With so many different changes in our lives this holiday season, I hope you and your family had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. As we transition from Thanksgiving to Advent, let us prepare our hearts, school community, and homes for the birth our Savior.
As a reminder, to meet the challenges of this unique school year, St. Juliana School will also be moving the entire student body to remote learning after the Christmas break from January 4th to January 15th. We hope that your family will use this time to stay home and quarantine so that all students will be ready to return to campus on Tuesday, January 19th.
The success and safety of in-person learning hinges on your support and willingness to follow the guidelines and procedures in place when it comes to keeping students home once they feel ill with new symptoms. At this time, it is imperative that we model our Core Values of Respect and Leadership to continually protect our school community. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for your partnership as we together continue to create a safe and healthy learning environment. Although the future is unclear, I know there will be no challenge we cannot meet together. In the meantime, let’s continue to do the simple things like practicing the three W’s— washing our hands, wearing a mask, and watching our distance from one another. By performing these simple actions, we can tangibly demonstrate the care and concern that we have for one another and for the St. Juliana community.
St. Juliana School personnel continue to do internal audits to assess the safety and health guidelines in place for a safe reopening. A recent audit at carpool revealed several areas for growth. The audit revealed that there are several students exiting their cars prior to having their temperatures read. Please remember based on our safety guidelines and protocols students are to wait in their vehicle to have their temperature taken. In addition, there are still several parents parking their cars and walking their children to the steps. Our next audit will focus on mask and face shields. Although, a face shield is an acceptable face covering, it must be approved through a licensed practitioner. According to the OC Health Agency, “Only a licensed practitioner can sign a medical exemption for a face covering. A licensed practitioner can include a physician (MD), nurse practitioner (NP) or physician’s assistant (PA) for those with medical conditions; a licensed psychologist (PhD/PsyD), licensed social worker (LCSW), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) or licensed counselor (LPCC) for those with mental health conditions”. I appreciate your understanding and importance to this guideline as it affects the health and safety of our school community.
I thank each of you again for your continued support and cooperation as we all work together to keep our students, staff, and families safe. Should you have further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
May God continue to bless and keep each of you and your loved ones safe.
Manuel Gonzales, Ed.D.