March 5, 2020


Dear Bishop Blanchet community,

We continue to monitor developments and guidelines from local, state and national agencies. King County Public Health released additional recommendations yesterday to reduce the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus and the illness COVID-19. The county continues to guide us that school should not be cancelled unless there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19. Bishop Blanchet does not  currently have any cases of COVID-19 and school remains open at this time. While we understand the concerns of the situation, we want to encourage all to not spread additional anxiety and fear on social media or in conversations. 

In keeping with expert recommendations on reducing the risk of spreading illness, we will be canceling a number of events to avoid bringing large groups together. Our Leadership Team has carefully reviewed our calendar through spring break for risk assessment. The following events have been cancelled:

Date
Cancelled Event
Fri Mar 6 DeMiero Jazz Festival
Sat Mar 7 Knowledge Bowl Regionals
Sun Mar 8 Baseball Clinic
Tue Mar 10 Parent Association Lunch
Thu/Fri Mar 12-13 Junior Retreat
Sat Mar 14 Ski & Snowboard Trip
Sat Mar 14 Speech & Debate Tournament
Fri/Sat Mar 20-21 Diversity Leadership Summit
Sat Mar 21 Spring Tolo
Mon Mar 23 Santa Clara Choir on campus
Tue Mar 24 "LIKE" Movie Screening
Thu Mar 26 Counselor Connection for Soph
Fri Mar 27-Apr 10 French Exchange
Fri/Sat Mar 27-28 Hunger Retreat
Mon Mar 30 Cabaret Troupe Field Trip
Thu/Fri Apr 2-3 Sophomore Retreat
Sat Apr 4 Ski & Snowboard Trip
Sat Apr 4 Alumni Easter Egg Hunt
Sat Apr 4 Blood Drive
Tue/Wed Apr 7-8 Jazz Band Trip

Athletics and other activities/competitions are being closely monitored with guidance from their governing bodies, WIAA and First Robotics, along with King County Public Health, the US CDC and Washington State CDC. Any further cancellations will be communicated as they are determined.

Our faculty is ready to continue educating students with our Digital Distance Learning Plan should we be required to close our building in the future. To that end,  we will be changing our schedule tomorrow, Friday, March 6 to a Gold Day Late Start to provide additional preparation for Distance Learning planning.  We will also continue to update our coronavirus website with important information.

If you have questions about cancelled events or our Digital Distance Learning Plan, please contact Principal Sam Procopio at sprocopio@bishopblanchet.org. If you have questions about our school safety plan, please contact Dean of Students Chris Bilanko at cbilanko@bishopblanchet.org. 

Most importantly, if your student is sick, please keep them home and seek medical attention as needed. Absences will be excused. Teachers, coaches and staff will work with students to make up work without penalty.  Please report any absences to attendance@bishopblanchet.org.


Sincerely,

Tony DeSapio
President


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