Coronavirus Response and Action
As you are well aware from all of the media coverage, various governments, businesses, universities, and schools, are taking preventative measures regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Totino-Grace has been tracking this situation and will continue to follow the Minnesota Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control for updates and recommendations and will take action as needed.
Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20: Spring Break Week
Classes are not in session. All co-curricular activities are cancelled until further notice.
Monday, March 23 and Beyond
- Online classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
- By Saturday, March 21, students and parents will receive a video and corresponding email from Principal Cheri Broadhead and Assistant Principal Dan Vandermyde to clarify direction and expectations regarding online classes.
- If students run into any problems accessing Oncampus or connecting with teachers, please let Mrs. Broadhead (cheri.broadhead@totinograce.
org) or Mr. Vandermyde (dan.vandermyde@totinograce. org) know immediately. If you have specific technology questions, please contact Mr. Tim Pastoors (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
- Totino-Grace's counselors will be available starting on Monday, March 23, to talk with any student who is experiencing increased anxiety. Counselors may be contacted via email or by leaving a voicemail message.
Important Event Notices
The administration has made the necessary decision to cancel or postpone several upcoming gatherings and events through at least May 6. We cherish these activities because we love supporting our students and connecting with our community members. However, responsible social distancing can help us all do our part to slow the potential spread of this virus.
- No co-curricular activities will be held while online classes are taking place. We anticipate further direction from the Minnesota State High School League soon.
- The Reconciliation Prayer Service (March 27) and Stations of the Cross (April 9) have been cancelled.
- Parent-Teacher Conferences (April 3) are cancelled. Teachers will be contacting parents of any student who is not making sufficient progress. We also encourage parents to reach out via email to communicate concerns with teachers. Click HERE for the staff directory.
- The ACT Test (April 4) has been cancelled.
- Grandparents Day (April 17), Alumni Service Night at Feed My Starving Children (March 23), and the track and field alumni night and social (April 17) have been cancelled.
- Various choir and band events have been cancelled:
- Jazz I trip to Kansas City
- Children's Musical (April 30-May 2)
- Junior High Honor Band and Orchestra Festival (March 28-29)
The events below have been postponed. We hope to reschedule at a later date.
- The National Honor Society Induction (April 19)
- The E3 Capstone Exhibition (April 19)
- The Totino-Grace College Fair (April 23)
- 18th & Vine Swing Dance (April 25) and Solo & Ensemble Contest (April 14)
- Various activities from the Admissions Office:
- Open House (April 27)
- Amazing gRace (April 17)
- Eagle Games (May 6)
In addition, the College Board will be providing an update regarding Advanced Placement tests. Look for more information soon.
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control has recommended against nonessential travel to a number of countries. As a safety precaution, Totino-Grace is asking students who are traveling to these destinations to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to the United States. Community members who travel to these countries should also refrain from coming to Totino-Grace.
Totino-Grace's custodial staff members have increased their focus on regularly cleaning surfaces like doorknobs, faucet handles, counter tops, and desks. Disposable wipes or disinfectant spray bottles are available in classrooms, the Commons, Fitness Center, and library, and we strongly encourage their use. Students have been advised to wash their hands often. Disinfectant is available in the lunch lines. Our food service provider has made modifications to lunchroom procedures to aid in our efforts.
The key recommendations from public health agencies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include regular, thorough hand washing and that symptomatic individuals remain home rather than going to work or school. We echo this recommendation and ask that students with any signs of respiratory illness or flu-like symptoms be kept home.
Public health officials recommend the following to reduce risk of any viral respiratory infection.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid face touching, especially eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough or sneeze into elbows or cover mouths and noses with a tissue; throw it in the trash after single use and wash hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Stay at home if you are feeling ill.
- Do not return to school or work until you have been fever and/or vomit-free for 24 hours.
Talking to Children About the Coronavirus
It can be difficult to balance staying informed and educated versus overexposing young people and causing undue anxiety or panic regarding news about the spread of COVID-19. Here are some resources that may be helpful in guiding parents through conversations about coronavirus.