Check-out plan for the end of the year takes shape as administration starts to think about the fall

Daniel Phan ’21 checks in with receptionist Katy Jenner on May 5. Much like the plan for rest of the student body, seniors return all materials in a safe way by signing up via sign-up genius for a slot.

Now that most states are beginning to loosen restrictions many institutions find themselves asking “what’s the next step?” So has the community at Mount Michael.

That said, students and administration alike are asking questions that have no definitive answers as of right now.

According to head of school, David Peters, the dorm move-out for boarding students that took place at the beginning of May went smoothly.

“From all I have heard it has gone very well,” he said. “The deans have given me positive reports as have our maintenance people.”

The administration has had to adapt and think on the fly and has had to go with their gut instinct when it comes to making decisions about the school.

“The administration, in my opinion, has done a great job of communicating with us and the teachers about how things are going to happen,” Gavin Gloeb ‘21 said. “They’ve done a great job considering the circumstances.”

Students, however, have legitimate concerns about how they are going to get rid of the textbooks when the school year is over.

“We will be sending home a sign-up genius to all classes,” Peters said. “We will be set-up in the Sokol building with stations on May 18, 19 and 20 to accomplish this. It went smoothly with the seniors,we hope it will go that way with the other grades.”

With the whole world in a state of uncertainty, there is no guarantee that classes will be back in session to start next school year. Despite this, Peters and the rest of the administration remain optimistic.

“We are subject to whatever safety guidelines have been established by the health department, the governor, and the commissioner of education for the state of Nebraska,” he said. “Our goal is to open as close to normal as possible, but we will also adhere to any and all protocols for safety. What those will be like in three months, we do not completely know.”

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