It is with much sadness that I am placed in a position to inform all of you that we will not be able to return to our beloved Saint Francis of Assisi campus for the remainder of this school year (2019/2020).
Last week, both the Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction issued strong recommendations that, given the nature of the statewide stay-at-home order and continued need for physical distancing, K-12 schools should not expect to return to in-class instruction for the remainder of the school year.
On Monday evening, I received Diocesan notification to inform our school partners that we will be unable to resume traditional instruction on campus this school year, and to continue Sustained Distance Learning protocols through April 30, 2020. During this period, the Diocese will be examining the impact of this decision, and taking the necessary steps to guide and support planning and instruction for May and June throughout the diocese.
Although our school campus remains physically closed, the Catholic education of our students WILL continue. Teacher instruction and student learning is taking place, and I am confident in our capacity to guide our students, faculty/staff and parents in this new moment. We continue to place the health of our school community and its learning environment as our priority, and we will continue to exhaust our efforts to support our students. Our staff at SFA have already begun planning for this long-term shift in the delivery of education so that we are prepared to swiftly react and adhere to future directives from the Diocese.
I want to thank our entire faculty and staff for their commitment to our Saint Francis mission and for their educational leadership in this very unique transitional time. I would also like to thank all of you, our Saint Francis families and students, for your continued energy, commitment, support and partnership. Please stay rooted knowing we are companions on this journey.