Message from the Principal (11/10/20)
Because of the upswing of COVID-19 cases in the state of Louisiana, St. John the Baptist Parish, as well as at St. Charles Catholic High School, we have made the difficult decision to return to blended learning beginning tomorrow, November 11, 2020. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to help protect teachers and students by maintaining a 6 foot social distance throughout the school. We have consulted with health professionals as well.
As we work through a year like no other we have seen in the past, our focus is on the health and well-being of our Comet community. We will continue to work to ensure that our students receive an excellent education steeped in the Catholic tradition. We shall continue to educate the hearts and minds of all of those in our Catholic school community. During these challenging times of COVID-19, we will minister with love, faith and hope to those entrusted to our care.
We want to first begin by thanking you for your patience. This is new territory for us all, but we are confident in our team of talented educators, healthcare partners, and school staff, as we all come together to collaborate on the best practices for providing our students with the best education possible in the light of this current health crisis.
Again, the safety and well-being of our students and teachers remains our top priority, and because of this, SCC will begin in the blended learning model tomorrow. Each group will meet on alternating days on campus for a traditional school setting. Students not on campus will be expected to complete assignments and/or participate in real time, synchronous learning through their personal devices using Google meets.
Blue/Gold Groups are as follows: last names A-J are Blue group, and last names K-Z are in Gold group. If you were previously approved to join a group other than your specified last name dedication, you will remain with that original group. During blended learning there are no late start Thursdays.
Please also note that dual enrollment students and upperclassmen may have additional assignments on off days and may be expected to take dual enrollment college tests on Friday mornings on campus. Please note that teacher office hours and mandatory Faith Formation will take place on Friday.
We know how truly important it is for students to be in a classroom so they can have face-to-face interaction with their teachers. Given the current environment, the safest way to do this is to reduce the total number of individuals on campus each day. This makes space for our classrooms to accommodate six feet between students and their teachers – moving back to a blended model allows us to accomplish this.
Please know, students will still have the opportunity to take advantage of everything that SCC has to offer, including athletics (based on LHSAA COVID guidelines), club meetings, and more.
We will continue in the blended model through November 20 in an effort to slow this down. Our goal is to return to the traditional mode of learning after the Thanksgiving holiday. A decision will be made and communicated regarding our return mode of learning by Friday, November 27, 2020.
As always, thank you. Thank you for your flexibility. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your cooperation. Thank you for your prayers.
Please rest assured knowing the health and safety of SCC students and faculty is at the forefront of every decision we make. Stay well and stay safe.
Please contact me should you have questions or concerns.