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La Scuola to Close on March 16

Care Famiglie,

Together, we are facing a very challenging health crisis in our community and globally. From the beginning of COVID-19, we have taken actions rooted in science, facts and the knowledge shared by health experts and departments. We are proud to have faced this together with compassion and kindness, holding to the values that La Scuola community stands for.

Beginning March 16, all three La Scuola campuses are closed for at least three weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please know there have been no cases to date of COVID-19 in our community. We are hopeful that we will be able to reopen after Spring Break, but we do not have enough information now to finalize this date.

We have been following the guidance of the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health and implementing preventive and responsive measures. In light of the local request that all citizens practice measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, and the announcement by SFUSD that their schools will be closing, it is now time for La Scuola to act swiftly. With all the schools - private, public and parochial - closing we hope that we can have an impact and influence the local government officials and taking steps towards quarantine, which science tells us is the only known and measurable step that will slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Our Continuity of Education Plan will begin on March 17 for all K-8 students. Please let your Division Heads know if you do not have internet access at home. We are here to help you if you don’t. Families will receive emails from their Division Heads and teachers in the coming days with instructions for getting started. Our faculty has been working hard on getting ready for this day and we are grateful and proud of them for their response and commitment to avoid an interruption of the students’ learning experience. 

We are confident this plan ensures we continue to offer an engaging and transformative learning experience. Our Leadership Team will continue providing regular updates to keep you informed. As we receive continuous updates and make the necessary changes and adjustments, we appreciate your patience and support.

Please View the Continuity of Education Plans:

As a school community, as a City and together with the rest of the world we face a challenging situation because of COVID-19. Together we can help by “flattening the curve”. When you talk to your children remind them that this too will pass, that they are safe with you and that a better future awaits them.  Here are some great tips from Unicef on how to talk to your child. We know that families are under lots of stress for many reasons at this time, especially as the situation continues to evolve globally. Many of us are parents and please know that we feel for you, we stand with you and we are here for you. 

We understand the uncertainty of the situation and appreciate if you can direct any questions or concerns about whether school policy-related directly to Dani Sollberger and continue to refer to our COVID-19 Resource page. For curriculum questions please email your Division Heads. 

While the future impact of the COVID-19 is unclear, what remains clear is our strength and togetherness as a La Scuola community. We must keep working together to overcome this virus as a nation and as humankind. 

Con Stima e affetto,

Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D., Head of School
& La Scuola Leadership, Faculty & Staff