The Storm Forecast

Week of January 5, 2021

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Dear parents, guardians, and students,

FINALLY!!!!!! The long awaited day has come for us to open the doors to our new home.

I am deeply grateful to our families and our students for the patience, your belief in us, your kind words, and your support- they have carried us through some tough times and I want you to know that it is noticed and appreciated.


When we open the doors on Monday, we will essentially be opening a brand new school, not just in building structure, but in every sense of the word- procedures, activities, rituals and traditions. One thing that will not change- the personalized care for your children.


As we go through our first days, please bear with us as we work out all of the kinks and get into a routine. A lot of planning and thought has gone into all aspects of opening and as we teach our students the new processes, it will take a few days to adjust.


Due to the additional week of Christmas break, the school calendar has had to be slightly adjusted- the change is essentially that students no longer have Friday, February 12 and Monday, March 15 off. The school year will not be extended any further into May.


We also have adjusted our daily schedule to allow students to spend more time with their teachers and help improve skills necessary to be successful on state and national assessments this spring. Mondays and Wednesdays, students will see their 1st-3rd period teachers, Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will see their 4th-6th period teachers, Fridays will alternate and be conducted remotely.


We will be working with the students to ensure that they are mastering the skills in each of the content areas and to ensure that we fill any gaps in learning that may have occurred due to COVID closure.


Our staff is also working on bringing to life student activities and traditions that are within CDC guidelines but will help enrich the lives of students.


We look forward to seeing you on campus on Monday.


Mrs. Knapp

Principal

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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2nd semester schedules

Final 2nd semester schedules for students will be posted on Focus on Saturday, January 9.

Please check Focus for where your classes so you know where you will report on Monday morning!


There will not be any schedule changes. The only schedule changes San Jose Prep grants are for academic issues (i.e. student is placed in wrong level class or student is missing a graduation requirement class). Not wanting a class, teacher, or subject is not grounds for a schedule change.


Students with Doral College and FSCJ courses on their schedules: Both colleges will continue their courses online. Students who have these courses must complete at home- there is not an oncampus option for taking these classes. Please make sure that you have made transportation arrangements to and from campus.


Students with scheduling questions can contact Student Services at studentservices@sanjoseprep.org

Procedures for Monday, January 11

On Monday, January 11, all students must report to the entrance at the gym. We will be conducting temperature checks, COVID waiver checks, Chromebook check in, and schedules at this location.

Students who checked out a Chromebook must return the Chromebook and the charger cord.

Don't forget that instruction begins promptly at 8am so please make sure that you arrive to school on time- pulling up to school at 8am is considered tardy because students must be in class by 8am.

REQUIRED virtual student orientation

All students who are staying on the virtual platform must attend a virtual orientation with Student Services on Friday, January 8 at 1pm.

All virtual students must join the Second Semester Virtual Meeting Room via Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MjIwMjc4MDAwNjE4?cjc=ox6h26y


Classroom code: ox6h26y


Virtual students who had Edward Waters College Dual Enrollment courses in the fall: EWC DE courses will not be offered virtually. For 2nd semester, another course will be assigned.

Courses via FSCJ and Doral College will continue virtually.

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.


Any questions regarding after care should be directed to the YMCA.

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/

New uniform store location

The San Jose Schools Uniform Store has moved to a new location.

The new store can be found at:

11363 San Jose Blvd, Building 200

Jacksonville, FL 32223


You can also purchase online at: https://shop.sanjoseschools.org/

Don't forget hair color!!!

Don't forget that only natural hair colors are allowed in school. Please make sure that any unnatural hair color has been removed by the time school starts!

Chromebooks and chargers

Students who have checked out a school Chromebook and no longer need to keep it, may check it in the first two days of school. Please be prepared to bring both the Chromebook and the charger back to campus. If you need to keep the Chromebook for Fridays' virtual instruction, you may keep it until May.


Chromebooks must be returned in the condition they were issued, per the checkout agreement.

The damage fee for Chromebooks is as follows:

Missing/lost Chromebook: $300

Damaged Chromebook: $150

Help us make sure everyone stays healthy!

As a reminder, do not send your child to school if he or she is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. If there is a member of your household who is COVID-19 positive, do not send your child to school. If your child was exposed to a confirmed case over winter break and has not completed their full quarantine period, do not send your child to school until the quarantine period is over.

If a student must quarantine, school work will be provided and the absence will be excused. In order to help keep everyone healthy, notify the school if your student has been diagnosed with COVID 19 or has been exposed to COVID 19 so we may follow the appropriate protocols at school.

Thank you for partnering with us to help keep everyone healthy!

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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 Hudspeth at randy.hudspeth@sanjoseprep.org. DO NOT PURCHASE A PARKING PASS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED CLEARANCE FROM MR. HUDSPETH
  • Once you receive approval from Mr. Hudspeth, 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.

Get your parking decals!!

Students planning to drive on campus must purchase parking decals in order to park.

Please re-read procedures above on how to purchase parking decals.

New traffic pattern

When you return to campus in January, you will find a new traffic pattern.


For morning drop off and afternoon dismissal, all traffic will enter and turn left and follow the driveway around the property.

If your family has students in both San Jose Primary and San Jose Prep, ALL of your students will be ready for pick up at the San Jose Primary pick up point in the back. It is the Prep student's responsibility to get to their younger sibling and assist them with unloading and loading into the vehicle.


If your family only has Prep students, you will continue to circle around and eventually turn right at the San Jose Prep drop off/pick up area.


Please note that there will be 4 zones with staff that will be directing traffic. Please be respectful and patient with staff directing traffic and please follow directives for everyone's safety.


All traffic MUST exit right onto Sunbeam Rd. There will also be a school zone going up on Sunbeam Rd, so it is imperative to watch your speed for everyone's safety, especially that of our walkers and bikers.


As you know, dismissal is always a bit long the first week of school at any school. We ask for your patience the first week of school as we work through our first dismissals and get everything working with the efficiency of a Chick-Fil-A drive through at Disney World!

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Report cards

Report cards will be published to Focus Parent Portal on Tuesday, January 12!

If you need a printed copy, please email christopher.cassells@sanjoseprep.org

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

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, January 4- Friday, January 8

Teacher planning days


Monday, January 11

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

Grand opening!


Thursday, January 14

School Picture Day

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