Welcome to the Nativity Update Center, a dedicated space on our website designed to keep parents, staff, and the entire Nativity community informed about the effect of the Coronavirus on our community.
This Update Center serves as an ongoing reliable resource for the entire Nativity community, demonstrating proactive and transparent access to critical information. We will continue to update this with news and information as it becomes available. It is our mission to keep you informed on how we are preparing to cope with Coronavirus and any other potential health-related or time-critical topics. We hope you’ll find it useful.
Dear Parents –
We hope you have had a great spring break despite all the Coronavirus restrictions. As many have already stated, we are in unprecedented times. There are no books or resources that can provide answers to every facet of this unusual and historic situation. Thank you for your patience while we worked to develop a plan and during the coming weeks as we transition to online learning.
During the Online Learning period, try to keep your child’s day as routine and scheduled as possible. Here are a few tips that can help:
- Read books with your child. It’s not only fun but reading together strengthens your bond with your child AND helps their development.
- Make time for active play. Bring out the blocks, balls, jump ropes and buckets and let the creativity go. Play games that kids of all ages can play and encourage older kids to make up a workout or dance to keep them moving.
- Keep an eye on media time. Whenever possible, monitor screen time and don’t allow students to use technology as their sole means of entertainment during this extended time at home.
- Schedule time for school. While it doesn’t need to be as structured as a school day it is recommended that students stick to a schedule and work on school work. Here is a sample daily schedule that your family may find useful to provide some structure in new daily routines
How Online Learning Will Work
- Teachers will be online each day from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm
- New assignments or information about current assignments will be posted each day in Google Classroom by 10:00 am
- Teachers will be available via email, Google Classroom, and Google Hangouts Chat
- Verify that your child has accepted the invitation to join Google Classroom. Go to https://classroom.google.com/and login with your child’s Nativity Account. Click “Join” on any classroom that they have not yet joined. This will ensure that your child is in all the classes before Monday.
- Please accept the Guardian Invitation you received via email to receive updates on your child’s classroom. You can choose daily or weekly email updates. If you have not received one, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher and they can assist you.
- If you are not using a Nativity Chromebook, make sure Google Hangouts is installed. Click here for information on how to install (https://support.google.com/hangoutschat/answer/7653601?hl=en&ref_topic=7649316)
Chromebooks at Home
We want to make sure your child has a device that will allow them to be productive in an online class environment. Please note, phones do not qualify as a productivity device. Recommended devices include, but are not limited to: Chromebooks, PCs, Macs, tablets, and iPads. If you need a device to support your child’s learning, please fill out the form below. These Chromebooks can only be used by Nativity students for educational purposes. https://forms.gle/721yLcwhsxSuXJQv5
Getting Technical Support
Should you need technical assistance during this time please use the Help Desk System so that we can track all issues and resolve them as quickly as possible. You can find the Help Desk at https://helpdesk.nativity-cincinnati.org and click “Submit Ticket”.
What if my child needs something from school?
Unfortunately, at this time, we are only letting essential staff into the building. If your child has an emergency need for something they left at school, please contact the school office.
This information can be found on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates and we will continue to send updates as we receive them. If you have any questions, please contact Rudy Gruenke at (513) 531-3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Systems & Special Projects
Pope Francis has invited every family, every individual Catholic, and every religious community to pray the Luminous mysteries on Thursday, March 19 at 9:00 pm Rome time (4:00 pm Eastern Time). The initiative was initially proposed by the bishops of Italy.
The pope made the plea at the end of his weekly Wednesday General Audience, which was broadcast from the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace due to the national quarantine under effect in Italy.
The following is a translation of the pope’s remarks regarding the rosary initiative:
Tomorrow we will celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. In life, work, family, joy and sorrow he always sought and loved the Lord, meriting the praise of Scripture as a just and wise man. Always invoke him with confidence, especially in difficult times, and entrust your lives to this great Saint.
I join in the appeal of the Italian bishops who in this health emergency have promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country. Every family, every faithful, every religious community: all united spiritually tomorrow at 9:00 pm (4:00 pm Eastern) in the recitation of the Rosary, with the Mysteries of Light. I will accompany you from here.
We are led to the luminous and transfigured face of Jesus Christ and His Heart by Mary, Mother of God, health of the sick, to whom we turn with the prayer of the Rosary, under the loving gaze of Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family and of our families. And we ask him to take special care of our family, our families, especially the sick and the people who are taking care of them: doctors, nurses, and volunteers, who risk their lives in this service.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by Saint Joseph’s Intercession
your Church may constantly watch over
the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Dear Nativity Families,
The days are difficult as we move through the current health crisis of Coronavirus. In part it is difficult because we miss seeing each other, visiting with each other, sharing the stories of our lives with each other, with at least 6 feet of distance between each other.
However, we don’t want to lose spiritual contact with one another. As the Angelus bells ring at 6:00 am, 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm in a language understood both in heaven and on earth, the bells ring to invite us to stop and pray and be spiritually in connection with one another.
We offer the following prayers for your use and through this prayer, give strength to one another and allow God’s grace to heal us and our world.
V/. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
R/. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
V/. Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
R/. Be it done unto me according to your Word.
V/. And the Word was made flesh,
R/. And dwelt among us.
V/. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R/. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts: that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
As we gathered at morning Mass the other day, prior to the canceling of all Masses, we prayed for all of us – for peace, for reduction of fear, for health and for health professionals. The following words from our opening hymn is an additional prayer I offer you now:
Be still, my soul – the Lord is on thy side!
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide-
In every change he faithful will remain.
Be still my soul –best, thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul – thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past;
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake-
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still my soul – the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
After serious consideration of the grave health risk involved in public gatherings and in order to curb the spread of the
Coronavirus, the bishops of Ohio have decided, effective immediately, to suspend temporarily all publicly celebrated
Masses/liturgies, at least through the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. The bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic
faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending
Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.
This decision is not taken lightly and, as your bishops, causes us great sadness. However, after consultation with the
governor and health officials we are convinced that this is the most prudent and necessary action.
Science has proven that participation in public gatherings significantly increases the risk of contagion. This poses a
serious danger to those especially most vulnerable.
As Catholics, in every Sunday Mass we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord. The Holy Eucharist
is the source and summit of our faith. In this moment, we are experiencing in a unique way the passion of our Lord as
this pandemic prevents us from gathering for the Sunday Eucharist. In this very difficult time, we encourage the faithful
to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer. Sunday remains a holy day, and we encourage the faithful to pray using the
rich resources of our faith, including praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of
the Hours, stations of the cross, etc. We also urge you to participate in prayer by way of radio broadcast or televised
or live-streamed Mass and make a spiritual communion.
Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, for all health care workers, and
for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this situation. Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, we unite
our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our healing and our hope.
Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr
Chairman Catholic Conference of Ohio
Archbishop of Cincinnati
Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan
Bishop of Columbus
Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton
Bishop of Steubenville
Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J.
Bishop of Youngstown
Rev. Donald P. Oleksiak
Diocesan Administrator of Cleveland
Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas
Bishop of Toledo
While most of our communications this week have focused on what we knew and what we were doing to prepare for the coronavirus. We were not able to send out much to help you discuss this with your child. The links below may help you with what to say and how to talk to your child about the coronavirus. Some key takeaways are:
- As people of faith we believe that God is with us in every struggle we encounter in life. This strong belief must be our foundation and our peace!
- Be sensitive and aware to those children who might be struggling.
- Share the basic fact of our need as a state to slow the spread of the virus by closing our schools for a short time.
- Stress the importance of handwashing, coughing into your elbow, and not touching your hands to your face as much as possible.
- Things will get back to normal!!
- If they feel like they need to talk, it’s OK to be frightened but we are always hopeful and look for God in all things
The Cincinnati Public Schools Student Dining Service program will provide an opportunity for families to drive-thru or walk up and pick up meals for the children in their family between the ages of 1 and 18 at a number of school sites. Per USDA regulations, children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meal distribution sites will be set up outside in the parking lot or bus lane at each school. If driving, please stay in your car and meals will be passed through to the driver based on the number of children in the car.
Meals will be served March 17–April 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week with an additional serving day of Tuesday, March 17. All meals will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesdays, children will receive two breakfast meals and two lunch meals. On Fridays and Tuesday, March 17, children will receive one breakfast meal and one lunch meal. All meals will exceed USDA nutritional requirements. For more information visit https://www.cps-k12.org/news/coronavirus
Chromebooks at Home
Since this shut down may last longer than the original three weeks if it would be helpful for your family to have an additional computer at home please fill out this Google Form so we know you are interested. Information related to pickup will be emailed to those families that request one. These Chromebooks can only be used by Nativity students for educational purposes. https://forms.gle/721yLcwhsxSuXJQv5
This information can be found on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates and we will continue to send updates as we receive them. More information about online learning will be coming by the end of next week. If you have any questions, please contact me at (513) 531-3164 or email@example.com.
Director of Systems & Special Projects
To the Nativity Community:
On Thursday, March 12, 2020 Archbishop Schnuur issued an update on the Coronavirus that has been widely circulated. Below are highlights from his letter, the full copy can be found on the Nativity Update Center at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates. We have also posted the Archdiocese FAQ for the Faithful on the Update Center.
Beginning immediately and continuing until further notice:
- Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are dispensed from their Sunday Mass obligation through the weekend of March 28-29.
- Masses may be celebrated as currently scheduled with the following restrictions, which should be announced prior to the start of Mass:
- No holding hands during the Our Father
- Suspension of exchange of a sign of peace (or instruct the faithful to do so without physical contact)
- No reception of Holy Communion from the chalice
- No reception of Holy Communion on the tongue
- Not for penitential reasons, but for health reasons, holy water fonts in the church should be drained.
- Unconsecrated bread and wine for Mass should be kept out of public areas. In other words, they are not to be part of the offertory procession.
Our current general precautions should continue to be followed, specifically:
- Those who are sick, experiencing symptoms of illness, or are at risk should be strongly encouraged to not attend Mass and, out of charity to their brothers and sisters in Christ, remain at home.
- Priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion should practice good hygiene, washing their hands thoroughly before Mass begins and, if possible, using an alcohol-based anti-bacterial solution discreetly before and after distributing Holy Communion.
- All vessels should be cleansed thoroughly after Mass with hot, soapy water.
- Already-scheduled Confirmations and weddings may proceed as scheduled. Masses of Christian Burial should continue as needed. However, every effort should be made to limit attendance at the ceremony, especially among those who are experiencing health issues or are members of high-risk groups.
- Sacramental preparation events – e.g. RCIA classes, Genesis retreats – may continue at the discretion of event organizers; however, those organizers should exercise sound judgment in deciding to hold such events.
- Non-sacramental parish events or gatherings – e.g. fish frys, athletic contests, youth group meetings – should be cancelled.
It certainly is an interesting and challenging time for our community! Remember that God still is in control. Keep an eye out for those around you who may need help. Practice common-sense hygiene, avoid large crowds, and if you are sick please stay home. Pray often.
Additional information can be found on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates and we will continue to send updates as we receive them. If you have any questions, please contact Rudy Gruenke at (513) 531-3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Paul F DeLuca Rudy Gruenke IV
Pastor Director of System & Special Projects
Dear Nativity Community:
Based on the latest information from Governor DeWine and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Nativity will be closed from March 16th until April 6th. All campus activities are canceled with the exception of Mass. The buildings are effectively closed and no one should be on campus.
We will have school tomorrow March 13, which will allow students and faculty the opportunity to gather things before the extended break. We will treat next week March 16 until March 20 as a normal spring break period and no new classwork will be assigned. Starting the week of March 23 teachers will be posting work each day. Additional information will be provided next week about how online classes will work.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience as we work through this difficult time. All are encouraged to pray for those afflicted with serious illnesses and health-care professionals. Additional information can be found on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates and we will continue to send updates as we receive them. If you have any questions please contact me at (513) 531-3164 or email@example.com.
Director of Systems & Special Projects
Prayer for a Time of Public Health Concerns
Since the moments of our life unfold, O God,
according to your good pleasure,
receive the prayers and sacrificial offerings
by which we implore your mercy
for our brothers and sisters who are ill,
that, having been anxious for them in their danger,
we may rejoice at their recovery of health.
For scientists, health professionals, public officials,
and all who are serving the common good in this
difficult and uncertain time, may they be
filled with wisdom and understanding.
Pray: Our Father – Hail Mary – Glory Be
Dear Parents –
In our efforts to be as prepared for a possible school closing we are working on plans for how to provide work and instruction through the internet. Over the next few days, you will receive invitations for Google Classroom (similar to the screenshot attached) from your student’s teachers. At this time you do not need to do anything other than accept these invitations. In the event that we close additional information will be sent out about how online schooling will work per grade level.
If your family does not have internet access or computer access at home, please email me and we will make accommodations to assist your student(s) so they do not fall behind.
Nativity will make the decision to close in conjunction with local health officials and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. We will alert everyone of the closure via the same methods we use for snow days including Email, text message, Facebook and the website.
If you have any questions about the plans for online schooling or about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus please visit www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates or contact me at (513) 531-3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Systems & Special Projects
Due to an overabundance of caution, in light of the Coronavirus, this week’s Fish Fry (3/13) has been canceled. We will assess the Fish Fry on a week to week basis.
To the Nativity Community:
As you may know from the news, COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus 2019, has become a more widespread concern. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our students, staff and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation. We are currently operating as usual and we continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and local health agencies.
Nativity has high standards of cleanliness, which assists with illness prevention, and we have health and safety protocols in place, such as:
- Training for faculty & staff, with ongoing reinforcement
- Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas
- Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers
- Quick response to spills, trash, and other situations
- End of day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen, and other facilities
Additionally, we are communicating with staff about illness prevention, including the guidance of the CDC. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, such as staying home when sick, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, following proper respiratory cough etiquette, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
How you can help
- Remember to cover coughs and sneezes
- Remember to keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth
- Remember to wash hands frequently, particularly before eating. Use hand sanitizer as needed
- Discard any used tissues immediately
- Those who are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness are not obligated to attend Mass and out of charity towards others should remain home
- We encourage you to exchange the sign of peace without physical contact
- Parents can also do their part by keeping ill children home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours. Students who experience frequent coughing or sneezing should be kept home until symptoms subside
- All are encouraged to pray for those afflicted with serious illnesses and health-care professionals
The CDC provides more detailed coronavirus information on its website and as always, your personal physician is a valuable resource for specific medical questions you may have. We have set up a special page on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates with key information about the virus and its effect on Nativity. We will also post information via email and Facebook as needed. If you have any questions about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus, please contact me at (513) 531-3164 or email@example.com.
Rudy Gruenke IV
Director of System & Special Projects
Concern or question?
Safety is one of our top priorities at Nativity. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please contact Rudy Gruenke IV, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 513-3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church building will be open each day for private prayer. Please practice proper social distancing of 6 feet per person in all directions.
- Monday-Friday 7:30 am-2:30 pm
- Sunday 9:00 am to Noon
For the Easter Prayer we have available on tables in back of church, a candle for parishioners to pick up and take home for personal prayer.
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