Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope that you and your family are staying healthy as you navigate these difficult times. As you are aware, the San Mateo County Health Department declared a Shelter in Place for the region that runs through April 7. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has extended the closure period through April 20. However, Serra fully anticipates this time frame to be extended through May 1 in line with the extension announced by the six Bay Area counties governing public schools. We will confirm this extension in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to this evolving situation.
This webpage was created to bring you the latest Serra-related information and additional content to support our students and families as we all move forward. The sections include:
Faith and Prayer
It is times like these where our core is tested and our mission to create men of faith, wisdom, service, community and leadership becomes even more clear and relevant. Campus Ministry and the student Encounter team will be providing daily prayers for the community throughout this time period.
Over the past two weeks, the academic office has communicated information on distance learning and teleconferencing. They will continue to provide guidance as the program evolves. In the light of the potential extension of school closure, we are assessing the feedback received from students, parents and teachers and we will adjust the programs to provide more structure to ensure the academic success of the students.
Our students thrive in connection to one another. The loss of face-to-face connection during classes, activities, clubs, athletics and theatre is one of the most challenging aspects of this school closure. The AP Student Life will be coordinating ways for students to connect, even if it is from a distance.
Serra’s counselors support the students in all aspects of their learning, social emotional well-being, and their college selection. They will provide information, resources, support and information on testing to ensure that this support is ongoing.
We have all been stunned by the speed with which this health crisis has impacted the world, country and our local community. On so many levels, it has upended life as we have known it. Many of us are working from home; children have stayed home during the day; college students are returning home. We have been asked to shelter in place for an extended period. We are anxious about our health and of those we love. We will be providing resources for parents to navigate this new reality.
There will be ongoing challenges in the coming months. Ultimately, we are a community of faith that guides us forward, gives us hope, and helps us remain faithful to our mission amidst this crisis. We have tremendous confidence in our entire community to respond to this unprecedented challenge together.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have questions.
Charlie McGrath, Principal
email | p. 650.345.8207 ext. 6113
Barry Thornton, Ed.D., President
email | p. 650.345.8207 ext. 6127
Resources for Parents and Students
Faith and Prayer
Student Led Daily Prayer
Campus Ministry Daily Reflection
A message from San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy '80
Bay Area Resilient
Information below is provided by the
World Health Organization
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- Is there anything I should not do?
Dr. Peter Lin breaks down facts
about the Coronavirus.