OLF Elementary Response to Coronavirus

COVID-19 Information & Updates

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

The uncertainty around the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact weights heavily on us all. We work and live in a closely-knit community and will remain supportive of one another while doing all we can to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe during these unsettling times. Our responsibility to our students and to the greater community is to limit the spread of infection and to reduce the strain on our health care system.

In the interim, the education for our students does not end, but continues in a new format. We will begin distance learning immediately. Distance learning will be available for all our students from PK2 to 6th grade. Our educational system is fortunate to have many good tools available at little or no cost to facilitate distance learning. While this will be new for our students and parents, it will also be new for our faculty. There will be a learning curve and we will make mistakes. I ask our parents and our students to be patient with us as we begin this new type of learning.

Distance learning will be new for our students. I ask our parents to please work with your son or daughter to ensure that he or she actively participates in the program. I understand that the attention span at home may be less than it is in school with a variety of distractions. It is important that they do their lessons and stay engaged. We will be keeping attendance and grades during this distance learning period.

We completed one drive through lesson plan this week and it was successful. We will continue to ask parents to pick-up materials on Tuesday morning from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. Please confirm with your teachers to ensure that you have packets or materials to pick up.

Above all, we want you to be safe. These are difficult times and we need everyone to come together as a community. We survived Hurricane Katrina and we will survive COVID-19. Please listen to the authorities and take appropriate action as directed. It is extremely important that we take appropriate action today to reduce the time needed to return to normalcy.

We look forward to the day when we will once again greet your son or daughter at drop-off.

Sincerely,


Cindy Hahn, Principal


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

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

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


Families & Students

The following messages have been made available to families and students.
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

  • 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.