I would first hope and pray that you and your families are healthy and safe. As we navigate through this unprecedented health crisis and social environment, I can say at this point that we have not been notified of any cases or exposures of members of the Albertus Magnus community. We continue to monitor the crisis as it effects Rockland County and urge you to share information as it develops.
Albertus Magnus High School is currently closed through April 1st per New York State mandate. The health crisis will be evaluated, and school closures will be extended at that time as needed. All school activities have been cancelled through that point as well.
As we complete our first week of on-line instruction, I would like to thank and recognize the hard work, patience and skills of our students, parents and teachers. It is a new endeavor for us all. Coupled with the health crisis and uncertainty of our times, this new method of learning can obviously lead to an increased level of anxiety amongst us. I think we have more than met the challenge. The first week went very well and the feedback was mostly positive.
There are always things that can be improved upon. I met with administration and department chairpersons this afternoon, via ZOOM, to address issues with the on-line instruction that we faced this week. Ms. Wassmer will be communicating with the students and parents shortly regarding adjustments and improvements to be made. Additionally, I will be meeting with Catholic School Principals on Monday to share methods of instruction and plans moving forward. I will continue to share information as it affects us.
We are currently finalizing an addition to our website and our social media accounts that will keep everyone up to date regarding COVID-19 issues as they effect the Albertus community. Our Preaching Team has also added a weekly prayer to our website as we turn to God as always to guide us through this crisis. On that note, Sr. Nancy has shared a letter with me from Msgr. Kevin Sullivan that puts the COVID-19 crisis into perspective with our Catholic identity. I share that letter with you as an attachment to this e-mail.
Please take care of yourselves and your family. Follow the directives as to how to best combat this virus, such as social isolation and hand and respiratory hygiene. Together we will get through this.