Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources
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COVID-19 Resources & Updates

"Dear Parents,

We pray that this email finds you well as we head into the New Year. As we return to school on Monday to begin the second semester, we have made a few adjustments based on recommendations from local health officials that we hope will be temporary as we deal with the latest rise in COVID cases. Starting Monday, we will increase seating around campus at Unstructured Periods, utilizing various common areas such as the Student Services lobby and Brother Mark Thornton Terrace, in order to minimize the number of students gathering at any one table and to create social distancing to the greatest extent possible, particularly during lunch periods when our students will be actively eating and drinking without wearing masks. Masks will be required for everyone at all times while indoors on campus. This includes during regular school hours, after school, and while attending extracurricular events indoors.

We will also adopt the updated quarantine protocols from the CDC:

Students who test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)
Regardless of vaccination status:
● Stay home for 5 days.
● If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved after 5 days, you can leave your house.
● If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
● Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

Students who were exposed to someone with COVID-19
Students who have completed the primary series of an mRNA vaccine:
● Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
● Test on day 5.

Students who are unvaccinated who are exposed to someone with COVID-19:
● Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
● Test on day 5.

We will return to school on Monday on campus, and we believe these measures will keep our students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible while at school. On Monday, all teachers will review the process for remote learning with their classes. This review will prepare your son to participate in his classes virtually in case he is forced to stay home due to a positive test or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Because of the recent surge in cases of COVID, it is important that we all continue to monitor for symptoms. If your son has a fever or is not feeling well, please keep him home. If your son will not be able to attend school Monday because he is in quarantine for COVID-19, please communicate to either Mr. Michael Lynn (mlynn@brothermartin.com) or Mr. Jerry Ursin (gursin@brothermartin.com) in the Discipline & Attendance Office so that we can coordinate virtual learning between your son and his teachers.

Last year, our goal every day was to simply have school “tomorrow”. This year, as I said at our Back-To-School Night, our goal is to offer our students the Brother Martin experience, and to be creative in doing so when appropriate. This is still our goal, and we have been able to do this well throughout the first semester. Our hope is that this current rise in COVID cases will decrease quickly so that we can continue to move forward. Regardless of our circumstances, we look forward to working in partnership with you, overcoming obstacles, and embarking on a successful final semester of the 2021-2022 school year."

Happy New Year!

Your Partners in Mission,

Ryan Gallagher ‘00     Greg Rando ‘78
Principal                          President

Crusader COVID-19 News

Guidance Office Resources

Our Guidance Office has provided some very important resources and articles for our Brother Martin students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members to utilize during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. All resources are categorized for your convenience.

COVID-19: Managing Stress in this Anxious Time

Teletherapy Counseling

  • Louisiana Department of Health Free Counseling Services – 1.866.310.7977

  • Catholic Counseling Services – Sliding Scale and Pro-Bono Services - 504.861.6245

Suicide Prevention

2020-2021 Counselor Contact Information

8th Grade - Mrs. Joneil Galey, M.Ed. - jgaley@brothermartin.com
9th Grade - Mrs. Jennifer Taylor, M.Ed. - jtaylor@brothermartin.com
10th Grade - Mr. Michael Lemmon, M.S. - mlemmon@brothermartin.com
11th Grade - Mr. Paul Marcello, M.Ed. - pmarcello@brothermartin.com
12th Grade - Mr. Griffin Gremillion, M.Ed. - ggremillion@brothermartin.com
College Counselor – Mrs. Colleen Martinolich, M.Ed.cmartinolich@brothermartin.com

Items of Interest Counselors have posted to Schoology

Counselors will continue to post new information to Grade Level Pages. Please check back often.

College Counseling Resources

  • TOPS Q&A regarding COVID-19: Up to date information on how your son's eligibility for TOPS will be affected by COVID-19.  "On April 2, 2020, Governor Edwards suspended the requirement that a student achieves a qualifying score on or before the national ACT test date in April. Students will have until September 30, 2020, to achieve a qualifying ACT score or to qualify for higher TOPS Award."  Please click this link for more information.
  • Virtual FAFSA completion assistance is available by calling the FAFSA HELPline at (844) 463-2372 or by calling Ann Carmichael at (225) 931-7550 (cell).
  • As a service to students and families, NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak - https://www.nacacnet.org/college-admission-status-coronavirus
  • Virtual College FairMany of Louisiana’s post-secondary institutions are happy to announce that they will take part in a Virtual College Fair (April 6th - April 9th). The Virtual College Fair will offer students the chance to hear from college representatives and to ask any questions they may have.  This is a great opportunity in lieu of Brother Martin’s: Junior’s Take the Next Step Program that was scheduled for April 20th. Please see this attached link to sign up for either the 3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m session.  They do ask that Brother Martin students register for the Monday and Tuesday sessions (to keep capacity manageable).

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