Erie Catholic School System schools will be closed “indefinitely” until further notice.
Any and all school related events/activities are canceled during this period of time.

Administration will use this site, as well as the text/email communication system to alert every and all families of updates concerning this national health emergency as information becomes available.

Please click on each latest update below for more information.


Latest Updates:

April 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Update and Holy Week Message

April 3, 2020 - Zoom Security Protocol Parent Message

March 30, 2020 - School Closure Extended "Indefinitely" 

March 23, 2020 - School Closure Extended to April 6

March 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Continued Learning and Enrichment Plan 

March 13, 2020 - Urgent Message - School Closing

March 12, 2020 - COVID-19 Response/Planning

March 10, 2020 - 3 Important Proactive and Practical Health and Safety Requests


Erie Catholic School System

School Closure FAQ’s


Q: How will this affect the school calendar for the remainder of the year? 

At this time, the school calendar remains the same for the remainder of the year. All Erie Catholic School System schools will be closed “indefinitely” until further notice per direction of PA Governor Tom Wolf.

Q: How will this affect our Easter Vacation?

There is no change to our Easter Vacation.

Q: Do my children have to complete schoolwork at home during this school closure period?

Preschool – Kindergarten: Expect an email from your child’s teacher providing specific and individual skills to work on. The teacher will also provide resources for you to use to continue your child’s development.

Grades 1-3: Teacher will email you with enrichment activities based on the standards that have already been taught. Resources to further enrich learning will also be included in the email.

Grades 4-8: Teacher(s) will email you Continued Learning and Enrichment activities for your child(ren). These assignments will be practice and project-based learning activities to keep students current with their academic skills and to further enrich their learning during these two weeks out of school.

 

Q: Is my child expected to complete specific assignments during this school closure?

Students in grades 4-8 will have assignments that will be turned in for credit. Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you regarding the specific assignment details.

 

Q: What if my child has a question about something the teacher has assigned?

Teachers will be monitoring their email and the parent portal each day. Please email the teacher and he/she will answer all questions to ensure students understand the lesson/assignment.

 

Q: Will there be make-up work given upon the return to school, once we are open again?

Teachers will be in contact with you to provide assignments for the next ten days, so make-up work will not be needed when we return to school. 

 

Q: How will this closure affect grading for Quarter Three?

Quarter Three grades are closed unless your child is missing any assignment from prior to March 16. If there is a missing assignment the classroom teacher will be in direct contact with you (the parent). The student will have time to complete the assignment for a grade to go towards Quarter Three.

 

Q: What if my child did not bring home their books and notebooks?

Please call the school office. School office personnel can help you retrieve your child’s books if needed.

 

Q: Will my child be marked absent for these days?

No. Students will not be marked absent for these days.

 

Q: Are all athletic events/practices/competitions cancelled?

Yes. Due to school being closed, all athletic events/practices/competitions are canceled.

 

Q: Are all other extra-curricular activities (musical, choir, PJAS, band, etc.) cancelled?

Yes. Due to the school being closed, all extra-curricular activities/practices are canceled.

 

Q: Can the school provide childcare?           

No. Unfortunately, the school is unable to provide childcare.

 

Q: Are the school libraries accessible during this closure?

To maintain safety, school libraries are closed during this shut down.

 

Q: My children receive free/reduced meals. How will these be distributed?

Erie Catholic has been working with our local school districts where our students reside. Please see the detailed information below regarding the school district in which you reside for free/reduced meal distribution possibilities.

 

Q: What if I do not have Internet access at home?

Please contact the school. The school will provide a packet with the materials if you have no Internet access at home. In addition, we have learned that Spectrum is offering free service for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not currently have service. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. This option is available to ECSS families.

 

Q: Can I visit the school or use the school facilities during this shut down?

The schools are closed from March 16 – March 27. Visit to the school is available by appointment only. School offices may take appointments for the pick-up of student medications, books or assignments. All athletic fields, courts, track, playground, etc. are closed until further notice for any use.

 

Q: Are there people working in the school if I were to have a question about something?

Yes, but staffing at school will be limited, so please call and set up an appointment before coming to the school. Staff will be available to answer your questions over the phone, and if for some reason they are not available, please leave a message. Someone will get back to you shortly.

 

Q: What if I still have questions?

Please reach out to the principal at your school. 


Lunch/Meal Distribution Opportunities Based on School District of Residence

If you are a family in need of meals during this situation, please utilize the information below based on the school district in which you live.

Erie City School District – Will provide meals to anyone under 18, including all public, charter, parochial and private school students, effective Wednesday, March 18. Meals are distributed daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all district elementary, middle and high schools. Visit the following for more information - https://www.eriesd.org/combatcovid

Millcreek School District Meals for our students, and the parochial students who reside in Millcreek, continue to be a success. The curb-side service has gone well and is beneficial. Kudos to our Food Service Department for all of their time and hard work! It doesn’t go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated! If you need to utilize this service, please complete the pre-order form found on our website (https://forms.gle/jxdRDz139FhKXfFA9) or leave a voicemail at (814)835-5337. Allergy considerations must be phoned in. Beginning Monday, 3/23/20, our meal service will be provided on Monday and Thursday from 11 – 12:30 and will include lunch and breakfast options for the not only the day of pick up, but also the following days until service resumes.

Iroquois School District – Bagged Breakfast & Lunch meals will be available for pickup from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, beginning Wednesday, March 18th at:
Iroquois Jr./Sr. High School – Pull up to the tent in the back circle driveway at the Community Lobby/Gym entrance.

Wesley United Methodist Church Food Pantry (South & Station Rd.) – Beginning Wednesday, March 18th - Follow the parking lot signs to the school district van, which will serve as the distribution site.

  • Parents are to remain in their cars and AmeriCorps volunteers will bring the meals to you.
  • Walkers may also be served. For your safety, please stay clear of the driving lanes.
  • Children must accompany the parent to pick up the meals.
    • Number of meals given will be based on number of children present.
    • Open to any child 18 years & younger.
    • Children do not have to attend Iroquois School District. 

Questions? Please Contact Denise Pyle, 814-899-7643 ext. 1306. https://www.iroquoissd.org/article/212765?org=iroquois-school-district

Fort LeBoeuf School District Student meals are available for pick up only on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Robison, Mill Village, and Fort LeBoeuf High School. Questions? Please Contact Chef Tech, 814-796-4795

Fairview School District – The Food Service Department of Fairview School District will be providing free lunch to students in our district during our school closure.
Follow this link to find the order form for this lunch program - click here 

Grab ‘n Go meals will be available for pick up at Weis Library United Methodist Church, 6020 Heidler Road, Fairview.   (Look for the yellow Fairview School District van.)  
This service will begin on Tuesday, March 17th from 11:30am – 1pm.  Children must be present for lunch to be provided. Please identify whether a lunch is required for the period Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Friday, March 20, 2020. Later this week we will post an order form for the week of March 23, 2020.

General McLane School District - Breakfast and lunch to free and reduced eligible students starting Wednesday March 18th. In order to qualify, please list your Erie Catholic school under student ID when using the online order form or giving your school name when calling in your order over the phone.

If you have internet access you can complete the order form daily by clicking here.

If you do not have internet access call (814) 273-1033 ext 2618.

Harbor Creek School District – Must confirm order with office@eriecatholic.org by Friday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m. to be eligible for this meal program.