Information & Resources: COVID-19

Please use this page as a resource for our planning as we begin the 2020-21 school year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 22, 2020

Dear SHC Families,

Thank you to over 1,150 parents and guardians who filled out our most recent survey (see results here). It provided reflective feedback on our work this year and key data to inform our decision-making regarding the campus reopening process. As a community, we have much to be thankful for and much to be appropriately proud of. The WCEA/WASC Accreditation Visiting Team completed their virtual visit this past Wednesday and highly commended our students, parents, faculty and staff. More specific details of the visit and findings will be shared at a later date. It was an outstanding report and we are thankful for all who participated over the past 18 months. We are also extremely grateful to the broader San Francisco community for continuing to socially distance, wear masks, and practice healthy hygiene. At present, we are at the Minimal (Yellow) county risk level. With that said, concerns about the cold and flu season along with holiday plans (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) remind us to remain vigilant and focused on our shared responsibility to care for the health and safety of one another, especially for the most vulnerable.

Reopening Process and Timeline
As stated in last week’s communication to you, we sent our Waiver Application into the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) on Wednesday, Oct. 21 so that we could incorporate parent survey feedback into our planning and application. Linked here is a copy of our Reopening Planning that is a part of that process. We look forward to having the SFDPH provide feedback and for their onsite review scheduled for next Friday. We have the prevention and monitoring protocols in place to address the priority of health when we return to in-person learning, including our experience of hosting students on campus in the Bay Scholar Learning Hubs. As always, we must take into consideration other academic, operational, and resource allocation issues in determining our best next steps.

Based on the feedback we received from the parent/guardian and faculty surveys; important SFDPH guidelines and restrictions for health and safety; a continuity of learning; opportunities to practice with and train faculty and staff on safety protocols as well as to plan for hybrid teaching and learning; we have made the decision to maintain the distance schedule for classes until the end of this semester. We know this decision is disappointing for many families and colleagues in our community. Our teachers are prepared for ongoing, engaging distance instruction for the remainder of the semester. Whatever the shape of our schedule or instructional delivery model, the core of our mission remains the same, to create transformative growth for our students.

The health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff take priority during this time. We are grateful for the conservative approach taken by our civic and public health leaders and, in some sense, are mirroring a more conservative approach than some other schools may be taking. Given the recently added limitations placed on high schools of beginning with only 9th and 10th grade students, the need to keep students in cohorts to maintain social distancing, and the number of families that indicate they would either maintain a distance schedule or that they would return to campus only at the beginning of the second semester, we determined that approximately only 15% of the student body would be on campus on any given day were we to return any earlier. With only two and a half weeks between November 9 and Thanksgiving and another two and a half weeks between Thanksgiving and final assessments, we considered the continuity of teaching and how best to support our faculty as main drivers in delivering on our educational mission in the lives of our students, your children. As many grammar schools continue to be fully distance learning, the challenges faced by our faculty and staff who themselves have young children also played a role in our considerations.

We want to have our students back on campus and we want to teach and learn in-person. In making this decision, we hope to be able to have one-half of our students on campus each day as we move into the second semester. During the weeks ahead in November and December, we plan to offer more opportunities for students to be on campus in small, stable pods as we have done with athletic conditioning and 9th grade physical education. Clubs and other small group activities are already working with our COVID Safety Coordinator to plan for these opportunities. We will also use the weeks ahead to bring faculty and staff on campus to train for reopening safety protocols and to prepare through professional development for effective hybrid teaching (which presents challenges distinct from distance or fully in-person teaching).

In our letter to you this past summer, we spoke to this year’s theme, Unite. We want to reaffirm how important it is for us to pursue this together. We said that we hoped this theme would be a springboard for conversations about how we can build authentic community while still at a distance, how we can study and help transform systemic injustices, and how we can serve and support each other in dealing with the global pandemic. Unity is not the same as, nor does it require, uniformity. It does require a capacity for us to listen carefully, to speak truthfully, and to support one another, especially the most vulnerable. It requires a fundamental respect for the God-given intrinsic dignity of each person. While we continue to navigate the days and weeks ahead and continue to discuss and discern the path ahead, let us all commit to modeling for the young people entrusted to our care an authentic community of mutual respect and care.

Be safe, be well, live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.

Important Updates from SHC

Dear SHC Families,

There is a great deal of information in this communication, but first, we begin by thanking you for your continued support of your children, our students, and for your ongoing adherence to public health directives for the well-being of all in our community and city.

Parent/Guardian Survey
This morning, all families should have received an email asking parents/guardians to fill out a survey, which includes the central question below. We request 100% participation as it is critical data essential for our planning and decision making.

Presuming that all safety measures mandated by governmental authorities are in place and we receive clearance by the San Francisco Public Health Department from their on-site visit and review of our documents, please let us know your plans to have your child return to on-site, in-person school so we can best prepare our staffing and facilities:

  • I/we will send our student to campus for on-site, in-person classes as soon as available
  • I/we will send our student to campus for on-site, in-person classes at the beginning of the 2nd semester
  • I/we will continue to have our student learn from a distance now and in the foreseeable future

Reopening Process Update
We plan to submit our waiver application to SFDPH on Wednesday, October 21. We want to include information from both the student survey and the parent survey. Our hope is to have the San Francisco Department of Public Health complete their on-site inspection and review of our materials during the 2-3 week period after that time.

As communicated in both our August 17 and September 17 communications, we have based the updates to our community with the next 4-6 week period ahead in mind. Our intention was to do the same on October 17. However, before we finalize a decision, we will review the results of the parent survey.

Additionally, given recent new information from SFDPH, that we would only be able to begin with 9th and 10th grade students while also staying in cohorts (to maintain social distancing in all classrooms), we will only be able to have 25% of the student body on campus on any given day. In light of this, recognizing that the fall brings family gatherings (which may require self-quarantine after travel), and to best prepare for effective hybrid teaching (which is distinct from distance or fully in-person teaching), we are reevaluating the date of November 9 as a return to campus.

We will communicate our plans for the remainder of the semester next week. Please be aware that there is a possibility that we will decide to maintain our distance schedule for the remainder of the first semester, bringing students on campus for various non-classroom programming (e.g. 9th grade PE, Athletic Conditioning, and expanded Learning Hubs or other academic support opportunities). We thought it important to share this new possibility with you in this communication.

Founders Friday - October 16
9th Grade In-Person Physical Education (8:30-9:30 am)
Tomorrow we welcome a number of our 9th grade students to campus for in-person Physical Education. Separate emails have been sent to all who are participating. Please prepare accordingly with all materials completed.

Mandatory 10th Grade Health Education (12:30-1:30 pm)
The topic for this mandatory workshop is the important one of healthy relationships; attendance will be taken through the Church History and History of Christian Art classes. (Juniors will have their Health Ed lesson on 10/23 and Seniors on 11/13.)

Senior Personal Statement Workshop (2-4 pm)
The English Department and Counseling & Advising Department are continuing the annual tradition of holding a workshop for seniors to receive feedback on their personal statements for college applications.

  • Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 988 039 3598
  • Passcode: 9TCv0s

Reminder from the Deans - Distance Learning Norms
Linked here are the complete Distance Learning Norms of Conduct. A few specific reminders of our expectations are listed below.

  1. Be on time for your classes; we are tracking if you are tardy and late to class. Students who start to accumulate a high number of tardies and are consistently late to class will be notified to improve immediately. Failure to do so will result in detention with Ms. Nastari.
  2. Missing class without a valid excuse will result in your absence being marked as unexcused and you will not be able to make-up work for the class.
  3. If you are having technical issues, do the following: email your teacher, contact support@shcp.edu, and use your phone to access the class. Download the Zoom App on your phone to access your classes. Failure to do any of the following may result in your absence being marked as unexcused.
  4. When you are present in class out of respect for your teacher, make sure your teacher can see your face. Do not have your camera showing just the top of your head. Your engagement in your classes is important for your teachers.

Thank you for your attention to these issues.

Current State of Athletics (From the Central Coast Section Offices)
At this time, we are currently scheduled to begin Season 1 (Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Boys and Girls Water Polo, Boys and Girls Volleyball, and Gymnastics) with a school practice start date of December 14, 2020. If this date changes, you will be informed immediately.

Student Survey Results
Linked here are some results for the recently completed student survey that we thought you would find of interest. Thank you, as always, for the ongoing support of your children’s educational journey during this time.

Faith in the Presence of God
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.’ Lasallians [and Vincentians] never say, ‘Let us place ourselves in God’s holy presence.’ A Lasallian [and Vincentian] knows where God is. There is never a moment in our lives when God is not present, right here! Remembering God’s presence is how we discover God’s will for us in the present moment…. God is continually calling to me throughout the day through the people, events, and situations that make up the present moment. As a Lasallian [and Vincentian], I live in the awareness of God’s presence in daily life and I ask myself, ‘What does God want from me at this moment?’ Sometimes the call requires something simple; sometimes it requires a little more effort. God never asks us to do anything beyond our strength nor does God judge our actions by the greatness of the results, but rather God measures simply by the depth of love with which they are accomplished. -Brother Michael Valenzuela, FSC

Be safe, be well, and live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.


Dear SHC Families,

San Francisco remains at the Moderate (Orange) county risk level. On behalf of our community and neighbors, especially those most vulnerable, we thank you for doing your part. Along with physical distancing, wearing a mask, and good hand hygiene, we encourage each of you (in consultation with your primary health care provider) to get the flu shot this fall per CDC and SFDPH recommendations. You may use this site - VaccineFinder from Covid19.ca.gov - to find a location near you.

End of Quarter
The first quarter of the academic year comes to an end this Friday and we begin our second quarter on Monday, Oct. 12. First quarter grades will be finalized by 2:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

9th Grade Health and PE - Schedule Adjustment to begin 2nd Quarter
A reminder to 9th grade students enrolled in PE and Health during the first semester: the health component of these classes will now take place virtually on the first two days of the week (usually Monday and Tuesday) during Block 7 and 8. The on-campus PE component of these classes will now be on Friday morning from 8:30 - 9:30; 9th graders currently in PE who prefer not to come to campus will meet online Fridays, from 10:30-11:30. Information for this change will be posted on the PE course pages in Schoology next week, and a separate email has been sent to all those opting for in-person, on-site participation. Please read carefully and follow-up with all instructions.

Surveys
Thank you to all the students who have completed the survey sent out earlier this week. You still have one more day to complete it. Please check your email. We will share some of the results in this communication next week.

The parent survey is scheduled for next week. While looking for feedback, it will also include a request to let us know if your child will continue with distance learning or participate in hybrid, on-site classes when we are able to reopen. We will provide you with more information to consider your decision, but wanted to prepare you for this upcoming question.

Sophomore Health Education - Friday, October 16, 12:30-1:30pm
The topic is healthy relationships for this mandatory workshop; attendance will be taken through the Church History and History of Christian Art classes. (Juniors will have their Health Ed lesson on 10/23 and Seniors on 11/13.)

Senior Personal Statement Workshop - Friday, October 16, 2:00-4:00pm
The English Department and Counseling & Advising Department are continuing the annual tradition of holding a workshop for students to get feedback on their personal statements for college applications. If your child has a particular teacher they are seeking out for feedback, they may want to email that teacher to see if they are using a sign-up sheet. Otherwise, there will be plenty of teachers and college advisors on hand available to help and all the student has to do is join us on Zoom!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9880393598

Meeting ID: 988 039 3598

Passcode: 9TCv0s


If you have any questions: email the English Department Chair, Paul Barnes (pbarnes@shcp.edu)

Book and Resource Fees Due
Many SHC courses utilize texts purchased in bulk by the school on behalf of our students and/or digital resources that the school subscribes to for students. These course resources are in lieu of textbooks that families would otherwise provide. As we end the first quarter, there are still some families who have not paid for these texts and resources. We would appreciate your taking a moment to review the SHC Book and Resource List to confirm that you have paid for any fees associated with your child’s courses; the payment link is on the first page. We will begin to contact individual families in the coming weeks.

Note that all AP courses require the AP Testing Fee, and that this is different from the course resource fees.

Request for Prayers
Jason Cortez, SHC Class of 1997, died yesterday during training as a San Francisco Firefighter (Chronicle Report). Please keep Jason’s family and friends in your prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May Jason’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

As a longtime member of our SHC community shared, “Sacred Heart Cathedral is more than an institution of learning: the past and present administration, faculty, parents, alums and students become a life long extended family in good times and bad. We have experienced heartbreak so many times...questioning the tragedy and asking ‘why’. There are no answers, words barely soothe and faith in God takes a beating. BUT time heals and that community of hope and love never lets go.” May we all strive to live up to these words and this vision in supporting each other.

Be safe, be well, and live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.

Dear SHC Families,

Welcome to October! While I generally express my gratitude and pride for your endurance and unity in navigating the pandemic toward the end of these communications, I want to start off with that expression as San Francisco County recently moved from Substantial (Red) to Moderate (Orange). Thank you all for continuing your physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing healthy hygiene (e.g., washing hands).

End of First Marking Period - October 9
Please note that next Friday, October 9, marks the end of the first academic quarter for the year. Please encourage and support your children as some may exhibit a little worry over making up any missed work and/or completing end of quarter assessments. While always natural at this time of the school year, it might be experienced differently in the current context. Please encourage your SHC student to reach out to school counselors and teachers with questions or concerns. They, too, want to encourage and support their students with end-of-term duties and are working very hard in a new, challenging context.

PE/Health Change for 9th Graders - Parent/Guardian Response Needed
A separate communication is being sent today to all parents/guardians of 9th grade students who are enrolled in first semester PE/Health classes. Given updated SFDPH directives and guidelines, we are looking forward to facilitating the Physical Education (PE) component of the class on-site and in-person for students/families wanting to choose this option. Students/families may continue to participate in PE/Health completely at a distance. The Health component of the class will shift to the first two days of the week (during Block 7 or 8) and remain online while the PE component of the class will shift to Friday mornings and be offered in-person. Online PE options will also be provided for those choosing distance learning. This change will occur at the beginning of the 2nd Quarter (beginning with block 7 Health on Oct. 12).

In order to plan appropriately, we need to know how many students/families will choose each option in the next several days. Knowing the numbers will help make determinations regarding locations and staffing. Please look for that separate email that has more information and respond by Tuesday, October 6.

Student Survey
A student survey regarding the first quarter is scheduled to be sent early next week. We look forward to hearing your feedback regarding your learning this year.

Reopening Process Update
On Tuesday evening (September 29), we received an email from SFDPH that acknowledged receipt of our Letter of Interest from last week and included directions, requirements, waiver application form, and certification form. We plan to complete the necessary documents over the next two weeks. While continuing to aim for a partial reopening date of Nov. 9, I want to share with you some new language found in the application form: “For high schools, we require schools to start re-opening with a staggered approach, starting with lower grades such as 9-10 and then 11-12.” As we had not previously planned for this approach, we will need some time to incorporate it into our planning and communication. We will continue to update you each week with where we are in the process.

Be safe, be well, and live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.


Sincerely,
Gary J. Cannon, EdD
Principal

Dear SHC Families,

This weekend we celebrate the Feast Day of one of our Founders, St. Vincent de Paul. During these times of challenge and ongoing change, I hope these words of St. Vincent may be meaningful to you as they have been to me: “It is a ruse of the devil, by which he deceives good people, to induce them to do more than they are able, so that they end up not being able to do anything. The spirit of God urges one gently to do the good that can be done reasonably, so that it may be done perseveringly and for a long time.“ I hope and pray that each one of us continues to do the good we reasonably can so that we can persevere and do it for the necessary weeks and months to come.

Reopening Process and Calendar Update
Based on the recently updated guidance from the San Francisco Department of Health (SFDPH), we took the first step to returning to in-person, on-site teaching and learning this week by submitting a Letter of Interest. There are several more steps in the process, including an on-site inspection by the SFDPH and waivers to be signed by parents/guardians. Our requested date for a hybrid reopening is Monday, November 9. We will continue to update you as we journey this road together.

Based on recent communication from SFDPH, we will not be able to host the PSAT on-site on Wednesday, October 14. Thus, we are returning that week’s schedule to a regular Distance Schedule week with classes meeting Monday through Thursday (October 12-15) and Founders Friday on October 16.

Athletic Workouts and Physical Education (9th Grade)
Along with the students who have been on campus for learning hubs, this week we introduced on-site athletic workouts for some students in small, stable pods. We are currently planning how to best offer on-site physical education pods to 9th grade students enrolled in first semester PE/Health. All classes would be outdoors and include yoga, strength training, core development, golf, badminton and pickleball. Alternative exercises and assignments to be completed at a distance will be provided for any student who can not or does not want to participate in on-campus PE.

In order to plan stable cohorts and staffing, we will be sending an email to those specific students’ families to determine the number who will be able and willing to participate given the times, transportation needs, and family health decisions.

College Financial Aid Overview
On October 1 at 6:30 pm Jason Lau from the University of San Francisco’s Financial Aid Office will review financial aid processes and forms, types of financial aid, and answer questions about financial aid. This will be a virtual session held on Zoom.

Zoom Link: https://usfca.zoom.us/j/91269284717
Meeting ID: 912 6928 4717)

Upcoming Surveys
We are planning to send a survey to all students and parents sometime next week to get feedback on your experience thus far. We will also be surveying our faculty. Please take time to provide your insights to help us continue what is working well and adjust what can be improved.

Prayers
Please keep the juniors and seniors who will be participating in virtual retreats tonight and tomorrow in your prayers. May God bless them and our Community Life members and faculty/staff who are facilitating these opportunities.

Founders Friday

  • As always, please connect with your teachers and classmates during the Office Hours. It is important to connect, ask questions, and seek clarification (as needed).
  • Come and get fit with Ms. Levine with a Bodyweight Workout this Friday, September 25! The workout starts at 10:15 am, and the link can be found on Schoology.
  • Our second installment of "Hot Ones" starts at 2 pm featuring none other than seniors Sean Fergus and Elena Gandolfo! Who will beat the heat? Come and see!

We are proud of you and our entire community for your endurance and unity as together we navigate this pandemic. Thank you for physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing healthy hygiene (e.g., washing hands).

Be safe, be well, and live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.

Sincerely,
Gary J. Cannon, EdD
Principal

Dear SHC Families,

One of the great privileges in serving as principal is to visit classrooms and watch teachers and students engaged in learning. While different than walking down the hallway and into classrooms, stopping by the Zoom classrooms these past few weeks has reminded me of how dedicated, inventive, and caring our faculty are. It has buoyed my spirits to see and hear our students, your children, engage in classroom discussions in both large and small group (breakout room) settings. I am equally impressed by the commitment, engagement, and determination of our students and of you to make the best of our current context.

School Schedule Update
Based on the information below, the school administration has decided to extend the use of our Distance Schedule through Friday, November 6, 2020.

As stated in our August 17, 2020 communication to you: “In making these decisions, we are attempting to balance our desire to be on-campus and in-person as soon as safely possible and the need for families, teachers, and the school to plan ahead. We want to offer some degree of stability and certainty to the extent that we are able. At present, we think making decisions approximately one month in advance for about one month at a time will strike this balance. Thus, we aim to have our next schedule update go out about one month from now, approximately mid-September.”

On September 1, Mayor London N. Breed, Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Health, and Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, co-Chair of the City’s Economic Recovery Task Force, announced the next steps in San Francisco’s reopening of businesses and activities (press release here). In their announcement, they stated that the current “goal” is to allow high schools to provide in-person learning on a “rolling basis with an approved health and safety plan” sometime in November. On September 8, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) emailed all schools with the following information: “We are now accepting applications for TK-8 grades with the assumption that we will stay in CA red tier or below for this week. We will be accepting applications for high schools later this month and will send a revised application form for 9-12 grades.”

The application for 9-12 grade schools has not yet been released. We plan to apply as soon as the materials become available. We are not certain when that will be or how long the process will take. We do know that as part of school reopening, SFDPH will be conducting on site, in person site assessments. While we look forward to having more and more students on campus, we are proceeding with a commitment to student, faculty, staff and family health and well-being as a priority.

Mass of the Holy Spirit
Friday, September 18 at 1:15 pm

Our opening of the year, all-school virtual Mass will take place this Friday beginning at 1:15 pm. Our presider will be Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ from USF and will feature several student participants as readers, ASL proclaimers, singers, and liturgical dancers. It will also include an opportunity to view the newly installed stain glass windows in our chapel that honor our Founders. These works of art were created by former longtime SHC teacher, Bill Krueger.

The link to the live stream is here. We look forward to seeing all students, faculty, and staff there.

Students should contact their English or Social Studies teachers directly if they need to connect as those office hours tomorrow will be cancelled for the Mass. In the future, we will adjust and shorten office hours so that they all meet prior to the beginning of all school functions like this Mass.

Standardized Testing for Seniors
UPDATE: On Friday, September 18, the SFDPH notified SHC that schools are still unable to administer any in person standardized tests.

While we are still hoping and planning to offer the SAT in-person next Wednesday, Sept. 23, on our campus under the current health guidelines, we are currently waiting to hear back from SFDPH regarding our plans.

We believe the guidelines allow us to provide this opportunity based on the following conditions:

  • Seniors who have registered for the test will be assigned an entrance time of 8 am, 8:30 am, or 9 am.
  • Protocols in place for our on-campus Learning Hubs will be followed. Health check before entering, touchless temperature checks upon entering, masks worn throughout (covering nose and mouth), hand washing/sanitizing on entrance and exit, social distancing maintained at all times, etc.
  • Per SFDPH guidelines, students and staff would be in cohorts of 14 students and 1 adult staff member per classroom. Each cohort will be in a separate classroom with windows open.
  • Only seniors who are not participating in other pods/hubs at SHC (physical education/conditioning, leaning hubs, etc.) or elsewhere are allowed to take the SAT.
  • Thus, for these students, it would be similar to a pod/hub that is for small groups, supports their educational endeavors, is not a class or in-person learning, could be considered a small/stable cohort for a three week period (even though most test-takers will only meet once for a 3 hour period).

Given the last two bullet points above, therefore, any senior who wants to take the SAT on campus next Wednesday would not be able to participate in any other hub/pod for three weeks (until October 14). Thus, any senior who wants to participate in a Physical Education/Conditioning Pod will have to decide whether they want to start that next week and not participate in the SAT on September 23 or if they want to participate in the SAT and begin participation in a Physical Education/Conditioning Pod starting three weeks later. The conflict and decision-making are required by the current guidelines to support our health and the health of those around us. Seniors who have decided not to take the SAT are asked to notify Mr. Fickenscher immediately.

We will update seniors and senior families as soon as we have updated information about whether the test will be happening or not. We will follow a similar process with the ACT on October 6.

The Common Good
As a matter of public health, we encourage you all (in consultation with your primary health care provider) to get the flu shot this fall per CDC and SFDPH recommendations.

The challenges we all face are real and difficult. We are proud of you and our entire community for your endurance and unity as together we navigate this pandemic. Thank you for physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing healthy hygiene (e.g., washing hands). Our ability to return to in-person learning depends on following these protocols going forward. Let us continue to pray for one another and those most severely impacted by this disease and by the fires in our area.

Be safe, be well, and live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.

Dear SHC families,

Thanks to all the parents and guardians who joined us for Back to School Night (Sept. 3), the Frosh Counseling Meeting (Sept. 9) and/or the first Parent Association Meeting (Sept. 9) of the year. It’s been another unique week with weather and air quality. The smoke-filled skies create a powerful visual to reflect the difficult and important work we share in protecting and supporting ourselves, our families and our school community. I am incredibly grateful for your effort and sacrifice. My prayer is for each one of us, walking this journey together, to see with eyes of faith and trust in a God who loves us and is willing to suffer with and for us. In a special way, we ask God’s blessings on all those affected by the fires in California.

Stay safe, be well, and may God bless you.

Students On Campus
Under the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) Out of School Time (OST) Programs Public Health Directive (Sept. 1, 2020), we will be having some students on campus for specific reasons and meeting specific requirements. All of these offerings are optional and are not required of any student or family.

Bay Scholar Learning Hubs (September 8)
In collaboration with Bay Scholars, a non-profit organization that “promotes a life-altering experience connecting promising youth with transformative educational opportunities at Bay Area Catholic college-prep high schools,” we began to provide a space for about 25 students to do their distance learning from classrooms on our campus. We are only able to provide this opportunity under specific guidelines and for specific SHC individuals/families.

Physical Education Conditioning Pods (September 21)
We are planning to invite some 10-12 grade students on campus to participate in exercise and conditioning. We will begin with programs that ran camps in the summer months and have experience with the necessary COVID-19 mitigation protocols. All Pods will be outdoors and consist of stable groups (students and adults).

9th Grade Physical Education Pods (October 12)
We are planning to bring 9th grade students enrolled in first semester PE/Health on campus at the beginning of the second quarter. Classes will include yoga, strength training, core development, golf, badminton and pickleball. All Pods will be outdoors and consist of stable groups (students and adults). Alternative exercises and assignments to be completed at a distance will be provided for any who do not want to participate on-campus.

School Schedule Update
As previously communicated, we will continue our Distance Schedule through at least October 9, the end of the first quarter. In terms of planning for the second quarter, some new information and processes have recently been communicated by the state and local public health department.

The State of California recently changed its approach to how and when schools might open for in-person instruction. On August 28, the state moved from a monitoring list that was updated daily to a tiered assessment (four levels) that is updated weekly. Shortly thereafter, SFDPH announced on September 4 that the waiver process for schools to apply to reopen was going to be expanded from K-6 schools/students to K-12 schools/students. After the holiday weekend, on September 8, SFDPH clarified and updated their communication that the process and forms for high schools interested in applying for a waiver to reopen for in-person instruction were still being developed and would be sent out later this month.

We want to keep you updated with the information we receive. As our public health officials and elected officials continue to refine and update their orders, directives, and guidelines, we will continue to refine and update our own. While we look forward to having more and more students on campus, we are proceeding with a commitment to student, faculty, staff and family health and well-being as a priority.

Sincerely,
Gary J. Cannon, EdD
Principal

Dear SHC families,

We are looking forward to having you in our virtual classrooms tonight for Back to School Night. If you have any technical issues, please email support@shcp.edu and we will respond as soon as possible.

I wish you all a restful Labor Day Weekend! Please note the school is closed on Monday, September 7. Classes will meet Tuesday through Friday next week. Founders Friday will resume on September 18.

Stay safe, be well, and God bless you all.

Back to School Night 2020: TONIGHT
The SHC Faculty extend a warm invitation to our parents and guardians for Back To School Night 2020, happening TONIGHT from 6-8:30 pm. Please click here for instructions to join, which direct parents and guardians to the links posted on each of your child’s Schoology course pages OR the document your son/daughter shared with you earlier this week. The evening’s schedule follows.

*Note that not all students have a block 7, 8, or 9, and that only the 9th Grade students enrolled in First Semester PE/Health classes will meet at Back to School Night.

Class Block / Meeting Time
Block 1 — 6-6:10 pm
Block 2 — 6:15-6:25 pm
Block 3 — 6:30-6:40 pm
Block 4 — 6:45-6:55 pm
Block 5 — 7-7:10 pm
Block 6 — 7:15-7:25 pm
*Block 7 — 7:35-7:45 pm
*Block 8 — 7:50-8 pm
*Block 9 — 8:10-8:20 pm


Virtual Retreat Opportunities
Juniors and Seniors received information via email about upcoming retreat opportunities. Both retreats will be entirely virtual, and will take place outside of academic class time.

The Fall Junior Retreat will be offered four times in the fall from 7-10 pm on Thursday evenings. The Senior Retreat will begin Thursday evening and run from 7-9:45 pm and continue Friday with two sessions. The morning session will run from 9-11:30 am and we will finish out in the afternoon from 12:15-3 pm.

Juniors and Seniors should consult the email to sign up for a date that works for them. If you have questions, please contact Mr. O’Regan for the Junior Retreat, and Mr. Schmitz for the Senior Retreat.

Founders Friday - Sept. 4

  • 10:30 am: First Semester, Bl. 7 PE/Health
  • 11:30am: First Semester, Bl. 8 PE/Health
  • 1:15-2 pm: ACTIVITY FAIR: All students are encouraged to find out about all of this year’s clubs and student organizations, and attend the virtual Activity Fair. If you are new to a club, feel free to pop into the Zoom link listed. If you are a member from a prior year, you are welcome to fill out the appropriate signup sheet. All links can be found on the Founders Friday Schoology page.
  • 2 pm: Frosh Fam Time
  • Office Hours
    • 9 am — LOTE
    • 10 am — Math
    • 11 am — Religious Studies
    • Noon — Science
    • 1 pm — Social Studies & College Advising
    • 2 pm — English

Technology Shout Out: Update for Chromebook Users
We recently discovered an issue that some Chromebook users were having with Zoom Breakout rooms. Our Director of Information Technology Jerry Vigil created a solution for our faculty to use while also working with Zoom to address the issue directly. Yesterday evening, Zoom created a patch that has been applied and seems to have resolved the issues. We will continue to monitor and do all we can to provide strong support for our students and faculty. Thank you to Mr. Vigil for addressing this issue and for helping Zoom improve their product and services.

Dear SHC Families,

Congratulations on making it through the first several days of the 20-21 school year! It has been an unique start for all of us. Thank you for all you’re doing to make the experience a positive and enriching one for your children, our students. 

As the United States Postal Service has been in the news recently, I’m reminded of their unofficial motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” In our context, I think of you and what our unofficial motto could be: “Neither COVID, nor fires, nor air quality, nor rolling blackouts, nor Schoology disruptions, nor Zoom software updates, will stay these parents from ensuring that their children are engaging in learning.” Today, for those faculty who were teaching from their on-campus classrooms and their students, we added an unexpected fire alarm/drill - still we persevered! Thank you for all you’re doing on behalf of your sons and daughters. A few updates and reminders are shared below.

Stay safe, be well, and God bless you all.


Back to School Night 2020
The SHC Faculty extend a warm invitation to our parents and guardians for Back To School Night 2020, happening online next Thursday, September 3, from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Please use the Back to School Night links posted on each of your child’s Schoology course pages OR the links your son/daughter will share with you next Monday to join each course. (The students do not yet know that they will be helping us with the invitation, but they are strong collaborators!) The evening’s schedule follows. *Note that not all students have a block 7, 8, or 9, and that only the 9th Grade students enrolled in First Semester PE/Health classes will meet at Back to School Night.

Class Block / Meeting Time

Block 1 — 6 - 6:10 pm
Block 2 — 6:15 - 6:25
Block 3 —6:30 - 6:40
Block 4 — 6:45 - 6:55
Block 5 — 7 - 7:10
Block 6 — 7:15 - 7:25
*Block 7 — 7:35 - 7:45
*Block 8 — 7:50 - 8:00
*Block 9 — 8:10 - 8:20

While our counselors and advisors will not be part of Back to School night programming, they have been and will host meetings such as the Frosh Parent & Guardian Counseling Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 9th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm (links forthcoming), and are happy to work with individual parents who email them directly.

Founders Friday

9th Grade Students
A reminder that those enrolled in PE/Health for the first semester are required to attend these classes on Founders Friday at the following times. Links for both PE and Health are posted on the course Schoology pages.

Block 7: 10:30 - 11:15

Block 8: 11:30 - 12:15

Frosh Fam time starts promptly at 1:00pm and ALL 9th graders are expected to attend. Students have received an email from their Frosh Fam leader.

All Students
SHC Hot Ones premieres at 2 pm. This week’s conversation features Mr. Rocha interviewing Mr. Lim and Ms. Villa from the Admissions Office.

When they are not participating in other Founders Fridays’ activities, please encourage your children to attend office hours. Faculty plan units that require work and engagement throughout the week, including Friday and some weekend homework. Office hours provide an opportunity for clarification, questions, and academic support. Moreover, it is another opportunity to connect, unite, and build community with peers while supporting their own learning.

Office Hours

9 am — LOTE
10 am — Math
11 am — Religious Studies
Noon — Science
1 pm — Social Studies & College Advising
2 pm — English

Parent Association Survey for Planning
Please take a few moments to complete the Parents Association survey linked here (and posted on the Parents Association Schoology page) by Friday, September 4th. Your responses will help determine the programming for this year’s monthly Parents Association meetings.

Information on Student ID cards
The recent State Law SB-972 requires the following information to be listed on the back of Student ID cards in the State of California: a Crisis Text Line, a National Domestic Violence Hotline, and a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. As some students will be taking pictures tomorrow and receiving their Student ID cards, we wanted to make you aware of this law and the information printed on these cards.

Cohorts for future on-campus, in-person/hybrid learning
For your future planning purposes, below are the cohorts, by grade, for when we are able to be back on campus. We found that dividing the cohorts at different spots alphabetically for each grade level yielded the most class sections that will have 16 or fewer students in a class meeting. What follows are the names for each dividing point by grade level. Based on these divisions, there are some sibling pairs that would fall into separate cohorts. We will contact those families individually about which cohort they have been assigned.

Blue Cohort
9th Grade: Adelman, D. to MacNamara, A.
10th Grade: Abbot, I. to Lee, J.
11th Grade: Aclan, S. to Lew, D.
12th Grade: Alapati, I. to Johns, I.

Green Cohort
9th Grade: Madden, S. to Zhong, M.
10th Grade: Li, K. to Zwolinski, J.
11th Grade: Lewis, K. to Zhao, A.
12th Grade: Jones, E. to Zogaric, H.

An Important Closing Note on Race and Justice
We have all seen footage of the recent events in Kenosha, Wisconsin - a police shooting of Jacob Blake, subsequent protests and the shooting of protesters by a 17-year-old boy. These painful realities impact us all, including our students. We encourage you to talk with your children about these issues and have them reach out to their school counselor or a trusted teacher, moderator, coach to talk.

In April, we communicated the following to the entire SHC community:

"Our mission statement calls us to "provide the finest education in an inclusive Catholic community of faith.” In order to achieve this mission, our education must include clear and effective teaching on inclusion, anti-racism, equity and justice. We endeavor to inculcate in our students the intrinsic dignity of each person throughout our curriculum and our co-curricular programs. In order to more effectively realize this fundamental aspect of our mission, we are establishing a task force that will: 1) Help guide professional development in equity and inclusion required of all faculty during the coming year; 2) Liaison with school administration to focus on promoting equity and inclusion in academics, co-curriculars, and campus life; 3) Research and help select professional partner organizations that can assist in on-going professional development and student development in this area; and 4) Collaborate with the WCEA/WASC Accreditation Visiting Team to help define and articulate future goals, steps, and resources to promote a culture of inclusion and respect that pervades our entire campus and community.

Later in the Spring, we created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group that Dr. Angelic Bailon is coordinating. In the weeks leading up to this academic year, we included professional development for all our faculty and staff with an external consultant. We know that many of our faculty have integrated the difficult realities experienced this week into their curriculum and classroom conversations. As we continue through this year, and in the years to come, we are committed by our mission to address issues of equity and justice throughout our curriculum and programming.

Dear SHC Families and Students,



Based on the current health indicators and our communication with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and in consultation with the Brothers, Daughters, and Archdiocese of San Francisco, the school administration has decided to extend the use of our Distance Schedule through October 9, 2020, the end of the first marking period.



In making these decisions, we are attempting to balance our desire to be on-campus and in-person as soon as safely possible and the need for families, teachers, and the school to plan ahead. We want to offer some degree of stability and certainty to the extent that we are able. At present, we think making decisions approximately one month in advance for about one month at a time will strike this balance. Thus, we aim to have our next schedule update go out about one month from now, approximately mid-September.



We want to reiterate that our faculty have been and will continue to develop online teaching as our primary instructional delivery method (or as the primary vehicle for sharing curriculum and developing skills). We will continue to prioritize connecting with students in various ways and providing a continuity of learning no matter what schedule is used as we adjust to an ever-changing pandemic. Daily attendance for all classes will be taken at the beginning of each class period. Founders Fridays offer more opportunities for connection. We are planning a variety of spirit-building, faith formation, and online social activities to engage students beyond the digital classroom. Some of this programming will also take place in the Founders Programming time noted on Monday - Thursday afternoons.



In addressing the current context, we are called to unite as people of faith and hope, modeling these virtues for our students, your children. Please encourage them to keep to an established routine throughout the week and to ensure they are getting enough sleep. Encourage them to go outside and to exercise each day, if possible. As a matter of public health, we encourage you all (in consultation with your primary health care provider) to get the flu shot this fall per CDC and SFDPH recommendations. 



The challenges we all face are real and difficult. We are proud of you and our entire community for your endurance and unity as together we navigate this pandemic. Thank you for physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing healthy hygiene (e.g., washing hands). Our ability to return to on-campus, in-person learning depends on following these protocols going forward. Let us continue to pray for one another and those most severely impacted by this disease.



Be safe, be well, and live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.

Sincerely,
Gary J. Cannon, EdD
Principal

P.S. At the suggestion of some families, we will be sending out a Google Form for anyone who wants to connect with other SHC families in their neighborhoods. While the school will not be involved in setting up any student “learning pods” (virtually or in-person), we are happy to connect families who may have some interest in supporting one another in this way. We ask that everyone comply with all health orders and directives from the SFDPH (see below regarding “learning pods”) to keep yourselves, each other, and our community safe.



The SHC form will ask you to fill out your name (parent/guardian name), the school year of your child/children (9, 10, 11, 12), your zip code, your email address, and a phone number (optional). If you choose to participate, you will be granting us permission to share this information with the other families in your zip code who participate. No one is required to participate. This is completely voluntary.



Learning Pods (per SFDPH)
SFDPH has released a tip sheet for parents and caregivers who are forming learning pods. As of August 2020, indoor gatherings with people outside your household are not permitted. This tip sheet gives you information and resources to help you assess the risk and benefits of joining a Learning Pod and provides guidance on reducing risks if you choose to participate.



Tip Sheet: Reducing COVID-19 Risks for Learning Pods:
https://www.sfdph.org/dph/aler...

Please check the following sites for regular COVID-19 updates:

https://www.sfcdcp.org/communi...

https://sf.gov/topics/coronavi...

https://www.sfcdcp.org/infecti...

https://data.sfgov.org/stories...

https://oewd.org/assistance-gu...

As we noted in our July 1 communication to all of our current families, “new information and changing circumstances may require us all to adjust our schedule, both at the beginning and throughout the school year.” As of Friday, July 17, San Francisco County has been newly placed on the state’s Monitoring List. Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health have declared that no school may conduct in-person learning until their county is off the Monitoring List for at least 14 days.


Our planning for fall included three schedules that use the same structure and times for consistency, simplicity and adaptability. At this point, we will utilize our Distance Learning schedule to begin this school year (view schedules). To most effectively plan and to provide as smooth an opening to the school year as possible, we are committed to using our Distance Learning schedule until at least September 4.

As also stated in our July 1 communication, our faculty are developing online teaching as our primary instructional delivery method (or as the primary vehicle for sharing curriculum and developing skills). We will continue to prioritize connecting with students in various ways and providing a continuity of learning no matter what schedule is used as we adjust to an ever-changing pandemic. Daily attendance for all classes will be taken.

Please note that the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has finalized their decision to delay high school sports until December or January (CIF info).

As we have consistently reinforced in all our communications, SHC students, faculty and staff, and families have a shared responsibility to protect one another. As service-oriented leaders committed to living the Gospel, we are called to walk this journey together and to focus on the common good. Thank you for physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing healthy hygiene (e.g., washing hands). You all continue to be in our prayers.

Be safe, be well, and live Jesus in our hearts, Forever.

Sincerely,
Melinda Lawlor Skrade, PhD
President

Gary J. Cannon, EdD
Principal

Information for Students & Families

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*Please note that SHC will begin the school year with the Distance Learning schedule.

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