COVID-19 Update – school to resume online
Dear parents and students,
As you are aware, we are closely following requirements of the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Lafayette, under the advice of the CDC and the Governor’s office, regarding procedures for COVID-19. Following mandates, we are temporarily closing school as a strategy to stop or slow the further spread of the virus. At this time, our current closure will last through April 13, 2020, with plans to return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Parents who have pre-existing trips should request an Anticipated Absence by sending an email to Dr. Arabie as per school policy (handbook pg. 18). Students who were absent when the closure was announced may come to school on Tuesday or Wednesday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm to retrieve items they may need. Please see your building level administrative assistant when you arrive.
Additionally, all athletic events/practices and meetings/banquets, extracurricular activities of any sort, etc. will be postponed until further notice. Coaches and club moderators will be in contact regarding specific directions and expectations for their members during this time. State Rally has been cancelled, as has the April 4th ACT test date (NOTE: We will use Pre-ACT scores where applicable for initial course placement next year). Should any additional changes arise, we will make announcements via our usual channels: email, social media, and news outlets.
At Catholic High, we are fortunate to be in a position where distance learning can and will continue! Our focus will be on continued learning and communication via email, RenWeb, Google Classroom, etc. Our Chromebook programs have prepared all students and teachers for online work and will be leveraged for learning to continue at home. (Note–Go Guardian restrictions and notifications will still be in place for monitoring and preventing access to inappropriate content). Beginning Thursday morning at 8:30 am, online classes will begin.
Detailed student expectations will be provided Wednesday evening. In general, students will be required to log into previously established online platforms for each class, such as Google Classroom, Moodle, and RenWeb. These platforms can be accessed through any device with a browser, including Chromebooks, laptops, desktops, PlayStations, XBoxes, tablets, and smartphones. In addition, several Internet service providers are offering free and/or low cost Internet access due to this situation. These include:
- https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html (Cox)
- https://internetessentials.com/ (Comcast)
- AT&T is waiving data overages for those who must use their hotspots
Students in need of technical support can email email@example.com to create a help desk ticket for remote support items such as trouble logging in.
Teachers will also post lesson plans through RenWeb and send weekly overviews to both parents and students. By continuing our standard practice and increasing parent involvement in communication, we will work to maintain our level of academic excellence for all students even though we cannot meet face-to-face. Learning for every student will continue, just in a different way.
While this is not a situation that any of us could have anticipated, the faculty and staff at CHS are committed to providing an advanced level of support to all students and their families. Please contact us directly if you have any questions or need assistance. We will work together to get through this national state of emergency by utilizing the tools that we are blessed to have at CHS and in the 21st century.
Thank you in advance for your support and communication. Catholic High will continue to provide an environment of faith and family that comes together in times of need. Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.