#BackToBosco Campus Reopening Plan
From Dr. Brian Wickstrom, President and CEO
July 15, 2020
Dear St. John Bosco Family,
On July 1st, I joined the St. John Bosco family as President and Chief Executive Officer. I want to reach out and personally let you know how excited and proud my family and I are to serve the SJB family. My wife Celina, sons – Vince, John Christian, David Grant, James and our daughter Bricelle are thrilled to be part of this warm, brotherhood community. Members of the faculty and staff, the Board of Directors, students, parents, even neighbors have already made us feel at home and part of the SJB family.
I feel great honor stepping into this position to help lead this great school with deep tradition and commitment to faith, leadership and kindness for over 80 years. During this very difficult time, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an amazing opportunity to shape the lives of many young men and provide them with great guidance, instruction and leadership.
The unprecedented challenges associated with COVID-19 have really called our SJB community into action. I have been impressed by the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff. This summer, they continue to work on planning several responsible scenarios for the fall. The love for our student body is unwavering and apparent.
Through enhanced health and safety measures, and in accordance with LA County Public Health guidelines, we will continue to provide excellent academic, athletic, and community programs. We are in the process of designing a schedule to bring our students back to on-campus instruction, with hybrid and fully online learning options.
St. John Bosco High School has a unique opportunity unlike any other school in our region. Our 36-acre campus offers more than 40 classrooms, expansive athletic facilities and learning spaces – giving us the ability to provide safe, socially-distanced learning environments for our students and teachers. Prior to COVID-19, our campus had the physical capacity to accommodate 1,300+ students. With our current enrollment of approximately 700 students, we have the room to make adjustments with limited impact to our learning environments.
As a parent, I understand this is a highly personal decision for our families. And this is why we’ve created three instruction options for our Braves: on-campus instruction, hybrid instruction, or fully online learning. When we surveyed our parents last month, 87 percent of respondents were interested in returning to on-campus instruction (50 percent favored a return to 5-day-a-week instruction; 37 percent preferred a hybrid approach of 2-3 days a week; 13 percent of families surveyed prefer to continue remote learning). We understand each family’s situation is different, and we will do our best to provide options that work for all Bosco students. We encourage our families to read our complete campus reopening plan by visiting Bosco.org/BackToBosco. Please email Mr. Jaramillo at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding the reopening plan.
As I begin my service to St. John Bosco, I thank you for your support. I also ask for your patience—for I have much to learn about our school—and I welcome your feedback along the way. We are bound in undaunted purpose together, and it thrills me to begin a noble partnership with you in preparing our students for college and fulfillment in life.
Brian D. Wickstrom
Dr. Brian D Wickstrom
President and Chief Executive Officer