Dear San Domenico Community Members,
Thank you all for doing your part during this pandemic and shelter in place. Parents, please pass on my gratitude to your children if they are not yet able to read this. As Governor Newsom has shared in his recent updates, and with the recent announcement of the Bay Area counties loosening some restrictions, we are heading in the right direction, and hopeful that we will be able to return to campus, in some configuration, this fall.
Still though, this public health crisis is far from over. For U.S. schools, this pandemic is proving to be the most destabilizing event in the last 50 years; education across the country has been hugely impacted by childrens’ inability to attend classes on campus and teachers and parents alike are struggling to support their students’ education through distance learning. School communities are also experiencing significant grief. Even in schools like ours, located in an area that has had a smaller number of COVID-19 cases, students are feeling the loss of Spring sports, plays, music performances, proms, graduations, and of course their friends, teachers, and their campus “home.” The New York Times recently published an excellent article on this topic: We’re All Grieving. This Is How We Get Through It.
In addition, there is anxiety, as the future is still uncertain. What will school look like in the fall? Will we be able to return to campus? If so, under what conditions? There is also considerable economic fallout from the pandemic; individuals are losing their jobs and their businesses, and for many families, businesses, and schools, the financial outlook is extremely concerning.
Fortunately, San Domenico’s institutional and community strength means we are here for each other through these hard times and as you can see in the news stories on our website, we carry on, stronger together. You’ll soon be hearing from me on the steps we are taking to plan for the myriad uncertainties before us, but for now, I hope you enjoy the below stories about teaching and learning at SD.
Cecily Stock '77, M.A., J.D.
Head of School