A Catholic College Preparatory High School

Safe Environment Training

With the new school year beginning it is important to remain focused on the importance of keeping our children and young people safe from danger.  Training requirements to safeguard children have been established in parishes throughout the Diocese of Stockton.  These programs help ensure that all children and youth experience a safe environment in all parish activities and events.  The Diocese of Stockton mandates that all people who work with children and youth in our parishes and schools (parents, grandparents, aides, teachers, catechists, athletic coaches) must undergo child abuse prevention training through the guidelines established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This training includes being fingerprinted and background checked and completing the Virtus on-line training course entitled “Protecting God’s Children.”  If you are planning on helping or assisting at your child’s school in the future, you are required to complete this training.  No one is allowed to work with or around the children unless they have completed the live scan fingerprinting and the online Virtus training.  While social distancing and distance learning are today’s normal, we look forward to the future and can take this time to complete these requirements.
It is important to remember that all clergy, staff, volunteers and employees are Mandated Reporters.  They are required by law to report any sign of abuse.
Please visit our website, www.stocktondiocese.org and click on the Safe Environment Department tab for links on how to recognize abuse and how to report abuse with the Diocese of Stockton.

COVID-19 Updates

8/4/2020: Reopening Update

Dear Central Catholic Families,

Today, Central Catholic High School received a letter dated August 3, 2020, from Mr. Thomas E. Boze, counsel for Stanislaus County, which addresses the consideration expressed by many private schools in the county to open the 2020-2021 school year with students on campus. The letter states in part, “private schools may not conduct in-person instruction without obtaining a waiver.” The letter goes on to state that only elementary schools can apply for the waiver. According to the letter, schools will continue to operate in a distance learning environment for at least 14 days after Stanislaus County is removed from the State’s County Monitoring List.

Although we will welcome students back to campus as soon as we can, we will open on August 17, 2020 utilizing our distance learning plan. To ensure that we are ready to provide our students with the best possible virtual educational experience, our teachers, counselors, and support staff are already on campus preparing for the beginning of the academic year. Mrs. O’Connor, our Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction is providing professional development with the help of Mr. Garcia, our Educational Technology Specialist. Today teachers participated in professional learning that focused on developing classroom management plans, establishing organizational and procedural routines, lesson design, and best practices specific to distance and hybrid learning models. Topics that will be covered in the coming days for our teachers include Google Educator Certification, Zoom training, and classroom educational hardware setup.

Early next week information will be shared with families regarding Google Classroom login procedures, so that all students are ready to start classes on August 17.

Central Catholic has invested in upgrades to the school’s educational and environmental technology. This includes the purchase of webcams for each classroom, as well as an upgrade of our ZOOM contract to allow for more efficient and safe classroom use. We believe these changes will provide teachers and students with the tools they need to communicate, share ideas, and have the best possible distance learning experience. Each classroom will also be equipped with iWave air purifiers to help create a more healthful learning environment for teachers who are teaching from their classrooms during distance learning, and for when students return to campus.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Central Catholic High School.

God in all things,
 Bruce Sawyer

Virtual Town Hall Meeting Recap

Dear Central Catholic Families,

Thanks to all who joined us for our Reopening Town Hall on Wednesday.  If you were not able to attend, you can find a recording on our CCHS Facebook page ---OR--- CCHS YouTube Channel by using this LINK.

All students need to complete the CCHS Health/Symptom Survey (use link) by August 16.  Students must access the form from their CCHS student emails. By completing this form, you will help CCHS provide the safest environment for learning we possibly can.

The 2020/21 School Calendar has been updated.  Please be sure to mark the following dates on your calendar. School will be in session on September 4, November 23-24, and January 4-5.  By adding these days to our previous calendar, we will still be able to meet the required 180 days of instruction and maintain our original end date.

ATTENTION ALL FRESHMEN - August 13 will be Freshman Preview Day.  In order to be in compliance with health and safety protocols, students will be assigned to small groups to come onto campus for a tour and some introductions.  Please stay tuned for details coming next week from our Activities Director, Mrs. Paris.

Have a blessed weekend!
Central Catholic High School

7/27/2020: Distance Learning Update

Dear Central Catholic Families,
Please use the following Zoom link (below) to join us for a CCHS Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday at 6:00pm to address any concerns and answer any questions about our reopening plan.
Following the announcement Friday and after receiving feedback from our school board, department chairs, and the administrative team, we have decided to create a schedule that we could follow whether we were in a distance learning plan, a hybrid model, or all back on campus with health and safety protocols.  We are still unsure of whether we will be starting in a hybrid or distance model on August 17.  We are waiting for guidance from the county and our Catholic Schools Office and will provide you with up-to-date information as soon as it becomes available.
Students will be assigned to a gold or blue cohort.  These assignments will be done alphabetically and based on course enrollment.  We will do our best to keep siblings in the same cohort.  Students will rotate through each class 6 times in a 2 week period.  The Gold Cohort will be on campus M, W, F, T, Th, while the Blue Cohort is logging in and following the schedule from home.  The Blue Cohort will be on Campus T, Th, M, W, F, while the Gold Cohort is logging in and following the schedule from home. The rotation will repeat every 2 weeks.
Advantages of the Revised Hybrid Schedule
  • The daily course load is more manageable for remote learners
  • Continuity: We can use the same schedule for all 3 models 
  • Fewer transitions between periods for cleaning protocols and to regulate distancing
  • The same amount of minutes per class per week
  • Uniform start time
  • Students are on campus 5 days per week
Lastly, the Diocese of Stockton has asked us to join the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in asking the U.S. Senate to include additional relief for Catholic schools in the emergency relief package that is currently being negotiated. Please click this link to learn more. 
WE hope you join us on Wednesday evening for the virtual Town Hall Meeting! 
Central Catholic High School