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.

School Closure

School will be closed for students for 2 weeks with NO academic instruction.

**  Please make these changes to your calendars.  **

  • Spring Break has been moved to next week, March 16-20
  • School will be closed March 23 – 27
  • Students will return to school Monday, March 30
  • School will be in session April 14 – 17
  • Thursday, April 9     Noon Dismissal (No lunch. No Extended Care.)
  • Friday, April 10    No School
  • Monday, April 13     No School
  • Tuesday – Friday     School is open

Student Led Conferences have been canceled. Report cards will be sent home with your student when they return on March 30, 2020.

Distance Learning: If we are mandated to remain closed after March 30, we will begin distance learning via internet and/or packets of material for our younger students.

CYSL soccer games have been postponed at this time.

Campus Cuisine has been canceled March 16 – March 27

Blessings,

Mrs. Elizabeth Snow

Mrs. Mary Adams

Mr. David Kimbell

Dyna Boland

Sidney Poller

Dana Drummond

 

Letter regarding Coronavirus

March 10, 2020

Dear Diocesan School/Early Learning Center Families:

Our principals and directors met last week and discussed the topic of the Coronavirus. In addition, there has been communication among diocesan offices within the ecclesiastical province of Florida.

Please know that the diocese and schools/early learning centers are treating this virus seriously and are creating plans now on how to react in the case of local confirmed outbreaks. Communication will be cascaded down from the Office for Catholic Schools within the next few days regarding emergency planning including virtual teaching, if a school closure happens to be necessary. In the meantime, we want you to know what we are doing at the school level in an immediate response to the virus.

We have either trained employees who clean or a commercial cleaning company who come into the school/center twice a week after hours to clean our classrooms and bathrooms.

We have bottles of hand sanitizer and are ordering more to spread throughout the school.

 We have boxes of tissues in each classroom.

We are posting instructions sheets near all sinks for the children on proper handwashing procedures.

We have scheduled a safety-training with the Coronavirus as the topic for our staff meeting.

School parents, please remember our school policy that if our local school district closes for weather-related or health-related issues, we also will close that day. We may have a different opening date due to the needs of our specific community, but we defer to the local public school superintendent in regards to school closures, as do the other private schools within our diocese.

PLEASE NOTE: For the remainder of this school year, if a child stays home sick and turns in a doctor note (emailed to the school office), that absence will not be counted against the student in regards to perfect attendance. It is more important to us that you keep your sick children home rather than send them to school in an effort to achieve any perfect attendance award that may exist at your school.

Please remember that our parent/student handbooks state that if a student is ill with anything contagious or has exhibited a fever of 100 degrees or more, rash, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours, the student may not be sent to school. Please make sure your children are fever-free (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours before sending them to school.

Anyone traveling to Level 3 countries (currently China, Iran, Italy and South Korea) should self-quarantine upon return and avoid contact with others for 14 days.

We are taking a proactive approach, and if nothing else, hurricanes have taught us the importance of being prepared and having a plan in advance. There is nothing to fear at this time, and we want to make sure that everyone is sure to get information from good sources. The CDC and WHO, along with state and local health departments, are our sources of information.

Please see current information on the diocesan website at the following link:

https://ptdiocese.org/coronavirus

What you should know about the Coronavirus: https://bit.ly/3aKLSDD

Coronavirus Factsheet: https://bit.ly/2TXjnLZ

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