-March 31, 2020

Dear Catholic School Parents and Guardians,

I’m writing to you once again to communicate changes to our plans for our Catholic school students.

In keeping with the directives and guidelines from our government and public health authorities, Bishop Gregory Parkes has directed that all Catholic School and Early Childhood centers will be closed to students through May 1, 2020. The schedule of days follows:

March 30 – May 1, 2020- Virtual/Online school days; however, Good Friday, April 10 there is no school.

Currently, there is no guidance beyond May 1, 2020. We will communicate changes as soon as possible. However, because we immediately converted to online learning and switched our Easter vacation days, we are on target to complete our required days on time.

As parents, you are likely seeing excitement with virtual/online learning as well as trepidation and many bumps along the road. This whole shift is a new reality for teachers and children, and they will all adjust differently. Our teachers are attempting to find the right balance to provide rigor without leaving anyone behind.

In our homes, all of us are assessing our family and work situations each day and trying to figure out how best to move forward in very uncertain times. As parents, we’re required to be strong for our children even though none of us have lived through anything like this ourselves. It’s important to remember that our children are coping with the constant barrage of news coupled with the lifestyle changes we’ve all had to make. It’s a scary time, particularly for children. Let’s remember that in addition to a new way of learning they also have all the regular difficulties, challenges, and worries associated with childhood and adolescence.

In times like these, our faith is what will sustain and guide us. It’s important that we pray together and for one another. As always, please be assured of my prayers and those of my many colleagues in our Catholic schools.

Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher L. Pastura
Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Centers

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-March 18, 2020

Dear Catholic School Parents and Guardians,

I’m writing to you once again to communicate changes to our plans for our Catholic school students.

In keeping with the directives and guidelines from our government and public health authorities, Bishop Gregory Parkes has directed that all Catholic Schools and Early Childhood centers will be closed to students until April 15,2020. The schedule of days follows:

March 18-20 – Virtual/Online school days.

March 23-27 – No school; we will be using the days off from Easter vacation to give our teachers and students a mental and physical break.

March 30 – April 15- Virtual/Online school days; however, on Good Friday, April 10 there is no school.

Currently, there is no guidance beyond April 15. We will communicate changes as soon as possible.

As a parent with two children in our Catholic schools, I understand the familial and life challenges this entire situation has produced while realizing that many families have concerns much greater than mine. I have been amazed at the creativity and can-do attitude that I’ve seen from our teachers and administrators and witnessed incredible acts of kindness and understanding from parents and others. I encourage each of us to look out for one another in our communities and beyond. We are the Church and our actions during this time will define us as Christians. During this very unique Lent, we are called to walk with one another through the desert.

As always, please be assured of my prayers and those of my many colleagues in our Catholic schools.

Sincerely in Christ,

Christopher L. Pastura
Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Centers

 

 

– March 16, 2020

Dear CCC Parents and Guardians,

In support of Bishop Gregory Parkes and the Office of Catholic Schools under the Superintendent, Mr. Christopher L. Pastura, we will prioritize the health and safety of our families as the focus during this difficult situation.  We continue to ask for your support as guidance from the CDC and public health organizations advise our schools and leadership to best provide for this necessary adjustment in operations.  We are committed to working with families and students during this unprecedented situation and realize that necessary accommodation and flexibility will play a major role in support.

Currently, the largest impact to our operations has been the virtual/online school days as well as the suspending of all non-essential activities for students.  During the current “shut-down”, all co-curricular, athletics/practices, and scheduled events from CCC on campus as well as off-campus will be suspended until March 30th.  Additional restrictions regarding all activities will remain until April 17th as directed by the Office of Catholic Schools communication piece on Friday, March 13th.

The rescheduling of events that have been cancelled at this point is difficult as we adjust to the expectations and demands of continually changing safety protocols.  The difficult reality exists that many scheduled events will not be rescheduled as a result of the limitations of the remaining school year.  We ask for your patience and assistance as we navigate this unknown.  We will adjust our school calendar to reflect the new schedule of days outlined in the Superintendent’s letter.  Holy Thursday will remain as an early dismissal.  Please note that March 30th is a regularly scheduled day due to cancelling of Prom on March 29th.

The CCC faculty and staff are ready and committed to maintaining accessibility and delivering real-time communication every step of the way through this new reality. Our desire for CCC families to remain healthy and productive is essential.  God is with us every step of the way.  Joining the collective prayer from our Superintendent, “Let’s continue to pray for one another and remember that while we are separated by quarantines, self-isolation and social distancing, Pope Francis reminds us that, united in Christ we are never alone.

In peace,

Dr. John Venturella                                                              Mr. James W. Deputy
President                                                                                Principal

 

 

-March 16, 2020

-Memo from Chris Pastura, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

We are continuing to follow the guidance from the CDC and public health organizations as we make decisions about how best to move forward with regard to the coronavirus (Covid-19). This memo amends the earlier one sent on Friday, March 13 by extending the closure of Catholic Schools through March 27.

After prayerful consideration, Bishop Parkes has directed that all Catholic school and Early Childhood center buildings will be closed to students from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The schedule of days follows:
March 16 – No school.
March 17 – Local, school-level meetings as planned by your administrator.
March 18-20 – Virtual/Online school days.
March 23-27 – No school; we will be using the days off from Easter vacation.
March 30 and after– Normal school or virtual/online days, based on future guidance. This has not been decided as of the writing of this document.
April 10 – Good Friday; no school.
April 13-17 – These are no longer days off. They will be normal school or virtual/online days.

Let’s continue to pray for one another and remain calm in the peace of Christ during this time.

 

 

DOSP.org post from March 13, 2020

All after-school and athletic events are canceled until buildings are reopened.
Maintenance staff will be deep cleaning the school buildings during the closure using appropriate precautionary measures.
Field Trips are canceled through April 17.
Galas and auctions are canceled or postponed until at least April 17.
People returning after travel are required to follow CDC guidelines in effect at the time of return. https://www.cdc.gov/