Below is a copy of our parent communication that has gone out in regards to the Coronavirus and its impact on Lansing Catholic High School and our community.  Please check back for updates.  

UPDATE:  MARCH 26, 2020

Dear Families,

As I write this an alert showed up on my phone that the United States now has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world. The world is changing. That is a sobering fact that can cause fear, anxiety, and anger. How do we counter that when some of us are faced with a reduction of hours or working at home, have loved ones who are ill, or have kids who are wondering what is going to happen to them? St. Teresa of Calcutta has this to say, “If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.”

We create what we focus on.

This was the lesson some of our coaches shared with our students last week. A powerful lesson that we all need to remember. And practice. Come, Holy Spirit!

A Little Break From School
Many of our students have been great the last ten days, focusing on their studies but also staying connected with teachers and classmates. Our teachers need a little break to prepare for the days ahead. When we return on April 6 we may make some changes to how we handle some of our distance learning as we expect that this may continue beyond April 13.

Going the Distance
The principals of the four diocesan high schools met today with staff of the Office of Catholic Schools to discuss plans for the next few months. We will meet again next week hoping to have a clearer sense of how we will finish the remainder of the year. Some of that will depend on how things proceed with the coronavirus and what our government leaders think is the best way to keep people safe. The staff and administration at each of our diocesan/parish schools is committed to that as well as helping students grow and be ready for the next level but what that looks like will be different than what it has in years past. We also know that the start of next year will be different to ensure that all of our students can be successful.

End of Year Events
We are looking at each of these and brainstorming alternative ways to celebrate them as the circumstances dictate. The Fr. Mac Scholarship Dinner will be more of an “unevent” since we cannot gather in one place. This is our premier event to raise needed scholarship funds. Look for details in the weeks ahead. For those who can support us financially, we appreciate it. For those who can support us prayerfully, we need it.

We know people are wondering about other events and as details become known we will share them with you.

Thank you for taking the time to read these emails. I don’t have students in classes so this is my way to stay connected with people.


Thank you for being part of the Lansing Catholic family!

 


 

UPDATE:  MARCH 25, 2020

Dear Families,

Today as a Church we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. What I like most is that it is about our God who keeps His promises. Especially with what we are facing right now, the first reading is very relevant: “the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us!” (Isaiah 8:10) God is with us. We are not alone in this. That is our hope and our claim as Christians. Let us be grateful for that and thank God for His abiding Presence.

Lansing Promise Scholarship
Originally the due date to apply for the Promise Scholarship was April 1. I am happy to report that that has been changed to May 17. For more details about this scholarship, please go to: https://lansingpromise.org/. To be eligible a senior must live within the Lansing School District, attend for four consecutive years at a Lansing high school, commit to MSU, LCC, or Olivet College, and apply to be a Lansing Promise Scholar. Take advantage of this opportunity! Every year money that is available goes unclaimed.

Securly
Our new web content filter has been running for a few days now. We’re discovering that it does limit students to using their chromebook for only their lansingcatholic.org account and restricts apps that they previously signed for with another email account. Students are also finding some sites blocked. If those sites are legitimately for a class, they should contact their teacher who will contact the administrator to have the site unblocked. Parents can set additional restrictions for at home use such as limiting social media, streaming, and games. Please consult the email from Securly for those details. We are discovering some sites that do not need to be blocked and are whitelisting those as we come across them.

15 Things To Do With Your Family While You Are Quarantined
Okay, so I am borrowing this from an article (https://www.crosswalk.com/family/parenting/things-to-do-with-your-family-while-you-are-quarantined.html) but I would love to hear what other things you come up with. See which of these you can do next week when we’re not doing school. And send us some pictures!

  • Play board games, trivia games, or break out a puzzle
  • Journal the experience for historical record
  • Host a favorite movie night/marathon
  • Teach/Learn a new skill either from each other or on-line
  • Look at old photos/videos and share memories
  • Listen to music and sing along
  • Bake cookies or a favorite meal
  • Make cards to mail to loved ones (& teach them how to address them!)
  • Go outside and do something together
  • Build a pillow fort or set up a beach in your living room
  • Have a picnic
  • Check-in with others
  • Get creative with crafts
  • Family prayer time
  • Family Bible study or devotionals (here's two examples from ours own Sisters - Divine Mercy chaplet: https://youtu.be/fl6uYeYzm3c & St. Joseph Novena: https://youtu.be/ZvEiX7yMK1w)
  • BONUS: do a home breakout activity (opposite of an escape room) https://breakoutedu.com/funathome

A Prayer for Families Quarantined
Lord, We know this is a critical and tense time in our world. It is easy to feel a lack of control in the midst of such confusion, but we want to respond to this well. We pray for Your peace, and we pray that instead of spending these quarantined days in fear that we would spend them making intentional memories. We pray this would become a time of rest and reflection. That during these days ahead, we would come to know You better in relationship and our families better as well. We pray these days may even be marked with sweet and tender memories we will cherish. We pray for stars amidst the dark sky during this time. In Jesus name, Amen.


Thank you for continuing to be part of the Lansing Catholic family!

 


 

UPDATE:  MARCH 24, 2020

Dear Families,

The first day of living out the "stay at home" order was a mental adjustment for many. And the novelty of distance learning is wearing off. Please be assured as we go about learning, connecting with one another will help us all get through this new reality and continues to be a priority for us at Lansing Catholic. We know that some students are already dreading next week, fearing a lack of connection with others since we will not have classes. I bring that up so you can be creative as families. Your family is worth it! 
 
AP Classes
Yesterday I mentioned that we would be sending an update from the College Board regarding AP testing. Parents who have children in an AP class should read the following letter: https://bit.ly/2woT61H that has important changes and details when we will have additional information.

Challenges Ahead
There are a number of things we are wrestling with and we are meeting with others in the diocese as well as contacts around the country to help us problem-solve. Some of the families of our international students want their children home safe and sound now but that means they leave before earning a diploma and are concerned about being able to return for higher education or to come back to LCHS next year. We are still wrestling with how to do final exams but are considering other options given all the circumstances with which we are dealing. And we are trying to predict all of the ramifications of all of these and other decisions. Please pray for us we navigate these next few weeks, we have some big decisions ahead of us. We need some divine inspiration!
 
Thank you for continuing to be part of the Lansing Catholic family!

 


 

UPDATE:  MARCH 23, 2020

Dear Families,

I’m appreciative of the support of our efforts during this difficult time and the positive comments about the herculean efforts of our staff. We’ve mentioned the meals our food service staff is preparing, the hours our facilities crew is putting in to disinfect the building, and today was no different. I had a Zoom meeting this morning with our CareTeam to identify students who may be struggling with distance learning or just struggle with learning and now this adds a new wrinkle to it.  This afternoon I met with our AP teachers to plan how we will carry out the rest of the year based on APs announcement last Friday. And our IT Coordinator, Mr. Eddy, has been preparing PCs for students in our digital/technical arts classes to use at home so they have the best tools for our CGDI and drafting independent study classes.

Distance Learning Extended
The governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order is on people’s minds and how that impacts all of us. Our Spring break with no schooling will still take place March 28-April 5. Use that time to do something creative as a family (My wife and I will be putting a 1,000 piece puzzle of candy canes together.) Distance learning will resume the week of April 6-9 but in observance of Good Friday through Easter Sunday, there will be no work assigned over that long weekend. Please take the governor’s executive order seriously.

Meals Continue to be Offered
We will be continuing to offer meals on Mondays and Thursdays. This Thursday will include meals for all of Spring break and then we will pick up again on April 6 which is allowed under the governor’s order. Please use this form to order meals: https://forms.gle/XTpSz3ELAASpE2NS7.  Only fill out the form if you are requesting meals and intend to pick them up. We’ve had a number of people order meals but not show and don’t want to waste food.

Facility Totally Closed March 27-April 5
We had planned and will continue to shutter our entire facility from March 27-April 5. We are doing this to allow any germs to go through their life cycle and dissipate. Our staff will then come through and disinfect one last time before anyone else enters on April 6. Please help us do this by not using any of the athletic facilities or trying to get into the building during this time. Thank you.

Securly Webcontent Filtering
Last week I mentioned that we would be adding Securly as a filter to our school chromebooks. We want our students to learn good digital citizenship but know they won’t always make the most virtuous choices; we want this to be a supportive and formative environment. Parents should have received an email from Securly over the weekend and it has started to roll out today. You are able to change some settings regarding social media, streaming, and gaming. I have a virtual meeting with a Securly staff person to make sure we have everything set as needed for parents and school personnel and then I will be sharing more with staff and parents in the days/weeks to come. In the meantime, please look at the materials and links that were sent to your email. Not sure you received an email? Please look in Skyward to see what parent email we have listed for accuracy.

GROW Through Adversity
We know our students are struggling with this pandemic and are unsure what the future holds. We are blessed to have coaches who care about our students, too. Jill Kochanek and Mary Fineis have put together a program that offers concepts and tools to help students focus on what’s most important to right now & grow through adversity. This is OPTIONAL and not limited to athletes. The first session will be on Zoom tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm (https://msu.zoom.us/j/319553213). Future sessions will not be on weekdays as we know students have family and homework responsibilities but we wanted to get this kicked off and believe students need another positive right now.
 
Struggling Students
As I mentioned above, our Care Team met this morning to identify students who may be struggling with distance learning. To protect their private phone numbers, team members may be calling you via Google Voice to reach out to parents. Distance learning is a challenge we have taken on but we also recognize it isn’t ideal for everyone. We still prefer face-to-face instruction. Please respond back to our teachers or staff if they contact you with concerns and let’s find a way that students, staff, and family members can make this work.
 
AP Classes
This week Melissa Nelson, one of our counselors and our AP coordinator, will be sending an email from the two of us regarding some changes to AP testing. Initially I can tell you that AP is still working through some things and have told us they will have more specific information for each course after April 3. Ms. Nelson will be sharing overall changes due to the pandemic and then AP teachers will follow up with specifics to their class as those details are released.
 
Yesterday, it felt odd not going to Mass even though I was able to watch it being streamed from our parish. Keep caring for others and have real conversations about fears and hopes with your family. Let them see how you are trusting in Jesus during this troubling time even in the midst of our concerns. We know that the Cross is not the end of the story, but we have to go through the Cross to get to the Resurrection. Persevere.
 
Thank you for continuing to be part of the Lansing Catholic family!

 


 

UPDATE:  MARCH 20, 2020

Dear Families,

It isn’t even 3pm and it has already been a busy day. We served food to over 150 students today. Bridget Norris, our Food Service Director, has done an amazing job along with Gloria Sevenski from her staff and those that have volunteered to help out. This is a good thing.

MDE Announcement
Big announcement today from Michigan Department fo Education and the state superintendent about not counting on-line learning for credit during the mandated closure of schools. As a Catholic school which is a non-public educational entity, this does not apply to our school.

Deadline Time to Turn In Assignments
Starting Monday, March 23, all on-line assignments are to be turned in by 10:00pm. We do not want students staying up all hours working on assignments and we realize parents as well as students need their sleep. Being on a device just before sleeping isn’t good for sound sleep either (https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/why-electronics-may-stimulate-you-bed).

Web Content Filtering
Within the next few days we will be adding a web content filter to school devices so that parents can monitor what their child is doing while on the chromebook. More information will be coming out about this on Monday but parents may see some information from Securly coming to their email. If you are interested before then, feel free to go on-line to https://www.securly.com/. We believe that this will be a great tool to keep students safe and parents in the know.

Standardized Testing
We received an email from both AP and ACT regarding upcoming testing. ACT has a tentative make-up date in late April for schools like ours that is closed due to the coronavirus. AP announced today that their tests will be on-line and shortened to 45 minutes. Our AP teachers will meet early next week to develop a common plan for the weeks ahead so our students are prepared for the new format. Depending on what happens as a nation, even these plans may change but we will adapt the best that we are able. We want our students to not only perform well on a test for their college admissions, but we want them to learn well so once they are at college they have a solid foundation to build upon.

Reach Out to Your Neighbors
Keep practicing good social distancing skills but reach out to those in your neighborhood. Check on the seniors near you. Rake someone's leaves. Do something that will build one another up while "flattening the curve". Every time I say that I feel like I'm pointing out my belly and the exercise I need to do!

Pray
Today I started a novena about the coronavirus. I invite you to join me by going to https://www.praymorenovenas.com/search?term=coronavirus. Or you can join the pope daily at 4pm and pray the rosary. It doesn't matter what devotion you use, just pray and strengthen those faith muscles!

Thank you for being a part of our Lansing Catholic family! God is good!

 


 

UPDATE:  MARCH 19, 2020

Dear Families,

We made it through Day 2 of distance learning and we’ve learned a few things to make it a little better (maybe) or at least we think it will be better.

  • Some students are enjoying getting on Zoom to see their teachers and to connect with other students. Please coach your son/daughter for us: everyone has been fully dressed but it is very awkward having a teleconference with people lying in their beds (I started laughing when I heard that one today). Please help them understand that it is more professional to be at a desk. We understand that it may be quieter in their bedrooms but a public place for a videoconference is better than one’s bedroom.
  • Students do NOT need to be on the Zoom appointment with teachers for the entire 90 minutes. We don’t want students on screens all day! I saw some playing tennis today; exercise is perfect during this time.
  • We will make some subtle changes for next week such as a common time for items to be due at night. We heard back from students that teachers had different times of day when things were due, so we’ll start that on Monday. Look for my email tomorrow for the details.
  • Students should be going on-line and doing work EACH SCHOOL DAY. There are a high number of seniors who have not been on-line and since many of them may be taking on-line classes in college, now is the perfect time to build good digital habits by staying on top of things as they are assigned.

Two things came my way today that I want to offer our families:

  • I watched a webinar by author and motivational speaker, Jon Gordon. Here is a link to an article about the battle between good and evil in real life: https://bit.ly/33vZxMo. We have a Destiny that comes from God. Don’t let this current crisis deter us from it.
  • A Parents Guide to Healthy Conversations During the Coronavirus Outbreak - How can parents take advantage of this time with their kids? Is there an opportunity to engage kids in the home in meaningful ways? Home Chats was created by author Tim Elmore (CEO of Growing Leaders) to help open up those opportunities for purposeful discussions. You can get more information here: https://bit.ly/2UlndPn.

Finally, today is the feast day of St. Joseph, one of the patrons of our houses. I invite you to seek his intercession, and that of Mary our Mother, to help us all grow from this time, that the sick be healed, and that we persevere in faith. St. Joseph is a great model in that regard and that we be focused on our families at this time.

Thank you for being a part of our Lansing Catholic family! God is good!

 


 

UPDATE:  MARCH 18, 2020

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our first day of distance learning a success. I heard from several of our teachers how great the students were today. We have a small number of students who left their books in their lockers. They can still pick them up on Friday between 11:00am-12:30pm when we will be offering meals to families. Students who are having device issues should contact Mr. Eddy (tom.eddy@lansingcatholic.org) or myself (doug.moore@lansingcatholic.org).

If having wireless access is or becomes an issue, Comcast/Xfinity and Charter/Spectrum, have announced they will provide two months of free service for broadband internet access to households with K-12 students and/or low-income households. For information about Comcast go to https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19, For Charter/Spectrum information call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. This is not an endorsement of their programs, I just want families to be aware of possibilities. We want to make sure our families have what they need so our students can be successful during this unprecedented time.

Staying Connected & Keeping Each Other Informed
As we move forward please feel free to ask questions. This is a new venture for us. We care about your sons and daughters. It is obvious that they miss being connected to one another and our staff, and they want to learn. As things progress, we will continue to keep you posted. We know that this is particularly difficult for our seniors who are wondering how their senior year will end.

Around the area people are beginning to sequester themselves from others either because they have been in contact with someone who possibly was in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or they want to protect themselves and those they love. If someone from our school community becomes infected with COVID-19, please let us know immediately so we can lift them up in prayer. Since we have only been out of school a few days, if any of our staff, students, or family members become infected before the end of the month it is important that we all know so families can take appropriate actions and possibly get tested.

Humor, Hygiene & Hope
These three things can keep us going during troubling times. While not minimizing the circumstances, find some joy in your day. Keep up the social distancing and hygiene practices recommended by the CDC. Through it all, be people of hope founded on a faith in Jesus Christ. Be laser focused on what matters most -- the two greatest commandments -- how well we love God, others, and ourselves.

Your sons and daughters were great today. Thank you for choosing Lansing Catholic!

 


 

FOR UNCERTAIN TIMES - A MESSAGE FROM CHAPLAIN, FR. PAUL

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Romans 12:12

This is the spiritual theme that we discerned for our 2019-20 school year. Little did we realize just how appropriate this theme would be, not only for us but for the world. In uncertain times, it is helpful to recall what actually is certain, namely the promises of God.

That is really what St. Paul means when he delivers this message to the Romans, and it is precisely why he groups these three together. We are joyful in hope, knowing that God always comes through on what He says, that he never goes back on His word. We are patient in affliction, knowing that all suffering lasts but a time, and that the fulfillment of all things await us. We are faithful in prayer, because to keep the dialogue with the Lord open at all times is the only way to really accomplish the first two things. It is our relationship with God that sustains our hope to bring us into that deeper joy, and it is that same relationship that produces perseverance within us during times of trial.

Our school is closed for the foreseeable future. Our interviews for a president have been postponed. Entire sports seasons have been shut down. Even the mainstay of normal public Mass and many other church services that we would normally rely upon for comfort and consolation have been stripped from us. These are uncertain times.

My brothers and sisters, we find ourselves in a time of decision, and the road ahead is not easily traversed, nor even visible for more than a small stretch. We have no way of knowing what truly lies before us. And at this point, we can decide to give into fear and let the darkest parts of our world dominate our thoughts and actions, or we can take up the call that St. Paul has laid down for us. We can allow panic to overpower us, or we can overpower it by remaining joyful in hope. We can allow crisis to overcome us, or we can overcome it by remaining patient in affliction. We can give in to doubt and uncertainty, or we can rise above it by remaining faithful in prayer.

Let us use this time, not for pity parties or doomsday prophecies, but as a time to demonstrate the power of what it means to be part of the Lansing Catholic High School community. Let us continue to care for one another and provide for one another. Let us be known for our love in the face of tragedy. Let us be victorious in the certainty of Christ, even among such uncertain times. We are Lansing Catholic Cougars, which means that we are dedicating to forming students spiritually, intellectually and socially into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. This has not changed. This will not change. Our current situation has forced us to accomplish this in a different way than expected, but we remain Cougars, which means that we remain joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.

In these uncertain times, may the God of certainty be your protection, your peace, and your guide. And may Almighty God bless you now and always.

Your chaplain,
Fr. Paul Erickson


UPDATE:  MARCH 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Dear Parents,

Yesterday our teachers met to prepare for our distance learning the next two weeks and beyond that if needed. We know this is unprecedented and not the same as last year when we did e-learning for a day or two at a time. We understand that so many things are in question with school, with the economy, and with our families. The first priority for all of us needs to be our care and concern for one another while letting our faith guide our decisions and our perspectives. Use this time to talk about “matters of the heart” and hear what your child’s concerns are. Lead from wisdom, not fear. Help your son/daughter work through this new normal by setting up some routines at home such as figuring out how to make someone’s day better each day, praying for someone, being grateful, washing hands regularly, and wiping down cell phones every so often.

Focusing on school can also be a way to stay connected to others while moving forward with their learning. The next two weeks will be more of a ramping up period in case this extends longer into the future. I have asked teachers to make sure assignments are focused on mastering course/unit outcomes and that what is assigned only take 30 minutes for typical classes, 45 minutes for honors and AP classes maximum. As some parents are starting to do work from home, we realize that the internet becomes another premium that families will need to negotiate. Have those discussions and establish times when people can take advantage of that dedicated time. I know when the power went out at our house a few years ago for nine days, I was spending time parked at Wendy’s to use their wifi.

Parents, for distance learning to work, students should be using their school-assigned chromebook. Some of the assessments teachers are giving in Google Classroom will be in "locked mode" only if using a chromebook. If your child’s chromebook is not working, please have them contact Mr. Eddy (tom.eddy@lansingcatholic.org) or Mr. Moore (doug.moore@lansingcatholic.org) so they can get one that does work. There are a few devices that students have in the office to pick up. Contact us to arrange a pick up. We are also asking parents to proctor tests/quizzes to ensure academic integrity. In many cases that will usually mean making sure students are not using an additional device such as a phone or tablet to look up answers while completing an assignment or even another tab on their browser.

Because we are moving into virtual lessons, the principals of the Catholic schools in the Lansing area have decided to officially end third quarter as of last Friday so that all virtual work will be on one quarter. Students who have missing work from third quarter need to complete those assignments by Friday AND have a conversation with their teachers. I know some teachers have talked to me about creative ways to deal with the situation. This is not the time to try to do something extra to get one’s grade up to the next level, use fourth quarter to do that. As a reminder, quarter grades are not on the transcript.

All teachers are creating a Google Classroom for each of their classes and will be posting daily assignments (or a link to another digital site/planner/calendar) by 9am and a daily form to be completed for each class. I encourage parents to request one teacher to add you to Classroom. If one teacher adds you in their Classroom, all the teachers that have your child will be updated. It doesn’t allow you to access Classroom but you can receive weekly summaries and it allows the teacher to easily communicate with you via email about class progress, successes, and concerns through Classroom. Teachers will also be holding office hours each weekday starting March 18 at the established times:

  • Social Studies 9:00-10:30am
  • Math 10:00-11:30am
  • Science 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Theology 12:00-1:30pm
  • English 1:00-2:30pm
  • World Languages & Arts 2:00-3:30pm

Teachers will be using a videoconferencing program called Zoom as well as email during their office hours to connect with students to answer questions, to hold class discussions, etc. Last night I sent a video tutorial to students on how to use Zoom and encourage you to look at it.

Please be patient with this process. There will be some bumps along the way and I am confident that we can work through them if we all work together. Students need to stay up on their work and ask questions, teachers need to be flexible because this isn’t the same as the classroom, and parents we are counting on you to hold your son/daughter accountable while they are working or taking tests. Students should be in contact with teachers daily. While there will be grace allowed for intermittent accessibility issues and illness, parents need to contact school right about illnesses and no internet service by sending an email to attendance@lansingcatholic.org or doug.moore@lansingcatholic.org. Students with accommodations will also continue to receive their accommodations.

There are many things about the future that we do not know for events in the coming months.  I know many are wondering about ACT testing, workathon, prom, graduation, exams, and more. As soon as we have information I will pass that along. In the meantime, be people of hope. Focus on what we CAN do right now. Students who have completed any service should make sure it is logged into X2VOL. Students who understand things in a class should reach out to others that struggle and not do the work for them but help them make sense of things.

Finally, thank you to the parents and students who have been helping as we give food to families. We have been serving about thirty families and will continue to do that this week and next. This is a unique time and I’m grateful for how our community is stepping up as always.

Thank you for choosing Lansing Catholic!


UPDATE:  MARCH 15, 2020

Dear Families,

We will be providing free breakfasts and lunches to any school-age children. This is NOT limited to our school students or even students who receive free and reduced lunches but is open to all students. During this state of emergency, families with school-aged children will be able to pick up some meals. Meals cannot be eaten on site. Parents or our students can pick up meals for all children in their household.

Filling out this form (https://forms.gle/Uphz68bWh81fBcWZ7) lets us know how many to expect, there is no obligation. Meals will be available from 11:00am-12:30pm on the following days:

  • March 16 (two meals)

  • March 17 (6 meals)

  • March 20 (8 meals)

  • March 23 (6 meals)

  • March 26 (22 meals to cover Mar 26-Apr 5)

Students or parents should park in the student lot and enter the main doors of the school. Meals will be distributed in the front lobby. Filling this form (https://forms.gle/Uphz68bWh81fBcWZ7) out by 9am on Monday, March 16 will help our Food Service Staff prepare. We want to support our community families during this time.

Please let others know about this opportunity.


UPDATE:  MARCH 13, 2020

Dear Families,

In line with the governor’s precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Lansing Catholic will be closed from March 16 through April 5. This means no practices, athletic contests, workouts, shoot arounds, etc. The building will be open on Saturday, March 14 from 10:00am-2:00pm and on Monday from 9:30-11:30am for students to remove all of their belongings from lockers and locker rooms -- everything is to be removed. Not only does this allow students to have what they need at home it also allows us to do a deep clean while we are closed through April 5.

We want to support our students and staff first and foremost during this unique time. While we will be doing distance learning, caring for one another is our first priority. Everything about this will need to have some level of flexibility and patience.

Our staff will report on Monday, March 16 to train our staff for distance learning. Tuesday, March 17 will be dedicated to teachers preparing their materials and then we will begin distance learning on March 18. Below are our expectations for distance learning:

  • Teachers will post student work via Google Classroom by 9am. Students are required to check their school email and their Google Classroom pages for each class to view assignments and communication each day of our normal school calendar. Google Classroom will be the landing page for all daily information but it may redirect to another site/platform that teachers are using.
  • Teachers will check their school email from 9am-3pm periodically to answer questions and will have office hours via Zoom or email according to the following schedule:

                - Social Studies 9:00-10:30am
                - Math 10:00-11:30am
                - Science 11:00am-12:30pm
                - Theology 12:00-1:30pm
                - English 1:00-2:30pm
                - World Languages & Arts 2:00-3:30pm

  • Assignments will be roughly equivalent to school "seat-time"
  • Students are responsible to complete all assignments within the timeframe established by the teacher.
  • Students will have 5 days, beginning upon their return to school, to complete work in the event they are unable to finish during the virtual sessions due to service outage or other inability to access learning materials.
  • If a student is sick and cannot participate, a parent should email attendance@lansingcatholic.org as well as the teacher by 10am. We are going to rely on our parents to inform us if there is an extenuating circumstance such as illness or a funeral.
  • Tests and quizzes will need to be proctored (read: done in the presence of parents) to ensure academic integrity. No other devices are to be used including phones unless specified by the teacher.
    We realize that some of our students have younger siblings and may need to babysit from time to time so we are asking for your cooperation to make sure high school students are completing 30-35 hours of work each week.
  • Our scheduled Spring break is being maintained as a break. No daily work will be assigned over that break. Take some time as a family and love one another up!

Other unintended consequences of closing school for an extended period of time:

Student medications - if your child needs any medications that we have on file during this time, please pick them up today or on Saturday, March 14 from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Students who receive free and reduced lunch - we are working with state officials on providing lunches to those who qualify for free/reduced lunches. Once we have more details, I will contact those families. We are hoping to be a center for school families from IHM, Resurrection, and Lansing Catholic.

Counseling services - students who have weekly appointments with our counselors who still want to meet will need to do so via Zoom. We will be sending a tutorial on how to do that to all students. The counselors will establish office hours with students who request this.

Students with accommodations - Ms. Rabine has a plan to work with students in Mastery Skills or those with accommodations. She will be sending a separate communication to parents but has been working with students today making sure they are prepared and know what they need to do.

ACT Testing - we are in contact with ACT about rescheduling the test that was scheduled for March 24. We will update you once we know more.

Service Requirement - The Campus Ministry team is meeting Monday to discuss the impact on the service requirement. We will update all parents and students early next week. Questions can be addressed to Ms. DeVries, stacia.devries@lansingcatholic.org.

Again, this is a trying time for everyone. I will continue to communicate with families throughout this process; as things develop even these plans outlined here may change. I know some of our students are anxious because of everything they are hearing. We want to make this as smooth as possible while also moving them forward. Please be patient during this time and process as we navigate this pandemic. Thank you for your continued prayers.

Almighty ever-living God, eternal health of believers, hear our prayers for Your servants who are sick: grant them, we implore You, Your merciful help, so that, with their health restored, they may give You thanks in the midst of Your Church. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


 

UPDATE:  MARCH 12, 2020

Things continue to change at a rapid pace regarding COVID-19. We are cancelling all extra-curricular activities (play performances, robotics competitions, and athletic contests, practices, and awards) through Sunday which also includes all usage by groups outside of Lansing Catholic. The Sozo retreat for next weekend has also been cancelled. You will be receiving another communication from me tomorrow with additional updates regarding next week.

We continue to be in conversation with diocesan staff and the Ingham County Health Department. Some of what is contained in this email is directly from both offices. Please read this carefully. What we have decided is being done to mitigate the spread of this novel coronavirus not because we believe someone has COVID-19. We are also still preparing to have classes done virtually. I appreciate your patience and prayers as we navigate these trying times.

We DO have school on Friday, March 13. There was a post on social media by someone today that said we were closed tomorrow but that is false. PLEASE do not post anything in your own words about us closing or taking any measures about COVID-19. Decisions are changing frequently as this rapidly evolves, so even reposting our information can be quickly outdated. This will prevent the spread of misinformation.

As a family please practice the guidelines from the Department of Health & Human Services to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GsL5to0k0NLhRrwEiPfAbNBX2B-S6x4t/view?usp=sharing. Following this plan as a school we will be allowing students to eat lunches in other designated rooms to reduce the numbers of students gathered at lunch. We are still committed to having weekly Mass as a Catholic school but we will be doing that by Theology class instead of by House. We have also omitted the Sign of Peace and have emptied the baptismal font in line with diocesan directives.

As we prepare to do distance learning with chromebooks, I ask parents to be patient as this is outside the norm. We will be doing our best to plan instruction that helps students master our course outcomes but this is not ideal. As a school we value face-to-face instruction but we  know we need to be flexible during these times. We will be training our teachers on resources for this and hope to be able to do the same with students before we need to go this route on an extended basis. To help us assess capabilities, parents please complete this technology survey: https://forms.gle/HTK1HaKrwKuyL4H1A by the end of day on Friday, March 13.

Prayer helps! As I will be sending regular updates about COVID-19, I will be ending each email with a prayer adapted from the Mass for the Sick or Those Suffering/In Need. Please join me in praying,

O God, who know that because of human frailty we cannot stand firm amid such great dangers, grant us health of mind and body, that what we suffer we may overcome with Your help. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


 

UPDATE:  MARCH 11, 2020

With MSU going to on-line instruction until April 20 from coronavirus concerns many of you may be wondering what we will be doing at Lansing Catholic. At this point we are preparing for on-line instruction from home but we have no specific plans as to when that will begin. For some of our performance-based classes this will be a challenge. We will be developing those as best we can and sharing those plans before break. At this point we are still planning on having our play performances this weekend, athletic contests, and Mission Trips over Spring break but this novel virus is rapidly changing everyone’s plans. Keeping our students safe is our highest priority and we will adjust as necessary to meet that priority.

We are working closely with the diocese and local health officials to monitor things and will consult with them about closing school for face-to-face instruction if that need arises. Where people travel to over Spring break may have an impact on what happens after break. And the MHSAA is also looking at what to do with tournaments. We will be providing numerous updates in the coming days/weeks.

As a reminder, please keep students home that are ill and regularly wash hands, disinfect common surfaces, and practice social distancing where appropriate. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this situation. Please continue to pray for those suffering from this whether it be illness or other repercussions as a result of the virus' impact.