SJS SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE 3/25/2020
A Letter from DCS Superintendent Kathleen Radecke
Dear St. Joseph Families,
Please read the following message from our DCS Superintendent, Kathleen Radecke.
Let me begin this communication by expressing my continued gratitude for your partnership during these unprecedented times. We live our days filled with God's grace as together we further the mission of Catholic education.
The seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents, have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020, to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. We join them in stating the safety and wellness of students, school personnel and the community are the priority.
Therefore, the Department of Catholic Schools is extending our Long-Term Dismissal through at least May 1, 2020. This decision aligns us with the recommendation of our local health officials. I know all of us would like to have our students and faculty/staff back into the classrooms as soon as possible. However, the health and well-being of all are our priority. Additionally, during this time, we ask our school communities to continue to adhere to the “Shelter in Place” order issued by our local health agencies and Governor Newsom.
Please know we have a close partnership with our local health departments. We urge you to keep practicing the guidance provided by public health officers including:
Washing hands often with soap and water
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Staying home if you are feeling sick
Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
Engage in regular exercise or physical activity
As we celebrate Mary’s wonderful “yes” to God in today’s Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, may we look forward in joyful hope to the day when we can return to our schools and our churches.
Mary, Health of the Sick, pray for us. Amen.
Christ's peace and joy surround you,
Superintendent of Schools
Diocese of Oakland
Peace & Blessings,
St. Joseph School