Dear St. Joseph Parents and Students,
On behalf of our Pastor, faculty, and staff of St. Joseph School we would like to thank you for choosing to attend our school and for also trusting us with your children. During these times of uncertainty, we want to provide you with peace of mind and reassurance that your child will receive a high-quality Catholic education while remaining safe throughout the day. Each child will have the ability to practice their faith and receive instruction specific to each individual child’s needs so that they can reach their maximum potential. St. Joseph School will adapt to the mandates issued by the Department of Catholic Health (CDPH) and the Archdiocese but will remain committed to developing the whole child through Faith, Family, and Excellence.
This document contains clear and explicit protocols, health and safety guidelines, Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools: Appendix T1, and daily procedures on how we will maintain our campus safe for in-person instruction. This will require the patience, cooperation, and efforts of our entire school community including yourself and your family. This will be a process that we will persevere through together. As stay-at-home orders are modified, it is essential that all possible steps be taken to ensure the safety of all members of our school community. Key prevention practices include:
- physical distancing to the maximum extent possible
- teaching and maintaining social distancing
- use of face coverings by staff members, students, volunteers, and visitors
- entrance protocols, health checks, frequent handwashing and regular cleaning and disinfection
- training staff members, volunteers, and students on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan
In addition, it will be critical to have in place appropriate processes to identify new cases of illness and, when they are identified, to intervene quickly and work with public health authorities to halt the spread of the virus. We want to reinforce the fact that we are taking all safety precautions, enforcing good hygiene, have all of the necessary Personal Protective Equipment, and have updated our cleaning services. We are also following the advice of the Center of Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), our local official’s, Archbishop Gomez, and the Department of Catholic Schools. As one united community, St. Joseph School will operate through our faith and for our children.
Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, “cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us” (1 Pet 5:7).
-Pope Francis Strong in the Face of Tribulation: A Sure Support in Time of Trial
The faculty and staff of St. Joseph School are committed to our loyal and dear families. We will remain vigilant over our children and one another as we continue to persevere through adversity. Ingenuity will steer us through this time of uncertainty and social change. However, it will be implemented with prudence and the preservation of our Catholic identity, along with the 70 year old “Royals” tradition of Faith, Family, and Excellence. In addition to the guidelines set by the CDPH and the guidance of our local government officials the following document will outline the daily protocols that will be used at St. Joseph School La Puente.
May God Bless You and Keep You All,
Mr. Hayes, M.Ed & M.CSA (Catholic School Administration)