November 13, 2020
Dear USJ Families,
We need your help!
The COVID crisis in the United States has reached an all-time high in both numbers of cases and hospitalizations. Madison County reported the highest single day total of new cases today. The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department has reissued a mask mandate for Madison County that will run through December 31. Predictably, the USJ community has also seen a rise in cases over recent days. We have several students and faculty members who have been diagnosed with COVID. We have four students who had positive tests, and four students who are probable positives because they have developed symptoms during their quarantine period. Two additional faculty members tested positive today. We also have a larger number of students who must quarantine because they have had a close contact exposure to a person who is positive. Most of these close contacts are related to household exposures or gatherings outside of school.
When the Student Health office is notified of a positive case within any USJ family, we identify the involved students and contact-trace their experiences while at USJ or USJ events. If a close contact is identified, the involved students are notified. This process has been completed for everyone on our list at this time, and appropriate actions have been taken. As always, if you have questions or concerns regarding this, please contact me for more information.
It is more important than ever that we are vigilant in our personal choices. Positivity rates are at record highs in Madison County. Please consider this before you host or attend social gatherings. Doing so puts multiple people at risk of exposure to COVID. If you do gather, wear a mask, keep your distance and stay outside.
Schools all around the country are transitioning back to online learning. I truly believe that USJ can remain on campus - but it will take ALL of us working together with SAFETY as our first priority in all that we do. We must all eliminate as much risk as possible in the choices that we make.
As always - Wear a mask (as of midnight tonight the Madison County mask mandate is back in effect), wash your hands, maintain social distancing, and stay at home if you do not feel well (or even if you do). Our efforts are more important now than ever. I know we can work together and stay safe!
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.