Beginning on Monday, March 16, Regis transitioned to remote instruction in response to the continuing spread of COVID-19. Fr. Lahart’s letter to the Regis community announcing this change can be read below:
Dear Regis Students and Parents,
Given the latest guidance from trusted authorities and experts, and especially the most recent recommendations from Dr. Anthony Fauci ’58 (the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) about the threat of COVID-19, we have decided that today (Thursday, March 12) will be the last day Regis students will commute to our building for the next few weeks. Remote instruction will begin on Monday, March 16 and continue until at least Monday, March 30. Additionally, as students leave school today they should bring home all materials (books, etc.) that will be needed as we transition to remote instruction.
The important next steps I outlined in yesterday’s email remain in place. Tomorrow we will use our previously scheduled Faculty In Service Day to continue to train our faculty to transition to remote instruction. On Monday, all students will remain at their homes as we pilot the remote instruction programs our faculty and staff have been preparing for the last several weeks. While the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade won’t take place, the school remains closed on Tuesday, March 17 as scheduled. On Wednesday, March 18, rather than returning to school, students will remain home and continue to participate in both synchronous and asynchronous remote instruction. For the time being, all athletics and extracurricular activities will be suspended as we focus our energies on our academic work.
During the next two days, more specifics will be communicated to students and parents about the plans for remote instruction and the adjustments involved. Please pay especially close attention to your email during this time and for the duration of the period we remain away from our building. This won’t be a seamless transition, but we will experience and learn from the coming growing pains together as a community as we navigate this unique phase in Regis’ history.
We will follow the advice of the appropriate authorities and hope to return to face-to-face instruction here in our building as soon as possible, but for the sake of planning, it will not be before Monday, March 30. As that date approaches, if the circumstances dictate it, we will extend the remote instruction period accordingly. We will keep you informed as any critical decisions are made.
Thank you for your cooperation, understanding, and patience during this historic and difficult time. Please trust that we will continue to seek to fulfill our mission while prioritizing above all the health and safety of the Regis community.
Be assured of my prayers for you and your family.
Daniel K. Lahart, SJ