Dear St. Francis Families,
Our community, state, and country are facing an unprecedented health crisis. The recent school closures across the Sacramento region and neighboring counties have precipitated K-12 schools and universities to consider partial or long-term closures.
In order to prepare for this fluid situation, our teachers met today to review our distance learning plan, which will guarantee continuity of instruction with minimal disruption to our educational experience. We are prepared to roll out our distance learning plan next Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and will continue to provide a robust learning experience for your daughters. As this situation evolves, any change in the delivery of instruction will be communicated from my office. I am also attaching a memorandum from our Superintendent and Executive Director of Schools, which outlines the closure of all Diocesan schools.
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.
Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order, updating the guidelines for gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. He also reiterated that schools/districts follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health regarding potential school closures if a student, teacher, or staff person tests positive for COVID-19.
For now, please continue to follow these protocols to protect yourselves and others:
- Wash hands with soap and water regularly.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay away from school, work or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we will continue to keep our school community apprised of any changes that could impact our school schedule or operations beyond this temporary closure.
Given the heightened levels of anxiousness in many of us, I ask that everyone join us in prayer as we navigate the days ahead.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
Pax et Bonum (peace and goodness),