June 17, 2020
- Measures to diminish the risk of transmission on campus
- An educational approach to support multiple, simultaneous scenarios
- Measures to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering the campus
- Measures to provide for testing
- Measures to provide for contact tracing, when cases may be identified
- Access to campus, including revised drop-off and pickup routines
- Movement about campus
- Assemblies, common areas, restrooms, and playgrounds
- Seating arrangements and classroom layouts
- Transportation and Food Services
April 30, 2020: Core Calendar Dates
Last Day of Classes : June 10, 2020
School Opens : September 9, 2020
March 27, 2020: A Message from the Parish of St. Matthew
I pray that you and your loved ones are well. This is a challenging and disruptive moment for all of us when we are understandably disoriented and are seeking signs of hope and solace. My prayer is that all of you who are connected to St. Matthew's in some way will now lean into our shared values of deep faith, mutual support and gentle compassion.
I am continually amazed with the innovative ways in which we have quickly remodeled our ministry efforts and given them new life during this unique time. As a community, our channels of communication have changed, but our values remain intact and flourish. Our Sunday and Wednesday morning services never missed a beat - thanks to live streaming - while Emmaus Groups and Confirmands continue to meet via video conferencing. Scouts keep working toward their merit badges, frequently checking in on each other’s progress, and the Outreach Commission tirelessly connects agencies in service to others with volunteers in our midst. Students of St. Matthew’s Parish School arrive ready for a full day of creative, interactive classroom activities each morning from the comfort of their own homes. The Thrift Shop diligently maintains its mission to serve those in need through grassroots outreach efforts while the store is temporarily closed. The Music Guild stays in constant communication with its members and musicians and St. Matthew’s Day Camp has been known to make special guest appearances on our popular Bedtime Story series on Facebook. Without a doubt, our community is rising to this moment with collective determination and kindness.
Like other businesses and institutions, St. Matthew’s must adhere to protocols enacted by our City, County and State governments in accordance with Safer at Home orders. In thoughtful consultation with our Director of Facilities, Greg Heidt, I have made the difficult decision to close the campus for the safety of all of those who are a part of our community. We believe this is imperative to comply with the law – and to protect all of God’s children. Please help us in this regard by staying off the St. Matthew’s grounds for the time being, no matter how appealing. We look forward to strengthening our virtual connections until we may once again gather together on the grounds we love.
Social distancing is an essential tool in the fight to mitigate the novel coronavirus, but this doesn’t mean you must be isolated. St. Matthew’s is much more than its buildings. It is us. You and me: all of us who connect with and through Christ, through God and now -- through technology. Stay connected with us and each other on Facebook, Instagram and the St. Matthew’s Mobile App for Android or iPhone. Walk safely amongst our brothers and sisters in the neighborhood, wave hello, share a greeting, but please do so from a distance of at least six feet. And smile. Though things are difficult now, we are blessed with brilliant medical minds who will find a way through this. And we are blessed with each other.
Thank you for your patience during this time. Please tune in to our services online and do reach out if you need support or want to be of service to others. Despite the current challenges, we remain stronger together. Together we remain a community of love, support and faith.
The Rev. Bruce A. Freeman
March 25, 2020: Updated & Town Fair
March 14, 2020: Update
Since the coronavirus first appeared, we have been closely monitoring the situation with the help of the Board of Trustees and the remarkable physicians serving on it— Board Chair Dr. Callie Momtazee and Development Co-Chair Dr. Pedram Salimpour. By the time the coronavirus came to Los Angeles, our administration, faculty, and staff were already working to adjust the school’s existing contingency plans. As a result of this careful planning and preparation, we are prepared to launch virtual instruction on Tuesday, March 17. You will receive regular communication and important information to help your children get started on their distance learning program. Nevertheless, we ask for your patience as few plans survive first contact.
At this early stage of our unprecedented journey, we are not able to offer a date certain for the return to on-campus classes. Our faculty will be prepared to provide online curriculum through our regularly scheduled spring break. I am hopeful that our School will return to normal after spring break, on or about April 14. We will, of course, continue to monitor reliable sources and follow progress towards mitigation of this pandemic and keep you informed at each step.
The purpose of moving to a virtual classroom is to lessen the possibility of community transmission. By employing social distancing, it is our hope that St. Matthew’s will remain free of coronavirus cases and that we will do our part to mitigate the likelihood of its spread in our wider environs. Social distancing employs three mitigating factors: the number of people; the proximity of people; and the duration of the contact.
March 11, 2020: School Closure
As an Episcopal School, we take our mission to Serve, Lead and Flourish seriously. This includes helping protect not just our own students and faculty, but also to help minimize transmission of the virus to those who are immunocompromised and vulnerable in our greater community. School closures are thought to help mitigate the propagation of viral infection in a localized area. Many of our peer schools are also going to online schooling during this difficult time.
- Students have been instructed to take all of their materials home with them at the end of today
- Faculty will meet tomorrow and Friday to finalize their online curricula
- All extracurricular and athletic activities will be suspended until further notice
March 9, 2020: Grandparents/Special Friends Day Cancelation
March 5, 2020: Coronavirus - Spring Break Advisory
Self-reporting means that all St. Matthew’s families and faculty/staff members are strongly encouraged to advise the School of their travel plans in advance for the month of March and April. Please include all out-of-state domestic and international travel for any members residing in your household using this online reporting tool (linked here). We realize many parents travel extensively for work and may feel this is an onerous task, but please consider that there are many outbreaks evolving rapidly in various counties within the United States. We suggest you designate one family member to report all activities to avoid duplication.
No. Reporting is voluntary but please keep in mind that we are a very tight-knit and close community. Given the information we have available currently, self-reporting is a good option for helping the School minimize the spread of COVID-19 at this time. We strongly encourage you to use this tool. This will give St. Matthew’s one more way to keep our children and the greater community as safe as possible.
No. Parents and faculty/staff members are ultimately responsible for following current and future CDC recommendations for self-quarantine if you travel to a Level 3 or 4 Travel Advisory Zone (see resources below). You are also responsible for informing the School immediately should you need to self-quarantine. This is the “self-policing” part of our COVID-19 strategy and it will require vigilance on each family’s part. Return to work or School will then require a physician release.
St. Matthew’s will be frequently checking the CDC travel advisories and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines regarding self-quarantine. Many families are busy and may forget to continue to check guidelines up to 14 days on return from travel. As new counties and countries are added to the Level 3 and 4 Travel advisory list, we will be cross-referencing and checking which community members may have inadvertently been exposed to COVID-19 and will contact them as necessary. This will aid as a double checking and informational tool. St. Matthew’s will then discuss with the family if the need for evaluation by a physician and/or self-quarantine may exist.
This information will be kept confidential and accessed only by senior administration at St. Matthew’s Parish School.
If this event occurs, St. Matthew’s will resend further communication asking who may have traveled to the area of California in question.
As was stated in our March 3 letter, the most important thing you can do is to please stay home if you or your child have a fever or cough. Continue to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. And read all future correspondence on this subject from the School as we will be updating you frequently.
Level 4 - Do Not Travel
Level 3 - Warning; Avoid Nonessential Travel
Level 2 - Alert; Practice Enhanced Precautions
Level 1 - Watch; Practice Usual Precautions
March 3, 2020: Coronavirus Information and Resources