Providence Hall Junior High
We Are Running The Four Minute Mile
The Mask Mile
I hope you all were able to take some time to enjoy the beautiful winter sunshine that made its way into the valley this weekend.
I had the most hilarious make-you-laugh-until-you-cry-story to share with you this week, and then, just like the day in sixth grade when I took a fast-flying and super sneaky softball to the mouth, the new mask mandate bomb took me out of the game and has required some metaphorical stitches to put my very tired soul back together.
If you haven't heard the news, let me be the first to rip the band-aide and let you know that due to an executive order from the Salt Lake County Health Department, we are all required to be back in masks starting tomorrow until February 7th.
After I was able to catch my breath and wipe my tears, I have realized that life is a lot like a helicopter. I don't know how to operate a helicopter, yet as the leader of the school, I am supposed to have a good answer or plan for anything that comes along. It seems impossible some days, but as Mrs. Turley reminded me, the very word itself says "I'm Possible."
As I was thinking about this situation, it reminded me of this video about the man that broke the first four-minute mile record when everyone believed it couldn't be done, and the impact that this had on thousands of people for years to come. Patriots, I think we are currently running trying to break the four-minute mile record. We as leaders, as parents, as teachers, as students, as humans are collectively having to do something that has never had to be done before. We are asking kids to come to school and learn, and teachers to come to school and teach in a race that seems to be impossible to win.
While I know it doesn't feel like it, I know this trial will come to an end.
How do I know this you ask?
Well in short...History.
The Great Depression: left millions of people hungry, homeless, and unable to provide for their families lasted from 1929-1933.
We came out of it.
World War l: lasted from 1913-1921 and accounted for over 20 million deaths and just as many injuries.
We came out of it.
World War II: lasted from 1939-1945 and also accounted for an estimated 75-80 million deaths along with deep and significant impacts on the economy.
We came out of it.
- Spanish Flu
- Cold War
- Dust Bowl
I could go on and on and on...but the moral is that at the end of the day, each and every time, we CAME OUT OF IT. And we came out of it stronger and more grateful than we were when we went into it.
Tomorrow, we are being asked to come back to school in masks, but we are not having our schools closed or our education taken away from us. We are just being asked to do something that is uncomfortable, and something that the majority of us hate. But we still get to come to school and that is something I personally will never take for granted again. Tomorrow, we get to show up and see our friends, learn, laugh, and make beautiful memories.
Please know that your school leaders love all of you, and ensuring that your children get the best education possible is not something we take lightly.
If you wish to keep your students home because of this mandate, or would like to talk to me directly, I will be happy to meet with anyone as long as there is some form of soda and chocolate within arm's length during the conversation.
If you believe that your child qualifies for a mask exemption, please go to the website and complete the required steps to have the exemption be in compliance.
We can and we will run this record-breaking four-minute mile.
I hope to see all of your beautiful faces tomorrow.
As always Patriots...You Are Loved!
Public Health Order Mask Mandate Information From The SL County Health Department
Dear Providence Hall Parents,
By now you have surely read the memorandum from our director, Mr. Nate Marshall relaying the order from Salt Lake County for all students and staff to wear masks indoors.
Should you have questions about this mandate or the exemption process I urge you to visit our website and then contact me as soon as possible.
We have been directed to enforce the mandate. If students come to school Monday without a mask we will be contacting that student's parent to ensure understanding and provide a mask to your child should you wish for them to stay at school.
As you know, this is not a school or a district mandate, it was a County decision.
We were not asked for our opinion, we were given a directive. As a parent of students at Providence Hall, please know that I understand the range of emotions and opinions surrounding both the wearing of masks and mandates from various levels of government.
Please see the directive below.
On Friday, Salt Lake County Health Department Executive Director Dr. Angela C. Dunn issued a public health order requiring people in Salt Lake County, regardless of vaccination status or past COVID-19 infection, to wear well-fitting masks when indoors in public.
The order, which includes all schools, is in response to the surge of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. It takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022, and is currently planned to be in force until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022. Consequently, all students will need to wear masks to school starting Monday, January 10th.
Exemptions to the order include:
Individuals under two years of age and those with medical conditions, impairments, or disabilities that prevent wearing a mask.
Individuals engaging in work where they are alone and individuals for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the individual related to their work as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
Individuals are seated at a restaurant or other food/beverage establishment while they are actively eating or drinking.
The school will reintroduce the masking protocol from 2020-2021 school year for sports, PE, performing arts, and extracurricular activities which are outlined in our 2020-2021 Return-to-school guidelines (link provided):
The school will also reinstitute the previous guidelines from the UHSAA for sports. Here is the link to guidelines for sports:
For any students who don’t have masks, one can be provided by the school. However, due to the short notice by the county, these may be in limited supply so we would appreciate your support by providing one from home where possible.
Thank you for your continued willingness to work with the school as we readjust our protocol to be in line with the state and county health department requirements and guidelines. We know these changes aren’t easy but appreciate your cooperation and understanding as the school community makes these adjustments.
Girl's Basketball Schedule And COVID Information
Congratulations to the PHJH Girls Varsity and JV Basketball Teams For Getting Their First Win of the Season Last Week!!!
Schedule,COVID Reminders, and a Word From Coach Ali
Just a reminder Patriots... While the mask mandate is in place, all spectators, coaches, and players are REQUIRED to wear masks unless they are playing in the game.
Game Times and Locations
Jan. 5 @ Freedom Prep - Varsity won 47-7 and JV won 27-7
Jan. 10 v. Athlos
Jan. 12 v. Channing Hall
Jan. 19 v. Reagan
Jan. 25 v. Monticello
Jan. 26 v. Summit Ind
Jan. 31 @ Athlos
Feb. 2 v. Channing Hall
Feb. 10 @ Summit Ind.
Coach Ali says...
Girls Basketball Athletes and Parents,
Here are a few things for this week's games.
With the new mandate, we've been asked to wear masks when we're indoors in Salt Lake County. Our school leadership has asked us to follow these mandates/instructions respectfully. For our games this week, I ask all parents to wear a mask to the match and inside the building.
Please help us be an example to our visitor fans and young ladies. The young ladies will also be expected to wear a mask while on the bench. When they go into the game, they will have their mask off while playing.
Come One Come All For Our 2022 PHJH Musical
Dance Class Performance
Here is the performance in case you are curious about the class or wanted to go, but were unable to attend. Well done Patriots!!!
Check Out The Litmancer Creative Writing Club
Feel like you're missing out? It's not too late to join. Permission forms are available in the library.
Opportunity For Anyone From Any School Wanting To Play Rugby
Please Click The Link Below To See This Week's Menu Options
Needed Vaccinations Information For Students Going From 6th Grade Into 7th
ATTENTION PARENTS OF 6TH GRADERS
This is just a friendly reminder that your 6th-grade students will need to receive some updated immunizations prior to entering the 7th grade. So as you are making your way to their well-child checks with their doctors, just be aware they will need 2 or 3 immunizations. They will need a dose of Tdap (tetanus-diptheria-pertussis), and Meningococcal. And if they haven't already received it, they'll need a 2nd dose of Varicella (chickenpox). They will not be able to attend classes next year until their immunizations are updated. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks so much!!