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Providence Moving to Remote Learning on March 16

March 13, 2020 by Elaine Rottman

Updated March 16, 2020

Providence classes switched over to remote learning beginning today, March 16, in a proactive measure responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Campuses are closed to students but staff and faculty reported on Monday. Faculty may choose to work from campus or from home for the remainder of the week. Staff will be on campus throughout the week and school offices will be open 9 am–3 pm.

All non-essential, school-related activities are canceled, including athletic practices and games, rehearsals, and other after-school classes and activities.

In his letter to parents announcing the move to remote learning, Dr. Tim Loomer, interim head of school, wrote “The leadership at Providence School has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus situation for the past several weeks. While we continue to hear from medical professionals within our community that we can safely continue to operate, we are also very aware of decisions being made by schools and organizations across California to close or switch to remote learning. … Our leadership team and board of directors have concluded that we should proactively close our campuses to students and transition to remote learning next week (Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20). We will hold classes on campus tomorrow, Friday, March 13. Coming together on campus for one more day will allow teachers to prepare students for distance learning and to send them home with books and materials they will need next week.“

Providence is not closing due to any COVID-19 illness within the school community.

“We understand the burden this decision places on our families; it is the last thing we want to do,” wrote Dr. Loomer. “But, at this time, we feel this decision is in the best interest of our families and community at large. We are concerned for the health and wellbeing of all of you, your extended family, and our community.”

Providence is on Spring Break March 21–March 29. The school will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and will evaluate the date for students to return to campus. At the present time, the planned return is for Monday, March 30.