Coronavirus Updates

 

Update on Thursday, March 26, 2020

 

Dear Bishop Kelley Community, 

 

 

Yesterday, the Oklahoma Board of Education informed the public they will be closing all public school campuses to the end of the year.

 

 

Bishop Kelley remains committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe. The school will continue to follow the directives of the Tulsa Health Department and the CDC to ensure the safety of all our students and employees by offering BK Distance Learning. 

 

 

Though Bishop Kelley will follow the state and local directives not to have students on the campus through April 15, we feel that it is the best interest of our community not to officially close the campus for the remainder of the academic year, but rather continue to evaluate with the guidance of THD and the CDC recommendations what is best for our community on a week-to-week basis after April 15, 2020. 

 

 

Bishop Kelley is committed to offering a quality education to our students through BK Distant Learning and/or the possibility of bringing our students back to campus. 

 

 

No official decision has been made to date for major school events such as the Prom and Graduation.

 

 

BK Distance Learning kicked off on Tuesday. Though this new method of instruction may have had a few glitches, overall, students have been very responsive to the more digital approach to education. We are very conscious, though, of the extraordinary stresses on families and students during this crisis. Bishop Kelley continues to have academic, spiritual, emotional and career supports for our students and families. Please contact the individuals listed below if you need help in any way:

 

 

Chaplain: Fr. Duy Nguyen 

Campus Ministry: Jerri Berna  Sarah Dicks

Principal: Jim Franz 

Academic and Emotional Counselors: Joey Beuchat, Macee Clayton and Kelly Jennings

College and Career Guidance: Maureen Lawler and Debbie Cogan

Academic Support (Tutoring): Pat Hinson

 

 

Let us continue to hold each other in prayer during these uncertain days.

 

 

Live, Jesus, in our Hearts! Forever!

 

In Christ, 

 

Fr. Kastl 

 

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Update on Tuesday, March 17 2020

Dear Bishop Kelley Community, 

 

Bishop Kelley is committed to helping reduce community spread through social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. We wish to share with you our plan moving forward. 

 

The safety and wellbeing of our students and employees are our utmost priority.

 

Please see the information below and know that we will continue to work with the Tulsa Health Department and consult with the most up-to-date CDC recommendations regarding school safety. 

 

Bishop Kelley will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and provide further updates as information becomes available. 

 

Also, please see the attached memo from the Catholic School Office of the Diocese of Tulsa.

 

Campus Closure 

The Bishop Kelley school campus will be closed to the public for all non-essential activities, effective March 18, 2020 through April 3, 2020. Families should be prepared for longer closings at this time.  All buildings and gates will be locked. If there is a need to access our campus please contact the school office at 918.627.3390

 

Academics

The school will initiate BK Distance Learning for all students on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Parents, guardians and students should be attentive to guidance from the school through emails.  Bishop Kelley will work to respect student learning needs during this extraordinary time. 

 

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities 

All school athletic and extracurricular programs will follow OSSAA Dead Period procedures. Students should not be in any school facilities during this time of closure. 

 

Meetings

All meetings or gatherings related directly to the mission of the school must be canceled through April 5, 2020.

 

Pastoral Care

Bishop Kelley recognizes this is a stressful time for parents, guardians, and students. Campus Ministry will host creative online meeting platforms for our students to engage, pray and offer support to each other. Contact Jerri Berna at jberna@bishopkelley.org, Sarah Dicks at sdicks@bishopkelley.org or Fr. Duy at frnguyen@bishopkelley.org 

 

In Christ, 

 


Fr Kastl 
 
 
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Message from the Diocese of Tulsa: March 17, 2020
 
The safety and well-being of our school children and families are of the utmost importance to the Diocese Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma. We know that any action we take may cause some disruption to our families, but we believe these measures will assist in decreasing risks to our community.
 
All Diocesan Catholic elementary schools and preschools will remain on an extended spring break through Friday, April 3, 2020. There will be no classes held on any diocesan elementary school campus during this time. Students are anticipated to return to their respective schools Monday, April 6, 2020.
 
Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Bishop Kelley High School (BKHS) will initiate BK Distance Learning. BKHS will send further guidance to all parents, guardians and students today.
 
We know this is a difficult time for many of our families. Please know that our principals, our teachers, and all those involved in our Catholic schools are here to support you and your family. We encourage you to use this time as a family to deepen your relationship with Christ, to allow Him to remain at the center of your daily lives and to strengthen your family and the Domestic Church (CCC n. 1655-58). Please include in your prayers those afflicted with COVID-19, those who may be afflicted in the coming weeks, all healthcare workers and those who are the most vulnerable in our community. We continue to ask Our Lord for an end to this pandemic.
 
We are committed to providing families with additional information on a regular basis. If further changes are needed, we will communicate that information on or before April 3, 2020. We appreciate your patience, peace and understanding as we navigate the uncertainty of the days and weeks ahead.
 
St. Corona, Patroness of Pandemics, pray for us.

 

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Updated information from the CDC on coronavirus in the United States can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html  

 

The most recent information about coronavirus in Oklahoma may be found at: https://www.tulsa-health.org/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19


Much is being learned about this newly emerged virus.  Based on the current information, health officials are recommending local communities and schools should take the same steps to protect against coronavirus as we take to prevent the spread of everyday illnesses like the common cold or the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


The 2019 novel coronavirus is believed to be spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much in the way the flu and other respiratory viruses are spread.  Symptoms can be fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. At this time, persons considered at risk are those with travel to China, or those in close contact with persons infected with novel coronavirus.