School & Programming Updates

With recent concerns about the spread of coronavirus, please be aware that West Catholic and diocesan administrators are in close contact with our local (county), state and federal (CDC) public health organizations and we are following their recommendations carefully. Please continue to monitor this page for the latest information.

Reminders

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Use hand sanitizer as a supplement to hand washing.
  • Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough. If you use your hand, please wash hands immediately.
  • This is also a good time to make sure you are current with vaccines.

Diocesan Response to MDE Memorandum

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) issued a memorandum (link is external) on March 20, 2020, regarding hours and days of instruction for public schools during this closure. Since the 31 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are not public schools or public charter schools (also known as public school academies or PSAs), we follow the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools (MANS) guidelines and diocesan calendar standards rather than MDE requirements.

The instruction which Catholic school students are currently receiving through remote learning will be counted, and Catholic schools in the diocese will continue to deliver instruction. We believe it is in the best interest of our students to continue their Catholic education during this unprecedented time.

We are grateful to the teachers, school leaders, boards, and pastors throughout our alliance of Catholic schools whose tireless efforts enable this instruction and maintain a sense of school community. We are grateful also to families for their commitment to Catholic education.

As people of faith, let us pray for all affected by this virus, especially those who have died and for all health care workers who are working diligently to protect us during this time.


Online Learning


Courses have been moved online to Canvas until further notice.  **All dual enrollment students must adhere to the plans and policies of the college/university to which they are enrolled.**

Looking to get connected? Here are some Internet Access Resources.





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Online Learning FAQs

We have posted a list of frequently asked questions of students and parents along with answers to those questions.  We will continue to update this list as new questions arise.  

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers


Other Updates

West Catholic is working in collaboration with All Saints Academy, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity and St. Anthony of Padua to offer free meals to ALL students under the age of 18 during this extended break. We are currently providing breakfast and lunch to be picked up at the front of the gymnasium entrance at West Catholic High School. We will be distributing meals each day from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Vegetarian, gluten-free and peanut-free items will also be available. Parents may stop by to pick up food for their child(ren).

This week's lunch menu:

Monday - Chili and Cornbread
Tuesday - Chicken Tenders and French Fries
Wednesday - Turkey and Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Thursday - Hot Dogs and Coleslaw
Friday - Tomato Bisque Soup and Cheese Sandwiches

Additional Questions?

Please feel free to reach out to Cynthia Kneibel at cynthiakneibel@grwestcatholic.org or 616-233-5905 if you have any questions.