COVID-19 Updates

We are committed to doing everything possible to allow our students to receive direct instruction in person beginning in August.  We will have our plans and procedures finalized mid to late July and will share them here. There will be many changes to the typical school day to keep our students and faculty safe. To reduce the risk of exposure, only faculty, staff, and students will be allowed to enter our buildings. Unfortunately, this means we will not be able to offer any aftercare options for the beginning of the school year.  Extended care and all extracurricular clubs and activities will be suspended until December.  Additionally, no volunteers will be permitted in the school. We will revisit this decision in early December to determine whether restrictions can be lifted for second semester.   

 

June 30, 2020        Extended Care & After School Activities

July 25, 2020          School Re-opening Plan & Waiver

August 4, 2020     

August 16, 2020

School Mass Update: Each Friday of a typical school year, the student body gathers for all-school Mass at 8:15. We had previously announced that this year all grades would be viewing the Mass via a recorded Mass in their classrooms. However, starting on Friday, September 11th, Monsignor Harris will invite one grade each Friday to sit in the church for Mass. All other grades will view a livestream of the Mass in their classrooms. Only grades 3-6 will take turns attending the Mass in person. All students are asked to be in dress uniforms each Friday for Mass.

September 22, 2020

As we continue to evaluate our COVID procedures, we have decided to make a change to our temperature checks in morning carpool. This week, we are finding that students are presenting with elevated temperatures in cars.  We think this is due to the cooler weather and families having the heater on in the car, as well as the students having on more outerwear.  Going forward we will be checking temperatures at the gate or door where your student enters the building. If there is any issue with your student’s temperature, they will be sent to the school nurse for a recheck.  If there continues to be a problem, you will be notified to return.

October 21, 2020        New 5th and 6th grade Procedures for Class Transitions

November 1, 2020       

Extended Care:  The Reopening Taskforce, with input from Advisory Council, has concluded that at this time we cannot provide the needed safeguards to reopen our Extended Care program.  We do understand this is a hardship for many families, and we will revisit this decision for 4th quarter.  

November 8, 2020

As you begin making your plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, we ask that you avoid traveling to COVID “hot spots.” If you do leave the area over the break, whether it is a short or long-distance trip, we ask that you continue to follow safety protocols.  Please take some time to review these two links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html

 

We ask you to be mindful of these matters to prevent a COVID outbreak when we return to school after each of our holiday breaks. Thank you for your support in these efforts- we really want to keep Saint Joseph Catholic School learning in-person.  

 

COVID Tests:  If someone in your household is being tested for COVID all members of the household should be quarantined until a negative test result or the appropriate amount of time has passed since exposure/symptoms.

December 11, 2020

Quarantine Protocols:  Please click HERE to read the letter from Mr. William Ryan, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Charleston, about the Diocesan quarantine protocols.

Saint Joseph Catholic School

3700 Devine Street

Columbia, SC 29205

(803) 254-6736      (866) 456-7374

Extended care: (803) 744-0143

fax (803) 540-1913

 

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