Update on Closure

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Dear St. Francis Families,

I hope you’re all doing well, taking care of yourselves and loved ones. We are dealing with an unprecedented pandemic that we’ve not experienced in our lifetime. 

There remain many unanswered questions about what the rest of the academic year will look like. As of today, I can not provide you with any specific guarantees, but I am optimistic that we will return to our beloved campus as soon as it’s possible. In the meantime, we will continue to provide academic continuity and consistency for our Troubies via our instructor-based distance learning platform. This is a departure from the traditional face-to-face method of instruction that we are all familiar with, but we do have the technological infrastructure and know-how to continue instruction online, and our dedicated faculty are committed to educating our students in whatever means necessary. 

As we receive additional guidance from the Bishop, the Catholic Schools Department,  the California Department of Education, and public health officials, we will keep you updated. 

Based on Governor Newsom’s press briefing yesterday afternoon, residents across California have been asked to take precautions and socially isolate to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus and “flatten the curve.” In addition, Mayor Steinberg has also issued a directive to shelter in place and limit one’s exposure as much as possible to prevent further infection.

Obviously, the biggest revelation from Governor Newsom was the possibility that students may not be returning to school anytime soon. While some districts are considering this drastic measure, we are being pragmatic and will continue to wait for additional guidance from federal/state/local authorities. 

Again, it is important to note that there are no reported cases of COVID-19 at St. Francis or in the Diocese. If this changes in the coming days, we will notify you immediately.

As of today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the direction of Bishop Soto and our Superintendent and Executive Director of Schools, Lincoln Snyder, St. Francis will be closed and limiting our physical presence on campus by working remotely.

  • We will continue to provide Distance Learning from today through Friday, April 3rd. 
  • We will observe our traditional Easter Break from Monday, April 6th thru Friday, April 17th. 
  • I hope that we may be able to return to campus after break on Monday, April 20th. I will keep you updated on this.

During this difficult time and physical distance, it is important to remain socially connected, albeit, differently. Please know that you are a part of our St. Francis Community, and we want to hear from you. I know that email is not the most ideal form of connecting, but it will provide you with a lifeline to our faculty and staff. Know that we are a Catholic community and we will get through this together.

In an effort to continue building on our community, there is a great opportunity tomorrow, Thursday, to pray the rosary with Pope Francis, in prayer for St. Joseph’s feast day, inviting every family, every Catholic individual, and every religious community to pray amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak. Accounting for the time zone difference, people in California should pray at 1:00 pm PST. 

In addition, our alumnae community will be leading us through a nine-day Novena beginning this Friday. You can follow with us on Facebook and Instagram at noon each day from March 20 through March 28th. Also, we will host each day’s reading on this page of our website: www.stfrancishs.org/novena.

Thank you for your prayers, thoughtful emails and positive sentiments that I’ve received over the past couple of days. As we transition onto a teacher-based online education model, for the time being, I think it’s appropriate to reiterate how much we appreciate your loyal support of Catholic education and know we would not exist without your continued support and prayers. 

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
In the spirit of peace and goodness, 

Elias Mendoza