I hope this message finds you well and safe in your homes with your family. While we are experiencing unprecedented and uncertain times in our daily lives, I hope you will find some peace in knowing that even in the days of uncertainty, God remains in all of us. In the quietness of your day, I hope you will spend time with Him and reflect on the true goodness of our lives.
Currently, as the educational programs continue to occur remotely, I send this communication to update you on the following items.
1. As of Friday, March 27, 2020, all school offices will be closed for a ten-day period due to the Governor’s executive order for non-essential business. Although, members of the leadership team, teachers, and guidance counselors will work remotely throughout this time, and will respond to electronic communications.
2. As communicated, school will remain closed until Monday, April 20. (Please know this could easily be extended, and we will communicate any changes as we learn of them.)
3. The spring break vacation will begin on Monday, March 30 and will conclude on Friday, April 3, 2020. (No classes will meet during this time.)
4. We have canceled a number of school and extra-curricular events. For the most up-to-date cancelations, please log on to the school’s web calendar at saintx.com/calendar.
5. We will continue to cancel events as necessary, but we will NOT make wide-spread and unnecessary cancelations at this time.
6. We continue to wait for the College Board to finalize their changes to AP testing. Here is the link to their most up-to-date information, including free remote learning instruction. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update
7. As of now, all senior events are scheduled to occur as planned. Of course, should the Governor continue with government-imposed school closure, we will have to use a contingency plan that will allow us to conduct a commencement exercise within the parameters of the current executive order. While our intention is to celebrate the success of our senior students, the uncertainty of the current situation may necessitate decisions that are out of our control.
8. As your son and his teachers continue the process of non-traditional remote instruction, I encourage you to check-in with him, his teachers, and your PlusPortal account to make sure all is going well. If you have any questions, please make sure you contact his teachers and/or guidance counselor.
We wish you and your families the very best during this difficult time. We continue to go through, as a Christian community, the season of Lent. The word "Lent" may be a derivative of "lengthen" implying the lengthening of days in the spring season. These days and weeks can certainly seem long and lonely, especially with the uncertainty attached to them. We are blessed, though, to have the experience of solidarity as a Xaverian Catholic community, as well as the hope that comes with the anticipation of Easter, regardless of our circumstances.
May the peace of Christ be with you and your family,
Francisco M. Espinosa, Jr.