SHCS Closed Next Week

Greetings,

Prayers you have all weathered hurricane Sally with little damage. Your safety and well-being is our major concern. As a result of COVID, we have learned to take extreme caution when it comes to the safety of our families and their children.

During Sally, our new addition as well as some of the rooms in the old building sustained flooding. We are still dehumidifying and obtaining new flooring for the affected classrooms. As a result, we will be closed this coming week; Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25.

We have a professional staff that will be on our campus tomorrow working to ensure everything is safe for your children when they return to Sacred Heart Cathedral School. Our goal is to have the school pristine and clean upon your arrival back in the building.

Many people have asked what they can do to help. The most important request is that you pray for our school, families, faculty and staff. We will be moving forward as we pray together as a community.

If we can help anyone affected by this storm, please let me know.

Blessings,
Elizabeth

School Closed Tomorrow

In accordance with the Diocesan policy of following Escambia County schools for weather-related closures, school will be closed tomorrow due to TS Sally.  Information about reopening will be posted here, on Facebook and sent via SchoolMessenger.

Reminder about weather-related school closures

The Catholic Schools will follow the lead of Escambia County School District announcements regarding school closings during the hurricane season or for other weather related school closings. Announcements will be made on the radio (WYCT 98.7 FM, WCOA 1370 AM and JET 100.7 FM) and TV (WEAR Channel 3).

Listen for announcements that pertain to Escambia County, FLORIDA not Escambia County, ALABAMA – the towns of Brewton, Atmore and Flomaton.

If your house is significantly damaged or destroyed during a storm, if you evacuate and cannot return in a timely manner, etc. PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE SCHOOL and leave a message. We want to know that all of our families are safe.

School Messenger:   Parents and staff can expect to receive an automated phone message or text containing vital school closing and re-opening information.

Facebook:   School closing and re-opening information will be posted

Escambia County Public Service Announcement:   Be prepared. As this hurricane season approaches, Escambia County officials are reminding citizens that “the first 72 is on you,” a catchy way of saying that citizens should be equipped to provide for themselves, their families and their pets for at least three days following a major hurricane. State and federal help will not be on the scene and local resources will be spread thin.

CYSL News

Hello CYSL Parents,

Thank you for your patience as we all adapt to the challenges COVID-19 has presented to our schools and our lives.  CYSL is monitoring the situation, gathering information from local and state agencies as well as advice from medical professionals.  Our first priority is the health and safety of our students.

Our board has met multiple times regarding the upcoming beginning of the school year.  Our Catholic schools in Pensacola return to campus with on-site classes on August 24.  Our top priority is a safe return to class for all of our student-athletes in CYSL member schools, who are foremost students.

The CYSL board, in collaboration with our Superintendent of Catholic Schools and myself, has decided to delay the start of Fall sports.  The board will meet again on October 1 to assess the current situation, with the hopes that a shortened three-season year could still take place.  Information regarding specific sports is not available; all will be considered as we learn more and prayerfully discern next steps, keeping student and volunteer safety our top priority.

May God bless us as we prepare for our upcoming school year.

Tony Howard, CYSL Director

Our Back to School Plan

Greetings,

As we begin our 4th of July celebrations and turn our thoughts to returning to school, I want to keep you updated on the latest reopening news from the diocese. Attached you will see the document that has been formulated by the superintendent, along with the principals with legal consultation from our diocese. We would like you to know what we plan to do specifically at Sacred Heart Cathedral School to plan and continually present for your safety and the safety of your entire family.

Every morning, as students enter the building before 7:30, their temperature will be taken before they are allowed to go to their designated area.  After 7:30, the students will report to their homeroom.  Every class will have two teachers present greeting the students at the doorway.  One teacher will record attendance, the other temperature.  If there is an issue with the temperature over 100.4 the student will be escorted to the front office sick room where the parent will be called.  Please do not send your student to school if they do not feel well.  This places everyone at risk and you will only be asked to return to school to bring your child home.

As always, we will have hand sanitizers in every classroom.  We also have purchased 10 touchless hand sanitizers for the hallway.  The front office will also have touchless hand sanitizers and one with a stand as you enter the building.

We are in the process of changing the faucets in all the bathrooms to touchless faucets.  This will certainly eliminate problems with contamination.  Two new water filling stations have been ordered to replace the water fountains. Students will need to bring a water bottle from home. Mr. Jonathan Wallace, our resource manager,  will be present to daily sanitize our stations and the school will be deep cleaned nightly.

We have four new tables for the eating area so we can social distance during lunch.  This added capacity will allow for students to space out while eating. Assembly of these tables was completed this afternoon.  We will be working on a lunch schedule so all students can optimize their time outside in the fresh air while eating.

As our situation is constantly changing, we are looking at opportunities to maximize morning prayer as well as weekly Mass attendance.

However, in the end, your safety, the safety of the faculty and staff is of prime importance. At this time, masks are optional in the classroom.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me.  While I am out of the office beginning Monday, July 6, as we wait for the arrival of electricity to our new building, I will answer emails daily and will be present in the office next Friday, July 10.

As for other news and notes…we are anxiously looking forward to our added space.  As many of you saw during the summer, the stained glass window from the Cathedral was installed into our chapel.  It is quite the focal point with natural illumination. Networking is being completed so we will all be connected by our move-in day which is scheduled for July 20.

As Basil Moreau, CSC, explains, “We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for heaven.”

Blessings,

Elizabeth Snow                                     Nicholas Lahr

Faith Night Live!

Wednesday, April 22 | 6:30pm
Fr. James and the Faith Night Team are on a mission. We want to bring Faith Night into your homes, but we need your help! Please submit Easter photos and a short video from your family for us to compile and share before the broadcast.

We’re looking for photos from your Easter 2020 and short videos (15 secs or less) that share either what your miss about the Cathedral/Cathedral School or what your family is doing to live out faith at home right now.

Please send your media to faithnight@shc.ptdiocese.org by the end of Monday, April 20th.

(Faith Night Live! will be broadcast on the Cathedral YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCFTYrvRY4j2TbsfuVC0wDuA?)

James Reding
Coordinator of Mission & Evangelization
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
850-438-3131 ex. 122; 502-827-7788 (cell)

Diocesan statement about campus closures

A STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF PENSACOLA-TALLAHASSEE:

Catholic Diocese announces PreK-12 classes on campuses will be canceled through April 15, 2020.

The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee announces the cancellation of classes on campuses, for grades PreK-12, through April 15, 2020, in accordance with the directive of Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education.

The temporary closing of Early Learning Centers will be determined on a site by site basis. The Office of Catholic Schools is currently developing a Continuity of Learning plan to continue and advance student learning. Faculty are training in distance education. Principals of the diocese will be sending forthcoming information to parents in the coming days.