Dear Chaminade Family,
Last week was a joyous occasion as we celebrated middle and high school Baccalaureate Masses and commencement ceremonies. Although both events looked different from prior to the pandemic, we were delighted to honor our graduates in person. Many thanks to our families for their understanding and cooperation as we hosted limited-capacity events in order to keep our community safe.
We are already looking toward the 2021-2022 school year with prayerful optimism. While our plans will be predicated by official guidelines, this fall semester we expect to return to full-time, in-person instruction without distance or hybrid learning options. Later this summer, the principals will communicate with more details following the State of California’s reopening on June 15, and forthcoming guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Please know that safety is at the heart of all we do, so our plans will be made with our community’s wellbeing in mind. It may comfort some families to know that nearly 90% of Chaminade employees have been vaccinated, and we have retained a Healthcare Coordinator from Joffe Emergency Services, Joe Ritter, a licensed EMT, to assist us in COVID-19 prevention, monitoring, and management.
It is important to note that the first day of instruction remains Wednesday, August 11, 2021. However, all classes for students on both campuses will now start at 8:30 a.m. During the pandemic, and through the Challenge Success study, we discovered that this later start time is optimal for student learning and engagement. Normal end times and the block schedule will remain, and the principals will share more information about the official bell schedule later this summer.
We wish you a safe and well-deserved summer break and look forward to seeing all of our students and Marianist Educators back on campus in August!
Robert S. Webb P’18, P’20
Middle School Principal
Luis R. Guerra
High School Principal