COVID-19 Information at Ramona Convent
April 22, 2020: Message to Class of 2020
Dear Families of the historic Class of 2020,
Thank you for your understanding and support as we adjust to the uncertainty of these times and the challenges of staying safe at home. While the range of emotions we've experienced has been vast, ultimately, the resilience and resourcefulness of our students—your daughters—gives us hope.
From the beginning of this pandemic, our priority has been to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our students, families, and school community, while safeguarding learning, spiritual and emotional well-being, and cherished Ramona traditions. Now that it's clear that we will not return to campus for in-person instruction this year, we want to update you on our plans for celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.
You and your daughter deserve a graduation weekend that is as close to tradition as possible. With that goal in mind, we have decided to move Ramona's graduation ceremony to Friday, July 24, at 5:15 p.m. with the Baccalaureate Mass and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m. Although we do not know exactly what will happen in the months ahead, we believe these late July dates give us the best chance of enjoying the beautiful ceremony in Rose Heath that you and your daughter expected. Each graduate will be limited to four guests at each event, seating will be safely distanced according to public health guidelines, and the graduation ceremony will be live-streamed so that other family members can enjoy it safely at home.
If it turns out that public health guidelines in July do not permit a group gathering, we will hold an individual, timed, on-campus ceremony for each student and her four guests on Friday, July 24. It will be different from usual, but personal and memorable.
A long-standing Ramona ritual is the seniors' drive through campus on the last day of classes. This year, we'd like to invite your daughter and your family to a car parade which will include yearbook and alumnae pin distribution on campus on May 21 at 2 p.m. Many of our teachers will be here to greet our students from a safe distance. In accord with public health guidelines, students will be not allowed to get out of their cars. Only Ramona seniors and their immediate families will be allowed on campus. On May 22, seniors will be able to clear their lockers. More detailed information about these plans, along with safety guidelines, will be emailed to the students and included in the weekly newsletter.
In addition to these events, our teachers are ensuring that learning continues for our dear seniors so these last weeks of school are meaningful and relevant. Here is a link to the schedule for the rest of the school year. We are honoring our spring sport athletes at virtual events, our campus ministry team is providing an online retreat for seniors on the afternoon of May 15, and we are recognizing our graduates' college plans through social media.
Once students have made their college decisions and the final report cards are prepared, transcripts will be sent to the students' colleges. Mr. Chavarria will continue to reach out to students through their Ramona email to remind them of the process for requesting transcripts.
During these uncertain times, we are deeply grateful to be part of a caring, compassionate, and prayerful community. We are keeping all of you in our prayers and hope you will keep us in your prayers as well. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you at graduation!
April 22, 2020: Message to Ramona Families
Dear Ramona Families,
Thank you for your understanding and support as we adjust to the uncertainty of these times and the challenges of staying safe at home.
From the beginning of the pandemic, our priority has been to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our students, families, and school community, while safeguarding learning, spiritual and emotional well-being, and cherished Ramona traditions. It is now clear that we will not be able to return to on-campus instruction this school year. Here are our plans for the rest of the school year.
Academics: Our teachers are ensuring that learning continues for all of our students so these final weeks of the school year are meaningful and relevant. The schedule of classes through the end of the school year on May 29 has been emailed to students and is linked here. Teachers will adjust the weighting of fourth-quarter grades to reflect the changed circumstances. In addition, while classes will continue to meet through the final exam week, students will complete an end-of-the-year assessment, assignment, or project, rather than take a traditional exam. Expectations for each class will be posted on the students' Google Classroom portal.
Co-curricular: Ramona sisterhood continues online! Our spring sports teams will celebrate their season with virtual ceremonies. Our enthusiastic ASB officers are planning some fun online events, including a virtual picnic. For juniors and seniors, Campus Ministry has planned online retreats. ASB and class elections will be held in the fall. Any students interested in running for offices should contact Ms. Dumas. Students should check their Ramona Gmail accounts and the daily announcements for updates on events.
Locker/Yearbooks: All students in grades 9-12 will clear their lockers on Friday, May 22. Closer to that date, you will receive more information about how we will follow safe distancing guidelines. Seniors will receive their yearbooks on May 21; the rest of the student body will receive their yearbooks on May 22 when they clear their lockers.
During these uncertain times, we are deeply grateful to be part of a caring, compassionate, and prayerful community. We are keeping all of you in our prayers and hope you will pray for us too. Meanwhile, we look forward to returning to campus in the fall with a safety plan in place. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Mary E. Mansell, Principal
Sister Kathleen Callaway, President