Post Ida Message to the Comet Community
As I began writing this correspondence to you, I struggled finding the “right” words to use in light of where we find ourselves as a result of Hurricane Ida. Yet, as I pondered on how our community is rallying together in so many known and unknown ways, it reminded me of the words of Saint Pope John Paul II, “It [solidarity] is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”
Being a life-long member of this community and witnessing the generosity, hospitality, help, and care that is being displayed during this time of crisis, I do write this message to you in a place of love and hope as we lift each other up in a community spirit that is graced by the love of God and love of neighbor.
We are thinking of all of our teachers, staff, students, and community members and hoping you and your loved ones made it through this dangerous storm safely.
The damage to our area is significant and devastating. While the school and chapel sustained some wind and rain damage, we are grateful to have been spared of far worse. We won’t know the extent to any HVAC damage until the power is restored. Our athletic facilities took a terrible hit. Cotton Global Disaster Solutions is coordinating our clean-up, mitigation, and restoration.
We will remain closed through at least Friday, September 10. Our opening will depend on the restoration of utilities. Furthermore, like many high schools in the River Parishes and the surrounding areas, our athletic competitions are suspended through September 10 in order for our families to clean their homes, recover, and return home.
We look forward to opening SCC for in-person learning when power is returned in order to hopefully provide a home away from home and some sort of normalcy for our students, faculty and staff. Once open, we will welcome our students in Friday dress everyday through December. If you need a bottom, just let us know.
We are also working to devise a plan for temporary remote learning. Please note that we hope that this mode of learning will be temporary for the majority of our school community. We realize that there will be extenuating circumstances and we will work with families on an individual basis. We also realize that so many of our teachers and students are dealing with major damage to their homes, and will be sensitive to these situations and will provide attention to all of our students.
It was nice to see so many Comets stop by school this past Saturday. We will need to continue to be Stronger Together in the upcoming weeks and months ahead as we work together to rebuild the SCC community that we all call home and love dearly.
We will communicate our next steps through text messages, email, and postings on our website. We realize that many families and students do not have internet access. Please share our news as needed with others. Our next communication will be a survey sent to all families so that can we can learn more about your specific circumstances.
In closing and mindful that the God of life is with us, we will get through this as we look to lift each other up in a spirit of collaboration, cooperation, and the building up of the entire community.
We look forward to the day when we’ll be able to welcome you back to our school.