October 9, 2020
Dear USJ Families,
We have officially completed one quarter of the 2020-2021 school year, on-campus, with no interruption of instruction. This has required a cooperative effort of teachers and parents to keep our students healthy, and I am so proud of the work that has been completed in this regard. I hope all of you feel a sense of accomplishment, and I can assure you that I am thankful to be here every single day and do not take any of this experience for granted. I am also well aware that there will be challenges in the weeks ahead as we approach flu season and colder weather that will force us inside for more gatherings and activities. This being said, I am a firm believer in the power of prayer and our ability to work together as a school community to adhere to necessary procedures to keep us healthy. We as a school will not waiver in this commitment nor in our focus to on-campus learning and in advancing our mission by meeting the needs of our students.
Thankfully, we have not experienced additional positive cases of COVID-19 this week, and I ask you once again to be cautious and vigilant over your break. Just a reminder…
Safety Tips for Travel During Fall Break (from the office of Nurse Giampapa)
1. Avoid large crowds or gatherings. Practice social distancing of six feet or greater whenever possible.
2. Limit the size of your gatherings to your immediate family and groups of ten or less.
3. Wear a face covering when you are in public or with people who are not in your family, especially if you are inside.
4. Keep your hands clean. Wash or sanitize throughout the day, especially after touching surfaces that are frequently touched, such as door handles and railings. Carry hand sanitizer if necessary.
5. Spend as much time as possible outside. It is much more difficult for the virus to spread outdoors than indoors.
6. If you or someone in your group develops symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention, and follow advice for quarantine or isolation as needed. Common symptoms are fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, and sore throat.
I encourage you to enjoy the week, put your schoolwork aside, and take a break from your day-to-day routine, if only for a few days. I will also unplug for a bit, and I look forward to seeing you back at school at 9:30 a.m. on October 19.
Most sincerely and with much gratitude,
Head of School
For specific guidance on lower, middle or upper school policies for carpool, check-in/check-out, lunch, masks, enrichment classes, recess, etc. please visit the respective school's "news" resource tab located on the homepage of the MY USJ parent portal.
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The Student Health office at USJ was established in January 2017. Our purpose is to contribute to the goals of our school, as well as the healthcare system by providing screenings and referrals, administering medications and treatments, providing first aid, providing health counseling and education, and supporting students to acquire self-management skills related to their health. Our office is staffed daily from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.