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SFUSD extends campus closures to May 1

Updated: March 25, 2020 at 1:15 p.m.

The San Francisco Unified School District extended the expected date for students to return to campus to May 1.

Schools were initially set to reopen on April 6 and the district chose to lengthen the closures for the health of students and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Bay Area, according to a Wednesday SFUSD press release.

International Baccaulaureate 2020 Exams cancelled

Updated: March 23, 2020 at 7:40 p.m.

The International Baccalaureate Organization cancelled the May 2020 Diploma Programme exams on Monday, citing health concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the importance of social distancing.

Exams were scheduled to take place April 30 through May 22. The IBO canceled 2020 examinations for the first time in the organization’s history, according to a post on the IBO website.

Read more at: https://broadview.sacredsf.org/16650/breaking_news/international-baccalaureate-diploma-programme-2020-exams-canceled/ 

Remote classes begin Wednesday

Updated: March 17, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Even though Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that most California schools will likely remain closed through the end of the school year due to COVID-19, Convent & Stuart Hall students will begin remote learning on March 18. 

President Ann Marie Krejcarek sent an email to the Convent & Stuart Hall community this evening in which she outlined a new alternating Red/Blue schedule. 

Convent & Stuart Hall High School’s daily schedule will run Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting tomorrow with Mondays as teacher preparation days.

Tuesdays and Thursdays will follow the Blue Day schedule with E, F, G and H Periods and Wednesdays and Fridays will follow the Red Day schedule with A, B, C and D Periods. There will no longer be flipped schedules on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Friday mornings will also include community time — Advisory, Chapel or Class Meetings — 9 to 9:20 a.m. 

Students should continue to wear attire appropriate for the school day, sit in a distraction free environment and refrain from snacking and using other devices during online class meetings via Zoom, according to Krejcarek’s email.

Students will continue to use the Blackbaud Learning Management System to access classwork and homework assignments, and can also check SFCorConnect, the school’s new resource for organizing the remote learning plan if they have additional questions. 

Students who are unsure how to meet their classes on Wednesday or Thursday should contact their teachers via email for instructions, according to Head of School Rachel Simpson.

Consider others and stay home

Updated: March 16, 2020 at 10:20 p.m.

Leaving the house to meet up with friends or inviting classmates over to complete homework assignments may seem harmless for teenagers who are not as likely to suffer complications from COVID-19, but choosing to ignore quarantine measures can hinder the safety of the greater community and containment of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 has caused 6,610 deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and in order to prevent the Bay Area from adding to the growing list, we must decrease the number of cases and “flatten the curve,” which can only be done with adequate protective measures.

Read more at https://broadview.sacredsf.org/16556/opinion/editorial-consider-others-and-stay-home/

‘Shelter in place’ enforced for San Franciscans

Updated: March 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced today via a YouTube live stream that a “shelter in place” order for all San Francisco residents effective midnight tonight, requiring them to stay home except for essential needs in order to slow the spread of the virus until at least April 7.

Breed’s order came following a 14% increase in positive coronavirus cases in California, with 511 cases reported and six deaths so far. More than a third of all positive cases and two of the deaths were in Santa Clara County.

Read more at https://broadview.sacredsf.org/16547/breaking_news/mayor-announces-shelter-in-place-protocol/#photo

Campuses to close until at least April 7

Updated: March 16, 2020 at 2 p.m.

The Broadway and Pine/Octavia campuses will be closed from March 17 through at least April 7. Students are advised to come to campus until 6 p.m. Monday and pick up essential resources, according to an email sent to the Convent & Stuart Hall community by President Ann Marie Krejcarek.

Courses to resume online for high school students on Wednesday

Updated: March 15, 2020 at 4:16 p.m.

As COVID-19 spreads through the country and with 37 confirmed cases in San Francisco as of 10 a.m. today, Convent & Stuart Hall is transitioning to online learning as means of students and teachers to maintain social distancing.

Students will be participating in their classes online using Zoom, a group video chat application and app, along with the school’s learning management system to continue classes while campus is closed. Teachers will work on their lesson plans and preparations for online instruction on March 16 and 17, with online classes officially starting on March 18.

Read more at https://broadview.sacredsf.org/16535/news/courses-to-resume-for-high-school-students-online-on-wednesday

Convent & Stuart Hall to move to online instruction next week

Updated: March 12, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Convent & Stuart Hall’s classes will be suspended March 16 and 17, although campus will be open for students to work independently on course assignments and projects and for the professional community to engage with digital platforms according to the COVID-19 response page on the school website. Starting March 18, the administration plans to activate distance learning strategies. This initial phase of distance learning will inform the future plan.

More high schools close due to COVID-19

This story was updated on March 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. to include updates about the Urban School and the Bay School

Updated: March 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

The Drew School will be closed effective immediately through April 13 due to COVID-19 concerns despite a lack of cases in the community according to an announcement on the school website. March 12-16 will be used as faculty workdays to prepare for Drew Online Learning that will launch on March 17. The announcement details that the school reached the decision after much deliberation and in consultation with many peer schools.

University High School will have an in-service day on March 12 and classes will not meet, but students are welcome to come to campus and pick up items, meet with teachers and get instructional technology support according to an announcement on the school website. Beginning March 12, all athletic activities will be canceled and the campus will be closed beginning March 13 through at least March 29 due to COVID-19 concerns despite a lack of cases within the community. Distance learning will begin on March 16 and the closure will be revisited at that time.

Lick-Wilmerding High School will have a modified schedule on March 12 for students to connect with teachers in the event that a Lick-Wilmerding closure will take place in the coming days according to the COVID-19 Resources and Updates page on the school website. The campus will be closed on March 13 and students and families will be informed as to the next steps regarding possible school closure and implementation of the distance learning plan. The campus is set to reopen March 16, but the administration encourages students to take home items that they would need at home for distance learning.

The Urban School of San Francisco has made the decision to hold class online starting March 17 through the 27th due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to the school website. The administration will evaluate the re-opening on an ongoing basis and the closure applies to all athletics and afternoon activities as well.

The Virtual Urban plan online will be enacted for the spring term and the administration has advised students and families to check the website over the next couple of days for relevant details. While the Urban community is currently on trimester break, it will be extended into the closure period for the next two weeks.

The Bay School of San Francisco announced it will hold class online starting March 13 through the 27th. The school will be transitioning to distanced learning. March 13 will be used as a technology test day and Bay’s Distance Learning Program will launch on March 16.

Convent & Stuart Hall remains only Catholic San Francisco high school open

Updated: March 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

As of now, Convent & Stuart Hall High School remains the only Catholic high school not affected by a COVID-19 closure. Under the archdiocesan closure, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Mercy High School in San Francisco, ICA Cristo Rey Academy and Archbishop Riordan High School have canceled classes and extracurriculars until March 25. Additionally, 10 Catholic preschools and 25 elementary schools have been affected by the closure and will abide by the two-week closing period.

Lowell High School — the only San Francisco public school affected by a COVID-19 closure so far — is scheduled to reopen March 11. Lowell’s closure was due to a case of the coronavirus contracted by a parent that is currently being treated.

Lowell High School to restart classes on March 11

Updated: March 10, 2020 at 6:15 p.m.

The San Francisco Unified School District plans to reopen Lowell High School on March 11. The reopening comes after guidance from health experts and the current state of the infected patient. SFUSD has extensively cleaned the school in an attempt to reinstate a healthy campus for students.

Convent & Stuart Hall to remain open despite archdiocesan closures

Updated: March 10, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.

President Ann Marie Krejcarek sent an email to the Convent & Stuart Hall community detailing that the closure of archdiocesan schools across the Bay Area does not affect the school as it is not within the network of archdiocesan schools. There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the archdiocesan schools, so the announcement made previously by the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco applied to those specific situations.

Krejcarek confirmed that the community currently does not have confirmed cases of COVID-19 and that the school continues to deep clean and sanitize the buildings every night as well as take measures to create social distancing.

A forum held by the Marin County Office of Education last night was referenced in the email which practical steps were outlined in controlling the situation including specific parameters causing a school closure, proper protocol in cleaning surfaces, and cancelling indoor events with more than 100 attendees.

The email ended with an anecdote detailing the administration’s inclination to take every step possible to prevent a school closure.

Local SAT testing centers closed for March 14 exams

Updated: March 10, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

The College Board has closed some testing centers in the city of San Francisco for the March 14 SAT including Archbishop Riordan High School, ICA Cristo Rey Academy, and Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory due to COVID-19 and a makeup date or testing location is to be determined for these San Francisco locations.

For other schools around the Bay Area like Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, the College Board provided an alternate testing location at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, CA, but for others, like Carlmont High School in Belmont, California, the College Board cannot support a makeup at this test center.

SF Catholic schools to close for two weeks

Updated: March 10, 2020 at 4:18 p.m.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco wrote in a public announcement that all 90 schools under the Archdiocese in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties will close its school buildings and cancel classes from March 12-25 due to COVID-19.

The closure includes community events, fundraisers and field trips and ensures that the school buildings will be closed for the entirety of the period.

The Archdiocese is working in collaboration with the CDC, local health departments and executive leadership across the California Catholic Diocese to closely monitor the situation.

Check back for information as it becomes available about how this announcement will affect students at Convent & Stuart Hall.

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