School & Programming Updates

With 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

  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medial care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


End of 2019-2020 School Year

Never has the school year ended so wildly, and in many ways so sadly, for our students - especially those in the class of 2020.  We as administrators have missed the smiling, sometimes sleepy faces of our students entering the building early in the morning the last 2½ months.  We’ve missed the laughter of students passing in the halls.  We’ve missed the invigorating drama only teenagers can bring to a building. Yet learning went on. Thank you!

Thank you to students, parents and staff who figured out virtual learning together.  Thank you for your patience, your dedication and your support.  We have an incredibly talented, driven and committed staff. I am so very grateful for each and every one of them.  But we couldn’t have done any of it without your support.

I am confident our students are ready for August, whether they are returning to West Catholic or going on to college or a career. I will pray for them over the summer, that they return or move onward happy, healthy, stronger in faith and wiser for the unique experiences they have lived through.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON RECENT EVENTS

Not only have our students had to face a pandemic, but their world has been exposed to the heart-wrenching outcome of persistent racism and felt its effects right here in their hometown. It’s unfortunate we were not physically in school to support our students during these trying events.  We would have welcomed the opportunity to grow in faith and understanding of all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Please take a minute to read Bishop Walkowiak's statement and the issuance from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops on the recent death of George Floyd.

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops published a pastoral letter on Open Wide Our Hearts in 2018 that is pertinent today.


SUMMER UPDATE

West Catholic is free to open, within the directives of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders (subject to change daily) after today. A few notes:

  • Strength and conditioning will begin on June 16.  Click here for key reminders from Athletic Director Megan Pittman.
  • Excluding athletic activities (see MHSAA guidelines (link is external)), indoor social gatherings and events among persons not part of a single household are permitted, but may not exceed 10 people.  
  • Outdoor social gatherings and events are permitted so long as people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the assemblage consists of no more than 100 people.
  • Any individual who leaves his or her home or place of residence must:
    • Follow social distancing measures of six feet from the nearest non-family individual.
    • Wear a face covering over his or her nose and mouth indoors unless the individual is unable medically to tolerate a face covering.

In the upcoming weeks, these restrictions look to be lightened. We will continue to communicate any significant changes.


2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Last but not least, many of you are asking: What will August look like when my student(s) return to school?  I don’t have all the answers and those I have could change overnight.  If you’d like to look at what we anticipate, click here for a glimpse into fall.

Have a relaxing, blessed summer.  I am so excited for what next year has to bring!  We will be providing a dynamic, excellence-driven Catholic education on the cutting edge of what is possible in education today.  God is good and will lead us in the formation of disciples of Christ.  God bless you all.





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Other Updates

School Sports


For updates from the MHSAA, please visit mhsaa.com/coronavirus.


Summer Strength & Conditioning Workouts

Summer strength and conditioning workouts will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. 

  • Female Athletes: 8-9 a.m. reporting to main ticket booth
  • Male Athletes: 9:15-10:15 a.m. reporting to main ticket booth

Please keep in mind the following items:

  1. All workouts are optional. 
  2. All workouts will take place outdoors.
  3. Anyone who either has a fever or is showing other symptoms of being ill are expected to stay home.
  4. All participants will be screened and attendance logged at the beginning of each workout.
  5. All participants and coaches will be expected to maintain 6 feet social distance at all times.
  6. All participants must bring their own water bottles. Drinking fountains will not be available.
  7. The handicap bathroom will be available. This is only to be used in case of an emergency. All athletes are expected to sanitize their hands before they enter and upon leaving. 
  8. Locker rooms will be off-limits. Participants must arrive dressed and ready for the workout and immediately leave the WC facilities upon completion of the workout.
  9. We will be cleaning any equipment used in between sessions.
  10.  With workouts being held outside, the strenuous nature of the exercises involved and the mandated 6 feet social distancing, we are not requiring masks. 
  11. MHSAA June 1 guidelines linked here (link is external).
  12. All participants should wear tennis shoes.
  13. With outdoor workouts, there is the potential for inclement weather. We will communicate with you via TeamSnap. Please be on the lookout to sign up for communication. 

2020 Summer Camps

All sports and conditioning camps are currently scheduled to start in July. You can reserve your student's spot today at www.grwestcatholicprograms.org/athletics.cfm.

When you register, you will join a waitlist for that camp. We will notify you as soon as we can confirm a camp will be held so you can pay for your specific camp. We will also notify you if the camp is canceled. We should have a decision on July 1 regarding whether or not we can run our camps.

*NEW* The Academy for Sports & Wellness is offering group training for middle school athletes this summer at West Catholic. The four-week program will recondition your athlete after the loss of spring sports and help reduce the risk of injury going into fall sports. Register today at www.grwestcatholicprograms.org/athletics.cfm.


2020-2021 Sports Physicals & Health Questionnaires

Any student who would like to participate in sports this school year needs to have a physical on file. Physicals dated after April 15, 2019, are acceptable. You need to fill out the MHSAA health questionnaire form (link is external) if your physical is from 2019. If your student did not have a physical on file last year, they must get a physical prior to their sport starting, which includes tryouts. A health questionnaire form in place of a physical WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 2020-2021 physical forms can be found HERE. Fall sports begin on August 10 and 12.


TeamSnap

Athletics has implemented TeamSnap so each sport and every coach can communicate with their teams. This platform also gives the coaches the ability to enter their practice/game schedules. If your student will be participating in athletics this year, please download the app on your phone! You will be receiving an invite soon if you haven't already!


NCAA Eligibility & COVID-19

Given the unprecedented events during Spring/Summer 2020 due to COVID-19, the NCAA Eligibility Center has partnered with the NCAA membership to identify adjustments to the initial-eligibility certification process. Click HERE for more information.

Questions?

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

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