Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information & Updates

UPDATES:
Gov. Abbott's Announcement Regarding All Texas Schools Remaining Closed
April 17, 2020
Today, Governor Abbott extended his executive order regarding all Texas schools and mandated that all shall remain closed. (Click to Read More)
 
Fr. Sean Downing's Holy Week Reflection
April 07, 2020
Greetings! As Christians, we are entering the holiest time of our liturgical calendar. The pandemic outbreak has turned our lives upside down in ways we could have never imagined weeks ago. As a Marianist, my life centers around the daily Eucharist and the liturgy of the hours. Prayer always prepares a Marianist to go forth in mission to bring Christ into the world. Our mission as Marianists is to be... (Click to Read More)
 
Class of 2024 and Continuing Communications during COVID-19 Shelter In Place/Work Safe Order
April 01, 2020

Please continue to utilize the HelpDesk Ticket system to get any support you need. We have invited our incoming families to use this system as well so that our incoming freshmen get all the help they may need to successfully complete their 8th-grade year. 

As things begin to settle into a routine, I will be cutting back on my communications. We will ... (Click Here for More Info)

 

Schools to Remain Closed until May 4
March 31, 2020
Today, Governor Abbott announced that Texas schools will remain closed until May 4th. I, the rest of the administration, and the faculty and staff remain hopeful about returning to campus this school year. We will continue to follow the guidance of our state and local officials when it comes to a safe return to school. In the meantime, Central will continue to shine. Thank you to ... (Click for More)
 
Online Distance Learning Extended
March 24, 2020
While I have not received word of anyone from our community having a verified case of the coronavirus, I have been receiving news that friends and family of members of our community have become afflicted by this. Please join me in praying ... (Click to read full statement)
 
Let us continue daily prayer
March 23, 2020
Dear Parents, Students, and Staff,
As our journey through Lent continues, I invite you to join me in maintaining a habit of daily prayer. This can be done through scripture reading, praying the Rosary, or meditation. It is through Christ as our light and our hope that we will overcome the adversity we face.
 
Today we began our distance education plan. I have been sharing over the past week that the implementation of this plan is going to take creativity, patience, and flexibility. We want learning to continue across all courses, but how learning will be done is changing dramatically. I ask that we be patient and understanding with each other as we adapt and adjust to how we will be teaching and learning.
 
The National Catholic Education Association is hosting a webinar titled “Transitioning to Distance Learning for Parents.” This webinar event on Tuesday, March 24 at 12 PM EDT and again at 6 PM EDT, is open to parents, educators, administrators, caregivers or anyone who needs some practical help RIGHT NOW managing a transition to distance learning, establishing routines, discipline, navigating all the online tools that are out there and trying to keep sane. As your households increase their online activity, I strongly urge that you be sure that internet security software is installed on your devices. Many if not all residential internet providers give this to their customers as part of their service contract. Here is a link for more information on this from Spectrum.

“The imitation of Mary is the surest, the quickest and easiest way to imitate Jesus Christ.” -Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

Take care and God bless,
Principal Walswick
 
Distance Education is Here for Central Catholic
March 20, 2020
First and foremost, I want to thank you for your ongoing prayer and support of each other and Central Catholic. I am
confident that we will endure this new challenge because of our faith and our commitment to serving each other.
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade experienced the same outpouring as he navigated the turbulent times of the French
Revolution. Learning, faith formation, and character development will continue for... (Click for More Info)
 
Fr. Sean’s reflection on the Solemnity of St. Joseph
March 19, 2020
I have now served as the Chaplain for Central Catholic for three excellent years. Educating at an all-boys Catholic Marianist school is a great privilege. I have come to realize how awesome our mission of forming young men in our Catholic faith and Marianist spirit is for the future of the church and world. We need young men formed by Mary and centered in the love of Christ who offers genuine care in a broken world. As Catholics, we have a great model of manhood in St. Joseph. He was a dreamer who listened and obeyed God. God spoke to him in a dream. Joseph followed through and worked to bring that dream alive in guiding Jesus into manhood.
 
Keep in mind, St. Joseph lived an incredible life in being the foster father of Jesus. In his vocation, he also accepted great responsibility and work. Remember, St. Joseph lived in a strange and difficult time. Think about how he was responsible for both Mary, the Mother of God and Jesus, the Son of God. I wondered what words Joseph prayed when he discovered that King Herod ordered the massacre of all boys under two years of age in Bethlehem. Joseph had to lead the Holy Family to Egypt as they fled Herod’s terror. It was an incredible journey, but Joseph trusted in the ways of God. He was a man of prayer and his prayer gave him the courage to bring Mary and the child Jesus to safety.
 
We are living in a strange time with the COVID-19 virus. Today, as we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Let’s emulate St. Joseph as he prayed and worked through strange and difficult times. Surely, St. Joseph woke up very perplexed after his dream. In the dream, an angel appeared and said to him “Do not be afraid, the Holy Spirit is with you”. Joseph listened to the dream and followed through in being the husband of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus. It may have seemed like an impossible role, but Joseph was inspired by his wife, Mary. When she courageously proclaimed that “Nothing is impossible with God”.
 
Today, St. Joseph reminds us that young men need to dream. Our young men need to dream and envision the awesome men they can become for others. Dreams motivate men to work hard and to persevere, so these dreams can become a reality. As we are going through this strange time let’s encourage our young men of Central Catholic to dream big and work hard. Let’s look to St. Joseph who followed his dream with prayer, work, courage, and perseverance.
 
Book & Resource Distribution Plan:
March 18, 2020
Many of you have been asking for details on items to pick up for your son as we transition to online-learning for the next few weeks. The attached list of resources is a full list from every teacher on the items that are required to complete assignments that will be assigned. If your son has all the materials he needs for assignments in his possession, then there is no need to travel for Book Distribution. .... Click for More Info
 
In-person Classes Suspended in Conjunction with SA Archdiocese
March 13, 2020
Thank you for your continued prayers, support, patience, and understanding as our school community responds and adapts to the COVID-19 outbreak. To better combat this virus, we, in sync with the greater San Antonio community, must limit personal contact and large group gatherings. To this end and in conjunction with the Department of Catholic Schools, I have canceled in-person classes for all students through ... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
 
Central Catholic is still closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation
March 12, 2020
Dear Central Catholic Community,I pray that you are safe and well during this Spring Break. During this week, we have been taking the time to closely monitor the developments of the spread of COVID-19. We are blessed to have the gift of time to collaborate with other institutions including the Archdiocese, high schools both in and out of the state, St. Mary’s University, and other local agencies. We are grateful for the amazing Central Catholic Alumni network and extended community that has been looking out for our school and its current students, faculty, and staff through the sharing of information and resources. I would like to remind and encourage everyone to follow the guidance of the CDC regarding keeping yourself and your family healthy. Additionally, I would like to share with you an update from the Archdiocese of San Antonio regarding COVID-19. Please see the attached document.The Central Catholic Administration along with board members has met to discuss the current state of the virus and what actions we would take as this situation evolves. We will use tomorrow, March 13th, to take into consideration any updates, before communicating any decisions. In lieu of an eButton newsletter, tomorrow evening I will be sending out a letter detailing directions and guidance.
  • The Characteristics of Marianist Education are an excellent focal point for us:
  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice, and peace
  • Educate for adaptation and change
Central Catholic is committed to these characteristics and the charism of the Marianist Order. Despite the status of this pandemic changing hourly, we take comfort and peace in knowing that we are more than capable of adapting to this change and creating an appropriate response. Together we as a community will provide a safe and healthy environment for our students to learn and develop. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support.
 
In Christ, through his Mother,
Stephen Walswick
Principal
 
Latest updates on coronavirus-related cancellations, postponements in the Archdiocese of San Antonio
The response to the COVID-19 outbreak is a fast-paced story around the globe, nation, state, and in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Following is an initial list of cancellations and updates, and additional information will be provided in a timely manner. Click Here for More info.
 
Spring Break Message from Principal Walswick
March 06, 2020

As we enter Spring Break, I would like to provide everyone with an update and guidance regarding the COVID-19 virus. With students and teachers away from campus, we will be taking advantage of the opportunity to thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces. We ask that everyone continue to take reasonable precautions and to follow local and national recommendations to protect you from and prevent the spread of the disease. ...  Click Here to Read More

 
Archdiocese of San Antonio - Department of Catholic Schools Letter
March 05, 2020
Archdiocesan Catholic school leadership has begun a discussion of plans for instructional continuity related to coronavirus (COVID-19). Although local health and civic authorities maintain that the risk of coronavirus exposure to the public is low, the safety of all of our Catholic school communities is our paramount concern, and we are sharing proactive steps that all should be taking. This guidance is subject to change as the situation is rapidly evolving. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.
One of the most significant topics is any travel by our Catholic school families as we head into spring break and the Easter holidays. ... Click Here to Read More