OLF Elementary Response to Coronavirus

COVID-19 Information & Updates

April 8, 2020 – Video Message from Cindy Hahn, Principal
April 7, 2020 – Video Message from Dr. Rhonda Clark, Superintendent of Education
March 29, 2020 – President Trump extends distancing guidelines through April 30
March 27, 2020 – Video Message from Bishop Kihneman – Mass | 3/30 | 11:30 am
March 24, 2020 – Video Message from Cindy Hahn, Principal
March 19, 2020 – Catholic Diocese announces school to resume April 20, 2020

Message from Cindy Hahn, Principal of OLF Elementary – 4/14/2020

Dr. Rhonda Clark, Superintendent of Education, announced today that all Catholic schools in the Biloxi Diocese will be closed for the remainder of the semester. Our teachers will continue to provide distance learning throughout the remainder of the school year.

We, at OLF Elementary, are sad to see the day-to-day interaction with our students come to an end.  While we will not be able to serve our students in the physical classroom, we will continue to provide high quality distance learning for all of our students.  We have a strong and dedicated faculty at OLF Elementary, and they will continue to educate their students from PK3 to 6th grade. 

Beginning on April 20th, we have five weeks remaining in the 2019-2020 school year.  Let’s share a commitment from our students, parents, and faculty to make the next five weeks the best it can be.  We ask our students to participate in daily learning, parents to observe and monitor, and our teachers to provide the learning materials.  The mission of Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School is to provide a Catholic education which supports and encourages each student to reach his or her full potential.  By working as a team, we can fulfill this mission.

While these are extraordinary times that we are in, we are blessed by extraordinary students, parents, and faculty that will rise to the occasion and make this work. One day we will all have memories of this time in our lives.  We will look back on these days and share how we survived COVID-19.  While these may not be the memories that we expected in August of 2019, these will be ones that will be profound for all of us.  

God Bless all of you.  We will survive this challenge and prosper.

Sincerely,


Cindy Hahn, Principal


4/14/2020 – Classes Canceled for Remainder of the Semester

Dr. Clark announced today (4/14) that the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi has canceled classes for the remainder of the semester. Distance learning will continue for the remainder of the semester which ends May 22nd. The full release

3/19/2020 – Classes Set to Resume Monday, April 20th

Dr. Clark announced today (3/19) that schools are expected to open Monday, April 20th. Distance learning will continue until April 8th. Students will receive their scheduled spring break the week of April 13th. The full release


Bishop Kihneman’s Announcement – 3/17/2020

  • All daily and Sunday public Masses in the Diocese are cancelled.
  • Churches will remain open with limited hours.
  • All Catholics are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass.
  • Catholics are encourage to view the livestream mass services.
  • Masses will resume with approval from state & local authorities.

Livestream Mass Schedule

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Chiurch
Sun | 10:00 am | Live stream mass | Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Facebook Page

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral
Mon – Sat | 8:00 am | Live stream daily mass | Diocese of Biloxi YouTube
Sun | 11:00 am | Live stream mass | Diocese of Biloxi YouTube

St. Louis Cathedral New Orleans
Mon – Fri | 12:05 pm |Live stream mass | thedailymass.com


Families & Students

The following messages have been made available to families and students.
April 14, 2020 | Catholic Diocese announces school closed for remainder of the semester
April 7, 2020 | Dr. Clark, Superintendent of Education, delivers inspirational message
March 24, 2020 | Principal Cindy Hahn delivers inspirational message to parents & families
March 19, 2020 | Catholic Diocese announces school to resume April 20, 2020
March 18, 2020 | Catholic Diocese announces school closing for March 23-27, 2020
March 17, 2020 | Catholic Diocese announces livestream mass schedule
March 17, 2020 | Distance Learning Notes from Ms Hahn
March 14, 2020 | Catholic Diocese announces school closing for Mar 16-20, 2020


Notices from Centers for Disease Control

  • President Trump extending the administration’s social-distancing guidelines for another 30 days through the end of April.
  • From the White House: 15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD. During the next 15 days (March 16-31, 2020), individuals and organizations should cancel events that consists of 10 people or more throughout the U.S. Read the White House notice.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
City of Biloxi Coronavirus
Diocese of Biloxi
Mississippi Department of Education
Mississippi State Department of Health
World Health Organization


How to Protect Yourself

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact


Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of waterFollow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.