LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you are all doing well, amidst this unique time in history.
Per the governor's request, our teachers are working remotely, and not on campus, effective Friday March 13. As we begin Week 2 of distance learning, I want to thank everyone for their positive attitudes and gracious patience and understanding. Your children are resilient and have been adapting to this change beautifully. We will iron out the wrinkles and work will get increasingly challenging for our students as they get used to this new way of learning.
I also wanted to address some valid concerns we are hearing from parents in regards to tuition collection while our physical site is closed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that even though your students are not physically attending school, they are attending school virtually, and they are accountable to their teachers to get their work and assignments done daily. Compulsory education is mandated, and our expectation is that Tuition and fees continue to be paid, as per the tuition contract signed. As you know, it was not our choice to close the school at all, we were simply following mandates from the Archdiocese of LA per the CDC, the WHO, and the state and federal governments.
As a private Catholic school, we run solely on tuition and fees and we depend on this income for our operating budget, which was set at the beginning of the year. As you know, our Teachers and I are still working full time, and in fact, many of us have worked many overtime hours this week, in a gallant effort to plan for the continuing education of our children's online education, since we were only notified about this change on 3/12 at 4:45pm.
RE: School closure dates; As a result of the revised statewide “Safer at Home” order, remote learning will be extended through Sunday, April 19. Our intent is to resume in-person instruction on Monday, April 20, but much will depend on orders from public health officials at that time. We are committed to returning to on-campus instruction as soon as we can, but we must prepare for further extensions. Until then, we will maintain our remote learning programs and keep our families engaged, connected and learning together. We understand that some public school districts and private schools have identified alternative dates to reopen. Guidance and orders from public health officials have informed our decisions from the beginning of the crisis. As such, our return date is based on the most recent order from officials stated above.
I believe with our prayers we can turn this around. However, to be safe, we will follow any mandates from the government to "flatten the curve" and contain the virus. I encourage everyone to stay home until this sickness passes over us, and we continue to pray for all those who have been affected. I will continue to update you with the latest information I get, and we will plan accordingly.
The request to turn our classrooms into digital environments in record time, virtually overnight, is a very daunting task, and our Teachers have handled this admirably in a week's time. I have heard that many LAUSD schools and even universities sent home their children with little work or no assignments this week, as NO ONE could have foreseen the school closures nationwide, and some schools were just unprepared to face this. I am happy to say that our teachers found solutions in less than 24 hours together. NO excuses, only dedication, discipline, and a will to continue learning for every child at Our Lady of the Valley School.
Undoubtedly, this pandemic has affected everyone in our world, but we stay faithful, positive and supportive of our educators, who, like you, want the best for your children.
Rest assured that Our Teachers continue to work with me daily to plan for quality, meaningful lessons for your students at home as we enter into a new phase of education and are working diligently every day to ensure learning and remain available to their students so they can be self-directed learners at home as well.
It is our sincere hope that our school families recognize and full appreciate the value in the education we are offering in these tumultuous times and honor the hard work our Teachers are putting into the planning of educating their students.
Feel free to contact your child's Teacher directly regarding any concerns you might have over this remote learning process. These are new processes for everyone, so it is critical that we all work together towards the common goal of providing quality education to your children during these uncertain times. Know also that some systems may be inundated with a high volume of traffic online, so some attachments are difficult to upload onto certain online platforms (like Google Classroom). We are working through all these issues as we speak. As we continue to have faith that our world is healing with God's grace and Our Blessed Mother's protection, know that you as parents have done an incredible job so far, and we are all in this together!
Once again, our teachers are available via Zoom calls, class dojo and emails, so please reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns. I am also here for you. I continue to pray for all of us.
Our Lady of the Valley School, Canoga Park
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
WELCOME TO OUR LADY OF THE VALLEY CATHOLIC SCHOOL!
Students at Our Lady of the Valley School make friends for life and create a sense of security in themselves, both academically and in their own self-esteem. Teachers, along with parents, are dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, social, moral, and physical growth of students.
We are a Catholic family dedicated to the moral and academic development of each child.