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Dear Detroit Cristo Rey Students & Families,
With Michigan leading the country in new COVID cases, and total COVID deaths topping 770,000 in the US, we are reminded that we are far from having the crippling effects of this pandemic behind us.  
We were notified today of another positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) of a student at Detroit Cristo Rey High School.  The school has followed all procedures as required related to notifying individuals that may need to quarantine at home and is also communicating with all DCR families about the case.  
The affected student was last at school on Thursday and had no symptoms.  The student tested positive over the weekend.  The student is not vaccinated.  The student had a mask on all day with the exception of lunch period.  As mentioned, any other students potentially exposed by this student have been notified.

We continue to work closely with the Wayne County Health Department and continue to follow all CDC and other professional healthcare guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all of our students and staff.  

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.  A person who is in close contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19 may experience COVID-19 symptoms typically within two to fourteen days after a person is exposed.  

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults.  Symptoms can include fever (>100.4®F), cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, and abdominal pain.  There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities safer from COVID-10 and protect ourselves and our loved ones:

• Talk to your doctor about getting vaccinated
• Students and adults should stay home when ill
• Daily, before arriving at school, please complete the COVID screener and show the “entry allowed” screen to the receptionist
• Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds
• If a handwashing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly.  Gels, rubs, and hand wipes must contain at least 60% alcohol. Dispose of wipes in the trash after use
• Practice good respiratory etiquette (cover a cough with elbow vs. hand)
• Follow the guidance for wearing a face covering and social distancing
• If you have any questions, please contact Wayne County Health department at their main Communicable Disease Line (734)727-7078 or their after-hours call center (734) 727-7284
Additional information can also be found on the CDC website.  Please reach out if you have any questions.

REMINDER:  Upcoming Vaccination Clinics hosted by DCR in the Student Commons from 3:00-5:30pm are Mondays, November 22nd, December 13th, and January 3rd.

Thank you for your continued partnership this year.  We are all in this together.
Mr. Lynch
Christopher J. Lynch
Detroit Cristo Rey High School
5679 W. Vernor Highway
Detroit, MI 48209-2157
313-843-2747, ext. 123 (school)
248-821-9035 (mobile)
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Dear Detroit Cristo Rey Parents,
We know that President Biden's Executive Order and OSHA's related Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is the subject of numerous legal challenges. Because we cannot predict the outcome of these challenges, we believe the safest course is to prepare for the possible enforcement of the ETS. We will, however, continue to monitor these legal challenges and issue an updated communication as to what, if any impact there may be to our current academic year related to vaccination requirements.
For the 2022-2023 school year, Detroit Cristo Rey will be a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination school.  As part of our unique curriculum in which our students participate in Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) at top area corporations, we must ensure that all students are vaccinated and ready to be placed in their assigned CWSP placement.
Numerous resources are available on our website at COVID Vaccine Info.  Please review this information as you evaluate and discern what is in the best long-term interest for yourself and family.
As a reminder, DCR is hosting 3 more Vaccine Clinics on the following Mondays: November 22, 2021, December 13, 2021, & January 3, 2022.  The Pfizer vaccine, including booster shots, will be available from 3:00-5:30 in the Student Commons (enter through the back patio).
Thank you and have a blessed weekend!
Mr. Lynch
Christopher J. Lynch
Detroit Cristo Rey High School
5679 W. Vernor Highway
Detroit, MI 48209-2157
313-843-2747, ext. 123 (school)
248-821-9035 (mobile)

IMPORTANT November 11, 2021 Update

Dear Detroit Cristo Rey Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents,
Please see Mr. Fred Lumpkin's important message about President Biden's Executive Order attached at the bottom of this page.


IMPORTANT November 8, 2021 Update

Dear Detroit Cristo Rey Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents,


On September 9th, President Biden signed an Executive Order directing that employers with 100 or more employees be required to enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires employees to either be fully vaccinated or undergo verified weekly COVID-19 testing.


Last Thursday, on November 4th, OSHA gave some much needed definition to implement that Executive Order. The result is a 490 page Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).


DCR qualifies as an employer with 100 or more employees as all student workers are employees of the DCR CWS program.   As such, the DCR leadership team is working to complete a formal plan that will meet the requirements of the Executive Order for ALL Staff and Students. 


Following are some of the key provisions of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS):

  1. January 4th, 2022 is the deadline for employers with 100 or more employees to fully implement the new mandatory policy.  This would include requiring by that date a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of J&J.  This applies whether they are in person or working remotely.
  2. December 4th, 2021 is the deadline for those covered employers to institute and announce the new policy to their employees. The employer must inform each employee, including student workers, about the policies and procedures being implemented by the employer and about COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, safety, and the benefits of being vaccinated. 
  3. The ETS does not require employers to pay for any costs associated with testing.
  4. By December 4th, 2021, employers must require from the employee proof of vaccination status, and keep a roster of each employee's vaccination status going forward.
  5. Those employers that do not institute and enforce the new policy will be subject to significant monetary fines of up to $14k for a single violation or higher amounts for multiple or willful violations. 
  6. This new federal law preempts any state law to the contrary. 
  7. Medical and religious exemptions apply. Medical and religious exemption requests must be documented in writing and approved by management. 

DCR will be in compliance with all Federal requirements and will be providing the required plan for implementing this Executive Order no later than December 4th.


We are sharing details of the COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, safety, and the benefits of being vaccinated through the following website:  Additionally, many questions may be answered by this FAQ document -


We thank you for your continued cooperation and support of all current guidelines.  God bless you.



Christopher J. Lynch


Detroit Cristo Rey High School

5679 W. Vernor Highway

Detroit, MI 48209-2157


313-843-2747, ext. 123 (school)
248-821-9035 (mobile)



Upcoming Vaccine Clinic Dates: November 22, 2021, December 13, 2021, January 3, 2022

See Flyer below for more information!





Vaccine Information Sessions Replays


  1. Sept 14 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:00 English via Zoom Dr. Custer & Dr. Yoder
  2. Sept 16 (Thursday) 6:00-7:00pm Spanish via Zoom Ana Martinez - Detroit Health Department with a Registered Nurse
  3. Sept 22 (Wednesday) 6:00-7:00 English via Zoom Dr. Adetomiwa
  4. Sept 23 (Thursday) 6:00-7:00 Spanish via Zoom Dr. Arana


See how Pope Francis and other church leaders have reiterated the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  Please share this important message

with others, and prayerfully consider if you have not yet received your vaccination (Spanish with English subtitles):


NEW as of 10/13/21:

While many organizations like the CDC, the FDA, and many other medical and health authorities have offered recommendations in favor of getting the vaccine, as a Catholic school and one of 38 schools in the Cristo Rey Network, we also follow the direction of the Vatican and the USCCB:


See this article which includes a useful summary of the position of the Catholic Church (paragraph 4):


"Both the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have said Catholics can receive the vaccines in good conscience given the lack of alternatives and the goal of alleviating suffering — even while objecting to research with even a remote connection to abortion."


Here are two links obtained from the USCCB. Note that in one of them, the 7 page paper from December 2020, the USCCB makes explicitly clear at the bottom of page 4, top of page 5 that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines did not use morally compromised cell lines in the design, development or production of those vaccines. They also note that confirmatory tests did involve such lines.  But the vaccines do not come from aborted embryos. Those same confirmatory tests are used on many and varied everyday medicines.


Listen to what some well-known community leaders are saying about why they encourage getting the vaccine in this short video pulled together by one of our major partners, Ford Motor Company (available in both English and Spanish):



Why should our students get vaccinated? 
Here are some important considerations:

  • To protect the safety of our students, we are requiring proof of vaccination for participation in any school sponsored extracurricular activities (e.g., athletics, robotics, debate, other clubs, etc.), by October 1st, 2021.
  • Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID, even if they do not get sick, must quarantine for 14 days, missing classes, work, and other events.
  • Unvaccinated students who travel, as defined by the CDC as any trip that is overnight AND on public transportation (plane, train, bus, Uber, Lyft, cab, etc.) OR any trip that is overnight AND with people who are not in your household, will not be permitted to enter the school for 10 days.
  • Many of our Corporate Work Study Partners are already requiring vaccines to work at their sites, and we anticipate more to follow.  Participation in the CWSP is a requirement of students at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, and an integral part of the overall learning experience.
  • Unvaccinated students will have to periodically provide negative COVID test results to attend class.  Details about testing frequency and logistics are under development.
  • If we reach 80% vaccination rate of our population, we may enjoy more school events (e.g., dances, etc.).
  • For more information to help make an informed decision, please visit: 
  • All exemption requests will be on a case by case basis.  You can find find the forms for Medical and Religious exemptions here.
  • Our Dual Enrollment partner, University of Detroit Mercy, like many other colleges & universities, requires the vaccine to attend their classes.
  • Several free vaccine sites available:


How the Delta Variant Changed the COVID-19 Conversation
Read more from Beaumont Hospital


“The Delta variant is known to be much more contagious than previous strains of coronavirus and has the ability to cause twice as many infections. Research suggests it may pass larger amounts of the virus in the air, making it easier to spread to more people, and it enters a person's respiratory system more easily - meaning it takes less time to become infected.”  


“Masks, distancing and vaccines are all tools in preventing COVID. Any one of them will do some good, but like hats, boots and gloves, they work most effectively when used together,” explained Dr. Justin Skrzynski, Beaumont COVID-19 hospitalist. “As cases rise, we need to use every tool available to protect our children, including vaccinating older kids. Finds answers to your questions with credible sources: talk to your doctor for information on getting the whole family vaccinated when eligible.”


“With vaccinated individuals, we’re seeing exactly what the vaccine promised - protection for those around them and a reduction in the severity of the illness. They generally aren’t the ones ending up on ventilators in the emergency room,” said Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology.


Below are some statements from Pope Francis and Archbishop Vigneron in support of getting vaccinated. You should also ask your doctor!


Pope Francis suggests people have moral obligation to take coronavirus vaccine 

Jan 11, 2021

by Joshua J. McElwee |  Vatican 


ROME — Pope Francis suggested that people have a moral obligation to receive one of the new coronavirus vaccines as soon as possible, revealing in a new interview that he expects to get his own first dose this week.


"I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine," the pontiff said in a Jan. 10 interview for Italy's TG5 news program. "It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others."


The pope, who said he has already made an appointment with the Vatican's health service for his own inoculation, also lamented that some people are saying they will not take a vaccine.


"I do not understand why some say that this could be a dangerous vaccine," said Francis. "If the doctors are presenting this to you as a thing that will go well and doesn't have any special dangers, why not take it?"


"There is a suicidal denialism that I would not know how to explain but today people must take the vaccine," the pontiff continued.




Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron joined his brother bishops of the Michigan dioceses to release the following statement on March 3, 2021:


It is morally permissible to receive the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna. Neither of these vaccines has used cell lines originating in tissue taken from aborted babies in their design, development, and production. However, both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccine did use such a cell line in the confirmatory testing. This connection to abortion is very remote, however, and it is important to keep in mind that there are varying levels of responsibility. Greater moral responsibility lies with the researchers than with those who receive the vaccine. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has indicated that it is morally permissible to be vaccinated if there are no alternatives and there are serious health risks. Such serious health risks are present due to the current pandemic."


Kingdom Apostolic Ministries Vaccination Education Forum:


Watch this informative vaccine education discussion that was organized by our neighbors from Kingdom Apostolic Ministries on W. Fort St. and Junction. 

It features Dr. Jonathan Williams, M.D., a Detroit Native and graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine who is currently an Infectious Disease Control Specialist with Henry Ford Health Systems, & Mr. Stonish Pierce, the Chief Operating Officer of Holy Cross Health in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 


Click here to see the video!



Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school a safe and secure environment providing an exceptional in-person learning experience for your children.  If we all work together, and all do our part, we will get through this as a stronger community.


Be seen with the vaccine!    ~    ¡Viva con la vacuna!





Christopher J. Lynch


Detroit Cristo Rey High School