June 29, 2020
Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
Dear Parents and Guardians of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu,
We thank you for the trust, support, and cooperation you have shown us these past few months.
We recognize that in these uncertain times many of us are grappling with not just financial issues but also with anxiety for the future of our families. Our Finance Team, with our Board of Trustees, has reviewed and reflected on the Tuition and Miscellaneous Fees for School Year 2020-2021.
In March 2020, our Board of Trustees approved a 4% increase for SY 2020- 2021. But with this pandemic, we made a commitment that there would be no tuition fee increase. Furthermore, we substantially reduced some miscellaneous fees and even deleted others entirely.
Our school has never been a profit-oriented institution. The bulk of our school’s expense is reserved for the wages of our personnel. We will be operating at a huge financial loss this coming school year. Despite the deficit, we will find various means to help our faculty and staff, including the janitors and security guards. Many of the guards and janitors will work on a reduced number of days, hence will receive a lesser salary. We once again humbly reiterate our appeal to those who can afford to voluntarily sponsor a partial/full scholarship for needy Ateneo Hearters. Should you wish to help, please contact Mrs. Edna Yusingco, President’s Office Secretary, at email@example.com or 09332443946. Your care and compassion during this pandemic will make a lasting difference.
Many might think that since learning will take place online, our faculty and staff will be working less since they will be at home. We can assure you that our faculty and staff have been working harder than ever to come up with an academic and formation program for online learning. Venturing into this new frontier has meant retooling our teachers with new skills. They’ve had to upgrade their software, hardware, and internet connectivity as now everything has to be done online. They have had to work double time to be able to design modules on a completely new platform.
Moving into online learning has also meant additional expenses for our school. Upgrades in technological infrastructure, learning management system subscriptions, additional electronic equipment, and training for our faculty and staff are only some of the things we need to invest in.
We continue to commit ourselves to this Jesuit educational mission amidst this pandemic because of our love and care for your sons and daughters. We hope that you will continue to support us as we venture into SY 2020-2021 with faith, hope and courage. God bless us all.