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COVID-19 Newsroom



COVID-19 Newsroom

Bishop Hendricken will be updating this page regularly with the latest news and information regarding its COVID-19 preparedness and response.

To read an update, click the headline to expand its information. All updates will be regularly communicated with our school community via social media and email.

April 2, 2020

+ Virtual Learning Additions, INSPIRE Registrations Open & Update on April Break - April 2, 2020

The following are updates from Fr. Marciano ’75, President, and Mr. DeCiccio ’03, Principal, on virtual learning additions, INSPIRE seminar registrations, and an update on April Break:

Dear Bishop Hendricken Family,

As we turn the page on March, we would like to share some important updates with students and parents. Over the past two weeks, we have been planning to implement improvements to our virtual learning program based on invaluable feedback from students, parents, and faculty. Our goal continues to be to provide our students with the most integrated and encompassing program possible to assuage the educational disruption of the COVID-19 crisis.

To that end, we are making one significant addition to our virtual learning and online instruction offerings:

As a means of developing more robust communication with students, and enabling faculty to more accessibly teach material, Bishop Hendricken will be “beta testing” a Zoom Classroom Schedule from April 6th-9th. The plan, outlined below, will allow classes to meet twice a week during their designated periods to avoid conflicts, provide further structure, and bolster interpersonal communication.

At this time, not all teachers will be utilizing their allotted period time in the Zoom Classroom Schedule. Some will be using the period as a brief check-in with students, while others will utilize the full period for lecture. This plan exists solely to ensure that students and teachers are able to communicate face-to-face throughout the week without conflicts.

The Zoom Classroom Schedule will be supplemented with the remainder of our already established virtual learning protocols, including: assignments posted to PlusPortals (and completed using Microsoft Teams and other applications), and grades being posted to PlusPortals. The same conditions on deadlines and due dates apply.

Moreover, we have opened our INSPIRE seminar registration period early to allow students more time to make their seminar choices. The registration period is now open, and will remain open until Monday, April 6th at 4pm. Information on how to register has been sent to students through PlusPortals.

Additionally, on Thursday, April 9th, virtual learning will conclude at 12:00pm. There will be no virtual learning on Friday, April 10th in observance of Good Friday. More information is being collected regarding April Break to determine if we modify the vacation, or fully remove it. We will communicate a final decision regarding April Break next week.

With a new month here, we have reached another milestone in our journey. Please know that we are thinking and praying for our students, parents, families, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and community. As this public health crisis continues, we urge you to stay connected as much as possible, check in on each other, and stay united in our faith. Together, we will continue to get through this challenge.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. For resources, visit: www.hendricken.com/covid19.

April 1, 2020

+ Hunger Walk Goes Virtual Amidst COVID-19 Crisis - April 1, 2020

Since 1975, the Bishop Hendricken community has come together for an annual “Hunger Walk” on Holy Thursday.  Each year a group of students, faculty, alumni and friends, nearly 1000 strong, embark on a 10K walk from St. Kevin Church, through the neighborhoods of Warwick, and back to Bishop Hendricken in support of the poor and marginalized of our society.

COVID-19 will now bend, but not break the 46 year tradition.  In the wake of the crisis, the annual walk will take place virtually to raise awareness and funding for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to feed those who need it now more than ever.  Hendricken is asking the entire community to join #MyHungerWalk, Bishop Hendricken’s 46th Annual Hunger Walk by simply walking.

“Each year, the walk is an opportunity for us to stand in solidarity with the marginalized of our society, and do our part to make a difference in their lives,” said Hendricken Chaplain, Father Brian Morris ’03. “While this year’s walk can’t take place as usual, we can still help and our Hendricken men stand ready to do their part,” he added.

Bishop Hendricken’s 46th Annual Hunger Walk will take place completely virtually now through Holy Thursday on April 9th.  The school’s Campus Ministry Department has challenged members of its community to join in the event.  Participants can choose the duration, distance, and location of their walk while remembering they are doing so in solidarity with the poor, homeless, and hungry.

It’s important to remember that this is a walk to take alone, in accordance with all social distancing guidelines and not in populated areas. Hendricken has asked its community members to record themselves while walking, then nominate three friends to take the challenge. Participants are asked to post their walk on social media along with the hashtag #MyHungerWalk to help create awareness.  Donations are optional, yet the most critical part of the event, and may be made through the #MyHungerWalk page on the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s website or at www.hendricken.com/myhungerwalk.

March 31, 2020

+ A Message from the President - March 31, 2020

Today, Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS ’75, President, addressed the Bishop Hendricken family amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding us that “the coronavirus is strong, but our faith is stronger.”

March 30, 2020

+ Virtual Learning to Continue Through April - March 30, 2020

The following is an update from Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS ’75, President, and Mr. Mark R. DeCiccio ’03, Principal, on the extension of the virtual learning and online instruction period through April:

Dear Bishop Hendricken Family,

We hope this message finds you safe and well. Over the past week, we undertook the massive task of transitioning all school operations to remote platforms and digital spaces. From classes to Masses, and everything in between, our community has enthusiastically and gracefully taken on the challenge of adjusting to these uncharted circumstances.

Today, Governor Raimondo, the RI Department of Health, and the RI Department of Education announced that all schools in the state of Rhode Island will continue distance learning through the end of April. In accordance with these recommendations and guidance, Bishop Hendricken High School will also continue its virtual learning and online instruction program through this period, until the end of April, at least.

We have been working diligently with academic department chairs, faculty, and administration to develop even more robust virtual learning offerings, strategies, and protocols. We will communicate further updates on these expanded efforts to students and parents by the end of this week.

Additionally, we have made one adjustment to our current virtual learning protocol. Effective immediately, all assignments that require a one-day turnaround of work for students will now be due by 5:30pm on the day after which they are assigned.

Based on our current efforts, one thing is crystal clear: we can do this. While this situation is not ideal, it is necessary to keep our school, community, and state safe. With the continued attentiveness of our students, guidance of our faculty, and support of our families, we will continue to thrive as one family rooted in our shared faith, even when we are apart.  

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, or visit www.hendricken.com/covid19 for more resources.

God Bless!

March 29, 2020

+ COVID-19 Campus Disinfection & Cleaning - March 29, 2020

Our top priority has always been the safety of our people, our campus, and our community. Over the course of the COVID-19 crisis, Bishop Hendricken has taken that promise seriously through its decisions and protocols.

On Wednesday, March 25th, in generous partnership with Sole Source Restoration, we performed a full disinfection and deep cleaning of campus using a combined approach of microthermal fogging, electrostatic spraying, UV light treatment, and wipe down treatments, all of which are specifically designed and targeted to kill the COVID-19, the novel coronavirus 2019, and other pathogens. Click the link below for video clips of treatments on campus.

This service was entirely and generously donated by Mr. Michael Sepe, owner of Sole Source Restoration. We thank him for his help in keeping our campus and facilities safe. To learn more about this service, visit: www.solesourcerestoration.com.

March 23, 2020

+ Quarter 3 Extended, Information on INSPIRE & Traditional Course Registration - March 23, 2020

The following are today’s updates from Mr. DeCiccio ’03, Principal, regarding the extension of Quarter 3, and information on INSPIRE and traditional course registrations:

Dear Students and Parents, 

Thank you for a tremendous first day of virtual learning! The positivity and work ethic of our students, guidance of our faculty, and support of our parents is inspiring. This is a full team endeavor, and I am thrilled with our efforts as a school community.

A few important announcements:

• Quarter 3 has been extended by a week, and will now close on Friday, April 3rd. 

• We will begin scheduling for INSPIRE, specifically opening student registration for seminars, on Monday, April 6th. Students will receive complete instructions on how to register in the coming weeks.

• We will begin scheduling for traditional courses on Monday, April 13th.

And, some reminders regarding virtual learning:

• Students should continue to check PlusPortals throughout the day for assignments.

• School counselorsare available to students via email on Monday-Friday from 9am-2:30pm. Students should keep in touch regularly with their counselors.

• Students should check their Hendricken email addresses regularly, as well as any platforms their teachers are using for communication, including Microsoft Teamsand Remind. Be sure to turn on push notifications.

For more information regarding virtual learning and other COVID-19 news, visit: www.hendricken.com/covid19.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. God Bless!

+ Principal's Day 1 Video Message - March 23, 2020

Mr. Mark DeCiccio ’03, Principal, shares a special video message with students, parents, and our Bishop Hendricken family on our first day of virtual learning and online instruction.

March 21, 2020

+ Bishop Hendricken to Livestream Masses - March 21, 2020

Beginning tomorrow, Sunday, March 22nd, our chaplain, Father Brian Morris ’03, will livestream Mass from the Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel on campus every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 11:00am ET.

We encourage all members of our community to gather as a family, and join us in prayer as we unite to celebrate Mass together.

Masses will be streamed on Facebook Live, here.

Act of Spiritual Communion:
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.”

March 20, 2020

+ Virtual Learning Tips, Christian Service Update & SAT Prep Cancelled - March 20, 2020

The following is a message from Mr. DeCiccio ’03, Principal, regarding virtual learning tips, an update on Christian Service, and the cancellation of the SAT prep course:

Dear Students and Parents,

This morning, I had a very productive video conference with all of our department chairs. They have assured me that all of their department’s remote learning plans are complete and ready for implementation on Monday, March 23rd. I want to thank our faculty for their prompt work and tireless dedication to our students, especially in times that are so challenging. 

In an effort to help students prepare for the transition to virtual learning and online instruction, we have developed the following tips and reminders for students:

1. Set up a workspace solely dedicated for schoolwork and assignments, ideally at a desk or table. This will help with concentration and focus, and ultimately, get your student back into the headspace required for school.

2. Students should get into the habit of checking PlusPortals at 8:30am daily to review their assignments and develop a plan for completing them. Creating a routine will help to alleviate stress and put students in the best position possible to meet their deadlines.

3. Teachers will be posting initial assignments on PlusPortals beginning on Sunday, March 22ndat 2:30pm. We want to reiterate that no assignments will be due until Tuesday, March 24th at 2:30pm at the earliest.

4. Be on the lookout for morning announcements with Mr. DeCiccio on Monday, March 23rd. Follow Bishop Hendricken on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for that message.

We have also made the decision to forgo the normal requirement of 25 hours of service for the school year. In addition, the service requirement for National Honor Society has been waived. The current situation makes it impossible for our young men to serve at institutions around our state. All students will have “Service” removed from their report card, as no student will receive a service grade for this academic school year. We will continue to evaluate the program as we move forward during this worldwide health situation. 

Further, due to the extended school closures as well as College Board’s cancelation of the May SAT, we unfortunately will be canceling the SAT prep course for this Spring. Families will incur no charge. As we get more information about SAT makeup dates or plans for the fall, we will re-evaluate the program and will be in contact with families.

We encourage you to use the resources on our website to aid your student’s transition to virtual learning and online instruction at www.hendricken.com/news/virtual. For the most up-to-date news, please visit www.hendricken.com/news/covid19-newsroom.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

March 19, 2020

+ Message on Transition to Virtual Learning - March 19, 2020

The following is a message from Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS ’75, President, and Mr. Mark R. DeCiccio ’03, Principal on Bishop Hendricken’s transition to virtual learning and online instruction:

Dear Bishop Hendricken Family,

We hope this message finds you healthy, safe, and in good spirits. While we are certainly in challenging and uncharted times, we feel so proud to be a part of this amazing family and school community, and we know that we will emerge from these circumstances together.

Yesterday, Governor Raimondo and the RI Department of Education announced that all Rhode Island schools will remain closed, and will begin distance learning on Monday, March 23rd through Friday, April 3rd, at least. In accordance with these recommendations and guidance, Bishop Hendricken will transition to virtual learning and online instruction for this duration as well. 

Our committed faculty and administration have been preparing for this scenario since the COVID-19 crisis began. We want to assure you that we are ready to make this change as seamless and non-disruptive to students as possible.

To this end, we want to provide some insight into our overall philosophy and expectations for the transition:

• We realize that remote learning plans work best when they include lesson plans created by teachers for their own students and align with the school’s curriculum. On Monday, we will start teaching with lessons, resources, and assignments that are a direct continuation of what students were learning prior to the shutdown.

• This is a marathon, not a sprint. We will begin our remote learning plans slowly to allow both students and faculty to acclimate themselves to the “new normal.” Gradually, these plans will work up to students receiving approximately the equivalent of six hours of daily work within the core subjects.

• We have ensured that our remote learning plans are flexible, and provide students and teachers the opportunity to adjust to working remotely. Whether students are learning from materials in a home packet or completing assignments online, virtual learning is very different from the familiar routines we have developed in the classroom, and in normal student-teacher and student-student interactions. This idea informed the development and implementation of all remote learning plans.

Additionally, we have developed the following actionable protocols to guide the virtual learning experience for students and teachers:

• Students will receive all assignments, and parents will be able to view those assignments, on PlusPortals over the course of our virtual learning period.

• Teachers will begin to post their initial assignments on PlusPortals as early as Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30pm. The first due date for any assignments will be no earlier than Tuesday, March 24that 2:30pm.

• Subsequent assignments that require a one-day turnaround of work from students will be due by 2:30pm the day after they are assigned.

• Assignments that are multi-day will have a due date that is reflective of the work required, and teachers will be clear and reasonable with their expectations for students.

• Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, teachers will be available to students via email on Monday-Friday from 9am-2:30pm daily.

• Work will be received by teachers in the following formats: typed (uploaded via Microsoft Office or PlusPortals), or handwritten (photo/scan uploaded via Microsoft Office or PlusPortals). Some teachers may require that papers be uploaded via TurnItIn.com.

During the duration of our virtual learning, school counselors will also be available to students via email on Monday-Friday from 9am-2:30pm. Additionally, college planning meetings through the Office of School Counseling will be conducted via phone with students and parents as scheduled.

Bishop Hendricken has a very limited number of Chromebooks available to students who are in need of a laptop or other device to aid in their virtual learning experience at home. To reserve one, please contact Mr. DeCiccio at mdeciccio@hendricken.com.

We have extended our hours for the retrieval of books and other academic materials from campus. Students and parents may have access to their lockers on Friday, March 20th from 9am-2pm. We ask that you continue to call the Main Office to confirm prior to your arrival at (401) 739-3450, and sign in when you get here.

We have developed a web page with links to all of our resources and information regarding this transition to virtual learning, here: www.hendricken.com/news/virtual.  

We have also researched options for Internet and WiFi resources for those in need of them. Students and families should pursue these options separately and independently from our school, if needed. Those resources are listed on our website: www.hendricken.com/news/virtual

We know that this move to virtual learning can be stressful for students, academically and otherwise. Please know that our faculty, staff, and administration are here to support students throughout this educational transition. We urge your sons to openly communicate with their teachers, utilize their guidance counselors as a resource, and reach out to administrators for support.

This is a true test of our Hendricken family. We are confident that by placing our trust in God, and our savior Jesus Christ, we will get through this crisis, and grow stronger as a community of faith.

March 18, 2020

+ Message on Virtual Learning Preparations - March 18, 2020

The following is a message on Bishop Hendricken’s continued preparations for virtual learning and online instruction from Mr. Vincent Mancuso, Dean of Academics:

Dear Students and Parents,

It is my sincere hope that you are all safe and healthy, and that you are beginning to adjust to the “new normal,” odd as it may be.

As you may be aware, Governor Raimondo is scheduled to announce new guidelines related to schools and distance learning later today. Once this information is announced, we will be able to finalize our virtual learning and online instruction program for students.  

I want to assure you that our faculty and administration are prepared for this challenge. As a community, we began actively planning for this scenario before schools were closed, and we have created, what we believe, is an effective program for the continued education of our students.

We will provide you with all of the details regarding our virtual learning protocol on Thursday, and we will be ready to begin on Monday, if necessary. 

The building will be open on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th from 9am-12pm if parents need to pick up anything that was left behind at school.  

We want to thank you for your continued support. I know we will pull together as a community of faith to confront these new challenges together.

March 17, 2020

+ May 2 SAT Cancelled - March 17, 2020

The College Board has cancelled the May 2 SAT across the country, including the Bishop Hendricken testing site.

For more information, visit the College Board’s information page, here.

March 16, 2020

+ Information on Book Pick-Up & Access to Lockers - March 16, 2020

Parents of students who need to retrieve their son’s books or other academic materials from campus may have access to their lockers on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th from 9am-12pm. Parents will be the only ones permitted to pick up materials. Please call the Main Office to confirm prior to your arrival at (401) 739-3450. No access to the building will be permitted prior to the designated times above due to campus cleaning and sanitation efforts.

+ Letter from School Counseling Office for Parents and Students - March 16, 2020

The following is information for current students regarding school counseling and social worker information from Mrs. Nancy Rocha, Director of School Counseling:

Due to the closing of Bishop Hendricken as a result of the current public health crisis, I am writing to you with information for our community as it pertains to social worker appointments, college communications, and college visits for juniors and seniors. For your convenience, counselor email addresses are listed at the conclusion of this message.

School Social Worker Appointments
Students who wish to communicate with Mrs. Laura Zaniol, LICSW, School Social Worker, may schedule a telephone appointment by emailing lzaniol@hendricken.com.

Juniors
Any junior who has scheduled a college tour should confirm that the tour is running the morning of the scheduled event.

Please use your PSAT access codes and web address, found on your PSAT score reports, to prepare for the May SAT.

If a student has misplaced his PSAT score report, he may create or sign into his College Board Account to gain access to his test and study strategies.

Students are also encouraged to sign into Khan Academy, through the College Board, for additional SAT practice.

Junior parents who have used Sign Up Genius to schedule family college planning meetings with counselors will receive an email from their son’s school counselor that confirms a phone conference meeting scheduled at the same time.

Counselors will ask parents to confirm their preferred telephone number contact information.

Students must be present for this telephonic meeting. Parents may find links/documents, that will be referred to in the college planning meetings, in the Junior Parent Portal under Links and Files.

Parents should print or have access to documents electronically during the meeting. *Please see a listing of documents and links below that may be found in the Junior Parent Portal in the College Planning Folder.

College summer enrichment programs will continue to be posted to PlusPortals.

The following documents are in the College Planning folder:
College Planning Packet
Schooled! (RISLA Guide to Planning & Paying for College)
Schools offering Bachelor’s degrees through the NE Board of Higher Education Tuition Break Program
Honors College article
Documents for athletes (letter to a coach and athletic transcript release form)
Standardized test dates (SAT & ACT)
Yellow transcript request form
Blue teacher recommendation form

Seniors
Please note that some colleges have closed their admissions and financial aid departments completely, while others have only closed their physical doors and will remain open for processing documents and receiving phone inquiries.

College communications may be delayed for seniors who have not yet heard back on regular decision applications, are waiting for their financial aid packages, are filing financial aid appeals, or have applied rolling decision.

Any senior who needs to submit “yellow sheet” actions to his counselor for the purpose of applying to additional colleges, should do so by emailing the request to his counselor.

  Please continue to report good news of scholarship awards and college acceptances to accepted@hendricken.com.

Counselor Emails
Joseph Adamec: jadamec@hendricken.com
Billy Burdier: bburdier@hendricken.com
Patricia Gesmundo: pgesmundo@hendricken.com
Nicole Poloski: npoloski@hendricken.com
Nancy Rocha: nrocha@hendricken.com
Laura Zaniol: lzaniol@hendricken.com

+ Information on Campus Cleaning & Sanitation - March 16, 2020

Bishop Hendricken is taking the following measures to ensure our building and facilities are safe for students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the regular nightly cleaning that is performed by Aid Maintenance Company, the cleaning vendor for Bishop Hendricken High School, we wanted to update you on the following extra precautions we are taking as part of the daily cleaning regimen in the building. We will be conducting a deep clean of campus beginning this evening, Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 18th. During this period, no one will be permitted on campus, including faculty and staff.

• Every square foot of the building will be sanitized with disinfectant spray, including common areas, classrooms, offices, and other facilities.

• All floors will be cleaned with a bleach-based disinfectant.

• All restrooms and the cafeteria will be cleaned and wiped down with a bleach solution, including partitions, tables, counters, microwaves, vending machines, etc. The cleaners used, Saniwipe or Renown Disinfectant, kill 99.7% of germs on contact and will be sprayed liberally on all surfaces.

• All stairway handrails, doorknobs, entryway doors, etc. as well as hard surfaces in common areas to include counters, table tops, workstations, etc. will also be cleaned and disinfected with the bleach solution daily.

•  Rags and all cleaning materials will be disposed of in a separate lined trash can after use.

Please note that these procedures do not guarantee that coronvirus will not enter the facility, but provide the best defense against spread of the infection. We take pride in the cleanliness of the building, and will continue to take extra precautions to protect everyone in the Bishop Hendricken community.

In a special way, we want to thank our custodial staff, maintenance team, and cleaning vendors for their tireless work in helping to safeguard our community, especially as they work over the next few days.

March 15, 2020

+ A Message on the National Day of Prayer - March 15, 2020

The following is an update from Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS ’75, President, and Fr. Brian Morris ’03, Chaplain regarding today’s National Day of Prayer:

Today, at the invitation of our President, we join with our fellow citizens across the nation in a national day of prayer, and we reflect on what our faith reminds us of at all times, but especially in times of crisis like these. Lent is a season meant to remind us of the realities of this life; and to remind us of how we should be prioritizing God and our neighbors in our daily lives. As our livelihoods, our health and even our very lives themselves are threatened by this virus, it is a moment to reflect on those very priorities in our day to day life.

And so while we have been blessed so far at Hendricken with no cases, we pray as a community for each other, that we all remain healthy; especially for those members of our community most at risk. We pray for all our world leaders who are trying to prudently manage the people under their care. In a special way, we pray for Bishop Tobin, Fr. Marciano and Mr. DeCiccio, the leaders of our school community at Hendricken. We pray for our brothers and sisters throughout our nation and around the world who are our first responders and health professionals working each day to address this pandemic. We pray for those who have developed symptoms; that they may get the medical help that they need and recover.  We pray for those who have died from this disease, that the Lord will welcome them home to Heaven and provide comfort to their family and friends in their grief.   

We place our trust in God.  We trust that no matter what the outcome these next few days, weeks, or even months may be that God will deliver us from this time of trial.  We remember the words of St. Paul as he said that while our minds often focus on the things of this world, “our citizenship is in Heaven.”

Please be assured, as the spiritual fathers of the Hendricken community, we will be praying for each and every one of you and your families. We will be remembering you specifically as we offer the great sacrifice of the Mass, even in private, these next few days and weeks. And should you need anything, even just a special prayer request, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Live, Jesus, in our hearts…Forever!

March 13, 2020

+ Next Week's School Closure, Virtual Learning Preparedness & Information Regarding Fr. Marciano - March 13, 2020

The following is an update from Mr. Mark R. DeCiccio ’03, Principal:

As you may have heard this afternoon from Governor Raimondo, all schools in Rhode Island will be closed during the week of March 16th, including Bishop Hendricken High School. This break will be treated as such, and no academic work or assignments will be given. While public school systems will forfeit their scheduled April vacation because of this change, Bishop Hendricken may still observe an April break, but that decision will be finalized as more information is made available to us.   

If necessary, we are prepared to begin virtual learning and online instruction the week of March 23rd. With this in mind, it is vitally important that students check their Bishop Hendricken email daily and enable device push notifications for future correspondences from the school regarding this possibility. If it becomes necessary to move instruction online, we will actively inform all families of our virtual learning protocol.

With the closure of school next week, March 16th-20th, all after school activities are cancelled, including athletics, practices, and rehearsals, effective immediately. No students will be permitted in the building or on campus, effective immediately.

Additionally, we were informed today that all individuals who were at St. Kevin Church on Tuesday, March 10th for First Penance have been quarantined for two weeks because a parent of a child at the service has presumptively tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. This quarantined group includes Fr. Marciano, Bishop Hendricken President. At this point, besides the parent who has presumptively tested positive for the virus, no one else who attended has shown any symptoms, including Fr. Marciano. If you have any concerns about this circumstance, attended this event, or have any other health-related questions, we urge you to contact the Rhode Island Department of Health at the numbers below:

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm: (401) 222-2577
After hours: (401) 276-8046
COVID-19 Hotline: (401) 222-8022

If parents and families have any questions regarding school or campus, the Main Office will be open next week, March 16th-20th, from 8am-12pm at (401) 739-3450. Given the volume of communications expected, we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding of possible delays in response.

We will continue to provide updates and pertinent information regarding this evolving situation to all students, parents, families, and our greater school community as it becomes available.

We are prepared to handle this educational disruption in the best possible manner for as long as necessary, however, we will need your continued support as we navigate this situation. We ask for your prayers for those impacted at St. Kevin Church and School.

March 12, 2020

+ Update on Preparedness for Virtual Learning & Senior Experience - March 12, 2020

The following are updates from Mr. Mark R. DeCiccio ’03, Principal, regarding preparedness for virtual learning and Senior Experience:

As information regarding COVID-19 develops rapidly, we ask that our school community please visit www.hendricken.com/covid19 for updated information regarding our measures for prevention and preparation.

In an effort to prepare our school community for an online learning environment, we ask that all students bring a laptop, iPad, or other device with a minimum 7-inch screen to school on Monday.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending Senior Experience and we will resume on April 20th. All seniors are required to be in school on Mondays during the suspension of Senior Experience. Bishop Hendricken will contact students’ placements.

As you know, there is no school tomorrow, Friday, March 13th, due to a professional day. Be safe, and God Bless.

+ Arts at Bishop Hendricken postpones spring production of The Great Gatsby - March 12, 2020

With the evolving concerns regarding COVID-19 and events with large crowds, the Arts at Bishop Hendricken has decided to postpone its spring production of The Great Gatsby, originally scheduled for March 27-29 in the Dr. Daniel S. Harrop Theater. This decision was made as a precaution, in consultation with school administration, and following recommendations of Governor Gina Raimondo and the RI Department of Health.

Our goal is that this production will run its three-performance engagement at a time to be determined prior to the end of the school year. Information on rescheduled performances will be announced when it becomes available. All patrons who purchased tickets for the originally scheduled performances will receive a full refund for the amount paid. If you have any questions regarding a refund on your ticket reservations, please contact Mr. Richard Sylvia, Director of Arts, at 401.739.3450, ext. 147, or arts@hendricken.com.

Please know that this decision was an incredibly difficult one to make. Our student actors, crew, and musicians have been working tirelessly on this production since the process began at the beginning of February. We want to emphasize that our plan is to have their work and talent shared with our school community, patrons, and supporters, just at a later date.

We thank all those impacted by this postponement for their patience, understanding, and cooperation. The top priority of our arts program, and our school, is to keep our community members safe.

+ Career Day Cancelled - March 12, 2020

In keeping with other COVID-19 precautionary measures taken by Bishop Hendricken High School, Career Day, scheduled for Monday, March 23rd, has been cancelled.

The decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students and community members. We appreciate our Hawk alumni who agreed to participate in this year’s event for their continued support of their alma mater.

Alumni scheduled to present during Career Day may contact Mr. Peter Thomas ’86, Director of Institutional Advancement, for further details at pthomas@hendricken.com.

+ Open House Cancelled - March 12, 2020

Due to on-going concerns over COVID-19, and in the interest of the health and well-being of all members of the Bishop Hendricken community as well as prospective families, the Open House scheduled for Sunday, March 15th at Bishop Hendricken High School is cancelled.

We will be monitoring the situation to determine if we can offer a new Open House date later in the spring. In the meantime, prospective families should contact Mrs. Cathy Solomon, Director of Admissions, for more information at csolomon@hendricken.com.

March 11, 2020

+ Varsity Basketball Playoff to restrict fans, stream online - March 11, 2020

With the evolving concerns regarding COVID-19 and events with large crowds, Varsity Basketball’s playoff game scheduled for Thursday, March 12th at 6:30pm against Tolman High School will be played only with essential game personnel and the parents of student-athletes from both teams in attendance. No other fans or spectators will be permitted. This decision was made as a precaution, in consultation with school administration, and following recommendations of Governor Gina Raimondo and the RI Department of Health.

Parents of student-athletes will receive their tickets through their respective school’s athletics office.

Those interested in watching the game can do so live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beahendrickenhawk, or YouTube at www.hendricken.com/live, brought to you by the Hawks Broadcast Network. 

This decision was tremendously difficult to make, but one, which we feel, is necessary for the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and school community. Both teams have been working tremendously hard since the winter season began. While fans are not able to support the student-athletes in person, we do hope they take the opportunity to do so via the broadcast.

We thank all those impacted by this news for their patience, understanding, and cooperation. The top priority of our athletics program, and our school, is to keep our community members safe.

+ Update on School Visitors - March 11, 2020

As a precaution, Bishop Hendricken will be restricting alumni visitors and college students on break from coming on campus for the foreseeable future.

Please know that this decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our campus community. We value our graduates immensely and appreciate their continued support of their alma mater.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mark DeCiccio ’03, Principal.

March 10, 2020

+ Update on Indoor Track & Field to New York, NY - March 10, 2020

The following is an update from Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS ’75, President, and Mr. Mark R. DeCiccio ’03, Principal, with information regarding Indoor Track & Field’s planned trip to New York, NY:

Dear Parents and Students,  

Bishop Hendricken’s first priority is the health and safety of our students, parents and staff. After careful consideration and in consultation with Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dan Ferris and the RI Department of Health, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel the pending trip to NY City to compete at the New Balance Nationals. 

According to the CDC, there are currently 142 confirmed COVID-19 cases in NY State. It is our understanding that the event is taking precautions, but this is an evolving situation and based on the current information, we do not feel that the risk is warranted. Please understand that this was a difficult decision and made in the best interest of the students’ well-being. 

Bishop Hendricken thanks all those impacted by these trip cancellations for their understanding, patience, and cooperation. Our top priority continues to be the safety, health, and well-being of our school community.

March 9, 2020

+ Update on New York City Alumni Reception & DECA Business Club Trip to Nashville, TN - March 9, 2020

After consultation with Father Marciano, KHS ’75, Bishop Hendricken President, and the RI Department of Health, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to postpone the New York City Alumni Reception scheduled for Thursday, March 19th at the Cornell Club. Please understand that this was a difficult decision and made in the best interest of all who would be attending.

Many thanks to Matt Masseur ’86 for graciously agreeing to host the reception once again this year. We will update alumni and friends on any further receptions, or re-scheduled dates, as that information becomes available. We look forward to seeing our Hawks from New York later this year.

Additionally, we have made the decision to cancel the DECA Business Club’s upcoming trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the same precautionary reasons. Those involved with the trip were notified this week.

We thank all those impacted by these cancellations for their understanding and patience. Our top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our school community.

March 6, 2020

+ Update on Band Trip to New York, NY & Show Choir Trip to Nashville, TN - March 6, 2020

The following is an update from Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS ’75, President, and Mr. Mark R. DeCiccio ’03, Principal, with information regarding planned arts trips to Nashville, TN and New York, NY:

Dear Parents and Students,  

Bishop Hendricken’s first priority is the health and safety of our students, parents, and staff. After careful consideration and in consultation with Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dan Ferris and the RI Department of Health, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel the pending trip to NY City to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

To date, there are 22 confirmed COVID-19 cases in NY State. It is our understanding there will be roughly half a million people attending the parade, and we cannot expose the students and chaperones to this risk. Please understand that this was a difficult decision and made in the best interest of the students’ well-being. 

Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, we made the difficult decision to cancel our show choir trip to Nashville, Tennessee scheduled for this weekend. Those involved with the trip were notified when the decision was made this week. Once more, this decision was extremely difficult and made in the best interest of the students’ well-being.

March 3, 2020

+ Update from the RIDOH & RIDE - March 3, 2020

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) provided an update on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus 2019. Links below.

March 2, 2020

+ School Tips and Steps for Prevention - March 2, 2020

With the news of presumptively positive cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island, Bishop Hendricken is taking the following steps to safeguard our school community from illness.

• We are actively encouraging students and faculty who are sick, or don’t feel well, to stay home and limit their contact with others.

• If students or faculty have a fever of 100°F or more, they should not attend school, and should not return until 24 hours after their fever has subsided WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing or symptom-altering medicines.

• If sick, please stay home. Faculty members will be working with students to ensure that they have adequate time to make up any missed work, lessons, and assessments.

• Students and faculty are reminded to follow simple steps to help prevent the spread of illness, including: washing your hands throughout the day, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, coughing/sneezing into your sleeve, and avoiding contact with your face.

We are fully committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We are sharing this information as a means of education and preparedness.

+ Statement on School Preparedness - March 2, 2020

The following is a statement from Mr. Mark R. DeCiccio ’03, Principal, with information regarding preparedness for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus 2019:

Dear Bishop Hendricken Community,

As everyone is aware there have been presumptively positive cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Rhode Island. Presumptively positive cases are ones that are waiting for confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Bishop Hendricken is aware of the COVID-19 situation. All information we have shared with the Bishop Hendricken community has come from the RI Department of Health (RIDOH). We are taking directions from them and will continue to speak to them if any new information arises.

According to the RIDOH, there is low risk to Rhode Islanders, including our students. Your son’s health and well-being are our top priority and will continue to be. We will continue to speak with the RIDOH to look for guidance and communication with our families. If parents have concerns about their son’s possible exposure to one of the presumptive cases, they should contact the Department of Health at 401-222-5960.

Attached below is additional information from the Diocese of Providence and recommendations from the RIDOH. Thank you and God Bless.