CORONAVIRUS AWARENESS AND INFORMATION

Bishop Lynch is keeping a close eye on the developing situation in regards to coronavirus (COVID-19) and is taking the appropriate safety precautions by following the latest CDC and Department of Public Health guidelines.

Our concerns remain the health of our Bishop Lynch community — which includes our students, employees, families, alumni, and members of the extended community — and the education of our students.

Below, please find important news and resources; please check back regularly for additional updates.

FOR STUDENTS

  •  eLearning
    • eLearning Guidelines 
    • Monday, March 23 (B Day) and Tuesday, March 24 (A Day) - traditional E-Days
    • Wednesday, March 25 is a retreat day (non-academic day) - spiritual formation activity for our community
    • Starting Thursday, March 26 (B Day) - eLearning platform while adhering to the half-day schedule through Friday, April 3
    • Campus Closed
      • The campus is closed to students with no exceptions - this includes all academic, athletic and fine arts facilities.

    • Activities Updates
      • No student activities (extracurriculars, athletics) will take place between March 12 - April 3.
      • Junior/Senior prom, scheduled for April 25, has been postponed. More details to follow after April 3.

    BISHOP LYNCH UPDATES

    List of 10 frequently asked questions.

    • March 25, 2020 | View Father Edwin's Special Retreat Message

      In lieu of today's regularly scheduled sophomore and junior retreats, Father Edwin Leonard, Bishop Lynch High School's campus chaplain, has created a virtual retreat for our entire school community.

      Please join Father Edwin in prayer and reflection.

      Going forward in our eLearning environment, Father Edwin will host The Word Wednesdays and Fridays with Father from 12:40-1 p.m. each week.
      We are all in this together, and all things are possible with God! 

       
      Click here or the above to view!
    • March 24, 2020 | Weekly School Update

      Dear Bishop Lynch Community, 
       
      Welcome to the first week of Bishop Lynch High School’s new eLearning protocol! We are all on this temporary virtual school journey together. As a Friar family, we know we will make the best of it and take advantage of the continuation of our college preparatory academic curriculum until the health crisis passes. 
       
      eLearning Update/Schedule 
      Yesterday and today are E-Days. Wednesday, March 25 was a regularly scheduled retreat (non-academic) day. In lieu of our traditional retreats, please watch for a special video message from Father Edwin Leonard tomorrow. While the retreat was scheduled for sophomores and juniors, the entire BL community is invited to participate. 
       
      Thursday, March 26 begins Bishop Lynch’s robust eLearning protocol. Please note that Bishop Lynch will continue to monitor attendance to satisfy the requirements of our accrediting agency (TCCBED). Attendance will be based on the completion of a check-in assignment or activity determined by the teacher.  
       
      The eLearning guidelines have been updated to reflect the attendance requirement. Bookmark this page for the half-day schedule and the roles for both students and parents.  
       
      Prom Postponement 
      The senior class was emailed yesterday regarding the postponement of the BL prom, initially scheduled for April 25. We sincerely hope the COVID-19 health threat passes quickly so we can reschedule the junior/senior prom for later in the spring. 
       
      Campus Closure 
      In accordance with Dallas County’s shelter-in-place order that went into effect at midnight, the Bishop Lynch High School campus is now closed to all personnel. The school campus had been closed to students and parents since before spring break. 
       
      New Website Section for COVID-19/eLearning Updates 
      All of Bishop Lynch High School’s communications regarding our COVID-19 response and eLearning information is now available at www.bishoplynch.org/COVID19. We are working on a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions and answers that we hope to have online soon. We will continue to send these email updates each Tuesday until we return to our regular on-campus routine. In addition, Friar Facts will continue to be emailed each Thursday.  
       
      We are Bishop Lynch Friars 
      Thanks to our already established E-Day plans and blended learning environment, Bishop Lynch was able to quickly transition to a full eLearning platform. Now we are working to virtually bring the BL community that we know and love to everyone’s homes. Watch for interactive, supportive and FUN connection points starting next week.  
       
      The entire Bishop Lynch community remains in our thoughts and prayers. St. Dominic, pray for us! 
       
      Go Friars! 
       
      Chris Rebuck 
      President 
       
       
      Chad Riley, Ph.D.  
      Principal  
    • March 21, 2020 | Special Video Message from BL Leaders

      Dear Bishop Lynch Community,

      As Bishop Lynch High School embarks on its eLearning protocol this week, watch a special message from BL President Chris Rebuck and BL Principal Dr. Chad Riley. We may not be in one another's physical presence on campus, but the Bishop Lynch Friar family remains strong.

      We will continue to live our mission to "strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world" each day.
       
    • March 20, 2020 | Diocese Letter to Parents

      Please see letter from the Office of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
    • March 19, 2020 | eLearning Schedule for Next Week and Other Information

      Dear Bishop Lynch Community,   
         
      In these uncharted times, our Catholic faith comforts us and provides hope. We frequently refer to our Bishop Lynch High School community as a family, and we truly believe our Friar family will support one another through these trying days. Even in the absence of one another’s physical presence, we are Bishop Lynch Friars and our strong spirit can be a beacon of light to one another and to the wider community. To that end, we are looking at ways our new BL House System, upcoming scheduled class retreats, and other aspects of ordinary life at Bishop Lynch can remain relevant in a remote environment.  
       
      eLearning 
      Because Bishop Lynch already had an E-Day protocol in place and has been making use of a blended learning environment on a daily basis for several yearsstudents and faculty are prepared to make a transition to eLearning on an extended basis. As Bishop Lynch’s leaders, we are committed to providing continuity in our college preparatory academic experienceBL faculty and staffespecially the I-Team, will continue to modify our school’s eLearning protocol for extended use.  
       
      Monday, March 23 (B Day) and Tuesday, March 24 (A Day) will be traditional E-Days. Wednesday, March 25 is a retreat day (non-academic day) and Ms. Candice Barbosa, director of student formation, and Father Edwin Leonard, campus chaplain, are planning a spiritual formation activity for our community that day. Starting Thursday, March 26 (B Day), we will begin our dynamic eLearning platform while adhering to the half day schedule. 
       
      Please thoroughly read the eLearning schedule and guidelines here and bookmark this page for future reference.   
       
      Consistent with the executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott issued on March 19 concerning school closuresBL’s eLearning protocol will remain in effect at least until April 3. Please be aware that this date could be extended. Students will only be allowed to return to the school when government and health authorities and the Catholic Schools Office at the Diocese of Dallas give the all-clear for students to return to campus. 
       
      All School Activities Suspended  
      All school activities remain suspended, including practices, rehearsals and games. Bishop Lynch continues to follow TAPPS guidelines as they are made available by the leadership of TAPPS. All member schools are to be upholding Dead Week protocol; meaning no practices, competitions or organized (team) workouts can be held on or off campus. This protocol will remain in place until TAPPS has made a decision on a Return to Play option. The BL campus will be closed to students indefinitely.  
         
      Future Communications Regarding Campus Closure and Ongoing Updates  
      Bishop Lynch High School will send an email by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 detailing any updates to the plan that might impact the following week. BLHS will continue to send a weekly school-wide email update each Tuesday until we can return to campus.  
         
      The mission of Bishop Lynch High School is just as relevant today as it has been in the past and will be in the future. We will continue to “strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world” in the midst of this challenging circumstance. Please join us in praying for all those affected by COVID-19. May God’s peace be with you and your family in the coming weeks.  
       
      Sincerely yours in Christ, 

      Christopher Rebuck
      President


      Chad Riley, Ph.D.    
      Principal      
    • March 16, 2020 | Message from our Campus Chaplain

      Dear Bishop Lynch Community,
       
      I know that we in the Bishop Lynch community find strength from being a part of a family. I realize that today’s headlines can make us all anxious and uncertain about the future and I am also aware of the need for answers in these challenging times. I, like you, struggle to find those answers in the daily swirling of activities. I do know that this can become a time of reflection; a time to display compassion for others and a time to slow down to focus on what really matters. Today is a good day as a community to reflect on psalm 23, that “the Lord is our Shepherd and we fear not because he is with us.”
       
      Wherever you are in this journey, please know that you as a BL family member are in our prayers and that those characteristics that helped forge the Bishop Lynch community for more than two generations are more evident today than ever. I, and everyone associated with BL, am blessed to call you family and wish you God’s graces.
       
      Blessings,
       
      Father Edwin Leonard
      Campus Chaplain
    • March 13, 2020 | eLearning Protocol in Effect March 23-27

      Dear Bishop Lynch Community,  
        
      To provide educational continuity after Spring Break in the context of a rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, Bishop Lynch High School will move to its eLearning protocol starting Monday, March 23. BLHS will be in eLearning mode the entire week of March 23-27 and students are not to come to the school campus. 
       
      eLearning Guidelines 
      Bishop Lynch educators have modified the school’s existing eLearning procedures for extended use. Please thoroughly read the eLearning guidelines here and bookmark this page for future reference.  
        
      All School Activities Suspended 
      All school activities are currently suspended, including practices, rehearsals and games. The BL campus will be closed to students through March 27 
        
      Future Communications Regarding Campus Closure 
      Bishop Lynch High School will send an email by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26 detailing the plan for the following week. BLHS will continue to send a weekly email update each Thursday until we are able to return to campus. 
        
      We appreciate your patience as we navigate these trying times. The health, safety and educational growth of the entire Friar student body remains our top priority.  
        
      Have a restful Spring Break! 

      Christopher Rebuck
      President


      Chad Riley, Ph.D.    
      Principal      

         
    • March 13, 2020 | E-Day March 13

      Dear Bishop Lynch Community,

      Due to last night's announcement declaring Dallas a local disaster area, Bishop Lynch High School will move to an E-Day today, March 13.

      The campus will be open for students and faculty/staff to pick up books and materials. However, we ask everyone to practice social distancing as referenced in the disaster declaration.
      There will be no foodservice today.

      In light of current events, all school activities are canceled immediately, including any that were scheduled over Spring Break.

      Please continue to check your email for BLHS updates next week.

      Thank you.
    • March 12, 2020 | COVID-19: Looking Ahead

      Dear Bishop Lynch Community, 
       
      During this time of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Bishop Lynch High School remains committed to the health and safety of our community. We will continue to follow current CDC guidelines and administrators remain in daily contact with Dallas County Health and Human Services. While the current circumstances are unsettling and disruptive, the strength of our community will be a source of normalcy and support for all members of the Bishop Lynch community and, true to our mission, even to the wider community.   
       
      Spring Break Travel 
      Spring Break is upon us, and we have asked that you inform us of any BL student/family travel plans by completing this online travel reporting form. If you have previously completed the form but have since changed your plans and will not be traveling, please complete the form again using the dates of Spring Break and indicate in the destinations box that you will no longer be traveling. 
       
      Students, faculty or staff (or immediate close contacts) who are traveling to an area designated as a Level 2 (Alert) or Level 3 (Warning) by the CDC will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return from travel. For the most current list of affected countries, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices 
       
      School Communication 
      Bishop Lynch High School’s primary method for student and parent communication is email sent from Bishop Lynch High School via FriarNET. Please check your inbox over Spring Break for updates and pertinent information regarding school operations following the break.      
       
      Bishop Lynch has text messaging program in place to send alerts regarding important school information. You must opt-in to receive text messages. To do so, log on to www.bishoplynch.org and click the black FriarNET landing page tile off the Resources tab. Scroll down and you will see the Alert Contacts link on the left-hand side. There, you can enter the appropriate phone numbers and email addresses. Note: you must enter your cell phone number in the new SMS option fields at the bottom. 
       
      Continuity of Learning  
      If an extended school closure is warranted after Spring Breakyou will be notified from Bishop Lynch High School via email, telephone voice message, and, if you have opted in, a text alert. To prepare for this possibility, students must take all books and materials home on Friday, March 13. 
       
      If an extended closure is announcede-learning protocols will be initiated to ensure students’ continuity of learning. These protocols have been modified to cover an extended absence from campus, and the modifications will be included in the email announcing the extended closure. 
       
      We understand that these are challenging times. Working together as a community of faith and learning, we will be able to journey through these upcoming days and weeks in a spirit of openness and cooperation. Please join us in praying for all those affected by this health crisis. 
       
      St. Dominic, pray for us! 
       
      Sincerely yours in Christ, 

      Christopher Rebuck
      President


      Chad Riley, Ph.D.    
      Principal    
    • March 11, 2020 | Update on School Response to COVID-19

      Dear Bishop Lynch Community,
       
      Bishop Lynch High School continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation. Bishop Lynch administrators are in daily contact with Dallas County Health and Human Services and the school is following all CDC guidelines. Based on guidance from these health professionals, Bishop Lynch will conduct normal school days on campus both Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.
       
      We understand there are schools that have closed for the remainder of the week as a precaution against possible exposure to COVID-19. After careful consideration and consultation with local health officials, at this time there is no reason to close our campus.
       
      We will continue to provide updated information as it is available. A more detailed email about how you and your students can best prepare for the days and weeks ahead will be sent before Spring Break.
       
      Thank you.
       
      Sincerely yours in Christ,

      Chad Riley, Ph.D.
      Principal
    Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963