Will Bay Area’s private schools survive the coronavirus pandemic? One has already closed

Jun 4, 2020 by

St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Napa closed this week after 108 years. The closure reflects a wider, nationwide trend of private schools struggling to survive the coronavirus crisis.

Joe Oberting brought deep connections to Napa’s St. John the Baptist Catholic School when he became its principal two years ago. His three children went to school there, and his family has attended church at St. John for more than 20 years.

Oberting knew the school, in operation since 1912, had struggled with declining enrollment. But things were improving — until the coronavirus pandemic hit in mid-March. Soon thereafter, as county officials talked of extended shelter-in-place orders, Oberting confided to one colleague, “This is going to kill us.”

And that’s what happened.

Source: Will Bay Area’s private schools survive the coronavirus pandemic? One has already closed – SFChronicle.com

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