March 12, 2021
Dear Guerin Catholic Families,
These past two weeks have brought great joy to many as we have once again witnessed our school return to life with all of our students present. In the Holy See’s Teachings On Catholic Schools (or as we affectionately call it, the “little brown book”) we hear that “direct and personal contact between teachers and students is a hallmark of Catholic schools.” It has been our goal all along to get back to this point and now that we are here we want to be sure we do everything we can to protect it.
I continue to be hopeful by the positive news coming out of our state and country these last few weeks. Many of our teachers and staff have already been vaccinated, and many others have made their appointments. We have had zero positive cases this past week in our community and only three new students on quarantine. The numbers all signify very positive momentum. Again, what can we do to keep things headed in the right direction?
My intuition tells me if we are to get a spike in cases in our community that it will most likely happen returning from spring break. People are going to travel, and although most will take precautions to travel safely, we want to be sure we are giving every opportunity for the recommended precautions post-travel to take place. Therefore, as outlined in today’s update, we have decided to return from spring break in our hybrid model for six school days. This allows anyone traveling internationally to take advantage of the recommended
seven-day quarantine. It also allows any domestic travelers to do the same if they feel
they were exposed to an unsafe situation.
With spring sports, IB testing, end-of-year activities, and our students’ health and wellbeing, we have a lot to protect as the school year winds down. We appreciate everyone in the Guerin Catholic community doing their part so that we can continue to give our students the Christ-centered environment they deserve to end the year.
February 19, 2021
We are excited to return to 100% in-person classes with the beginning of the third trimester on Tuesday, March 2. While this is an exciting step as our school navigates through this pandemic, we must all recognize that this is not the time to relax other safety measures.
The safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families remains our top priority. What gives me confidence that we can safely return to school with all students is how vigilant our community has been about wearing masks when in the building, avoiding large social gatherings, and having open and honest communication with our school nurses. It is as important as ever that this continues. I also commend our teachers, coaches and staff for consistently following safety and sanitation protocols.
One difficulty I foresee in moving away from our blended model is that students will feel that missing a day because they are tired will be acceptable because we may be accommodating quarantined students via Zoom. Of course, we will continue to use our technology to help keep our students who are quarantined or symptomatic as engaged as possible, but the temptation will be there for our students to abuse it. As parents, we will need to stress the importance of staying home out of caution when there are legitimate symptoms present, and balance that with the responsibility of attending school in person each day.
We all know our mission is best carried out in-person on our beautiful campus, and our promise to you is that each and every day the faculty and staff at Guerin Catholic will continue to strive to “love the children first, then teach them” while keeping their safety and well-being at the forefront of our decisions.
Mr. James McNeany
Principal, Guerin Catholic High School
The One-Hour Delay Bell Schedule that has been in place most of the year will continue during the third trimester. We still anticipate students being quarantined or staying home with symptoms, and that extra hour in the morning provides a valuable opportunity for our teachers to meet with students.
All student absences from school are to be reported to the Guerin Catholic Attendance Line at 317-660-0404.
Daily in-person attendance is expected and teachers will no longer be hosting daily Zoom meetings unless necessary for students working from home due to a COVID-related absence.
If your child must be absent due to experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, please call the Attendance Line to report the absence. You will receive a follow-up call from our school nurse to discuss your child’s symptoms and a plan for their return to school.
In the event that a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 at any point during the school year, it will require an immediate response. Guerin Catholic has established a 24/7 COVID-19 hotline at 317-660-0499 that is to be used exclusively to report that a student has had a confirmed positive test. It is essential that Guerin Catholic is notified immediately of a confirmed positive case in our student body to enable an immediate appropriate response.
When it becomes necessary for a student to work from home for a specified period of time, Guerin Catholic is committed to supporting them through their absence from school. In the event of such an absence, your child’s school counselor will work with our teachers to develop an individualized learning plan for your child during that time.
This plan will include an overview of the expectations and resources available for each class as well as a commitment to communicate with your child throughout their absence to ensure that they have all the information needed to keep up with school work.
Drop off and pick up locations and procedures will remain as usual, with the line of cars forming along our circle drive at the beginning and end of the instructional day. Weather permitting, students who are waiting for pickup will be asked to wait outside physically distanced, rather than inside the main entrance. All students will enter the building through the main entrance and will have their temperature scanned by a touchless infrared camera.
The following restrictions on visitors to Guerin Catholic’s campus will continue and remain in effect until further notice.
- All visitors must have a previously scheduled appointment (including visits to the Spirit Shop) and must arrive no sooner than 5 minutes prior to their appointment.
- Visitors must enter the school through the main entrance (Door 1) and check-in at the front desk to sign our Health Acknowledgement Form upon arrival.
- All visitors will have their temperature scanned by an infrared camera.
- Masses and Eucharistic Adoration will be limited to students, faculty and staff only.
The Indiana State Department of Health cites a reduction in COVID-19 transmission when masks are used. Wearing properly fitted face coverings (masks) is one of the simplest and most effective things we can do to take care of each other. Masks will be required for all who enter Guerin Catholic High School.
Guerin Catholic will promote an environment where students, faculty, and staff are able and encouraged to maintain appropriate physical distance from one another throughout the course of the school day. It should be noted that there will be times when we cannot guarantee full social distancing from others will be possible within the school building. We are implementing steps for the physical distancing of students, faculty, and staff, including:
- Kairos Mass (students & faculty/staff only) hosted in the gymnasium until further notice with socially distanced seating marked
- Assigned classroom seating and arrangement of desks for maximum distance
- Increased faculty/staff proctoring of common areas to remind students of distancing guidelines
- Utilization of a greater number of spaces for lunch to ensure that students have the option to eat at least six feet apart from others
- Adapting group work assignments to provide more physical distance among groups of students than usual in the classroom
- Adapting activities and locations for courses such as PE, visual arts, and performing arts, to maximize distance and avoid activities which have shown a greater risk of virus transmission (e.g. contact sports, choral activities in close proximity)
- Reducing and eliminating shared classroom materials whenever possible
- Increased use of outdoor campus space for various classes and activities as weather allows
- Visual directional cues throughout the school
- Spring Junior Retreat (March 23-26)
- Spring Break (April 9-18)
- No Student Choice Day
- School Day SAT & Senior Retreat (April 27)
- IB Testing (Begins April 30)
- Baccalaureate Mass (June 2)
- Class of 2021 Commencement (June 3)
Don’t let the snow fool you – spring is almost here! This means our student-athletes and coaches are finally getting back into their long awaited spring sports seasons. With the announcement that Guerin Catholic is returning to full capacity starting the beginning of Trimester 3, let’s work together to give our student-athletes the opportunity to compete this spring.
This spring will require sacrifice, wise decision making and close adherence to Covid-19 protocols as we continue to fight the spread within our community. As the spring unfolds, we strongly encourage all of our students to advocate for themselves in case a close contact situation arises. Social distancing throughout the school day (3+ feet) is still the best way to avoid a possible quarantine and we are prepared to help them do so.
Please keep the following things in mind when reporting Covid-19 issues to the school:
- Inform the head coach
- Monitor symptoms, if any
- Be prepared to give dates of when and how your student-athlete has isolated within the household
- Note the date a Covid-19 test was administered
- Create a list of close contacts of your student-athlete
- Limit car rides with others
When your student-athletes leave our campus, we request your continued support and monitoring. Social settings continue to be the most troublesome in containing the virus. If your student-athletes choose to engage in these social situations, they are putting themselves and the rest of the team at risk.
The message to our student-athletes hasn’t changed; control what you can control, be grateful for every opportunity and embrace the story that God is writing for you. Their time to shine is here! Thanks again for your help as we do this together!
Go Golden Eagles!
Click here to see the Temporary eLearning Schedule when needed for Full In-Person or Blended Instruction Levels
The remote learning students may engage in throughout the year at any of the instructional levels listed above will include both synchronous or asynchronous methods. Students engaging in synchronous instruction will participate in the lesson with the teacher and other students in real-time. For example, students might be instructed to log in to Zoom at 8:45 a.m. to participate with other students in a class discussion facilitated by the teacher. Asynchronous instruction takes place when the student chooses the time that he/she will access the virtual content. For example, a student watches the recorded math lesson and then completes the assignment at a time the student chooses.