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Coronavirus and Public Health Information Page

Coronavirus and Public Health Updates

This page will serve as a central resource for Archbishop Carroll community members. Real-time updates, the status of ongoing decisions, and helpful resources will be posted here. The school will also proactively email (and possibly text/call) parents and students regarding any significant changes to regular school operations that would directly impact them throughout the coming days and weeks.

Recent School Updates

Carroll Community Update
April 7, 2020
A Message from Dr. Anchen Schulz re: Holy Week Schedule
April 5, 2020
A Message from our Assistant Principal for Student Affairs
April 2, 2020
A Message from Student Body President Tommy Anderson
March 31, 2020
OCE K-12 Extension Letter
March 27, 2020
Communications to our Parents regarding maintaining Community
March 16, 2020.   March 19, 2020
March 12, 2020
An update from Communications Director, Courtney Peters
March 12, 2020
An update from Sister Maureen L. McDermott, IHM, Ph.D., Superintendent for Secondary Schools
March 6, 2020
Coronavirus (k-12 update) from the Pennslyvania Department of Health
March 6, 2020

Course Selection Information

We would like to provide an update on the Course Selection Process for you. Please review all the materials and due dates. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your Guidance Counselor or to selection@jcarroll.org

Activities Updates

  • Sophomore Retreat (Friday, March 13)- Canceled
  • SAT (Saturday, March 14)- Canceled
  • Blood Drive (Tuesday, March 17)- Canceled
  • College Information (Thursday, March 19)- Canceled
  • CAFE’ (Saturday, March 21st)- Postponed, Date TBD
  • All-Catholic Orchestra (March 20-22)- Canceled
  • Spring Open House (Sunday, March 29)- Postponed
  • 7th Grade Scholarship Test (Saturday, April 18)- TBD

Athletics Updates

Field Trip Updates

Decisions about upcoming student field trips will be heavily influenced by CDC travel guidance, the situation in each destination city, and the status of the locations on trip itineraries. School leaders will be evaluating each trip on a frequent basis and notifying parents and students of any changes or cancellations as soon as decisions are made.

March:

  • Sisters of Life Convent (Religious Trip for 11th and 12-grade girls)- Canceled

April:

  • Various Locations around Delaware County (Junior Retreat)- Canceled

Overnight Trip Updates

Decisions about student trips will be heavily influenced by CDC travel guidance and the U.S. Department of State. School leaders will be evaluating each trip on a frequent basis and notifying parents and students of any changes or cancellations as soon as decisions are made. The following outlines the status of all upcoming overnight domestic and international trips.  Last updated: March 12, 2020

March:

  • North Carolina (Softball)- Canceled

June:  

  • Malvern Retreat House (Kairos)- No change at this time

July:

  • Harlem, Kentucky (Service Trip)- No change at this time

Guidance

SAT and ACT Updates 

The SAT and ACT testing dates through May have been canceled. Please reach out to CollegeBoard or ACT for more information.

  • It is strongly recommended that if you have a desire to take either test in June you should sign up ASAP. Archbishop Carroll is NOT a testing site for either exam again until next school year. Some colleges have decided to go test optional next year to alleviate any problems with being able to take the SAT/ACT. Do not rely on this being the case for every school. You should check colleges you are interested in to see if they have made this decision.
  • SAT practice: Along with your Khan Academy account for SAT practice – you can also take a full test through them- Kaplan is offering free SAT/ACT tutoring for a month. To access this, go to your Naviance account, scroll down, and you’ll find a message for this on the left-hand side. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of either of these resources in preparing for the SAT/ACT.

Course Selection

  • Students are asked to contact their counselors with any course selection questions. If you are unsure of who your counselor is, check our website under “CarrollU”.
  • There is a copy of our updated COLLEGE PLANNING GUIDE on the website. Juniors are strongly encouraged to review this. Please contact your counselor with any questions.
  • Seniors, continue to send in your college acceptances & scholarship offers to Miss DiMattia & Mrs. Nardelli. If you have committed to a school, please let us know that as well. If you have not visited a school yet and really wanted to, go to their website and take a virtual tour – most schools will have this feature & are enhancing this experience. Some schools are extending their deadline for responding to their offer of admission. Please check all your schools for this if you feel you need the extra time for decision making.

Subject Tutoring Resource

You may already use Khan Academy, but you can also find free resources on the following website: www.hippocampus.org. They offer videos in 13 different subject areas.

Mental Health Tip #2: Stress

We hear the word “stress” a lot, especially now with everything going on in the world around us. Let’s clarify something first. There is good stress, called eustress, that actually motivates & helps us accomplish tasks & goals, and then there is harmful stress, or distress , that can overwhelm us, paralyzing us, thus blocking us from doing what we need to do. When we say we’re feeling “stressed”, we’re talking about the later.

We all must learn ways to manage and deal with the stress that’s in our lives. Some people live with stress conditions that are long-lasting (chronic illness/pain, the impact of living in poverty, long periods of unemployment,etc.), while for many, stressful situations are more temporary(major test, project due, juggling all your activities, work, & school).

Regardless of the source or duration of your stress, how do you handle it? There are many healthy and harmful ways to do this. Harmful can include: self-medicating with alcohol/drugs, taking out your stress on others through yelling & arguments, overeating, over sleeping. What we want to focus on &promote are healthy ways of managing stress.

Consider engaging in the following:

  • talk out problems & worries – keeping things boiled in typically does not help;
  • get enough rest – sleep plays an important role in maintaining both our physical & mental health;
  • maintain a healthy diet – it’s easy as we’re all home to give into snacking on all the stuff that’s not good for us!
  • establish a routine – keep to normal school hours even at home
  • engage in fun & laughter – laughter actually promotes the increased function of our internal organs and generates an increased immune response;
  • develop interests & hobbies – more than just being on your phone!;
  • take a “mental” vacation when you cannot physically get away, allowing yourself to daydream;
  • practice time management & good organization skills;
  • try to let the little stuff go & remember that we cannot control everything;
  • avoid the comparison syndrome.
  • exercise -making sure to maintain social distancing;
  • pray/meditate.

We hope that you will find some of these suggestions helpful & useful in managing the stress in your life.

Quote for the day: “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

Mohandas Gandhi

Counselor Office Hours:

Mr. Lynam: 10-12 & 1 -2

Ms. DiMattia: 9:00-12:00

Mrs. Landrum: 10:00 – 1:00

Mrs. Collins: 10:00-1:00

Mr. Weinrich: 9:00 – 12:00

Mr. McGeehan: 9:00 – 12:00

Mrs. Fleming: 9:00 to 12:00

Personal Travel Guidelines

The CDC offers a comprehensive guide for personal travel, including risk assessment by country and a traveler FAQ.  We encourage all families to follow CDC guidance, including advice related to non-essential travel and self-quarantine procedures.

Notifying School of Travel

  • A student or staff member who has been to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea within the past two weeks should be excluded from school for 14 days, beginning the day they departed that country. Principals will work on methods to provide educational support for children who are at home for these weeks, so that they do not fall behind. These students or staff members should to stay at home and limit contact with anyone outside the home.
  • Healthy members of a household who did not travel, but where someone else from that household returned from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea, are not required to stay away from school as long as all members of that household are healthy (i.e., no new respiratory symptoms and no fever).
  • Students and staff members who have visited China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea within the past two weeks should be advised to call their doctors for instructions if they have fever with either cough or shortness of breath.

Contact Us

If you have a question and are not sure who to contact, please send an email to cpeters@jcarroll.org. We will connect you with the best person to answer your question.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my child’s trip be canceled?

Decisions about student trips will be heavily influenced by CDC travel guidance and the U.S. Department of State. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, we will be monitoring and evaluating each trip on a frequent basis and notifying parents and students of any changes or cancellations as soon as decisions are made. We will also post ongoing updates on this page.

Helpful Resouces