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UPDATED – Plans for Fall Reopening

August 3, 2020 by Elaine Rottman

We are overjoyed to announce that under our early childhood education licensing, Providence will welcome both Preschool and Kindergarten children on campus for in-person learning, beginning August 18, 2020. 

View Reopening Providence, A Guide for Parents, Preschool & Junior Patriots

We are ready to launch Providence@Home (version 2.0), our distance-learning program, on August 19 for those grades prohibited from meeting in person. Currently, that is Grades 1–12. To make distance learning a success, we have invested in additional faculty and technology (both hardware and software) to improve upon what was already a high-quality learning experience last spring that kept students thriving academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Providence has planned for months to reopen campuses for all students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Governor Newsom’s mandate issued on July 17 have made those plans tentative, depending on Santa Barbara County’s status on the state watch list for COVID-19 outbreaks. 

At his press conference, Governor Newsom stated that students, teachers, staff, and parents prefer in-person instruction—but only if it can be done safely. “We couldn’t agree with him more,” said Soo Chang, Head of School at Providence.

“This remains a fluid situation,” Chang wrote to school parents in a July 30 email, “and we remain hopeful that unfolding events may make in-person school possible in the not-too-distant future. Though we do not have a crystal ball to tell us when that will happen, as soon as we are able we will quickly transition to in-person learning, five days a week.”  

The Providence administration has been watching all developments and preparing for multiple scenarios that would involve in-person and remote-learning models. Providence is fully prepared to offer rich, daily, engaging learning for all students, whether that learning takes place online or in a safe classroom environment.

Visit this website to stay informed with the latest information on Providence’s plans for reopening.  

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