COVID-19 Update and News for STCS/Walsh                              


  • School for students will be closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • All afterschool activities and events are cancelled. 

  • Check back regularly for updates.  


4th Quarter Grading Procedures: Click here to view

School Closure Plan: Click here to view 

Teacher Online Office Hours & Instructional time: Click here for teacher office hours and Instructional Time

5th-12th Class Discussion Sessions: Click here for discussion sessions

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

Resources from Katie Jodush, Social Worker: Click each title for COVID-19 resources and activities.
Outbreak Fact Sheet   /   Simple Activities for Children   /   Taking Care of Yourself   /   Kids COVID-19 Book   /   Coping Calendar   /   Goodnight Glowing Cube   /   Apex Activity Packet   /   Free Play Cards  /  Children Coping with COVID-19 Resources  /  Virtual Calming Rooms


News & Updates:

Dear Walsh/STCS Community,

So much of our lives has changed during the last 10 weeks.  We have learned to navigate being parents, teachers, employees, cooks, housekeepers, recreation/entertainment specialists, counselors and any other role needed.  We have learned to navigate social distancing and still support one another.  We have learned to navigate making sure that our family’s needs are met in new ways.  All that you have been doing every day during this pandemic is amazing! 

Thank you!  Thank you for being patient.  Thank you for helping.  Thank you for making changes.  Thank you for making sacrifices.  Thank you for caring.  Thank you for working so hard.  Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do!

As we near the end of the school year, we are facing more changes and challenges.  Our communities are beginning to reopen.  School is ending. Workplaces are reopening.  We hope to return to normal, knowing normal will never be the same.  So many questions and concerns arise as we enter this next phase and the next unknown.

You are not alone in this.  We will continue to work as a community to support and assist one another.  I will be available to all of you.  At any time, this summer, please reach out to me if there is anything that you need. I will be working Mondays through Fridays.  Call or email me and I will do my best to help you.  My phone number is (716)339-9369.  My emails are [email protected] and [email protected]org Please reach out at any time this summer.

I wish you and your family health and happiness.

Best wishes,

Katie Jodush, LMHC


Due to the recent announcement made by Gov. Cuomo we will not be holding our summer camp program this year.  For those that have paid, please contact the main office for a refund.  Thank you.


Re: Graduation Ceremony Dates, Details and Times

Dear Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy Families,

Congratulations to our graduates!

Although we are sad that we can't be together in the school and celebrate our graduates in traditional ceremonies, we feel that we have devised an alternate plan for all three graduation ceremonies that honors our hard working graduates while keeping everyone safe.

We would like you to join us as we hold our Baccalaureate, Eighth Grade, and Kindergarten graduations outside the school on the front lawn.  The following dates and times have been reserved for each event (all events will be held rain or shine):

  • Baccalaureate Graduation: Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6pm
  • Eighth Grade Graduation: Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6pm
  • Kindergarten Graduation: Friday, June 19, 2020 at 9am

Everyone is welcome to attend, but spectators must remain in their cars throughout the event.  If you would like to join us please feel free to decorate your cars to honor our graduates.  We will have parking attendants to help with parking, outdoor speakers so everyone can hear the ceremony, and Facebook LIVE for those that prefer to keep their windows up and listen through their phones.

Specific details and directions will be sent to the individual graduating classes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any one of the following people at any time:

Your continued support and partnership are very much appreciated.  Thank you!

Pax et Bonum,

Thomas J. Manko

School President and Principal


From all of us here at Archbishop Walsh and Southern Tier Catholic School we extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the parents, guardians, and families for everything you are doing to help your children as we continue the educational process from home during the closure. We recognize the difficult situation the Covid 19 crisis presents for all of us and we truly appreciate your cooperation, effort, and understanding while helping us to continue the learning process.  Please know we are here to support you, our faculty and staff is available daily...we are here to help, we are in this together.  Reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have via the main office phone (716-372-8122), email ([email protected]org), or via google hangout during faculty/staff office hours. It will indeed be a great day when we are all under the same roof again!!! May you and your families stay safe and well.

Your continued support is appreciated.


The faculty, staff, and administration


Archbishop Walsh Academy and Southern Tier Catholic School recognize your cooperation, dedication, diligence, effort, and sacrifices that have made the current M-12 online and academic packet instructional program work since the middle of March.  Given that schools will remain closed through the end of this school year, this online and academic packet instructional program will continue through the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year.  Note that the breakfast and lunch program will also continue through June 19, 2020.

Therefore, please be advised that the traditional summer homework program has been cancelled for this summer 2020.  It is mentally and physically healthy, logical and sensible to give everyone a homework-free summer. 


May 1, 2020

Earlier today, Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced that all NYS public and private schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Please see the press release that has been reprinted below that contains his announcement for your reference. Note that school will be in session via online and academic packet instruction on Friday, May 22, 2020 and that school will be on recess for Memorial Day, May 25,2020. Therefore, current online and academic packet instruction and meal distribution will continue through the end-of-school dates already indicated on the school calendar.

Specifically: Date: Last Day of Classes For:

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 The Senior Class ‘20
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior Classes
Thursday, June 18, 2020 Eighth Grade
Friday, June 19, 2020 Montessori through Seventh Grade

Date: Event:

Friday, May 15, 2020 Fourth Quarter Progress Reports
Friday, June 19, 2020 End of the Fourth Marking Period
Friday, June 26, 2020 Faculty Last Day

Discussions about virtual graduation exercises, fourth quarter and final grades,and summer school are underway. More information will be shared with you about these topics in the next several weeks.

In the meantime, we urge our students to stay the course and remain active in the education process since this is crucial to your development and ability to receive credit for finishing the school year.

Your continued support and partnership are very much appreciated and make a significant difference regarding quality and effectiveness of the educational process for each and every child.

Thank you.
Pax et Bonum,
Thomas J. Manko
School President and Principal


We regret to inform you that the Walsh Prom, scheduled for May 2nd, will be canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We hope to be able to plan an alternate event, pending that school is back in session within the next month or 2. We will have to wait to see if that is the case before we can plan anything. 

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy and safe!


June 2020 Regents Exam Announcement

We have received official word that the NYS Department of Education has cancelled the June 2020 Regents Exams. Students currently in grades 8-12 during the 2019-2020 school year will receive exemptions for passing any Regents Exams they were scheduled or planned to take in June in order to meet diploma requirements upon graduation.  Below is a summarization of the eligibility requirements students must meet to qualify for the exemption:

  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and will have earned credit in such course of study by the end of the 2019-20 school year; or
  • The student is currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents examination and has failed to earn credit by the end of the school year. Such student returns for summer instruction Summer School) to make up the failed course and earn the course credit and is subsequently granted diploma credit in August 2020; or
  • The student was previously enrolled in the course of study leading to an applicable Regents examination, has achieved course credit, and has not yet passed the associated Regents examination but intended to take the test in June 2020 to achieve a passing score.

The importance of continuing to work hard and pass your courses for the year is now even more important.  In order to claim the Regents Exam exemption students will need to pass the corresponding course for the year. This announcement also impacts those who have passed a course in a past year but have not yet passed the corresponding Regents Exam. 

We are still awaiting word on the Spanish Check Point A and Check Point B Exams produced by a separate organization (FLACS). As soon as we have word on those exams you will be notified. 

If you have questions on how this impacts you specifically please contact me during my Online Office Hours Monday - Friday 10:00am-11:00am via Google Hangouts or send me an email any time.

Mr. Farnum


Beginning Tuesday, April 7th, the school will be offering Breakfasts in addition to Lunch pickup. Pickup times and days will remain the same, Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 11:00-2:00. 

All students previously on the Lunch list will be included in the Breakfast list as well. If you wish to be added to the Breakfast/Lunch list, please contact Cristy Ferry in the main office.


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. 


Dear Walsh/STCS Parent, Guardians, Faculty and Staff:

You have all been thrust into an enormous job during the COVID 19 situation.  Parent, employee, teacher, health care provider, counselor, so many roles have been placed on your shoulders.  Our current way of life is overwhelming and drains our personal resources.  It is critical that at this time, we practice self-care so that we can continue to fulfill these roles for our families and ourselves. 

Eat a healthy diet.  Exercise.  Get a good night’s sleep.  These are the typical things that we are told when it comes to self-care.  Often we forget that we need to be kind to ourselves!

It’s OK to feel life is out of control.

It’s OK to not be perfect.

It’s OK to not be able to do everything everyone is asking of you.

It’s OK if the house if a mess.

It’s OK if the laundry doesn’t get done today.

It’s OK to eat peanut butter and jelly for lunch and dinner.

It’s OK not to complete everything to your usual quality.

It’s OK to not feel confident in all that you have to do.

It’s OK to not understand the “new” math.

It’s OK to need help. 

It’s OK to stop working and have fun.

It’s OK to take a break to cuddle with your child (even the teenagers!).

It’s OK to laugh.

It’s OK to cry.

It’s OK to feel angry or frustrated.

It’s OK to call your friends and connect.

It’s OK to take time for yourself. 

It's OK to not be OK.

Life is hard but you are strong.  You do amazing things each and every day. Have faith in yourself.  Be kind to yourself!

Best wishes,

Katie Jodush, LMHC
Social Worker
Catholic Charities
Archbishop Walsh/STCS


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!


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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