Post Ida Update #4 on Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Brother Martin High School leadership, faculty, and staff, I would like to extend my deepest well wishes during this time of turbulence and uncertainty. I hope that you all are getting closer to a return to normalcy with each passing day. However, all of us at Brother Martin know that this is not the reality for a number of our families. Know that each of you are in our prayers.

I want to update you on our plans for a return to instruction. The campus is in good shape and is ready for our return. Our goal is to return to campus for instruction on Monday, September 13.

In preparation for our return, we need to ensure that we have an adequate number of faculty and staff to effectively lead learning and supervision. We are currently evaluating the status of our faculty and staff, and we will communicate a final decision on Friday morning.

If we are able to return to campus for in-person learning on Monday, September 13, we will also do all that we can to make all of the necessary accommodations for those students who will not be able to return to campus right away. I will explain these protocols in a communication tomorrow, Friday, September 10, once we have completed the evaluation of the status of our faculty and staff.

For those of you who indicated in the Remote Learning Survey that your home is uninhabitable and are staying outside of the greater New Orleans area, you will be contacted by an administrator before the end of the weekend so that we can talk through your current situation together. If your situation has changed, please email any administrator so that we can work together to assist you. If anyone would like to discuss their current situation, please do not hesitate to contact any administrator.

I want to emphasize that if we are able to return to campus on Monday, September 13, we will offer synchronous, remote learning for those students who will not be able to attend classes on campus right away in much the same way that we offer students who are in COVID-19 quarantine assuming that our WIFI is working properly next week. We will explain this process in more detail in tomorrow’s communication. Other protocols, including academic expectations, food services, co-curricular activities, extracurricular activities, and LHSAA athletics will all be addressed in Friday’s communication.

We continue to pray for those who have been affected by the devastation from Hurricane Ida, and we pray to Our Lady of Prompt Succor to spare us from any further loss of life or property during this hurricane season.

Your Partner in Mission,
Ryan J. Gallagher '00