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How Will The 2020-21 School Year Look?
This is Part One in a Five-Part Video Series where we will detail how the upcoming school year will look in regards to the Coronavirus & Social Distancing. We plan to roll out new videos every two weeks as more details become available. Please know that we are working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and Faculty/Staff.

Direction Regarding Appropriateness During On-Line Academic Meetings

 

Students and Parents, as we continue in this new way of teaching and learning, we must address on-line meetings and what is appropriate.

 

For any google-meetings or the like, where students and teachers are on camera, the following must be observed: 

  • Students must be appropriately attired and surroundings are to be decent on camera.
  • Sit up straight, no lounging or lying down, as it is a class meeting. 

In addition, per school policy, all meetings will be recorded. 

 

We appreciate everyone's continued support as we navigate this uncertain time in education and our world.

Thank you. 

LCHS Administration 

April 20, 2020
 
Lancaster Catholic High School will end the school year for all students on Friday, May 22. 
 
The last instructional day will be Thursday, May 21. 
 
There will be no final exams for any courses this year, eliminating the need for exam/testing days.  As soon as the County stay at home order is lifted, we will establish and communicate a schedule for returning school materials and gathering personal items.
 
April 16, 2020
 
 
Those with Financial Aid concerns for this year and next year, please know that if you want a
Lancaster Catholic education for your son or daughter, we'll make it work.
 
Dear Lancaster Catholic High School Parents and Students,

Governor Wolf announced today that all Schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year.
 
His message also included this statement: “Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible.”
 
Therefore, Lancaster Catholic will continue our current instructional protocols, with A/B instructional days alternating Monday through Thursday of each week and non-instructional days each Friday.
 
The Administration will seek consultation from the Diocesan Superintendent as to when the school year will officially end, and announce that date ASAP. Our commencement exercises for our seniors, including Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation, are hereby postponed. As events unfold, we will make every effort to reschedule all commencement events as soon as possible after the stay at home emergency orders are lifted, even if that means dates in June or July.
April 6, 2020
Financial Aid Concerns
 
Those with Financial Aid concerns for this year and next year, please know that if you want a
Lancaster Catholic education for your son or daughter, we'll make it work.
 
April 2, 2020
 
April 1, 2020
 
Self-Care Hallmarks during the COVID-19 situation

In a time of crisis, there are proven steps that can help us work through the uncertainties and distress we are experiencing as provided by WellSpan Employee and Family Resources:

  • Acknowledge and verbalize when you are stressed.
    Research has shown that talking about your concerns helps remove them and is far better than trying to ignore, deny, or suppress the natural feelings we all share. No matter who you are, the common denominator is that we are all human, and we will feel heightened stress during this time. Acknowledging it opens the gate for us to do something about it.
  • Rely on a few trusted resources for information.
    Think: CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Limit searches on Google.
  • But limit your exposure to information.
    Over-consumption of social media, national media and local media coverage of COVID-19 can consume you and create depleted energy and even more distress.
  • Stay connected with others.
    You may have to work harder at this as you adhere to the Pennsylvania Department of Health restrictions and social distancing, but this one is huge. Virtual interactions count!
  • Take care of your own basic needs.
    You need fuel for the mind and body. Eat nutritious food, hydrate and try to get enough sleep.
  • Keep up your daily routine as much as you can.
    Routine is key – whether your usual one or a new one you create! Routine helps you maintain a sense of normalcy that can dramatically reduce stress. It might require some creative thinking, but this is vital for you in your work and for your family at home.
  • Take breaks, breathe, slow down with intention, and set limits.
    We must remember to step away from our work. Take time out even if it’s for a minute or two. To slow down, and be present, will help slow what may seem like a chaotic, stressful experience. 
  • Do some physical movement.
    Move, stand up and be active, and exercise in whatever way you can, even in small increments. Get outside and take a walk, get some fresh air, look at the clouds, breathe deeply.
  • Focus on what you can control.
    Be present and in the moment. Avoid the “What ifs.” Psychologists call this catastrophizing or running worst-case scenarios in our heads. This behavior will only create more distress. 
  • Laugh!
    Watch a funny movie, YouTube video or anything that tickles your funny bone. Laughter is good food for the soul. Laughter is an essential part of the coping equation during an emotionally charged time.
March 26, 2020 
Please read this week's Crusader Connection!
 
March 25, 2020- 1 PM
 
Dear Friends,
 
Diocesan School Superintendent Dan Breen just announced that we can proceed with our plans to make all of Holy Week (April 6-10) our Easter break.  Therefore, all students, faculty, and staff will be off that week.  Between now and then, our schedule will remain unchanged with instructional letter days Monday-Thursday and no instruction Fridays (3/27 and 4/3). 
 
schedule
March 24, 2020- 3:00 PM
March 23, 2020- 4:00 PM 
 
 
A short time ago, Governor Wolf announced that he has extended the order for schools to remain closed for at least two more weeks from tomorrow, March 24. 
 
Diocesan Superintendent Dan Breen then issued instructions that we will comply with the Governor's order and that our school buildings are to remain closed through and including April 10, which is Good Friday, and that we are to continue our Flexible Instruction Program in the meantime. 
 
Mr. Breen will notify us whether or not there are to be any instructional days during Holy Week, April 6-10. 
 
Accordingly, our A/B Day rotation will continue as will the practice of instructional days from Monday through Thursday with non-instructional days each Friday. 

Dear Families & Friends,

In light of the statement issued by Governor Wolf last night, Lancaster Catholic will be shutting down the building to all traffic by 1 p.m. today, Friday, March 20.

After listening to feedback from parents, students and faculty, we have decided to make the Instruction week only four days going forward, beginning immediately. This means that Monday through Thursday will be Flexible Instruction Days, and Fridays will be off for all students and faculty.

Going forward, Mondays and Wednesdays will be A Days and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be B Days.

We are also shortening the teachers’ office hours to 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thank you for your diligence in these past few days. We are very pleased that we are able to “Continue the Mission” of our school through these times.

Please take the time to fill out this short, 5-question survey to help us fine-tune our execution in the upcoming days. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FIDLCHS)

God Bless,

LCHS Administration

on mission

Our amazing student Broadcast Team pulled off the impossible. They recorded a Morning Show while being home this week!!!!! Click the link & enjoy! https://www.lchsyes.org/apps/pages/morningannouncements

Kameron Garcia was featured on Fun 101.3 this morning, singing one of the songs from the musical "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Click the link & enjoy! https://youtu.be/Kv5lV_9q1lk

FPA News

The Combined Grandview Heights Community Lawn Concert with St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church scheduled for Monday, April 20th is canceled and will be rescheduled for next year.

 

FPA Updates
The following concerts have been canceled: 
  • I Dreamed A Dream with Christopher West 
  • Peter Favilla in Concert 
The Fine & Performing Arts Department will look into rescheduling the concerts next school year. 
 
National Scholastic Art & Writing Award 
 
Maddi Lewis has merited a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her poem “Dear Virgil...” Her poem was written to honor Virgil Ware, a 13-year-old boy murdered the same day as Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and an “unsung hero” of the Civil Rights Movement. 
 
Maddi will now be considered for national publication and invited to a week of celebration in New York City this June. 
 
The Canal Street String Band 
 
If you were disappointed that The Canal Street String Band was canceled, you'll be excited to hear that they will live stream their performance for all to enjoy! So tune in tomorrow at 7 PM 🎶 Here is the link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/642239343258381/
 
Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

March 16, 2020 - 3:00 PM

 

From the IT Department at Lancaster Catholic High School,

As we move forward into unchartered territory during the extended period of Flexible Instruction Days, we in the IT Department are exploring the best ways to facilitate remote instruction to accommodate the needs of our teachers and students. Recognizing that real-time interaction between teachers and students is invaluable, the decision was made to roll out Google Meet. Google Meet is included in our Google Education suite of applications and is used for live audio and video streaming.

As with any technology, there is the potential for abuse. Please be assured that we are constantly monitoring this application, watching for any indications of fraud or abuse, and will notify the appropriate school personnel immediately if abuse is discovered. 

Please be assured that the school’s Acceptable Use Policy will be enforced. Teachers will only be using this application during normal school hours and all teachers hosting meetings will be using a school email address that ends with @lchsyes.org. As always, monitoring your children’s online activities is the best way to ensure the proper use of technology.

Joe Krainik

Tech Support

Lancaster Catholic High School

March 16, 2020 - 2:30 PM

 

The Garden Club Pansy Sale is canceled. Orders will be returned when school resumes.

 

March 16, 2020 - 8:00 AM

 

Lancaster Catholic will remain closed for two weeks. Today begins our Flexible Instruction Day Schedule. Today is a Zero Day for Teacher Preparation. No work is due and students do not need to log into their Rediker accounts.

 

Beginning on Tuesday, teachers will have uploaded assignments and lessons to your Rediker accounts for a B Day. Please check your student email for instructions from teachers as well as your Rediker login. Wednesday will continue with an A Day.

Lancaster Catholic High School will follow the online instruction procedures that were previously shared and will be continued into the following week. Please follow the Purple & Gold schedule to the right.

March 13, 2020- 3:30 PM

Moments after we sent notice of the decision to close next week, Governor Wolf announced that all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania will be closed for 10 business days (March 16-27) due to the coronavirus.

The closure is effective on Monday, March 16.

Officials will continue to monitor COVID-19 and will reevaluate at the end of the 10 days to determine whether schools should remain closed for longer.

Lancaster Catholic High School will follow the online instruction procedures that were previously shared and will be continued into the following week, such that Monday, March 23rd will be an "A-Day", Tuesday, March 24th a "B-Day", Wednesday, March 25th a "A-Day", Thursday, March 26th a "B-Day" and Friday, March 27 a "A-Day."

March 13, 2020- 3:00 PM

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Lancaster Catholic High School will be closed from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. All school activities are canceled for the week. 

The closing will enable our custodial staff to thoroughly clean the building.   

This is a rapidly changing situation.  Lancaster Catholic will provide further updates as information is available.  

Additionally, ALL athletic practices and games will be postponed for two weeks until March 30th. We will reassess as we get closer to that date.

Students, please be aware that Monday, March 16th is an instructional planning day for faculty and students will have no assignments due that day. Tuesday, March 17th will be a "B-Day" with the beginning of on-line instruction with "B-Day" content only. Wednesday, March 18th will be an "A-Day", Thursday a "B-Day" and Friday will be a non-instructional day as scheduled.

March 13, 2020- 1:45 PM
 
SAT Update 
Although Lancaster Catholic is not giving SATs tomorrow, a number of our juniors may be taking the test. So far, Conestoga Valley and Manheim Township have canceled or postponed the test. Hempfield's SAT is still on but students should check their emails or the school district they are testing with for updates and cancellations. 
 
March 13, 2020- 9:30 AM
 
Campus Ministry Update 
 
We understand that some of you have questions concerning retreats obligations and upcoming retreats, particularly 4th Day, Adore and the Theme Retreat Day all of which have been canceled. We are working through all the details now and more information will be forthcoming. Here is what we can tell you now for sure. 
 
All retreat obligations for the year will be considered fulfilled. While we would like to reschedule these retreats there simply will not be days available to accommodate them in our schedule.  For those who have given us funds, we are working on a protocol for that as well and more details will follow soon. We are certain your students were looking forward to these retreats, as were we. We ask your continued patience as we work through all of this and encourage you to take time for yourself and with your students to offer a prayer for our community and our country. 
 
God Bless- Campus Ministry Team
 
March 13, 2020- 9:30 AM
Spring Musical Update
 
Dear Families, 
 
We have some new information regarding this weekend and the performances.  Rehearsals will go on as scheduled this weekend with a dress rehearsal for immediate family only on Sunday.  We can not accommodate extended families or friends at this time. 
 
Please note that any video/audio recording on Sunday MUST not go on ANY social media.
 
All performances of the spring production have been postponed until further notice. We are looking at weekends that are a possibility within our school calendar and contacting both copyright companies for permission to perform at a later date.
 
Thank you for your support!
 
March 13, 2020- 9 AM
 
Campus Ministry Update
Lancaster Catholic's Campus Ministry is sorry to announce the cancellation of the following retreats: 
  • Adore
  • 4th Day
  • In-School Theme Retreat
More information to follow. 
Business Office Update
If parents need to contact the Business Office, please email LGarner@lchsyes.org.  You may also call 717-509-0307 as we will be checking messages regularly.
 
March 13, 2020- 8:15 AM
 
A Message from the Diocese 
In response to the Coranovirus Outbreak, our Diocesan Superintendent today ordered the postponement/cancellation of all scheduled events from today, through and including April 15, 2020, at the earliest.  Therefore, we must postpone the Alumni Citation Awards Brunch scheduled for April 4.  We will make every effort to find an alternative future date for the event but, given the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak, are unable to do so at this time.  We will keep you posted as events unfold.
 
FPA Update
We are also canceling the following FPA performances:
  • Canal Street String Band Concert scheduled for this Sunday
  • FPA Concert & Lecture Series - Jamanis Family MORE Beethoven Concert
  • FPA Concert & Lecture Series - Grace Asuncion '15 in Concert
 
Varsity Club Update 
The Varsity Club Flower sale has also be canceled. Please contact Rhonda Byers (rbyers@lchsyes.org) or Jackie Cicchetti (jcicchetti@lchsyes.org) for more information.

March 12, 2020- Updated 4:15 PM

Dear Lancaster Catholic Family and Friends,

The safety of our students, staff and community is always our paramount concern. As news of the spread of the Coronavirus unfolds, we want to provide you with the latest information on how Lancaster Catholic High School is addressing this unprecedented health crisis, and to let you know how/where to get important information going forward.  Please consult the school’s website www.lchsyes.org frequently for the very latest information on all school programs and activities. We have placed a button on the front page for direct access to this information that will serve as The Digital Headquarters.

All Lancaster Catholic scheduled events (i.e. - the musical) will be evaluated individually going forward as circumstances evolve and may be canceled or postponed to prevent the spread of the virus. Communication of all school-wide cancelations and/or schedule changes will be made using the same emergency contact channels we use for weather-related closings and cancellations. Please remember to check the school website and social media accounts frequently for updates.

The PIAA has suspended all State Basketball Tournament and State Swimming competitions for a two-week evaluation period.

Teachers have been preparing for remote instruction since the school year began, initially as a response to possible weather-related closings.  The protocols we communicated regarding Flexible Instruction Days in the fall will be implemented should it be necessary to close school. A copy of the Flexible Instruction Day protocol is located here and has been posted on the school website.

Parent/Student instructions to access all digital classes will also be among the menu items on the Digital Headquarters menu. Class content will be recorded in advance and aired according to the normal A/B class schedule and teachers will post daily real-time contact hours for each weekday as set forth in the Flexible Instruction Day Policy.

Additional signage has been posted in prominent areas throughout the campus to remind students and staff of the importance of thorough hand washing as the best means of preventing catching and spreading the virus.

Lancaster Catholic custodial staff uses the following industrial-grade cleaning/disinfectant products daily to thoroughly clean all campus facilities:

  • Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner (NDC)
    • NDC is a concentrated, pH neutral, broad-spectrum quaternary disinfectant designed to clean and disinfect a wide variety of hard, non-porous inanimate surfaces. Its pleasant fragrance makes this an ideal cleaner and disinfectant in all facilities that need to protect from harmful infectious diseases and infestations.
    • WHERE IT’S USED:
      •  Hospitals • Nursing Homes • Restaurants • Schools • Hotels • Funeral Homes • Day Care Centers
    • Registrations:
      • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Reg. No. 1839-169-70799.  For Safety Data Sheet (SDS) visit www.stateindustrial.com
  • DBC-34 Concentrated Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner
    • DBC-34TM’s one-step formula cleans and disinfects making this the ideal disinfectant for hard, non-porous surfaces, not only in the restroom, but in any area. DBC-34 is also an effective sanitizer, mildewstat and deodorizer.
    • CLEANING POWER
      • Where other disinfectants can lose their potency on soiled surfaces, DBC-34’s quat-based formula can cut through tough hard water deposits and lime-scale build-up, to effectively clean and disinfect.
    • EFFECTIVE AGAINST THE FOLLOWING:
      • Brevibacterium ammoniagenes •  Salmonella enterica •    Enterobacter aerogenes •   Salmonella typhi •   Escherichia coli •    Serratia marcescens • Klebsiella pneumoniae •  Shigella dysenteriae •·  Proteus mirabilis •  Staphylococcus aureus • Pseudomonas aeruginosa •  Streptococcus pyogenes
    • WHERE IT’S USED:
      • Hospitals • Nursing Homes • Restaurants • Schools • Hotels • Day Care Centers
    • REGISTRATIONS:
      • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Reg. No. 6836-86-70799
  • Resources
March 12, 2020- Updated 1 PM
The PIAA announced on Thursday that it has suspended the basketball tournaments for at least two weeks. It also announced that the Class 2A swimming championships set to take place on Friday and Saturday have been suspended. 
 
March 12, 2020- Updated 11 AM
Grandparents Day is Canceled for March 19, 2020. 
March 5, 2020- Coronavirus Resources
 
CV
Dear Catholic High Families,
 
At Lancaster Catholic High School, the safety and well-being of our students is always our number one priority. We are also closely monitoring the information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
There have been ZERO cases of the coronavirus reported in our school.
 
This letter is to assure you that we are aware of the issue and that we are prepared to respond with guidance provided by health professionals to any issue that may arise in our school.
 
We encourage you to read this document (click here) from the Pennsylvania Department of Health as well as monitor the official websites of the Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for additional
information.
 
Especially during the flu season, our janitorial staff works overtime sanitizing the building and this year is no exception. However, as always, we encourage use of proper hygiene practices, especially when sick. If your child is sick, please keep them home until the illness has passed.
 
Thank you for your support in this manner and in Lancaster Catholic High School.