Response to COVID-19

A message from the Head of School

Our world, country, and city have changed significantly since San Francisco issued the shelter-in-place mandate on March 19. With thoughtful foresight and prayerful consideration, Donum Dei’s leadership and teachers implemented Donum Dei’s Distance Education program on March 16 for students to continue academic studies during the closure of our facilities. This shift to Distance Education required immense flexibility and innovation from not only our faculty and staff, but also our students and families. 

At Donum Dei, we aimed to be laser-focused on our mission to partner with parents to educate and train students’ hearts, minds, and bodies in order that they might grow in wisdom and good character. Our commitment to provide an embodied education option for our families remained a priority as we considered the unprecedented limitations put forward in response to the rapid spread of Covid-19. 


  • Access and Security: Since March 16, we transitioned from educating in person to educating via Donum Dei’s Distance Education program. Our community’s safety and security is of utmost importance to us; therefore, we implemented a password-protected environment. We have also launched a new, robust online platform as a means of disseminating and collecting information between our students and faculty, as well as maintaining transparency for parents.


  • Donum Dei Distance Education - Delivering Curriculum and Nourishing Students: Rather than providing our families with pre-recorded lectures, our teachers have appropriately adapted their curriculum and creatively engaged our students’ hearts, souls, minds, and bodies via our Distance Education program. We have provided a family-friendly, consistent schedule with clear expectations of workload. Not only that, many of our classes have included hands-on science experiments, art lessons, or other creative projects using at-home supplies to enhance student learning. The passion and preparedness of our teachers, coupled with the resilience of our students, has allowed for a seamless transition to continued learning requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year. This is no small feat!

As we navigate the days, weeks, and months ahead, we covet your prayers. We remain grateful to God for our partnership with you in these ever-changing times.

For the glory of our great God,
Christine McLean, Ed. D.
Head of School

Return to Campus with Excellence Plan

Donum Dei Classical Academy’s Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plan (COVID-19 Prevention, Monitoring, and Response) will provide the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the SF Archdiocese, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and Donum Dei faculty and staff the details and protocols we will implement related to preventing the spread of COVID-19.