Jesuit High School Sacramento’s Safe Return Task Force’s purpose is to lead the collaborative effort to reopen the Jesuit campus with as close as possible traditional school environments, including its many programs in a safe, coordinated, and informed way.
The task force will serve as a liaison to school administration, department representatives, students, parents, faculty, staff, and the broader Jesuit community. These plans to reopen must be inclusive of the many elements of operations that support the daily life of a school.
Jesuit’s plans for reopening is based on guidance from state and local officials*, health experts**, the Diocese of Sacramento, and cooperation with peer schools. The task force will review, apply, and communicate the often-overwhelming amount of information regarding safe practices and virus mitigation. Their work will inform both the initial reopening phases while also monitoring this situation for the entire school year.
*This includes direct contact and consultation with the California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, Sacramento County Public Health, and Sacramento County Office of Education.
**Jesuit Sacramento’s main point of local contact is the Sacramento County Public Health and Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye with her liaison Nick Mori, Sacramento County Public Health Program Planner. Dr. Kasirye has 20+ years of experience including her work as the Medical Director of the Sacramento County Child Health and Disability Prevention program and the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program and as the Communicable Disease Controller. Kasirye received a Medical Degree from the Makerere University Medical School in Kampala, Uganda. She also has a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from the University of California, Davis. She is Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Additionally, the Task Force consults with Sacramento County Public Health Nursing Staff on a case by case basis.
The task force chairs are currently completing an initial planning assessment to ascertain our readiness to return to school safely. We are reflecting on six components of planning and identifying areas of strength and areas of need:
- Public Health and Safety: cleaning, disinfection, and sanitizing, screening, distancing, foot traffic, protection for at-risk students and staff, protective gear, handwashing protocols, other mitigation processes.
- Supporting the Whole Person: social/emotional well-being of students; mental health, attendance and participation, equity, and inclusion.
- Staffing and Personnel Needs: collaboration with employees, at-risk staff, social-emotional mental health, and support.
- School Structures and Schedules: campus considerations, schedule options, co-curricular, events, Masses.
- Academics and Instruction: maintaining quality instruction, assessments, and grading, academic support, distance-learning options, equity.
- Operations: communication, transportation, visitor access, school meals, technology, budget.
The Task Force is co-chaired by Jon Rotz & Jay Nacionales
Curriculum, instruction, assessments and grading, academic support, distance-learning resources and options, technology, scheduling. Chair: Colin O’Connor Members: Nick Lai, Dave Zielke, George Wagner
Social/emotional well-being of students, counseling, mental health, equity & inclusion, social/emotional well-being of faculty/staff, care for at-risk community members, spiritual nourishment, policies regarding pandemic related leave of employment. Chair: Rod Theodule Members: Ian Farr, Vickie Horvath, Amanda Smith
Student related non-academic activities including assemblies, athletics, clubs, performances, liturgies, retreats, service. Chair: Annie Crew Renzo Members: Kelly Barnes, Hank Weinberger, Jay Nacionales
Facilities & Operations
Transportation, safety & security, visitor access, school meals, cleaning & sanitizing, screening, distancing, foot traffic, protection for students, faculty & staff, mitigation procedures. Co-Chairs: Paul Speers & Gerry Lane Members: Jonathan Isaac, Keegan Smith
Communications, Admissions, Sustainability, & Events (CASE)
Protocols for events, scheduling, transitions from live to virtual outreaches (for example, in admissions), nurturing and building relationships. Chair: Kim Kalmbach Members: Colleen Arrigo, Jon Rotz
Kelly is involved in all areas of the Campus Ministry Program at Jesuit High School. She is responsible for the Senior Retreat Team, Sophomore and Junior Retreats. Kelly also helps facilitate the Freshman Overnight Retreat, Kairos Retreats, Reconciliation Services, prayer services and other Campus Ministry activities. She is a spiritual director, trained in leading others through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Currently the Director of Campus Safety, Mr. Lane previously spent 25 years as Director of Admissions. Born and raised in San Francisco, he attended Riordan High School before moving to St. Mary’s College. He taught at St. James in Davis and St. Mary’s in Sacramento before being hired at Jesuit. Mr. Lane is also the Boy’s Director of the Parochial Athletic League (PAL) and has been in that position for 30 years. Mr. Lane has coached football and basketball while at Jesuit, including as an assistant on the two State Runner-up Basketball teams in 1993 and 1994.
Mr. Nacionales has been a certified athletic trainer at Jesuit since 2007 and has been working on strength and conditioning with the basketball and football teams since 2013. He is also an assistant coach for the varsity basketball team. Mr. Nacionales has a Bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State and has done graduate work in kinesiology.
I graduated from Jesuit in 2004, and returned in 2009 for my first full-time teaching assignment. It is an honor to teach with peers who were some of my greatest teachers, and to work with such compassionate, enthusiastic students. I especially love watching students discover their voice as writers and thinkers in English class. For many years I helped as an assistant coach in the aquatics program, with both water polo and swimming. Now, my time after school is devoted to my family and my own continuing education.
Jon has been employed full time at Jesuit for five years and coaching at Jesuit for 16 years. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions and values the opportunity to assist the Director of Admissions, Matthew Ramos ‘05, in showing prospective students firsthand the “brotherhood” that exists at Jesuit High School.
Counselor Caseload (by last name):
|9th||Aboui Mehrizi – Brown|
|10th||Adams – Carroll|
|11th||Hall – Jones|
|12th||Gadhok – Isola|
This is my eighth year working in the Counseling Department at Jesuit High School and my third year as the Director of Counseling Services. I earned my degree in Liberal Studies from Sacramento State with the intent of teaching in the elementary schools. Many years later, I found a home among the wonderful faculty and staff at Jesuit and was inspired to go back to school. In 2014, I began my Masters in Educational Counseling and earned my PPS Credential in 2016. I absolutely love working at Jesuit and being a part of this school community. I am truly fortunate to be able to continue my work with the students in this new role and look forward to an exciting year.
- BA Liberal Studies – CSU Sacramento, 2005
- MS Educational Counseling – National University, 2016
La Roddric Theodule is the Assistant Principal/Dean of Students at Jesuit High School. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA before attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. After undergrad, La Roddric began his teaching career in Catholic high schools and has remained a Catholic school math and physical education teacher, football and track & field coach, and mentor/moderator since 2002. During his time as a Catholic school teacher, he earned Master’s degrees from both Concordia University, Irvine and
George Wagner first came to Jesuit in 1988 when he taught math and coached football. He later became the Department Chair of Mathematics. Soon after he spent several years teaching Advanced Placement Computer Science. He then moved out of the classroom and became the Director of Technology.
George is married with two children, one of which is an Alumni of Jesuit & CSUS while the other is an Alumni of Saint Francis High School.
Hank joins Jesuit from the University of California at Berkeley, where he served as the football director of recruiting. During his time at Cal, he also served as a Cal Olympics sports operations intern, interim women’s golf coach, and the football assistant director for recruiting operations.
He was a four-time Big West Conference Champion finalist in swimming. In addition to his experience in golf, swimming, and football, Hank was a high school baseball player and an Underwater Hockey National Champion.
Michael Wood is the principal at Jesuit High School. He began his
career in Jesuit Secondary Education at Loyola High School in Los
Angeles where he spent 12 years as a Theology teacher and Dean of
Michael graduated from Jesuit in 1999 and he shared his motivation for accepting for the position as Jesuit’s principal noting that “It is an honor to return to my alma mater as a leader and colleague to share my strengths, experiences, and passion with the Jesuit ministry of my origin.”
- Math Teacher
- AP Coordinator
Prior to working at Jesuit, served in the Peace Corps from 1982 to 1985 in Zaire teaching math for 2 years and as a regional representative for one. Continued to work in Zaire with USAID from 1985 to 1991. Returned to the United States and moved back to Sacramento in December 1991.