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Boylan is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our region. Check back regularly for the latest updates.

April 3, 2020: Weekly COVID-19 Update From the Office of Boylan's President

This is an abbreviated version of the parent email that was sent on April 3, 2020. If you are not receiving our emails, contact Boylan's marketing coordinator, Mrs. Bridget Jennison.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As another week of e-learning comes to a close, I am continually grateful for our faculty, students, and parents who have remained flexible during this unprecedented time.

This week we launched a new component of our e-learning program: e-classrooms. Today teachers had the option to meet with their students virtually during designated class periods. Our hope is that through e-classrooms, our teachers and students have the opportunity for the real-time connection that they're used to during a regular school day. As with all new initiatives, we expect both successes and challenges and we welcome your feedback on how the first day went.

This week we also celebrated Virtual Spirit Week. I loved getting a sneak peak into the home lives of our students and teachers. If you haven't yet, check out the great photos on our Facebook and Instagram.

I've included additional updates below. As we head into the weekend, please continue to pray for those most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Know that I keep you and your family in my daily prayers.

Amy Ott
President
Boylan Catholic High School

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATES
Continue referring to the CDC and Winnebago County Health Department websites for the latest updates on COVID-19 in our community. 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES
This is a difficult time for our community. Not only are we navigating distance learning and shelter-in-place restrictions, many families are also facing unemployment or loss of income, disruptions to child care, and other challenges. Please know that we are here to help. Our Counseling Department is an ongoing resource to help students navigate challenges inside and outside of the (virtual) classroom, as is our Dean of Students, and all our faculty and staff.

The United Way of Rock River Valley has also compiled a list of resources for those facing instability due to COVID-19, including loss of income and food insecurity.

UPCOMING E-LEARNING SCHEDULE
April 6-9: E-learning
April 10-13: No school (Easter break)
April 14-30: E-learning

UPCOMING EVENTS
The status of our upcoming large-scale events continues to evolve. With the extension of the governor's stay-at-home order through April 30, we are unable to hold our senior prom on April 18. We are exploring options to reschedule or restructure the event. We invite seniors and their parents to send us ideas for alternative events.

As of now, no changes have been made to the Fine Arts Fair (May 3), Baccalaureate Mass (May 21) or Graduation (May 22). We will continue to keep you updated as decisions are made.
 
TECHNOLOGY REMINDERS

  • Don't forget that parents have the ability to log into Canvas as an observer in their student's classes. Observers have access to see the online assignments, assessments, and resources. 
  • Remind your students that for best results when joining Google Meets, wear headphones to reduce echo and connect from Chromebooks (not mobile devices).
  • Visit boylan.org/tech for information on where to purchase a replacement stylus if your student has lost or damaged the one that came with their Chromebook.

CHEER/DANCE TRYOUTS
The April 20-23 freshman tryouts for both cheer and dance are being postponed (date TBD). Incoming freshman students interested in trying out for either cheer or dance should email the coaches to join a mailing list to be kept up to date on next steps:

Cheer: Mrs. Jeannine Ferger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dance: Mrs. Ashley Barba This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SPRING SPORTS
The IHSA is hopeful that a shortened spring sports season will be held after the stay-at-home order is lifted. Stay tuned to the IHSA website for the latest updates.

March 20, 2020: E-learning Extended through April 7

As our week comes to a close we’d like to provide a few updates as we continue to navigate this unprecedented health crisis.

As you may have heard, the governor announced this afternoon a shelter in place order for the state of Illinois through April 7, 2020. This order also extends school closures. Following next week’s spring break (March 23-27), Boylan students should plan to resume e-learning March 30-April 7.

We sincerely appreciate the flexibility and understanding demonstrated by our students, faculty, and families as we implemented e-learning this week. We continue to be impressed by the resourcefulness and creativity of our school community as they embrace new ways of learning and find ways to stay connected. As always, if our students or parents have questions about e-learning, please reach out directly to our faculty.

We know this hasn’t been easy. We hope our students can take a much needed break and unplug next week. If additional updates need to be communicated over spring break, watch for messages via email, Skyward, robocall, and social media. 

See below for additional updates.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The status of Boylan’s upcoming large-scale events continues to evolve. As decisions are made we will communicate them to our school community. See below for the current status of events:

  • Spring musical (March 21-23): TBD
  • Prom (April 18): TBD
  • Gala (April 25): Postponed 
  • Fine Arts Fair (May 3): TBD
  • Graduation (May 22): No change
DIOCESAN UPDATE ON E-LEARNING

Downlaod an update on e-learning and grading guidelines from the Rockford Diocese Catholic Education Office  Download

SPRING SPORTS

Spring sports continue to be on hold as Illinois high schools remain closed. Visit the IHSA website for additional details.

AP TESTING

Today the AP announced adjusted plans for spring AP testing. Click here for details.

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATES

We encourage you to continue referring to the CDC and Winnebago County Health Department websites for the latest updates on COVID-19 in our community. 

March 17, 2020: COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your support and understanding over these last few days as we navigate the response to COVID-19 in our community.

As we communicated on Friday, e-learning will begin for all students tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18 according to the guidelines outlined in our student handbook (pg. 40). While we previously stated that e-learning would continue until March 30, we've since been directed by the state that school buildings will be closed through at least March 30. Students should plan on e-learning on Monday, March 30. If dates change again, we will communicate as needed. As it currently stands, our e-learning program will be implemented as follows:

  • March 18-20: E-learning

  • March 23-27: Spring break (no classes)

  • March 30: E-learning

Please note: this week the governor and the Illinois State Board of Education issued statements noting that e-learning assignments during school closures related to COVID-19 do not need to be graded. While the state is not requiring grading, Boylan will be implementing it's e-learning program as outlined in the handbook. Assessments will be graded according to each teacher's learning plan. Each day, teachers will communicate with students about expectations including assignments, projects, and deadlines. If you, or your student, has any questions about academic expectations at this time, please reach out to your student's teachers.

Boylan’s policy on e-learning during COVID-19 closures is aligned with the Rockford Catholic Education Office guidelines, which ask that e-learning assignments be graded.

As a result of our 1:1 initiative and the responsive e-learning program we developed last year, we are well-positioned to continue providing the excellent education that our students, parents, and teachers expect from Boylan. While we understand that there will be challenges over the coming weeks, we are confident in the ability of our students and faculty to adapt to these unique circumstances.

All of Boylan's facilities are currently closed. We have started to deep clean and disinfect our buildings according to CDC guidelines. We thank our maintenance staff for their dedication and effort during this time.

Expect additional updates from us in the coming days in regards to upcoming events and end of year activities. 

March 13, 2020: High Priority Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

In response to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Diocese of Rockford issued a directive today that, beginning on Monday, March 16, classes at all Diocesan elementary and high school facilities are to be suspended until at least March 30. This also includes all athletic, extra-curricular, and co-curricular activities both on and off-site.

During this time, Boylan will implement its e-learning program which will allow limited disruption to our students' education. Please refer to pg. 40 of our Student Handbook for our e-learning policy.

E-learning will begin on Wednesday, March 18. Our faculty will have in-service days on March 16-17 in order to finalize third quarter grades and prepare for e-learning. Students will have these days off.

The schedule for the next two weeks is:

  • March 16-17: Faculty in-service (no classes)

  • March 18-20: E-learning

  • March 23-27: Spring break (no classes)

As stated in our e-learning policy, students are responsible for checking Canvas and school email regularly for updates from their teachers.

Prior to dismissal today, students were instructed to take home all school materials (Chromebooks, books, notes, etc.) they will need to complete class assignments. Students who were absent on Friday and need to pick up materials, may do so on Monday, March 16 between 10 am-noon. Students must enter through the main entrance (Door A). If this time frame does not work, email our principal, Mr. Christopher Rozanski. No one outside of students who forgot materials will be allowed access to the building. If students experience technical issues during e-learning, please refer to A 1:1 Learning Environment.

Throughout the next two weeks, this situation will be re-evaluated and students and parents will be notified prior to Monday, March 30 as to whether or not classes will resume inside our building. If classes at our facility continue to be suspended, we will resume with our e-learning program after spring break. Please be sure to watch for messages from Boylan over the next few weeks. We will communicate via email, Skyward, Robocall, social media, and on our website.

An Important Note About Spring Break Travel

If you are planning to travel outside the continental United States during the next few weeks, you must inform Dean of Students Mr. Christopher Lindstedt and place yourself on a 14-day self-quarantine when you return. Students and staff will not be allowed to return to Boylan until that period of time has elapsed. If additional travel restrictions are put in place by governing bodies, students and staff will be expected to follow them.

As this is an evolving situation there may be more information, restrictions, or directives that will be communicated to you over the next few weeks. As always the health and safety of our Boylan community is our number one priority. This is a unique situation and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

March 11, 2020: Coronavirus Health Update

The health and safety of our school community is always our primary concern. We are in daily communication with the Winnebago County Health Department and are following CDC recommendations for prevention.

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As you prepare for spring break travel, we encourage you to follow these same CDC guidelines and to use caution when making travel plans.

As always, if your child is sick - whatever the reason - please do not send them to school. If you have questions or concerns about our attendance policy, please reach out to our Dean of Students Mr. Christopher Lindstedt

In the event that local agencies direct us to close school, our plan is to follow e-learning procedures to ensure there is no disruption to our students’ education (refer to pg. 40 of our Student Handbook for our e-learning policy).

While there are no known cases of coronavirus in our area, we will continue to monitor the situation in order to ensure a swift response if needed. We will provide updated information should circumstances change.

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Due to COVID-19, classes at Boylan are suspended until April 30.

E-learning extended through April 30 - Click here for full details.

Our building and facilities are closed to all individuals during this time. Refer to our Staff Directory to contact our faculty and staff.