Dear Cathedral Community,
We have worked steadily over the spring and summer to prepare a school that is both safe for students and faculty and continues to provide, even under changed and ever-shifting circumstances, “an excellent education for boys.” The last few months have reinforced our longstanding belief that students, especially those in elementary and middle school, learn best in person. However, we remain mindful that there are many factors beyond our control that will ultimately determine whether and when we return to campus. For that reason, we have also continued to improve upon the successful Distance Learning plan that we implemented last spring. Either way, we are well prepared for the eventualities of this fall.
To the right, you'll find several documents that highlight our educational approach this fall. Chief among them is the Cathedral School Fall Learning Plan 2020
, which is designed to provide our community with an outline focusing on the people, program, and place needed to safely and effectively educate our students when they return to campus. It also briefly outlines our revised approach to Distance Learning. As such, we operated with the following goals in mind:
- Maintaining a necessary high level of health and safety;
- Assigning each student to a self-contained grade-level cohort that operates within a designated instructional space and avoids, as much as possible, contact with other student cohorts;
- Offering a high-quality educational experience within the spirit of our Mission.
As we all recognize, these are unprecedented times. Our ability to teach on campus must take into account a variety of public health guidelines that necessarily alter the school day, how we operate, and how our campus is configured. It must be noted that our ability to support learning on campus is contingent on individual and family health. Thus, our approach incorporates recommendations and expectations for healthy practices that take place off-campus and outside of the typical school day. We ask our community to follow all San Francisco Department of Public Health guidelines.
The complexities of returning in the fall are myriad and unlike any schools have had to face in recent history. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we respond to these most unusual times. I remain grateful that every School family is a part of this special place. Rest assured that we remain committed to providing our boys with the best possible educational experience and that they will return to an institution that is, in the words of our Mission, “bonded by open-heartedness, hope, compassion, and concern.”
Very truly yours,