My prayers are that you have been blessed with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I am grateful that this break has created the personal opportunity for me to spend much time with family and friends, as well as time for reading and reflection. One passage that I have felt called to share is as follows:
It does not seem that the craziness or hecticness of the days will be ending soon. However, we have the power to control how the “crazy” or “hectic” affects our lives. So this new year, let us learn to breathe, relax, and let God. It is amazing the difference that it will make. Once you have surrendered yourself, you make yourself receptive. In receiving from God, you are perfected and completed.
- Archbishop Fulton Sheen
As we prepare to return to classes on Tuesday and begin the second semester, we have received updated COVID guidelines from the Bishop and the Diocese of Lafayette. Generally speaking, masking will remain optional for all healthy and unexposed individuals, but new quarantine and distancing guidelines have been given. Updated school protocols are available at https://b.link/2021CHSBTS. At school, we will work with all teachers and students to maintain a distance of six feet wherever possible, avoiding groupings and close contacts, etc. Prayerfully, these measures will work to keep us healthy and learning together!
If your child or a member of your family becomes ill, please contact Administration so that we can help support you. As always, it will be of the utmost importance that students with symptoms of COVID-19 and other infectious illnesses, as well as those in direct contact with persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, follow the recommendations of medical professionals, depending on their situation. As part of our ongoing school-based response to the pandemic and the Diocesan policies that we are required to follow, we will continue to utilize detailed quarantine and distance learning protocols to ensure that students can continue learning if they do have to be away from campus for an extended period of time. Keeping your child home and making use of the technology tools at our disposal will continue to keep us all safe, learning, and competing as a Panther family!
Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy, and successful new year! "The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!" Numbers 6:22-27.
Prayers and blessings abound for 2022!
Stella J. Arabie, Ed.D.