OP-ED: Resilience of York Catholic students, teachers is inspiring

Katie Seufert
York Catholic High School

As we closely watched the coronavirus take hold of communities in Asia, York Catholic’s administration began making contingency plans for if and when the virus reached the United States.

As we met with local and state authorities, information was being updated on an hourly basis, which later began changing by the minute. We gathered the students the morning of Friday, March 13, to inform them of remote learning possibilities, and by afternoon it had become a reality.

Gov. Tom Wolf had closed schools, but that did not mean our students would stop learning. On Tuesday, March 17, we implemented a plan to continue teaching through live and recorded instruction that would be teacher-led and interactive for students.

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York Catholic High School in York City, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Teachers and students immediately adapted and the transition was nearly seamless. York Catholic is proud to lead the way in providing continuity of education through Distance Learning.

Our York Catholic community relies on our connectedness to lift each other during these unusual times. We are committed to maintaining as much routine and normalcy as possible. Parents and students alike are navigating this distance learning adventure as a family, many writing in to express gratitude to the teachers for providing for student learning from home.

Alli Renard Stover, a parent of current eighth grader and a future student, wrote: “My daughter has been able to ask questions on school work face-to-face and say hello to classmates that she isn’t able to see and chat with every day. I am SO thankful York Catholic has decided to keep things rolling and find ways for her to stay connected with friends and teachers during this crazy time in our lives! Once again YC has shown us this was the right choice for our girls! THANK YOU York Catholic!”

Dylan Smith, a member of the class of 2020, wrote: “Online classes give me something to put my mind to and make things as normal as possible during these uncertain times. Even the small act of you sending us video morning announcements everyday is such a welcomed gesture from me, and it’s something nice for me to hold on to while I’m missing school.” 

At the time of this writing, we plan to continue Distance Learning until we are cleared to reunite inside our building. Now is the perfect time to see our YC family in action by visiting our York Catholic Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YorkCatholicHighSchool.

The resilience of our teachers and students is truly inspiring during these challenging times.

— Katie Seufert is the principal at York Catholic High School.