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Updates on COVID-19

OLSH is carefully monitoring the progression of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, and are considering recommendations from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as we develop policies and guidelines related to this public health situation. Information will be communicated to parents and students via email, and upates will be posted on this page.
 
During the closure, the voicemail for the school's main line (412) 264-5140 will be checked on a regular basis. If you need more immediate assistance, please contact Tim Plocinik, principal, at tplocinik@olsh.org, Terry Donoghue, president, at tdonoghue@olsh.org, or Shawn Holup, assistant principal, at sholup@olsh.org
 
 
The following are resources to continue to practice your faith while at home during the pandemic. There are options for Sunday and daily Mass, as well as a link to the daily readings. Special thanks to Mr. McCarren and Mrs. Donoghue for compiling this list for your reference.
 
Roman Rite Ordinary Form:
From St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh (daily):
 
On EWTN (daily):
 
Roman Rite Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass):
From Most Precious Blood Parish (daily):
 
Ukrainian Eastern Rite:
From Holy Trinity in Carnegie (Sunday's only):
 
Shrines of Pittsburgh Parish (Mass, Rosary, Adoration, Stations of the Cross, and more):
Follow them on Facebook for schedules and updates.
 
USCCB Daily Mass Readings
 
 
When viewing Mass remotely, you are encouraged to say this prayer of spiritual communion when the priest consumes the Eucharist himself.
 
My Jesus, I believe
that You are present in the
Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and
desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally.
come at least spiritually
into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were
already there and unite
myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be
separated from You.
Amen.
Update 3/18/2020
 
Please note that the OLSH campus (main building and AAC) will be CLOSED starting on Friday, March 20.
 
Click for additional notes following the first day of online instruction: https://conta.cc/2vwM62h
Update 3/16/2020
During the closure, the voicemail for the school's main line (412) 264-5140 will be checked on a regular basis. If you need more immediate assistance, please contact Tim Plocinik, principal, at tplocinik@olsh.org, Terry Donoghue, president, at tdonoghue@olsh.org, or Shawn Holup, assistant principal, at sholup@olsh.org
 
Families were sent an email that included some calendar updates, times the building would be open to families to pick up supplies left at school, and expectations for teachers and students when online instruction begins on Wednesday, March 18. Here is a link to that email: https://conta.cc/3d3WfV4
 
Update 3/13/2020
 
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
 
As of Monday, March 16, 2020 OLSH will be closed for a two-week period at minimum out of an abundance of caution for student and community safety. We will be regularly evaluating the COVID-19 situation and sharing additional updates on an ongoing basis. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, and throughout our time off, we will provide instruction online to allow for continuity of learning.
 
School/Classes
  • OLSH will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16; online instruction for students will begin Wednesday, March 18.
  • Students were instructed to take take textbooks, notebooks, and any other supplies home today, Friday, March 13.
  • Teachers will be on campus Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to complete preparations for online instruction.
  • On Monday, March 16, teachers will post a simple assignment for students to complete in order to verify that the students are prepared for instruction on Wednesday.
  • If you need to pick up materials or supplies for a student, contact the OLSH Main Office to make arrangements to do so on Monday or Tuesday.
  • If your student is in need of technology support during the closure, please email Director of Technology Patricia Krueger at pkrueger@olsh.org.
 
Activities/Events
  • The PIAA basketball tournament has been suspended for at least two weeks.
  • The OLSH Spring Musical has been suspended with the intent to reschedule.
  • All after school activities and events are suspended beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.
 
Information will be forthcoming early next week regarding both student and teacher expectations and responsibilities during this closure.
 
Information regarding all upcoming deadlines and events will be sent out later today.
 
We know this is a time of uncertainty and concern for everyone. We share this prayer of faith and action with you and ask you to keep the entire OLSH community in your prayers at this time.
 
A Prayer of Faith & Action
by Fr. Goyo Hildago
Lord, help me
Be prepared, but not anxious.
Be aware, but not desperate.
Be vigilant, but not in fear.
Be joyful, but not clueless.
Be faithful, but not careless.
Lord, be my hope and strength.
 
If you have any questions, please respond to this email or email info@olsh.org. Any updates will be emailed to parents and students and posted on our website on the COVID-19 Updates page.
 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this rapidly changing situation.
 
Tim Plocinik, Principal
Update - 3/12/2020
An email was just sent to all families. Monday, March 16 will be an in-service day; no classes for students. As of Monday, March 16, all extracurricular activities will be suspended until further notice. This weekend's performances of the spring musical are also being suspended with the intent of rescheduling at a later date. Students are advised to take textbooks, notes, and other materials home on Friday, March 13, as this is a fluid situation. Click to read the full email: https://conta.cc/39NEtTQ
3/12/2020 - PIAA Suspends Boys Basketball Tournament
The PIAA announced the suspension of the boys basketball tournament for at least two weeks. Modifications to the tournament may be made. Further information will be shared as it is made available. Click here to read the PIAA press release.
3/11/2020 - Letter from the Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Diocese of Pittsburgh has asked all Catholic schools to share the document below:

Update 3/6/2020

OLSH is carefully monitoring the progression of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, and are following recommendations from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as we develop policies and guidelines related to this public health situation.  School leadership participated in a meeting with representatives from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, the Allegheny Health Department and other local agencies on March 5, 2020 that included an update on the situation and specific recommendations and precautions for schools.

Per CDC and Allegheny Health Department recommendations, the most critical action that can be taken is to use disciplined hygiene practices. Recommendations include:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after bathroom use, before eating, and after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home when sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.


We ask our families to help us by reinforcing these health practices at home.

To protect our students, faculty, and staff, we will be taking the following precautionary measures:

  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting of common areas and restrooms throughout the school and AAC will be managed by our maintenance staff
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be provided to each classroom and in other common areas
  • In accordance with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Precious Blood will not be offered during Communion and handshakes during the Sign of Peace will be discouraged

 

Additionally, we ask that families inform the school main office as soon as possible if your student or any family or other member of your household has traveled or plans to travel to or from a CDC Level 3 or CDC Level 2 area (updated regularly by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) or will have contact with an individual who has traveled to or from a CDC Level 3 or CDC Level 2 area. Returning travelers or those with risk of exposure may be asked to remain out of school for 14 days. If, at the end of this 14-day period, these individuals have not experienced any symptoms, the student may return to school. If these individuals have experienced symptoms, parents will need to notify the school and medical clearance will be needed before the student may return.

For additional information concerning coronavirus, please see the CDC and the ACHD guidelines at the links below:

Guidance from CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

Cases in the United States:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

2019-nCoV  and Children:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

Guidance from the ACHD:

https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/Data-and-Reporting/Infectious-Disease-Epidemiology/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

School leadership will continue to participate in updates from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and will share new information or recommendations as needed.

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