March 13, 2020 11:13 AM

As per the order of Governor Whitmer, Muskegon Catholic Central will close all operations beginning on Monday, March 16th. The beginning of Spring Break is Monday, April 6th, therefore we will return to school on Monday, April 13.

Earlier today, I provided a message to our 7th to 12th graders about this hiatus required by Governor Whitmer. I shared that Governor Whitmer, in concert with the Michigan Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, feels that this course of action is the best way to safeguard students and the communities in which they study and live. Muskegon Catholic Central is in full support of this course of action and is planning accordingly.

Please note the following:

  • MCC buildings and grounds will be closed as of Sunday, March 15th at 6:00 PM. All activities, practices, and events are suspended until Monday, April 13. Access codes into the building will be disabled. 

  • Our goal is to maintain a high level of educational engagement in the lives of our students during this required break. Students have been informed about the e-learning process that will take place beginning Wednesday, March 18th. You will receive detailed information from Mrs. Aldrich and Mrs. Callow about the new e-learning process that will help keep our students engaged and on track.  

  • A plan to allow Chromebooks to be taken home by elementary students has been developed. We want all students to be in a position to return on April 13th ready to continue to academically move forward. Please contact Mrs. Callow if you have any questions.

  • Tonight’s Fish Fry will be the last Fish Fry of the year. Please remember that we will be offering take-out dinners only. Our hope is that you will consider stopping by this evening and pick up a delicious fish dinner. Thank you for your support.

  • West Side Story will be canceled on the scheduled dates. Our young thespians will be given the opportunity to “break a leg” for parent audiences on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We will tape the show and find ways after April 13 to share it with our students and a wider audience. A reimbursement plan is being developed for those who have already purchased tickets. You can also decide to donate the amount owed to you for the tickets to the Theatre Department to help defray costs already incurred for the show.

During this time away from the building, our pledge is to keep you informed and in the know. We will continue to monitor all avenues so that appropriate and necessary decisions can be made on our part, and we will update you accordingly.  

These are very difficult times for all of us. I encourage you to maintain a positive attitude as we all are adjusting to this Pandemic. We do not know the psychological effect of this situation on our students, but we do know that their anxiety and fear are seen as they try to comprehend all of this. Please communicate with them on an age-appropriate level and limit how much news coverage they are exposed to. Please take a few minutes to pray for MCC, our students, our community and our nation as we look to God for wisdom and strength.

May He continue to bless you, your family and all Crusaders!

Ken R. Rasp

President, Muskegon Catholic Central