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COVID-19 Response

This page was created as a resource and archive for all communication from Holy Names High School about COVID-19  and its impact on the HNHS community. First and foremost, Holy Names High School is mindful of the health and well being of our own community as well as the greater global community.  Students, faculty and staff have engaged in distance learning and will be working from home while observing the county mandate to shelter in place.
HNHS is following the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in order to keep our campus healthy and safe.  Extra hand sanitizing stations have been added strategically to hallways and common areas to promote a safe environment on campus and the campus will undergo a deep clean in the absence of people on campus.
For more information about the developing public health response to the virus, please reference the resources on this page.
Please continue to check this page as we expect frequent updates in the coming weeks.





Published and submitted MARCH 15, 2021


  • Mission Alignment The plan aligns with Holy Names mission and charism.
  • Health and Safety The plan prioritizes the social-emotional and physical health and safety of all students, families, faculty, and staff. Holy Names will ensure hygiene- and health-related policies are clearly communicated, effectively implemented, and diligently enforced.
  • Continuity and Quality of Learning and Community Life With the formation of students in mind, Holy Names will remain remote to ensure continuity and quality of learning and community life, with a preference for in-person learning as public health conditions allow.
  • Social Connection The plan allows for authentic connection among students and teachers, both in classes and through co-curricular experiences.
  • Flexibility and Versatility The plan is working to seek flexibility based on changing circumstances and guidance from the Alameda County Public Health Department and Alameda County Office of Education. However, we remain cautious and patient towards a full reopening of our campus for instruction in August.
  • Regular Communication The school communicates regularly with all stakeholders for transparency, clarity, and accountability about planning, implementing, and changes to the plan.


Guidelines created by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, Alameda County Office of Education, and Diocese of Oakland have helped determine a list of directives for community members. These directives apply to Holy Names community members while on and off campus to ensure the health and safety of all community members.

   As a school community, we will:

  • Practice physical distancing by remaining four to six feet apart as much as practically possible
  • Wear masks at all times (except when eating)
  • Exercise frequent hand washing and good hygiene
  • Self-report if we are experiencing any symptoms
  • Stay home if symptomatic
  • Report positive COVID-19 diagnoses
  • Assist ACPHD in contact tracing
  • Quarantine at home if we have been in close contact with others who have tested positive
  • Isolate if we have tested positive for COVID-19 (see detail on pp. 10-11)

Additionally, we ask that all employees and families review and comply with the Holy Names Social Contract to protect community health.

We all assume risk when we leave our homes, especially during a pandemic. Holy Names is dedicated to continued learning and community connection in 2020-2021 regardless of what form school takes. We appreciate the dedication of our faculty and staff and we pray for the continued health and safety of all community members.

Full Remote Learning - On Campus Co-Curricular

Full Remote Learning

This is the model of education we will use if we are in the High-Risk Conditions in Alameda County and/or as ACOE-ACPHD public health directives allow. All information about Holy Names remote learning can be found in our Distance Learning Plan.

High Risk Conditions -Full Remote Learning

  • Number of transmissions in the Bay Area
  • Alameda County is in the Widespread (purple) tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy
  • New infections in the Holy Names community
  • Alameda County Public Health Department and/or Governor has issued stay-at-home orders or otherwise closed all schools

On-Campus Instruction and Co-Curriculars

If we are in the Substantial, Moderate, or Minimal Risk Conditions in Alameda County and/or as ACOE-ACPHD public health directives allow.

  • Alameda County is in the Substantial (red) tier, Moderate (orange) tier, or Minimal (yellow) tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy OR as public health directives allow
  • Possible cases in the Holy Names community
  • Uncertainty in local government epidemic control


We will have outside events, activities, athletics approved by CIF and NCS and online instruction opportunities on-campus.   

Holy Names Plan provides flexibility for teachers and students to align with the form of instruction that works best for their subject, department, classes, or lessons. Teachers may use a combination of flip, synchronous and asynchronous modalities depending on their subject matter and specific projects/lessons. Monday Flex schedule is for teachers and students to connect individually or in small groups.

We recognize that hybrid learning, which restricts movement and interactions for health and safety reasons, is not a substitute for normal learning and campus life at Holy Names; therefore, we are planning to continue with remote instruction until the 2021-2022 school year. As we end the 2020-2021 school year we will have on-campus opportunities for student connections and engagement.

Even with strict adherence to guidelines, hybrid learning cannot prevent students or employees from contracting COVID-19.  We are confident that we will begin the 2021-2022 school year fully on campus after staff is vaccinated.



We will have co-curricular activities on campus after school. Co-curriculars on campus align with ACOE-ACPHD guidelines for small, stable cohorts and will be available as public health conditions allow. 


All details, including athletic schedules for various seasons, can be found on our website. For athletics, we are partnering with CIF and North Coast Section leadership to align with peer schools as well as ACOE-ACPHD.

Clubs whose leaders wish to come to campus are coordinating with Principal Jamie Adams and Assistant Principal of Student life Yejide Ankobia to ensure the activities and spaces can be safely accommodated within guidelines.

Spiritual Formation and Service

We will not be offering in-person Liturgies and Masses for the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue to host remote community Liturgies and Masses, and faith-sharing remotely.

We will have in-person grade level retreats as circumstances allow.



  • Masks - Masks keep people from spreading the infection to others by trapping respiratory droplets before they can travel through the air. All individuals, including staff and students of all ages, must wear masks over both their nose and mouth at all times (other than eating) while at school/on campus. Masks are required upon entering the campus, and must be worn in all common areas such as classrooms, theaters, library, gyms, hallways, restrooms, and lunch areas; and when moving between different parts of the school. This applies to employees, students and visitors. Masks are not required while working alone in a classroom or private office. Read the CA Department of Public Health latest guidelines on masking. The school will have extra PPE for emergency use; the expectation is that students and staff will arrive wearing their masks at the gate prior to entry. Employees will be provided with disposable masks if needed.
  • Distancing Staff and students should stay 4-6 feet apart to the greatest extent possible.
  • Classroom configuration Desks will be facing in the same direction so that students do not sit facing each other and spaced to ensure students remain four- six feet apart as to what is practicable.
  • Frequent handwashing All restrooms are equipped with soap dispensers. Frequent hand-washing with soap and water remains one of the best ways to avoid spreading germs. Everyone should get in the habit of washing their hands frequently throughout the day, and should avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit use of shared equipment/supplies Equipment and supplies such as phones, keyboards, pens, staplers, and learning tools should be limited to individual use. When touching shared classroom or office equipment - including keyboards, copiers and printers, or shared kitchen equipment, equipment should be wiped down/cleaned if direct contact is necessary.
  • Ventilation/Air Filtration Ventilation is essential to reducing the chance of transmission. Holy Names will implement ACHCSA’s (Alameda County Health Care Services Agency) Guidance on Ventilation in all buildings and rooms.
  • Open Doors and Windows: Students and teachers are advised to dress warmly to accommodate ventilation requirements for as many open doors and windows as possible to protect health. In addition to maximizing ventilation in classrooms this way, Interior doors will be propped open in the main passageways and stairwells, including academic buildings, library, etc. to avoid the need to touch handles. Every effort will be made to maximize fresh air flow throughout the buildings.
  • Classrooms have ceiling circulating fans that will be used to generate circulation with outside and inside air.
  • Heating system is a water-based boiler that can function with windows open.
  • Offices, if single occupant, will be regulated using windows and closed doors.
  • Classroom Set-Up, Hand Sanitizing and Washing Stations, Signage, and Cleaning Wipes throughout Campus



Daily self-screening: All employees and students must perform a self-health screening at home each day before coming to campus and should not come to school if they are sick or experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19. Each day, staff and students who come to campus will be met with a screening and temperature check.

An inclusive list of symptoms of COVID-19 can be found here. Holy Names is requiring self-screening, the home-monitoring may be the safest course of community protection.

We will not be offering COVID Test on campus. It is anticipated that staff will have had the opportunity to receive the vaccine at least two weeks before our return to campus.



Exposure risk is a gradient. Current CDC health guidelines from the ACPHD indicate that exposure is higher risk if it includes 10 or more minutes, unmasked, within six feet of someone with COVID-19. Shorter interactions at greater distances are lower risk. Universal face coverings decrease risk, and being outside is lower risk than being indoors. (This will change with vaccines.)

Holy Names will follow all protocols outlined in ACOE’s COVID-19 School Guidance if an employee or student, on or off campus, tests positive for COVID-19, has been exposed to COVID-19, or is symptomatic. These protocols will be carried out by Holy Names COVID-19 Coordinator.



  • Physical distancing of at least six feet will be maintained wherever possible. Signs and floor markings indicating paths of travel and physical distancing instructions will be installed. Within all facilities such as classrooms, lunch settings and offices, we ask for everyone’s cooperation with posted instructions.
  • Elevator occupancy is limited to one passenger at a time. Traveling by stairs is the preferred way for moving among floors.
  • Restroom occupancy will be limited to allow sufficient physical distancing in unenclosed areas. Students should observe the number of people in unenclosed areas before entering, and wait their turn outside if necessary.
  • Plexiglas shields will be installed at the main reception desk and at other service counters to protect employees who must conduct face-to-face transactions.
  • To reduce face-to-face traffic, passageways and stairwells will be designated as One Way traffic, Up Only or Down Only (except for exiting the building during an emergency, in which case both stairwells should be used).
  • During Flex periods, lunch, and other times when students may be on campus but not in class, all community members will continue to practice social distancing and wear masks. Student lunch should occur mainly outdoors; however, if indoors, the cafeteria should have windows and doors open and with a distance of 6 feet between students.
  • Adults may eat in their offices, door shut, without others present. Because eating requires the removal of masks, it is especially important to practice social distancing.



Visitors necessary for the school to conduct business (mail delivery, prospective family tours, contractors, etc.) must adhere to the same safety protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.) as employees and students. Parents who remain in their vehicles do not need to be screened and are advised to remain in their vehicles to the greatest extent practicable.


  • Food service will be reconfigured to accommodate physical distancing for pre-packaged food pick up at designated areas
  • Students will maintain social distancing for eating.



Classroom Disinfection and Cleaning Between Classes: Students will assist in cleaning by wiping down their desk and chairs at the start and end of each class session. Students will use dedicated classroom cleaning supplies to disinfect high touch surfaces, such as door handles, seat backs, and table tops.

Daily Campus Disinfection and Cleaning: Custodial staff will circulate the campus to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, bathroom surfaces.

Daily Bathroom Disinfection and Cleaning: At regular intervals during the day, trained custodial staff will use campus cleaning supplies to disinfect stall doors, counter surfaces, and paper dispensers.

Evening Cleaning: The entire school will be thoroughly clean every evening.

Cleaning Protocols for Contamination: If an area is believed to be contaminated, trained custodial staff will follow a specific procedure to minimize contamination as well as protect their health and safety while cleaning and disinfecting. They will follow CDC recommendations including goggles, gowns, and gloves.


Please contact Holy Names COVID-19 Liaisons Principal Jamie Adams, Ed.D. and Chief Financial & Administrative Officer Julia Casella for any questions you have about these guidelines. The most current version of this document is available on our website.

Submitted by:

Holy Names High School
4660 Harbord Drive

Oakland, CA 94618


Date of Reopening

August 3, 2021


Date of Submission

Thursday, March 15, 2021


School Type

Catholic SNJM high school (grades 9-12)


Number of students: 150

Number of faculty/staff: 60


COVID-19 Liaisons

Julia Casella, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Email: jcasella@hnhsoakland.org

Phone: 510-463-6154


Jamie Adams, Ed.D., Principal

Email: jadams@hnhsoakland.org

Phone: (510) (510) 450-1110 x.146


Steering Committee

Jamie Adams, Ed.D., Principal

Julia Casella, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Constance Hubbard, President



Advisors, Consultants and Partner Organizations

Alameda County Office of Education

Alameda County Public Health Department

Diocese of Oakland

National Association of Independent Schools

Jeanne A. Noble, MD, MA, UCSF - Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director of COVID Response, Parnassus ED; UCSF CARES (Collaborative Advising on Reopening Education Safely); Residency Director of Emergency Medicine Simulation; Director of Advanced Procedural Skills, Department of Emergency Medicine; Global Health Affiliate Faculty


Academic Committee

Jamie Adams, Ed.D.

Miles Greene


Student Life/Co-Curricular Committee

Yejide Ankobia


COVID-19 Site Response - Testing

Jamie Adams, Ed.D.

Julia Casella


Campus Logistics Committee - Routes/Signage/PPE/Ventilation

Judith Coseteng  - COVID-19 Liaison

Jamie Adams, Ed.D. - COVID-19 Liaison

Jose Gomez - COVID-19 Site Liaison

Marisol Rodríguez - COVID-19 Site Liaison


Holy Names High School is following guidance from the California Department of Public Health in regards to reopening campus for in-person learning.  For more information, please visit https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Schools%20Reopening%20Recommendations.pdf




The current upsurge of COVID 19 in our communities has led to concerns for the safety of our staff and students; therefore, we are now creating a distant learning plan for the start of the school year. In the initial plan for an on campus start we prepared the campus based on the guidelines from the CDC; however, the acknowledgement of keeping our high schoolers 6 feet apart with masks during unstructured time was always a concern. Now, with the current research, it is clear we would be putting both our students and staff at risk if we begin the school year on campus.


The campus is and will continue to be open during school hours. It's clean and ready for staff members and parents/students to strategically access the building in ways that support our programs and student learning.   The front office will be open, and I will be available for on campus or virtual meetings to support questions and concerns as they arise. Any and all meetings that occur on campus will follow the CDC guidelines.


Even though we will not be on campus for instruction, we are Holy Names and we are approaching our opening of the school year with love and care. I end this communication with this Prayer of the Day: I pray for everyone’s safety and health. I pray that during this time, we focus on God. I pray that everyone who is worried about this pandemic finds rest in Him.  Amen.


Take care and be safe!!!!

Jamie Adams, Ed.D.


Good Morning Holy Names Families and Students,

With only two more weeks of instruction, and then two weeks finishing up project assessments or assignments, many of us are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. That said, I know we have a lot to think about before we finish the year. So much of what is ahead is in the planning. The teachers and I will be working on ending this school year with positive outcomes for students.  We want to authentically recognize their hard work and achievement; therefore, we will be making important decisions about grading, graduation, and meaningful ways to end the school year.  Below are the things in progress and some assurances.


Graduation Team -

Ms. Ankobia, Ms. Soldavini, Ms. Lima, and Mr. Nelson are reaching out to students and families and gaining wonderful input about graduation.   The innovative ideas are greatly appreciated and are being explored for implementation. The team will be connecting throughout the week and determining next steps. The assurance is we want a celebration that is uniquely Holy Names and that resonates with our students and their families.


Process to end the year-

The week of May 26th will be utilized for students returning school materials and cleaning out lockers. Next Monday, I will set forth the plan so we can do this effectively with physical distancing retained. 



Our incoming class is excited to join our learning community! Admissions held a New Monarch Hangout and it was a huge success!  Our student ambassadors answered questions that our Class of 2024 submitted.  Coach T made a cameo appearance and answered questions about our Athletic Department. We will be ordering Class of 2024 t-shirts this week that we will mail to our new students! 


Reminder…. AP Tests

This year due to COVID -19, the tests are all administered online.  Students will be taking their tests at home.  Ms. Brownell has been giving updated information about these tests to staff and students all along.  If you have more questions please contact the teacher of record or Ms. Brownell lbrownell@hnhsoakland.org .


As you can tell, we have some important decisions and action steps on the horizon. I can give an overarching assurance, we will be thoughtful and sensitive to individual interests. However, our challenge as educators is to take the steps that support all students.


In closing, students will look back on this unusual year as one of their most memorable years. Living this history will give our young adults an education far beyond the classrooms. The perspective they will gain through this time will add a wisdom far beyond their years. You cannot buy wisdom, it’s gained by experiences. 


In peace,

Dr. jamie Adams

HNHS Principal

Dear Holy Names Community,
For over 150 years, Holy Names High School has ensured that every young woman has access to a top-tier education, regardless of her ability to pay. That sacred calling has never been more important and we need your help.
We have developed the HNHS Emergency Response Fund to support students and families experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and to ensure our normal operations can continue during the health closure.

Our students need you, and the need is great. Normally, we would raise $180,000 between now and the end of the school year through our spring fundraiser (Boots & BBQ and Taste of Tuscany) and traditional appeals. We need your donation, no matter the amount, to help us raise this goal, and keep school life as steady and routine as possible during these uncertain times.
With your help we can do this. We realize that many in our community have been financially impacted by the economic downturn. We are asking you to be the safety net for our students. Please give what you can and feel confident that your donation is making a direct impact on our students. We are keeping a lean and conservative budget, pursuing grant and federal support options, and ensuring our faculty and staff remain employed and available to our students.

We are incredibly proud of our students, who are resilient and determined to continue their studies. Even now, our seniors are receiving college admissions packets at home and staying focused on finishing their senior year and advancing to college. They are missing many of the treasured senior traditions, and yet they reach out to fellow students to check in and make sure everyone is connected and supported. That is HNHS sisterhood.

We are equally grateful to our faculty, staff and SNJM sisters for their response to this crisis situation, and reaching out to our students daily to provide educational instruction and emotional support.Our commitment to educating the whole person and caring for these young women remains our top priority, and we need your help. Will you partner with us in this mission?

Thank you for living the value of Noblesse Oblige and supporting our students at this time. Your act of service is a blessing to us all and a sign of God’s love. We hope that you continue to practice social distancing, care for yourself and others, and know that the Holy Names community is holding you in our prayers as well.
Constance Hubbard ‘70
HNHS President
Dear Holy Names Community,

I am forwarding the press release that just went out announcing that we are closing schools through May 1, 2020. I wanted to let you know since you will start hearing it on the news. I will be sending the information out to students and families a bit later today.Jamie will continue to work with faculty on how to keep the education process going for students. Look for communication from her. The counselors are collecting the student course selections for next year and we are continuing the Admissions process. Emily Lacroix and the Development team are working on a special campaign to help support us through this difficult time. We are planning for next year and expect to be able to start the school year - we have 36 confirmed enrolled for the Class of 2024 already!
Everyone is doing an amazing job considering the circumstances. I appreciate your efforts and am amazed at the results! Please know that your work is extremely important - dare I say "essential" - and that you are appreciated. I have faith and confidence in our ability to get through this and have a strong Holy Names High School to serve students well into the future.

Thank you for your continued efforts, remember to take care of yourselves and your families, feel free to write me a note if there is anything that we can do on this end to support you. We are collecting the mail, paying bills, and processing payroll
(as in plan on your regular pay through this) during the closure.
Noblesse Oblige
Constance Hubbard '70
HNHS President
Dear Holy Names Families,
We are communicating how we plan to support all to comply with the Bay Area-wide shelter in place order. We are all working together to curtail the spread of COVID-19. This order affects all of us in that we are committed to working together as the Holy Names High School Family.
Highlights of the order include:
  • Everyone should stay at home, except for those working in “essential” jobs as detailed in the document.
  • No non-essential travel or social activities.
  • Essential travel is permitted, which includes obtaining supplies for ourselves or for others who cannot leave their homes.
  • Travel is also permitted for hiking, walking, running and other outdoor exercise while practicing social distancing (at least 6 feet apart).
  • No gatherings of any size, including friends inside your home.
It is imperative that all of us embrace these behavior changes to curtail the spread of COVID-19. As of today, we have no known cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff. We ALL must adhere to these requirements and significantly limit social interactions.
Education for students will continue and want to be partners with families to get through this together. Please review the information to understand how students may access their classes/teachers and keep the learning going during the time we cannot be on campus. We decided to extend the closure through Spring break to allow as much time as possible for the information about how to best deal with limiting the spread of COVID-19. The school building is closed through April 17, 2020.
Classes: All teachers will provide assignments through Schoology. Please encourage your students to check Schoology for assignments and expectations for their classes. Help them understand that they are responsible for their own learning while the building is closed. Teachers will be available to students during their regularly scheduled blocks as are listed in the planner. Faculty have been trained (in training) to hone their skills in providing on-line learning for students. Grades for assignments will be posted so that you and your students can track progress. Teachers will work with students to make sure as much learning is happening as possible. We know that access to wifi may be an issue and we will work with students as necessary to support them. We work on issues to support all students as they arise.
Counseling: The counselors are available via email if students need to reach out for support. Every student has already received an email with contact information and we want you to know we are available to support you and your family as much as we can.
Course Selection Process for 2020-21: All families have received the Course Catalogue and selection sheets. Counselors will reach out and work with students individually to start the process before we return to the building.
Activities: All sports, practices and competitions are cancelled until further notice. Extracurricular activities are also on hold while we are closed. We will consider what can be rescheduled before the end of the year depending on the situation at the time.
Events: The Spring Musical is postponed and may be rescheduled before the end of the school year if it is allowed.
Middle School Day: Cancelled
Prom: Remains on the calendar until further notice
Tuition: Smart Tuition will continue as usual. If you need to make alternate arrangements for your payment, you must contact Judith Coseteng in the Business Office at least five (5) days before your draw is taken from your account. We know that many are being affected by the stay home order and may have trouble making the monthly payments. We will make every effort possible to support your needs in anticipation that families will catch up on missed payments in the future. No student will be unenrolled because of ability to pay.
We need you to communicate with us to maximize the coordination of efforts to support families in need. Contact: jcoseteng@hnhsoakland.org or by calling 510-450-1110 Ext 115 – leave message and it will be returned.
The building will remain closed to students through April 17, 2020 per the Shelter in Place Order and extended through Spring Break.
Communication: Please check your emails for communication from Holy Names and check the website for updates: hnhsoakland.org
Each teacher has provided contact information for students and parents to check on assignments and to receive help.
Thank you for your cooperation during these difficult times. Please know that our students and their families are our families and we will be here to support each other. The most important lesson we can model for our students is compassion and care. We remain committed to the Sisters of the Holy Names core values of radical hospitality and dedication to liberating action to serve our community.
In times of crisis or uncertainty, we take strength in remembering that a Holy Names student is a “woman of faith” and committed to “serving others.” Our duty right now as a Holy Names community is to shelter in place, reach out (virtually) to one another, take comfort in prayer, and continue to grow and learn. I extend thanks to our faculty and staff who have responded so swiftly, and to our families supporting their students’ education and well-being. We also offer a prayer of thanksgiving for all who continue to provide essential community and health services during this unprecedented time.
Noblesse Oblige
Constance Hubbard ’70, President
Dr. Jamie Adams, Acting Principal
Per orders from the Alameda County Health Department and recommendations from the State of California, Holy Names will be implementing a policy of distance learning through the coming weeks, and at least until the shelter in place order has been lifted.  Making a positive contribution to the health and well being of our school community, as well as our community at large, is paramount to the Holy Names mission.  It is imperative that all of us embrace these changes to curtail the spread of COVID-19, especially to those amongst us who are most vulnerable.

The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) is compiling information and resources to support the education community in Alameda County as we respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 


We want to share the information with you as our partners in education. Please visit our COVID-19

resource folder, and feel free to use any information you find there in your messaging and planning.


The folder includes public health resources, updates and recommendations from ACPHD, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other reliable sources. We are also sharing information from educational agencies, including the California Department of Education (CDE). It also includes templates for potential scenarios we all face as this virus spreads in our county, and advice from across the education field we can use as a starting point in our decision-making and messaging.


A few items we’d like to highlight:


ACOE is posting public-facing resources at https://www.acoe.org/publichealth. We have found valuable, reliable, and current resources for the public from the following sources:

The Homecoming events scheduled for March 20th and 22nd have been canceled. The health and safety of our school community are of utmost importance to Holy Names High School. While there are no known cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on campus, the Homecoming celebration honors many of our seasoned alumnae who are most at risk of contracting the virus. 

The World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and several Bay Area counties have recommended “social distancing” and canceling group events to protect seniors and people with underlying medical conditions. In an abundance of caution, we considered all of this and made the decision to cancel Homecoming 2020.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a fluid situation with information being released hourly. For that reason, we have made the decision not to reschedule, and instead, we will celebrate all of the honor year classes next year at Homecoming 2021. Your ticket will be held for next year and we will have all of the same festivities for the celebration classes of 1940 through 2015, including our 50th anniversary class, 1970.

We know this may be disappointing to some, and we share in the disappointment that we cannot celebrate our honor classes this year. However, we put health and safety first, and we will have a particularly special Homecoming to celebrate next year.

We hold our global community in prayer, and most especially those affected by the virus, healthcare workers on the front lines caring for the ill, and the researchers and scientists working towards a vaccine. Holy Names graduates are “women of faith” and we will pray and care for one another.

If you have questions, please contact me at elacroix@hnhsoakland.org or 510-450-1110 x138. In light of this extraordinary situation, if you prefer a refund instead of having your ticket held for next year or offering it as a donation to the school, we will honor your request.

Noblesse Oblige,

Emily Lacroix

Executive Development Director

Dear Holy Names Families,


We continue to be vigilant in our efforts to stay well informed on Coronavirus updates in our community and the surrounding communities. At this point in time we have no reported cases of the virus in our school community.  We thoroughly check out any information brought to our attention by staff, students, and families who are concerned about the spread of the virus.   


The campus continues to be cleaned thoroughly each day and staff and students are practicing the health guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): 


  • Washing hands often with soapy water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Staying home if sick. 
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, or elbow if tissue is not available. 


With our current status, there are no plans to close school.  Monday, March 16th was already scheduled as a spring holiday and it will be nice to enjoy a three-day weekend. 


If there's a school closure in the future, the staff will be given information about an online component to explore and complement Schoology, the already accessible system we use for communicating about curriculum and instruction.  


I continue to be grateful for the efforts of our learning community to keep everyone healthy and safe.


All the best,

Dr. Adams

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,


Due to the Coronavirus guidelines and expectations for keeping communities safe a decision has been made to cancel Wednesday’ s March 11th Immersion Day.  There are so many unanswered questions about the virus, we thought it would be prudent to keep students on campus instead of traveling out into the community at large.


This decision came with much thought and consideration. HNHS Service Learning program has education at its core. Service is an active, ongoing process of learning and engagement. Immersion days aim to provide our students with opportunities to interact with the wider community. This is an essential element of the HNHS mission and SNJM charism. Service contributes to the full development of the human person and is a hallmark of a Holy Names education.  Although Wednesday’s service learning excursions have been postponed, Service and Justice remain as one of our core pillars.


I am grateful to share at this point in time there have been no reported Coronavirus cases within our learning community. We will continue to be vigilant with our campus health and safety protocols.


Since we will not be leaving campus Wednesday, students will attend their Monday classes on Wednesday.   Monday will still be a Wednesday schedule as shown in the daily planner.


Thank you for your understanding and flexibly.

All the best,

Dr. Adams

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


We are keeping a watchful eye on where and how the Coronavirus is spreading throughout the State. As of now, only one case has been reported in Alameda County. The fact there is one, makes it even more important for all of us to be vigilant about following recommended protocols for keeping our community safe and healthy.  I want to share highlights of those recommendations for not only our school community, but also for friends, family, and yourself. The below list of actions steps is known to prevent the spread of flu, and all viruses of that nature: 

  • Wash your hands often with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Stay home when you are sick. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow if tissue is not available. 


Holy Names High School will continue to support a clean campus and provide hand sanitizers on campus at strategic locations. 

For more information, Alameda County Public Health Department website can offer continued  insights and updates about the virus. 



Campus Event Updates

3/11: Service Immersion Day
3/14: Mother/Daughter Luncheon
3/20: Homecoming Happy Hour
3/22: Homecoming Mass & Reception
4/3-5: Spring Musical, Beehive
4/7: Middle School Day
4/23: New Family Dinner
5/2: Taste of Tuscany, We look forward to a celebrating with our beloved HNHS community as soon is it is deemed safe for us to gather. Thank you to those who have made contributions to the silent auction and raffle. Your donations have been secured on campus and will benefit HNHS as soon as we can reschedule this event.
Per NCS guidelines, all HNHS sporting events and extra-curricular activities have been postponed indefinitely.
Please continue to check this page as we expect frequent updates in the coming weeks.


United Way Worldwide has established the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to support communities affected by COVID-19 with rent, bills, and food.Please call (866) 211-9966 and provide a zip code to be given a list of local agencies to provide assistance
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