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COVID-19 Update2020-10-02T08:47:03-04:00

COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION UPDATES

 

Please read and consider all the information referenced below and in the links regarding updated communications from Clearwater Central Catholic High School.

GENERAL RESOURCES

DOSP COVID-19 Waiver Form: Please return signed digitally via email to Mrs. Denison at mdenison@ccchs.org  or returned a printed copy to our Front Office. A recommended way to  sign digitally is using the apple pencil on the iPad and then sending it via email. 

Click to open and print Waiver Form for Students En Español.

Please return signed digitally via email to Mrs. Denison at mdenison@ccchs.org  or returned a printed copy to our Front Office. A recommended way to  sign digitally is using the apple pencil on the iPad and then sending it via email. 

Initial Intent to Return to Campus Option Form: Complete this Online Form indicating you intention to participate either “On-Campus”, “At-Home”, or “Undecided.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CCC RETURN TO SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS

FCC Accreditation; Period H Dismissal Adjustment; Academic Progress Access; Process to Access Temporary “At-home” Learning (Zoom) Process; Homecoming Month

Dear CCC community,

It has been a little more than month since we officially returned to school. Efforts from all stake- holders in our community (students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, diocesan support, alumni, Advisory Council members, benefactors, and others) have been put in place to adjust to circum- stances and changes due to COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and respectful support for one another and us. Here are the latest updates as we continue to pursue ways to become more effective in reaching our educational goals:

· Florida Catholic Conference (FCC) Accreditation Program: We were going to start our self-study back in March but due to COVID-19 we had to postpone the process until the fall. During the self-study process itself, we are going to need input from all stakeholders. We need your ongoing participation as part of the process for accreditation. More specific directions and ways to participate will be coming out in the next few weeks.

· Period H Dismissal Adjustment: Beginning on Thursday, October 1, students will be dismissed at 2:05 PM all yellow days falling on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

· Making this adjustment adjustment is not compromising any instructional time

· From 2:05 PM to 3:30 PM students will have time for participation in co-curricular activities and student-teacher meetings for tutoring or make-up work. We will also use this time for faculty, staff and other stakeholder meetings related to professional development and the school accreditation process for continuous improvement.

· On 2:05 PM dismissal days, athletic practices can start at 3:00 PM. Students may be required to attend mandated tutoring up to 3:30 PM based on teacher request.

· Students staying on campus waiting for pick-up may wait by the courtyard or at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI).

· Academic Progress Reports: Parents and students currently have access to a detailed status of their grades through CANVAS. Coming up soon, you will also have access to Academic Progress Reports through FACTS Family Portal.

· Process for parents to request access to “At-home” (zoom) blended learning due to reasons that may be Covid-related:

· Notify school by phone at (727) 531 1449 or email attendance@ccchs.org and stay home if student has two (2) or more symptoms AND/OR fever (>100.4F for >24hours). Student must be evaluated by physician and provide subsequent documentation to the school. (For more details access COVID-19 Decision Tree).

· Family will be contacted by school personnel to determine estimated timeline for quarantine and the potential date the student may return to campus.

· Students staying home for potential COVID-19 reasons will be permitted to access “At-home” (zoom) blended learning based on their physical condition:

· If student is still showing symptoms, student must rest and recover. Those days will be documented as absences.

· If student is symptom free but still waiting on meeting requirements to return to campus, they will be expected to attend courses through zoom sessions.

· Faculty will be notified of an initial potential timeline for student’s return and access to zoom sessions while student is not permitted to return to campus.

· Process for parents to request access to “At-home” (zoom) blended learning due to Non-COVID-19 related reasons:

· The option for “At-home” learning is reserved for students with COVID-19 related reasons and exceptional circumstances approved by administration. The status of “at-home” learning requires students to attend classes full time.

· If students are not able to attend school for a short period of time, it is better to record those days as absences and follow the make-up process upon their return as stated in our Student-Parent Handbook. Students will continue to have access to CANVAS and can complete as much work as possible while they are away, but cannot log in to the zoom sessions for blended learning if they are not approved.

· If students want to request days off, they need to complete the Pre-Arranged Absence Form (blue form) and submit to Front Office or email to attendance@ccchs.org 48 hours in advance for approval.

· October is Homecoming Month: COVID-19 has brought some exciting adjustments to the way we celebrate homecoming. Events have been scheduled throughout the month of October culminating with the homecoming game on October 30. Stay tuned for special directions for all homecoming events.

Updates to all COVID-19 procedures and policies can be found in the CCC Re-opening Plan and the FAQ document located on the Clearwater Central Catholic website. If you have questions at any time, please address them to ccc-communications@ccchs.org and we will answer them individually or as a group in a future communication. Have a blessed month of October.

In God’s provident care,
Dr. John Venturella, President
James Deputy, Principal
Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal

A Moment with the President-Dr. V!

“With courage and hope, we will make it together!”

The first weeks of school have come and gone. We have been very blessed indeed by few COVID-19 cases and a series of protocols and procedures which we worked on throughout the summer that have taken us safely and calmly to this point in mid-September.

I want you to know that our COVID-19 Team will be meeting throughout this entire year, sometimes in smaller subcommittees and sometimes in a large group of 19 depending on the task we are attempting to accomplish and/or the situations we are facing relative to COVID-19 and its activity throughout the fall and winter. I believe this is essential in keeping us all safe throughout the entire year.

I cannot tell you how proud I am of our CCC community. Our students have done everything we have asked and more. They are excellent at wearing their masks and following the rules. Do we have to correct a few occasionally? Yes, but at least, in my experience, the occasions have been few and far between. What a blessing they are for CCC!

Our faculty have been incredible. Honestly, I don’t know how they do it! They are teaching in class and online at the same time. It’s hard enough to do one or the other. Can you imagine doing both? They truly are devoted to their students and very good at what they do. Our staff have also been exceptional in preparing for the opening of the school year and the ongoing works that keep the school going day after day.

As for the Leadership and Education Teams, what can I say? Had they not given up much of their summer vacation to stay and work out the protocols and procedures (easy to write but grueling to accomplish!), I don’t know where we would be. I suspect we would all still be at home in a “half -baked” online program. I can never thank them enough for their sacrifices.

When the COVID -19 crisis hit, I think we saw as never before the value of Catholic Education here at CCC. Many parents have remarked that “It is worth every dime, every volunteer hour, and every advancement dollar given to make CCC the exemplary school it is; a school where the student is the primary focus of everything done and teachers and staff will sacrifice much for their education and spiritual wellbeing.

I know questions will evolve as circumstances change regarding COVID-19. Furthermore, questions may evolve as we go through the year that neither the administration nor anyone else anticipated or predicted we would face. Please continue to be in touch with us about your questions (email to ccc-communications@ccchs.org) and we will continue to answer them in a timely way. It is essential that we maintain excellent communication especially during these unpredictable times.

On a final note, I want to thank families who have participated in our Charitable Tuition Partnership. It was so wonderful to see the names come across my desk and for me to sign a heartfelt thank you letter. It means even more during these days of financial ambiguity. Here again, we see parents partnering with CCC to make it the best school it can be, making up the difference between the actual cost to educate a CCC student and the significantly lower tuition charged. I can never thank those who have already supported this initiative. There is still time to participate so please consider doing so. Every gift received is used directly for the students.

St. Julie Billiart often said, “We must be satisfied with doing our duty well, and then leave everything to the mercy of the Good God.” Let us do just that, “do everything we can that is in our power to do, and then leave the rest to Him.”

In God’s provident care,

Dr. V

Re: CCCHS Return to Campus Plan – Communication 9
Fall Athletic Contest Hosting

Dear CCC community,

The COVID-19 Response Task Force and the CCC School Administration provided updates throughout the summer about the preparations that were made for the fall semester. Now that we are in the fall semester, we will continue to provide periodic updates as they relate to COVID-19 policies and procedures. These will be provided throughout the school year. Updates to all COVID-19 procedures and policies can be found in the CCC Re-opening Plan and the FAQ document located on the Clearwater Central Catholic website. If you have questions at any time, please address them to ccc-communications@ccchs.org and we will answer them as soon as possible individually or as a group in a future communication based on the content.

The following is our latest update:

CCC FALL ATHLETIC CONTEST HOSTING PLAN

Clearwater Central Catholic High School has implemented safety procedures to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. However, spectators assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19 when attending an event. Spectators must comply with ALL posted signage, as well as verbal guidance from school officials while attending events hosted at Clearwater Central Catholic High School.

Attendance and Seating
Fan attendance at football will be limited to 400 on home side and 75 on visiting side. Gymnasium seating will be limited to 100 total fans.

Families of players, cheerleaders and coaches will be offered 4 tickets each at $5 per ticket for football games. For volleyball games, families may purchase three tickets. JV and Varsity matches will have separate sales. All sales will be online with a link sent to families. These links are specific to families and are not to be shared. The limits will be in place on the link. No sales will take place at the stadium or gymnasium. Once ordering, you will need to download the GoFan app on your phone.

Before each contest, student-athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, and volunteers are expected to conduct a wellness check of the symptoms on the Decision Tree.

All spectators will undergo temperature check upon entering venue.

All spectators must wear a mask.

Fans will be required to exit stadium or gym immediately after contest. Gym will be cleared between Junior Varsity and Varsity competitions.

Cheerleaders will be permitted and will practice social distancing on the sidelines. No bands will be permitted.

Tailgating is prohibited. No loitering on campus or in parking lots before, during or after contest.

Entrances and Exits

Spectators enter at main ticket booth entry on north end of James Brian Thomas Stadium for football. For Cavallaro Gymnasium, spectators enter at northeast doors.

Players and cheerleaders enter through east side gate near home locker room.

Gate will open one hour prior to game.

Concessions

Cold drinks and Chick-fil-A sandwiches will be available at football. Social distancing must be maintained. Masks are required while standing in line.

No concessions will be sold at events in gymnasium.

All concession volunteers will wear masks and gloves.

No congregating will be permitted at concession area. Observe social distance in line and depart immediately upon purchase.

Student Safety

Volleyball teams will not switch benches

Athletes must wear a mask upon entrance and exit for all CCCHS facilities.

A certified athletic trainer will be on site. Team doctors will be at all football games.

All participants are required to have their own water bottle, labeled with name.

Hoses are on both sides of stadium for refills.

Visiting administrators/coaches will supervise their players and spectators for compliance.

No handshakes before or following games.

CCC Administration, faculty, staff and volunteers will supervise all activities.

Officials/Line Judges

Officials will be permitted to utilize girl’s locker room facility with open access to adjoining rooms.

CCC administrators will escort officials.

Locker Room/Sideline Policies

Visiting teams should arrive as fully dressed and ready as possible.

Visiting football teams will have access to adjoining locker rooms in 600 building just east of stadium. Total capacity is 50 (25 per room).

Volleyball teams will not have locker facilities.

Athletic staff from visiting team will monitor capacity compliance.

Sidelines is limited to essential personnel only. This includes players, coaches, medical staff, chain crew and designated administrators.

No youth football or non-school affiliated “ball boys” permitted. Ball boys should be JV or non-participating team members.

Cleaning Procedures:

Ball sanitizing will be done by game personnel for both football and volleyball.

Concession area, restrooms, locker rooms, equipment will be sanitized prior and following all events.

Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances and near concession and restroom areas and in locker rooms.

Public Address

Information on expectations/protocols/safety measures will be provided to public address announcers.

Only essential personnel will be allowed in the press box.

All personnel working in press box or scoring tables are required to wear mask.

Isolation Room

The Margaret Doyle Carter Science Center hallway will be used for anyone displaying symptoms and they will be encouraged to depart campus as soon as capable.

Lightning Plan

In the event of lightning, all fans will be encouraged to move to their cars. Teams may use respective locker rooms. Cheerleaders should utilize CEI lobby. Home fans without cars should use MAC. Visiting fans without access to car or bus should use gym.

Team Meals

Abundant seating with proper social distancing is mandatory. Must be either a pre-boxed meal or buffet style with trained and dedicated volunteers using appropriate personal protection, including gloves and masks.

Any and all snacks must be in single serve packages.

All drinks must be single serve.

Hand sanitizer will be made available around the room.

We pray for God’s blessing and protection for you and your families. Remember, “with courage and hope, we will make it together.”In God’s provident care,

Dr. John A Venturella, President

Mr. Jim Deputy, Principal

Mr. Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal

A Moment with the President-Dr. V!

“With courage and hope, we will make it together!”

It was wonderful to see the students return to school whether at home or on campus. Students doing On-campus Blended Learning were ready to come back to school. Imagine that! They came masked, socially distancing, and ready to work!

I had opportunities to engage students who are using At-home Blended Learning and found they are engaged with their teachers and the students in their classes on campus. It was fascinating to watch—the marvels of 21st Century Catholic education! Where would we be today without Zoom or Canvas?

As you know, we spent the whole summer working with our COVID-19 Response Task Force and the Education/Leadership Teams. Ultimately, we launched our new school schedule using block scheduling instead of the traditional seven-period day; by and large, this has proven to be a good decision for both students and teachers. Speaking with students randomly in the cafeteria, they reported liking this schedule and hoping we would continue it in the future.

Furthermore, we launched our CCC Re-Opening School Plan which covered the five-domains about which I have previously written. It was a very difficult process conceptualizing the plan; fortunately, that made it easier to operationalize on the opening days of school. Without our faculty, staff, students, and families, our opening could never have happened as successfully as it did. Thanks to everyone who brought us to this point.

I want to clearly state that I have tremendous respect for students and families who chose At-home Blended Learning and did not return to campus. They have very good reasons for doing so. I know this because I spoke to them by phone especially trying to assist those who needed help in deciding what to do. I am confident those on campus can and will reach out to those off campus and vice-versa. Let’s remember there is only one CCC community and we are all part of it!

Last week, I spent time after school supervising the car line. It was awfully hot but worth every minute I spent there. I got to spend a few minutes with freshmen parents and parents of upper classmen too. I explained to freshmen parents that the car line wouldn’t always take this long! Thankfully, three days later, the problem went away as it does every year. Of course, having a brand-new car line, new dismissal procedures, and new buildings didn’t help matters. Nonetheless, and as always, we made it together!

Speaking of the new buildings, the new A wing opened the Friday before school began and we were on “pins and needles” hoping we would make it. Thankfully, we just made it! Walking the buildings many times a day, I am so jealous I didn’t have these facilities when I was in high school. The students really love the Joe and Jo Ann White Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), the Success Lab, and the new buildings in general. I know they are grateful to our many benefactors and to those who contributed to our capital campaign- Ignite Tomorrow Today– whether they gave of their time, talent or treasure!

To our parents and students, I want to thank you for being “respectfully candid” with us as we attempted to be transparent with you during these past few months. We made changes because of your suggestions and, in some cases, gave reasons as to why the school was making “a different choice at this time.” As I have written before, many actions and protocols today may not remain in place tomorrow. Clearly, we will continue to make informed adjustments in response to COVID-19. Please continue reading our COVID-19 communications which are sent via email and stored on our website, and when you deem necessary, ask questions and make suggestions. We may not always answer them to your satisfaction or with the exact answer you might like, but we will entertain them very seriously and do our best to honor them with a thoughtful response.

Lastly, we continue to give thanks to God and His Blessed Mother for their care and protection. Likewise, I ask you to join me in praying to St. Julie, in thanksgiving for the success of our capital campaign so far, and for other favors received through her powerful intercession.

Let’s enjoy CCC today with its new buildings and programs and continue executing our strategic plan for tomorrow. Next on the list is our new chapel which we will work on in the months ahead. As St. Teresa of Calcutta reminds us, “we can do great things if we do them together!”

In God’s provident care,

Dr. John A. Venturella

Re: CCCHS Return to Campus Plan – Communication 8

Welcome to First Day of School & Important Guidelines

Sunday, August 22, 2020

Dear CCC community,

The Covid-19 Response Task Force and the CCC School Administration have been providing updates throughout the summer about the preparations that were made for the fall semester. Given our newly renovated campus, you will notice many changes to the plant and facilities. Updates to all COVID-19 procedures and policies can be found on the CCC Re-opening Plan and the FAQ document. This information and updates can be found on the Clearwater Central Catholic website.

Important Student Information:
  • A campus map has been sent via the CCC Weekly Newsletter; students and parents should consult it as needed.
  • Student Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: the only drop-off/pick-up zone during arrival or dismissal is the new entrance at the front of the school. Parents are not to use the student parking lot for drop off or pick up during arrival and dismissal. Students must exit and enter cars directly outside the new school entrance using the designated sidewalks.
  • The new traffic pattern can accommodate a larger line-up of cars. However, we discourage excessive early arrival for dismissal to avoid an overage of cars backing out on Haines Bayshore Road. Cars will be directed to pull up to the front pick-up space to allow for a maximum use of space for pick-up. A moving lane is designated for exit after pick-up. Double-parking is prohibited.
  • Lunch Payment Reminder: Students will use name plaques, not ID cards to pay for their lunch.
  • Students must bring all wellness package materials daily; students not in attendance during the orientation days should pick up supplies in the front office.
  • Masks: Students must wear masks on as soon as you leave the car.
INDIVIDUAL SCHEDULES:
  • ACCESS to SCHEDULE:  Students can find their schedules on FACTS Family Portal using their iPad. Red Days have periods: A, B, C, D; Yellow Days have periods: E, F, G, H.
  • SCHEDULE ISSUES:  If you have a blank period on your schedule, or you have questions or concerns about your schedule, please report to the MAC (Cafeteria) during that period.
  • COURSE CHANGE REQUESTS: Complete the following Course Request Change Form. The Education Team will review your request and your school counselor will get back to you with a response as soon as possible. A preferred date to submit this form is Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The last day to submit a request for a course change is Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The last day to make a schedule course change is Friday, September 4, 2020.
  • TECH ISSUES (iPad, access to accounts: CANVAS, FACTS Family Portal) Students are to report to the CEI to get assistance from Mr. Muñoz or Mr. Pavsner.  “At-Home” learners: If you have a problem or concern, you must contact Mr. Andy Munoz, Director of Educational Technology, via email at:  mmunoz@ccchs.org
As we approach the first full week of school, we are counting on every person to do their part in keeping each other safe and containing the spread of COVID-19. We are asking everyone to undertake daily self-monitoring of any symptoms by: (1) using the screening survey provided in the Return to School document; (2) maintain social distancing when on and off campus; (3) wear an approved face mask, and wash their hands with soap or hand sanitizer regularly throughout the day. We know that with cooperation and compassion, we will successfully navigate these challenging times.

We pray for God’s blessing and protection for you and your families. Remember, “with courage and hope, we will make it together.”

In God’s provident care,

Dr. John A Venturella, President

Mr. Jim Deputy, Principal

Mr. Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal

A Moment with the President-Dr. V!

“With courage and hope, we will make it together!”

We recently sent out our CCC Re-opening School Plan. At this point nearly 90% are returning to On-Campus Blended Learning and approximately 10% will be on At-Home Blended Learning. I spoke with over 50 families who had questions about our return to school. The conversations, in most cases, were between 15 and 30 minutes each and I was delighted to hear parents say they were “pleased with our communications throughout the summer and the work we have produced including our Re-opening School Plan.” We, the school administrators and staff, are so appreciative of your comments and your overall support. Once again, we are proving Clearwater Central Catholic’s strength in good times and challenging times.

From the start of this pandemic, we have been using the tagline above to inspire us to and keep us properly focused. I’d like to share a few thoughts with you concerning this tagline. I think it is worthwhile for us to consider these words and their application to the circumstances in which we find ourselves these days.

What is real courage? I read a definition once, and while I cannot remember where I read it, I never forgot it! “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear.” Fear is here to stay but fear need not paralyze us. It can, in fact, impel us to act because we know through our actions and involvement, we can make things better. To bring it even closer to home, in the face of COVID-19, we cannot be reckless and ignore masks, social distancing, and compromised health conditions. On the other hand, we cannot let fear overtake us to the point where we become totally and completely emotionally and even physically isolated and alone. If we are not vigilant and self-aware, we may find ourselves unnecessarily entombed in our own self-imposed grave.

What is the remedy for fear? Hope! Hope in God and in one another! Jesus’ most spoken words were, “Do not be afraid.” The heart of the gospel is that Jesus is Good News for all times and all seasons. Jesus knew that danger is real, and fear is sometimes warranted. Still, He tells us, “I am with you always. Be not afraid.” What a special gift we have been given as His followers! He has given us the gift of Himself and His peace; peace the world cannot give.

Finally, we will make it together. Just how will we do this? The following might help us and our families:
(1) Treat one another with mutual respect,
(2) Speak with respectful candor being honest yet kind,
(3) Talk to one another not about one another,
(4) Practice “active listening,”
(5) Encourage and pray for one another,
(6) Keep each other safe by following all COVID-19 protocols.

The quote I used above on courage has a second part worth considering: “The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. For now, you’ll be living the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to make the journey.”

Indeed, we are all continuously discovering who we really are if we pay attention to the Voice within us. Life is a journey with ups and downs. We are called to choose life, to truly “choose life.” In this present pandemic, we are challenged to find new ways “to live” until we can safely return to our former life-giving endeavors.

For me, the greatest tragedy would be to stop living, to let fear overtake us and to retreat into our own self-imposed tomb. To turn back on the journey or even remain paralyzed where we are, would be very sad indeed. In this “in-between time,” let’s face our fears. Let adversity teach us who we really are.

Let’s support one another, moving forward on our life’s journey, and never, ever giving up hope!

Dr. V

Re: CCCHS Return to Campus Plan – Communication 7– 3rd Response to FAQ (Rev 8/14/2020) and calendar updates for August

Friday, August 14, 2020

Dear CCC community,

Having received almost 100% of the Intent to Return forms from our CCC parents, results indicate the vast majority have chosen the On-Campus Blended Learning Option.  We want to thank everyone for completing this form; the information is vital for effectively executing “At-home” Blended Learning and “On-campus Blended Learning.  At this point, we have contacted most parents that previously identified Options #2 and #3. If you have not received a call by Monday, August 17, please contact Maureen Denison at mdenison@ccchs.org.

The school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year has been updated with all currently available information and can be found on the CCC website, www.ccchs.org. You can anticipate further changes once the FHSAA makes its decisions regarding athletics for fall sports.

Student orientation will take place next week. These meetings are mandatory.  Any student not in attendance will be assigned an orientation make-up for distribution of supplies and training of new procedures and protocols. Students should bring school issued iPads to the orientation days so they can access their schedules. In the meantime, below are important dates for your planning purposes:

“At-Home” Student Orientation (Grades 9-12) Zoom Meeting – Wednesday, August 19, from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Check in starts at 11:45 AM. We will send an email with specific direction and the Zoom link to those students/parents.

Freshmen Orientation – Friday, August 21 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. Check-in starts at 7:45 AM

Sophomores Orientation – Friday, August 21 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Check-in starts at 11:45 AM

Juniors Orientation – Thursday, August 20 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. Check-in starts at 7:45 AM

Seniors Orientation – Thursday, August 20 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Check in starts at 11:45 AM

Transfer Students Orientation – Transfer students will be joining their grade level orientations and will have a follow-up session with School Leadership members on Tuesday, August 25 during period H.

Parent Meetings for all grades – TBA

Parking Sales – Parking sales are completed. Any students that missed the parking sales are to contact Mrs. Garland, kgarland@ccchs.org.

The FAQ document has been updated as of August 14, 2020 to reflect additional questions received following our last communication piece.  We are encouraging families to closely read the Re-opening School Plan as most questions have already been answered there.  Future questions that are already in the Re-opening School Plan, will not be answered again. Those that are not already answered in the document, will, of course, be addressed.

We continue to appreciate your support and patience during these challenging days and invite you to live our motto for the year each day: “With courage and hope, we will make it together!”

In God’s provident care,

Dr. John A. Venturella, President

Mr. James W. Deputy, Principal

Mr. Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal

Re: CCCHS Return to Campus Plan – Communication 6

Saturday, August 7, 2020

Dear CCC community,

We are aware that Hillsborough County Public Schools just voted to begin the 2020-21 school year with online instruction and delay in-person school for four weeks. We respect our public schools and the decisions they make for their students and families. However, we want to reaffirm our commitment to return to in-person instruction in our Catholic Schools as scheduled on August 24th.  Reporting almost 95% completed Intent to Return forms from our community, we have an 87% indication of students choosing an On-Campus option.  This information is vital for planning efforts to serve our “At-Home” Blended Learning as well as our “On-campus Blended Learning options.  We are continuing our efforts next week to contact families that have identified option #2 and option #3.  In addition, we will be contacting the remaining families that have not responded to date.

With new updates from the Office of Catholic Schools regarding the general school calendar for the 2020/2021 school year, we hope to finalize the on-line school calendar by next week to reflect these changes in schedule. In the meantime, please plan accordingly based on the following dates:

  1. Athletics – Statewide fall sports start date has been suspended until further notice. All summer workouts/conditioning activities may continue. These activities remain completely voluntary as no official practices or tryouts may be conducted. The sports impacted are cross country, cheerleading, football, golf, swimming and volleyball. Tryouts for volleyball will be rescheduled no earlier than August 24. If you have any questions, contact John Gerdes at jgerdes@ccchs.org
  2. IMPORTANT UDPATE: “At-Home” Student Orientation (Grades 9-12) Zoom Meeting – Wednesday, August 19, from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Check in starts at 11:45 AM. We will send an email with specific direction and the Zoom link to those students/parents.
  3. Freshmen Orientation – Friday, August 21 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. Check-in starts at 7:45 AM
  4. Sophomores Orientation – Friday, August 21 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Check-in starts at 11:45 AM
  5. Juniors Orientation – Thursday, August 20 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. Check-in starts at 7:45 AM
  6. Seniors Orientation – Thursday, August 20 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Check in starts at 11:45 AM
  7. Transfer Students Orientation – Transfer students will be joining their grade level orientations and will have a follow-up session with School Leadership members on Tuesday, August 25 during period H.
  8. Parent Meetings for all grades – TBA
  9. Parking Sales – Information regarding the virtual parking sales was sent in today’s parent newsletter.

You can find all communications related to COVID-19 on a dedicated space on CCCHS website.  Please continue to respond with questions and feedback by emailing us at ccc-communications@ccchs.org and we will respond to you individually or as a group through the FAQ document based on the content.

We continue to appreciate your support and patience during these challenging days and invite you to live our motto for the year each day: “With courage and hope, we will make it together!”

In God’s provident care,

Dr. John A. Venturella, President

Mr. James W. Deputy, Principal

Mr. Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal

Dear CCC community,

The Office of Catholic Schools Administrator Meeting on Thursday provided a strong reinforcement of our intent to open schools on August 24th. We remain excited about seeing our students through Blended Learning “On-Campus” or at “At-Home.” With building efforts in full gear and the anticipation of new furniture arriving next week for the classroom 300 A Wing, the campus will look brand-new to our freshman as well as returning students and teachers. The enhancements to the campus as well as new facilities will support our efforts to develop our students’ spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical, and creative potential.

The COVID-19 Response Task Force is on track with completing the CCCHS Re-Opening School Plan. This plan will include specific, new guidelines to operate the school and will be communicated on August 4, 2020. With new adjustments from the Office of Catholic Schools and the CDC, this plan will reflect the current updates and mandates necessary for the opening of schools. Our opening meeting with faculty and staff will be on August 3rd to review the Re-Opening of the School Plan. In addition, we are looking forward to the welcoming of 6 new members to our faculty/staff.

The FAQ document introduced last week has been updated to include questions received from our last communication piece on July 25th. We are encouraging you to read this document given that the Covid-19 pandemic, information can change from moment to moment. This is a “living document” that conveys up to date responses. Questions will remain clustered in the following groups: (A) Health and Safety Considerations; (B) Education Considerations. We hope that these answers help you to prepare for the beginning of the school year. In addition, we had the privilege of meeting with over 30 members of the student council this week to discuss the Re-Opening of School Plan. The meeting provided us a valuable opportunity to hear from our student leaders their concerns, questions, and creative ideas as we navigate the coming school year.

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year remains strong with over 550 fully registered students and a waiting list that continues to grow. Monday, July 27, 2020 was the deadline to submit the Initial Intent to Return Option Form. We appreciate that over 75% of our families have responded indicating an option and helping us to plan accordingly. With the addition of the decision tree and the comprehensive Re-Opening Plan communicated on Tuesday August 4th, we hope to achieve a 100% response rate as soon as possible.

If you are undecided and in need of additional information, please answer “Option 3: Undecided”. You will be contacted by the administration to address your individual questions. We will begin efforts next week to contact families that have identified option #2 and option #3. In addition, we will be contacting families that have not responded at all. Out of the 75% responses, 84% indicated On-Campus, 9% indicated At-Home, and 7% Un-decided. These numbers are critical to strategically plan for the beginning of school year through Blended Learning “On-Campus” or at “At-Home.”

We look forward to our freshman and transfer students arriving this coming week on August 3rd and August 4th to pick up their iPads. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Muñoz, our Director of Educational Technology, at amunoz@ccchs.org. He has sent directions already to activate the students’ ccchs.org email accounts and the process to pick-up their iPad.

You can find all communications related to COVID-19 on a dedicated space on CCCHS website. Please continue to respond with questions and feedback by emailing us at ccc-communications@ccchs.org and we will respond to you individually or as a group through the FAQ document based on the content.

We continue to appreciate your support and patience during these challenging days and invite you to live our motto for the year each day: “With courage and hope, we will make it together!”

In God’s provident care,

Dr. John A. Venturella, President

Mr. James W. Deputy, Principal

Mr. Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal

A Moment with the President- Dr. V

These last few weeks have been very difficult for the administration as we worked sometimes hours and hours a day planning for “how school would open in August.” Things seem to change so rapidly. For example, we sent out materials for the opening of school on August 10. No sooner had we sent them out, the Diocese of St. Petersburg made the decision to postpone our opening for two additional weeks. This, like many virus-related events, changed on a dime! That is life today. On a side note, we have received well over one hundred responses concerning how you would want your children to return to school this year and the vast majority chose “Blended Learning on Campus.” Let’s see what the rest of the week brings!

Reading and listening to the news each day can be incredibly unnerving. How can we keep ourselves “glued together” as we experience this time of tremendous uncertainty, stress, sickness, and rapid change? Obviously, taking care of our physical health and dealing with containment of the virus by protecting ourselves, is essential. Wearing masks, social distancing, stay-at-home orders fall under this category. Our psychological health, dealing with fear, frustration, anxiety, is also important for us these days. Activities such as exercise, yoga, and meditation can be excellent ways to keep ourselves psychologically healthy. The real concern here, for me at least, is not just reading about them but doing them. Beyond these two areas, is there another area that needs our attention daily?

Deepak Chopra, medical doctor and author, suggests there is a third area that is being sorely neglected—our spiritual health. He writes, “The spiritual effect of the outbreak, is being neglected, even though the presence of death, whether we want it to or not, evokes concern about the state of our souls. Spiritual well-being is alien to many people’s daily lives, and with the decline of organized religion, millions of people experience a sick soul, however you want to define it—weariness of heart, existential dread, a sinking feeling that nothing really matters—without finding a way out.”

Statistics indicate, at least in terms of Mass attendance, we were in trouble long before the pandemic began. If we just look at Mass attendance in this country prior to the pandemic, that becomes imminently clear. About 39 percent of Catholics reported attending church in any given week, according to data collected between 2014 and 2017. That was down from 45 percent between 45 percent between 2005 and 2008. And it’s a huge drop from 1955 when Gallup polling reported weekly Mass attendance at 75 percent! Acknowledging that attending church services is one of many ways to sustain our spiritual health, there are also other ways to compliment it. It would be important for each of us to consider what might “feed our soul” and make sure we attend to it.

What makes for a healthy spiritual life especially during these difficult days? Deepak Chopra suggests the following:

·     Having a sense of meaning and purpose.
·     Loving and being loved.
·     Fostering self-esteem, a sense of your own worth.
·     Tapping into inner peace and joy.
·     Being of service to others.
·     Becoming “generous of spirit.”

What might you do for your children during this pandemic to help them attend to their spiritual lives? What can we do, as adults, to foster our own spiritual lives? Chopra, while speaking to adults, provides a framework we can use when dealing with young people:

(1) Let them know they are loved and that their love is needed by others now more than ever,

(2) Provide a home environment that feeds their self-worth and doesn’t tear it down,

(3) Encourage them to be of service to others—calls to grandparents and e-mails to persons who are isolated and alone are just two of the many ways to accomplish this,

(4) Help them as they search for meaning and purpose in their lives,

(5) Encourage them to be generous.

Obviously, these suggestions are very helpful for both parents and young adults. I believe parents and adult mentors must take the lead in this process and lead by example. As the saying goes, “you can’t give, what you don’t have.” It’s essential for us to work on these aspects in our own lives while modeling them for our young people. “Do as I say and not as I do” doesn’t cut it anymore. I doubt it ever did!

None of this is easy; all of it is worthwhile! As we continue to live life these days, it seems to me that we must learn to “live with COVID-19” and manage its many effects on us. We must muster up the strength to remain patient with one another, to lovingly challenge one another, and to “hold each other’s hand” as we make our way through this pandemic. We are so much stronger together than we could ever be alone! That is the great gift of this school community. We are CCC. We are Marauders. Enough said!

Dr. V

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Dear CCC community,

We hope that your families are well and we continue to support one another other during these times of uncertainty with courage and hope. We are very excited and blessed to have an almost completely brand-new campus as a venue for our students “to develop their spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical, and creative potential and to respect the diversity among them and in the world beyond” (CCCHS Mission Statement). We are looking forward to seeing our students through Blended Learning “On-Campus” or at “At-Home.” The main goal of this communication is to introduce the FAQ document with responses to your questions and provide an update on calendar changes based on the new beginning of the school year.

In our last communication, we shared with you the change of start date to Monday, August 24, 2020. We also asked you to submit a DOSP waiver and the Initial Intent to Return Option Form indicating your option and helping us to plan accordingly. We appreciate the submitted waivers and initial intent responses. We hope to have all submissions by this Monday, July 27.  If you are undecided and in need of additional information, please answer “Option 3: Undecided”. You will be contacted by the administration to address your individual questions.

The CCCHS COVID-19 Response Task Force has been working diligently to develop the “CCCHS Re-Opening of School Plan.” This plan will include specific, new guidelines to operate the school this year. This document will be communicated on August 4, 2020. In the meantime, we have prepared a FAQ document that includes a summary of the questions received from our CCC community regarding our return to school. We hope that these answers help you to prepare for the beginning of the school year.  Given the Covid-19 pandemic, information can change from moment to moment.  This is a “living document” that conveys up to date responses. Questions are clustered in the following groups: (A) Health and Safety Considerations; (B) Education Considerations

In terms of calendar updates, the following events have new dates or are new to the calendar since we adjusted the start date to Monday, August 24. These events are for “On-Campus” and “At-Home” students. “At-Home” students will receive additional communications with specific directions once their status has been approved and prior to these events. The orientation sessions are mandatory and will address new health and safety protocols including a walk through the New Blended Learning schedule. These sessions will provide students an opportunity to find their classrooms on our “new campus” with access to the new 300A building and new walkways. We are very excited and blessed to have an almost completely brand-new educational facility where our students can learn and grow.

In the meantime, please plan accordingly based on the following dates:

  1. Athletics – Statewide fall sports start date has been suspended until further notice. All summer workouts/conditioning activities may continue. These activities remain completely voluntary as no official practices or tryouts may be conducted. The sports impacted are cross country, cheerleading, football, golf, swimming and volleyball. Tryouts for volleyball will be rescheduled no earlier than August 24. If you have any questions, contact John Gerdes at jgerdes@ccchs.org
  2. Freshmen Orientation – Friday, August 21 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. Check-in starts at 7:45 AM
  3. Sophomores Orientation – Friday, August 21 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Check-in starts at 11:45 AM
  4. Juniors Orientation – Thursday, August 20 from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. Check-in starts at 7:45 AM
  5. Seniors Orientation – Thursday, August 20 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Check in starts at 11:45 AM
  6. Transfer Students Orientation – Transfer students will be joining their grade level orientations and will have a follow-up session with School Leadership members on Tuesday, August 25 during period H.
  7. “At-Home” Student Orientation and directions – TBA
  8. Parent Meetings for all grades – TBA
  9. Parking Sales – Online requesting- further directions will be communicated soon.

Lastly, a reminder to our freshman and transfer students, their iPad pick-up dates are still on Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Muñoz, our Director of Educational Technology, at amunoz@ccchs.org. He has sent directions already to activate the students’ ccchs.org email accounts and the process to pick-up their iPad.

You can find all communications related to COVID-19 on a dedicated space on CCCHS website.  Please continue to respond with questions and feedback by emailing us at ccc-communications@ccchs.org and we will respond to you individually or as a group in our next communication based on the content.

We appreciate your support and patience during these challenging days and invite you to live our motto for the year each day: “With courage and hope, we will make it together!”

In God’s provident care,

Dr. John A. Venturella, President

Mr. James W. Deputy, Principal

Mr. Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal

Friday, July 17, 2020  

Dear CCC community, 

On July 16th, we introduced our Blended Learning model for the 2020-2021 school year. (Communication 2)  In addition, we sent and requested the completion of a DOSP waiver and initial intent to return form.  This communication piece was sent in the mail as well as delivered electronically to all families.  The two forms requested for submission are asked to be completed by July 27, 2020.  As previously mentioned in our communication piece, we are working with a “living document” that is subject to continuous change.  Under our general guidelines, it stated that our educational program may experience a temporary move in consultation and direction with the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and public health authorities. 

Today, we have been notified by the attached letter from our Bishop, Most Reverend Gregory Parkes, that all parish and Diocesan K-12 Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg are postponing the first full day of school from August 10th to August 24th.  As mentioned in the Bishop’s letter, we will be adjusting the change in our academic year as well as making the necessary adjustments in our general school calendar. The change in opening date is aligned to our goal of providing On Campus (face to face) learning.  We will be working diligently to provide the changes in the general school calendar as well as comprehensive “Re-Opening Plan” in the coming weeks. 

You can find all communications related to COVID-19 on a dedicated space on our CCCHS website.  Please continue to respond with questions and feedback by emailing us at ccc-communications@ccchs.org and we will respond to you individually or as a group in our next communication based on the content. We appreciate your continued support and patience during this necessary time and join the Bishop in urging us all to remain strong in the faith and stay close to Christ in prayer. 

In God’s provident care, 

Dr. John A. Venturella, President
Mr. James W. Deputy, Principal
Mr. Enrique Garza, Assistant Principal 

In peace,

James W. Deputy
Principal

CCCHS Return to Campus Plan – Communication 2 – Introduction to BLENDED LEARNING and request to complete DOSP WAIVER and INITIAL INTENT TO RETURN FORM.

Dear CCC community,

Since our last communication in which we introduced our CCC COVID-19 Response Task Force (CCC C-19 RTF) and its committees, we have prioritized the required actions in preparation for our safe return to campus on August 10. The committees are working diligently on a comprehensive “Re-Opening Plan” that will be shared with you in the coming weeks. This plan is in the process of being reviewed and approved by the Office of Catholic Schools and Centers. As previously stated, this is a “living document” continuously subject to change.

CCCHS Return to Campus Plan

CCC: Continuing to Lead the Way

With an iPad for each student and a faculty dedicated to exemplary instruction and student well-being, CCC has led the way in providing engaging and rigorous academics and individual support services.

We encourage you to make an appointment before visiting campus.
Protocols for Visitors to Campus.

July 3, 2020   A Moment with the President—Dr. V

“With courage and hope, we will make it together!”

The most important thing on my mind these days is opening our school in August! It has been an incredibly challenging three weeks for the school administration, here at CCCHS. We almost literally have been working day and night to create timelines, administrative structures, committees, and so much more, necessary to conceptualize and operationalize the opening of the new school year.

Four weeks ago, we established a sixteen member Covid-19 Response Task Force which I wrote about in my last communication. This past week, Mr. Garza, Mr. Deputy and I mapped out an entire process of response to Covid-19 which includes future meetings of the task force, committee members, mailing dates, all meeting dates, equipment purchasing, faculty meetings, and a new master schedule implementation plan.

We are using an excellent document from the National Catholic Education Association called Leading in Hope to guide our efforts. It has five domains: (1) Logistics and Planning, (2) Creating and Maintaining Community, (3) Curriculum and Instruction, (4) Promoting Catholic Identity in Remote Spaces, and (5) Technology Support. In addition, we are consistently listening to the recommendations of the CDC, the Diocese of St. Petersburg, the County of Pinellas and the State of Florida. It’s challenging, for sure!

At the same time, it continues to be a time of incredible growth for us as individuals and as a school community. Imagination, perseverance, problem solving, and teamwork are at an all-time high! Our listening skills are daily being challenged and perfected. Gratitude abounds more than ever; we see and deeply appreciate the resources we have at CCC. We have brand new facilities; many schools do not. We have advanced technology; many schools do not. We have teachers who are spending the summer preparing classes and perfecting technology skills; many schools do not. We have faith in God’ s provident care; many schools do not. Amidst this awful pandemic, we are richly blessed.

I feel so grateful to be working with the CCC Advisory Council on our Covid-19 response. Steve Piazza (class of 1982 alumnus and father of Sophia ’24, Sienna ’20 and Andrew ’18), John Rich (father of Max ’22 and Emily ‘20), Corey Wells (chairman of our Advisory Council and father of Stefan ‘14) and Peter Cunzolo (vice-chair of our Advisory Council and father of Alexa ‘17) have been very helpful in facilitating our response to Covid-19 and bringing valuable outside information to CCC. I am truly indebted to the faculty and board members who agreed to be on various committees. I am especially indebted to Mr. Deputy, Mr. Garza, Mrs. Knoop and Ms. Spatola for their many hours of hard work in preparing for our opening in August.

This year, our theme will be “With courage and hope, we will make it together!”  We are convinced that we will not only survive but thrive if we live with courage and hope. This is our challenge as we co-exist with Covid-19 for the foreseeable future.  In choosing this theme, we hope to remind ourselves and the CCC community that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone! God bless you, keep you safe, and give you peace in these challenging times.

In God’s provident care,
John A. Venturella, Ed.D.
President

June 25, 2020

Dear CCC community,

Our last communication covered the safety guidelines for summer activities on campus. We are now sharing initial reference points for our plans to return to campus in August. Read letter from administrators regarding the Return to School Plan.

Please read and consider all the information referenced below and in the links regarding a safe return to summer activities on campus.

May 27, 2020   A Moment with the President—Dr. V

Graduation was a great success! We ended up on several TV news broadcasts and in the Tampa Bay Times. I received many calls and e-mails from alums, community leaders, elementary school principals and others indicating how impressed they were with our commencement parade and reception of diplomas. It was so nice to hear good news amidst the global trials of these last few months.

Looking back, this class faced formidable challenges due to Covid-19. They missed their prom, Grad Night and other senior year activities. They did however, experience virtual events that were also memorable like the Senior Breakfast, Senior Awards and the Senior Tribute Mass. Listening to the seniors, they were grateful for our attempts to keep things “as normal as possible.”

I think many people came to the graduation with minimal expectations and some sense of loss. I arrived with some anxiety. One person wrote: “Even as I was decorating the car, I was forcing myself to try to feel in the graduation mood – but it just wasn’t the same. I am so grateful that you had more vision for this graduation than I did. When we pulled into line to enter the “parade” I was stunned. The sights, the sounds, the excitement. I cannot even begin to describe how it made me feel.  Looking at all the decorated cars, listening to the honking, the cowbells, the air horns, the laughter, the greetings, the friendships – it was simply an amazing way to safely bring these students, families, faculty, and staff back together for one last farewell.  This was quite possibly one of the best graduations ever.”

This quote captures and validates my experience of Graduation 2020! I am so grateful to the person who took time to write it. I extend special thanks to Mr. Deputy who masterminded the whole event, and his commencement team for making it happen. It really was spectacular! Everyone really enjoyed it. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! You will be sorely missed.

In my next Moment with the President, we will visit two departments for student personal growth at CCC—School Counseling and Campus Ministry. Let’s see what’s going on now and what their plans are for the summer and the new school year.

Stay tuned.

In God’s provident care,
John A. Venturella, Ed.D.
President

May 21, 2020   A Moment with the President—Dr. V

Covid-19 has certainly challenged us and the landscape of education in general. As it spreads around the world and education becomes far less predictable, our administrators and teachers continue to sharply focus on the immediate task at hand—teaching and supporting students as we end the year. For now, that is being done remotely.

You can only imagine how difficult full-blown virtual learning was to initiate so quickly. Luckily for CCC, we had Canvas, our online learning platform, and were trained to use it. That was not the case for most public and many private high schools. Looking over the surveys that we received from parents and students, it was made abundantly clear that teachers were teaching, and students were learning. I have personally made calls to families and been pleasantly surprised- their students are doing well. In my mind, I compare the whole experience to being told, “the plane just took off unexpectedly (not reporting to school); you got stuck on it (all of us); now keep flying it (school leadership); the plane is packed (the entire CCC community) and good luck!.” Given everything, I think our CCC community has done quite well! We are flying but we are not there yet.

I would be the first to say that virtual learning isn’t perfect, yet it effectively carried us through the initial crisis and has much potential for the future if properly employed. As we move ahead into the summer, and given the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, I want to assure you that we will be evaluating and adjusting next year’s student-teacher master schedule and co-curricular programs  to better meet the possible challenges we may have to face in the fall and beyond. As always, we will make these decisions considering what is best for the students first and foremost.

As an administration and faculty, we are now invited to be more systematic, thoughtful and creative than ever before and to think differently and “way out of the box.”  I assure you that we have already begun this process and will accelerate it once the seniors have graduated and the underclassmen have signed off for the summer.

I know this has been a challenging time for all of us. Let’s stay positive, try to actively listen to one another, and treat one another with mutual respect and care. There is nothing wrong with “respectful candor.” I encourage it and always have. I do not encourage or look kindly on disrespect even when we are very frustrated. Whether in e-mails, phone conversations, or texts, our words should be clear, honest, and most especially respectful.

Lastly, I want you to know how much we miss our students. They are the heart and soul of the school and we care deeply about their education and their social and emotional well-being. We miss their company. For us, this is not just a job; it is our calling. Our students are known and loved here at CCC. That is what I have always loved most about this wonderful Catholic school.

Let’s keep praying for one another and for those most in need. God bless you.

In God’s provident care,
John A. Venturella, Ed.D.
President

May 6, 2020   A Moment with the President—Dr. V

This has been a challenging transition time for our school, and I am proud to say we have met that challenge with courage, ingenuity and expertise! Who would have ever imagined that we would be physically away from CCC for eight weeks now and that we would not return this year?  

On the other hand, who could imagine the creativity and vision we had within us to create a temporary and relatively effective “school without walls” during these highly unprecedented times? Who would have thought we would be creative enough to have an exciting Freshmania, a memorable Senior Picnic, or a beautiful Memorial Mass for Jackson Abernathy ‘23 all online? Who would have thought our students and faculty could get so far, so fast in navigating online learning?

How has CCC creatively met the challenges that have already come, and how will we face the challenges we anticipate over the next few months with audacity and hope? I’d like to give you a close-up “look behind the curtain” at what the School Leadership has been up to these past weeks and where we intend to go over the next few months.

An effective plan requires great people “on the ground” to execute it. In our case, I am thinking specifically of our counselors, chaplain, campus ministers, teachers and staff. They have been incredibly open, patient, committed, and practical. I am very proud of them. We all are!

In future “A Moment with the President-Dr. V.” letters, we’ll take a closer look at what CCC has done, is doing, and will do to ensure that our students are provided the best possible virtual opportunities, specifically in the area of learning and achievement, until they return to campus once again. I think you will find it quite interesting!

I hope you enjoy reading these “Moments” as much as I enjoy writing them. If you have suggestions for future topics of interest, please let me know via e-mail. For now, know that I miss seeing our students, faculty, alumni and all our CCC community. I am certain God, our Blessed Mother, and St, Julie are walking with us and will bring us comfort and ultimate success in all our endeavors and plans.

In God’s provident care,
John A. Venturella, Ed.D.
President

ATHLETICS

STATEWIDE FALL SPORTS START DATE PLACED ON PAUSE 

The FHSAA Board of Directors has paused the start of fall sports across the state until at least August 24. The Board will meet again no later than August 17 to determine how to proceed. All summer workout/conditioning activities may continue. These activities remain completely voluntary as no official practices or tryouts may be conducted.

The sports impacted are cross country, cheerleading, football, golf, swimming and volleyball.

Tryouts for volleyball will be rescheduled no earlier than August 24.

This is a good time to make sure student physical and consent forms are up to date and uploaded to athleticclearance.com. Additionally, a CCC COVID-19 release form must be signed and on file with the director of athletics. If you have any questions on these forms, contact John Gerdes, jgerdes@ccchs.org.

FALL COACH CONTACTS 

Cross Country – Ron Willms, cccrunning@gmail.com

Cheer – Hayley Oka, hayleyoka@gmail.com

Football – Chris Harvey, charvey@ccchs.org

Golf – Pat Shriver/Bill Shriver,  pat@covecaygolf.com

Swimming – Craig Coghlan, craigc@belleaircc.com

Volleyball – Stephen Shepherd, shepherds@pcsb.org

Safe Return to Athletics Letter from the Athletic Director.

The following are required before students may participate in athletics:

  • COVID-19 Release of Liability Form.
  • Please read the Policies & Procedures for Coaches, Athletic Staff & Student-athletes.
  • AthleticClearance.com – create an account (new students) or log in to your existing account (returning students) and upload the athletic physical form and digitally complete and sign the EL3 Consent Form which are mandated by state law. Returning students, insert your NEW student ID 10522..All forms are valid for one year from the date of the physical, so new ones will need to be uploaded each year.
  • NFHSLearn.com – create free account and take three online courses on Concussions for Students, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and Heat Illness Prevention as required by the State of Florida.Completion certificates must be turned in to the CCC Athletic Department.

If you have any questions or need assistance regarding athletics, please email Athletic Director Mr. John Gerdes at: jgerdes@ccchs.org.

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