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Suspension of School Activities, Meetings & Events

March 12, 2020
By Bob Weber

Dear Blanchet Catholic School Community,

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon continue to rise, Governor Brown announced new guidance last night regarding group gatherings and social distancing.

Blanchet remains committed to keeping our community safe and, at this time, our school open.  If at some point the decision is made to close our school for a period of time, Blanchet would continue to provide curriculum, instruction, and materials through a digital platform for our students. 

However, in accordance with Gov. Brown’s guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, Blanchet has decided to proactively begin suspending and postponing events that bring large groups of students, adults, and our community together.

Suspension of these non-essential school-based activities will begin today and will remain in effect for the next several weeks. School events and activities that are impacted by this decision over the next two weeks include: 

  • High School Musical Performances
  • The field trip to St. Joseph Catholic School today
  • Spring sports practices/games/tournaments (both HS and MS)
  • The MH Lock-In
  • Our annual Open House
  • The Freshman Retreat
  • Mother-Daughter Tea
  • Parent-Teacher Spring Conferences 
  • Grandparents & Special Friends Day

It is likely that the list of affected activities will grow in the coming weeks as this situation develops.

It is our intention to reschedule and hold most, if not all, of these events at some point this spring.  For events that are postponed that include deposits or purchased tickets, Blanchet will issue refunds if the event is not able to be rescheduled.  

Students, families and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.

Thank you for your cooperation, support and understanding during this challenging and ever-changing time.  We will continue to rely on guidance from Oregon public health authorities and the Office of the Governor.

If you have any questions about events or activities not listed above, please call the school at 503-391-2639.


By Courage & Faith,

Bob Weber