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News on the Coronavirus

A Letter to Parents (Reopening) from Jeremy Gueldner

Posted May 13, 2020 5:00 pm

(Emailed to parents on May 13, 2020)

I hope that this letter finds you and your family well. The last two months have been unlike anything that any of us could have expected. I want to thank our parents, our students, and our teachers for working together during this incredibly difficult time. It often takes our greatest challenges to reveal our strength, and this is clearly true of the Vandebilt community. We have certainly demonstrated our motto, Terriers Together.

Following Governor Edwards’ announcement that the state would begin “Phase 1” of reopening, Vandebilt Catholic will open our administrative offices on Tuesday, May 19th .Teachers will continue to conduct classes through Distance Learning until Thursday, May 21st . Moving forward the office will be open under our summer schedule of Monday – Thursday from 8am to 1pm. We will, however, be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Read more...

 


 

Statement from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux regarding Rescheduled Graduation 

Posted May 1, 2020 8:30 am

 

Please read the press release from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux by clicking here. Vandebilt Catholic will hold graduation on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Parents and seniors should continue to check email for more details as they become available.

 


 

Update from Mr. Jeremy Gueldner

Posted April 21, 2020 9:00 am

(Emailed to parents on April 20, 2020)

I hope this email finds you and your families well. I am sure that by now all of you are aware of both the Governor’s proclamation that closed public school buildings for the rest of the academic year, and also of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux’s statement which announced that we would continue distance learning for the remainder of the year in compliance with the Governor’s directive. This is certainly not how any of us imagined that we would finish our 2019-2020 school year. There were still lessons to be taught and learned, friendships to be made, goodbyes to be said, games still to play, dances, concerts, awards ceremonies, and all of the events that make the end of each school year so special. We must work together in these unprecedented times to create a positive end to the school year for our students. Read More...

 


 

Update from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux Catholic Schools Office

Posted April 16, 2020 7:00 pm

Click here for official release regarding school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

 


 

A Letter from Mr. David Boudreaux

Posted April 16,2020 11:30 am

Please read the letter (linked here) that was sent to parents regarding important information about registration, tuition, and updated deadlines for the 2020-2021 school year. 


 

 

Holy Week Resources (compiled by BOSH campus ministers)

Posted April 9, 2020 1:00 pm

Vandebilt Catholic family,

As our time apart continues, the campus ministers of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools worked together to compile a packet of resource, prayers, and links that can help your family stay faithfully engaged during this time. We know you may be familiar with many of these resources, however, our intent is to give you a comprehensive place for you and your family to access them. Each school contributed prayers and links, so there may be within the packet new and different ways to pray and reflect. As always, if there is anything I can do to help your family, please do not hesitate to ask. Let us continue to lift each other in prayer.

All for His glory,
Ms. Couvillon
VCHS Campus Minister

CLICK HERE FOR RESOURCE PACKET AND LINKS.

 


 

A Message from Mr. Gueldner (regarding LHSAA press release)

Posted April 9, 2020 12:45 pm

Please find the attached release (linked here) from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Unfortunately, all sports seasons have been cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.

To our Senior athletes, my heart breaks for you. I am saddened to know that you will not have another opportunity to represent Vandebilt Catholic on the field of play. All of you are in my constant prayers. 

To the rest of our athletes, work while you wait. You will eventually have an opportunity to compete again - make sure that you are prepared!

God Bless & Geaux Terriers!

Jeremy Gueldner, Principal


 

Update Letter from Mr. Jeremy Gueldner

 Posted April 8, 2020 12:00 pm

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope that this letter finds you and your families well. As we journey together through Holy Week let us all reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and not our own. This temporary sacrifice of our normal lifestyle will fade and life will return to normal. I pray that we all use this time to reflect, pray, and grow in our faith.

By now I am sure that you are all aware that Governor Edwards has extended the Stay at Home order through April 30th which means we will not return to school on April 14th. As of now, teachers will report back on May 1st and students will report back on May 4th. We are working to reschedule or modify events that were missed but unfortunately some events will not be offered. Please know that we want your child(ren) to have the best experience possible and we are working hard to provide that for them.

8th – 11th Graders:

- Events scheduled after our May 4th return date should remain as scheduled,including Final Exams. As we move closer to these dates more info will come.

Seniors:

- Exams - Seniors will NOT take exams. Our first day back with students would have been the Monday of Senior Exams. We simply did not believe it would be fair for them to come back to school and begin exams. 4th Quarter grades will be calculated based on the work done via remote learning.

- Prom – we are working to make Prom a reality on May 9th.

- Athletic & Honors Convocation – these should happen as scheduled on May 11th & 13th respectively.

- Graduation – will remain on May 16th. You should have received an email from Mrs. Vicknair regarding graduation supply pickup next week.

We are also working on contingency plans for Athletic Convocation, Honors Convocation, and Graduation in the event that we do not return to school. We are working to secure dates in June/July at the Civic Center for Graduation.

God Bless and Geaux Terriers!


 

A Note from the Brothers Hall (Business Office)

Posted March 24, 2020, 1:30 pm

Dear Parents & Guardians,
 

Due to the fact that Synergy Bank is closing their lobby, the loan signing scheduled for the week of April 6th has been canceled.  We will provide additional information once we have determined new dates and details.

Thank you,
Penny LaFont & Mindy Ard
Vandebilt Catholic - Brother's Hall
 

 

 

 

Update 3-23-20

Posted March 23, 2020, 3:00 pm 

On Sunday, March 22, Gov. Edwards issued a Stay at Home order, which puts some limits on business operating in Louisiana as the Governor seeks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the state and flatten the curve.

To reflect the new guidelines issued by the government, we advise all our students, faculty and staff to follow the Stay at Home order for the safety and health of our Vandebilt Catholic family and our community. The school will be closed and personnel will remain off campus until April 12. 

Resources to the Stay at Home order from the Louisiana government's web page can be found here: https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/93


 

Updated Information from Jeremy Gueldner, Principal

Posted March 20, 2020, 8:30 am

The following changes were made after consultation with Diocesan leadership and out of an abundance of caution.

1. The business office (Brothers Hall) will operate electronically where possible.

2. The business office will interact with the public only when necessary and adhere to proper social distancing and apply all common sense recommendations.

3. Interactions with the public will be by appointment only and only when conducting business electronically is impossible.

4. The school has been sanitized. The maintenance department will work only as needed on a week-by-week basis. They will re-sanitize the entire school before we resume normal operations.


 

VCHS School Closure Adjustments:

Posted March 16, 2020, 12:30 pm

Because of concerns relating to the Coronavirus outbreak, the following adjustments will be made to school operations:

  1. The main office of the school will be closed but operated by appointment only.  Personnel will not have the ability to utilize voicemail but will check email daily.  Email addresses for all employees can be found on the school’s web site - vandebiltcatholic.org.  It is recommended, that as much as possible, school business be conducted by electronic means.
  2. The business office (Brothers Hall) will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00AM until 12 Noon.
  3. Teachers will contact students by 3PM on Tuesday, March 17th with instructions concerning remote learning.
  4. Students are to respond to teachers by noon on Thursday, March 19th.
  5. April 6th to April 10th is designated as the school’s official Easter break.  All school offices will be closed and remote instruction will not take place.
  6. The entire campus will be sanitized and is closed to the public until further notice.
  7. All practices of teams and organizations have been canceled until further notice.
  8. At the time of this correspondence, plans are to reopen school on April 13, 2020.

 

Letter from Mr. David Boudreaux, VCHS President

Posted March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

Bishop Fabre mentioned in his video statement to the faithful of our diocese concerning the Coronavirus that this is a time for prayer to ask God to protect ourselves, loved ones, and others and a time to be sensible but not panic. I have included a link to his message. I recommend that all view it.

https://youtu.be/jmGYzo9DxyY

Mr. Gueldner has been working with the school leadership team and faculty to develop plans to conduct classroom activities remotely if needed. Mrs. Suzanne Troxclair, the superintendent of Catholic schools, has instructed Vandebilt Catholic to put those plans into action beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.


Students are to stay home on Monday and should plan to return to school on April 13, 2020. Faculty and staff will report to school on Monday to finalize remote learning protocols. Detailed directions and explanations related to remote class instruction will be emailed to students and parents by Tuesday, March 17.


I am proud that Vandebilt Catholic has a skilled and dedicated faculty who will ensure meaningful, skill-based instruction to our students. We are also fortunate for the technology infrastructure at VCHS. PlusPortals and Google Classroom are two of the platforms for instruction available to our teachers and students. They will be used immediately. Other digital instructional services may be utilized depending on subject area content and duration of the need for remote instruction. Chairpersons of each department are finalizing details at this time.


Our maintenance staff has disinfected all desks and other surfaces that make contact with people. Our campus will be fully sanitized before students report back to campus.


A page has been created on the VCHS web site, vandebiltcatholic.org that will contain all of the information pertinent to challenges related to the virus such as the status of planned events.


Please rest assured that Vandebilt Catholic will continue its mission of providing students with a holistic education that is rooted in religious values, structured through friendly discipline, nurtured by personal attention, and committed to academic excellence as we respond to the ever-changing nature of these challenges.


Yours in Christ,


David Boudreaux

President

(Click here for PDF version.)


 

Status of Scheduled Vandebilt Catholic Events:

Posted on March 13, 2020

All extracurricular activities associated with Vandebilt Catholic High School including sports practices and games, club meetings, and parent organizational events and fundraisers have been postponed or cancelled. Below is a list of some of the major events on campus that will be postponed or cancelled.

Cancelled:

Vandyfest (March 20)

Grandparents Day (March 23-24)

Volunteer Mass (March 31)

Sudden Impact sessions for Sophomore class

Postponed:

VC Regiment Roast Beef Dinner Sales

Cheer Tryouts

Elementary Rally

VC Theatre production of Matilda

Dance Team and Color Guard Tryouts

All Drivers’ Ed Classes

ACT Testing (Please reference the national ACT website for reschedule dates.)

ACT District Testing

Terrier Club - Top Dog Crawfish Cook-Off

Terrier Club - Golf Tournament

Modified:

Art Show – will be converted to a virtual show


 

All Catholic Schools Closing

Posted Friday, March 13, 2020 | 1:15pm

All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and all public schools in the state of Louisiana will be closed from Monday, March 16th until Monday, April 13th, as Louisiana seeks to slow the spread of coronavirus in the state.  Over the last several weeks, our Catholic Schools Office has been preparing for this possibility.  

In response, the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux will begin implementing their distance learning plans.  Families will receive communication from their child’s school with specific details pertaining to the expectations of their students.

Please continue to monitor messages received from your school’s current family communication method, including PlusPortals, as well as the diocesan website and Facebook Page.

This information courtesy of https://htdiocese.org/coronavirus


VIDEO MESSAGE FROM BISHOP FABRE

Please continue to join us in prayer for all those have fallen ill to the Coronavirus and all those affected by its impact to our community and those around the world.

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, 
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas. 
We fly to you today as your beloved children. 
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana. 

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world, 
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted, 
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. 
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, 
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing, 
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. 
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence, 
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms, 
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Prayer courtesy of https://htdiocese.org/coronavirus

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