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La Scuola Campuses Remain Closed Through May 1

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Buongiorno La Scuola,

I hope this finds you well. As you have probably heard already, the California Superintendent announced yesterday that the public schools in California will be closed until the end of the school year. And as you probably also know, the San Francisco Public School District had announced that their schools will be closed until May 1, which is what we are also planning to do as La Scuola.

We are monitoring the situation closely and we will be giving you as much information as we can as things evolve. Please know that every decision we make is based on your child’s safety and your safety and our staff’s safety.

We have a committee of the Board that is fully dedicated to dealing with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and so know that we meet weekly and we look at all the different aspects of La Scuola and your child’s experience at La Scuola. We will be keeping you posted. 

For now, know that we will be closed until May 1. I also want you to know that we were always thinking this may be a possibility so our faculty and staff have been planning for this from the very beginning in terms of curriculum and synchronous (online or distance education that happens in real-time) and asynchronous (occurs through online channels without real-time interaction) instruction for your child. So, know that you continue to be in their very good hands.

I would also like to mention, that as a school that is very proud of its diversity, equity and inclusion, we know that every child and every family is different and what you may be experiencing will be very different from what another family or child is experiencing. Know that we are here for you and while it is hard to offer an experience that will be perfect for each family, we try to diversify as much as we can so that you and your child will find something that is good for you. Continue to reach out to us and your teachers with suggestions and let us know how we can help. And very importantly, if you are experiencing any hardship or if you are unable to have an internet connection at home that is reliable, know that we are here to help. If you haven’t already reached out, please do so and we will make that work for you and your family.

And also, as some of you have asked, we will have Spring Break next week (April 6-10). We think you need it, the children need it and our faculty and staff that have been going non-stop since the beginning of this situation need it too. So we hope that is not going to be an issue with your family. Please know that we will be sharing the resources and potential activity that you and your child can do. We understand there are many dual-working families at the school that may need that support next week.

Finally, let’s all remember that we want to continue to be kind to each other. We are all in this together and together we can overcome this situation as a school, as a state, and as the world. Please know that we are here for you. Please be there for one another.

Andra’tuttobene - all will be well.

Valentina Imbeni, Ph.D.
Head of School