Bishop Gregory Parkes has directed all Catholic Schools and Early Childhood Centers in the Diocese of St. Petersburg to remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has literally turned everyone’s lives upside down, resulting in challenging times for everyone. Who could have ever guessed at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year that we would be spending the last ten weeks of school like this? Where do we go from here? Virtual learning will continue for all PreK-3 through seventh grade students through May 29, 2020. Virtual learning for the eighth grade students will officially conclude on May 22, 2020.
The continuation of virtual learning means there will not be an opportunity for us to physically come together as a school community for our end of the year activities and celebrations. We get how disappointed everyone feels about this because that’s exactly how we all feel. Plans are in the works for a virtual graduation to recognize our students for their accomplishments, along with some other possibilities to virtually hold some of the other end of year activities and/or celebrations.
Please know that grades and attendance count in virtual learning. It’s imperative for every student to continue checking in every single morning to be counted as present and to complete all of their assignments because grades for the third trimester will be on the report cards. It is our hope that all of our students will finish strong at St. Cecelia Catholic School through the end of this school year.
May you recognize and feel God’s peace and blessings!
St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade.