Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the Cardinal Gibbons Community
Archdiocese of Miami Media Alert
Sept. 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Archdiocese of Miami announces resumption of in-classroom instructions at its Catholic Schools, beginning September 23rd
Miami… (Sept. 16, 2020) Archbishop Thomas Wenski, after consultation with Archdiocese of Miami administrators, pastors, and school principals is announcing Catholic Schools in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, while continuing to offer “distance learning,” will phase in the return of students to in-classroom instruction beginning Wednesday, September 23rd.
Each school (including 49 elementary schools and eight high schools) has in place a “Phase In” plan to facilitate the orderly return to in-classroom instruction. After school care will be offered where available. Each school will publish its plan for which day the class/grade returns on its website.
This “phased in” return of students will be completed by Friday, October 2nd. Again, parents may opt for their child(ren) to continue their education via distance learning.
- Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year, July 14, 2020
- Students to Remain Distance Learning, April 16, 2020
- Virtual Learning Updates, March 31, 2020
- Virtual Learning Updates, March 27, 2020
- Class Cancelations, March 18, 2020
- Spring Break Updates & Online Learning, March 16, 2020
- Class Cancelations, March 15, 2020
- Cardinal Gibbons Closed, March 13, 2020
- Alterations to Campus Vistor Policy, March 12, 2020
- Spring Break Travel Concerns, March 11, 2020
- High School Sports & COVID-19, March 10, 2020
- COVID-19 Health & Safety Updates, March 4, 2020
Updates for the 2020-2021 School Year
Issued July 14, 2020
Parents and Families:
I am happy to greet you in the name of our Heavenly Father who, despite the challenges of our time, blesses us without measure as we continue our mission of providing excellence in Catholic education here at Cardinal Gibbons High School. As I am certain you are aware, consistent with the governor’s recent announcement, Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Superintendent, Dr. Kim Pryzbylski have requested that Catholic Secondary Schools resume classes on August 19, 2020.
The three models available at each school will be:
•Students returning to the classrooms in the school building.
•Students attend Virtual Learning via live stream.
•Blended model where students join classes virtual on some days and in the building on other days.
Please complete the survey sent to you via email to help us prepare for these options. We will provide further guidelines on implementation of individual family choices.
Per usual, our goal is to provide the healthiest and safest environment possible for our students and employees. As such, please be aware of the following:
• The entire facility has been deep cleaned and sanitized. Deep cleaning standards will be
maintained during the instructional day and throughout the academic year.
• Lavatories will be cleaned and sanitized frequently throughout the school day.
• A phased “Return to Play” plan will be implemented for resumption of athletic and co-curricular activities.
• Each student will be scheduled for classes based on a thorough review of his or her credit status and transcript. Day Schedules will be determined based on enrollment of different delivery options in order to maintain the safest environment possible.
• Appropriate arrangements of desks, tables and other furnishings and equipment will be
employed to increase safety and to effect appropriate distancing based on the CDC guidelines.
• Desk and counter shields will be installed where practicable.
• Class attendance rosters and teacher service loads will be appropriately adjusted.
• Directional signs and floor graphics will be placed in hallways and stairwells to facilitate ease the flow of students throughout the building and to maintain social distancing standards.
• All students and employees will be required to wear a mask or face covering when on the
school campus or school bus.
• Students will be permitted the use of a personal container for water only. CDC guidelines will be followed, and water fountains installed in the school will not be available for use.
• Take-in, dismissal, and class transition schedules will be adjusted and staggered as necessary to reduce the number of persons traveling through the building at a given time.
• The school building will be closed to all persons except students, school employees and
• Plans and instructions for community service learning will be provided to students upon their return to classes.
• All persons entering the facility will have their temperature checked. Persons with temperatures in excess of 100.4° (as per the CDC guidelines) will not be admitted to the school. Adults will be denied admission; students will be isolated until they can return home, or their parent/ guardian can arrange for the student to be picked up from school.
• Arrival and dismissal from campus has not changed at this time.
• Guidance services will be available to students throughout the instructional day.
• Plans are currently in place for boxed lunches and facilitating ample space for students to eat in a safe manner. This will include additional indoor/outdoor seating areas.
• School Masses and paraliturgical experiences will continue as planned on the school calendar while implementing social distancing guidelines.
• Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the facility and in each classroom.
• Additional sanitizing supplies will be provided in each classroom.
We are honored to serve you and the students who are entrusted to our care. Be assured that this sacred trust is foremost and paramount as we make plans to welcome our students and employees in August. We are here to serve you. If you have questions, suggestions or specific needs, please call or email us.
In compliance with the Social Distancing, the annual parent-student orientation for Grade 9 and Transfers are tentatively scheduled for the evenings of Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13. Additional meetings may be added as well as recorded for virtual viewing. Additional information for student orientations during the week of August 10 will follow for the remaining grade levels.
You and your families are in our prayers daily. Together, let us move forward in faith with the
assurance that God is with us.
Students to Remain Distance Learning Through the Remainder of the School Year
Issued April 16, 2020
I hope you all had a Blessed Easter and a restful break.
I have new updates for all of us as we continue to take on the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
Please note that all the schools in the Archdiocese of Miami will remain in distance learning mode for the remainder of the fourth quarter, with classes concluding on June 3. Seniors will continue to their originally scheduled final day of classes on May 15.
Cardinal Gibbons remains open and although our physical campus is closed to our students, our education continues. The distance learning that has been going on is providing live instruction and fulfilling the educational needs of our students. The only adjustment in terms of education is that we will not be concluding this semester with final exams.
As we approach the end of the school year, we will provide more information on how we will collect school equipment like iPads.
In terms of seniors, you will receive another email tomorrow outlining more steps and directions on submitting senior letters and how we plan to deliver the end of the year items to you. As mentioned previously, Cardinal Gibbons is going to make every effort possible to provide you with a prom, baccalaureate mass, and commencement.
I ask that parents and students alike, continue to take the education we are providing seriously. It is a vital part of your academic year, and many items you are learning now will be needed as you progress into courses next year.
This COVID-19 pandemic has been teaching us from the get-go to grow and evolve, even if it means to get out of our comfort zone. Jesus Christ calls us to do this every day in our faith, and in these times, we are truly forced to put it into action and become the best versions of ourselves even in the face of adversity and challenges. This new update and adjustment is no different; I know that as Chiefs in this Gibbons family, we will overcome each of these obstacles.
Virtual Learning Updates
Issued March 31, 2020
I received a short update from the Archdiocese of Miami - Office of Schools this morning. At this time, Catholic Schools will remain in Distance Learning mode at least through the beginning of May. I am expecting more specific details over the next 24 hours.
As a result of this new update, prom, originally scheduled for April 25, has been postponed to a date in May to be announced as we get more information.
I do want to shed light and focus on the exceptional job our teachers, staff, and technology department have done to bring you instruction these past two days. I am beyond pleased and appreciative of the work being put forth for all of us in the Cardinal Gibbons family.
If you are still dealing with any technology issues, please be sure to reach out to the tech team at: email@example.com
I continue to recognize that these are trying times for all of us, but we must remain focused on our daily routines and prayerful for all those dealing with COVID-19, in particular, those in harm’s way in the form of first responders, police officers, and all those in the medical field who do not have the luxury of social distancing.
Thank you again for everyone’s flexibility during this time, and I hope to provide you more information as soon as possible.
Oscar A Cedeño
Virtual Learning Updates
Issued March 27, 2020
As we conclude this unscheduled and inauspicious "Spring Break" I would like to bring forth information on the part of the school in addition to the letter attached from the Archdiocese of Miami.
In addition to the letter, there are two documents outlining the educational shift to virtual learning the school will be implementing starting on Monday. The first document is our Virtual Learning Plan which includes the biggest change which is the use of block scheduling as we continue with distance learning. This will include dedicated time for live instruction and documentation of attendance. The second document is our Virtual Learning - Student Expectations which outlines information students should thoroughly understand as we take a deeper dive into distance learning.
Parents, I fully recognize that this is a difficult time for all of us. Please know we as a Cardinal Gibbons family want to try to bring as much normal into the reality we are living. I must thoroughly ask that you take time with your son or daughter to review the schedule and expectations so that they are receiving the fullest of their education. This includes ensuring that they are engaged with their teachers.
As we enter the Fifth Sunday of Lent, we are reminded of the Resurrection of Lazarus in the Gospel of John. As Catholics, these few weeks - and the weeks ahead - challenge our faith the same way Martha and Mary were challenged by the death and resurrection of Lazarus. As people of faith, we must look upon Monday as an opportunity to believe in the Catholic education you have chosen for your son or daughter and know we intend to excel in this new challenge of distance learning.
I look forward to once again greeting your sons and daughters to our daily announcements that are e-mailed to them every morning at 7:30 a.m.
Cardinal Gibbons Closed Until At Least April 20
Issued March 18, 2020
I hope you and your families are well during these trying times. I have received the latest information from the Archdiocese of Miami - Office of Schools, Cardinal Gibbons will be out of school moving forward until at least April 20, 2020.
We will continue to deliver distance learning to all of our students, and I know that both the faculty and students alike will strive for continuity of education.
Additionally, in cooperation with efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Archdiocese of Miami has announced the suspension, effective today, March 18, of all regularly scheduled celebrations of Masses or other liturgical events in parish churches and other public sanctuaries.
I continue to pray for all the Cardinal Gibbons families in the face of adversity. As Catholics and people of faith, our faith, hope, and resolve in our God cannot be fazed or shaken by the struggles and strife of current times. I ask that you look after your families and encourage your sons and daughters to maintain that same hope. Particularly for our seniors, I am aware of their growing anxiety as we approach the month of May. We as a school and I personally intend to try and carry out all senior activities. As in many situations, it is easy to fall into the "what if" blackhole. Once again, our faith and hope must guide us to entrust ourselves to divine providence and know that God will provide.
As always, continue to be vigilant for information via email or the Cardinal Gibbons website.
Thank you and God Bless,
Spring Break Updates & Online Learning Instructions
Issued March 16, 2020
I hope you are all well as we work through this COVID-19 crisis.
I have some important information as we move forward. Attached is the letter from the Archdiocese of Miami Office of Schools regarding the change of Easter Break to Spring Break in light of the current situation.
Spring Break is moved to March 23-27, 2020.
All families are encouraged to revise travel plans made from April 14-17, 2020, due to the change in Spring Break dates.
I know a number of our students are very interested in receiving further information on their instruction. Below are some important notes regarding our implementation of distance learning.
As a result of the shift in Spring Break, we are providing distance learning for the rest of this week, and everyone will be on “spring break” next week, beginning on Monday, March 23.
Monitor e-mail and PlusPortals daily for updates and to access content and learning every day.
Your teachers will be available “live” both Wednesday and Friday for you to ask questions during their prescribed “office hours” that are assigned by subject area.
There will not be any prescribed live instruction, as mentioned in a previous e-mail.
Teachers may choose to provide live instruction at their discretion.
Teachers will provide daily assignments for the remainder of the week.
These daily assignments must be done within the daily time frame and will be counted as both grades and attendance while we are distance learning.
PlusPortals will be your center for an overview of content, assignments, and grades.
Any additional apps used during this period of distance learning will be posted on PlusPortals by each individual teacher.
All teachers are expected to respond to any questions within 24 hours. If you are having difficulty in getting a response, please contact their department chair, Ms. Kubach, or myself. Please carry this out in this order.
I am aware that this is a trying situation, but I have confidence in each of our teachers to continue to provide quality education to our students. I once again ask that you remind your sons and daughters to remain focused and carry out the tasks that teachers are providing to them. I truly believe that, outside of the circumstances, this is a true college prep opportunity, which will teach students to time manage and prioritize, much like in an online college course. We should encourage students to embrace the challenge and grow as individuals from it.
As I continue to reiterate, this is a continuously fluid situation, and I will continue to provide updates throughout the week.
Thank you and God Bless,
Oscar A Cedeño
Classes for Monday, March 16 Canceled
Issued March 15, 2020
We have decided that it is in the best interest of our students, faculty and staff to cancel all classes for Monday, March 16.
Remote instruction will begin on Tuesday, March 17, as previously scheduled. We ask that students take time on Monday to ensure that their iPad is equipped with the latest version of Google Hangouts Meet. This app will be the primary vehicle for online instruction and will allow teachers to provide video lectures to students. Please remember that PlusPortals will remain your primary source for information regarding assignments and grades.
I have attached the schedule that we will be following for all online instruction. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, teachers will host “Office Hours,” where they will be available online for students to ask questions regarding any assignments or lectures. The Office Hours for each department are indicated on the attached schedule. On Tuesday and Thursday, teachers will host live video lectures via Google Hangouts Meet. For these lecture days, we will be following the typical Tuesday and Thursday class rotation schedule.
Please continue to check your email regularly, as this is still a very fluid and ever-evolving situation, and we will continue to send out emails and voice calls with any new information we receive from the Office of Schools and the Florida Dept. of Health. In addition to checking emails, please utilize our dedicated information page on our website for all updates regarding COVID-19: www.cghsfl.org/gibbons-life/coronavirus.
As always, thank you for your cooperation.
Cardinal Gibbons Closed Tuesday, March 17
Issued March 13, 2020
The Archdiocese of Miami has instructed all schools to close beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice.
Cardinal Gibbons will be open on Monday, March 16, as outlined in the included press release.
We have already been planning for this possibility for over three weeks, and our hardware and infrastructure are prepared to move to distance learning beginning Tuesday. Further instructions for students will roll out over the next 72 hours.
Please know that PlusPortals is still the main vehicle for information and grades. In addition, we are adding the use of Google Hangout, which is a video teleconference app teachers will be using to provide visual instruction through our regular schedule.
Cardinal Gibbons will continue to ensure that the school is sanitized daily, a process we began over a week ago.
I’d like to provide an update on some items:
At this time, Saturday morning’s SAT is still scheduled to be administered.
All athletic competition has been suspended.
All school-sponsored travel has been suspended.
The Annual Dinner Auction has been moved to a virtual auction.
The Drama Production Radium Girls has been postponed to a later date.
We will keep you informed and update you as we receive information from the Office of Schools and the Florida Dept. of Health. Please refer to our dedicated information page on our website for all updates regarding COVID-19: www.cghsfl.org/gibbons-life/coronavirus. As always, I kindly ask that for all press announcements related to Catholic schools and COVID-19, you wait for a direct confirmation from Cardinal Gibbons.
Please know that we will continue to ensure the continuity of your son’s or daughter’s education. I do ask for your assistance to ensure that students are engaged with their online instruction during the time of distance learning.
Alterations to Our Campus Visitation Policy
Issued March 12, 2020
As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we have begun taking the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students. With this in mind, please be advised that we have made a few alterations to our campus visitor policies.
Though we would love to see you, we are currently requesting that all alumni refrain from visiting the Cardinal Gibbons campus. Until the COVID-19 spread is controlled, school visitors will be limited to the immediate family of students only. Therefore, effectively immediately, all visitors, including alumni and any unessential personnel, will be prohibited from entering our campus.
Please note that this means you will be unable to visit classrooms, meet with faculty or staff, utilize our weight room and gymnasium or have lunch in our cafeteria. Any unapproved visitors to our campus will be asked to leave.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please understand that these precautions are being enforced for your safety, as well as the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
We hope we are able to welcome you all back onto our campus very soon!
A Letter from the Archdiocese of Miami: Spring Break Travel Concerns
Issued March 11, 2020
As the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak rapidly evolves and expands, the schools in the Archdiocese of Miami will continue to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health and any directives issued by Miami-Dade, Broward or Monroe counties on the most effective prevention measures including any directives to adjust schedules or school closing.
We are aware that many of you have travel plans for spring break. However, the CDC has issued extensive travel advisories for areas experiencing wider community spread of the virus. As of March 3, 2020, China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran are listed at Warning Level 3; Japan is at Alert Level 2; and Hong Kong is at Watch Level 1. Please keep in mind that travel notices are changing almost daily and additional countries may be added to the list.
There is special guidance for cruises. The CDC typically posts travel health notices for countries and other international destinations, not conveyances, such as ships, airplanes, or trains. Because of the unusual nature of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the US government is advising US travelers to defer cruise ship travel. If you take a cruise in the next few weeks, you will be at Warning Level 3. This will be a 14-day self-quarantine and may report to school only if symptom free after the 14-day period.
If you are traveling outside the US for spring break, you are encouraged to please check the most current CDC travel health notices by visiting wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
The CDC strongly recommends that travel to countries at an Alert Level 2 or Warning Level 3 be put on hold for the foreseeable future. Return to the US from all or most of these countries will require a mandatory self-quarantine for up to 14 days before your child could return to school.
The Archdiocese of Miami will be following the guidance below as provided by the CDC if someone in your household is traveling/has traveled to areas with travel advisories due to the COVID-19.
Travel Advisory Level & Associated Action
Warning Level 3: Students must be self-quarantined at home for 14 days and may report to school only if symptom free after the 14-day period.
Alert Level 2: It is strongly suggested that students self-quarantine at home for 14 days and return to school only if symptom free after the quarantine.
Watch Level 1: Students are encouraged to self-quarantine at home for 14 days upon their return.
If you recently traveled or have plans to visit any Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 countries in the foreseeable future, you are requested to advise your principal immediately via email. Please make sure to include the dates and locations(s) or travel. If travel to these areas is critical or essential, please advise your principal and make arrangements for school assignments to be completed by your child upon the return to the US during the quarantine period.
The health and safety of our students, staff and school-community is our paramount concern. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact, Kim Pryzbylski, Superintendent of Schools, (305) 762-1078.
Thank you for your help in this ongoing situation.
Clarification Regarding High School Sports & COVID-19
Issued March 10, 2020
We are aware that some of you may have been alarmed by the notice in the news on Tuesday, March 10, regarding sports within the Archdiocese of Miami. I want to take this opportunity to clarify that the suspension of athletic activities will only affect elementary/middle schools within the Archdiocese of Miami and not the high schools. As of 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, all high school interscholastic sports are still active and will continue as scheduled.
I kindly ask that for all media announcements related to Catholic schools and COVID-19, you wait for a direct confirmation from Cardinal Gibbons regarding any alterations to our normal operations.
We intend to fully operate in all capacities until directed otherwise. Please be advised that in the event of any changes to our regular operations, you will be notified immediately.
Thank you and God Bless,
COVID-19 Health & Safety Update
Issued March 4, 2020
Cardinal Gibbons continues to closely monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the state of Florida, and our administrative team has already begun implementing a number of preventative measures to combat the spread of pathogens on our campus.
Cardinal Gibbons will continue normal operation; however, out of an abundance of caution, we are currently taking the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
What is Cardinal Gibbons doing?
Regular Sanitation of our Campus- All of our facilities, including large common areas, such as the cafeteria, classrooms and gymnasium, are cleaned and sanitized daily.
Increased Availability of Sanitary Products- We have ensured that additional hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available throughout the campus to help prevent the spread of pathogens.
Cancelation of All School-Sponsored Air Travel- All school-sponsored travel that involves air travel has been postponed or canceled moving forward. All other travel will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Educating our Students- Our science department is spending time discussing standard preventive actions in their classes; we ask that you do the same at home.
Exercising Caution with Contact During Mass- We are also taking the steps recommended by Archbishop Wenski in terms of liturgical practices.
What should I do if my child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19?
Seek Medical Attention- If your child begins to experience fever, cough and shortness of breath, please seek appropriate medical attention.
Stay Home- Anyone experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 should refrain from coming to campus, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to the virus.
Report your Child’s Absence- Any absences related to COVID-19 symptoms should be reported to the Attendance line (ext. 110) and Mrs. Betzler at ext. 117.
What can you do?
Practice Good Hygiene- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cough or sneeze into a tissue, wipe down frequently touched surfaces and avoid contact with sick individuals.
Remind Your Child About Proper Hygiene- Have a conversation with your child about what they can do to help lower the chances of coming into contact with pathogens.
Notify Cardinal Gibbons About Any Sick Students- Notifying Mrs. Betzler if your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will help us lower the risk of exposure to other students.