Today as we begin what is likely the strangest Holy Week we have ever experienced we remind ourselves that God is with us - always. As our Lenten journey reaches its end this week, we continue to live our lives in a spirit of hope.
Hope is a powerful force and one we embrace in this amazing Mullen community.
By now, many have seen that the majority of public schools in the Denver Metro Area have announced they will be continuing remote learning for the remainder of the school year. Mullen High School has been following the guidelines instituted by the state of Colorado and has paid close attention to decisions made by surrounding public schools.
With those examples in mind and because minimizing social contact is working and we want to help lead our community's participation in the solution, Mullen High School will continue to operate in a distance learning model for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will not return to in person instruction this year.
All in person school activities (ie. athletics, graduation, prom, etc.) are cancelled, however, please know that we are actively exploring creative alternatives for graduation, prom and end-of-the-year events for seniors. We will keep our families informed as we develop potential options. We will celebrate the Class of 2020.
These are painful but necessary decisions. They are not undertaken lightly. We know that not holding prom, graduation, activities, classes, spring sports and all manner of other events is very sad for our students. It is for us, too. We miss you. We miss you very much. We are absolutely committed to connecting you to Mullen and your teachers and your classmates as best we can. We will offer support, spiritual formation, connection to the school, prayer opportunities and more in the days and weeks ahead. If you have any suggestions of ways we can virtually continue our Lasallian traditions and Mullen experiences, we would be grateful to hear them.
Later this week, students and parents will be informed of the next steps in our distance learning planning including updated instructional guidelines and refinements to our approaches thus far. These will be communicated by the end of the week. As we announced in previous communications, regardless of changes in our way of proceeding, all students will matriculate to the next grade for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please remember that Mullen is closed on Good Friday, April 10 and Easter Monday, April 13. We will not conduct distance learning those days.
While Mullen leadership is aware that these decisions constitute a major change in all our lives, we want to reiterate that our community is putting our students, teachers and their families first. As we continue as a community in our school, cities and state to battle the peak of the virus, we are praying for all those affected or compromised in their physical, emotional or spiritual well-being. Our prayers are with you during this blessed Holy Week. Know that Christ is with us even during our most challenging times.