On Wednesday, December 16th, Governor Inslee announced new guidelines for schools to resume in-person learning. After careful review of these guidelines, as well as the revised recommendations of Thurston County Health Department, JPII will re-open to @CAMPUS learning on January 5th.
Thurston County is currently in the “Moderate” category of disease transmission (see the summary table from Gov. Inslee’s briefing) and the size of our student population permits us to adhere to the required measures to mitigate the spread of COVID (daily health screening, physical distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing masks).
Thurston County Health Departmentpublished a news release today in support of the Governor’s guidelines. Because JPII successfully demonstrated (in October and November) that we can follow established health protocols, we can, under the Health Department’s guidelines, bring our learning cohorts back to campus.
I am confident our JPII community will continue to diligently follow established procedures to mitigate the spread of the virus. To this end, we want to gently remind families that in order for us to be successful in a return to @CAMPUS learning, we must continue to follow all COVID safety protocols both at school and at home.
If your plans diverge from current travel and gathering guidelines, we urge you to observe the 10-day quarantine before returning to campus.
CHANGE IN SCHEDULE: MONDAY, JANUARY 4th
When we return from Christmas vacation, there will be just three weeks before fall final exams. To help students and teachers prepare, we are changing the schedule slightly.
Monday, January 4th is NO LONGER an EAGLE DAY. Instead, students will report to their CP classes from 1:00 – 2:00 pm for an academic check-in. Students should be prepared to discuss their workloads leading up to finals and ask for any guidance or support they may need.
Faculty will hold virtual office hours from 2:00 – 3:00 pm that same day for those who may need additional information or support.
BEGINNING TUESDAY, JANUARY 5th
Students may return to @CAMPUS learning. As full partners with parents in the education of their children, we respect each family’s decision with regard to a return to campus. Students who elect to remain in @HOME learning mode will continue to be fully supported by our faculty and staff.
This week, Governor Inslee issued new restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. Also, Thurston County Health published new guidelines for schools.* Though we are returning to @HOME education beginning Monday, there are still implications for our JPII community, and I would like to ask each of you to consider your response carefully.
Among other restrictions, which are in place through December 14, the proclamation prohibits:
- indoor gatherings with people outside your immediate household.
- outdoor gatherings that include more than 5 individuals from outside your household.
- all indoor athletic activities, contests and games.
The proclamation further states that outdoor athletic activities must be limited to intra-team practices only, with facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.
The Archdiocese of Seattle Office for Catholic Schools, as well as WIAA, have published guidance supporting the Governor’s proclamation and providing additional information for schools and athletic programs. WIAA has also provided guidance for a revised timeline of seasons.
The few activities that are still allowed on campus as we return to @Home education – including outdoor sports practice, outdoor community service projects and activities like the drop off/pick up of educational supplies – now have additional requirements. Under the new restrictions, if you elect to participate in prohibited gatherings or activities as described above, you are to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to campus or participating in practices or JPII activities.
I know how challenging these restrictions are, coming right before the holidays, but in these challenges there also lies an opportunity: to answer God’s call to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I want to thank everyone in our community for the incredible efforts and sacrifices you have already made to live up to this call. I see daily the care our students and families have for one another, and it is humbling. As we head home for the holiday season, be encouraged! As a community we are strong and we will continue to move forward together.
* Thurston County Health School Communication Plan
After carefully watching the rising COVID cases trend upward, Thurston County Health recommends a return to distance learning for all schools until January 2021. JPII returns to distance learning on Nov. 23, 2020. CLICK TO READ A LETTER FROM MRS. ALLIN.
Today we received communication from the Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Abdelmalek, concerning the upward trend of COVID-19 transmission rates. CLICK TO READ THE FULL MESSAGE.
Thurston County COVID numbers continue to rise and we are keeping in close contact with county health officials. CLICK TO READ THE FULL MESSAGE.
Thurston County Health Department has published a flowchart that gives us guidance for directing students and families during our morning health checks. Read more to understand what we do if students have a symptom. CLICK TO READ THE FULL MESSAGE.
Our administration and staff prepared three distinct educational models to respond to directives related to COVID-19. These models are described in the 2020-2021 Educational Plan which outlines JPII’s response to educating students during the pandemic. CLICK TO READ THE FULL MESSAGE.