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Friday, July 24, 2020

Ciao La Scuola Families,

Happy Friday! This is a long email on a Friday night, so we hope that you will read it while you are sipping your favorite drink or that you will simply leave it to tomorrow morning, we will be here and ready for your questions next week.

With our school start days quickly approaching, we are writing to share with you our plans for the first day of school for Preschool and PYP (K-Grade 5). Plans for MYP (Grades 6-8) will be shared on Monday.

From the beginning of this long summer, our commitment to our families has been in-person learning in compliance with SFDPH Guidelines for schools on all three campuses, unless otherwise mandated by government and health officials. We are happy to share that our Preschool will open as scheduled on August 4, and according to current information from city officials, preschools and daycares are not and should not be impacted by future Covid-19 shutdowns. 

During Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement last Friday, he shared guidance on reopening schools, much of which is in-line with our Campus Reopening Plans. He also announced that schools in counties placed on the States watchlist cannot reopen, but K-5 programs could reopen if granted a waiver. We are waiting for the waiver to be available to start the process. 

Mayor London Breed also shared last Friday that San Francisco County was added to California’s watchlist. We will only be permitted to open our doors for in-person instruction for K-8 if we are not on the watchlist for 14 consecutive days prior to our anticipated start dates or if we are able to obtain a waiver for Elementary (K-5). This means that we do not yet know if we can open K-5 in person and pending our presence on the watchlist, we may have to start Middle School (6-8) remotely. 

We continue to believe that in-person learning, in compliance with re-opening guidelines, is ideal for our younger students. 

As Dr. Sanjay Basu shared with us on July 16, current research shows that Covid-19 mostly spreads through adult to adult transmission, not by young children. This is not to say we do not sincerely hope we can welcome our Middle School students back. 

We will also continue to ensure that our faculty and staff are also protected by implementing the SFDPH guidelines and going beyond whenever possible. Our Summer Programs were a great opportunity to refine our procedures and we are grateful to everyone that participated!

I want to share a very special thank you with all our faculty and staff. Our Admin Team and Teaching teams have been working overtime all summer to ensure that our children and families have the best possible school year regardless of where we are. I'm truly proud of our entire team, Grazie Mille!

Please take the time to review the Continuous Learning Plans for PreK-Grade 5. Middle School plans will be shared early next week. Your Division Head will also be sharing more details in the coming week regarding the first day of school. 


Attend a School Reopening Virtual Q&A Event Next Week

We understand that each family must make the decision to attend in-person or remotely depending on your circumstances and situation. We want to make sure you have all the information to make these decisions and so we are hosting a School Reopening Virtual Q&A for all classes. Parents, please search your email for "Virtual Q&A Events" to find the links for these events:

Monday, July 27
5-6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 28
4-5 p.m.

Thursday, July 30
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Kinder-Grade 2
Wednesday, July 29
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Grades 3-5
Thursday, July 30
5-6 p.m.

We are truly grateful for your support at this challenging time. The last few months have turned our world upside down and we are adjusting to the changes the pandemic has brought to us. This is a time when we should look at our children and be inspired by their resilience and adaptability and be reminded of how fortunate we have all been to enjoy freedom, peace, health, and yes, hugs! Being part of our La Scuola community will make us stronger together and we can continue to travel the winding roads ahead. We will eventually reach a beautiful destination at the end of the tunnel.

Con stima e affetto,

Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D.
Head of School