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Reopening Plan Update from Head of School - July 22
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Head of School Update on the Reopening Plan.


July 22, 2020

Dear Cardinal Gibbons Family, 

I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Thank you to all the parents who have participated in the meetings with me and other administrators over the past few weeks. It has been especially helpful to hear your concerns and perspectives as we navigate through this challenging moment. 

Each day as things shift and change based on the data and information that we receive from state and local officials as well as the diocese, we make adjustments and refinements to our plans for the upcoming year. As you know, many of the large public districts in our area as well as the surrounding areas, have opted into remote learning for the start of school. Cardinal Gibbons is still planning to open with the hybrid option that we presented to you last week. Our position will not change so long as we feel confident that we can provide a safe environment for our students and educators. 

I want to acknowledge the bravery and dedication of our educators. This is an incredibly stressful time to be in a school, and some of our educators are rightfully anxious about returning to Gibbons. Their commitment to providing a safe and academically engaging environment for students and adults alike is nothing short of a testament to their dedication to and love for our students, our families, and the mission of our school. I have nothing but profound gratitude and respect for our unbelievable educators and their willingness to consider all the options in this unprecedented context. Gibbons is blessed to have such caring people in our community. 

There are two forms that we’d like you to complete to help us with our planning. Both need to be completed by July 27. First, if your student(s) is planning for remote learning, can you please fill out the Student Academic Plan Change form. Please note that if you elect to switch from remote to hybrid or vice versa at some point during the year, we are able to accommodate that request if we are provided with at least two days notice to Registrar Kendra Burns.

Second, Ms. Barkan and her team continue to work on the Green/Gold groups and need your input. Please complete the Carpool Group Request form so that they can have as much information as possible as they finish this complex task. 

Each day that I come to Gibbons, my faith in the school and in this community is deepened and enriched. This is such a hard time for so many people here, and yet the kindness and genuine care that this community has expressed to one another is impressive, authentic, and meaningful. Gibbons truly is a special place and will continue to be as we weather these storms together. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon. 


Jeff Bell
Head of School


Cardinal Gibbons’ Campus Reopening Plan includes preventative measures, which require everyone’s participation and support. If done effectively, together, these measures should greatly reduce the risk of virus transmission within the school. It also includes procedures we will follow when there is a positive case of COVID-19 among our school community. We need to be prepared for this likelihood, and for everyone to know in advance how it will be managed.

In light of all current information and with the health and well-being of our community our top priority, Cardinal Gibbons has made the decision to reopen school in August using our Plan B hybrid learning model. That model is a mix of in-person education and distance learning as well as myriad health and safety measures in place. Read more about the Plan B hybrid learning model as well as the others we considered in the Academic section of the full document. 

Read the full plan here in PDF form.

The overall school reopening plan has been guided by resources from public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Wake County Public Health Department, the North Carolina Department of Education, the Diocese, the Governor’s Office, and by our own COVID-19 Task Force, which includes educators, board members, health professionals, distance learning experts, lawyers, communications and HR specialists. We are grateful for this community-wide effort and for all who have contributed their time, talent, and resources to this unprecedented situation. We will always keep a close eye on the scientific guidance, and we will be keeping the Gibbons community of students, parents, and educators informed on a regular basis.

If you have questions on anything contained in this document, or other aspects of our campus reopening plan, please contact us using the Campus Reopening Plan questions and feedback website form

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