Spring of 2020 brought a wave of new challenges as Arrupe Jesuit High School dealt with the serious impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrupe Jesuit was able to adapt to the ever-changing landscape that swept over Colorado and continues to respond as things unfold into summer. Now that spring semester has come to a close, we have focused our attention on planning for the upcoming school year. We look forward to welcoming students back to school in-person, but we must be able to serve them safely.
At this time, relying on information from the Governor's office and the Colorado Department of Education, the school will open in the fall using a blended combination of in-person and virtual learning - for both academics and Corporate Work Study Program.
Our contingency planning also includes an assessment of the increased operating expenses that will be incurred as we work to maintain health and safety at the school, provide increased financial aid to families, provide increased counseling support to students, hire additional staff, and increase our use of technology for virtual education. While the challenges are real, we are confident in our ability to remain faithful to Arrupe’s mission.
Ways to Support AJHS Through COVID-19
Student Emergency Fund
These funds are made available, through our Mental Health Counseling Department, to respond to the needs of families and students. From rent to groceries to job loss, the immense burden of financial responsibility to those living on the margins is alleviated through this fund, allowing our young students to feel safe and secure. This feeling of security at home is paramount to success in the classroom and at work.
In the weeks and months to come, we’ll have clarity around what this crisis means for Arrupe Jesuit High School. We anticipate that our need to provide financial aid to families will increase, that some of our long-time CWSP partners may need time to recover before continuing to invest financially in our students, and we know that we’ll need to hire additional faculty to teach summer school to more students than normal given the challenges this virtual learning environment brings. The generosity of our community ensures that we can still care for our students, faculty, and staff in a meaningful way as our mission remains strong and our need to deliver our services to students is foundational.
A world-wide pandemic was something none of us expected and demonstrates the power of strategic reserves. The Student Tuition Assistance Reserve (STAR) Endowment Fund supports, preserves, and sustains our mission. Further, endowed scholarships make possible this education to students regardless of how their family’s ability to pay has changed. Endowed programs or faculty positions also position Arrupe Jesuit for long-term sustainability to weather this short-term storm.
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