the remainder of the Spring semester. We will continue to assess the situation work closely in collaboration with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, and communicate changes as needed.
Where can I find information on distance learning for our students?
We have asked teachers to send communications to their students via Google classroom. All students should visit the student resource site on distance learning for a full list of resources, technology support and counseling support.
Are school events canceled?
Yes. All events, activities, practices, etc. have been canceled during the emergency closure. We know these cancellations are a big disappointment to our students and families. Planning is difficult right now but we will be doing everything we can to reschedule or create similar experiences as soon as the situation is resolved.
Are athletics and sports suspended?
Yes. All athletic events and in-person practices have been canceled during the emergency closure. Spring Sports Teams will continue virtual practices and workouts as determined by the coaches. If changes are made to the athletic program, they will be communicated through our coaches and Athletic Director.
I am hosting an event or program at a Ursuline Academy. Should I cancel it?
Yes. All facility rentals have been canceled during the emergency closure.
Will the upcoming ACT tests still be held?
No. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. For more information, visit the ACT website.
The ACT previously scheduled for March 24 at Ursuline will not be rescheduled. The counseling department encourages juniors to sign up for the June 13 ACT.
How will AP courses and testing be affected?
All information on updates for AP coursework and testing can be found here.
Can students still receive college credit?
Yes. Students who enrolled in college credit this semester will still be granted credit.
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