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Safe at School - Welcome Back Jackets

A plan for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

A message from the principal


Dear McGill-Toolen Catholic Family,


On Friday, June 26, Archbishop Rodi announced that we would be returning in the fall with traditional instruction.  We are excited to welcome our students back to campus for the first time since March! Please know that providing the best education in the safest environment for our students and faculty is our priority and we have worked tirelessly to prepare a plan for our return.  Our Safe at School, Welcome Back Jackets plan is a result of feedback from parents, students and faculty and the work of task forces composed of faculty, administration, Advisory Committee members and medical professionals who reviewed policies and practices in the following areas:


Safety Task Force met with our Director of Maintenance and Lexington Foods, who runs our dining facilities, and vendors we contract with to provide sanitation services to ensure we provide a safe and healthy environment for our staff and students.


Technology Task Force met with our faculty to solicit feedback about their experience with distance learning, consulted with experts in the industry like Canvas and Powerschool to learn what products and services can enhance our programs, and completed an inventory of current on-campus technology to determine what hardware and software we need.


Financial Planning Task Force reviewed our budget, researched additional sources of funding available to assist with improvements and upgrades, met with our scholarship committee to determine options to assist families who have been affected by the pandemic, and anticipate shortfalls in the budget for the fall.  


Faculty/Staff Task Force met with our teachers and administrative team to determine what our staffing needs will be going forward and how to prepare for multiple learning scenarios.


We hope that the information provided in this document will help you decide the best and safest option for your family.  As of now, we will proceed with orientations scheduled August 6th for upperclassmen and August 7th for freshmen and the first day of school, August 12th.   For those who have concerns about their student returning to the classroom, we will offer a virtual classroom alternative. 


We know you have many questions about the upcoming school year, and this is a difficult time for everyone.  The information included in this document is based on the current recommendations from the CDC, Alabama Department of Public Health and Archdiocese of Mobile Office of Catholic Education, and it may change as recommendations change.  Please know we are doing our best to provide answers, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this constantly changing new normal.






Michelle Haas