COVID-19 Update and News for STCS/Walsh                              


  • School for students will be closed from March 17th - April 15th. 
    ****Please be advised that should schools be permitted to reopen on April 15, 2020, we will resume classes on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This decision optimizes instructional time for the faculty and their students. Thus, Easter Recess will be cancelled and not rescheduled.  Of course, if the current school closing mandate is extended to include Easter Recess, then this decision becomes moot.****

  • All afterschool activities and events are cancelled. 

  • Check back regularly for updates.  


School Closure Plan: Click here to view 

Teacher Online Office Hours: Click here to know when teachers are free to answer questions on Google Hangout

Google Hangout Instructions: Click here to see how to reach teachers during online office hours

Faculty & Staff Contact Information: Click here to find email addresses for all faculty and staff

Cattaraugus County Resources: Click here for a list of resources in Catt. County

Google Classroom Instructions: Click here to learn more about Google Classroom


From Dr. Leslie Watson: College Advise - COVID-19 and the journey to college


News & Updates:

* The school hosted an assembly for parents and student to answer questions and give information about the closure.  This was aired on Facebook LIVE and will continue to be available on the Walsh Facebook Feed.

* Archbishop Walsh Academy and Southern Tier Catholic School will be offering FREE lunches to all Walsh/STCS students including students who usually pay full price starting next Tuesday March 24, 2020. Meals will be free of charge and available from 10 AM to 2 PM during the length of time that schools are closed due to the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Lunch will be offered everyday but pick-up dates will only be on Tuesdays and Thursdays in that time frame noted. Therefore, you can pick up lunches as follows:

·         Tuesdays: Pickup lunches in the school foyer between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM for Tuesdays and Wednesdays

·         Thursdays: Pickup lunches in the school foyer between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM for Thursday, Friday and the following Monday

Packaged for easy transport, these meals will be refrigerated so that they make the trip home with you. 

In order to accommodate your lunch needs, Chef Budd needs a head count beforehand so we can properly produce enough meals for our studentsPlease send Mr. Budd or Ms. Ferry an email every Friday to let us know your participation for the week:

·         [email protected]  /  [email protected]

If you have other children who attend another school district, you may pick-up a meal for the ones who attend Walsh/STCS at the other school district to save a trip coming to Olean.

Conversely, Walsh/STCS will prepare meals for students who attend another school district whether or not they have a sibling attending Walsh or Southern Tier. We just need to know the number of meals.

If you have any questions such as but not limited to menu for a particular day, dietary restrictions, please email me at [email protected] or Mr. Budd. 

When picking up your lunches at school, please remain in your vehicles and one of our staff members will deliver your lunch(es) to your vehicle beginning at 11:00 am on Monday, March 23rd. 


Just a reminder, grades K-4 will have hard copies of take home packets available for pickup by Tuesday, March 24th, between 11am-2pm. In addition, students 5-12 who have requested hard copies because of unreliable or nonexistent internet access from home will also be able to pick up their packets at that time.

If you have a student grades 5-12 and have NOT requested to be added to the hard copy list, there will be NO packet available for pick up and it will be assumed that your student will be able to work online through Google classroom.

Please email Mr. Filbert at [email protected] with any/all requests for hard copies before Saturday 3/21/20.


Dear Walsh/STCS Community

Our lives have been dramatically changed over the last few weeks.  Each day is filled with uncertainty and stress.  Times like these are when we most need our supports.  However, in this time of social distancing, we feel isolated from those supports.  It is essential to remember that none of us are alone.  We continue to remain a community and continue to support one another. 

To help yourself and your families grow stronger during this time, here are some things that you can do to reduce the stress and intense emotions you may be experiencing.

Understand that we each respond differently to stress especially children and teens.   Our children partially learn how to manage their emotions from watching the adults in their lives.  By displaying calmness and confidence around your child, they feel more reassured about the situation.  It is important to be open to talking to your child about COVID 19 and the changes we are experiencing.  When discussing things with your child share only facts at an age appropriate level.  Avoid rumor and speculation as they will increase anxiety.  The following are some ways that children display stress and anxiety:

·         Excessive crying or irritability (e.g., acting out, anger)

·         Reverting to younger behaviors (e.g., bed wetting)

·         Changes in eating or sleeping

·         Poor attention or concentration

·         Complaints of physical pain or illness

·         Becoming more attached to you

To help ourselves and our children reduce the anxiety, loneliness and stress of this situation here are some coping strategies:

·         Be mindful of your news consumption. 

o   Limit the sources of your information to 1 or 2 trustworthy resources such as the CDC and WHO

o   Limit the number of times that you check for updates to once or twice a day and focus only on what you need to know

o   Understand the difference between global and local information.  What happens in our community will not necessarily be the same as what happens in China or Italy

·         Stay connected with your support system to avoid loneliness

o   Utilize technology to stay connected through things such as Skype, Facetime, email, text or messenger

o   Call someone to see how they are doing. Hearing the voice of someone you care about will give you a lift and them

o   Helping others as appropriate will also be good for you (e.g., go to the store for someone who can’t get out)

·         Engage in self-care

o   Follow your routine or if needed create a new one

o   Make sure that you get plenty of sleep

o   Eat healthy

o   Continue to exercise (e.g., go for a walk play outside with your child)

o   Practice relaxation and mindfulness

o   Stay busy and distract yourself from the current situation

§  Do your spring cleaning

§  Pick up a hobby; is there something you always wanted to try

§  Read that book you haven’t had time for

For anyone who needs extra support or needs assistance with concerns about mental wellness during this time, please reach out to myself or Mr. Farnum.  We are here to support our entire Walsh/STCS community not only the students.  We will both be holding office hours daily from 10am-11am.  Mr. Farnum’s email is [email protected] and my email is [email protected]

Please know that each of you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers during these uncertain times.

Best wishes,  Katie Jodush  Social Worker


Just a friendly reminder that due to the deep cleaning, protection of employees who are still within the building and to honor the social distancing order that is in place we are asking all students and parents to please refrain from coming into the building.  We ask that between the hours of 11am-2pm when lunches and homework packets are being picked up that any other items students may need we can deliver to their vehicles. Please email me and Mr. Filbert should you get this special request. 

Thank you and hope you are all staying safe and healthy!


Parents and Students of STCS and Archbishop Walsh,

As the closure of school carries on we are looking to the future and how best to continue to deliver instruction under these unusual circumstances. Such being the case the administrative team at STCS Walsh has produced and finalized this long-term closure plan, to take effect APRIL 6TH. We hope to open school again on April 13th, but if this does not happen then we are prepared to continue giving students an excellent education at home.

Please familiarized yourself with the details of this plan and understand that all changes in the long-term plan are in addition to those articulated in the original closure plan.

God bless and keep you and your families.

Mr. Filbert
Assistant Principal



Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The PTA board wanted to check-in on everyone and send our thoughts, prayers and best wishes as we go through these overwhelming, unique, and uncertain times.  We are here for you if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  Please do not hesitate to reach out at [email protected]!  If we do not have the answer we will do our best to connect you with someone that does.

In this unique situation we are exploring creative ways to hold a PTA meeting.  Stay tuned for updates and please stay safe and healthy!

God Bless,

Jennifer Forney

Walsh/STCS PTA President



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