Current Status of Flintridge Sacred Heart Operations

As we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, we will share information regarding the current operational status of the school, as well as the most recent communications that is sent to the community regarding our Continuity of Learning plan in the event of a school closure.

Current Operational Status

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  • Current Status - 3/21/20

    Level 3 – Government Mandated Closure (Shelter in Place)

    Effective March 21, 2020
     
    Governor Gavin Newsom, along with county and city officials issued a safer at home order effective March 20 at midnight. The Flintridge Sacred Heart campus will now be closed. Faculty and staff who are not essential in keeping our residents on campus safe, are to begin working remotely effective Monday, March 23. Business operations will continue as normal, however all visitors are prohibited from the campus. 

    Any faculty member or student who may need to come to campus, must contact Sister Celeste via email for instructions. 

Recent School Communication

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  • Nurse Kathy Update - March 13, 2020

    When we began the school year in August, we never considered that our lives would be upended so quickly by a global pandemic. As school leaders, we have had to make many difficult decisions in recent weeks and we remain primarily focused on the health and safety of our community as the guiding principle. It is with heavy hearts and after careful and serious deliberation that we have decided to continue our distance learning program for the remainder of the school year. This decision was made in consultation with public health officials, our school leadership team, and in consultation with other area schools. 

    We know the current instructional model is not perfect and there are always ways that we can improve, but we could not manage this process without the creative adaptations made by our skilled faculty and support staff. Their commitment to our students is commendable as we have witnessed in testimonies from so many of you in these past weeks. We remain grateful for the flexibility and compassion displayed by all members of our community as we navigate these uncertain times together.

    We do wish to acknowledge that we still have 22 students living on campus and they are being cared for by our wonderful residential life faculty and dynamic Culinarts kitchen staff. Most of these girls are thousands of miles from their families and we are grateful that they remain safe in our care.

    We are adopting a “no-harm” grading model for the final marking period. In this model, work completed after April 20th (the start of the final marking period) will not negatively impact a student’s semester grade in any individual course. This policy requires a consistent good faith effort on behalf of the student.  A good faith effort includes turning in assignments in a timely manner, completing all  assessments, and participating in a positive manner during class time.  Regular communication between student/parent and teacher regarding missing or late assignments due to excused absences is required.  This policy includes JRP and SRP work. As a community, we hope this policy enables our students to continue to experience the joy of learning and to reduce any anxiety they may be feeling about semester grades.

    The coronavirus/COVID-19 remains a real and distinct threat to our Flintridge Sacred Heart community (and far beyond) and we must continue to do our part to put the health and safety of all first. This news likely hits the class of 2020 hardest as schools across the globe are creatively developing plans to celebrate their graduates. We know the decisions we must make to ensure the health and safety of our community are particularly hard for our senior class. Flintridge Sacred Heart has many time-honored and beautiful traditions at the end of each year and, while this year we will need to celebrate differently, we will honor our outstanding and resilient Class of 2020. Details about our plan may be found here. We already have much to celebrate with this class who have so far gained 624 acceptances to 157 colleges and universities

    Edits will be made to the TologNet Calendar reflecting any new changes. Information about final exams and end-of-the-year activities for our 9th - 11th grade students will be communicated in the coming weeks as well. As the research showcase, athletics program, and arts events have all been cancelled or modified, we will look for novel ways to engage our students in community activities while adhering to the safer at home policy. Please look for information about summer school programs in a forthcoming communication. Also, we will be sending you a survey to provide a space to offer feedback about our management of this crisis and our distance learning model.

    These final weeks of school will be unlike anything we have ever experienced. Never more than now has it been so important to appreciate the special connections with family, the benefits of our tight-knit community, and the precious gift of health. Despite the challenges presented by this moment, we feel so blessed to be a part of the Flintridge Sacred Heart community where our mission to educate young women to live lives of faith, integrity, and truth is alive and well! Together as a community, we will continue to find ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, honor the ingenuity of our teachers, and recognize the special dedication of our families (current and incoming) and alumnae during these extraordinary times. Please know that we hold each of you in special prayer. We miss seeing you every day on the Hill and look forward to the day that we can all be together again.

    Blessings to you all,

    Sister Carolyn McCormack, O.P., President
    Sister Celeste Marie Botello, O.P., Principal
    Sherrie Singer, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction
    Rosemary Johnston, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs

    With special gratitude to the Flintridge Sacred Heart Ad Team and Senior Class Moderators who are serving on planning committees:

    Stephanie Contreras, Athletic Director/Senior Class Moderator
    Abby Davitt ’12, Campus Minister
    Kathy Desmond, Academic Dean
    Jeannie Finley, Director of Academic Technology/Computer Science and Engineering Chair
    Juliana Gallant, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
    Samantha Herrick, Associate Director of Residential Life
    Tracy How, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
    Kathy Larson, School Nurse
    Kristina Ortega, Religious Studies Chair/Senior Class Moderator
    Margot Paine, Learning Support Specialist
    Mary Schnieders Monohan ’97, Science Faculty/Faculty Representative
    Nora Murphy, Director of Research and Library Services
    Dr. Candy Navarro, Director of College Counseling and Advising

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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth. 

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

440 St. Katherine Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
High School Office: 626-685-8300
Admissions: 626-685-8521

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