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Update on COVID-19 Response from WJA President & Head of School

Please read a letter from our President and Head of School regarding WJA's COVID-19 Response 


Dear WJA Community,

Although we are facing uncertain and ever evolving times, here at the Washington Jesuit Academy we remain steadfast in providing a solid, reliable, supportive community for our students and their families.  The way in which we are able to do this has changed as we adapt, like so many other schools and organizations; however, because of the proactive and intentional efforts of our faculty and staff, we are well positioned to continue to serve our young men.

The Academy was on spring break last week and the campus currently remains closed.  Today, Monday March 23rd, we have begun remote learning with our 4th – 8th graders.   Our curriculum team is working to roll out daily online interaction opportunities for teachers and students in supplement to their lesson work.  This will allow for “face to face” instruction time, monitored study sessions, and 1:1 student-teacher meetings, as needed.  We have assessed the needs of our families and put into place immediate response plans for any IT needs to promote the best possible distance learning experience.  If any of our families find themselves facing food insecurities at this time, or in the future, we are working with them, and our partners, to find ways to support them.  And our counselors and support staff will remain connected with our families and students as we all navigate these unchartered waters.

The team from our Office of Student & Alumni Success (OSAS) is actively engaging with each of our 300+ alums through personalized outreach.  We will be sure they know that the support of our graduates remains in full effect and that the WJA family is here for them.  Our alums who are in high school are, themselves, adjusting to remote learning, so we want them to understand that our team is another available resource for them.  For our older alums, we are offering support as they transition home from college campuses or navigate workplace changes.  We anticipate sustained communication with our graduates will be seamless using our platform, WJA Connect, which our OSAS team has had activated for months now.

And although WJA is closed, our administrative, development, and business departments are working from home and remain available should you have any questions or need assistance.

We will monitor the evolving landscape, heeding advice from local and national officials, health experts, and industry leaders.  Amidst these uncertain times, we have paused intentionally to reflect on the gratitude we have for our community and our benefactors.  It is because of all of your support that we are well positioned to adapt to these changes and still provide the academic, emotional, and community resources to our young men – and their families.  It is of no surprise that many of you, in continued generosity and compassion, have reached out inquiring as to how you can help WJA and our young men during this chapter.  Please know how grateful we are for this and as we work through the coming days, we will share updates, opportunities and needs.  We thank you for your care and concern – at this time and always!

In closing, as so many of you have extended concern and prayers for our community, we would like you to know that all of us here at the Washington Jesuit Academy have all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

Gratefully,

Bill & Marcus

William B. Whitaker, President | Marcus Washington, Head of School