Dear Notre Dame Community,


Attached, please find Bishop Olson’s letter to the laity regarding COVID-19 and precautions being taken for the Diocese of Fort Worth. In light of the recent developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we strive to make prudent decisions on behalf of the Notre Dame community. Through our own administrative consultation and with the guidance of the Catholic Center, we have decided to close the campus until Monday, March 30th.

This also includes the closure of the Extended Day Program and the cancelation of all extracurricular activities on and off campus. Please also read the following guidelines that will be enacted for the next 30 days.

  1. Facilities:
    a. Over Spring Break, the Upper and Lower Campuses will be thoroughly disinfected by our Facilities
    Manager and janitorial staff.
    b. All students will bring their personal effects home during Spring Break to be disinfected. (Ex: nap mats, musical instruments, backpacks, etc.)
    c. The use of water fountains has been discontinued to mitigate the spread of germs.
  2. Travel:
    a. Any student who has traveled outside of the United States over Spring Break will not be permitted to return to school for 14 days after the day of return. Additionally, parents who have traveled outside of the United States without their children should exercise prudence by keeping their children home for 14 days.
    b. Parents are expected to communicate their upcoming travel plans with the school’s President and Principal. Mr. Escobedo and Mrs. Gutgsell can be reached at the following emails: daniel.escobedo@ndcswf.org and rachel.gutgsell@ndcswf.org
  3. Academics:
    a. Students who are at home will not be penalized for late work, and absences will not be counted against your child.
    b. Contingency academic plans are currently being developed for all homebound students. We will make all necessary arrangements to ensure that your child’s education is facilitated during their time at home.
    We anticipate communicating our finalized academic contingency plan on or before Wednesday, March 18th. Future academic contingency plans will also be created for students needing to stay home after school resumes.
  4. School Academic and Athletic Events / Gatherings:
    a. At this time, all academic and athletic events will be canceled for the next 30 days. We are in communication with TAPPS regarding the possibility of rescheduling all games and academic events.
    b. Additionally, all activities outside of the school day are canceled for the next 30 days. (Ex: sports practices, clubs, choir, etc.) All weekend and evening activities are also canceled during this time. (Ex: Sporting events, plays, etc.)
    c. Again, the campus and all outdoor facilities will be closed during Spring Break for disinfecting purposes.
    If you have questions regarding cancelations, please contact school administration.
  5. Prevention Methods:
    a. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    b. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    c. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    d. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    e. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    f. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  6. COVID-19 Symptoms
    a. Fever
    b. Cough
    c. Shortness of breath and some people may develop difficulty breathing with severe complications
    d. Emerging warning signs of COVID – 19, please consult your medical provider with persistent pain or
    pressure in chest
    e. New confusion or inability to arouse
    f. Bluish lips or face

Bishop Olson’s Letter to the Laity:
https://fwdioc.org/news-3-12-20-bp-olson-pastoral-letter-regarding coronavirus.pdf


Wichita County Public Health Department:
http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/55/Health-District?NID=55


The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Please understand that this is an evolving situation, and school administration will make informed decisions based on the guidance and recommendations from the Catholic Center and health authorities. We will be in communication with our families over Spring Break with more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to school administration.


We ask for your continued prayers for all those affected by COVID-19 and for the health professionals caring for these individuals.

Sincerely,
Daniel E. Escobedo & Rachel Gutgsell

  • President – – Principal –