It is with great pleasure that we can announce today that our school has received the authorization to welcome our High School students (Gr 9 through 12) back on campus.
High School students were the last ones to be granted the authorization to come back on school premises. Their re-entry will be staggered starting from Nov 13, leaving a two week period between their return and the back to school of our Middle School students who are starting this week (from Oct 28).
This great news was motivated by the clear request from a majority of LFSF parents to work on allowing students to learn on campus, while parents who wish to remain remote can chose to do so. It can be credited to the work and dedication of our teams, and especially the LFSF preparedness and leadership teams, who worked relentlessly for months, to make sure that ALL our students could come back safely to campus as soon as possible.
As we celebrate this announcement, we know that COVID cases are on the rise in the U.S. as in Europe. The recent and significant increase in the San Francisco Bay Area is taken seriously by local health authorities and SF Mayor London Breed swiftly reacted by announcing on Tuesday a pause on the reopening that would affect various sectors of activity, including High Schools.
However, as confirmed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, our High School students who will start re-integrating our Ortega campus, will not be affected by this measure and we will move forward with our High School reopening as planned.
It is clear that we need to stay vigilant in order to protect our students and staff, and keep our campuses safe and open. We know that our safety protocols are only as efficient as our diligence in respecting them. We trust that now that we’ve received all the authorizations needed, our community will collectively make sure students can continue to receive education in person.