Dear SJS Parents,
I am writing to provide additional information regarding the launch of our remote learning program, Virtual@SJS, which begins on Wednesday, August 19. You will be receiving more detailed information regarding the daily schedule for Virtual@SJS later this afternoon from your child’s division head. As we continue to navigate the challenges related to COVID-19, we understand that there may be individual circumstances that will dictate a decision for a student to continue to learn remotely even when we return to campus. It is important to note that the on-campus experience cannot be easily replicated, yet we remain committed to assisting and serving those students who need to remain in a remote learning setting for a longer period of time.
As you will learn in each divisional communication, remote learning this fall will be significantly enhanced from last spring, particularly as it relates to the design of the schedule, with more intentional touchpoints, classes that meet more frequently, the inclusion of co-curricular programs, as well as Chapel services and assemblies. In addition, the School has invested in an expanded digital toolkit to include technology that enables a more dynamic virtual experience.
As noted in our previous communication, the School’s decision to postpone in-person learning until September 8 is contingent upon improved COVID-19 conditions in Houston. We will carefully monitor the situation over the next several weeks and anticipate announcing on August 24 whether or not we will need to postpone in-person learning beyond September 8.
In order to help us plan the best possible experience for students, we ask families who are certain they will not be able to return to in-person learning for the foreseeable future to complete this form by August 10
. While we are committed to serving all students, those who remain in the extended remote learning program will not be able to participate in any on-campus activity, including athletics and fine arts.
In the midst of our planning, there has been one constant theme and that is the ever-changing dynamics that COVID-19 presents. The highly fluid nature of this pandemic requires us to remain flexible and adaptable. I can assure you that in the coming weeks and months ahead we will have to be ready to pivot and adjust. We are extremely fortunate with the configuration of our campus and the talent and expertise of our community that we have been able to prepare for a variety of different circumstances. As we have mentioned from the outset, the health and safety of our students, families, faculty, and staff remain at the forefront of all our efforts and decision making.
Thank you for your continued patience, support, and involvement as we get ready and look forward to a new school year.