COVID-19 Update: July 3, 2020

Dear Central Catholic families,
I pray that you are all safe and well as we enter this 4th of July weekend. Freedom and sacrifice go hand-in-hand. We at Central Catholic are grateful for the sacrifice of all those men and women who have served our country so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy.
 
As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, I am urging all families to follow the guidelines of the city and county in maintaining social distance, wearing masks, and practicing good hygiene. I know that this may sound like a broken record, but I cannot stress how important it is that we all do this so that together we can continue the mission of Central Catholic. This is particularly important for our summer school and strength and conditioning currently going on.
 
Last month during our strength and condition program, we experienced our first positive case of COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we determined that it would be best to suspend the program until July 6th so that we could analyze the situation and review our protocols. We learned many things about this. Most importantly, we learned that the protocols we had in place stopped the spread of the disease to others.
 
We are planning on resuming our strength and conditioning program on July 6th with enhanced screening protocols and stricter training cohorts. All students will continue to be asked screening questions, have their temperature taken, wear masks and gloves, and podded into small groups. In addition, all strength and conditioning will be held outdoors until further notice. We will continue to evaluate local guidance before moving back indoors. Mr. Ybarra will be sending out the specific protocols to families enrolled in strength and conditioning.
 
In order to keep our students, teachers, and coaches safe, all summer school students and summer athletes and their families must do their part to maintain social distance from other households, wear masks when out and about, and practice proper handwashing. I know that this is a sacrifice, especially during a holiday weekend. Still, in order for us to enjoy the freedoms of in-person instruction and sports training, we must make this sacrifice as a community.
 
I foresee us continuing this sacrifice as we conclude our summer offerings and move into the fall. Our task force is hard at work in recommending a plan to the administration for opening up the school year. We will be holding a town hall meeting on July 22nd to present this plan to our community. Details for joining this webinar will be shared at a later date.
 
I cannot begin to thank you enough for everyone’s efforts in helping our community during this time. It truly shows the family spirit here at Central Catholic. May God continue to bless and watch over you all.
 
In Christ,
Stephen Walswick, Principal