COVID-19 shuts down Flintridge Sacred Heart


Cerys Davies

Senior patio looks bleak.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Flintridge Sacred Heart mandated on March 13 that students move to online learning while campus is temporarily closed for three weeks. Amid widespread fear of the coronavirus, the administration is working to make this transition as smooth as possible. 

“Everything will be the same. You will simply be wearing a different uniform and taking class from your bedroom or wherever you are equipped to do so,” Assistant Principal Ms. Rosemary Johnston said. 

In response to students’ concerns about online courses, Ms. Johnston said that the faculty is actively refining the improvised distance-learning method.

“If [class] is overwhelming or it’s not working, all you have to do is send an email to me, Mrs. Singer or your advisor,” Ms. Johnston said. 

Although many school and extracurricular activities have been temporarily postponed, the FSHA administration is already planning to reschedule some events. 

“Events like St. Paddy’s with Daddies and Mother-Daughter Luncheon are postponed at the moment, but we will have them later on,” Principal Sr. Celeste Botello said. 

A big fear among the FSHA community is that later events such as prom and graduation will be canceled, but as of now, the administration is optimistic that the COVID-19 outbreak will not interfere with significant events in May. 

“China hit a peak [in the COVID-19 outbreak] and came down. Italy is hitting a peak and coming down,” Ms. Johnston said. 

Campus is scheduled to reopen after spring break, but, currently, as COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, the future is uncertain. The Flintridge Sacred Heart community is working together to prepare for many different possibilities.

“We have to be intentional and thoughtful. We are a community and we are dealing with this together,” Ms. Johnston said.