St. Rose School is currently closed due to directives from Governor Lamont and the Diocese of Bridgeport. Students and teachers have transitioned to distance learning and are in frequent contact. The Administration is keeping a close watch on the situation.
Details can be found in the attached documents. We will continue to post and email important updates. Our prayers are with those who are ill; we ask God's protection over all people and His special guidance of the medical professionals who are working diligently to get this situation under control.
BRIDGEPORT—Effective this evening at 8 pm, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano has mandated that all weekday and Sunday public Masses celebrated in the presence of the lay faithful are temporarily suspended in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The temporary suspension will remain in effect until Friday, April 3. You will receive a confirmation or revision of that date on Monday, March 30.
Beginning this Sunday, Sunday Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano or Monsignor Thomas Powers, Vicar General, will be available on our Diocesan Website (www.bridgeportdiocese.org) or on diocesan social media channels (www.bridgeportdiocese.org/dobsocial/home).
The bishop’s decision was made in response to the March 15, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that, for the next 8 weeks, any in-person gatherings of 50 people or more throughout the United States be cancelled or postponed. Governor Lamont today followed that directive and has limited crowds to less than 50 in the State of Connecticut.
“With those standards now in place, out of concern for the common good of ending the spread of the Coronavirus and for the wellbeing of the clergy (many of whom are older and at greater risk) and the lay faithful of the Diocese of Bridgeport, I would like to inform you of some important new directives that will be binding throughout the diocese,” the bishop said today in a letter to all priests and diocesan officials.
“Please know that I do not make this decision easily. However, this is an extraordinary—and, in some ways, unprecedented—time in the life of the Church, the country and the world, and it requires extraordinary action to ensure the safety of those whom we serve. I appreciate greatly the cooperation of our pastors in communicating this decision to parishioners in a clear and pastoral manner. May we continue to place our trust in Jesus, the Divine Physician, through the loving hands of Our Blessed Mother, the bishop said.
Churches may remain open for private prayer at the discretion of the Pastor. Some parishes will also begin live streaming of Masses, and the diocese will publish that information on its website. The diocese will continue to provide updates and the latest news on its website: www.bridgeportdiocese.com and on Facebook and other social media.Expand ContentLESS
March 12, 2020
As indicated in previous communications, our schools have been preparing for the possibility of a prolonged closure of schools to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. While we have, at this time, no information that anyone in our schools has tested positive for the virus, the possibility that they will come in contact with someone with the virus increases daily.
As such, All diocesan/diocesan sponsored Catholic elementary and high schools will close for students effective tomorrow, March 13th and will tentatively reopen on March 30th. Schools will begin implementing their distance learning instructional plan on Monday, March 16th.
Please note the following:
- Teachers and staff will report based on the directives of their school administration
- All school activities and trips are cancelled until further notice
- Parents will receive information directly from the school as to how instruction will be provided
- While we tentatively plan to reopen on March 30th, we will continue to monitor the situation with local and state health officials in order to reassess and determine our next steps
- Saint Catherine Academy and the Adult Day Program at Saint Catherine Center will remain open. Any change to that status will be communicated to families directly from Saint Catherine Center. Questions regarding their status should be directed to Helen Burland at 203-540-5381 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us continue to pray for all those whose lives have been touched by this or any other illness as we ask God’s blessing on our school community.
Dr. Steven F. Cheeseman
Superintendent of Schools
While we continue to review information from the CDC, the Connecticut State Department of Public Health and the health departments of the local townships in which our schools are located, we understand that you may have questions about the virus and its potential impact on your child’s health and education. In an effort to provide information, we have established a special page on our diocesan schools website to house information and bulletins that may be helpful to you. This page can be found at https://www.dioceseofbridgeportcatholicschools.com/coronavirus-updates/
Each of our school principals is working to ensure a safe and healthy environment and have been asked to increase cleaning and disinfecting protocols. They are also promoting healthy hygiene practices, encouraging hand washing, monitoring absenteeism, and communicating routinely with local officials and the Diocese. Also, while international travel is being suspended, canceled or postponed, all local field trips are being reviewed for risk and decisions are being made on a case by case basis.
As far as school closures, we will make decisions on a school by school basis in collaboration with, and based on the recommendations of, local and state health officials. In the meantime, we have provided principals with several options for teaching/learning plans to minimize disruption of the educational process. Given the complexities of a school system of more than 7000 students in over 20 schools that run from Bridgeport to Greenwich to Danbury, we have asked school leaders to choose a plan, whether it be high tech, low tech, or some combination, that best suits the needs of their community and to prepare for possible implementation.
Let us continue ask God’s blessings on all those made ill by the coronavirus, those caring for them and those working to end its spread. May Our Lady watch over them and our entire school community.
Steven F. Cheeseman
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March 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We all have seen the rising concern surrounding the current outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). While the risk for transmission of COVID-19 at this time remains low, the Diocese of Bridgeport is taking the COVID-19 issue very seriously. I am writing to assure you that our schools are working in close collaboration with their local school health officials to take appropriate steps to reduce the risks to our community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new strand of the coronavirus so that we can better understand how it spreads and its associated illness. There are a small number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and none in the State of Connecticut to date. We will continue to keep up with the information that is being provided by the CDC as well as state and local health departments.
In the meantime, the Office of the Superintendent has been making policy changes regarding travel outside of the United States. A policy modification went into effect on January 29, 2020 which stated anyone returning from mainland China from this point forward will not be permitted to return to their school for 14 days after re-entry.
Furthermore, effective March 2, 2020 for students and school personnel returning from international travel, the following policy change takes effect for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport:
All students and personnel returning from international travel to a country identified by the CDC as a Level 3 Health Risk are required to get written medical clearance from their physician before returning to school. The written letter of clearance should indicate that no symptoms of infection by the Coronavirus are present and that they (or their parent) have been informed of possible symptoms that could present themselves.
The list of countries can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/travelers/index.html and currently includes China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.
In addition, out of an abundance of caution, all previously planned and approved schoolsponsored trips outside of the United States are to be reviewed and reauthorized by the Office of the Superintendent and may be subject to cancellation. No additional schoolsponsored trips outside of the United States should be planned until further notice.
In the event that a case of the Coronavirus is identified in Connecticut, we may take additional steps.
As always, we encourage all our school families of students, staff and faculty to continue to practice good hygiene and healthy practices such as:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
- Stay home if you’re feeling sick. If you’ve had a fever, stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
We understand that keeping your child home when he/she is ill may be an inconvenience, however it not only prevents the spread of illness in the school community but allows your child an opportunity to rest and recover.
We will continue to provide updates as we learn new information. Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns. You may also visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
May God bless those whose lives have been touched by illness and those who work every day to find treatments and cures.
And may Our Lady shower our community with the blessings of Her protection.
Steven F. Cheeseman
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REMINDER FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
When should I keep my child home from school? Below are some guidelines to follow.
- Child should be fever free for 24 hours. A child's temperature is lowest in the morning, so a low temperature on awakening is not a true indicator. If you have given your child Tylenol or Motrin at night, the medication could still be affecting your child's temperature. A child should be fever free without the assistance of medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Temperatures should be less than 100°.
- A child diagnosed with strep throat/scarlet fever should remain home for the first 24 hours of antibiotic treatment. A child remains contagious until he/she has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
- A child should be free of vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. A child who has been ill during the night may feel slightly better in the morning and even ask to go to school. However, the child will likely experience symptoms of illness later, will also be tired from loss of sleep, and will still be contagious to other children.
- A child diagnosed with conjunctivitis may attend school after 24 hours of treatment. There should also not be any drainage from the eyes.
- A child with thick or constant nasal discharge and productive cough should remain home. Very few younger children can effectively blow their noses and wash their hands afterwards. A child with the above symptoms will quickly spread the illness to other children.
- A child with a rash may be excluded pending diagnosis. If a child has a temperature above 100°, pink eyes, vomiting/diarrhea, rash, has copious nasal congestion and or a constant disruptive cough they will be sent home.
PLEASE REVIEW GOOD COUGH OR SNEEZE ETIQUETTE WITH YOUR CHILD
- Cover the mouth with a tissue or elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash.
- Remind them to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Moreover, wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after
Governor Lamont: Connecticut Launches Coronavirus Infoline for General Questions From the Public
Connecticut Residents Can Call 2-1-1 or text CTCOVID to 898211
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.
Answers to many of the questions people may have can already be found by visiting the state’s coronavirus information website at ct.gov/coronavirus. People are encouraged to review that website for answers to their questions first before calling the hotline.
This information hotline is only intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.
“We understand people have specific questions but we want to stress that this call center is only intended for general information. Anyone looking for specific medical advice regarding symptoms they may be experiencing is strongly urged to seek medical treatment,” Governor Lamont said.
The 2-1-1 hotline is available 24 hours a day. Multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access for those with a hearing impairment is also available.
This page includes FAQs, travel information, letters from Dr. Cheeseman, and links to additional site from the CT Dept. of Health, CDC, and US Dept. of Education, and more.Expand ContentLESS
This parent resource was compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists.Expand ContentLESS