May 3, 2021
Welcome to May!
I can hardly believe that we are days away from the close of school! This is always an exciting time of year when our campus is busy with celebrations and activities. While many agencies have reduced precautions within our community, USJ events will continue to have safety measures in place. Many outdoor events will be deemed “masks encouraged,” and we encourage everyone to wear masks in areas of congestion. However, INDOOR activities will continue to have masking requirements. If you are coming to USJ for an event that is held indoors, you will need a mask. Please be sure to have one available when you arrive.
As a reminder, USJ has not changed our procedures for wearing masks during the school day. We are seeing increasing numbers of students who come to school without masks. Please be sure that your child is wearing a mask upon arrival EVERY DAY. Also, if your child wears a gaiter-type mask, many of these have stretched throughout the year and no longer fit snuggly. Please check those gaiter-style masks and be sure that your student is able to wear them appropriately without excessive manipulation of the masks. If your gaiter masks have stretched, please replace them.
At this time, we have no active cases of COVID-19 or quarantines for exposure among our students and faculty. This is the best news of all!!! Keep distancing, masking, hand washing and cleaning so we can keep it this way! Everyone is working hard and it is so appreciated!
Vaccination remains a priority to move forward through this pandemic. Vaccinations are available for anyone 16 years or older at many locations throughout our community. Most of these sites do not require an appointment. However, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Please consider having every eligible person in your household vaccinated! It will save lives.
Lifeline Blood Services continues to be critically low on blood supply. If you have not given blood, please consider doing so. Lifeline is located at 183 Sterling Farm Drive in Jackson, TN. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am-6 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment at 731-427-4431.
As always, thanks again for all you do for USJ and for sharing your wonderful families with us.
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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