A Message to Jesuit Dallas Families - May 12, 2021

Dear Jesuit,

I would like to offer my deepest appreciation for your continued support and commitment to our mission. A year made unforgettable by its unprecedented challenges also proved memorable for the extraordinary resilience shown by our students, families, and staff, as we worked to maintain a continuity of community. Thank you for all the ways in which you helped form our young men this past year on their journey to becoming scholars and agents of hope.

I suspect that you are anxious to hear our plans for the summer and the 2021-22 academic year, and while we cannot predict how the global health crisis will evolve over the coming months, we are fully committed to maintaining a safe physical learning environment for your sons.

We are delighted to be hosting a myriad of summer activities on our Jesuit campus, including summer school, athletic camps, and the Higher Achievement Program. All guests to campus over the summer will be expected to follow our current health and safety guidelines, which includes wearing masks indoors and proper distancing during outdoor activities.

When we return to school in the fall, the goal is to be maskless for those who seek that preference. To that end, all Jesuit Dallas employees without a medical exemption will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination and we are strongly encouraging all eligible students to also be vaccinated. All guests entering buildings on campus in the fall will be encouraged to wear a mask, and any alumni or visitors seeking to use our facilities will need to provide proof of vaccination.

Because of unknown or evolving requirements and safety measures, it is possible that your sons will not be able to participate in some elective activities next year without proof of vaccination, such as travel immersion opportunities, exchange programs, select service sites, and others. A return to the full Jesuit experience becomes more practical sooner as all eligible students without contraindication to immunization have been immunized.

As I have offered in the past, community is our greatest asset, and our collective resolve reflects our thanksgiving to a good and gracious God. I am most grateful for your partnership as our graduates strive to be not only the best in the world, but the best for the world. Please let me know if you have any questions and we will communicate any changes to our policies as they occur. I hope you and your family have a wonderful summer.

God's Blessings,

Mike Earsing