CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Message from Superintendent Diane Floyd: March 31, 2020

Dear Catholic School Families,

During this time of quarantine, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will continue to serve our students and families.

On March 16, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City made the difficult decision to close the physical locations of all archdiocesan schools through April 5, 2020. During the week of March 23, Gov. Stitt and several city mayors ordered a mandatory shelter-in-place. Due to this new order, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is extending the closure of our physical locations until further notice. We will reconvene in-person once the restrictions are lifted and it is safe to gather. Rest assured we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and communicate with you regularly.

It is in our students’ best interest to continue learning and developing skills remotely. Therefore, until it is safe to meet in person, we will deliver course content through the archdiocesan distance learning protocol currently underway for our high school students and, beginning this week, for our PK-8 schools.

The Catholic Schools Office is working closely with principals to ensure that schools are prepared to maintain learning by providing resources for online and distance learning. School staff will work daily to ensure your students are receiving the best instruction.

As our schools continue to provide instruction and assessment, the expectation is that families will continue to pay remaining tuition. If your family is experiencing extraordinary financial circumstances related to COVID-19, it is important to communicate with your school.

I thank all our administrators, teachers, parents and students for their resiliency and dedication given this developing situation. If you have any questions or concerns about the distance learning format, community assistance or any other issue, please reach out to your principals, teachers and local school community.

As we proceed, we are aware there are concerns about COVID-19 and we want to assure families that we are monitoring all announcements from local, state and federal officials for updates and guidance. For the latest information on COVID-19, families are encouraged to visit our archdiocesan webpage, their local county health department website and the website for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please continue to pray for all those affected by this situation, especially for the sick, health care providers, public health officials, the unemployed and all community leaders. Through prayer, we also entrust to God our school communities as we share Mary’s conviction: “Nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37). You are in my prayers daily.

In Christ,
Diane Floyd, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

 

Update on Friday, March 19, 2020

We are committed to helping reduce community spread through social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. We wish to share with you our plan moving forward.

The safety and wellbeing of our students and employees are our utmost priority.

Please see the information below and know that we will continue to work with the Oklahoma City Health Department and consult with the most up-to-date CDC recommendations regarding school safety.

Bishop McGuinness will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and provide further updates as information becomes available. Also, please see the memo from the Catholic School Office of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Campus Closure:  The Bishop McGuinness school campus will be closed to the public for all non-essential activities, effective March 17, until further notice. Families should be prepared for longer closings at this time. All buildings and gates will be locked. If there is a need to access our campus please contact the school office at 405-842-6638.

Academics: The school will initiate Distance Learning for all students on Tuesday, March 24, until further notice. Parents, guardians and students should be attentive to guidance from the school through emails. Bishop McGuinness will work to respect student learning needs during this extraordinary time.

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities: All school athletic and extracurricular programs will follow OSSAA Dead Period procedures. Students should not be in any school facilities during this time of closure.

Meetings: All meetings or gatherings related directly to the mission of the school must be canceled until further notice.

 

Message from Superintendent Diane Floyd: March 16, 2020

Dear Catholic School Families,
 
The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, its Catholic Schools Office, and your children’s principals continue to monitor the latest developments regarding the coronavirus or COVID-19. To help ensure the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and the most vulnerable in our community, and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout Oklahoma, Archbishop Coakley announced an extended closure of Catholic schools in the archdiocese.
 
The closure will begin Tuesday, March 17, and will extend through April 5. All school activities, including athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions will be canceled during the time schools are closed. Our goal is to resume classes on Monday, April 6, 2020.
 
The decision to close our schools was extremely difficult and made under the guidance of local, state and federal officials. We know that closing our schools will have a significant impact on our families, but we also believe that strong, urgent action must be taken to prevent the spread of this disease and to protect lives.
 
Individual schools will be in contact with families to provide additional information regarding ongoing learning plans. Additionally, we will continue to keep families and community stakeholders updated with new information as it becomes available.
 
Please keep our community and nation in your prayers over the coming weeks and months. During this anxious time, may we all keep our eyes fixed on Him who calms every storm.
 
Yours in Christ,
Diane Floyd, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools