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School Closure Update 3/30/2020

Dear parents and students,

Governor Ducey announced this morning that all school campuses will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Although our physical campus will be closed, per the governor, St. Augustine Catholic High School will continue our classes online through the end of the year.

I regret the hardship of the campus being closed causes, particularly for those struggling academically, and encourage them to continue to reach out to their teachers for assistance - they are quite willing to help! I am also saddened by the impact it has on those participating in sports, but most especially for our senior class, who have been robbed of the many activities planned to celebrate them. A separate email to seniors will be sent later today to address graduation and other activities.

I believe Mr. Vu and the faculty have created an excellent plan in delivering curriculum online. We have seen very good participation with our "online campus," but it remains important that assignments are taken seriously - they are graded and COUNT. Although assignments will continue to be adapted to an online environment, different than what would normally be given in our campus classrooms, they are still important.

This Friday progress reports will go out. Although most of the grades on the reports are those "pre-online," some of the progress report grades are reflective of the online assignments. The next 8 weeks will ALL be online grades, so as stated earlier, STAY ENGAGED.

Please stay safe, and may God bless all of us,

 

Dave Keller, Principal

 

Estimados padres y estudiantes,

 

El gobernador Ducey anunció esta mañana que todos los centros educativos permanecerán cerrados por el resto del año escolar. Aunque nuestro campus físico estará cerrado, según el gobernador, St. Augustine Catholic High School continuará nuestras clases en línea hasta el final del año escolar.

 

Lo siento por la dificultad que el cierre del campus causa, especialmente para aquellos que luchan académicamente, y los animo a que continúen contactando a sus maestros para que los ayuden, ¡están muy dispuestos a ayudar! También me entristece el impacto que tiene en aquellos que participan en deportes, pero especialmente para nuestra clase de estudiantes del último año a quienes se les ha robado las muchas actividades planeadas para celebrarlos. Se enviará un correo electrónico por separado a estas personas más tarde hoy para abordar la graduación y otras actividades.

 

Creo que el Sr. Vu y la facultad han creado un excelente plan para entregar el currículo en línea. Hemos visto una muy buena participación en nuestro "campus en línea", pero sigue siendo importante que las tareas se tomen en serio: se califican y CUENTAN. Aunque las tareas continuarán adaptándose a un entorno en línea, diferente de lo que normalmente se daría en las aulas de nuestro campus, siguen siendo importantes.

 

Este viernes, se enviarán informes de progreso. Aunque la mayoría de las calificaciones en los informes son de antes de que las clases en línea empezaron, algunas de las calificaciones del informe de progreso reflejan las tareas en línea. TODAS las próximas 8 semanas serán calificaciones en línea, así que, como se dijo anteriormente, MANTÉNGASE COMPROMETIDO.

 

Por favor, cuídense, y que Dios nos bendiga a todos,

 

Sr. Keller

 


 

Updated School Closure information 3/20

Dear Parents,

This last week has been unnerving. The daily briefings from the President have been sobering to watch – clearly the medical experts are cautioning us on what could be a lengthy period before things return to “normal.”  That said, I hope we can try to have a little optimism in hoping the worst will never come.  Prayer can help!

After consultation with the diocesan superintendent, it has been decided to keep the school campus closed until after the scheduled Easter break. We will now plan on re-opening campus on April 13. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to protect all members of our community – students, parents, grandparents, faculty and staff.  We will review this return date each week, and base any decision on what healthcare professionals recommend.Per diocesan recommendation, all sports (practices and games) are postponed until after school reopens on April 13 to minimize community spread of the virus.

We realize having the campus closed represents a hardship to many of our families. We regret this - it is truly unfortunate, but at this point also unavoidable. 

Some points to be considered:

Online core classes only (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Theology and World Languages) will continue during this period. Students should be engaging with their assigned teachers (one day periods 1, 2, & 3, the next day periods 4, 5, 6, 7) on a daily basis.

Students who cannot connect to the Internet should contact the school immediately. There are some free plans available from Internet providers in our community that we may be able to assist you in obtaining.

Students who need extra help should email their teachers or Mrs. Thompson for online, individual appointments.  Unfortunately, this can only be offered on a limited basis, and only if the student has already exhausted all other instructional aids offered in the class.

Students who receive meals under the National School Lunch Program should respond to emails sent to them yesterday to arrange a pickup of their meals.

We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate the uncharted waters. Please contact the school if you have any questions. 

Keep safe, practice social distancing, and may God bless you all,

Dave Keller, Principal

National School Lunch Program Information During School Closure

INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES WHO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM (NSLP)

It is very important to our school board, faculty and staff that all families that rely upon the school for daily meals are able to obtain lunches during the campus closure.

St. Augustine Catholic High School will provide “grab & go” breakfast and lunch meal bags for students who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) during the campus closure. Beginning Monday, March 23, the meals will be available daily Monday thru Friday from three locations:

St. Augustine’s curbside in front of the Admin building

The bus stop on St. John’s campus

St. Ambrose’s curbside pickup

We will need to keep a log of all students that receive a meal each day. Please bring your student ID card to assist us in this process. Each student will only be given one bag per day.  (The bags will include a breakfast item, sandwich, 2 fruits/vegetables, and 2 milks.)

The meals will be available for pickup in the St. John’s parking lot from 7:30 am to 8:30 am.

You can pick up the meals from outside St. Augustine’s Administration building between 8 am and 9 am.  Please note students picking up their meals from the St. A’s campus may not remain on campus nor visit with faculty or staff.

St. Ambrose will have curbside pickup outside of the office from 8 am to 9 am.

In order for the bag lunches to be prepared, we will need to know if you are interested in participating in this program, and which location you would want to pick up the meal bag.

If you are not able to come to any of these locations and are in need of meal resources for your family, there are many locations around town making meals available. Many of the area TUSD schools will be open for meal service.  If you need help identifying those schools, please contact me.

Please respond to this email ASAP (before Friday) if you will plan to pick up a daily breakfast and lunch meal bag, indicating which location (St. John, St. Ambrose, or St. Augustine) you intend to use.

Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to assist you in this time of uncertainty.

Thank you,

Stacy DeLong

Finance Director at St. Augustine Catholic High School

sdelong@staugustinehigh.com

A message from our counselor

I am committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of my clients during the COVID 19 pandemic.  Starting today, I will be available to meet with you utilizing telemental health, which involves two options. I can either send you a direct link for an on-line video conference using your computer or mobile device, or we can hold a phone call in place of an in-person meeting.  Both methods are HIPPA compliant and confidential. 
 
If you have an appointment scheduled in the near future, please reach out and let me know if you would like to use one of these telemental health alternatives. For scheduling, please call me at (520) 240-3599 or email me at tanis@qualityoflifecounseling.net.
 
I found this interesting article that addresses ways to cope and deal with the coronavirus.  Psychology Today post
 
Please stay safe and follow guidelines to keep your family healthy.  It is important to remain optimistic with all that is going on. Let me know if I can help or if you have any questions. 
 
 
Best regards,
 
Tanis
 
Tanis L Thouin, PhD
Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
 
 
6375 E Tanque Verde Rd, Suite 140
Tucson, AZ 85715
Tanis@qualityoflifecounseling.net
(520) 240-3599
 

Informational Links

Links that may help during this time: 

 

Internet service during Coronavirus: 

https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

 

CDC guidelines for Coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Diocese of Tucson website

https://diocesetucson.org/

 

Pima County Health Department Updates

https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=527452

 

How to help your teens who may be anxious during this time

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html

 

School Meal Info