Coronavirus Update

Cathedral Catholic CoronaVirus Update

Please check your email for communication from CCHS about
how we are managing information regarding COVID-19.

Below are the email correspondence sent to date:


Sent March 25, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
Dear Parents and Students:
I know many, if not all of you, are wondering about the rest of the school year.  At this point, we do not know how long we will be away from our physical campus.  However, our plan is to finish the school year whether on campus or off.  Like so many of you, we are proceeding day-by-day.
I recognize the sadness and disappointment that abounds as a result of this pandemic.  Many of you are lamenting the loss of the rich learning environment at Cathedral Catholic that is so relationship-based.  We all miss the faith community and grieve the temporary loss of in-person relationships.  Personally speaking, I really sympathize with our seniors.  This is particularly hard for them.
Baccalaureate Mass, the senior luncheon, and graduation will happen.  Joe Filippone is working with Disney to keep Grad Night as a strong possibility, too.  Although our original plans have not yet changed, we recognize that the dates and/or venues may change.  But in some form or fashion, those events will happen.
At this point, all activities and programs through Easter break have been cancelled.  Time will tell about the rest of the year.
I know the school president, Steve Laaperi, and the chief financial officer, Carolyn Sturz, continue to monitor school finances to ensure, to the best of their ability, an uninterrupted Catholic education to our families.  Look for a video message from Mr. Laaperi later this week.
Thank you to Mrs. Wells, dean of mission and ministry, for her work with Catholic Charities this past week.  She has been an excellent ambassador for Cathedral Catholic, and her passion for serving those less fortunate has been inspiring.  Cathedral Catholic will be the food distribution site for communities throughout San Diego.  Questions or want to be involved?  Reach out to Mrs. Wells at swells@cathedralcatholic.org.
Other Details:
There is sure to be some concern surrounding 4th quarter grades in light of the new distance-learning platform and the challenges it will pose to students. To address these concerns, we have instructed teachers to be lenient with submission deadlines and accepting of late work, especially in the first weeks of the transition. Also, teachers will not be giving timed tests so as to remove that element of high stakes testing. Moreover, teachers, counselors, and administrators are actively identifying and supporting students struggling with the new learning platform. If you find that your child is struggling, please reach out to the teachers, counselor, and/or the dean of academics (9-10th grade – Jeff McMurtry; 11-12th grade – Christy Bailleul) to get extra support.
Distance Learning Instruction
Understandably, we have had a lot of questions about the pros and cons of asynchronous distance learning.  To help orient you with online instruction and learning, our academic deans put together this document.  We do intend to keep an asynchronous approach to teaching and learning during distance learning.
School “Attendance” 
Although our school buildings are closed, school is not.  Students are expected to maintain class expectations.  Teachers will be taking attendance based on the work students submit each week.  Students will be considered “absent” if no work is submitted, and families should expect to receive a phone call from the school to ensure clarity of expectations, and also to offer support and guidance if necessary.
Students:  Please plan to join your teachers and classmates during your scheduled Google Meet time.  Google Meet time is not teaching class time, per se.  It is time to check in with your class, have your questions answered, and stay connected.  Students should continue to check Schoology for course information and assignments.
Need Tech Help?
If you need help with your iPad or apps while distance learning, please refer to this Google Doc.  The Technology Team will help you through Google Chat or Google Meet.
If you are having trouble specifically with Wi-Fi access, please complete this Google Form and we will do our best to support your needs.
Parents:  Need technology support?  Please email technology@cathedralcatholic.org
Counseling Office
The CCHS counseling team continues to support students during this time of distance learning.  We have added all students and parents/guardians to grade specific Counseling Class Schoology groups to share counseling related information and resources.  On this page you will also find links to virtual counseling request slips for students.  Please continue to reach out as needed for additional academic or social/emotional support.
School Campus
The school campus and all facilities are closed to employees, students, and visitors until further notice.
Wellness Resources 
Most importantly, take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Another update will be sent on Friday.  Until then, take good care.
Sincerely,

 

Kevin Calkins, PhD

Sent March 19, 2020 at 3:45 pm

To the Cathedral Catholic Community-
Today, we were informed that a Cathedral Catholic family member tested positive for COVID-19 and that we should assume other members of that family will also test positive. No one is currently showing symptoms and we have no choice but to assume students, faculty, and staff have all been exposed as well.
This is not an unexpected event; it’s why we closed the school last week at the request of state and county health experts and it’s why our community has mobilized as well as it has to slow the spread of the disease and ease the impact on our regional healthcare system.
If we have learned anything about COVID-19 so far, however, it’s that rumors are worse than the disease.
We will continue to keep you informed of any and all developments that could affect your student.  We will also be available to you via phone and email so that we may continue to provide all the support we can to you and your family as we all go through this together.  “Distance learning” and “Social Distancing” are physical terms.  They don’t describe the bonds we share as members of the Cathedral Catholic community for one another.
Know that we will always be here for you. That your welfare and the welfare of your student, our faculty and staff mean everything to us and that as news and events happen that affect this community, we will do everything to keep you informed and be a source of accurate information, not anxiety, whenever and however we can.
 
It may be true that we are being called to work in relative isolation from society-at-large and one another, but nothing can diminish our unity in Christ and in our shared mission of Catholic education
In the spirit of St. Joseph, the patron of our school, and on his feast day,
Sincerely,
Kevin Calkins, PhD

Sent March 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Dear Parents and Students:
Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, the patron saint of our school.  We had plans to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day at our school with Mass celebrated by Bishop John Dolan, along with some other fun activities.  Instead, please join me and others in prayer to St. Joseph to intercede and provide relief to all those suffering from the coronavirus just as he provided relief to the island of Sicily during a famine in the Middle Ages.
Pope Francis has called for a world-wide rosary for the protection of families today at 1pm local time.  The rosary will be on You Tube live.
The leadership team at Cathedral Catholic continues to meet and discuss the latest situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are working with diocesan leaders who are in touch with local and state officials and are providing guidance and support to all Catholic schools.  We pledge to stay in touch with you and let you know of any new information as it relates to Cathedral Catholic.
After day one of distance learning, I am convinced more than ever that our Dons community is stronger than ever, and more connected than ever before-literally.  That said, please let us know if you are aware of anyone struggling or in need of support.  Our Miles Christi priests are available to you, albeit virtually, and our counselors and administrators are ready to support you.
The Mission and Ministry Office is working with Catholic Charities on an Emergency Food Distribution Network plan to deliver food to families in need.  While details are still being worked out, Cathedral Catholic will be the food distribution site for communities throughout San Diego.  More information to follow once we know more details.
The academic deans put together this distance learning informational document for students and parents.  The schedule has been updated through Easter break.
Feedback on Distance Learning from Day 1:
Students:  Please plan to join your teachers and classmates during your scheduled Google Meet time.  Google Meet time is not teaching class time, per se.  It is time to check in with your class, have your questions answered, and stay connected.
Students should continue to check Schoology for course information and assignments.
iPad Broken?  Check this out if you need a replacement iPad.  Need technology support? The easiest way to reach CCHS tech support is the CCHS Student Tech Support chat room in Google Hangouts Chat.  You can get to that on a browser at chat.google.com or on the Hangouts Chat app.
Parents:  Need technology support?  Please email technology@cathedralcatholic.org
Student Success Skills
Mr. Gonzalez, one of our school counselors and the director of the Student Success Skills program, reminded me to share our student success skills with students.  They are relevant now more than ever.
 
Other Information:
There is “no school” next Monday, March 23rd as it was a planned day off.  While distance learning is not a new idea, the simple fact is that it is new for the overwhelming majority of families now having to balance work and school.  Working and learning from home can mean it feels like we’re working and “doing school” all the time. Please be sure you are taking this time off and disconnect from technology.
The school campus and all facilities are closed to students and no visitors are allowed on campus.
Wellness Resources 
Most importantly, take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Sincerely,
Kevin Calkins, PhD

Sent March 17, 2020 at 11:15 am 

Dear Parents and Students:

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!  (Happy St. Patrick’s Day in Gaelic)

Today is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  Irish folklore is that St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland.  Even though we would love for St. Patrick to intercede and purge the world of the coronavirus, the most important miracle attributed to St. Patrick is the conversion of Ireland to Christianity.  In the spirit of St. Patrick, these moments of uncertainty and trial are an opportunity for conversion and/or renewal in our spiritual lives.  The opportunity to experience resurrection this year on Easter Sunday will be like none other than I can remember.

One of our math teachers, Dr. Malini Paye, reminded me that we should increase our prayer of the rosary and through it ask for the help and intercession of Our Lady in this time of difficulty.  She is right.  Please join her and me in praying the rosary for healing, peace, and a return to a time when anxiety and fear were not so palpable.

The leadership team at Cathedral Catholic will be meeting frequently to discuss the latest situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).  We met this morning.  We are working with diocesan leaders who are in touch with local and state officials and are providing guidance and support to all Catholic schools.  We pledge to stay in touch with you and let you know of any new information as it relates to Cathedral Catholic.

Moving Forward

School has not stopped.  In order to maintain some sense of continuity of learning, Cathedral Catholic will use an asynchronous, online teaching platform for the foreseeable future.

The academic deans put together this distance learning document for students and parents.  This has been updated.  All administrators are available by email and will respond as quickly as possible to your questions or concerns.  Please reach out.

Distance learning will officially begin on Wednesday.  Classes and teacher communication will continue through Schoology.  Additionally, each student had Google’s Meet app pushed to their iPads.  Teachers will hold virtual office hours through this app; this app meets diocesan and school requirements for communication with students.  Cathedral Catholic will not be supporting other apps for virtual office hours.

Starting Wednesday, all questions about course content and expectations should be sent to your student’s teachers.

Wellness Resource 

Most importantly, take care of yourself and your loved ones.  See this wellness resource from our counseling dean.

Other Information
The school campus and all facilities are closed to students. No visitors are allowed on campus.
There is “no school” next Monday, March 23rd as it was a planned day off.
In case you need internet access, here are some temporary, free resources.  Please note they are temporarily free.
Spectrum
Free wifi and install for 60 days.
Go to website – spectrum.com – to verify you are in the service area
Parents call 833.867.6094
– say Sales, or New Customer
Will qualify if K-12 and home due to coronavirus with No Service.
Cox
Parents can apply for 30 days free service.  It renews at $9.95 per month.
We can put families on an expedited ordering process by providing a list of eligible families.
Thank you for your support and understanding during a very challenging situation.
Sincerely,
Kevin Calkins, PhD

Sent March 13, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Dear Parents and Students:
Thank you for your continued patience, support, and prayers as we worked through the uncertainty and anxiety brought by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Please continue to pray for our local, state, and federal government leaders and faith leaders during this crisis; health professionals and first responders also need our prayers.
Effective at the end of school today, Cathedral Catholic will move to an online teaching and learning platform.  At this point, we are unsure how long this teaching and learning practice will last.  All campus activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice, and all school facilities are closed to students.
To give teachers more time to prepare, virtual classes will begin next Wednesday.  Please communicate with school personnel via each employee’s email address.
Classes and teacher communication will continue through Schoology.  Each student had Google’s Meet app pushed to their iPads.  Teachers will hold virtual office hours through this app; this app meets diocesan and school requirements for communication with students.  Cathedral Catholic will not be supporting other apps for virtual office hours.
Starting next Wednesday, all questions about course content and expectations should be sent to your student’s teachers.
As necessary, Cathedral Catholic will communicate via the school’s website and the school’s email system.
Sincerely,
Kevin Calkins, PhD
Principal

Sent March 13, 2020 at 11:45 am

Please see the attached letter from the Director, Office of Schools for the Diocese of San Diego.
A more specific communication from CCHS is forthcoming.
Thank you.


Sent March 13, 2020 at 10:39 am

Cathedral Catholic High School will be transitioning to an online teaching and learning platform effective at the end of school today. Another email with more information is forthcoming.


Sent March 13, 2020 9:30 am

The following saints are some of the patrons of difficult situations. As a community, let’s pray for their intercession on our very difficult situation, and for the healing of all those infected and affected by the coronavirus.

  • St. Judas Thaddaeus
  • St. Rita of Cascia
  • St. Philomena
  • St. Gregory of Thaumaturgus
  • St. Peregrine
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe

Cathedral Catholic’s efforts to support the well-being of the school community in response to coronavirus continues to evolve as new information is made available. This situation is dynamic, with rapidly changing guidance and recommendations from the diocese and local and state public health officials.

Guidance from local public health officials, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Department of Education continues to be that closing schools is premature at this time. Bishop McElroy has shared that any decision to close schools will be based on the best advice of state and county health officials.

The leadership team met this morning and discussed/decided the following:

The strong possibility exists that Cathedral Catholic will move to an online teaching and learning platform for a period of time; therefore, teachers continue to plan for online, asynchronous teaching and learning. If this happens, they will attempt to deliver the same level of course content, and they will also be creative in developing assessments while maintaining flexibility given the uniqueness of this challenging situation. Our educational technology team and academic deans are prepared to support you.

School counselors are prepared to support students and adults as necessary throughout this crisis.

The following events have been either postponed or cancelled:

  • The March 24th College Parent Night for grades 9 and 10 will be postponed. New date TBD.
  • The March 25th Parent Wellness Coffee Chat has been cancelled.
  • All Yellow Ribbon Week activities are postponed.
  • School wide Mass next Thursday is cancelled.
  • Next week’s Spring Carnival is postponed.
  • The Senior Boat Dance is cancelled.
  • The Spring Musical has been cancelled.
  • The Spring Sports Season is cancelled.
  • The Scholarship Breakfast scheduled for April 1st is postponed.
  • Non-essential visitors and/or volunteers will not be allowed on campus.
  • All Summer School Orientations are postponed.

We will continue to update you as the school receives new information.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this very difficult time.

 


Sent March 12, 2020

The leadership team will be meeting every morning to discuss the latest situation with the coronavirus.  We will be emailing you each day until further notice, or as we get updates from diocesan officials.  At this morning’s meeting, we discussed the following:

In general, we are going to continue with on-campus, school day events.

The following events have been either postponed or cancelled:

  • Mock Trial Competition-cancelled
  • Cathedral Catholic will not participate in the Robotics competition in Ventura County next week.
  • The academic deans are working with College Board about standardized testing, including the administration of AP exams.  More info to follow.
  • The dean of counseling is working with our partner community colleges on the administration of dual enrollment courses.  More info to follow.
  • All Christian Service and National Honor Society service projects will be postponed until after Easter break.  Junior retreat next week is cancelled.
  • All field trips are cancelled or postponed until after Easter break.
  • This weekend’s Dance Concert is postponed.  More info to follow.
  • This weekend’s elementary school track meet is cancelled.
  • We will be collaborating with the California Interscholastic Federation on all athletic events, but at this point, will proceed as planned through the month of March.  However, we will be limiting visitors to family members only.  All team travel outside of San Diego after March 31st will be determined at a later time.
  • The 29th Annual Wine and Microbrew Tasting and Auction is postponed until Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Teachers and counselors continue to plan for online teaching and learning should we need to make the decision to temporarily move to that teaching and learning model.

Thank you for your support and understanding during a very challenging situation.