Information for the 2020-2021 School Year

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Governor Newsom’s announcement on 7/17/20 that all K-12 public and private schools cannot hold in-person classes if their county has been on California’s coronavirus monitoring list at any point in the last 14 days has only added to the list of questions because, unfortunately, San Diego County is currently on the state’s monitoring list.  The moment San Diego County is off the watch list for 14 days, Cathedral Catholic will quickly pivot back to a hybrid educational model, with the goal of everyone fully returning to campus.  When we do return to campus, families who do not feel comfortable returning to campus will have the option to attend classes via the Dons Online Learning Program. Here is Cathedral Catholic’s Reopen Plan.

Thank you for filling out the school-wide survey about delaying the start of school.   Here are the survey results (as of August 4, 2020) for the school-wide survey about delaying the start of school: 

  • Students (559 responses):  August 31st:  55.5% yes   44.5% no

       After Labor Day:  48.3% yes   51.7% no

  • Parents (1,323 responses): August 31st: 50.3% yes   49.7% no

       After Labor Day:  48.5% yes  51.5% no

  • School Employees (135 responses):  August 31st:  49.6% yes    50.4% no

           After Labor Day:  42.2% yes    57.8% no

As you can see, the survey results were not conclusive one way or the other.  The school administration discussed the survey results, the pros/cons of delaying the start of school, and decided that we will not delay the start of the school year.  Therefore, school will start on-time (August 17th) with the Dons Online Learning Program.  

We would like to start school on campus and in-person.  While we believe we can do that safely and responsibly, the latest public health order from San Diego County (effective July 30th) does not allow in-person instruction, regardless of whether the school is public, private, or religious.  A waiver process does exist to allow in-person instruction for elementary schools only.  

Once San Diego County is removed from the state’s watch list, and stays off the watch list for 14 consecutive days, in-person instruction can resume on day 15.  Please know we will be ready to start in-person instruction once it is a possibility.  

The latest guidelines from local and state officials have also forced us to adjust our plans for orientation.  Therefore, the following orientation information has been updated.  Each student will join a grade-level specific pod for about 90 minutes.  Orientation will focus only on the essential questions and information needed to start the school year.  

The following orientation information will be emailed by Friday, August 7th:  Orientation pods and facilitator and orientation date/time.

Please note the following information for the 2020-2021 school year: 

 

2020 – 2021 Student Information

Senior Events

Pictures in the Guadalupe Center:  TD School Portraits will send a postcard to all seniors with a date and time to have their senior portraits taken.  Postcards were mailed starting June 29th. Pictures will be taken at CCHS between July 13th and August 4th.

Orientation: Friday, August 14th, 8:00 – 9:30, 9:00 – 10:30, and 10:00 – 11:30

This day is required for all seniors.  Anyone unable to attend for any reason should email the principal’s assistant (bwallace@cathedralcatholic.org).  You do not need to give a reason, but please let us know if you do not plan to attend.  For students unable to attend, an online orientation will be provided.  More details will be sent to the families unable to attend in-person orientation. 

Spirit dress is acceptable on this day.  The format for orientation will be different than previous years.  Each student needs to go through a screening process by the main entrance gate by the Guadalupe Center.  CC will follow the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health on testing and measures that should be taken when a student enters campus.  Face coverings are required.

CC will implement an active screening process for all students before they are permitted to enter campus.  In addition to asking each student some questions, CC will use an Infrared Temperature Scanner to take the temperature of every student before they enter campus. If a temperature over 100 degrees is detected, the individual will be sent to a secondary screening location for a recheck after five minutes. Any person with a temperature over 100 degrees during the re-check will not be allowed on campus. For students with a fever, a phone call will be made to a parent/legal guardian.

Once on campus, students will find their orientation facilitator by the main gate.  All orientation groups will either meet outside or in places (such as the gym) that allow for groups to gather with open doors and airflow.  Topics related to the Dons Online Learning Program, Schoology, PowerSchool, and other technology-related topics such as digital citizenship will be covered.   Each orientation group will also learn about faith-based activities during online learning, how the school will transition to the hybrid educational model once we are able to do so, and students will be able to visit with their school counselor or other school employees if necessary.  Once orientation is over, students will not be able to linger on campus.

Junior Events

Pictures in the Guadalupe Center:  Junior ID and yearbook pictures will be taken on Friday, August 7th from 8am to 1pm according to the following breakdown:

8:00am – 9:00am:  Last name A through Cruz

9:00am – 10:00am:  Last name Cullins through Helfert

10:00am – 11:00am:  Last name Hensien through McDermott

11:00am – 12:00pm:  Last name McDonald through Saiki

12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Last name Salzar through Zobel

All students must be groomed and dressed according to the dress-up day attire in the Student Handbook.  Instead of a white shirt/blouse, a solid colored dress-up shirt/blouse may be worn for photos on this day only.   Remember to bring your order form from TD School Portraits.  (Check made payable to TD School Portraits).  For students unable to attend this picture day, there will be a make-up picture day scheduled.  

Students should report to the Guadalupe Center at the designated time.  Students will not need to enter campus for any reason.  However, if a student does need to enter campus for some reason (e.g., to meet with a counselor), the student will need to go through the active screening process.  Face coverings are required.

Orientation: Thursday, August 13th, 8:00 – 9:30, 9:00 – 10:30, and 10:00 – 11:30

This day is required for all juniors.  Anyone unable to attend for any reason should email the principal’s assistant (bwallace@cathedralcatholic.org).  You do not need to give a reason, but please let us know if you do not plan to attend.  For students unable to attend, an online orientation will be provided.  More details will be sent to the families unable to attend in-person orientation. 

Spirit dress is acceptable on this day.  The format for orientation will be different than previous years.  Each student needs to go through a screening process by the main entrance gate by the Guadalupe Center.  CC will follow the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health on testing and measures that should be taken when a student enters campus.  Face coverings are required.

CC will implement an active screening process for all students before they are permitted to enter campus.  In addition to asking each student some questions, CC will use an Infrared Temperature Scanner to take the temperature of every student before they enter campus. If a temperature over 100 degrees is detected, the individual will be sent to a secondary screening location for a recheck after five minutes. Any person with a temperature over 100 degrees during the re-check will not be allowed on campus. For students with a fever, a phone call will be made to a parent/legal guardian.

Once on campus, students will find their orientation facilitator by the main gate.  All orientation groups will either meet outside or in places (such as the gym) that allow for groups to gather with open doors and airflow.  Topics related to the Dons Online Learning Program, Schoology, PowerSchool, and other technology-related topics such as digital citizenship will be covered.   Each orientation group will also learn about faith-based activities during online learning, how the school will transition to the hybrid educational model once we are able to do so, and students will be able to visit with their school counselor or other school employees if necessary.  Once orientation is over, students will not be able to linger on campus.

Sophomore Events

Pictures in the Guadalupe Center:  Sophomore ID and yearbook pictures will be taken on Thursday, August 6th from 8am to 1pm according to the following breakdown:

8:00am – 9:00am:  Last name A through Cunningham

9:00am – 10:00am:  Last name Curran through Hicks

10:00am – 11:00am:  Last name Ho through Mendez

11:00am – 12:00pm:  Last name Mendiola through Ryan

12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Last name Salas through Zuniga

All students must be groomed and dressed according to the dress-up day attire in the Student Handbook.  Instead of a white shirt/blouse, a solid colored dress-up shirt/blouse may be worn for photos on this day only.   Remember to bring your order form from TD School Portraits.  (Check made payable to TD School Portraits).  For students unable to attend this picture day, there will be a make-up picture day scheduled.  

Students should report to the Guadalupe Center at the designated time.  Students will not need to enter campus for any reason.  However, if a student does need to enter campus for some reason (e.g., to meet with a counselor), the student will need to go through the active screening process.  Face coverings are required.

Orientation:  Wednesday, August 12th, 8:00 – 9:30, 9:00 – 10:30, and 10:00 – 11:30

This day is required for all sophomores.  Anyone unable to attend for any reason should email the principal’s assistant (bwallace@cathedralcatholic.org).  You do not need to give a reason, but please let us know if you do not plan to attend.  For students unable to attend, an online orientation will be provided.  More details will be sent to the families unable to attend in-person orientation. 

Spirit dress is acceptable on this day.  The format for orientation will be different than previous years.  Each student needs to go through a screening process by the main entrance gate by the Guadalupe Center.  CC will follow the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health on testing and measures that should be taken when a student enters campus.  Face coverings are required.

CC will implement an active screening process for all students before they are permitted to enter campus.  In addition to asking each student some questions, CC will use an Infrared Temperature Scanner to take the temperature of every student before they enter campus. If a temperature over 100 degrees is detected, the individual will be sent to a secondary screening location for a recheck after five minutes. Any person with a temperature over 100 degrees during the re-check will not be allowed on campus. For students with a fever, a phone call will be made to a parent/legal guardian.

Once on campus, students will find their orientation facilitator by the main gate.  All orientation groups will either meet outside or in places (such as the gym) that allow for groups to gather with open doors and airflow.  Topics related to the Dons Online Learning Program, Schoology, PowerSchool, and other technology-related topics such as digital citizenship will be covered.   Each orientation group will also learn about faith-based activities during online learning, how the school will transition to the hybrid educational model once we are able to do so, and students will be able to visit with their school counselor or other school employees if necessary.  Once orientation is over, students will not be able to linger on campus.

Freshman Orientation

Pictures in the Guadalupe Center:  Freshmen/New Student ID and yearbook pictures will be taken on Wednesday, August 5th from 8am to 1pm according to the following breakdown:

8:00am – 9:00am:  Last name A through Cruz

9:00am – 10:00am:  Last name Cuevas through Hara

10:00am – 11:00am:  Last name Hare through Monteiro

11:00am – 12:00am:  Last name Moon through Sisneros

12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Last name Smith through Zurita

All students must be groomed and dressed according to the dress-up day attire in the Student Handbook.  Instead of a white shirt/blouse, a solid colored dress-up shirt/blouse may be worn for photos on this day only.   Remember to bring your order form from TD School Portraits.  (Check made payable to TD School Portraits).  For students unable to attend this picture day, there will be a make-up picture day scheduled.  

Students should report to the Guadalupe Center at the designated time.  Students will not need to enter campus for any reason.  However, if a student does need to enter campus for some reason (e.g., to meet with a counselor), the student will need to go through the active screening process.  Face coverings are required.

 

Freshman Orientation:  Thursday, August 13th OR Friday, August 14th

8:00 – 9:30, 9:00 – 10:30, and 10:00 – 11:30

Each freshman will attend one 90 minute orientation session on either August 13th or August 14th.  

Freshman Orientation is required for all freshmen.  Anyone unable to attend for any reason should email the principal’s assistant (bwallace@cathedralcatholic.org).  You do not need to give a reason, but please let us know if you do not plan to attend.  For students unable to attend, an online orientation will be provided.  More details will be sent to the families unable to attend in-person orientation. 

Spirit dress is acceptable on this day.  The format for orientation will be different than previous years.  Each student needs to go through a screening process by the main entrance gate by the Guadalupe Center.  CC will follow the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health on testing and measures that should be taken when a student enters campus.  Face coverings are required.

CC will implement an active screening process for all students before they are permitted to enter campus.  In addition to asking each student some questions, CC will use an Infrared Temperature Scanner to take the temperature of every student before they enter campus. If a temperature over 100 degrees is detected, the individual will be sent to a secondary screening location for a recheck after five minutes. Any person with a temperature over 100 degrees during the re-check will not be allowed on campus. For students with a fever, a phone call will be made to a parent/legal guardian.

Once on campus, students will find their orientation facilitator by the main gate.  All orientation groups will either meet outside or in places (such as the gym) that allow for groups to gather with open doors and airflow.  Topics related to the Dons Online Learning Program, Schoology, PowerSchool, and other technology-related topics such as digital citizenship will be covered.   Each orientation group will also learn about faith-based activities during online learning, how the school will transition to the hybrid educational model once we are able to do so, and students will be able to visit with their school counselor or other school employees if necessary.  Once orientation is over, students will not be able to linger on campus.

 


Hybrid Educational Model:

When allowed to move to a hybrid educational model, here is Cathedral Catholic’s plan:

To learn more about the school’s planning, watch this presentation (hybrid model) please watch these webinars with our admin and/or view this FAQ document.