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