Return to School


View our Return to School Plan: Fall 2021

An incredibly dedicated team of St. Francis teachers, administrators, technology, and facilities members have been diligently exploring options to create the best plan for reopening school in August. The team considered safety guidance from the county and state, the needs expressed by our students and teachers, technical and physical campus resources, and discussions happening in local school districts and private schools. The safe return to school plan was reviewed and approved by the Diocese of Sacramento as well. 

As of this writing and our current realities, we have outlined our initial plan for the 2021-2022 academic year in this document (below). Undoubtedly, plans may be updated by future developments in public health and governing guidelines. We will continue to update the plan and keep you informed as more information becomes available.

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Principal’s Newsletter 10/09/20

Dear St. Francis Families,

This Tuesday, Sacramento County’s COVID-19 risk status remained in the Substantial Tier. Continuing on this less restrictive tier allows us to prepare for a return to campus and begin implementing our safe return to school plan.  

In order to prepare for students and faculty/staff safe return to campus, it is vital that our school community understands the risk of COVID-19 and follows all health precautions.  We are currently working to bring back some students who need in-person specialized support services consistent with SCPH guidelines, as early as next week. Those students will be receiving notification from the Administration and Guidance Department directly.  We will continue with the changes announced in last week’s newsletter:

The modified weekly schedule began this week, with the first flex day on Wednesday, October 7th. Wednesday flex days will continue for the remainder of the 2nd Quarter (up to Christmas break). 

While other local area high schools have indicated a return to school date as early as October 19th,  we are taking a more pragmatic approach and consulting with the Sacramento County Health Office and Diocese to ensure our Safe Return to School Plan meets their approval. We do this in order to mitigate the possibility of a school-wide closure at the first onset of a COVID outbreak. As we finalize preparations for reopening and the county crosses the “magical” two week marker in the Red Tier on Tuesday, I will send an email on Wednesday (10/14) with additional information on returning to school.

Let us all remain vigilant and 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 support and patience as we continue to navigate 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


Course Assignments

Course assignments were sent Monday, July 13, 2020, for the purpose of purchasing textbooks. In early August, your daughter will receive an updated schedule with her finalized blocks and teachers.


Student Response to Distance Learning Transition

In response to COVID-19, we pivoted quickly to support our students’ academic learning with an instructor-led Distance Learning Program. Here’s what some of our students had to say about their experience:


“A lot of teachers helped us during this time, and made me feel like we were physically in class. They gave us meaningful work that helped us learn”

” Our school definitely earns an A for our transition to distance learning. Compared to nearly all of the schools in Sacramento, we were the first and fastest to begin distance learning. The schedule and “signing in for every block” also gave me a routine and sense of responsibility. It kept me productive throughout the day and gave me work that was similar to the amount I would receive at school. I certainly consider our distance learning successful”

“I would give SFHS an “A” in distance learning. Teachers made plans for their classes quickly and were still able to teach their students. Most schools did not do distance learning or simply held zoom calls every so often, but our system was a successful replica of actual school”.