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SJND Activates Long-Term Dismissal Effective March 18, 2020

March 25, 2020

Dear SJND Community,

Let me begin this communication by expressing my continued gratitude for your partnership during these unprecedented times. We live our days filled with God's grace as together we further the mission of Saint Joseph Notre Dame.

Today the seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents, have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020, to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. We join them in stating the safety and wellness of students, school personnel and the community are the priority.

Therefore, the Diocese of Oakland Department of Catholic Schools announced that it is extending the Long-Term Dismissal of all Diocesan schools, including SJND, through at least May 1, 2020. This decision aligns us with the recommendation of our local health officials. I know all of us would like to have our students and faculty/staff back into the classrooms as soon as possible. However, the health and well-being of all are our priority. Additionally, during this time, we ask our school communities to continue to adhere to the “Shelter in Place” order issued by our local health agencies and Governor Newsom.

Please know we have a close partnership with our local health departments. We urge you to keep practicing the guidance provided by public health officers including:

  • Social distancing
  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick
  • Contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing
  • Engaging in regular exercise or physical activity


We will continue to assess the situation and support our students’ intellectual, spiritual and emotional needs. Please be sure to let us know if we can support your student and family. 

Let us continue to pray for our community, those who are serving as health care providers and the sick. 

God bless,

Julianne Guevara
Interim Principal
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March 19, 2020

Dear SJND Community,

First off, I would like to acknowledge our students and teachers for completing their first day of Distance Learning. I understand that adapting to a new schedule, a new learning environment, and a new model of engaging with your teachers, classmates and students is not easily done, and I continue to applaud you for your resilience during this time.

As many have likely anticipated, as a result of the Alameda County “shelter in place” order, SJND will continue distance learning through April 8 and then begin Easter break from April 9-17, with the intention of returning to campus on April 20. We are actively reviewing options and necessary decisions, and will keep you apprised of any further changes.

Thank you to all of our families for their understanding and encouraging words during this time - it means so much to our faculty and staff! We know the coming weeks will require increased partnership between the school and families; we are grateful to you. If there is anything we can do to offer assistance during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Continued thoughts and prayers,

Julianne Guevara
Interim Principal
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March 14, 2020

Dear SJND Community,

Due to the fluid nature of this situation, we have made some changes to next week’s schedule. 

Students are no longer expected to return to campus on Monday, March 16. Campus will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Monday for students to retrieve any materials needed to accommodate distance learning. Students should not return to campus if they are ill or experiencing any symptoms of a possible illness. On Monday, Students should also be on the lookout for a communication from Ms. Guevara with digital orientation instructions and expectations for distance learning.

Campus will be closed to students on Tuesday, March 17; office hours and tech support will no longer be offered as previously communicated. We encourage students to use this day to get organized and prepare for distance learning.

Distance learning, following the Altered School Schedule below, will officially take effect on Wednesday, March 18. SJND Teachers spent the day Friday preparing for distance learning; we are confident in their ability to successfully lead our students through this new model of learning during this two-week, long-term dismissal.

It is important to note that there are still no known cases of COVID-19 in the SJND community. If you or someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19, please contact Ms. Guevara immediately at jguevara@sjnd.org. If your child is ill or unable to attend class, as outlined in the Altered School Schedule below, they should follow the usual protocol for reporting absence by emailing attendance@sjnd.org.

Click here to view the Altered School Schedule (March 18 - March 31)

Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding during these ever changing times. Our administrative offices are open with staff working remotely to support our families. The best way to reach faculty or staff members during this time is via email. For general inquiries, please email info@sjnd.org. Let us continue to pray for those who are suffering, especially those directly affected by COVID-19.

Thoughts and prayers,

Julianne Guevara
Interim Principal
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March 13, 2020

Dear SJND Community,

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we adapt our school schedule to prepare for the two-week, long-term dismissal. Today’s Professional Development Day was spent training teachers on the online instructional tools and curriculum plans that we will utilize in our academic continuity plan for distance learning. We are confident that this exercise will help ensure a smooth transition for both teachers and students.

SJND continues to prepare for long-term dismissal effective Wednesday, March 18. As shared in yesterday’s update, Monday, March 16 will serve as a mandatory Pilot Day for all students. Students need to be present to learn how their teachers will structure their online courses and to understand course-specific expectations; students must bring laptop devices to all classes. Teachers will also be available for optional office hours from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17. Additionally, to support students in this long-distance learning model, we will offer optional technology support during office hours for training on Schoology and Google distance learning tools and protocols. During this time, our Tech Team will also be available for general technology support for distance learning. All students received an email from Mr. McKee yesterday regarding WiFi access at home. Please check with your student to make sure they have completed the survey. Wednesday, March 18 will mark the first day of an altered distance-learning schedule (more information here).

Please note that effective today, Friday, March 13, Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School has made the decision to suspend all co-curricular activities, including athletics. All practices and competitions, league and non-league, on and off campus, are postponed until further notice. 

Below please find a detailed schedule for the next several days:

Monday, March 16: Pilot Day

7:15-7:55 Zero Period

8:00 - 8:45 First Period

8:50 - 9:35 Second Period

9:35 - 9:45 Break

9:50 - 10:35 Third Period

10:40 - 11:25 Fourth Period

11:30 - 11:38 Homeroom

11:38 - 12:10 Lunch

12:15 - 1:00 Fifth Period

1:05 - 1:50 Sixth Period

1:55 - 2:40 Seventh Period

Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Optional Office Hours

  • Tech support available in Notre Dame Hall


Wednesday, March 18: Long-Term Dismissal takes effect; Altered School Schedule implemented

Altered School Schedule: March 18-March 31

Again, I cannot stress enough the diligence with which we continue to monitor and assess the current situation. The well-being of everyone in the SJND community remains top priority. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Thoughts and prayers,

Julianne Guevara
Interim Principal

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March 12, 2020

Dear SJND Community,

Keeping the best interest of our students, families, faculty and staff at heart, in conjunction with the Diocese of Oakland Department of Catholic Schools we have made the decision to voluntarily activate our two-week, long-term dismissal plan. We reached this decision out of an abundance of caution, and in adherence with the directives of our local health agencies regarding social distancing in an effort to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19. This decision also comes amid heightened awareness around large gatherings of individuals. It is important to note that to date, no members of the SJND community have tested positive for COVID-19.

Below please find a schoolwide schedule in preparation for long-term dismissal, effective Wednesday, March 18:
Friday, March 13: Professional Development Day - No Classes
Library open to students from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (space is limited, contact Mrs. Park if interested)
Monday, March 16: Mandatory Pilot Day
Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Optional Office Hours
Wednesday, March 18: Long-Term Dismissal takes effect through Tuesday, March 31 (returning April 1)

Tomorrow, Friday, March 13, will be a Professional Development Day for all Faculty and Staff (no classes). Teachers will engage in a day of intensive training on the online instructional tools that we will utilize in our academic continuity plan for distance learning. Academic Departments will meet to make critical curriculum decisions and develop lessons that can be carried out via our online learning tools. This training and development time is crucial to the success of our academic continuity plan for distance learning.

To assist with this change in our schedule, we have made the Library available to students from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for their independent study. Space is limited. If your student plans to utilize this option, please contact Mrs. Park at jpark@sjnd.org.

Monday, March 16 is a mandatory Pilot Day. All students are required to attend classes for one final touch point with each of their teachers. We cannot stress enough how important it is for students to attend classes on this day. Students need to be present to learn how their teachers will structure their online courses and to understand course-specific expectations. Students must bring their laptop devices with them to each class.

Teachers will be available on Tuesday, March 17 for optional office hours between 8:00am and 12:00pm. During this time, students may take additional time to review what is expected of them during long-term dismissal, ask questions, retrieve materials, etc. Students are not required to attend.

Long-term dismissal will take effect on Wednesday, March 18, with the intention to return Wednesday, April 1. During this time, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of public health agencies, and will be in communication if changes arise.

Please note that effective Wednesday, March 18, all school events and activities are cancelled or postponed – including all co-curricular events, athletic practices and games, and meetings, both on and off campus – until further notice. Coaches will be in contact regarding any practices or games scheduled between now and March 18.

This remains a fluid situation. Should any changes be made to the plan outlined in this communication, teachers, students and parents will be notified immediately. If you, your student, or any members of your family exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus or have been exposed to individuals positive for COVID-19, please contact Ms. Guevara at 510-995-9442 or jguevara@sjnd.org.

Our students have met these unprecedented times with much resilience; the SJND faculty and staff are inspired by their perseverance and positivity in the face of uncertainty. I feel incredibly honored and blessed to serve this community, and am grateful for your continued support throughout this time. I believe I speak for many in that this situation has been an eye-opening reminder of the importance to take care of ourselves and one another. I encourage everyone to take this time to rest, reflect and spend quality time with your family.

Continued thoughts and prayers,

Julianne Guevara
Interim Principal