March 29, 2021
Happy Spring to Everyone!
I can hardly believe that we are almost to Easter break! I am excited to report that USJ continues to be in a good place related to COVID-19. As I write this, we have two students who will be returning on Wednesday after quarantine from a household exposure and no active cases to report! Spring sports are underway, and the campus is buzzing with exciting activities. I urge all of you to remain vigilant in your behaviors. While things are better, we are still at considerable risk of exposure. Keep up the excellent work! Several have asked if we will be making changes to procedures due to the decreasing number of cases and the increasing number of people who are now vaccinated. We are evaluating our practices on an ongoing basis but will not make any further changes at this time.
Madison County has opened vaccination availability to anyone age 16 or older. Fortunately, there are multiple locations to get the vaccination now. Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department continues to administer the Pfizer vaccine (2 shots, 3 weeks apart) https://www.madisoncountytn.gov/144/Health-Department. Additionally, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS, Kroger, Sam’s Club, and Phipps Pharmacy have been administering vaccines. Please find the location nearest you and call for an appointment to determine which of the three vaccinations they are giving. Some medical providers have begun to get shots as well. I urge you to make an appointment and get a shot if you have not already!
COVID has impacted nearly everything in our lives. One of those things is the availability of blood and blood products. USJ will host a Lifeline Blood Services Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 6 from 1-4 pm. The bloodmobile will be parked in front of the upper school. Anyone age 17 or older may donate. 17 and 18-year-olds must have written consent from a parent/guardian. Those forms will be with Ms. Rainey in the upper school office beginning tomorrow.
Thanks again for all that you do to keep USJ safe. Have a wonderful Easter break!
Mary Ann Giampapa
Director of Student Health Services
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.
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