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Coronavirus Update 03.27.20

Dear SJPIICA Families,

We hope this email finds you healthy and staying positive during these unprecedented times.  We realize this time is incredibly challenging for our families. We are so grateful for your support and communication with the changes due to this pandemic.

I wanted to share a few updates.

Remote learning has been implemented in all grades and our wonderful teachers are doing their absolute best to stay connected to our students and families, making sure high-quality learning is happening for our students.

At this point, the Governor has mandated that all schools are closed until May 4th and this includes SJPIICA.  At our January MAP testing, our Academy tested above average in relation to the national averages in growth in reading, math, language and science. We know that time out of school has not been optimal for learning yet learning has been happening. We are hopeful we will be able to return in May and we will work to assess gaps and make adjustments with instruction to prepare our students for the fall. Our fall MAP testing will continue to identify areas of need and we will use this data to guide instruction and support to help our students

Our families are doing a tremendous job of working with our students at home and sharing their progress! We miss our students and your photos, emails and social media posts have been affirming and helpful. Please reach out to our team if you need any assistance, we are here for you and we will get through this together!

As a school, we take great pride in employing the most talented and competent teachers and caring staff. While we are committed to compensating our team while we are closed, we also understand that making tuition payments at this time is challenging for our families. All of us at SJPIICA need and rely on tuition payments to operate our school and serve our students and families even through remote learning.

If this situation is significantly impacting you financially, we definitely understand and ask that you reach out to us to Judith Walker at or Mark Hegarty at We are able coordinate a delay or hold on your tuition plan. The Catholic Schools Foundation is offering emergency funding for K2- grade 8 students who are in need of special tuition assistance due to COVID-19 situation.  Please continue to reach out to us and share with us your situation so we can help. 

On behalf of our leadership team and teachers, thank you to all parents and guardians as you walk this journey with us. We would also like to thank all family members who are working on the front lines of this pandemic. We have created a video as a way of letting you know that you are loved, appreciated and are held in prayer. The school song in the background is sung by our Fine Arts Director, Mary Hebard. Link is:

The Dorchester Reporter highlighted SJPIICA in their recent issue.

SJPIICA is a family and together with God, we are stronger than any pandemic. Thank you for working with us. May God continue to protect all of us as we move through these days.

God bless,

Kate Brandley

Regional Director