COVID-19 UPDATE FOR SMHS COMMUNITY

October 14, 2020 
On our recent Google Form survey, your student indicated that he/she wishes to continue learning remotely after Saint Mary’s returns to Hybrid Instruction on October 15th, 2020. Because your student’s response affects Saint Mary’s in-person enrollment and we rely on consistent numbers to ensure the safest learning environment, Saint Mary’s will require you and your student to commit to fully-remote learning for an entire quarter. Please follow the button link below and return a PDF copy via email to Danette Curtis: dcurtis@saintmaryshighschool.org or turn in a hard copy to Mr. Sullivan in the main office by Friday, October 16th, 2020. If Saint Mary’s does not have your signed agreement by Tuesday, October 20, your student’s in-person attendance will be assumed and in-person attendance will be taken on his/her assigned days.
 
Find the full quarter agreement here.
 
We learned today that San Joaquin County continues to remain in the red tier. Therefore, we will move forward with our plan to return to campus in a hybrid model starting this Thursday, October 15th.
 
Thursday, October 15th, is a Green Day with in person instruction for students whose last names begin with A-L on campus. Students whose last names begin with M-Z will remain at home and live-stream with their classes.
 
Friday, October 16th, is a Gold Day with in person instruction for students whose last names begin with M-Z on campus. Students whose last names begin with A-L will remain at home and live-stream with their classes.
 
Please note all drop offs and student drivers will be directed to the back parking lot where temperatures will be taken before individuals exit the vehicle. Students should report immediately to their first class. Before students attend in person classes, they must fill out the symptoms check form and a COVID-19 waiver.
 
Properly fitted masks of either a solid color or with an SMHS logo are required. Gaiters are not allowed.
 
For detailed information please refer to our website under COVID-19 updates.
 
Freshmen and transfer students only: Please refer to the COVID-19 updates for detailed information on the Wi-Fi set up on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, after school in the cafeteria. Please adhere to the staggered arrival schedule. Students must bring iPads in order to sign onto the Wi-Fi. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your designated time to allow for temperature checks, COVID-19 symptoms check and waiver form verification. Everyone coming on campus must wear a mask. Please note school uniforms are not required for the Wednesday WI-Fi set up.
 
As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, October 19th. Quarter two will begin on October 20th with a Green Day.
 
We will post more details on Schoology for students related to lunch and early morning arrivals.
 
Thank you and welcome back to campus.
All of these plans are pending our ability to reopen school. We will send communications once we see our county's tier status updated on Tuesday afternoon. Students who elect to receive remote-only instruction do not need to attend.

In preparation for classes resuming on campus, your school iPad needs to be set up with Saint Mary's Wi-Fi. This can only be done on campus and must happen before classes resume on campus. Please make every effort possible to come to the Saint Mary's Cafeteria on Wednesday, October 14th - See below for the schedule. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your designated time to allow for temperature checks and waiver verification. Note - The schedule is based on your Last Name.

All persons on campus must wear masks (gaiters are not acceptable face coverings) and must clear the COVID Health check (including temperature check) prior to exiting the car. The exact procedures for the COVID Health Check will be provided separately. The campus and Ram Center will be open until 6:00 pm. Freshmen and Transfer Students are encouraged to walk around the campus to familiarize themselves with their class locations. Teachers will be in their classrooms and available to help direct students around campus. This is a great time to stop by and introduce yourself to your teachers! 

Parents, you are encouraged to either remain in your car or go to the Ram Center to purchase school materials and uniform items. You may not accompany your student into the cafeteria while they are setting up their Wi-Fi.
 
Freshmen and Transfer Students, please bring the following materials with you on Wednesday, October 14th:

1. i-Pad **You must have your i-Pad in order to sign onto the Wi-Fi
2. Waiver Form **If you have not turned in your waiver form, you will not be allowed on campus
3. Mask **All persons on campus are required to wear masks at all times

Please see below for the wifi set up schedule on October 14th. Groups are based on your Last Name.
2:00 - 2:30 - A - C
2:30 - 3:00 - D - I
3:00 - 3:30 - J - M
3:30 - 4:00 - N - R
4:00 - 4:30 - S - Z
 
 
When will we be notified if campus can reopen? 
Once our county numbers are updated on Tuesday, October 13, we will know whether we have remained in the red tier for 14 days, which is the criteria by which schools can re-open for in-person instruction. We will send notification indicating whether we can reopen by Tuesday, October 13 via email and phone message. 
 
When will Saint Mary's start in-person instruction?
If San Joaquin County remains in the Red Tier, we will hold Freshman / Transfer Orientation on Wednesday, Oct. 14 after school hours (more details will be sent to frosh and transfer families).
 
Our first day of hybrid in-person instruction for students with the last names A-L will be on Thurs. Oct. 15 (Green Day) and on Fri. Oct. 16 (Gold Day) for students with the last names M-Z. We will use a new HYBRID Green Day and Gold Day schedules, for the first time on these days: Click here for the detailed schedule.
 
Note the following schedule alterations:
Monday, October 19 is our Quarter Break. 
 
Oct. 20 will be a Green Day; Oct. 21 will be a Gold Day, and we will hold in-person classes for students with last names A-L on both of these days.
 
Oct. 22 will be a Green Day and Oct. 23 will be a Gold Day, and we will hold in-person classes for students with last names M-Z. 
 
On the week of Oct. 26, we will run our first full week of our Hybrid Schedule. 
 
What do I need to do to prepare my student to return to campus?
  • If you have not yet responded to this brief Survey, please respond no later than Sunday, October 11, 2020.  
  • If you indicate on the survey that your student is not returning to campus, we will contact you to complete a Q2 Remote Learning commitment form.
  • Sign and Submit this Waiver to attendance@saintmaryshighschool.org. No student will be allowed to enter campus or attend in person classes without a signed waiver. Previously signed waivers for athletics or other extracurricular activities apply to enrollment in and attendance at SMHS for the 2020/21 school year.
  • Prior to the start of in-person attendance, fill out this COVID-19 Screening Form After this is completed once and on file, it is incumbent upon the student/family to update Saint Mary’s if symptoms change. All students must complete this form before Wednesday, October 14. 
  • Review the Dress Code Policies outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook (attached, pg 36). 
  • Purchase uniform clothing. The Ram Center is currently open M-F from 3-6pm and beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, will be open M-F 7:30am -6:00 pm, including on Oct. 19 ( Quarter Break day). 
  • Make hair salon or barber shop appointments if necessary. Upon return to school, per the dress code, hair must be neat, clean and of the student's natural color, not covering the eyes or drawing undue attention.
  • MASKS: Students must wear properly-fitted masks of either a solid color or with an SMHS logo as sold in the Ram Center.
  • No graphics or writing are allowed on masks. 
  • Gaiters or handkerchiefs are not allowed. 
  • Face Shields are only allowed with a medical note on file. 
  • All face coverings must completely cover the nose and mouth.
  • Student Lockers will not be assigned per CDPH guidance.
  • Student Parking sign ups will be announced via Schoology. All student parking will be in the back parking lot. There will be no assigned parking places in the front lot due to COVID-19 arrival procedures.
 
 
What are some differences between our current Remote Block Schedule and the Hybrid Schedule?
Contrary to our current remote block schedule, our Green/Gold Day rotation will remain the same from week to week, so parents can plan students’ transportation to campus accordingly. Students with last names A-L attend in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays; students with last names M-Z attend in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. 
 
All students learn remotely on Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, classes will be conducted online for all students. Saint Mary’s will utilize this full-remote day for facility cleaning before student groups transition from in-person to remote and vice versa. 
 
The Hybrid Schedule incorporates two lunches and a 25 minute break for each in-person instruction day, which extends the school day. Classes on Remote-only Wednesdays are 45 minutes long.    
 
How will class be conducted for in-person and remote instruction at the same time?
Instruction will be delivered via live streamed classes from Saint Mary’s classrooms on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All of our classrooms are equipped with pan tilt zoom cameras and room microphones so all students can participate in live instruction regardless of whether they are attending remotely or in-person. Attendance will be taken via Zoom for remote students. Attendance will be taken on Wednesday remote-only days on Zoom as well. 
 
 
 
Note: If your family is opting out of in-person instruction for health and safety reasons, we ask that your student commit to one quarter of remote-only instruction and indicate your intent to attend remotely by completing this form: here; If your student plans to attend only remotely, we must receive notice by October 11 in order to plan accordingly. If we do not receive notification, we will assume that your student is attending in-person classes with our hybrid schedule. 
 
Note that PE, Cheer, Drill, Band, Choir are classes that must take place outdoors in order to follow state guidance. Remote-only students enrolled in these classes will be assigned alternate asynchronous learning activities since we cannot accommodate cameras outside of classrooms. 
 
 
What is the Arrival / Departure Procedure?
All drop offs and student drivers will be directed to the back parking lot where temperatures will be taken before individuals exit the vehicle. There will be one point of entry (back parking lot driveway) for vehicles. The front parking lot will be closed. 
 
The front gate will not be open in the morning and will remain closed until dismissal time. Staff will be checking temperatures at the pedestrian entry gates as well.
 
Before students exit their vehicle, staff will conduct a temperature check and ask students if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or if they have been in close contact with a person that has tested positive for COVID-19. If a student is feeling sick, he/she should stay home. 
 
Students should report immediately to their first class. Students cannot loiter on campus before class. If students arrive early (before 7:45am), they will have their temperature checked at the Ram Stop and should report to the following designated areas: Room 1, Room 6, Room 52, or the Cafeteria.
 
Please be patient with us as we adjust to our new drop off procedure. Our goal is to keep students safe. 
 
Departure: In an effort to eliminate non-essential visitors on our campus, we ask that parents remain in their cars. Students must exit campus as soon as possible. Students unable to leave may report to the library or a classroom under teacher supervision. Students waiting outside will not be allowed to congregate in groups, and must adhere to social distancing requirements. Coaches / Moderators will screen students for after school activities held on campus.
 
What measures is Saint Mary’s implementing to ensure our students’ safety?
Saint Mary’s will adhere to Center for Disease Control and California of Department Public Health recommendations where practicable. We are implementing the following:
 
  • All students, faculty and staff must wear masks except when eating. 
  • Teachers may wear face shields for pedagogical purposes.
  • Cleaning of high touch surfaces between classes.
  • Extra ventilation in classrooms.
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations.
  • Lockers will not be used.
  • CDC guideline adherence for cafeteria staff including: 
    • Staff wearing masks and gloves behind plexiglass shields. 
    • Food delivery such as Door Dash, Uber Eats, Postmates, etc will not be allowed.
    • Designated Outdoor lunch seating (weather permitting). 
    • Individually plated items for break and lunch.
    • Elimination of buffet items at lunch.
  
Note: Students will be encouraged to maintain physical distancing during the school day; however, we cannot ensure that physical distance is maintained at all times. This responsibility will fall on the individual student.
 
What happens when a student who attends school in-person tests positive for COVID-19?
Students will need to isolate for a period of 10 days, including 3 days without fever or fever reducing medication. Students will be called by Saint Mary’s staff members so that we can contact trace to identify people who were in close contact or proximity contact for 14 days. Students returning to campus after fully recovering from COVID-19 must provide a doctor’s note (to the Attendance Office) for our records.
 
What happens when a student has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
Parents must notify the Attendance Office and students must begin a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine is the 14 day period that a person stays at home with little contact with others. This is for anyone who has had close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more, regardless of mask-wearing) with a person who has tested positive for COVID 19.
 
What happens when a student has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
Parents must notify the Attendance Office and students must begin a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine is the 14 day period that a person stays at home with little contact with others. This is for anyone who has had close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more, regardless of mask-wearing) with a person who has tested positive for COVID 19. It is expected that quarantined students who are not experiencing symptoms will continue to participate in instruction via Zoom/live-streaming. 
 
What is the procedure if a student, attending in-person instruction experiences COVID-19 symptoms during the school day? 
If a student is experiencing symptoms while on campus, he/she must report to the infirmary and isolate until someone can pick them up. If a student drives, he/she will remain isolated until a parent is notified.
 
When will SM offer Full In-Person Instruction?
We would shift from Hybrid to Full In-Person Instruction if we are able to adhere to our County’s guidance regarding COVID-19. 
 
 

In hopeful anticipation of a return to campus this fall, the COVID-19 waiver, linked here, must be signed and returned by every student and their parent/guardian. Families who have signed waivers for sports, drama, etc. do not need to sign an additional waiver.

This Waiver and Agreement to abide by COVID-19 protocols is mandatory to be able to attend in-person classes. Again, this is hopeful, but we want to be proactive, so that in true Ram-Style, we are ahead of the game. 

 

Please also complete the intent to return to school form linked here.

 

Please return your waiver via email to attendance@saintmaryshighschool.org or drop off at the main office front desk Monday-Thursday 7:30am-4pm and Friday until 3pm.

 

 
PAST SAINT MARY'S HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS
 
 


Dear Saint Mary's Community,
 
Although we had planned to open our campus to our students, staff and faculty at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, due to the high rate of COVID-19 transmission in our community at this time, Saint Mary's High School will begin the 2020-21 school year with remote instruction. Nonetheless, we remain committed to in-person instruction as soon as the state and county determine that it is safe to return to campus.
 
 

In order to deliver outstanding remote instruction, we have made the following adjustments at this time:

  • The 2020-21 school year will commence on August 17, 2020 at 8:15 a.m. (one week later than previously planned.) We have chosen to delay the start of school so that our teachers can spend more time preparing for a remote start. Teachers will report on August 3, 2020 as planned and will spend two weeks planning and undergoing professional development that focuses on best practices for distance learning and teaching on a block schedule.
  • Adoption of a block schedule. When students return to campus, our block schedule will help us minimize student/staff movement on campus (an adherence to public health guidance). As a remote schedule, we hope that this new schedule will balance students' assignment loads and allow teachers to implement authentic learning tasks and utilize instructional time in meaningful ways. Students should expect to participate in synchronous (live) remote instruction that follows this schedule, and teachers will maintain an appropriate balance of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Note: August 17, 2020 will be a "Green Day." View the block schedule.
  • Implementation of a thorough and authentic virtual orientation for our freshmen and transfer students. Our virtual orientation will include community building, facilitated by our Link Crew students who are currently undergoing training; information from our Deans and teachers regarding our handbook, expectations and time management; a robust technology orientation that will introduce students to the tools we will use to implement remote and in-person instruction throughout the school year. Freshmen and transfer students: your login credentials, necessary for orientation and participation in remote instruction, will be mailed next week.

 

We will issue more details regarding our remote learning plans in further detail in the weeks ahead. Regardless of the mode of instruction, we remain faithful to our high academic standards and our Catholic identity, and we are determined to keep our students engaged, learning and connected during this initial remote phase. In addition, we are committed to continuous improvement upon our successful delivery of remote instruction as well as our in-person instruction when we return to campus.
 
Please continue to keep our schools and those impacted by COVID-19 in your prayers as we continue to pray for our students, staff, teachers and Saint Mary's community.
 
Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: "Do not be afraid" (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, "cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us" (1 Pet 5:7).
-Pope Francis  - Strong in the Face of Tribulation: A Sure Support in Time of Trial
 
In Mary's Grace,
 
Jim Brusa
 Kathy Smith
President
 Principal

 

A heartfelt message from Saint Mary's students, parents and alumni to the staff and faculty for all their efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic and their efforts to continue to educate.
July 17, 2020
 
Dear Catholic School Community:
 
We pray that this finds you and yours healthy and coping well with the ever changing dynamics of  COVID-19.  
 
This afternoon Governor Newsom gave directives about campus closures this fall, in  counties on the State's watchlist. These include San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.  Although the directives were very specific for public schools, it is unclear if those mandates extend to private schools. We are hoping that the Governor and the State can give clearer guidance in the coming days as it relates to our K - 12 schools and  preschools.  Until then, we will continue to work on plans that address various  scenarios of on campus instruction and distance learning.
 
As  always, the  safety of our students and staff are a top priority, and we remain fully  committed to providing a quality, Catholic education regardless of any restrictions imposed upon us. We will provide ongoing updates as State and County mandates for private schools are clarified, and we hope to have more information to you by Friday of next week. 
 
Please continue to keep our school and those impacted by COVID-19 in your  prayers. May we all continue to put our faith in God, as Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. If ever we were called to be one body in Christ, it is now.
  
 
In the Peace of Christ,   
 
 Most Reverend Myron J. Cotta 
 Marian DeGroot Graham 
 Bishop of Stockton 
 Director of Catholic Schools 
July 10, 2020

Dear Saint Mary's Families:

It is our intent to reopen Saint Mary's campus in August for the 2020-21
school year. Our Reopening Task Force team is working closely with the
Diocese of Stockton and the local, county and state public health departments
to create a plan for Saint Mary's High School to provide continuity of
instruction for students while prioritizing the health and safety of all students
and staff. The success of our plan rests on the cooperation of EVERYONE. The
plans we have developed are flexible, and restrictions will be tightened and
relaxed according to state and county directives as they change. We will keep
our families updated regarding any changes to our protocols and procedures.
 
1. When will the 2020-21 school year begin?
 
a) Orientation for freshmen and transfer students will take place on August 6 and 7. Classes with all students on campus for in-person instruction will begin on August 10, 2020. 
  
2.  What kind of schedule will Saint Mary's adopt for the 2020-21 school year to accommodate having all students on campus and physical distancing / safety measures?
 
a) Since we plan to return with five days of in-person instruction and in order to maintain as much physical distancing on campus as possible, we have altered our traditional class schedule to an alternating A/B block schedule, i.e. seven periods (A-G), meeting two to three times per week. Classes have been lengthened to account for fewer meetings per week. 
 
b) Saint Mary's has reduced class sizes, where possible, and added class sections to allow for the greatest level of physical distancing possible in our classrooms.  Our block schedule will allow us to limit the movement of students on campus, reduce the frequency of cleaning between classes during the school day, and allow students and teachers more passing time between class periods. Specific details about our schedule will follow in the near future.
 
c) It is important to note that schedule changes will be limited in order to maintain balance in our class sizes. Therefore, we likely cannot accommodate schedule change requests that include: requests for different periods; requests for different teachers; requests for different lunch periods. We will honor requests that pertain to the following:
The need to drop/change a course (i.e.: based on summer school coursework); An off-campus summer school course (i.e.: BYU) requiring an adjustment in schedule; Scheduling requests for graduation requirements (priority goes to seniors). 
 
3. What changes can we expect with campus facilities?
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the campus.
  • Traffic flow maps in common areas.
  • Physical distancing in classrooms and on campus.
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff and students.
  • Drive-through protocol for student drop-off and pick-up with parent/guardian remaining in vehicle.
  • Temperature check points (not to exceed 100.4) for students prior to entering campus (Designated campus entry points will be specified in further communication).
  • Disinfecting of student and teacher workspaces between classes and throughout the day.
  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic areas by a daytime janitor.
  • Nightly cleaning and disinfecting of school building.
  • Training videos for faculty/staff, parents and students related to COVID-19 prevention.
 
4. Will students or staff be required to wear masks/shields?
 
a) Based on the directive at this time from Governor Newsom, we will require staff and students to wear face coverings on campus. 
 
5. What is the protocol if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19?
 
a) If a student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is present at Saint Mary's, he/she will be isolated, and his/her parent/guardian will be notified to be transported home or to a healthcare facility.
We recognize that we are not legally able to reveal the name of a staff or student concerning test results relating to COVID-19.
 
b) If a student or staff member has been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, he/she will undergo a 14-day self-quarantine, per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and San Joaquin County Department of Health guidance. 
 
c) If Saint Mary's High School becomes aware that a student or staff member has tested  positive for COVID-19, the school will contact the San Joaquin County Public Health services for further specific instructions. 
 
d) If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the student or staff member can return to school after meeting the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation (includes 3 days with no fever without fever-reducing medication, improved respiratory symptoms, and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared).
Students must submit a health care provider's note upon return to the attendance office.
 
e) Note that the physical spaces frequented by the COVID 19-positive individual will be thoroughly cleaned by professional cleaning services before those spaces can be accessed.  
 
f) Parent/student must sign an acknowledgement of COVID-19 school procedures and policies (included on the emergency card that every student presents at Ram Kickoff Day or Freshman & New Student Orientation). 
  
6) What modifications have been made to lunch / non-instructional time for the 2020-21 school year?
 
a) The cafeteria will offer individually plated or pre-packaged lunches. Meals will be provided and handled only by the cafeteria staff who will abide by all county guidance on food handling. 
 
b) There will be a limited number of students allowed in the Ram Center at a time in order to adhere to physical distancing measures.
 
c) Break will be extended so students have ample time to purchase and eat a snack. Please note that students will not be allowed to bring snacks or lunches into the classroom during class time. 
 
d) Seating for students in the cafeteria will be limited and students will be expected to abide by social distancing measures. To enable students to practice physical distancing, Saint Mary's will provide more outdoor seating options on campus.
 
e) We will continue to split our lunch periods so that only half of the student body will attend lunch at one time, and we will extend our lunch period since we anticipate that the process may take longer in order to maintain physical distancing.
 
f) Upperclassmen who leave campus for lunch will need to undergo a symptom/temperature check upon return to campus.  
 
7) Will we have school Masses?
 
a) School Masses will be conducted in accordance with all current diocesan directives for public Masses.
 
8) Will there be a fall sports season?
 
a) A determination about the fall sports season has yet to be made by the CIF. Once a decision has been made, detailed information will be communicated through the Athletic Director.
 
b) Note that Saint Mary's is committed to honoring Athletic PE requests for the fall semester (S1), regardless of whether a formal competitive season takes place.  Students must have an application on file with the VP's Office to receive these credits.  Please see your counselor for an application, or download it from Saint Mary's website.  
 
9) Will Saint Mary's still offer clubs/activities?  
 
a) The status of theatre, choir, and band performances are to be determined. We will communicate relevant information as we receive more state and county guidelines. Other clubs and activities will still meet in appropriate spaces that allow for physical distancing. 
 
10) How will Saint Mary's accommodate students who need to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure and prepare for the possibility of a state / county mandated return to remote-only instruction?
 
a) Whether our students are attending in-person or remotely, teachers will give special attention to maintaining a robust online learning element in their curriculum and instruction throughout the school year. Our LMS (Schoology), combined with Zoom and other online tools will be used heavily, regardless. Teachers will continue to receive specific, regular professional development in order to optimize delivery of online instruction for students. In addition, new students will attend a thorough technology training during orientation to familiarize themselves with the tools that teachers will be using during the school year.
 
b) Our resource coordinator and counselors will assist students who have extended absences. At this time, we are exploring options of streaming or recording teachers' lectures / classes that quarantined students could access. 
 
11) Will Saint Mary's offer a full-time remote option for families who do not wish to send their children to attend in-person instruction? 
 
a) At this time, Saint Mary's will not offer a full-time remote option unless State and County officials order another mandatory campus closure, or unless a student has an increased health risk for severe illness related to the COVID-19 virus. In such cases, Saint Mary's would require medical documentation to make accommodations.
 
b) As a private, Catholic, college preparatory high school devoted to offering the highest quality education possible, we aim to continue to keep our campus open as long as we can safely do so. 
 
c) Saint Mary's recognizes the social-emotional toll and the academic burdens on students and families that accompany a full-time remote option; therefore, we are putting our efforts into delivering safe options for in-person instruction while we stay prepared to move online if we are mandated to do so by state or local authorities.  
 
 
 
 
July 3, 2020
 
Dear Catholic School Community:
 
I hope this letter finds you and yours well.
 
As we head into our last month of the summer, I wanted to provide you with a quick update on the status of the reopening plans. As of last Friday, the last batch of elementary and high school reopening plans were submitted to local county offices, and we are confirmed to reopen in August with five days of in person instruction. We will continue to monitor California's covid19.ca.gov website, the California Department of Public Health: Industry Guidance and local county health guidelines, and make adjustments as is deemed necessary for the safety of our students and staff.
 
The key principles of the site plans are:
  • Keeping students and staff safe and healthy
  • Ensuring access to quality, Catholic education
  • Establishing alternative plans to respond to possible changes in the school and local community
  • Providing flexibility to accommodate unique needs
 
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our Principals, Vice Principals, Pastors and the members of Reopening Task Force teams. Developing the reopening plans has not been an easy endeavor, and their time and efforts provide each school the opportunity to join together in our communal witness to the Gospel message of love of God and neighbors.
 
The Catholic Schools Office and school administration will continue to provide updates as August approaches.
 
May you and yours be blessed,
 
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools
End of Year Message
 
May 18, 2020

In the midst of the unexpected way this school year has gone, with the cancellations of
so many beloved Spring and Summer events and rites of passage, Bishop Cotta
reminds those in High School to trust in God - be sure to keep strong in prayer, focus on
Jesus in their life.
 
 
May 15, 2020

Dear Catholic School Community:

I pray that this message finds you and yours well. Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate these extraordinary times.

As the 2019/20 academic year begins to wind down, I am certain that there are many questions surrounding the reopening of the schools in the Diocese of Stockton. I want to assure you that amidst the uncertainties of what the public health conditions will look like for schools in August, our priority remains to return to in-class instruction as originally scheduled, as long as it is deemed safe to do so.

Looking ahead, the principals and the Catholic Schools Office are making plans to re-open our campuses with various scenarios in mind.

Our preferred scenario is a full return to campus with enhanced precautions and hygiene protocols in place. We are confident that the work of teachers, principals and parents over the past eight weeks has been successful in sustaining ongoing learning. Yet, we know that our communal witness to the Gospel message of love of God and neighbors is the heart of our Catholic schools.

We recognize that it is highly likely that state requirements for safe distancing will necessitate the need to limit the number of students on campus at one time. If this is the case and our class sizes and/or school sizes do not meet these requirements, we may need to create a hybrid model of education as an alternative to campus closures. This could result in a blend of classroom instruction and distance learning. We feel confident that we can work within any given guidelines to determine a realistic plan for each school site.

As we work through this process, there are numerous variables to analyze at each site and we are being very thoughtful as we address each and every concern. While our goal is to have all of our teachers and students return to our campuses in August, we continue to be mindful of those members of our school communities who are considered high-risk and plan to develop alternative plans for them. We also acknowledge that we should anticipate the possibility of the Stay-at-Home order being reinstated. We will be prepared for this scenario as well, building upon the current model of instruction to create an even more robust learning program.

Planning is underway and will continue through this summer to ensure that all schools are ready to welcome our students and parents back to school. We ask that you keep this work in your prayers. As believers in the Risen Lord, we know that "With God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) I will continue to communicate with you as we move through our decision-making process and to keep you informed as our plans are finalized.

On behalf of the Catholic Schools Office, I pray that these last two weeks of the school year be blessed with good health and filled with hope as we carefully plan for the future of our Catholic schools.
 
In mission,
 
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools 
 
 
COPING WITH STRESS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Dr. Mario Starc, our mental health consultant, is offering online appointments to any interested students, parents, or staff on the following days:
 
Wednesday   2:00-4:00 PM
Thursday       2:00-4:00 PM
 
To schedule an appointment, and in order to assure privacy, please email him directly at mstarc@saintmaryshighschool.org
 
 
 
Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

Children and teens are among the people who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis. Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
• Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
• Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
• Worsening of chronic health problems.
• Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Here are some things you can do to support yourself:
• Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
• Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate.
• Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
• Call your health care provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

This information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
 
UPDATE TO SCHOOL STATUS - May 1, 2020
Diocese of Stockton, Catholic Schools Office
 
 
Dear Catholic School Community:  
 
I pray that this note finds you healthy and well as we continue our stay-at-home order. Whether we are gathered together in a virtual classroom or participating in a streaming Mass, the past seven weeks have proven that our Catholic schools and families continue to be committed to academic excellence, faith formation and community.  
 
A few days ago, Governor Newsom announced that the 2020-2021 school year may start as early as July to make up for learning lost this spring. As we have previously communicated, our Catholic schools were able to pivot quickly and adapt to distance learning almost overnight; thereby minimizing any potential loss. At this point in time, we are proceeding with the assumption that schools will return to their respective campuses in August, as originally scheduled.  
 
As we look to returning in August, there are still many uncertainties surrounding the transition back to campus, some of which may be dictated by the state. As members of the California Association of Private School Organizations, we have been reassured that no formal consideration of protocols for the reopening of campuses has been launched at the state level, and that the views and concerns of the private school community will definitely be sought. The health and safety of our students and teachers continue to guide our decision-making, and we are exercising both creativity and caution as we vision our return. Please know that we are discussing contingency plans with health agencies and principals as well as collaborating with other dioceses throughout California. Social distancing, disinfecting protocols, hand washing, and technology are at the heart of our conversations as we draft plans to bring our students back to their beloved schools. Rest assured we will keep you updated as plans unfold.  
 
Pope Francis tells us, "Hope opens new horizons, making us capable of dreaming what is not even imaginable." As people of faith, may we be filled with the hope of the Risen Lord as we carefully plan and courageously dream for the future of our Catholic schools.  
 
May you and yours be blessed,
 
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools
 
 
UPDATE - APRIL 20, 2020

We will continue remote learning through Friday, May 22. During our originally-planned finals week (May 18-22), teachers and students will be wrapping up their semester. We intend this week to be a time to catch up and wrap up, which we hope will help any students who may have fallen behind on assignments. It is imperative that students complete all assigned work. We are confident that your student will succeed in the fourth quarter if he/she completes all of his/her work.

Students should refer to their teachers' individual late work policies; it should be noted that while all of our faculty have adopted much more flexible late-work policies, the faculty themselves will decide the portion of credit for late work.

Just as we continue to improve our course content delivery and engage our students, we expect all students to continue to give their best efforts for the duration of our semester.
 
SEMESTER GRADES
Saint Mary's High School will assign letter grades for the Spring 2020 Semester.

We want you to know that we have given this decision careful consideration. We recognize and understand that many public schools have moved to Pass/Fail grading and that some of the elite universities are accepting Pass/Fail on high school transcripts for this semester; however, we do not believe that this method of grading would be the best option for the following reasons:

1) We record only semester grades on our students' transcripts; therefore, students already earned half of their semester grades during the third quarter, which ended on March 6. It should be noted that Pass/Fail grades do not calculate into a student's cumulative GPA, and we want to give our students every opportunity to receive full credit for the grades they have earned in their respective courses during the entire semester.

2) Saint Mary's faculty had the agility to transition their courses-in-progress to a remote learning mode for the remainder of the fourth quarter. We are proud of the fact that we had a plan in place and that there was no interruption in the delivery of courses during this semester. Our teachers, administrators and IT staff worked hard to keep our students moving forward. It is important to note that many of our peer institutions, who were similarly able to continue content delivery without interruptions and whose students had adequate access, are also assigning letter grades.

3) Assigning letter grades will enable our students and faculty to meet curriculum goals. Our faculty aims to provide our students with stability and community during this time of uncertainty and isolation through continued engagement with our students.
 
FINALS
Saint Mary's High School will not hold Spring 2020 Finals this year.

Because we have not found a viable solution for holding exams remotely in a way that would maintain the academic integrity of our exams, we have decided to cancel finals. Normally, our semester exams comprise 20% of the semester grade. This year, without a separate final exam grade, the Spring Semester grade calculation will be as follows: Spring Semester 2020 = Third Quarter (50%) + Fourth Quarter (50%). Note that teachers will communicate any changes to their gradebook categories directly on Schoology to their individual classes.

On Monday, April 20, we will open the Spring Semester PowerSchool Portal, so the grade you see on PowerSchool will include the average of your student's third quarter and fourth quarter grade to date. With this view, as grades are updated over the next few weeks, you will continue to have an accurate picture of your students' semester grades. Only this semester letter grade will be recorded on his/her transcript.
 

We realize that students' learning experiences have been challenging during this remote learning time. We also know that many of our students' family and personal circumstances have worsened during this time. If your student has experienced acute emotional or learning difficulty, we encourage you to contact his/her counselor or Mario Starc, our mental health consultant, at mstarc@saintmaryshighschool.org.

May the hope of the Resurrection bring you peace and joy in this Easter season!

In Mary's Grace,
Kathy Smith
Principal
Sheila Madary
Vice-Principal
Fourth quarter progress reports are finalized and may be viewed on PowerSchool. To view the Progress Report, click on "Teacher Comments" in your child's PowerSchool account. Please contact the teachers and/or counselor if you have questions about your child's academic progress.
 
 
If you have trouble logging in to PowerSchool,
please contact Greg Bahr, gbahr@saintmaryshighschool.org  
 
ACADEMICS
How is Saint Mary's supporting students who may be struggling to keep up academically?
Mrs. Howze is offering Math tutoring from 11:00 am-12:30 pm during each school day. Mrs. Gianna Stephens is providing daily English tutoring on weekday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Please check Schoology for details on how to sign up. If your student is struggling in a particular subject, please email his/her teacher directly and copy his/her counselor.
 
How can we best access our student's counselor during this time?
Counselors are available to check in with your students, discuss academic or emotional difficulties and offer college counseling.  They can be reached via email and have now posted "office hours" on Schoology.  During these sessions they will be available for one-on-one Zoom sessions. Please email your student's counselor if you would like to make a Zoom appointment during their specified office hours:
 
Mrs. Nisby  (last names: A-Go) 
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm
Mrs. Davenport  (last names: Gr-O)
Tuesdays,  9:30am to 11:30am
 
Mrs. Chapman  (last names P-Z)
Tuesdays, 1pm to 3pm
 
My student has difficulties with Schoology outages. How is Saint Mary's handling this and how can he/she submit homework or continue a quiz during an outage or due to poor internet connection at home?
Teachers and students have experienced many outages, especially during the second week of remote learning due to the 400% increase in traffic on this learning platform. Since then, Schoology has made adjustments and we have experienced far fewer problems. However, if your student still experiences outages and has difficulty submitting work, please contact his/her teacher directly through email (gmail account) and copy his/her counselor. For technical issues please email techsupport@saintmaryshighschool.org or call the Saint Mary's tech department at (209) 957-3340, Ext. 227.
 
Regarding Schoology, please note the following:
  • As of April 20, all teachers will post their weekly agenda on Schoology with dates and times for completion.
  • Students must visit each course in Schoology every day. They must look in the materials folder for each class and each folder, where appropriate.
  • Schoology Notifications are set by each individual. Neither Schoology, nor Saint Mary's, nor the teachers can dictate these settings.  Students should use this link to modify their notifications:
  • Once an EVENT expires, it does not appear in the feed.  Students must go to the calendar to access expired events. We recommend that students check their course calendars to stay up-to-date.
  • It is also very important that students check their school email each day.
 
How can I help my student adapt to remote learning?
Require your student to check each of his/her classes on Schoology every morning
(M-F). Teachers are posting all assignments through Schoology since it is our main communication platform. While teachers are using some new tools to implement their curriculum, these tools are linked through Schoology.
  • Encourage your student to plan ahead. Teachers are scheduling occasional quizzes and Zoom sessions during students’ regular class time as this is the only way we can avoid schedule conflicts. Teachers will give at least one day’s notice if students need to be “present” on Schoology at a particular time.
  • Encourage your student to track assignment due dates through the Schoology calendar and access assignments through the “Materials” and “Updates” on the Schoology menu. Although remote learning demands a higher level of organization and independent work, teachers are available for group and individual help during the school day.
  • Encourage your student to take regular breaks away from any screens. Getting fresh air, exercise and good nutrition are important elements for maintaining mental health.
  • Access your student’s counselor and communicate with teachers if your
    family is undergoing higher levels of stress during this time.
 
Will we be out for the rest of the year?
We expect our campus to remain closed through the remainder of the school year; however, Saint Mary's will return to campus earlier if public health officers deem it safe to do so. We will continue to work with public health authorities, and we will keep you updated as our country's response to COVID-19 evolves. 
 
Does Saint Mary's High School plan to make any changes to finals or second semester grade calculations?
We will announce our decision on these topics to our students and wider community immediately after Easter Break.
 
Will summer school be offered for students if the campus remains closed in June?
Summer school will still be offered regardless of whether stay-at-home orders are still in place. If our campus is still closed in June, we are prepared to offer two summer school sessions via remote instruction, from June 1 - June 19 and from June 22 - July 10, 2020. More specific information regarding which courses we will offer will be released at a later date.
 
What is the attendance policy if my student is sick during this remote learning phase?
If a student is sick or unable to attend any school day(s) during our remote learning phase, parents are required to email the SMHS Attendance office attendance@saintmaryshighschool.org within 24 hours of the student's absence. Students cannot excuse their own absence.
 
What is Zoom and why are teachers using Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing service, which allows our students and teachers to interface with each other in real time for more "face-to-face" connection. Some teachers may record these sessions so that they can be shared with students who may have missed the session or who wish to review certain sections again. These recordings will only be made available to students who are enrolled in the particular class and who have been given a link from their teacher to join the session.
Parents -by allowing your students attend these sessions, you are granting Saint Mary's permissions to record their image, comments and questions during the sessions.
 
GRADUATION
Click here to listen to Principal Kathy Smith's Message to Seniors. We are committed to having some type of a graduation ceremony. All options will be considered including a June or July ceremony at UOP if necessary. We continue to keep in communication with UOP.
 
STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Do you have any updates on the senior Disneyland Grad Nite?
The following is an excerpt from a letter that Mrs. Aguilar received from WorldStrides regarding the Disneyland trip:
By early May, we can make a final call on the Class of 2020 trip. If we have the good news, that all is safe and clear, we will move forward together, if not, together, we will begin refunds, optimizing the amount and time of the return to you. Thank you to those of you who have contacted us and are willing to continue the wait and see approach for 4 more weeks. For those of you, who are not comfortable waiting, we respect your decision and ask you to send us a written cancellation. Once received, we will begin the review of the cancellation and communicate the next steps. As we have paid our vendors, we will begin your request of cancellation with them and expect that to take (per our terms) a minimum of 30 days to finalize.
 
When will Class Elections begin? What will the process be?
Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors – 2020-2021 Class Elections will be conducted at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Applications will be available starting August 10th, the first day of class, and elections will occur on Tuesday, August 25th, during Reading Period.
 
Is Prom canceled?
At this time, Prom is still scheduled for May 2. However, in the event that it needs to be rescheduled, we are prepared to schedule prom for a later date.
 
Is Powder Puff and Rough & Tough canceled?
At this time, Powder Puff and Rough & Tough have been postponed until further notice. We hope to reschedule these events for a future date. 
 
ATHLETICS
What is the status of spring sports?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the California Interscholastic Federation officially ended spring high school sports across the state on Friday, April 3.
 
I applied for Athlete PE credit. Will I get Athlete PE credit this semester if there's no sport season?
If you have applied for and have been granted Athletic PE, you will receive credit even if the sport season has been suspended.
 
Can my students work out at SMHS facilities if they are alone?

Students are NOT allowed to work out alone or in the presence of a coach. The facilities at SMHS are closed the public.
 
When and where will our upcoming fall sports meeting be if campus is still closed?
8th grade parents will receive this information in the mail if we have not resumed classes on campus by May.
 
TUITION
Who do I contact for my questions/concerns regarding tuition?
Please email Joy Riley, Director of Business Operations.
 
 
DIOCESE OF STOCKTON AND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE
 
April 3, 2020 


Dear Catholic School Community:

As we head into Holy Week, it is without a doubt, this is a Lent we will never forget! Truly, this has been a challenging time for all of us. As we continue this journey, we need to remember that we are in this crisis together and Jesus is with us in the midst of it all. We need to believe this and we need to trust Him. 

We wanted to brief you on our campus closures. We expect campuses to remain closed through the remainder of the school year; however, schools will return to their campuses earlier if public health officers deem it safe for them to do so. We will continue to work with public health authorities, and we will keep you updated as our country's response to COVID-19 evolves.

Rest assured that as when we started this journey, our administrators, faculty and staff remain faithful to our Catholic identity, our academic standards, and our school communities, keeping our students engaged, learning, and connected. In the weeks to come, we will share details regarding reporting, instructional objectives, grading and assessments, summer opportunities, and plans for major events, including graduations and Baccalaureate Masses. In the meantime, we hope you take comfort in knowing the following:
  • Teachers will continue to deliver curriculum, with a focus on readiness for the next grade level.
  • Completion of student work will be required.
  • Student learning will be assessed and recorded.
  • Community connection will continue to be embedded into the lives of our students and families.
  • Catholic identity will continue to be central to our work together.
  • Directives from higher educational institutions are being monitored to create an alignment with diocesan remote learning plans.
We also understand that there have been some questions regarding tuition, and we want to take this opportunity to remind all families that although our campuses are closed, school is still in session and faculty and principals continue to work daily to ensure our students are receiving a quality, Catholic education. As a result, tuition will continue to be applied during this period. We would also like to remind all families that Catholic schools are critical to the evangelical mission of the Church in America. We must do everything we can to keep them strong for the next 200 years. Should you have any concerns regarding your tuition account, we ask that you contact your school administrator immediately.

We continue to keep you and yours in our prayers. We ask that you keep us in yours.


In the Peace of Christ,
 
Most Reverend Myron J. Cotta
Bishop of Stockton
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools
   
   
DIOCESE OF STOCKTON AND CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE
 
March 27, 2020

Dear Catholic School Community:

We want to thank all of you for your partnership and commitment to Catholic education. The last few weeks have certainly been filled with unprecedented uncertainty from school campus closures, shelter-in-place order, loss of income to COVID 19 itself.  Click here to view the Thank You from Catholic Schools Office. 
 
It is clear that the impact of this crisis is far reaching and each and everyone of us is experiencing it at different levels. We pray that you can take solace in Deuteronomy 31:8  It is the LORD who goes before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed. 
 
As we head into week three of remote learning, we wanted to update you on the status of our campus closures. In consultation with our public health officials, we have been informed that a safe return to campus will most likely be determined in the first two weeks of April. If the shelter-in-place order has been successful in slowing down the spread of COVID 19, we may be able to return to campus as early as April 20th. If the shelter-in-place order has not been successful, we may need to extend the campus closure into May.  
 
Over the next few weeks, particularly over the Easter break, we ask that you check your emails and school communication tools to get the latest updates.  
 
Let us pray that soon we will be able to hear the chatter of children in our hallways and in our corridors. Please also continue to keep all who are affected by this illness in your prayers and remain prayerfully hopeful of the work done to alleviate and eradicate this virus.

In the Peace of Christ,
 
Most Reverend Myron J. Cotta
Bishop of Stockton
Marian DeGroot Graham
Director for Catholic Schools
   
   
ONLINE LEARNING HAS BEEN EXTENDED
March 19, 2020
Based on the current information from health officials, the Diocese of Stockton and Catholic Schools Office have extended the closure of our campus. We will continue the use of remote learning to a date yet to be determined. Saint Mary's will observe their Easter break as scheduled
 
ONLINE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
March 17, 2020
  • Teachers will post a weekly agenda on Mondays on Schoology for students with due dates so students can plan their 7 classes for the week.
  • Teachers will communicate with students through Schoology. 
  • Teachers will share their office hours through Schoology. Students can chat, Zoom or email teachers with questions during office hours.
  • Students are expected to check in daily to each class through Schoology. Academic counselors and teachers will be monitoring Schoology check-ins and coursework deadlines.

 

SMHS MOVING TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION
MARCH 16, 2020
 
We are grateful that Saint Mary's is able to continue to provide instruction for our students - thank you for your patience as we make this transition to remote instruction.
 
Today, teachers met to share resources and obtain training on tools that will enhance this mode of instruction for our students. Instruction will take place primarily on Schoology, our Learning Management System, and incorporate software and apps that integrate with our existing infrastructure. Our goal is to continue to meet our instructional objectives and maintain the excellent level of instruction and support for our students that already exists at SM.  
 
Since we are able to maintain instruction during our campus closure and grant credit for courses in progress,
  • It is imperative that students check Schoology for each class every day as well as their student email (gmail) accounts.
  • Teachers will be posting instructional videos, class materials and assignments regularly on Schoology and communicate via email/Schoology.
  • All assignments will have due dates and students are expected to meet these deadlines.
  • Students will continue to adhere to their teachers' policies and expectations, which will be communicated to students when assignments are given.
Major assessments have been postponed for the next two weeks since we want to be able to ensure a high level of academic integrity. Homework, projects, written assignments and quizzes will still be given and we will adhere to our student academic honor code as outlined in our handbook (p. 31-32). Our expectation is that all submitted work must be completed by the student and contain his/her original work.

Teachers and Academic Counselors will be available to answer individual student questions during normal school hours (Monday - Friday).
  • The format of such individual access will be established by each teacher as they determine the best format for such communication (email/video conferencing, etc.)
  • The academic counseling department will continue to provide support for students. Students should not hesitate to reach out to their counselors during this time.

Registration for the 2020-21 school year:
  • If you have not registered for next year's classes, please login to PowerSchool to do so.  Watch the Video Guide on the Parent/Student Portal for assistance.
  • Email a photo or scan of your parent-signed course requests to your counselor. In order to schedule you for the 2020-21 school year, your parent must sign your course requests page and you must submit a photo or scan of this page to your counselor.
  • The Online Registration Portal will remain open until Monday, March 23 at 10:00 pm.
  • If you have questions regarding registration for the 2020-21 school year, please contact your academic counselor.
 
 
SAINT MARY'S WILL TRANSITION TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION
MESSAGE FROM BISHOP COTTA
MARCH 14, 2020
 
Dear Parents/Guardian,

As a follow up to previous communications, we want to reiterate that the public's health and safety are paramount to the Diocese of Stockton and our school community. While there have been no confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses within our school, we want to ensure that we are acting with prudence and diligence for the best interest of our students, teachers, and families.

We do understand the tremendous burden this may place on our families, and only after careful consideration and in light of the fluid nature of this pandemic, the Bishop has announced that all schools within the Diocese of Stockton, will suspend onsite instruction from March 16 - March 27, 2020. We plan to re-open school on March 30, 2020.

This closure includes any planned large gatherings that are not essential, including fundraisers, community events, and field trips. School buildings will not be open to children, parents, or community members during this time. However, if your student needs his/her books or materials s/he will be able to access his/her locker between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16. 

In preparation for this possibility, our teachers have developed remote learning plans to provide continuity in learning. The implementation of this remote learning model will alleviate additional school days being added to the end of the school year.

Yesterday, teachers asked students to take home their books and essential materials they may need. Teachers will be posting lessons and communicating with students and parents via Schoology and/or email. Over the course of the next two weeks, teachers will continue to deliver course content, monitor students' work and provide feedback via Schoology and other online tools. To stay updated on schoolwork, it is essential that your student have his/her iPad or have access to a laptop/PC.

On Monday, teachers will convene at Saint Mary's to prepare for this transition to remote learning. While we realize that in-person class time is optimal for students, we are fortunate to have Schoology already in place, which is a robust learning management system that teachers and students already know how to use. Recently, we have added some useful tools that integrate with Schoology and that will enhance teachers' interactions with students. Over the next few days, teachers will work on adapting their curricula for remote learning and acquiring more hands-on training on tools that will provide optimal interactions for their particular discipline. In the meantime, where possible, teachers will post relevant assignments via Schoology. Please have your student continue to check Schoology and school email for any new assignments and communications from their teachers. In addition, please continue to monitor your email as we continue to update you. As our teachers and students make this sudden transition, please know that we intend to offer the same level of curricula for our students.

We thank you for your patience and prayers.
 
In Mary's grace,
Kathy Smith 
Principal 
Jim Brusa 
President 
 
 
 
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR SMHS COMMUNITY
MARCH 12, 2020
 
Dear Saint Mary's Parents and Guardians:
 
In an effort to keep you informed, we would like for you to know what our plans are if we need to close the school due to infections related to the COVID-19 virus.
 
The following measures have been taken:
 
The COVID-19 outbreak is a an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Saint Mary's will share new information as it becomes available. In addition, we recommend families stay apprised of COVID-19 news and updated information through the following sources:
 
 
Our response to this public health crisis may require temporary school closure as we continue to help with practices already in place to further facilitate campus cleaning and mitigate the spread of the disease. This week, we met with the faculty to discuss available instructional tool options, including the posting of lessons on Schoology and extending due dates of class assignments. We will take into consideration those households who may not have a computer/tablet and internet access, but we also intend to offer online instruction in order to continue with lessons in the event of a closure.
 
We are encouraging students, staff, and parents to use standard preventative actions to stay healthy and prevent the spread of contagions.
 
Most importantly, we want you to know that the well-being of our Saint Mary's students, faculty and staff is our top priority.
 
In Mary's grace,
 
Kathy Smith 
Principal 
Jim Brusa 
President 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PREVENTING ILLNESS
Public health officials recommend the following steps people should take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections. These include:
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill. If you have reason to believe you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please inform Principal Kathy Smith immediately at ksmith@saintmaryshighschool.org
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
 
 
QUESTIONS?
If you have specific questions, please use our online directory, to reach out for assistance.
 
We appreciate our students and families for their patience as we navigate this crisis. We are especially thankful to our Reopening Task Force team as they continue to work diligently with the Diocese of Stockton and the local, county and state public health departments to develop our reopening plans. We continue to hold in our prayers all of those affected by COVID-19. Please remember that the best way to keep updated on Saint Mary's news and actions regarding COVID-19 is on this page. We look forward to seeing you in August!
 
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • August 17 - Classes begin
 
RAM NEWS
The front office will have shortened summer hours through July 31:  8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Regular hours will resume on August 3. 
Regular business hours are:
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and
7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Friday.
The Counseling Department is available by appointment to meet for schedule changes on Monday, August 3. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Saint Mary’s has SM polo shirts, pants, shorts, sweatshirts and P.E. uniforms in our Ram Center. NEW this year: skorts in dark navy and khaki. Only SM sweatshirts are allowed as part of the dress code. BEAT THE RUSH: Ram Center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. We also have many other Saint Mary’s apparel and gifts available now.
Please watch for new merchandise arriving early July.
Pants can be ordered by appointment in the Ram Center. Please call 957-3340 ext. 133. Appointments are available during store hours or by special arrangement.
YEARBOOK UPDATE 06/12/20
Students who did not get a chance to pick up their yearbook at our drive-thru events may go to the front office in Lagorio to pick up their 2020 Cauldron yearbook during normal business hours beginning Tuesday, June 16. If a student is unable to pick up their yearbook, they may send someone in their place to pick it up and sign for it.