July 23, 2021
Dear Capuchino Students and Families,
To describe the most recent year as uniquely difficult is an understatement. We know that many in our school community suffered tremendous hardship(s). As we open our doors for the fall semester, we’ll be here for our students, families, and staff to heal together, learn, and connect. For 2021-22, we plan for a full re-opening with all of our students and staff returning to campus, along with health and safety measures to protect our community. These safety practices will include universal masking indoors, physical distancing when eating indoors, enhanced ventilation systems, updated signage/markings, and continued support for individual health/hygiene practices (more information can be found here). A district-wide SMUHSD virtual Town Hall will be held on Monday, August 9 at 6:30 pm to share the most current information and review reopening plans. Please stay tuned as we will closely monitor health and safety conditions, while also following the guidance of our school district office and San Mateo County Health. In addition, if your student has not yet been vaccinated for Covid-19, I encourage you to click here for vaccination resources. Vaccinations help protect the individual, along with further safeguarding our entire community.
As an IB School, Capuchino is a unique, comprehensive high school. This includes a rigorous and coherent set of academic expectations, intentional social/emotional support, along with an immensely talented staff who will foster community in a variety of contexts, most importantly in each classroom on campus. It also means a commitment to International Mindedness and racial justice. We are incredibly proud of our CHS Black Student Union (BSU), who created this mural which will launch in August, 2021 on campus. Their work was endorsed by our School Site Council (SSC) and will hang outside of the ‘D’ Building for the 2021-22 school year. For the coming year, and beyond, we will continue to revise our curriculum, reflect on interactions, and challenge assumptions to ensure that each of our students is well supported for a successful future. There is no more important responsibility than providing each of our students with an equitable school experience. To learn more about our school and the IB Programme, please click here. Finally, more information regarding our school values and the IB Learner Profile can be found here.
I have never looked forward to a school year as much as this one! To our students, we can’t wait to see and welcome you (back) to Cap in August. To our parents/guardians, thank you for entrusting us with your students. It’s a great honor to work with such wonderful young people. If you have any questions or feedback, I hope that you will reach out to a staff member or myself directly so that we can help you navigate our return to school for the fall.