Principal’s Newsletter 6/19/20

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Dear St. Francis Families,

Although it feels different this year, summer is here (well, officially tomorrow) and with that, we move closer to the start of the 2020-21 school year. A dedicated cadre of staff has been working diligently to ensure a safe return to our campus, keeping in mind the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. I will keep you informed along the way, as we finalize our return-to-school plan. 

Like many other educational institutions in the region, we’ve received guidance from the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and the Sacramento Office of Education, and we have consulted with local authorities to ensure that we implement their guidelines as recommended. They have confirmed that we have clearance to proceed with reopening our school in August, as well as customizing a plan that fits the physical footprint of St. Francis Catholic High School, and the needs of our community.

St. Francis is committed to creating a plan that will afford each student an optimal learning environment, while ensuring that we follow the social distancing guidelines as prescribed by state and local agencies. Relationships and community are a core part of the St. Francis experience for both students and their families. Our plan for this uncertain time will be to try to maximize opportunities to strengthen relationships and support our community whether virtually or in person. 

The St. Francis Safety Team has made arrangements to allow the return of some staff members to campus and begin preparations for the eventual return of all employees in August. Hygiene, sanitizing, cleaning, and safety supplies are currently being identified and ordered in preparation for the fall. As you can imagine, this is no small task, as there are many moving pieces to this plan. The St. Francis Safety Team appreciates your patience while we finalize our plans. Rest assured that we are committed to reopening our school in the safest manner possible and maintaining the sense of community that makes us unique.

We are also interacting with the Diocese, Sacramento County, local school districts, CIF, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to determine when to begin summer conditioning in a safe manner following the guidelines published by these organizations. Student-athletes and their families should expect to hear from our Athletic Director with more details in the coming week. 

Again, St. Francis Catholic High School intends to return to in-person instruction in August as planned, beginning with our Freshman Student Orientation as usual. More specific information will be shared later this summer. 

Please continue to pray that the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, so we can return to a sense of normalcy, albeit, a new normal.  I look forward to seeing you all again soon. 

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
Principal