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Back-to-School Survey

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Friday, July 31, 2020

West Catholic recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children and know what is best for them. This year, to meet the individual needs of our students and their families, we will be offering in-person classes as well as virtual live streaming of all classroom instruction so that students may attend from home. In order to better prepare our teachers and staff, it will be very helpful for us to understand if your family’s current plans are to send your student(s) to school in-person or if they will begin the year online. The information included in our back-to-school plans may help you with your decision. Please let us know by filling out the following survey:

Back-to-School Survey

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for information regarding our digital back-to-school packet -- coming soon!

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West Catholic Announces Initial Plans for Back-to-School

News Type:  Daily Headlines Student Parent Staff Date:  Thursday, July 23, 2020

​​​​​​​As Gov. Whitmer has unveiled her ​MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap, we are now able to finalize our plans for re-opening West Catholic on August 19. We are required to submit plans to the State Superintendent prior to the start of school for both Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the reopen Michigan plan. We will make the full plan available to you when all details are finalized. We will follow the necessary requirements and work with the Kent County Health Department to form sensible policy, making sure our students, staff and community are safe. And we will continue to provide our students with a cutting-edge, dynamic, excellence-driven education.

Our current plans center around the knowledge that there is no substitute for in-class instruction and human interaction. Yet during this pandemic, we recognize the need to provide flexibility and choice so we can provide an excellent education while protecting the health of each and every student and staff member. We can get through this together! Go to grwestcatholic.org/back-to-school to learn more about our plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

Senior Picture Requirements for Yearbook

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Senior photos are due Monday, November 2, 2020. As a reminder, seniors are allowed to have their headshot photo taken at any photography studio; however, they must follow the requirements linked below. Please mail Ms. Critchett with questions.

Senior Headshot Requirements

Host Families Needed

News Type:  Daily Headlines Student Parent Staff Alumni Date:  Wednesday, July 22, 2020

West Catholic has seen great growth in our international student population. That growth continues this coming year! New students mean we need new host families. If you're interested in hosting a full-year international student for West Catholic, please contact Kirsten Herich at kirstenherich@grwestcatholic.org. Due to the pandemic, special considerations will be taken this year to keep families and students safe.

WC Touchdown Club Kick-Off Event

News Type:  Daily Parent Staff Alumni Date:  Monday, July 20, 2020

Get your tickets for the West Catholic Touchdown Club's 2nd Annual Kick-Off Event on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious food, an open bar, raffles and more! That night we will also be honoring Sue Armstrong for her 28 years of dedication to WC Athletics! Check out the event flyer HERE for additional details and to purchase tickets.

Fall Sports Update

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Sunday, July 19, 2020

PHYSICALS

On Friday, July 17, the MHSAA stated that fall sports are on as scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year. You can read the article HERE. For the 2020-21 school year, the MHSAA pre-participation sports physical requirement will be waived for students in any grade who received a valid physical for sports during the 2019-20 school year (one completed on or after April 15, 2019). These students and their parents/guardians will be required to complete the two-page MHSAA Sports Health Questionnaire. These must be signed by the student and parent/guardian and kept on file in the school.

Students who did not receive a sports physical in the 2019-20 school year or later must have a valid physical examination form on file. If a student is discovered to have participated without a valid physical on file, the student shall not be eligible to participate until a valid physical is on file. This includes tryouts for any sport.

DEAD WEEK

Fall sports are scheduled as normal right now. Football practice begins on August 10 and all other fall sports begin on August 12. Dead week begins August 1 and lasts through the start of the first practice for fall sports.

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KCHD COVID-19 Guidance

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Staff Date:  Sunday, July 19, 2020

West Catholic will be following recommendations from the Kent County Health Department in regard to students, staff or community members who have tested positive or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Please note that these can and may change over time - if so, we will communicate the changes.

Doctors and other health care providers may be giving different advice. The KCHD is working on addressing this. However, we will follow this guidance. For now, here are our requirements based on the KCHD:

  1. If a student, staff member or community member has been diagnosed as positive for COVID-19, they may return to West Catholic and WC activities after 10 days of the onset of symptoms, given that they have been fever-free for 72 hours and their symptoms are improving.
  2. If the diagnosis is asymptomatic, it is 10 days since the test was administered, assuming 72 hours without a fever.
  3. If a family member tests positive, other family members must quarantine for 14 days since the last close contact. Close contact is defined as any period 15 minutes or longer when you are closer than 6 feet with or without a mask. Close contact also includes sharing anything that would put you in direct contact with the infected person's saliva or respiratory droplets - being directly sneezed on or sharing an ice cream cone, for example. Please note that this timeline resets if any additional household members are diagnosed positive.

We are anticipating all of those in the above cases will be in quarantine during the time period prior to their return to campus for the safety of those around them.

We would also like to communicate the following -- For any individual that has spent more than 15 minutes with someone diagnosed positive, closer than 6 feet with or without a mask, we encourage you to quarantine for 14 days since the encounter. You may return to school functions after the 14 days if you remain symptom-free. Household members of a close contact do not need to quarantine.

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Graduation Videos

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Staff Alumni Date:  Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Thank you to all those who joined us for our 2020 graduation ceremony! It was truly a wonderful, unique celebration we will never forget. For those who were unable to attend, the event was recorded live and posted to the West Catholic YouTube channel. That video may be viewed HERE. We also invite you to check out our Graduation 2020 playlist. It includes recordings of our honors assembly, graduate speeches, senior gift announcement and more!

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Middle School Strength & Conditioning Camp

News Type:  Daily Student Parent Date:  Sunday, July 26, 2020

There are still a few spots open for our Middle School Strength & Conditioning Camp! This program, running from July 28-August 13, will recondition your athlete after the loss of spring sports and help reduce the risk of injury going into fall sports. Click HERE for more information and to register.

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