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Providence Pushes Forward on Two Fronts

August 17, 2020 by Elaine Rottman

In-Person School for Some while Rolling out Robust Distance Learning for Most

Since June, Providence has been preparing for an in-person return for each of the school’s divisions—Preschool through Grade 12—while also preparing to deliver robust distance learning, if required.

Tracy Larson cleans the preschool playground in preparation for welcoming young children.

At this time, we will open on August 18 for in-person learning for preschool through kindergarten-age children. “We are thrilled that students from age 2.5–6 will be welcomed with joy by their teachers at the San Roque campus,” says preschool interim director Tracy Larson.

Governor Newsom’s mandate that schools remain closed while their county is on the state’s “watch list” makes it impossible to welcome all students at this time. Students in Grades 1–12 will begin the year with distance learning, with orientation activities this week and the first day of academic classes on Monday, August 24.

New head of school Soo Chang, who joined Providence July 1, has confidence in the academic, emotional, and spiritual program Providence offers. “We will provide a robust online experience, improving upon the distance-learning program put in place last spring. We will make use of technology tools, such as Zoom, Google Classroom, and Seesaw, but our core curriculum will not change and our faculty remains as  committed as always to deliver academic excellence.”                               

Providence campuses and classrooms have been organized to provide safe physical distancing and plenty of opportunity for utilizing outdoor spaces. The school is ready to quickly transition to in-person learning as soon as it is deemed safe to do so at each grade level. Health screenings upon arrival, enhanced personal hygiene procedures, and new sanitization measures are set to go in each division.

“We are eager to welcome our entire student body back to campus for in-person learning and we are confident in the plans we have made,” says Rod Meadth, principal for Grades 7–12. “In the midst of deep and significant changes in our economy and culture, we believe that Providence is a wise choice for families. Families who choose Providence commit their children into the hands of teachers and staff who read the current cultural moment, are committed to their faith, are educated in the great traditions of literature and history and math and science, and can serve as wise mentors who want to come alongside students and families through this season,” Meadth adds.

“School online through Providence delivers something unique to students in our community. Our students stay on track academically and our faculty leads with compassion and conviction born out of Christian character. Students will learn about the periodic table, the rules of algebra, Spanish irregular verbs, the US Civil War, and the life of the early church while also being discipled by our faculty and administration as we create a community based in dignity and respect.”

Sarah Bentley provides highly interactive Spanish lessons online.

Meadth speaks for a faculty and administration who would prefer to return to school as they knew it, yet are confident that Providence teachers and staff will use online platforms to continue to strive for the same level of excellence they offer in person.

For families preparing for a new school year, this has been a season of upheaval and uncertainty. No school has an easy task right now, but as the new school year begins, Providence is committed to follow our motto, “Pursuing Truth, Beauty, and Excellence,” no matter the format.

To learn more about the academic program offered through Providence, please contact Tawny Kilpper, director of admissions, at 805-962-3091 or tkilpper@providencesb.org. Providence is still welcoming students to enroll for this fall, with openings in select grades.

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