Updates to Campus Ministry due to COVID-19
We join in your concern for all those impacted by COVID-19. We don’t know at this point in time what will happen regarding if we will return to school as normal, however, we need to make sure all of us are on the same page regarding key components of our Lasallian education, especially for our student-focused retreat opportunities. Namely, we want to communicate regarding our students' health, continued faith and service engagement in the event we return to back to school as "normal" this school year.
Below are some questions we have received, and our responses, as we want to make sure all of us are on the same page.
Called to Serve #44 and Kairos #103 and #104 Retreat Updates
Will we get to make our Kairos retreat this school year, over the summer or even next school year?
- That’s a really good question. It is our hope to be able to offer safe and transformative Kairos retreats; however, we do not know at this point in time if they will be scheduled during the remaining time this school year or sometime next school year.
If we do go back to school, what is the possibility of offering Kairos 103, 104 and CTS #44 prior to the end of the school year this summer?
- Considering the real possibility that we might not go back until early May, it looks like we are down to our final back-up plan for our senior Called To Serve (CTS) retreat for this school year: May 11-13, 2020. Also due to time at least one Kairos retreat for the La Salle High School Class of 2021 will need to be moved to the following school year. At this point in time, the junior and senior leaders scheduled to participate on Kairos #103, if possible will go on their Kairos retreat on May 6-8, 2020. All junior participants scheduled to participate on the Kairos #104 retreat, will be rescheduled to go on their Kairos retreat next school year. We will send out more information on the Kairos #104 retreat as we are able to solidify more details. Please stay tuned to your email for more information.
If we do not go back to school, how will we successfully complete our yearly retreat graduation requirement?
- Considering the circumstances, we will need to be flexible and perhaps waive the retreat requirement for those juniors in the Class of 2021, until their senior year, and for those few seniors in the Class of 2020. This means there will be a few seniors and about half the juniors who will not experience a retreat this school year. Should this be the case, the La Salle business office will work with you regarding a retreat fee refund and/or credit for remaining expenses.
If school is shut down for the rest of the year, when and how will we be scheduled for our Kairos or CTS retreat?
- To be clear, if there are no more Kairos or CTS (senior year) retreats during the 2019-20 school year, we will work directly with the seniors and their parents on the next steps. As for the juniors in need of participating on a Kairos retreat, we will reschedule the retreats for next school year. Again, we will send out a Kairos scheduling form to help mitigate any scheduling conflicts for next school year.
I believe our parents have already paid for our retreat fee, if they are canceled for this school year they will get a refund, how will this work?
- For seniors, if your retreat fee has already been paid, and we do not offer a retreat for you during your senior year, then you are entitled to a refund. This will be handled through the La Salle High School business office.
Lasallian Youth Service Immersion Trips (LYSIT)
At this time we plan to proceed with our 2020 LYSIT this summer, however that could certainly change. We have been in contact with all partner agencies and will plan to stay in contact with them to ensure we are all on the same page. We will be able to make a more informed decision in the next few weeks regarding the viability of these summer spiritual and service engagement opportunities. The good news is, we have not committed to airfare, only deposits for housing thus far, so we have limited exposure to incurred expenses.
Christian Service Hours
What Christian Service Hour opportunities are available for us?
- We can think of CSH opportunities both as direct and indirect service to, with and for others. Due to our current Statewide shut-down in Ohio, many non-profits where we might offer direct service to help others have been shut down. We want students to remain safe.
- Take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously and follow the necessary steps shared by our state and national experts to help keep ourselves and others safe.
- Our medical staff is the national heroes on the frontlines going to “battle” against this virus that has a disproportionately high mortality rate and has seemingly shut down normal living throughout the world. Doctors, nurses, medical technicians, etc. have stepped up and are the first level of defense against COVID-19, they are often working with limited-to-no Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks, gowns, gloves, etc.. This is like being sent to war against an armed enemy, however, you do not have the necessary equipment for battle. Considering the heroic efforts of those in our medical community, perhaps you could write a few notes of thanks and support, or maybe even record a short video of thanks, for those who are heroically helping to rewrite history and save lives daily.
- Many elderly are the most at risk. Our elderly neighbors need our safe assistance. Those in nursing homes are becoming more and more isolated, perhaps you reach out to a neighbor in need to help them stay safe by helping with some daily chore, maybe it is safely picking-up a needed grocery item, perhaps it is helping them in their isolation by sharing the need for human connection by recording a short video of support and prayer and send it to those in need. We are working with our partner agencies to see how we can best support our brothers and sisters in need and serving at their non-profits...more information to come.
- Two of our partner agencies have reached out to us for help: