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COVID-19 Letter to Parents 3/13/2020

March 13, 2020

Dear Members of the Monsignor Donovan High School Community,

Donovan Administrators has been closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) with guidance from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA). As the situation has continued to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health and safety of our school community.

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Brian Kemp issued a “call to action” and asked school leaders to consider closing for two weeks to limit the spread of this virus. While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clarke County, in the greater interest of public health, Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School will be moving to an online learning environment for the next two weeks beginning Monday, March 16 Through Friday, March 27. At this time, we expect to resume classes on campus on Monday, March 30th. During this campus closing, there will be no extracurricular activities, sports, school events, or field trips. As additional information and guidance are provided, updates will be shared. GISA has suspended all athletics events for the immediate future.

Over this period, the Donovan campus will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected using COVID-19 approved cleaners. We ask our families to wash backpacks, coats, and jackets as soon as possible as well.

Your son or daughter’s teachers will be sending out information regarding their online classroom platforms on Tuesday, March 17th in the afternoon. Information about COVID-19 will continue to be posted at

Students will be receiving Google Classroom invitations from their teachers at that time and they will need to accept those requests to participate in classes. In order to avoid extending the school year or the delay of graduation, we must ensure that all students are participating in online learning. Seniors should be especially cognizant of the need to be present over these next two weeks so as to not impact their graduation at the end of this school year.

Especially in this uncertain time, we appreciate our community for their continued support. Please take the necessary precautions to keep yourself, your families, and the broader community safe.


Paul Gessner
Head of School

Gail Parker
Associate Head of School