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A Message From the Administration

We pray that you had a blessed, happy, healthy, and restful Christmas break! The return to school is fast approaching and we want to communicate some updates regarding St. Joseph Academy’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic prior to our Angels’ return to campus on Monday.

We would like to begin by thanking everyone once again for keeping yourselves and our SJA family safe during the fall semester. Although we endured a variety of challenges along the way, we believe we were successful in keeping our community as safe as possible through our “Not I, But We” efforts. As much as we all hoped that we could overcome the COVID-19 virus as we rang out 2021, that is simply not our current reality. Given the most recent data from the St. Louis County Department of Health and the new mask mandate that is currently in effect in St. Louis County, SJA will continue to require masks for all students, faculty, staff and guests while inside the building. This universal mask policy will allow us to continue to implement a modified quarantine with the goal of providing a quality, in-person learning experience for our students.

Our mitigation policies and protocols are reviewed on a weekly basis and we are prepared to make adjustments as necessary. 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.

Additional Updates & Reminders:
  • Reporting Positive Cases: For the safety of our students, faculty and staff, all positive COVID-19 cases must be reported to St. Joseph’s Academy. Moving forward, if your SJA Student tests positive at any time, please notify SJA by completing our SJA Student Positive COVID Test Report Form. This form can also be found under the COVID-19 tab on the school website and on each students’ SJA Quick Links. If you have questions, please email health@stjosephacademy.org.
    • Given the current strain on our region’s testing capacity, SJA will now accept a person’s positive at-home test results.
    • SJA will notify anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case on campus.
    • Parents/Guardians must still notify the main office of any student absence by calling (314) 394-4300.
  • Exposure Outside of the Classroom (e.g. at home, a friend’s, or at an athletic event, whether or not sponsored by the school): SJA will continue to follow guidance from St. Louis County regarding quarantine protocols for exposures outside of the classroom. Please notify health@stjosephacademy.org if your daughter becomes exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 outside the classroom at any point.
    • Please note that the guidance regarding quarantining for students who are 18 has been updated by the CDC: If your daughter is 18 and is unvaccinated OR has completed the primary series of J&J vaccine (1 dose) over 2 months ago & has not yet had a booster dose OR has completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (2 doses) over 6 months ago and has not had a booster dose, she will be required to quarantine when exposed to a positive COVID-19 case outside the classroom/parameters of our modified quarantine (closer than 6ft for more than 15 minutes, regardless of masking). 
  • Vaccination & Booster Documentation: Vaccines are strongly recommended for all students, faculty and staff. We are pleased to report that 99% of our faculty and staff and 86% of our student body are fully vaccinated. If you have not already done so, please upload your daughter’s vaccination card and/or any booster documentation 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.
  • SJA Booster Clinic: St. Joseph’s Academy will be hosting a booster clinic on January 28 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the SJA Gymnasium. The Pfizer COVID vaccine booster will be available for those 12 years of age and older. This clinic is free and open to the public. If you are interested in taking part, please register here: SJA Booster Clinic - January 28, 2022
  • 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. While this form has always been important, this small task is now more critical than ever. Each question must be answered thoughtfully and honestly. It is imperative that students stay home if they are feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
Finally, we continue to look to our faith to sustain us in the midst of uncertain times. In May, Pope Francis invited all people of faith to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic through the intercession of Mary, imploring God for an end to the suffering which so many people are forced to bear.

Pope Francis’ Pandemic Prayer
O Mary,
you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Mother of the Divine Physician,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. 
Amen.

We join together in prayer and look forward, in hopeful anticipation, to a day when communications like this are no longer necessary. Until then, we continue to be grateful for your ongoing support and confidence as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year.

Sincerely,
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

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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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