Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope that you and your family are staying healthy as you navigate these difficult times. As you are aware, we received an order from San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow that officially closes all public and private schools through the end of the school year. Serra will continue with distance learning during this time frame. While we expected this news, it is no less painful to come to terms with this reality.
The school closure affects all end-of-the-year events, including our seniors' graduation ceremony, multiple awards nights, end-of-the-year liturgies and other celebratory events. In anticipation of this news, we have been discussing these events and developing alternative plans.
We know that this news is hard for everyone, none more so than our seniors who have demonstrated such incredible leadership in all dimensions of the school. To say that we are proud of our senior class is an understatement. Please know that we will be planning celebrations for the near future and distant future that allow us to appropriately honor and celebrate their many achievements. We will share these plans in the coming weeks once they are finalized.
We will continue to coordinate with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and local health officials during this time. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to this evolving situation
This web page 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.
The academic office continues to communicate 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 are 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 are providing 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, Princpal
email | p. 650.345.8207 ext. 6113
Barry Thornton, Ed.D., President
Resources for Parents and Students
Faith and Prayer
Campus Ministry Daily Reflection
Student Led Daily Prayer
A message from San Mateo County Manager Mike Callagy '80
Bay Area Resilient
Information below is provided by the
World Health Organization
The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the period of transmission of COVID-19 and will continue to share updated findings.
- What is a coronavirus?
- What is COVID-19?
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- How does COVID-19 spread?
- Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?
- Can COVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?
- How can we protect others and ourselves if we don't know who is infected?
- Are antibiotics effective in prevent or treating COVID-19?
- Is there anything I should not do?
- What should I do if I come in closed contact with someone who has COVID-19?
- What does it mean to self-isolate?
- What should I do if I have no symptoms, but I think I have been exposed to COVID-19? What does it mean to self-quarantine?
- What is the difference between self-isolation, self-quarantine and distancing?
- Can children or adolescents catch COVID-19?
- What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
- Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?
- Does WHO recommend wearing medical masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
- Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating COVID-19?
- How to wash fruits and vegetables?
- How long does the virus survive on surfaces?