On March 13, St. Francis Elementary closed its physical doors to all students and implemented distance learning. Teachers pulled out all of the stops and with the support of our technology department learning shifted online. Chrome books were made available to all students that needed them. Students signed up with platforms such as, Google Classroom, Zoom, Freckle, Duolingo and Khan Academy to continue their studies. On top of academics teachers and staff continued to boost students' and their families morale and important sense of belonging to community through fun Fridays, quizzes, story time, challenges, social media, and zooms check-in's.
During the 2020 summer, the principals, the staff and the CSAC board worked tirelessly to create a document with a strict list of protocols and facility updates to ensure the safety of our school community on the physical return to school. Until that is possible we have a vibrant distance learning plan that is consistent across grade levels, age and developmentally appropriate, reflects a regular school day and builds on the successes of the distance learning that we implemented in March. In all of this, great thought and care has been given to the emotional and spiritual health and well-being of our students, staff and families.
This year will be challenging, but with community support and the love and care that we have for one another, we will work through it together.
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible"St. Francis of Assisi
Sacramento Diocese regarding the waiver process and Covid-19.
Meetings to discuss Waiver Process:
St Francis Parish Council - August 11, 2020
SFE Teachers - August 11, 2020
SFE CSAC Board - August 12, 2020
Waiver Approved: September 10, 2020
School opened for in-person teaching under the waiver for the lower grades: September 21, 2020
(Families in lower grades have the option to remain on distance learning)
Upper grades will remain on distance learning at this time.