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.
Dear Parents and Staff,
Governor Lamont has officially closed all Connecticut schools for the remainder of the year. As our Alternative Learning Plan is well in place and continues to evolve, the staff and leadership team is committed to working with students and providing support as needed.
We will be sending further details out to you that relate to the handling of end-of-year district events (such as graduation), as well as other future district plans that extend into the summer(e.g., summer school). These are important to us but require additional planning under these unique circumstances.
Thank you and continue to stay well.
Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue, SuperintendentExpand ContentLESS
A note from the nurse
Is this Seasonal Allergies or the Covid-19 virus?
Forecasters are predicting a brutal Spring allergy season. This is occurring at the same time that the Covid-19 cases are rising across Connecticut. For seasonal allergy sufferers the onset of watery eyes, sneezing, and scratchy throats can now bring anxiety. Are these my allergies? Or the onset of the Covid-19 virus? If you have seasonal allergies and usually take daily medications, it is advisable to start if you have not
already. It can be confusing to know what you are experiencing.
(100.4º-104º F) with sudden onset
|Cough||Little or no cough||Common, hacking cough|
|General Aches and pains||Slight||Usual: often quite severe|
|Fatigue and Weakness||Mild||Extreme|
|Prostration (extreme exhaustion)||Never||Early and prominent|
|Runny, stuffy nose||Common||Sometimes|
|Watery, red and itchy eyes||Common||Not usual|
|Short of Breath||Less common||Prominent|
|Scratchy sore throat||Common||Sometimes|
|Chest discomfort||Sometimes||Common: can be severe|
|New onset of confusion||Never||Sometimes|
*This list is not all-inclusive
For now, your best defense against the virus is to support your immune system with sleep, exercise, and good nutrition and, most importantly, to wash your hands and practice social distancing so you don’t get infected in the first place.
It is important to note that this is not intended to provide medical advice. Please consult your medical provider if you have concerns.
March 26, 2020
As we come to the end of week two of our distance learning, I continue to be amazed by all the creative and effective instruction that is happening throughout our diocesan school system. I am sure that you share my immense gratitude for our teachers who are working so hard to ensure your child continues to receive a quality Catholic education even though we cannot be in the traditional classroom. I am hopeful that this will be an opportunity for us to continue to strengthen the teacher-family partnership as we strive to provide an excellent educational experience for the approximately 7,500 students served by our schools.
Today, I write to inform you that we, in keeping with Governor Lamont’s directive to public schools, have moved our tentative return to school date from April 1st to April 20th. Additionally, we have decided to extend the Easter break. Hopefully, this will give everyone some down time to fully enjoy a prayerful Holy Week and a joyous Easter without the burden of assignments and due dates. Easter break will begin on Monday April 6th and will end with a return to school (whether virtually or in person) on April 20th. We are in the process of assembling a list of family activities for Holy Week and Easter along with some virtual field trips that families can enjoy together. These will be added next week to our Catholic schools resource page, https://www.dioceseofbridgeportcatholicschools.com/coronavirus-updates/. As a reminder, you can also find information regarding the virtual help desk for teachers and parents on that page.
Finally, to the parents of seniors, I want to assure you that regardless of the return to school date, we will do our best to hold a graduation ceremony that celebrates the accomplishments of your senior student. At this time, I cannot say if it will be on the date originally planned, but we will try our best to preserve some of the traditions your family has looked forward to.
As we move forward in these coming weeks, please accept my great gratitude for your continued patience and flexibility and let us keep praying for all those whose families are affected by this pandemic. May God bless you and may Our Lady continue to shower Her blessings on our Catholic school community.
Dr. Steven F. Cheeseman
Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of BridgeportExpand ContentLESS
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 email@example.com
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
Superintendent of SchoolsExpand ContentLESS
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
Superintendent of SchoolsExpand ContentLESS
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