Return to Learn

Re-Opening Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year

The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is St. Augustin Catholic School's number one priority. 



Read the COVID-19 Reporting Limitations Letter from Donna Bishop, Superintendent of the Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Schools. 


Read the October 9th Pandemic: Acknowledgement Parent letter and Pandemic Enrollment Pledge from Donna Bishop, Superintendent of the Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Schools. 


Please review 2020-2021 Re-Opening Plan Booklet (as of 8/20/20) and Return To Learn At-A-Glance from the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Des Moines.


September letter 

August 20th Start of the School Year letter  (and in Spanish). 

July letter (and in Spanish)


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2020 - 2021 St. Augustin Catholic School Procedures and Policies (as of 8/10/2020).  Thank you for your continued support and partnership!


Absence of Student/Staff Due to Illness (including COVID) Form 

*Please call the St. Augustin Catholic School Office to notify the school of the student/staff absence before completing the above form. 515-279-5947


Return to Learn (RtL) Planning 

St. Augustin Catholic School was required to submit our RtL Plan to the Iowa Department of Education by July 1, 2020. Please click here to view the submission. These plans are designed to help schools anticipate potential challenges for the upcoming school year. Our Building Leadership Team (Mrs. Kristel (Kautzky) Spike, Mrs. Megan Lone, Mrs. Jane Brown, Mrs. Maureen Casey, Mrs. Rachelle Watters, Mrs. Patti Pyle, Mr. Keith Sherman, Mr. Tim Coonan, and Mrs. Adrienne Krantz) is meeting on a consistent basis and preparing for three possible implementation methods for the fall - traditional learning, hybrid learning, and distance learning.

Traditional Learning: We plan to start the school year in the traditional format; we will take every precaution to do so safely. New protocols will be implemented around cleaning, classroom procedures, building entry/exit, movement through the hallway, lunch, recess, specials, Mass, and much more. When students are sick, we ask that they stay home to prevent the spread of illness. We continue to rely on guidance from public health officials in establishing these individual protocols, which will be communicated in the upcoming weeks. 

Hybrid Learning: Hybrid learning combines traditional learning with distance learning. Students who are at home will be able to access direct teaching lessons/instruction at certain times during the day. Supplemental activities would be provided.. 

Distance Learning: Distance learning will look similar to what St. Augustin Catholic School implemented in the Spring 2020. All students would be required to participate in learning opportunities virtually. Faculty and staff would schedule times for synchronous learning to occur daily. Students would be provided additional materials to ensure skill mastery. 

Again, we plan to start the school year in the traditional format on Monday, August 24, following the original school calendar. We will modify our plans as needed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The health, safety, and well-being of our entire community will always be at the forefront of our decision-making. This plan includes protocols to support the education, health, and safety of students, parents, faculty and staff.