June 29, 2020
Dear Xavier Parents, Guardians and Students,
We look forward to seeing everyone in person on campus in August. We have missed all of our Xavier Gators.
Freshwoman Orientation is scheduled for Monday, August 10th, and we will greet all students on Tuesday, August 11th. Specific information about daily class schedules and other important information will be shared when available. While we anticipate our August opening, this is subject to change. Our classrooms will be equipped to accommodate distance learning, if necessary. (Please review and submit the Student Attendance form found in your GatorNet account by July 15th. Only one parent/guardian signature is required to submit the form.)
COVID-19 Preventative Measures:
All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will wear masks on campus. Before arriving at Xavier each day, every student, faculty, and staff member will complete a daily COVID-19 questionnaire online. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available throughout the campus. Desks and instructional areas will be cleaned after each class. Daily cleaning and sanitizing of the facilities will follow a structured schedule. Deep cleaning will be under the direction of Sanitized Now Mobile Disinfection Service. Pursuant to CDC Guidelines, we will “encourage social distancing through increased spacing, small groups and limited mixing between groups if feasible.” Temperatures will be taken as deemed necessary. Special protocols will be applied to choir, dance, PE, and athletics. The Nurse’s room has been relocated to F111 to accommodate required entrance, exit, social distancing and isolation. (Click here for entire COVID-19 protocol).
Now, more than ever, Xavier’s mission of educating young women of faith pursuing excellence respecting unity in diversity is critically important. Rooted in the charism of Xavier’s founding religious community, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: freedom, education, charity and justice, we are a faith-filled community prepared to meet the challenges of our world as we pray, study, and implement the Bishops’ Pastoral Open Wide our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love (usccb.org/racism). We join with Bishop Olmsted and heed his call throughout the Diocese of Phoenix to combat the sin of racism, and to unite our voices with the Black community, people of color, and all who are working for an end to mistreatment, discrimination and injustice.
In all classes and activities, Xavier will continue to bear faithful witness to the love of God as revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, His saving work in the Paschal Mystery, and His presence in the world and the Church. Through the curriculum we teach and our daily engagement with our students, we illustrate Christ’s mandate to love God and neighbor. Following Sacred Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, we affirm that everyone is our neighbor. As Dorothy Day wrote, “Christ is always with us, always asking for room in our hearts, and always inviting us to give him hospitality.” He does this through the voices of those around us, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, gender, age, or any of the other ways we allow our differences to divide us. Xavier strives with our students to hear Christ’s invitation more clearly and to respond together in faith, hope and love.
Christ is the reason for our school and, as a Roman Catholic institution, Xavier is deeply committed to the dignity of each and every human life. Our values and our Catholic identity inform all that we teach, impart, and encourage at Xavier. For that reason, we will continue to work with the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools office, the National Catholic Educational Association, and the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to ensure that our curriculum truly reflects our Catholic faith.
Preparing our students academically, spiritually, and morally, within the context of our Catholic faith, to defend human dignity and justice, whenever and wherever they are attacked, is a responsibility that we take very seriously. We are unified in our mission, and we will continue to work tirelessly to fulfill it.
Asking the guidance of Our Lady of Peace, we pray for and eagerly anticipate the 2020-2021 school year.
Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM
Sister Joan Nuckols, BVM
Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM
Vice Principal for Activities and Athletics