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.
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 years, students 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 experience. BL faculty and staff, especially 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 closures, BL’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,
Chad Riley, Ph.D.