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February 4, 2022

Dear SJA Families,
We appreciate your perseverance as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. As with all of you, we continue to learn more about this virus and make adjustments that reflect our commitment to our mission of providing a quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Continual monitoring shows that, on average, positive cases within our school community have declined since our return in January. As a result, we are making the following changes to our COVID-19 protocols.

Beginning Tuesday, February 8, masks will be recommended for all students and adults when indoors. This means that St. Joseph’s Academy will be mask-situational.  This is how mask-situational will look at SJA:
  • Students are required to have a mask with them at all times for certain situations.
  • If comfortable, students, faculty, and staff may choose to be without a mask while in class, during passing time, and at lunch. 
  • All members of our community may be required to wear masks when in large group gatherings such as Mass, Community Time, class meetings, etc.
  • Faculty and staff members who are not vaccinated will wear masks at all times when around others.
  • Guests will be expected to follow all SJA COVID-19 policies in place at the time of their visit to school.
  • Each week, SJA will assess internal positivity and transmission rates. Should there be a rise in positive cases or quarantines within our community that disrupt the learning process, SJA will increase mitigation protocols until the numbers decrease. 
Additional Updates & Reminders:
  • Daily Health Screening Form: Students will continue to complete our Daily Health Screening form and show a record of completion (screenshot or photo of the completed form) prior to entering the building each morning. Each question must be answered thoughtfully and honestly. While this form has always been important, this small task is now more critical than ever. Students MUST stay home if they are feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
  • Vaccinations: Vaccines are strongly recommended for all students, faculty, and staff. We are pleased to report that 99% of our employees and 87% of our student body have received the preliminary doses of the COVID-19 vaccination. 73% of our employees and 11% of our student body have submitted booster documentation. If you have not already done so, please upload your daughter’s vaccination card to health@stjosephacademy.org as soon as possible. If you prefer, vaccination cards may be faxed to (314) 965-9114, mailed to or dropped off at the Main Office or uploaded into your SchoolAdmin account.
  • Updated Quarantine Policies: Our quarantine policies will move to reflect the guidelines issued by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health for schools without a universal masking policy.
    • VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS who are deemed to have been in close contact with an infected person DO NOT need to be quarantined unless they develop symptoms.
    • UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS who are deemed to have been in close contact with an infected person will, in most cases, be required to quarantine for a minimum of 5 days.
    • As a reminder, students who miss school for medical/quarantine purposes will make up academic work pursuant to pre-pandemic policies, which can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook. There will be no Zoom or other virtual options available this year for students who are isolated or quarantined. We have technology, such as Canvas, and procedures in place to accommodate student learning if absent.
  • Reporting Positive Cases: For the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, all positive COVID-19 cases must be reported through our SJA Student Positive COVID Test Report Form as soon as possible. This form can also be found under the COVID-19 tab on the school website, on each students’ SJA Quick Links, and through the COVID-19 tab in the weekly Family Email Blast . If you have questions, please email health@stjosephacademy.org  
    • Upon return, students must wear a mask and distance while eating and drinking until they reach 10 days from their positive test or the start of symptoms (whichever came first).
As partners in your daughter’s learning, all families are expected to make decisions regarding masking that are within your current comfort level. We will continue to maintain a culture of support and respect that is central to our “Not I, But We” community. There will be no tolerance for any behavior that is found to be in contrast with this value. Our mitigation policies and protocols will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. We are prepared to make adjustments as necessary, based on internal vaccination rates, community transmission, and internal transmission rates. We will be in communication with you via the Family Email Blast with COVID-19 updates, along with any changes or adaptations to these policies. 

As always, we are grateful to each of you for your resilience, ongoing support, and the many ways in which you embody our “Not I, But We” spirit.
 
St. Joseph, our patron, pray for us.
The SJA Administration:
Mrs. Marcia Niedringhaus, President
Dr. Jennifer Sudekum, Principal of Academic Affairs
Ms. Karen Davis, Principal of Student Affairs

Reminders

If your daughter has received the COVID-19 vaccine, please be sure to send a copy to the Main Office before the first day of school. You may send it to health@sja1840.org

Any student that tests positive for COVID-19 OR has someone in their household with a pending or positive test result, must stay home following CDC guidelines. 

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Mental Health Resources

If you note ANY concerning changes in sleep, appetite, mood, thoughts of hopelessness, helplessness, self-harm or behaviors indicating symptoms of anxiety, depression or suicide, please reach out!

As a reminder: anytime there is a medical emergency, please call 911.

For a mental health crisis, when Wellness Counselors are not immediately available, please contact:

St. Louis’s 24/7 BHR Youth Connection Helpline: 
CALL: 314-819-8802, 
CHAT: bhrstl.org or 
TEXT: BHEARD to 31658 | St. Louis’s Life Crisis Services: 314-647-4357

or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

5 Ways to help Teens Manage Anxiety about Coronavirus 
Advice for Keeping COVID-19 Conflicts with Your Teenagers From Sabotaging Your Family
How Parents Can Protect Kids' Mental Health During the Pandemic

These resources, publications and articles are not associated with St. Joseph’s Academy. 
St. Joseph’s Academy is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission at the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.  

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