Sunday, September 20, 2020, 5:24 PM
We return to hybrid instruction this week. Check your email for the Q1W3 Update Letter to Families. Don't forget, morning Chapel will be held at 8:35 AM Monday in the Gymnasium. Scholars receiving in-person instruction will remain in the Gymnasium until dismissed from Chapel. Scholars receiving remote instruction will log-in via the Google Meet link in the calendar of their SFAcademy.org email account.
Monday, September 14, 2020, 3:56 PM
It just came to our attention this afternoon that one of our faculty members tested positive for the coronavirus. The teacher developed mild symptoms over the weekend and was rapid-tested this morning. This teacher had very limited exposure to students last week but, nonetheless, was on campus and had significant exposure to two additional non-instructional staff members. Those staff members are being tested today and we will notify you if the results are cause for greater concern.
Per our protocol, as noted in the Blueprint for reopening Saint Frances Academy, we have notified the Baltimore City Department of Health. They have advised the following: exposure of fewer than 15 minutes, especially to a non-symptomatic person, is defined as very low risk. Fortunately, this staff member and his exposure to the community fit this category.
We had an extensive conversation with City Health officials. They suggested that if both of these additional staff members test negative for the virus, continuing live instruction may be acceptable. However, our pandemic plan is designed to err on the side of greater caution. Therefore, we will conduct all classes virtually for the remainder of the week. We are hopeful to resume blended instruction on Monday but will only do so if we are confident that no further exposure from this source is likely. We will be in close contact with you to let you know if this plan changes.
All athletic workouts are suspended this week as well.
If your student was on campus. Please continue to monitor him or her for symptoms related to the virus. Seek immediate medical attention if needed and notify us so that we can initiate contact tracing.
Please contact us if you have any questions and once again, I thank you for your support and perseverance during these challenging times.
Wednesday, August 11, 2020, 7:29 PM
Families have the option to select whether they want their 10th, 11th, or 12th-grade scholar to attend school in-person or via synchronous remote/distance learning for the first quarter. This option will be made available ahead of each quarter for which federal, state, and municipal entities or data from healthcare professionals indicate we need to observe social distancing and restricted social gatherings as a result of COVID-19.
The Family Choice of Instructional Options Survey has been made available for families to complete. To make the selection for whether your 10th, 11th or 12th-grade scholar will attend school in-person or via synchronous remote/distance learning for the first quarter, follow this link https://bit.ly/SFAchoice. By the way, 9th graders will be in the building Monday - Thursday and remote on Fridays. Remember, once a family has chosen an option, except in the cases of an emergency, it must remain in place for the entire quarter.
We will respect the choice of each family, irrespective of our personal views on COVID-19. We also understand every family has a different set of circumstances driving this choice.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 12:09 PM
The Blueprint for reopening Saint Frances Academy contains all information related to safely reopening the campus for instruction. Given the gravity of the global pandemic, the decision of whether “to open or not to open,” can not be taken lightly. This reopening plan was crafted with
consideration given to guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Maryland Department of Health, the Baltimore City Department of Health, and the Saint Frances Family.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 10:30 AM
Saint Frances Academy will collect technology devices the week of May 18 - 22, 2020. Additional information will be provided by Ms. Karae Mosley.
SmartTuition: Take advantage of the self-service signup for next year's tuition payments. Visit EnrollWithSmart.com (School ID No. 00168). If you need additional assistance, call SmartTuition's Parent Help Center @ (888) 868-8828.
BOOST: MSDE has extended the BOOST application deadline through June 1st. We are encouraging our families to complete the applications by April 24th.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 6:35 PM
|May 8th||Final day of Instruction|
|May 11th||Final Exams (A/B Periods)|
|May 12th||Final Exams (C/D Periods)|
|May 13th||Final Exams (E/F Periods)|
|May 14th||Final Exams (G Period)|
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 5:35 AM
Friday, March 12, 2020, 10:45 AM
Dear Saint Frances Academy Family:
Saint Frances Academy continues to monitor and assess guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and Maryland Health officials related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global emergency.
Following extensive consultation with state and municipal health officials, medical professionals, and community leaders, we have decided to implement a preventative measures plan that will allow to minimize any disruption of learning. As previously noted, the safety of our scholars and employees is our primary concern. With that in mind, Saint Frances Academy will move all instruction to a remote academic environment and other alternative modalities, from Wednesday, March 18th - 27th.
We recognize moving to remote instruction will create challenges for some scholars, faculty, and staff. However, given the uncertainty and rapid spread of the virus we feel this is the most necessary and prudent action, as the best prevention is to ensure our scholars avoid being opportunities for exposure. While instruction will occur remotely, our facilities will otherwise remain open for scheduled business operations until further notice. If you would like to meet with a specific staff person, please be certain to pre-schedule a day and time.
Additionally, the following decisions have been made:
- Remote Instruction. We will have a mini-break from “face-to-face” instruction on Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. On Wednesday, March 18th - 27th we will transition classes to our remote academic environment.
- As a part of our Google Education package we have access to a suite of applications which enable us to efficiently transition to remote learning, with ample preparation. Considering such, the faculty and staff will use March 16th and 17th to prepare lessons for delivery via Google Classroom, Google Meet, and other tools.
- Report Card Conferences. In-person report card conferences scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th have been cancelled. For parents who wish to discuss grades of any scholars with a 75 or below, we encourage you to contact the teacher to schedule a conference call.
- Spring Break. Given the adjustment of our “face-to-face” instruction, Spring Break dates will be modified. Students, faculty, and staff will be able to enjoy their Spring Break from Thursday, April 9th - Friday, April 17th. Classes will resume Monday, April 20th.
- Athletic Events. All athletic events and practices have been cancelled until further notice. Pertinent information will be provided as decisions are made by the relevant athletic governing bodies.
- Campus/Public Events. For the safety and well-being of the school-community, all campus events and facilities rentals have been cancelled through the end of Spring Break and will be reassessed on a case-by-case basis afterward.
- Commencement. A highlight of our scholars academic career is the ability to share the closing exercise of their post-secondary career with close family and friends. Similar to our campus events, we will continue to monitor the impact of the virus and reassess the viability of commencement exercises provide an update no later than the close of the Memorial Day holiday.
- Community Health Clinic. We intend to keep our on-campus clinic open and available to our school community. For more information call, (410) 528 - 8747.
- Off-Campus Residences. There are a number of scholars who live in school-sponsored off-campus residences. If they’ve not already done so, these scholars should pack the items they need and participate in remote instruction from home. Any scholar unable to do so, should immediately reach out to Coach Russell and Coach Messay.
- Tuition Payments. Considering scholars are expected to be fully engaged in their online or alternative instruction activities, tuition payments should continue as agreed. Should you have a request for alternative payment arrangements, please send an email to Mr. R. A. Mills (RAnthony.Mills@SFAcademy.org) with a cc: to Dr. Kirk P. Gaddy (Dr.KirkGaddy@SFAcademy.org)
Remember, prevention is a priority! Everyone can protect themselves and others by practicing good health habits, which include frequent washing of your hands (with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap & water, for at least 20 seconds and covering your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
As part of the Saint Frances Academy effort to remain diligent in providing timely updates regarding our school and athletic activities, we will continue to focus on preventative measures as advised by the Maryland Department of Health https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx and the CDC CDC.gov/COVID19.
The leadership team of Saint Frances Academy will continue to communicate updates as we receive. If you have specific concerns, feel free to contact us, (410) 539-5794. For additional updates, be certain to look out for notifications via Remind, SmartTuition, and our website, https://sfacademy.org/student-life/coronavirus.
As a faith community, we continue to unite our prayers with all of the faithful for those most adversely affected by this pandemic.
Deacon Curtis Turner, Ed.D. and Dr. Kirk P. Gaddy
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 4:50 PM
URGENT NOTICE - Due to the COVID19 Crisis and the State of Emergency in Maryland, Saint Frances Academy will be closed Friday, March 13, 2020. A communication from the administration regarding the rest of the academic year will be distributed tomorrow morning.