Notes from the Principal's Desk: Thanksgiving Collection, Homecoming Weekend, and more!

CoVid-19 Dashboard November 12th, 2020

On Monday, we began our annual Thanksgiving Collection for the Parish of Immaculate Conception on Mosher St. Virtual students can drop off their donations in the foyer. The collection ends on Monday, November 23rd.
 
The following is what we ask specific grades to donate.
  
Bring in at least 4 of each item per student:
· Kindergarten and Pre-First: sweet potatoes (canned-non perishable)
· Grade 1: cranberry sauce
· Grade 2: green beans (canned or pouched)
· Grade 3: sauerkraut (canned-non perishable)
· Grade 4: carrots (canned-non perishable)
· Grade 5: stuffing mix
· Grade 6: corn (canned-non perishable)
· Grade 7: white potatoes (canned-non perishable)
· Grade 8: gravy

Homecoming This Weekend! 

This weekend is Homecoming Weekend for the Parish and School. Come celebrate the Parishes 61st anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral with coffee, donuts, waffles, and hot chocolate after all Masses on Sunday 11/15.

Protocols For Travelling Over Thanksgiving
On Tuesday, Governor Hogan released a new directive strongly advising Marylanders against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or any state with average case rates above 20 per 100K. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results. This public health advisory—which takes effect immediately—applies to personal, family, or business travel of any kind. Marylanders are advised to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity and/or case rates decline.

As a result of this new guidance the Department of Catholic Schools has given updated guidance for families traveling out of state. Families who travel out of state must quarantine and are not permitted to return to school in-person until they have gotten a negative CoVid-19 test and are asymptomatic. The rapid test is now an acceptable test for families to document their negative Covid-19 status. This is a change in previous guidance.
 
Parent Volunteer/Proctors Needed!

 
In the coming weeks and with the help of the SCMOQ task force we hope to be able to share a draft plan for students to return 5 days a week. As we begin to explore this possibility the role of parent volunteers who can act as proctors in classrooms will be critical.  
 
We are incredibly grateful for all those parents who have signed up to volunteer at school. It is anticipated we will need at least 35 parent volunteers, spread equally among the 2nd through 8th grade, who can commit to being in school at least once a week to proctor a classroom for students who are not in a classroom with a teacher.  
 
We anticipate the one or two days a week commitment to last approximately nine weeks from January 4th until March 4th (the end of the second trimester). We will have another call for parent volunteers for the third trimester, which is from March 8th until the end of school on June 10th. 
 
Other details include:

  • For the protection of both the volunteer parents and the school community as a whole, it is essential that parents who have underlying medical conditions, are actively caring for elderly family members, or are employed in higher-risk professions such as hospitals, first responders, or other frontline workers refrain from volunteering at this time. 
  • Volunteers will also be expected to comply with all CoVid requirements, including masking, social distancing, and sanitization.
  • Volunteers are to be assigned only to provide support to their child's cohort. 
  • All volunteers must have completed VIRTUS and have been approved.

We do not yet have the number of volunteers needed to pursue in-person five days a week instruction. If you are interested in volunteering or if you are currently volunteering, please complete this interest form, Parent Volunteer Form, and we will respond to you as soon as possible. There is no need to respond if you have already completed the form.

This afternoon the Governor is expected to speak again regarding the increase in CoVid-19 cases in Maryland. Should any of the information he provides impact schools, and Cathedral specifically, we will do our best to communicate with families as soon as possible.

God Bless,
Michael Wright