Dear Current and Incoming Holy Name Preschool Families,
Thank you for your interest and support in enrolling your child/children in our preschool for the 2020-2021 school year! As some of you may know, the preschool abruptly closed on March 12th when Shelter-in-Place (SIP) was mandated. As the SIP prolonged through April and May, it was very clear to us that it was increasingly more difficult for our families to pay their full tuition fees. Collectively, Father Arnold, the Finance Board and I decided that it was more important to keep our Holy Name Community intact than have our families sadly leave us. We presented different payment options that best suited the families' needs. We were very pleased that a huge majority of families remained with us throughout the school year.
This decision, however, has had an adverse effect on the preschool's finances. We will not be able to provide a cost of living pay increase to our staff this year. In fact, when the preschool reopens, not only will the staff be teaching, they will also be cleaning and ensuring the students are practicing safe distancing protocols throughout the day. However, even with the added responsibilities, the staff is eager to return and resume teaching your children!
The Finance Board and I have discussed over the course of the last few weeks the various directions we will need to take if we open up our preschool. To guarantee that we maintain the correct protocols when addressing the safety concerns and guidelines implemented by the California Dept. of Public Health (CDPH), the California Dept. of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Dept. of Education (CDE), we will now be required to assign 2 staff for every 12 children, and we will not have the flexibility of rotating staff throughout the preschool. We will also be increasing our cleaning services. In order to maintain financial feasibility, we have decided to implement the following changes:
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to direct them to me. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. We would truly love to have all of your children in our preschool in the fall. We will have a safe, healthy and joyful environment for your children to learn in. In the meantime, have a wonderful and safe summer!
Alice Ho Seher
Alice Ho Seher, M.A.
Holy Name Preschool