Distance and In-person Hybrid Learning Updates
As you are most likely aware, on Friday, July 17, Governor Gavin Newsom issued directives to the state of California indicating that schools may only return to in-person instruction when the county in which the school is located has cleared the state’s County Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. In essence, that means that Los Angeles County needs to significantly reduce our numbers of COVID-19 positive residents and reduce our hospitalization rate before schools in the county are permitted to reopen to on-site instruction. At this time, all schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, including Bishop Alemany High School, will begin instruction for the coming academic year with remote learning. Please see the letter from Mr. Paul Escala, Superintendent of Schools, here (English, Español). Bishop Alemany High School will resume classes on August 11 with remote learning.
We know this is a blow to our community and our families. We write this letter not only as school administrators, but also as parents of school-aged children. We know first-hand the challenges that our students face and the uncertainty they have for their futures. Many of us are anxious to return to a sense of normalcy. However, we must balance the desire to return to campus with the need to maximize the health, safety and well-being of our community.
This school year will look differently than any we have ever experienced. Things may change throughout the year, and we will need to work together as a community to do what is best for our students, our faculty and staff, and all of our Bishop Alemany families.
Please click here to see an overview of the Distance Learning schedule that will begin on August 11. As you will see, the schedule is much more synchronous than the schedule the school utilized in the spring. Over the last several months, our faculty, staff and administration have become more experienced and adept at facilitating distance learning and we are eager to welcome our students back to school, albeit in a virtual setting. Please address any questions you have about the upcoming academic year and our updated schedule to your son or daughter’s counselor. If you do not know how to reach the counselor, please contact the school office to be connected.
Bishop Alemany High School is committed to inviting students back to on-site classes as soon as is safely possible. Thus, the school will quickly transition to in-person instruction as soon as state mandates allow. In order to ease that transition when it comes, we are sharing with you the in-person hybrid schedule that will be utilized when our campus reopens.
As we prepare to begin the school year, Principal Raphael Domingo will hold a virtual Town Hall meeting the first week of August in order to begin to get to know the Alemany community and answer any questions you have. Look for additional information to join that meeting.
Thank you for your continued partnership in the education of your sons and daughters. Please look for regular updates from the school administration in the days ahead and please be assured of our prayers for you and your families as we continue to work together to move beyond this pandemic into our very bright future.
William C. Hambleton, Ed. D