St. Joseph High School Now Closed Through April 5
STJ Students To Start Mandatory Distance Learning March 30
VICTORIA, Texas- This is the letter sent out to parents of St. Joseph high school students by school president John Gilley Thursday afternoon.
Dear STJ Families:
This afternoon Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a statewide public health disaster. In this announcement he is requiring all schools in the state to be closed through midnight on Friday, April 3rd. This declaration will extend the suspension of any on-campus learning at STJ through that date and will also extend our suspension of any extracurricular activities through Sunday, April 5th.
In preparation for an announcement like today’s public health disaster, the STJ faculty and staff have been readying to begin distance learning via online platforms on Monday, March 30th. STJ will spend most of next week continuing to fine-tune our online platforms and transition our curriculum from traditional in-person learning to distance learning.
Please understand, all STJ students will begin mandatory distance learning on Monday, March 30th. We ask that students check their school-issued email accounts for further direction on how to continue your very important education. Once distance learning begins, students will log onto the FACTS Learning Management System (LMS) at lms.renweb.com to acquire instruction and assignments from teachers. If any of you have difficulty logging onto FACTS LMS, please email Ann Brogger at email@example.com or Jennifer Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STJ understands that distance learning requires certain technology to be available. We want all of our students to have equal opportunity to be successful during this new learning experience. To guarantee that opportunity, STJ will loan one of our Chromebooks or iPads to any student in need. The checking out of these devices will take place later next week. Watch for a more detailed email with instructions on how to request a device and the stipulations that will come with the device. For those STJ families that do not currently have internet access, Altice USA, Suddenlink’s parent company, has offered free internet access for 60 days to students. Information for this service will also be included with the above-mentioned email.
Again, I must reiterate that it is imperative to monitor your email accounts during this ever-changing time. STJ will continue to send out updates via email, as well as our social media platforms and our website. If at any time you have questions or concerns, you are welcome to reach me via email at email@example.com.
On our patron’s feast day, I ask Saint Joseph to pray for us. St. Joseph High School and its students and families have faced difficult times before, and with the help of prayer we will prevail over the challenge at hand. God bless and stay healthy.
John H. Gilley, IV
St. Joseph High School