Dear St. Francis Families,
This week was a joyous reminder of what it was like to have our Troubies on campus before the COVID pandemic. It was also a reminder that we are not fully out of the woods and need to remain vigilant against the infectiousness of this terrible virus.
I thank you all for your patience as we navigated challenges over the past few months. I know that many of you have been looking forward to a return to in-person instruction. While we’ve seen a decrease in COVID infection rates in Sacramento County, we still remain in the Red Tier, and there’s a possibility we may rebound back to the Purple Tier.
In order for us to move in a downward trend in COVID cases and to remain open, we must be vigilant in following the preventive measures put in place by Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH). Face coverings, physical distancing, good personal hygiene, and weekly RT-PCR testing. By doing so, we are decreasing the denominator of possible COVID exposure.
Obviously, we cannot do this without your assistance. We are partners in educating your daughter; we are also partners in keeping a small, tight-knit community committed to protecting the health and safety of all students. With the recent positive COVID cases shared with you this week, it has become apparent that small social gatherings, carpools, running groups, and even birthday celebrations can inadvertently expose students to the novel Coronavirus. Please be aware that exposure to one COVID-19 positive person will result in a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
In addition, any student that is not testing weekly, and unable to show a green Immunify shield upon entry to campus, will not be able to participate in our Hybrid learning model. Similarly, any student with a yellow or red shield will not be allowed to remain on campus until their shield reverts back to green. The COVID self-screening questions must be answered daily on the Immunify app before students arrive on campus. We need truthful responses but be aware that any “yes” responses may trigger a yellow or red shield, which can prevent a student from being allowed on campus.
Revised Testing Times
In order to streamline the COVID screening process and ensure more predictable testing results, we will be adjusting the testing days/times next week and beyond.
- The Red Cohort will test on Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.
- The Gold Cohort will test on Mondays from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Your daughter can make her future appointment now at Urgent Care Now’s SFHS dedicated webpage HERE.
Let’s continue to be vigilant and maintain our precautions on and off-campus and at home. Your off-campus behavior is directly connected to our ability to safely offer on-campus instruction. We want nothing more than to remain open long-term and ask for your cooperation in ensuring that you (and your daughters) observe a strict “COVID bubble” that prevents others from entering and possibly exposing you to the virus. By doing so, you are not only protecting your family but our larger school community.
I believe that, by working together, we can overcome this terrible pandemic and ensure we’re able to provide your daughter/s with a sense of normalcy during these challenging times.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
St. Clare of Assisi, pray for us!
In the spirit of Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),