The teachers will be adjusting their plans to meet this extended time table. Even though it effectively adds approximately three more weeks of distance learning, the students will only miss out on seven days in which they would have been in the classroom. This is due to the Easter Holiday that would have taken place from April 9 to April 19. (Not to worry, no school work will be assigned during the normally scheduled Easter Holiday.)
The teachers will scan and email all needed learning materials to the students and/or parents. Parents can then print worksheets as needed. We recognize that not everyone has printing capabilities so we are prepared to mail packets to any students who need them. Please keep all paper assignments in a safe place and we will discuss how we will turn in those assignments at a later date.
We have had a few inquiries regarding the rationale for the date that has been set for returning to school. I am following the recommendations of the Department of Catholic Schools and I know they are looking at the guidelines set by the Los Angeles County Office of Public Health. We all recognize the fluid nature of this unprecedented event and that dates can change as more knowledge is gained on a day-to-day basis. That being said, the date we return to the Saint Charles building could change and that decision rests with the archdiocese and the pastor and myself. I will let you know if the date changes as soon as I know.
We will have limited office hours in the mornings starting March 30 from Monday through Thursday while distance learning continues. As of now, we will have one employee in the school office on those days to perform needed administrative duties.
Let me just say that I have been so impressed by your efforts and the teachers’ efforts to make this unexpected transition possible. To think that the Saint Charles School family was able to create an online learning experience for the students in a matter of days is unprecedented in the history of our school and archdiocese. I know this not what you expected to be doing during these difficult times. My hope is that your children look back on this and thank you and their teachers for what you all have done. I would like you to know how much I appreciate the numerous positive messages the teachers and I received from you.
If you have questions for me, the best way to reach me is through email. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to make this experience the best it can possibly be for everyone in our school community.
God Bless Us All
John Genova, Principal