Coronavirus Information & Resources

Our highest priority as a school remains the safety and wellbeing of our entire community: students and parents as well as faculty and staff. During the quickly-changing landscape of the coronavirus pandemic, we are centralizing information here regarding all of our updates and messages, changes to school operations, and remote learning. 

Last Update: Monday, March 30, 2020.

School Building Closure

In accordance with the latest mandate from the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cathedral High School will remain closed through Monday, May 4. We may reopen campus and resume in-person classes on Tuesday, May 5. If this date changes, we will contact you by IRIS alert and update this page and our social media. 

Free Lunch Pickup During Closure

We are committed to providing free lunch meals to all Cathedral High School students for the duration of the closure. For any parent or student who would like to request a free takeout lunch for pickup, please email meals@cathedralhighschool.net with your student name and the dates you’d like to pickup a lunch. We will only prepare enough meals to cover requests, so you must request a lunch in advance by email. Lunches may be picked up from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on weekdays at the Applied Learning Center entrance on the Waltham Street side. 

For additional meal resources, including free meals from Blackjack Pasta Kitchen, Boston Public Schools, and local food pantries see below under “Community Resources.”

Remote Learning & Academic Expectations

Students should be checking Blackbaud, email, and Google Classroom for assignments daily.

All outstanding academic student work for the third quarter was due on March 20 directly to your teacher. All academic work completed during the campus closure will be counted for the 4th quarter. All assigned academic work is expected to be completed before you return to school.

To enhance remote learning, Cathedral High students and faculty are starting a new and more formal distance education schedule. Starting Monday, March 30, all students and faculty will be expected to follow the schedule below. 

Day/Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8:30 – 9:15

A BLOCK

E BLOCK

A BLOCK

E BLOCK

9:20 – 10:05

B BLOCK

F BLOCK

B BLOCK

F BLOCK

10:15 – 11:00

C BLOCK

G BLOCK

C BLOCK

G BLOCK

11:05 – 11:50

D BLOCK

 

D BLOCK

 

 11:50 – 12:45

Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:30

*Panther Period

*Panther Period

*Panther Period

*Panther Period

Fridays will be reserved for individual instruction, virtual field trips, club meetings, wellness activities, as well as planning and professional development for faculty.

As always the admin is available to support you and help you make learning innovative and enjoyable. Please reach out to the admin team if you have questions or need anything. 

Wellness Team

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the CHS Wellness Team—Ms. K and Ms. Shelby—will be available to speak with students who were previously seen for counseling and who may want to check in and talk. Students who want to check in, and any parents with questions or concerns, may reach the CHS Wellness Team by calling:

Ms. Shelby on Tuesdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at (857) 301-7941
Ms. K. on Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at (857) 301-7670

For students who are experiencing an emotional crisis and need immediate support, we recommend calling the Boston Emergency Services Team (B.E.S.T) at 1-800-981-4357 or your local emergency room.

Community Resources

Below are links to additional information for resources that may assist your family with various needs during this time.

    • Blackjack Pasta Kitchen: Blackjack Pasta Kitchen in the South End, across Washington Street from the Cathedral, is offering free takeout meals to CHS students.
    • City of Boston: Map of Meal Sites for Children & Youth: A list of other sites for free meal pickup for youth and teens across Boston, in addition to the free lunches available from Cathedral High School.
    • YMCA of Greater Boston: Providing meals and emergency child care for parents who must work during this time. Contact your local YMCA branch (in the link) for additional information. 
    • Comcast Internet Essentials: To ensure you are able to access classrooms and academic content at home, two free months of Internet Essentials is being offered to new eligible customers and all customers are receiving boosted speeds. Apply by April 30. 
    • FoodSource Hotline: Project Bread’s toll-free FoodSource Hotline is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger. To find food resources in your community, call the FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333 or TTY at 1-800-377-1292.
  • If your family is experiencing additional needs, please do not hesitate to contact the school for assistance finding appropriate relief. 

Learn more about COVID-19

The novel or new coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) is a flu-like illness caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. The best current medical knowledge indicates that around 80–85% of those affected experience only mild illness, with cough and fever. Around 14% (generally older individuals or those with underlying medical issues) can suffer from more severe symptoms. Fewer still, about 5%, can become critically ill. We strongly urge all our Cathedral families to get their information about coronavirus from official government sources.

Below are several of the trusted sources of information from our local, state, and national governments: