Important Message from Trinity President Dr. Rob Mullen

May 2020

To: All School Families

Fr: Robert J. Mullen Ed.D. President

The decision to open a new Catholic high school that became Trinity was made in February 1953, classes began just a few months later that September. That was our first “pivot.” The first parent meeting was led by Monsignor Steinhauser, the founding principal of Trinity, on some outdoor bleachers because the school had no furniture yet. That was our first example of being resourceful. In the era of Sputnik, our first senior class had advanced science classes with lab work being done on Saturday mornings at Bellarmine. That was a clear sign of our ability to be innovative.

Our legacy of being able to pivot, to be resourceful and to innovate were all in use when the order came in March to move to online instruction. While doing so, we kept focused on our mission, we looked out for the health and well-being of those in our school community, and we made financial decisions to benefit families.

Our teachers were flexible, our students adapted, and you parents stuck with us. We honored our seniors, rolled out numerous spiritual resources during the seasons of Lent and Easter, and communicated with you frequently.

So, what happens next?

1.We are monitoring all communications coming from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. So far, no specific rules have been issued for schools in terms of social distancing, personal protective equipment, facility issues, or when schools may open.

2. We are looking at several scenarios for when school will begin, such as:

  • As previously announced: new students August 12, all others August 13 [what we prefer]

  • Starting later, perhaps after Labor Day

  • Starting earlier, perhaps August 3

3. We are planning for several formats:

  • All students on campus Monday through Friday [what we prefer]

  • Some students on campus while others work from home, then the groups switch

  • All students receiving instruction while at home if so ordered again

Like every other school, I wish we could provide more specifics.

In the meantime, our teachers continue to develop online strategies and our facilities crew continue examining enhancements to campus. Please pay attention to announcements we make via our website, email, and postal mail. We will provide timely information as it becomes available.

You are welcome to call me directly with any questions you may have. 736-2170.

We pray daily for the health and well-being of all in the Trinity community.


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