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K-8 Waiver Updates & School Reopening Parent Q&A

Friday, September 11, 2020

Ciao La Scuola Community,

I hope you are doing well, as I know everyone is doing their best to manage the wildfire smoke this week. Today, I want to update you on our waiver application to reopen our campuses for Kinder-Grade 8. 

Last Friday, we submitted our waiver application for grades K-6, and on Tuesday, the SF Department of Public Health allowed us to update our application to include Grades 7 and 8. 

Our next steps are to request a site visit, for both Fell and Mission campuses, and undergo the evaluation process. SFDPH has requested that priority be given to our younger students and we have applied with that thinking, K-2 opening first, followed one week later by Grades 3-5 and followed one week later by Grades 6-8. We will share more specific details once we receive news from SFDPH to reopen campuses but we do expect to be able to open before the end of September/beginning of October. 

Our Leadership Team has a phone call today with health officials to discuss these topics and look forward to sharing more with you next week. 

We will be hosting a K-8 School Reopening Q&A session on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. to begin sharing a picture of what reopening will look like and answer any specific questions you have at this time. You can share your questions in advance using this form. Our special guest and parent, Dr. Sanjay Basu, will be present to answer any of your questions. 

Join Here - Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 814 8597 9292
Passcode: reopen

Thank you to those of you who participated in our Distance Learning Q&A session on Wednesday. We appreciated your participation and questions, and please reach out if you have more. 

We ask for your commitments by tonight at midnight by completing the Distance Learning Sign-Up Form. Like we shared during the meeting, we are unable to share rosters or finalize cohorts and assign a teacher until we know the numbers. We remain committed to offering you a program that will keep your child engaged and meet our learning goals while in distance learning. We will be sharing our next steps in the coming week. 

While many of you are excited to come back, and some have chosen to stay home for some of you these coming days are going to be filled with difficult decisions and know that we are here with you each step of the way. 

This is also a time filled with hope as we move closer to reopening campus. Through all these emotions and experiences, please continue focusing on our La Scuola values of Respect, Responsibility, Empathy, and Collaboration. 

As I observed this week in class with our Middle Schoolers, we must have an intentional focus on remembering to be grateful. Science shows that  acknowledging one’s blessings improves our mental health, physical well-being, and our relationships. There is joy in seeing the good in something or someone or the world and it gives us hope during hard times. We can model this for our children and ensure that we set them on the path of finding the inner happiness that will carry them through hard times.

Have a wonderful day and please contact me or a Leadership Team member if you have any questions, concerns, or want to share a happy thought!

Un caro saluto,

Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D.
Head of School