Dear St. Lucy’s Families,
With heavy yet hopeful hearts, we acknowledge that the 2020-2021 school year is not starting out how we are traditionally accustomed to nor did anyone envision. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis evolves, we recognize that new guidelines and restrictions emerge regularly requiring us to adapt to new challenges. This recent development is no exception, yet we are confident that together our St. Lucy’s community will rise to the occasion and make this upcoming school year successful and memorable.
As the number of Coronavirus cases continue to spike at record rates and transmission increases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state will maintain a “monitoring list” which affects 32 counties at greatest risk, Los Angeles County included. The mandate calls for all schools within those counties to open the school year with ‘distance’ learning and provide meaningful online instruction until the designated county is officially off the state’s “monitoring list” for 14 consecutive days.
Therefore, in compliance with state order as well as compliance with the mandate set by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Friday, July 16, St. Lucy’s Priory will not start the new school year with in-person, on-campus instruction as initially planned. Rather, we will open our virtual doors with a rigorous distance learning model to provide the stellar education you can expect to receive from our institution. St. Lucy’s will proceed with:
- A virtual Freshmen, Sophomore and New Student Orientation on Monday, August 10 with more details to follow.
- The first day of school on Tuesday, August 11 in an online, distance learning.
In spring, our dedicated faculty and staff quickly pivoted to online instruction and seamlessly transitioned to offer the same college preparatory education founded in the Benedictine tradition that St. Lucy’s is known for. Our faculty and staff are more committed than ever to elevate that experience with a strong focus on academic excellence and accountability. Plans for professional development are already in progress to better equip our teachers and students with the resources needed to learn and succeed. Despite the physical distance, our Regents can expect to connect through the bond of sisterhood and thrive through our support of school activities that educate, equip, and empower young women to develop their personal talents and to lead and serve a global society.
We understand that you will have many questions as to how this year will look. To answer your questions and ease the anxiety associated with these unprecedented times, we invite you to participate in our virtual Town Hall Meetings. We will host two Zoom meetings:
- Returning school parents on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
- Parents of incoming freshmen and new students on Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
We will address the many issues, such as: class scheduling, attendance, accountability, online learning etiquette, curriculum, college counseling and tuition. While we recognize that many families are faced with economic uncertainty, our Benedictine community, too, faces adversity now more than ever. Our mission has not changed and we are committed to ensuring our young women receive quality curriculum within a nurturing environment as we serve as a premier academic institution. We have the responsibility to students, parents, faculty and staff in delivering our mission through its ongoing daily operations that include teacher salaries and benefits to facility maintenance and utilities. In addition, we have been tasked with planning and preparing for the safe return of our students while securing the health and safety equipment needed and following the public health guidelines. These additional obligations come with financial responsibilities. Therefore, we are unable to provide reduced tuition given these circumstances. With heartfelt gratitude, we thank you for your understanding, ongoing support and family commitment to fulfill our mission.
Rest assured that St. Lucy’s remains committed to welcoming our students back to campus safely as soon as possible. The Health and Safety Task Force will continue to work behind the scenes to prepare our campus with the necessary safety measures to transition your daughters back to in-person instruction. We are confident that our St. Lucy’s community will provide rigorous remote learning and offer a seamless transition back to in-person, on-campus instruction after Los Angeles County has met the requirements to be removed from the state monitoring list.
Our continued prayers for those affected by COVID-19, for our St. Lucy’s students, parents, faculty, staff and community and for our leadership who continue to guide and make challenging decisions during this difficult time.
Elizabeth Brown, OSB, President
S. Helen Dziuk, OSB, Principal Ermerita
Judy Hartranft, Principal