March 16, 2020 - Last week Fr. Dennis Baker, SJ, president of Xavier High School in Micronesia announced that the school would be closing early and that students would be sent home. March 13, 2020, marked the last day of classes for the spring 2020 semester.
“We are suffering with a serious and dangerous drought here. Under normal circumstances, we estimate that we have already caught enough water to last us through the remainder of the school year,” wrote Fr. Baker in the letter announcing the closure. He went on to write about how even though Xavier would have enough water for the rest of the year, they had a responsibility to share with their neighbors who may not. “With the unpredictability of the rain, it would be unconscionable and sinful to horde water to ourselves.”
He also cited the COVID-19 outbreak that is spreading throughout the world. “We cannot be certain that ships will continue to arrive in the port with all the goods necessary to sustain the students, faculty, and staff,” continued Fr. Baker. “Combine this with uncertain access to the basic human right to water, and I feel we now have no choice but to truncate the school year and empty the campus. This is for the well-being of the Xavier community as well as our neighbors.
Despite all this, Fr. Baker is working to make sure that the faculty and staff of Xavier Micronesia will be paid for the remainder of the school year. Read his most recent update below, which includes information on how you can help.
Office of the President
Third Sunday of Lent, 2020
Dear Friends of Xavier,
As you know, we were forced to end the school year on Friday afternoon--more than two months early. This has caused a disruption in the lives of all of Xavier's students, faculty, staff, families, sponsors, and the entirety of the Xavier Family. The transition from a full-throttled school year to a complete stop has been jarring for all of us. And yet, we're all holding up pretty well.
Perhaps hardest hit, though, will be our local workers, as they are the most vulnerable members of our community. Make no mistake: Xavier is completely and totally committed to making sure they are paid through May, as they expected to be when they came to work with us at the start of the school year. Keeping their salaries intact through May is right and just. So that's what we're going to do.
Many of you have asked what you can do to help. We're hoping that you will consider partnering with us to help ensure our local workers are taken care of for the next few months.
Please click here to make a donation online. If you'd prefer to send a check, you can send it right to school at:
Xavier High School
PO Box 220
Chuuk, FM 96942
Federated States of Micronesia
Over the past few days, I've never been more convinced of the love of God, the generosity of humankind, and the resilience of the inhabitants of these islands.
Please know of our prayers for you, too. We know everyone is going through a great deal right now.
Thank you. Kinisou chapur.
Dennis Baker, S.J.