The Storm Forecast

Updates Reopening- Phase 3 information, 11/20/2020

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Dear parents and guardians,

As we prepare to bring back nearly 500 students to our new school building, it is critical to ensure that we continue to keep the students' and staff's health and safety as a priority. While changing the date of the reopening is not an easy decision, San Jose Schools feels that it is the prudent thing to do to ensure the safety of evryone who will be in the building at a time when COVID-19 cases are spiking.


When students return from Thanksgiving, there will be 11 instructional days and 3 exam days before they break again for the Winter Break. Therefore, we will finish these last 14 days virtually and hold our grand opening on Tuesday, January 5.


Phase 3 would be a full return to the brick and mortar classroom with all teachers and students returning to school under strict COVID guidelines. Families who wish to keep their students learning online may do so through the end of 1st semester.

At the end of the 1st semester, we will reassess the situation. Families need to be aware that any student who chooses to remain on virtual instruction for the 2nd semester will no longer have live, synchronous instruction. Virtual instruction at that point would be fully independent via Edgenuity and students would have to remain in that mode for the remainder of the school year, with the exception of state and national assessments which must be taken on the school campus.


We are working diligently to provide the safest environment for our students and staff as they return to school, as well as making all preparations for the opening of our new school building.


On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff, I want to thank you for supporting us through this very difficult year and transition and for entrusting us with your children. We do not take that responsibility lightly and are grateful for the opportunity.


As we move forward, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or a member of my administrative staff and we will be happy to assist you.


I hope you and your families have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


Mrs. Knapp

Principal

Thanksgiving break

Please remember that we do not follow the DCPS calendar for Thanksgiving and that students and staff are off for Thanksgiving break for the entire week.


Our school offices will also be closed for the week.


May you and your families have a wonderful holiday.

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Exam schedule

Tuesday, December 15- 1st and 2nd period exams

Wednesday, December 16- 3rd and 4th period exams

Thursday, December 17- 5th and 6th period exams

Friday, December 18- NO SCHOOL, WINTER BREAK

School COVID guidelines

All students who return to the school building must abide by the following COVID guidelines:


  • daily temperature checks to enter the school building
  • facemasks must be worn at all times except when eating
  • COVID waiver must on file
  • frequent hand washing/sanitizing

COVID waivers can be emailed to michelle.pangle@sanjoseprep.org

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All families need to complete 2nd semester survey

As students return for 2nd semester on January 5, families will have two options for instructional delivery for the remainder of the school year:


  • live, in-person instruction in our school building
  • virtual asynchronous instruction- no live classes- all work is done via Edgenuity.
Families who choose the virtual model need to be aware that there will not be a live class with a teacher- students must complete all coursework independently via Edgenuity. It is also important to note the following:



  • students will still be held accountable for attendance via daily check ins
  • state and national assessments must be taken in person in our school building


In order to properly plan for the 2nd semester, we need all families to please complete the 2nd semester survey Dec 11: https://forms.gle/XEEVJPotyRgx3c9F8

After care through the YMCA for middle school

Will you need to register your students for after school after care? The YMCA will be providing an after school program on campus for 6th-8th graders.

The easiest way to register is online at https://fcymca.org/programs/child-care/before-and-afterschool/ and choose San Jose Primary.

Uniforms and dress code

When we return to school, uniforms will be enforced. Please make sure that your student is in full uniform. If you need to purchase uniforms, you can do so online at https://shop.sanjoseschools.org/

For polo shirts, once you click on the item, you will have the option to choose the correct color (black for high school, blue for middle school).



Also, please make sure that you review the school dress code, especially hair color and shoes. You can view our student handbook at: https://www.sanjoseprep.org/handbooks-and-policies/


The uniform store is located at 4040 Sunbeam Rd and will reopen on November 30.

Chromebooks and chargers

Students who have checked out a school Chromebook will be required to return it once they return to brick and mortar school. Please be prepared to bring both the Chromebook and the charger back to campus during the first week of classes.

Parking and traffic

Once we open the new building, we will have to establish a new traffic pattern on our property. Please bear with us the first days of school as we establish the new traffic routes and patterns for both San Jose Primary and San Jose Prep. We thank you in advance for your patience and grace.


Student parking:

We will begin selling student parking passes on Monday, November 9 via our school website. Please go to the "pay now" button at the bottom of the site and click on fees.

In order to drive to school, students must follow these guidelines:

  • Complete the student parking application. Please read carefully for all requirements, rules and regulations.
  • Parent must sign the form
  • Email the form to Mr D'Amico at richard.damico@sanjoseprep.org. DO NOT PURCHASE A PARKING PASS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED CLEARANCE FROM MR. D'AMICO
  • Once you receive approval from Mr. D'Amico, go ahead and purchase your pass online
  • Once your pass is purchased, bring the required documentation to Mrs. Pangle and she will issue your parking pass

Please remember that driving on campus is a privilege, not a right.

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Q: Once we are back on campus, will the teachers be there giving live instruction?

A: Yes


Q: If my student is currently coming to San Jose Primary to do online instruction, will they be able to continue doing so in December?

A: Yes


Q: Will we have the option to remain virtual?

A: Students may remain on live, synchronous instruction through the remainder of the 2nd quarter. We will reassess at the end of the semester as to whether or not there will be virtual instruction 3rd quarter. Should we have virtual instruction 3rd quarter, it will not be live synchronous instruction- students must work independently and must remain on this format for the remainder of the year


Q: What COVID precautions will you be taking?

A: Students and staff on campus must have daily temperature checks to enter the building, facemasks are required, COVID waivers must be on file with the school, frequent hand washing and sanitizing is expected, and we will practice social distancing where possible. There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the school and hand sanitizer and wipes in every classroom. Our cleaning service will also be disinfecting surfaces nightly.


Q: What happens if someone tests positive?

A: If a student or staff member tests positive, contact tracing will begin. The student/staff member must quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school. All schoolwork will be provided.


Q: What if someone else in the home tests positive?

A: If a sibling, parent, or someone else in the home tests positive, the student must quarantine for 14 days. School work will be provided


Q: What if my student develops symptoms throughout the school day?

A: If a student develops symptoms during the school day, a parent will be called to pick up the student. A negative COVID test result will be required to return to school. As always, students who develop fevers must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.


Please know that your health and safety is important to us and we will be doing everything we can to keep everyone healthy and safe.

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Upcoming events

Monday, Nov 23- Friday, Nov 27

Thanksgiving break- NO SCHOOL



Tue, Dec 15-Thur Dec 17

Semester exams, early release


Friday, Dec 18-Monday January 4

Winter break


Monday, January 4

Teacher planning day


Tuesday, January 5

Back to school! Students return to school- 3rd quarter begins

Grand opening!