COVID-19 Update: March 24, 2020

Dear Central Catholic Family,

Good evening. I pray that you are all safe and well this day. 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 for people with COVID-19 and the medical and family members who are taking care of them. The Vatican has granted a plenary indulgence for those that do this faithfully.

Pope Francis has asked that all Christians unite in praying the Our Father at noon tomorrow, March 25th. Imagine that throughout the day as the noon sun rises over a time zone, Christians will pray the prayer that Jesus taught us. Thus, the Our Father will be prayed nearly every hour of the day.  

Last night, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff announced a “Stay Home, Work Safe” order to take place from 11:59 PM tonight through April 9, 2020. Because of this, Central Catholic will be reducing its on-campus workforce. This may cause delays in fulfilling requests to support a student’s learning. For example, if a student realizes that he needs a particular book from the school, he will not be able to come to the school to get it. Rest assured we will get the book to him in a reasonable amount of time. Please continue to put in your requests and needs into this HelpDesk Form. The school phone number can still be used to reach faculty and staff.

In response to this order, the Archdiocese of San Antonio Department of Catholic Schools has pushed back the return date for students and teachers. Central Catholic will continue to follow the direction of the Archdiocese in determining a return date. In the attached letter to Catholic School Families, Superintendent West stated the following:

"Our desire is to have students back on campus as soon as possible. However, it is unreasonable to give a firm date at this time. We will continuously monitor the situation and are hopeful that we will be back in school within the eight week time period discussed at the federal level, which would have us continuing distance learning through May 8."

I know there are a lot of questions about the end of the school year, especially with regard to senior activities. Know that we are going to do everything possible to ensure that these significant milestones take place. We are going to continue to be optimistic because I know we will get through this and when we do, we will truly celebrate as a community. In the meantime, thank you for all the work each of you is doing to fulfill the mission of Central Catholic. May peace be in your hearts and homes.

Take care and God bless,

Principal Walswick