Please read our updated Back to School Plan, which provides an overview of school operations during the 2020-2021 school year, with additional details and updates being provided at both the lower and upper school levels. We also have a Q&A sheet to answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus!
Scott Schroeder, PhD
Principal, Upper School
Principal, Lower School
COVID19 - Update #4 September 16, 2020
Dear Sacred Hearts Community,
This year, to meet the needs and interests of all Sacred Hearts families, we were set to offer families the option of having your daughters attend school on campus or online when school began on August 10th. Out of an abundance of caution, with the positive COVID case on campus and the increase in COVID cases on Oahu, we began the school year online for all students in grades 1 through 12. And we have been fully online for those grade levels through the latest stay at home order.
This letter is to inform you that the Academy will reopen campus for in person instruction beginning September 24th for those families that have selected on campus education for their daughters. The specific return to campus dates are provided below by grade level:
Thursday, September 24th
Grades 1-3 are on campus in the lower school
Grades 7-9 are on campus in the upper school
Monday, September 28th
Grades 1-6 are on campus in the lower school
Grades 7-12 are on campus in the upper school
An updated Back to School Plan for Parents will be distributed later this week which highlights the latest facility enhancements, new procedures and personal practices that have been put in place to keep all on campus at the Academy safe and healthy this school year. And additional guidance will be provided to students and families at the lower and upper school levels as well regarding school-specific procedures. Families whose daughters will be continuing their education online will follow their current practices. Families whose daughters are in the Early Learning Center (JK/SK) will continue their current mode of instruction.
We have appreciated the patience and flexibility of all Sacred Hearts families as we have worked to provide an excellent education to your daughters under such new and unusual circumstances. Those characteristics will continue to serve us well as we continue in this school year.
We are looking forward to welcoming your daughters back on campus this month!
Yesterday the mayor announced an extension of the latest "stay at home" order through September 23rd.
The order has the following impact on our educational formats for the period of the extended order:
All students in grades 1 through 12 will continue school online through September 23rd.
All JK and SK will continue school in their chosen format, either on campus or online through September 23rd.
We are preparing for a return to campus for all students whose parents have selected that format following the expiration of the "stay at home" order. Additional information and an updated Back to School Plan will be provided next Wednesday, September 16th.
With prayers for your continued health and well-being,
Today the governor has announced a new “stay at home” order that will be in effect from August 27th through September 10th.
The order has the following impact on our educational formats for the period of the order:
All students in grades 1 through 12 will continue school online through September 11th.
All Senior Kindergarten students will have school online from August 27th through September 11th, including those students who currently attend school on campus.
Students in Junior Kindergarten will be able to continue school in their parents’ preferred format, either on campus or online.
We appreciate the feedback you’ve provided us about the quality of education your daughters are receiving online at the start of this school year. Our faculty are working hard and are truly devoted to your daughter’s learning, well-being and success. And we appreciate your patience as we navigate the pandemic together and pray for its swift conclusion.
Today we begin a new school year with the hope, promise and enthusiasm that accompanies the start of the fall term. Last week we gathered together as faculty and staff to meet new faculty, center ourselves again on the mission of our school and the legacy of the Sacred Hearts Sisters that we carry forward with them today. There were school year overviews, discipline and grade level meetings, guest lectures and a start of the year retreat. These events happen at the start of every school year. They are the rituals that energize and prepare us to do the important work of teaching and developing Academy students in the year ahead.
As familiar as our work last week was, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was different as well. Many of our events during the week were held online rather than in person. As much as we were talking about curriculum issues and ways of teaching, we were focused on sharing how classrooms would be sanitized, how health checks would be conducted, and when the latest PPEs would be arriving on campus.
As our events of the week unfolded, we were also watching the news indicating the rising number of new COVID-19 cases on Oahu, doubling over the last two weeks and averaging well over 100 new cases per day. Both in the news and in our own case of COVID-19 on campus, we saw the challenges the State is facing with testing and contact tracing. And our health care system is nearing capacity as well.
We have worked over the spring and summer to ensure that Sacred Hearts Academy is prepared to provide families the option of on campus or online instruction this school year. We have put health and safety practices in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission for those who choose the option of on campus instruction.
We have an abiding concern for the well-being of all in the Academy community. It’s that concern that led us to go fully online for our first week of instruction following our on campus case of COVID-19. Sacred Hearts community concern extends beyond the Academy campus. It’s that legacy of the Sacred Hearts Sisters that has our graduates as well known for their community service as for their professional accomplishments.
We have carefully reviewed the trending COVID-19 prevalence on Oahu, as well as the steps taken and challenges faced by the State in seeking to reverse that trend. In service of both our Academy community and public health, we have decided to extend online instruction for students in grades 1 through 12 through August 28th. Students in the Early Learning Center (JK and SK) will have the option of on campus or online instruction beginning August 17th and extending through August 28th. We will evaluate the COVID-19 situation on Oahu the week of August 24th to determine if we are able to begin on campus instruction the following week for those choosing that format.
The feedback we received from families about online instruction in the spring was very positive. Our faculty continue to work diligently on their own and collaborate together to offer students as outstanding an education online as they do on campus.
The well-being of all at the Academy and on our island continues to be our priority. Let us pray that through our efforts together we will be able to lessen the presence and impact of COVID-19 and that we will have a blessed start to our school year.