Prince of Peace Catholic School reports successful in-person learning

Prince of Peace Catholic School in Lake Villa, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon school, announces that the first half of the school year was successfully completed via in-person learning.

Following local and Archdiocese of Chicago guidelines, students can learn safely in the classroom. Principal Dr. Stephanie Stoneberg said, “The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and their families is – and remains – our greatest priority. In August, we implemented new strategies, procedures and protocols to provide our students with a safe learning environment, and we diligently follow these daily.”

Changes include wearing masks throughout the day, daily temperature checks, individual sanitation kits for each student/staff member, contactless drop-off/pick-up procedures, daily socio-emotional checks, and class-level cohorts to reduce interaction with the rest of the school.

Something that has not changed is Prince of Peace’s Catholic identity. The school maintains its mission of strengthening faith through daily prayer, Mass and classroom discussions. Catholic Faith is incorporated throughout the curriculum in every subject area. In an informal poll, faculty, staff, parents and students report they feel safe and are pleased with Prince of Peace’s learning strategies.

Students benefit from the classroom learning experience, and teachers are proud to teach to the school’s high standards. Creativity and re-imagining have allowed the school community to thrive. Additionally, there is an e-learning strategy in place for students that are unable to attend in-person learning (due to health/personal reasons), as well as a hybrid learning plan to accommodate classroom/remote learning.

Stoneberg added, “We have a comprehensive remote learning plan in place should we find the need to temporarily implement it. However, we are proud to focus on in-person learning and will move ahead with this strategy for the second half of the school year.” 

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