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March 13, 2020
Dear St. Francis de Sales Community,
As you know last weekend I spoke about the coronavirus/COVID-19 and the steps we are taking to help prevent the spread of this virus. We have been monitoring the situation, the statements made today by our state’s Governor, and we have been in contact with the Bishop and his administrative offices. 

We are taking the following actions out of an abundance of caution and out of concern for the health, safety, and well-being of all in our community, especially the most vulnerable. We are called to think of others and make sacrifices together.
At the end of the school day tomorrow, Friday 3/13/20 St. Francis de Sales School and Pre-School will be also be closed for a 3-week period. This is per the Governor’s statement today closing public schools in the State of Ohio and at the direction of the Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus and Superintendent of Diocesan Schools.
We will be sending resources home with your child(ren) tomorrow. The 3-week time period includes our Spring Break, which will continue as scheduled as a time period with no classes or blended learning opportunities. Starting Monday 3/16/20, all school staff will be meeting to finalize the plan and expectations for blended learning outside of our scheduled spring break. We will inform families of this plan directly. Please continue to check Flocknotes and SchoolSpeak for more information. 
All practices and games, club activities, and play rehearsals during this 3-week period are also canceled.
We are a strong community of faith. We ask for your prayers for those who are already impacted by this virus; those who may become infected, especially those at most risk; and for the dedication and skill of all of our health professionals working to keep us safe. We will continue to keep our parishioners and families updated as this situation develops. May Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick and Mother of Mercy, intercede for us, and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect us all.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Dave Sizemore, Pastor
St. Francis de Sales Senior Leadership Team

St. Francis de Sales School

38 Granville St, Newark, OH 43055

Phone:   740-345-4049

Fax:   740-345-9768


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