August 3, 2020 
Dear Parents of Freshman and New Upperclassmen,

We are excited to welcome your student to St. Pius X on Tuesday, August 11 for Freshman/New Upperclassmen Orientation.  Students will hear from us as well as our school nurse, our attendance office, our Deans of Students, Lion Leader Board, and finally, our Chaplain Father Rey Pineda.  Orientation is meant to prepare your student to become a St. Pius X Golden Lion.  We will share information on the culture of St. Pius X, expectations for behavior, and other helpful information to get your student comfortable with life at St. Pius X.  While this is an important facet of your student's start to St. Pius X, orientation is a voluntary event, and we will not be providing a virtual option. 

We will be observing strict safety measures to ensure this event goes smoothly.  Students will be split into two groups, resulting in roughly 150 students per session.  Please be sure your student attends the session assigned to him/her.

SESSION ONE 8:00-10:00 a.m. 
For freshman with last names beginning in A-L
Please begin arriving at 7:40 a.m.  We will have two entrance points for this group: the regular game gym doors by the Roar Store, and the second entrance (same side of building) closer to the math hallway.  Parent volunteers will check temperatures at each of these entrances and ensure masks are being worn properly before admitting your student.  Once admitted, your student will find a marked seat in the bleachers.  Please have your student bring his/her cellphone so he/she can call you when the session is ended and it's time to go home.  Cell phones are not to be used during the event for any reason.  When you come to pick up your student, please plan to park in the back of the school near the gyms, rather than lining up for pick-up out front.  We will need the first group to exit quickly to allow the second group to drop off efficiently.

SESSION TWO 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 
For freshman with last names beginning in M-Z and all new upperclassmen
Please begin arriving at 10:10 a.m.  We will have two entrance points for this group: the math hallway entrance and the Practice Gym entry.  Parent volunteers will check temperatures at each of these entrances and ensure masks are being worn properly before admitting your student.  Once admitted, your student will be directed to line up down the math/science hallway while the game gym is sanitized.  Once the game gym is ready, we will instruct students to find a marked seat in the bleachers. Please have your student bring his/her cellphone so he/she can call you when the session is ended and it's time to go home.  Cell phones are not to be used during the event for any reason.  When you come to pick up your student, please plan to park in the back of the school near the gyms, rather than lining up for pick-up out front. 

BEFORE ARRIVING
Prior to bringing your student to Orientation on the morning of the 11th, please review each of the symptoms below.  It is imperative that your Pius student has NOT experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours* 
  • Fever greater than 100°F  
  • Body aches  
  • Chills/shaking  
  • Congestion that differs from your typical seasonal allergies  
  • Cough  
  • Vomiting  
  • Diarrhea  
  • Fatigue  
  • Loss of smell/taste  
  • Rash  
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Sore throat
*If your Pius student has a documented preexisting condition (i.e. allergies), you should take that into account as you review the above symptoms.

We look forward to seeing your student on Tuesday, August 11.  Please note that there is no need to RSVP for this event, as it is a voluntary orientation and attendance will not be taken.  If you have any questions, please direct them to questions@spx.org.  Domini Sumus.  We are the Lord's!

Sincerely,
Steve Spellman
President

Edye Simpson
Principal

St. Pius X Catholic High School
2674 Johnson Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30345