August 11, 2020

During these challenging times of COVID 19, we are doing all we can to best meet the needs of our students, families, faculty and staff. We continue to pray for the safety and health of all and the end to this pandemic.

School has been closed since March 13, 2020. However, learning continued thanks to the cooperation of students, parents, and our dedicated teachers. There were things to work out but we made it to the end of the school year! Our Class of 2020 had an outdoor graduation and the 2nd Graders finally made their First Communion at an outdoor Mass.

The 2020-2021 school year will begin on September 8, 2020. We are still not sure whether it will be in the classroom or through Distance Learning. It is our belief that the classroom is still the best place for our students to learn, however, we defer to the experts to make the most informed decisions for the safety of all concerned. We will be following all mandates and guidelines in place from the federal and state government as well as the Diocese of Orange.

Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete the survey in response to moving forward with our waiver application to see if St. Barbara can reopen for in-person instruction. Due to the overwhelming response in favor of moving forward, I have submitted our waiver application. There is no guarantee that we will be approved, but we are doing everything possible to re-open our classrooms as soon as possible. The waiver has been posted for your information.

One of the requirements was to submit our Reopening Plan, which is now available on our website for you to read. The policy changes, cleaning procedures, face covering requirements, and other steps that are being taken/will be taken to protect all who come to our campus to the best of our ability, are outlined in this plan. Please click on the link found in the left menu.

Once I know the decision-to reopen or to begin digitally, I will be scheduling Zoom meetings with each grade level to review everything in more detail. I should know more in the next 2 weeks. 

Again, this is a waiver for only TK-6th grades. At this time, grades 7 and 8 will begin the school year with Distance Learning. This is not my decision but a mandate from the state since older children have different transmission paths for COVID 19.

Please review our new policies and procedures, and as always, feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Mrs. Melissa Baroldi, Principal