Dear CM Community,

Our Coronavirus Task Force is meeting daily to assess CM’s risk and response. We are continuing to follow the guidelines set forth by the   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO)   , and Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health. In the last 24 hours, Dr. Peter Folan spoke with Mayor Marty Walsh and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools regarding CM’s response to the ongoing crisis.

At this time, we are planning to operate on the normal academic schedule. Given the critical nature of the crisis, we are preparing to adjust this plan on short notice. Our faculty has been creating the infrastructure for online learning. Tomorrow, during the professional day, faculty will solidify their work in this area. They will review protocols and expectations as we share best practices to deliver content to our students in a meaningful and engaged manner for as long as is necessary should we have to suspend in-person classes.

As we mentioned in yesterday’s email, all students should bring home textbooks and other materials necessary for at-home study when they leave today. In all theology courses, CM faculty discussed with students how they should prepare to learn from home if that becomes necessary. We will remind students to take all materials with them in today’s afternoon announcements. We are also asking students who do not have a computer at home to connect with Mr. John Aversa , Vice Principal of Technology, to borrow a laptop from the school before leaving school today. Students need to be proactive and diligent; it is critical that both of these tasks occur today.

While we have not made changes to the academic calendar, we are making adjustments to the school calendar as a preventative measure to keep students and faculty safe and healthy. CM has postponed its administration of the SAT, which was scheduled for this Saturday, March 14, 2020. A new date has not yet been set. We are also postponing Hunger Fest, which was set to take place today and tomorrow. The new date is to be determined.

In addition, CM’s campus, including the Walsh Field House, will undergo a second deep-clean this weekend and be closed. Our facilities staff is working diligently to clean and disinfect common spaces and focusing on high touch-point spots. Students will not have access to our campus this weekend. 

Please know that CM is focused on this crisis and our first priority is the health and well-being of our students and teachers. We are planning for the continuity of instruction and learning should a change in normal operations become necessary. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Dr. Peter Folan
President
Mr. Andrew O'Brien
Principal
Ms. Anne Batcheller
School Nurse