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March 18, 2020
All remaining parent service hours are no longer required.
Contact Dean Cost
March 16, 2020
Update on Transition to Distance Learning
Dear St. Francis Families,
I am sure you have many questions after hearing that school
would be closed for the next two weeks. Below is a list of some
of the questions and the answers that you may have considered
over the weekend. On a personal note, I cannot express how much
I appreciate the patience and support you have shown us
throughout this COVID-19 situation. I can assure you that every
person who works at St. Francis Catholic High School has your
child’s best interests at heart, and they will be working hard
over the next two weeks to ensure a continuity of learning and
a smooth return to school whenever that date is identified by
public health officials, as well as federal/state/local
I’m also attaching a memorandum from our
Superintendent and Executive Director of Schools, which
outlines the transition from brick and mortar instruction to an
How will distance learning work?
Our teachers are in the process of preparing the curriculum for
the next two weeks. The goal is not to replace the classroom
experience, but instead to provide a continuity of learning and
ensure that your daughter is still being prepared with rigorous
academic content despite the school closure. This is not
considered a vacation from school, and each student still has
expected work she will be doing remotely throughout the
duration of the school closure.
Instructional activities will be provided via PowerSchool
Learning and email by the classroom teachers. Some of the
activities will be completed online, and some will be completed
using other resources.
Some teachers may be providing live instruction via web
resources like Zoom; they will provide students with a link and
guidance on how to connect.
Every classroom teacher will be on call between the hours of
9:00am and 2:30pm on school days (March 18-20 and March 23-26).
Teachers will be available to provide guidance and assistance
as your child completes her assigned activities.
Distance Learning Office Hours will be held on Friday, March
27th from 9:00-10:10am.
The best way to contact a teacher during the on-call window is
via email, but please be patient as they may receive a large
volume of emails on any given day. Emails sent outside of the
on-call window will be answered within 24 hours during this
time of school closure.
It is imperative that your daughter monitor her school
email daily and also on the weekend for updates.
How will attendance be taken?
Student attendance will still be recorded despite the school
being closed. Every teacher will be using PowerSchool to take
daily attendance at the beginning of each block. If a student
is ill and cannot complete the work for that school day, there
will be an option to mark them accordingly.
Will we be allowed on campus?
In general, students and parents are not permitted on campus
during the school closure. However, we understand that unique
circumstances may require it. If you need to come to campus,
please reach out to me, another administrator or the classroom
teacher directly in order for us to evaluate your needs and set
up a time if possible.
Who do I contact if my child has technology issues?
We have set up a technology support team at St. Francis, and
they can be contacted at (SFTech@stfrancishs.org). This is the
best way to receive support if you are having trouble with a
student’s device, log in ability, WiFi connection, etc.
Problems that cannot be easily solved will be addressed on a
case-by-case basis, and direction will be given as
Who do I contact if my child has questions about the
Questions about the curriculum and instructional activities
should first be directed to the classroom teacher. Teachers
will be on call every school day from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Please
understand that they may not be able to respond to your
question fully right away. However, they will get back to you
in a timely manner. Questions and concerns raised outside of
the on-call window will be responded to within 24 hours.
Please also understand that this is our first venture into
distance learning as a staff. I ask you to please be patient
and charitable with the teachers as they address the issues
that will likely come up throughout the next two weeks. They
are all exceptional educators with your daughter’s best
interests at heart, and they are doing their best given the
unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves in. Please keep
these things in mind when you reach out to them.
Who do I contact if I have general questions or concerns?
You can contact me directly via email with any general
questions or concerns. This includes questions about the school
closure, distance learning procedures, COVID-19 situation, etc.
I will make every effort to respond to your inquiry in a timely
You will also be receiving updates from me regarding the school
as appropriate. You may also reach out to our Dean of Students,
Mrs. Cost at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do I do if someone in my family is confirmed to have
If you find yourself in this situation, please contact me ASAP.
I will work with you on the next steps as they pertain to your
As we enter this strange new world, I pray for the well-being
of our school community and will continue to do so in the days
to come. I ask for your prayers, not only for myself, but for
the students, faculty and staff, parents and the St. Francis
In the spirit of peace and goodness,
St. Francis Announces School Closure For Minimum of Two Weeks
March 13, 2020
Dear St. Francis Families,
After consultation with the Bishop’s Office, the Catholic
Schools Department, and public health authorities, all schools
in the Diocese of Sacramento will be closed effective at the
end of day today, Friday, March 13, 2020, for a minimum of two
weeks. This closure includes any planned school events,
including fundraisers, community events, and field trips.
School buildings will not be open to children, parents, or
community members during this time. We have not yet set a firm
date for a return to classroom instruction.
This action was not taken lightly; the school closure is in the
best interest of our students in order to disrupt the spread of
the COVID-19 virus in the school and larger community. We
will be moving to an online Distance Learning format, and you
and your students will be receiving more information in the
days ahead. Our goal is to have the online instruction commence
on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. Additional communication will
be sent to parents and students and will be posted on the St.
It is important to reiterate that there is no reported case of
COVID-19 at St. Francis or in the Diocese.
All students should have already taken their books and
materials home. However, if your student still needs to pick up
her books, we encourage her to come to campus and get those
items on Monday, March 16, 2020 between the hours of 9:00 am -
During this time, students should stay home as much as
possible and be discouraged from congregating with other
persons in public places, such as shopping malls, movie
theaters or community centers to stop the spread of this
The health and safety of our students and staff continue to be
our top priority, and we will keep the school community
apprised of any changes that arise in the coming days.
As we adjust to these unprecedented times, I ask that you keep
our students and larger school community in your prayers.