We remain locked in our battle with the coronavirus, and on Wednesday, May 20, Governor Northam announced that he is
“undecided whether Northern Virginia can enter Phase One on May 29.”
While we wait for a determination, it is important to remember that the virus is not “gone” and our health and safety depend on following best practices in an effort to stop the spread. Additionally, Bishop Burbidge announced the Diocesan Reintegration Plan, which operates in conjunction with the Virginia Forward plan announced by Gov. Northam.
The longer we remain in shut down, the greater the financial impact on not only our families, but all families in our region. SJC and SJS both have ongoing and deeply connected relationships with LINK, the Rucker Center and St. Lucy Project. Please consider helping support these organizations. St. Lucy will hold a ‘NO CONTACT FOOD COLLECTION’ at St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, and LINK has made the following Wish List of much needed items: Jelly, Peanut Butter, Hearty Soups, Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, etc.), Canned Corn, Canned Carrots, Canned Peas, Canned Potatoes, Pasta Sauce, Canned Tomatoes (diced type), Canned pasta (like Chef Boyardee), Boxed Potatoes, Hamburger/Tuna Helper, Snack items for kids, Baking products (oil, flour, sugar, etc.), Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap), Toilet paper and paper towels. Please visit the LINK website for further information: https://www.linkagainsthunger.org/
St. Lucy Project and LINK extend the warmest thanks to both SJC and SJS families for their continued support. Please consider donating what you can spare as both organizations “assist brothers and sisters in our community.”
As we look to the fall and the start of the 2020-2021 school year, the Office of Cathoic Schools continues to engage in relevant dialog. Fairfax County Public Schools issued a 47-page "
Returning to School: Options and Considerations for Summer and Fall 2020
" Options being discussed for fall include a virtual start to the school year, returning to school with various social distancing scenarios, and a third plan for those who can’t return to school.
Looking forward, and analyzing data shared through a variety of parent and teacher surveys, our teachers will participate in professional development focused on best practices of teaching online. Our commitment to parents and students at SJS is to provide the best we can. We continue to pray for our scientists as they work to develop a vaccine that will put an end to all this.
I pray for the health and safety of our community.
As always, if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance, please let me know.
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