School Coronavirus Updates and Information
The administration of St. Cecilia Catholic School is closely monitoring developments regarding COVID-19. To ensure the safety of our students, faculty & staff, parents, and our community, the school is following updates and recommendations from the City of Houston Health Department, Texas Department of State Health Services, Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Catholic Schools Office. As such, we are proactively taking steps to ensure the cleanliness of our campus, and we are prepared to take appropriate actions should a disruption in normal school operations occur, including the continued delivery of our curriculum through online learning opportunities. (Updated: April 17, 2020) Per the order of Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, all schools in Texas will remain closed throughout the remainder of the school year.
Communications are listed in order with most recent updates at the top of the list below. As this is a developing situation, if there is a need to communicate further updates, we will communicate via Insider Alert emails, social media, and/or other communications such as IRIS alerts if necessary.
- April 17th – Weekly Insider with Video Message from Principal Jeff Matthews
- April 1st – Extended School Closure Until May 4, 2020
- March 23rd – Continuity of Learning Plan
- March 17th – COVID-19 Update – School Closed Through Friday, April 10th
- March 16th – COVID-19 Parish Update
- March 12th – School Closed Friday, March 13, 2020
- March 12th – COVID 19 Update
- March 10th – COVID 19 Update
- March 9th Class of 2020 – DC Trip Postponement
- March 7th Insider Alert – COVID 19 Update from St. Cecilia
- March 6th Insider Alert – COVID 19 Statement from St. Cecilia
- March 6th Insider Email
Continuity of Learning Plan
St. Cecilia’s Continuity of Learning Plan describes how we will ensure that learning continues in the event of a weather-related, health-related, or other disruptive school closure. The objective is for the school to continue to provide an effective education for students within 24 hours of an emergency in both the short and long-term. The Continuity of Learning Plan (CLP) describes St. Cecilia Catholic School’s approach to distance learning; the technology systems we will employ across the school; guidelines for how parents can support their children’s learning; and considerations tailored to make the best of challenging circumstances. This plan is the product of collaboration with colleagues at our school and at other schools around the world.
Resource Links – News and Updates
Links for news and updates on COVID 19 either directly related to St. Cecilia, or other local, state, national or world updates.
- Harris County Health Department St. Cecilia Church Update and Information Statement
- Texas Department of State Health Services- STATE
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-NATION
- World Health Organization- WORLD
Risk Management Matrix and School Policy Updates
Please view the following school resource links and policy updates:
- Current Risk Management Matrix Status: Level Four
- (Updated: April 17, 2020) Per the order of Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, all schools in Texas will remain closed throughout the remainder of the school year. While this does escalate us to Level 4 on our Risk Management Matrix, this escalation is due to the Governor’s order. We do not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our St. Cecilia Catholic School community.
- With a rapidly developing situation and to be prudent in planning, we have developed a Risk Management Matrix to monitor developments and our school response.
Current Risk Management Matrix Level Four Policy Updates
- Any student with a fever to remain symptom-free (without medicine) for 48-hours before returning to school.
- Additionally, upon returning to school, students must report to the Nurse’s Office through the front doors before proceeding to class.
- Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher when your child is absent providing information on the reason for the absence.
- For Spring Break travel: families should monitor any travel restrictions put in place by the CDC.
- In addition, out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing protective measures for our students, families, faculty, or staff traveling abroad. Any student or staff returning from countries in the CDC Level 2 and 3 travel advisory should notify school administration and should self-isolate at home for a period of 14 days, returning to campus only when symptom-free. Absences for these students will be marked as excused and accommodations for distance learning and make-up work will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Parent and Student Resource Links
We have noticed in times like these that children are acutely aware of what they hear on television, from their parents, or even hear people talking about at school. We have communicated with our teachers the importance of monitoring student emotions and well-being during this time. Here is a list of resources that may be useful in talking about coronaviruses and COVID-19 with your children should you choose:
- BRAINPOP: Coronavirus video for children
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About Coronavirus
- PBS for Parents: How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus
- Education Week: How Teachers are Talking to Students About the Coronavirus
- Scholastic: K-12 grade level support
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.