After surveying students, parents/guardians, and our faculty/staff, it was pretty clear that most JPII stakeholders prefer face-to-face instruction. Students’ intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being are best nurtured with in-person instruction—and the overwhelming majority of our students have indicated that they want to be back at school. So while this school year will be like none other, we are excited that we are able to return to our school building to once again learn, pray, and play TOGETHER as safely as possible.
JPII is following directives from Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama and the Diocese of Raleigh Catholic Schools Office and requirements and recommendations in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) “StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit” to implement guidelines for everyone’s safety and well being. These guidelines can often change based on frequent changes provided by the above parties.
The NCDHHS requires schools have three potential scenarios depending on what restrictions are necessary when school opens, or at any time in the school year, to control the spread of the disease. The plans are as follows:
Will be implemented assuming COVID-19 metrics in North Carolina continue to stablize and/or move in a positive direction. All requirements in this guidance apply to plan A.
Will be required if COVID-19 metrics in North Carolina worsen and it is determined additional restrictions are necessary. Limit the total number of students, teachers, staff, and visitors within a school building to the extent necessary to ensure that 6 feet distance can be maintained when people will be stationary (e.g., when seated in classrooms, waiting in lines, in restrooms and locker rooms, in cafeterias, other indoor school settings where people congregate).
Will be implemented only if North Carolina COVID-19 metrics worsen significantly enough to require suspension of in-person instruction and the implementation of remote learning for all students. The requirements listed in this guidance would not apply, as students/staff would not be gathering together in groups on school grounds.
Our approach and planning allows for us to easily transition from one plan to another. As announced on July 14, the JPII community will be operating under Plan B: Moderate Social Distancing for the start of school. In-person instruction for all students will start on August 19. Remote learning is available for students who are not feeling well (see symptoms chart under “Health Checks/Alerts”), need to quarantine for exposure or positive diagnosis/test for COVID-19, or who opt to stay at home due to health concerns, including anxiety or a family member’s compromised immune system.
Attending school in person comes with great responsibility and requires everyone to care for and protect the entire JPII family. The only way we justify the risk versus reward of returning to in-person learning is by mitigating risk as much as humanly possible. If families and/or students cannot follow these restrictions, rules, policies, and guidelines to the letter, students will be required to switch to remote learning for the duration of Plans A and B. There will be one and only one warning for not following the rules in the school building. This is a matter of safety for our JPII family and community. There will be no exceptions. Please do your part by reading and following the information below.
Last modified: July 29, 2020
Below are the expectations of our students, parents/guardians, and the school to help keep each other safe.
To help my child at school, I know and understand that:
Our school will do our best to:
I will do my best to: