The coronavirus COVID-19 has created an unprecedented set of circumstances for communities across the country. For several weeks, Cathedral administrators have been meeting to discuss this rapidly changing situation. There are many factors to consider as we discern future steps. Our primary consideration has always been and must always be the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
Consistent with the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control, the
Indiana Health Department, and the recommendations from the Cathedral leadership team, we have made several decisions that will go into effect immediately. These decisions will be disruptive and therefore may be upsetting to some, however, they have been made with great care and consideration for the health and safety of our community.
eLearning Starts Monday, March 16
Cathedral High School is suspending all in-person classes and extracurricular activities starting at 5 p.m. today. We will begin eLearning on Monday, March 16. An email with further instruction regarding coursework will be sent to students on Sunday, March 15. It is our hope to replicate the school day as much as possible. We will follow our current daily schedule and expect excellence. Your student should be prepared to begin work at 7:50 a.m. on Monday. Our plan right now is to resume in-person classes on Tuesday, April 14.
We know there is no real substitution for being in class. One of Cathedral’s Holy Cross core values is Excellence, and we have a 100-plus year history of academic excellence. This is an unprecedented time right now, and we must put safety first.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are keenly aware we are asking a lot of our families and we are disappointing many of our students. The decision to close Cathedral and suspend extracurricular activities was not made lightly. We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will hopefully address your immediate questions/concerns. You can also click here to submit questions that are not answered in this document.
Help with Breakfast/Lunch
Statistics show that being secure in access to food is one barrier that impacts success. Because of events (loss of income, sickness, absence from work) associated with COVID-19, some students may experience food insecurity during this time.
We want to make sure that all of our students are able to eat healthy meals. Please know these options are open to all families, not just those on the free breakfast/lunch program. Please
click here for information regarding the Community Compass App, which can help our families find the nearest food pantry.
Cathedral has also made contact with Anna’s House/The Lord’s Pantry, located at 303 N. Elder Avenue. Administrators there have agreed to help Cathedral families, regardless of where Cathedral families live. You are asked to call Leticia Juarez at 317-631-5504 for more information, Grocery pick-up is every Saturday from 10:30 until noon, but you’re advised to arrive by 10:00. Again, please call 317-631-5504 before Saturday if you plan to stop by. You can find out more online at https://annashousemsc.org/.
The only food pantry in the city that has no requirements is St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, located at 3001 30th Street. Please call 317-924-5769 for more information or go to the St. Vincent de Paul website.
Please know Cathedral High School will be in contact with all of our families who receive a free breakfast/lunch at Cathedral. We will make sure all the students receive the resources to help them during this time.
During the 1849 cholera epidemic in LeMans, France, Holy Cross founder, Father Basil Moreau wrote to the family of Holy Cross:
“Prayer is like a health zone which we must set up around our homes and schools. Moreover, it can heal souls. It is this spirit of prayer which gives me confidence that the plague will spare Holy Cross, which is so visibly under the protection of Divine Providence. Put your confidence in prayer, therefore, but at the same time, do not neglect the precautions recommended by doctors and other officials.”
While this is an unsettling time, it’s not the first time our world has dealt with an epidemic/pandemic. We trust in the Lord that all will be well, while also realizing we must do our part to ensure the safety of our students, families, and staff. While we do not have a case of coronavirus at Cathedral, we have an individual and global responsibility to contain the spread of the coronavirus. We are asking our students and families to practice social distancing, as recommended by the World Health Organization. We ask that our students refrain from large social gatherings/parties for the foreseeable future.
Please continue to pray for all who are ill, their caretakers, healthcare professionals, and our world.
Lord, help me
Be prepared, but not anxious.
Be aware, but not desperate.
Be vigilant, but not in fear.
Be joyful, but not clueless.
Be faithful, but not careless.
Lord, be my hope and strength.
Rob Bridges, President
Julie Barthel, Principal