Safety Concerns at Dismissal

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Dear families,

Ensuring our students are safe and secure is the first priority of all faculty and staff here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. As a result of our recent safety trainings and continual conversations with experts, many improvements have been made to our school facilities to provide the safest possible environment for our students to learn and grow while at school. New doors, locks, windows, and keys were all necessary upgrades that have helped improve the physical building of our school. Not only do these improvements help beautify our East Hill campus, but they also effect important upgrades to our overall safety and security plan.

The next step in that plan, as recommended by the Diocese and by independent experts who have reviewed our procedures, is to improve the safety and security of our dismissal process. Our main doors must be open when students are leaving the building and walking to their cars for pickup, which means that extra precautions must be taken to ensure safety during this time. Teachers and office staff work diligently to ensure car line pickup is organized and safe for students as they head home for the day. Staff members need to stay alert to all students, visitors, and drivers in car line, as well as supervise our Safety Patrollers, who are trained to safely wait for cars to stop, open car doors, and help students to their cars.

For car line and dismissal of walkers to be as safe as possible, we cannot allow parents and visitors to come to the Main Office during dismissal. This means that from 2:30 to 3:10pm every day, parents may not come into the office to pick up their children. If you arrive at school during this time to pick up your child, please join the car line, or wait until after dismissal has finished to come into the school building. If your son or daughter has an appointment or prior engagement, please call or send an email to your teacher and our office staff, and we will do our best to accommodate for a pickup time prior to the start of our dismissal process at 2:30 pm.

Reducing the number of people in the lobby and office area will help provide our students and staff with fewer distractions and less exposure to risk. As a result of these safety precautions, not only will our students be more secure, but car line will run more smoothly and quickly. Students who live within walking distance of the school may sign up to be walkers and will be dismissed at 2:45 every day.  Parents must sign waivers and permission slips for students to be included as walkers during dismissal.

Thank you for the wonderful gift of sending your children to our school.  We are all privileged to have such incredible families here in our Sacred Heart Cathedral School family. Thank you for your trust and support as we seek to educate hearts and minds for God and strive for the safest and most loving environment possible for all our students.

Blessings for a joyful school year,

Elizabeth and Dave

May Crowning

MaryMay Crowning is a special way to honor Our Lady during the month of MayMay Crowning will take place this Friday at the school Mass.

Please help your child bring an offering of flowers for this very special event. Flowers will be placed at the feet of Mary as a symbol of our love for our heavenly Mother.

Report Cards

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Report cards for students in first through eighth grades were sent home with students today.  Please make sure you check your child’s backpack for them.

Pre-K and Kindergarten progress reports will be sent home next Friday.

Thank you.

Eighth Grade Parents

For students who missed the Pensacola Catholic High School Placement Test in November there will be one last chance to take the test before Freshman Registration on January 21, 2017.

The Placement Test test will be administered on220px-this_is_the_main_logo_used_for_pensacola_catholic_high_school

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017,
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • CHS Media Center.

The test will end by 12:30 p.m. You must bring a completed Placement Test Pre-Registration Form (available on the CHS website—www.pensacolachs.org), two #2 pencils, and the $15 test fee. The Placement Test is required for all current eighth-grade students interested in attending Catholic High for the 2017-2018 academic year.

School Closing For Hurricanes (or Other Weather Related Closings)

hurricaneThe 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).

Although we close with Escambia County Schools, we re-open earlier because our schools are not used as shelters. Please stay tuned for news concerning Sacred Heart Cathedral School and our re-opening date (not other area Catholic schools as they may sustain damage that prevents them from re-opening when we do).

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.

Report Cards & Records

Parents,

Please make sure that you are current on any tuition and Extended Care payments.  Past due accounts will not receive report cards and records will not be forwarded to other schools.

This also applies to missing library books – if your child has a library book, please return it to Mrs. Milletary ASAP. If the book has been lost or destroyed, please contact her so that she can determine the replacement cost and you can arrange payment with Mrs. Sadler.