Salesian College Prep moves to ‘remote school’ due to coronavirus

Salesian reports success in first week of virtual school
Salesian College Preparatory 2851 Salesian Ave. in Richmond.

Salesian College Preparatory voluntarily closed it campus to students today until Monday, March 30, due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the school announced today.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the school community.

“We believe that this is the best course of action to safeguard the well-being of our students, educators, and families,” Salesian President Stephen Pezzola announced in a letter to Salesian families.

Salesian officials say they’ve had a plan in place for this very instance. During a scheduled remote access in-service day today, teachers were trained on how to activate their “Remote Classroom Plan.” A trial run of that plan had occurred at the beginning of the week, school officials said.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, Salesian will initiate its “Remote School” through Friday, March 27.

Students are asked to remain at home and use their access to the Schoology platform, a social networking service and virtual learning environment for K-12 schools and higher learning institutions.

Salesian is making provisions for those students who are without access to the Internet at home.

Also, the school will continue to provide personal counseling services to students who arrange for counseling through “virtual visits.”

Our faculty is prepared to go above and beyond in order to fulfill our academic mission,” Pezzola said. “The safety and health of our students during this unprecedented and ever-changing situation is our top priority.”

Marylou Flannery, Salesian’s principal added, “We are so lucky to have a supportive student body, parents, staff, and community. We know that the COVID-19 situation is scary to many. We are here to help. Your safety is our primary concern.”

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