August 31, 2021

Dear Ursuline Community,

For most of us in South Louisiana, yesterday was a day to assess the storm damage and be grateful for the safety of family members, despite the losses and uncertainty of the coming few weeks. I was relieved to be able to enter New Orleans and visit the campus. While we did suffer some damage at Ursuline, there was no structural damage, and it appears that repairs will be minor.  

We have met as a facilities team to determine a potential timetable to reopen the Lily House and Early Childhood buildings, as essential businesses as soon as families and staff are able to return. Our education team will also be meeting to to plan for providing virtual education as soon as possible.

Before we make decisions about these steps, we will be sending a parent survey to determine the needs of our families and how we can best support one another at this time. Additionally, we want to assess your access to wi-fi for virtual learning.

Many members of our Ursuline network across the country have reached out to express their prayers and support, along with offers of assistance. Ursuline in St. Louis held a special prayer service yesterday to pray specifically for our school community. I share this with you so that you are aware of the concern and care for our girls and families that has been expressed from around the country.

Please be assured of my continued prayers for you, your families, and our Ursuline community. Please communicate to us any great need you may have that our community can provide support for. And we continue to pray for our community: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us
Dr. Karen G. Jakuback
Academy President