Principal’s Newsletter 10/02/20

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Dear St. Francis Families,

This Tuesday, Sacramento County’s COVID-19 risk status was downgraded from the Widespread to Substantial Tier. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving into the next tier. Data is reviewed weekly, and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. Before moving forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a particular county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned to a more restrictive tier. 

So what does this mean for St. Francis?

While we are hopeful our county’s case rate and positivity rate improves, we must also be prepared for conditions to worsen and health precautions to be adjusted. Therefore, it is vital that our community understands the risk of COVID-19 and follows all health precautions.  We are initially working to bring back some of our students, who need in-person specialized support services consistent with SCPH guidelines.  We will continue with the changes announced in last week’s newsletter:

  • To provide our students and teachers consistency of instruction and daily routine while we wait for more improvements, we will remain in distance learning mode through the end of October. 
  • The modified weekly schedule begins this week, with the first flex day on Wednesday, October 7th, which is also the day we will honor our Patron Saint with a drive-through parade on campus (2:30-5:30 p.m.). Please encourage your daughter to attend. The whole family, as well as pets, are also welcome. This new schedule incorporates a mid-week, asynchronous flex day every Wednesday.  

How is St. Francis preparing for a safe return to campus?

Our school site has been busy preparing buildings and common areas to best protect the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, while mitigating exposure to COVID-19. We are looking at every detail, including, but not limited to:

  • HVAC systems with MERV 13 air filters;
  • Replacing drinking fountains with touch-free hydration stations;
  • Touch-free handwashing stations across campus;
  • Installation of plexiglass barriers in offices and other shared spaces, where physical distancing may not be possible;
  • Placing signage for screening and health guidelines per Sacramento County requirements;
  • Maintaining heightened requirements for disinfecting/cleaning high touchpoint and common areas;
  • New drop-off and pick-up procedures; and
  • Providing faculty/staff with training on our return to campus and mitigating COVID-19 measures.

As we continue to prepare for reopening, I will be sharing our Safe Return to School Plan detailing our response to potential COVID-19 exposures, confirmed cases, multiple cases, and how the school site will respond. 

While we are moving in a positive direction, we must remain vigilant. We ensure that we will continue to follow the county’s guidelines, and adhere to face coverings and physical distancing requirements. By doing so, we can look forward to bringing our Troubies back to campus and remaining open for the long term.

I appreciate your continued support as we navigate through this ever-changing situation.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!

In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),

Elias Mendoza