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Flash #2 - Details for Re-Opening - What we know as of July 9, 2020
If you missed my extensive first flash describing what we knew two weeks ago, please click here to access Flash #1
Please tell your St. Joe’s friends to read these flashes and ask me questions directly so that I can address concerns or find the answers for us all. Remember - requirements may still change or be updated throughout the summer!
Updated information:
MASKS - since Flash #1, we have received the following clarification: "The DOH requires everyone in a school building to wear a face covering, with specific exemptions." At this time, the only exemption would come if your doctor wrote a note, but this is still being clarified. "Children may wear SHIELDS in place of a cloth face covering". We are ordering shields to test them. We will be offering them for sale in August. You are allowed to purchase your own shield. Some are attached to hats - we WILL allow this type since it may be more comfortable for your child. As mentioned in Flash #1 - we are asking that families provide their own face covering, either mask or shield. Please take the time to practice wearing them before school starts. "Partitions or social distancing will not eliminate the need for face coverings."
EXTENDED CARE - registrations will be available soon
FORMS - We will soon be asking all families to fill out the forms electronically that are typically brought on the first day of school. We need this information to be in our office BEFORE school begins to better serve our community. Please watch for these coming to your email soon!!
- the LAW has changed regarding immunizations. Beginning Aug. 1, all recorded immunizations must be verified by your doctor. We will be contacting you if you need to update your immunizations based on the new law.

- 6th graders - the immunizations that are typically required to enter 6th grade have been moved by the health department to 7th grade. You now have one year to get the Tdap.
- in the morning, Kinder and 1st grade parents (and their carpool) will be allowed to park and walk to the exterior door to drop off their children (parents may not enter the building)
- ALL other cars will drive in the pattern we use for dismissal on the playground - this will allow for more spacing to be able to follow social distancing upon arrival.  
- Classrooms will be open earlier so that children will enter right away and not linger outside - exact time to come in August.
The following adjusted times will remain in effect during the time we are required to social distance. It is possible that our schedule will change if the social distancing requirements are lifted later in the year. We must adjust times now in order to follow social distancing guidelines at arrival and dismissal.

Arrival: time will be posted in August
- parents are not allowed out of their cars - in the past, families have been allowed to park and walk in to pick up their child. This is no longer allowed
- Grades K-4 - NEW DISMISSAL TIME - M/T/TH/F will be at 2:15. Wednesdays, dismissal for K-4 will be 1:45
- Grades 5-8 - M/T/TH/F dismissal will be at 3:15. Wednesdays, dismissal for 5-8 will be at 2:15.
The dismissal time for half days will be as follows:
- Grades K-4 11:30  
- Grades 5-8 12:00
First week of school:
Monday Aug 31 - half day
Tues, Wed, Thurs - regular days - times listed above
Friday, Sept 4 - half day
The first week of school for Kinders will be different from the above so that we can help you and your child with the new procedures. We will be sending you a separate email to describe how your first week will look.
SUPPLY LIST - please do not feel you need to purchase everything new on the list. Use the items from last year as much as possible. Please acquire the items on the list, but we may make adjustments as to what you actually bring on day one. The supply list is posted on the website or find it here.
More information coming about lunch, recess and masses.
Thank you for your patience. We will get through this one day at a time!
Kathy Lundy

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