St. Jerome School Weekly Reminders

Week of August 31st, 2020

“Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself...do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.”

St. Francis de Sales

From Mr. Merrick: Welcome Back!

Dear St. Jerome Families,


We are so excited to welcome back our students (whether in-person or virtually)! Together, we will all work together to have an outstanding school year in which we all grow as a community in our faith, knowledge, and service to others.


All of our staff has been working, praying, and sharing together over the past few weeks to make our classrooms ready for your children. Please be on the lookout for photos as we share all that has been done this summer to renew our school building.


We ask for your prayers and patience as we work to provide the very best experience for our school families, while following the guidelines in our health and safety plan. We will be constantly evaluating our procedures and making adjustments as needed.


We extend a special greeting to our new students and faculty members. We will feature our new teachers in our newsletters over the next few weeks:


Mr. James Altomari, Physical Education

Mrs. Tina Schmidt, 6th Grade

Miss Madeline Wojton, 2nd Grade


In addition, Mrs. Maura Collins will be moving to 7th Grade this year. Mrs. Collins has experience teaching 4th-8th grades before coming to St. Jerome School, and she is thrilled to be able to share her passion for reading and writing with our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.


The objective of the information below is to share reminders to get us started for our first week of school without overwhelming you. I will send out a newsletter on Wednesday, and I will keep you informed of any changes in our procedures.


Thank you for your support of Catholic education here at St. Jerome; have a great week!

Schedule for the First Week

Below is the schedule for the first week of school and a link to a summary calendar with all of the half days and dates that school is closed. Please note that the half day dismissal time is 12:00 PM.


Monday: 12:00 PM Dismissal (First Day of School for 1st-8th Grades )

Tuesday: 12:00 PM Dismissal

Wednesday: 2:35 PM Dismissal

Thursday: 2:35 PM Dismissal (First Day of School for PreK and K)

Friday: No School

Arrival

Bus: Students arriving by bus will enter through the doors on Stamford Street. Any students arriving before 7:20 AM will be separated by cohort and supervised in the hall.


Car: Beginning at 7:20 AM, cars will be directed to enter through the school yard. The cars will be stopped and the students will exit their cars and go directly into the building. Cars will then be sent out onto Holme Ave. If a child needs to cross, please have your child cross in front of your car. Drop off will continue until 7:35 AM. All cars will follow this procedure until Thursday when PreK and Kindergarten start.


Walkers: Walkers enter the the doors on Stamford Street to avoid the cars in the school yard.


Please click the link below for a map and information about drop off. Fr. Reilly and Mr. Merrick will evaluate the procedure at the end of the week and adjust as necessary. We greatly appreciate your patience as we implement this new procedure to make the arrival go safely and smoothly, while avoiding people congregating in the parking lots.

Dismissal

The dismissal car line procedure will remain the same. You will be directed to line up in the school yard. Once the cars are loaded, staff members will direct the lines to exit onto Holme Ave. We will work for a safe and efficient dismissal. The staff will work to keep the students distanced, but the students must also wear their masks as distancing will be difficult in the school yard.


Staff members will also escort the bus and walk lines.

Student Health

Our reopening plan calls on every member of the school community to support our values of mutual respect, integrity, willingness to sacrifice for the common good and foster community bonds across generations. Commitment to the policies will assist in protecting the health and welfare of all members of our school community.


In an effort to keep all children safe, we ask that Parents monitor their children’s Health daily. Below are the expectations related to the health monitoring.


I attest to :

  • Fever of 100.4 or above,

  • chills,

  • Cough,

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,

  • Fatigue,

  • Muscle or body aches,

  • Headache,

  • New loss of taste or smell,

  • Sore throat,

  • Congestion or runny nose,

  • Nausea or vomiting,

  • Diarrhea,

  • My child has not had any contact with anyone with COVID

  • My child has not traveled a location designated as a “Hot Spot

  • I am following all CDC recommended guidelines and limiting my/my child’s exposure to risks such as above


If any of these symptoms please keep your child from school and contact the school any of the symptoms. If the symptoms are serious please seek immediate medical attention. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.


We will keep you informed if the list of symptoms listed above changes in any way.

Virtual Learning (Virtual Lions Academy)

Families that have opted for our Virtual Lions Academy should have received an email from Mr. Dooley with information about orientation and requesting a Chromebook so that you may begin class on Tuesday, September 8th. You will be able to pick-up books and supplies this week as well as pay your stationery fee. Please email Mr. Dooley (tdooley@sjsphila.org) if you have any questions or did not receive his email.
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