It is that time of year again! Registration packets for the 2021-2022 school year will come home this week. I know we are all hoping for a "normal" year next year, and we need to plan for it.
As always, we give you, our current families, the first chance to register and secure a spot for your child(ren) for next year. Current families may start registering January 11th. Beginning January 18th, registration is open for all members of St. Veronica and St. John Fisher parishes. On January 31st we open registration to "out of parish" families. We encourage ALL current families to get their registration in sooner rather than later to ensure their child's spot.
Don't forget to apply for the scholarships that are available to you; Education Foundation scholarships through the Archdiocese, Ed Choice and Ed Choice Expansion if you qualify, and St. Veronica Parish assistance. Your registration packets should have all the information you need, but if you need help please call the Parish Business Office and/or the school office for assistance.
NEW COVID QUARANTINE GUIDELINES:
With the new guidelines proposed by the Governor, each school must now decide if the guidelines are advantageous for their students and, at the same time, will keep everyone safe. The guidelines mention that if a school is following protocols, like wearing masks, and practicing social distancing, students and teachers who are exposed to COVID at school, do not have to be quarantined at home.
At the start of this year, it was noted that since we could not guarantee six feet of distance between students, we purchased desk dividers to give students added protection. In talking with the health department about this and the other precautions we are taking, they said that we should be able to follow the Governor's guidelines. However, in talking with the teachers, they are concerned that having students that were exposed in the classroom could continue to endanger other students and the teacher.
We believe we have come up with a solution that allows students to remain in the building and safeguards others in the classroom. We will make sure that if we have a student that is exposed while at school, he/she will be placed in the classroom following the specified six feet from another person, if that is possible. If it is not possible to ensure a six feet distance to keep others safe, we must continue to quarantine that student at home. At lunch, we will also make sure that she/he is six feet from the closest person. In the cafeteria, that could mean they will sit at another table and in middle school this may mean they will have to eat in another classroom. Parents can still make the choice to have the student quarantine at home, if they feel these guidelines would be too restrictive on their child.
These new guidelines only apply if the exposure is at school. If there is exposure at home, during a social activity, or sports activity the regular quarantine rules still apply and the student or teacher must remain at home for the specified time.
In addition, per the Governor's new guidelines, close contacts that continue to attend in-person school must follow protocols for quarantine outside of school. This includes staying home and no participation in extracurricular activities, such as sports practices or games.
Traditionally, we have our Catholic Schools' Week Open House on the last Sunday in January. We plan to keep this tradition with obvious changes due to COVID. We would like to ask current families to help make the Open House a success by:
- Taking a yard sign to promote the Open House - you can pick one up at the school or in the narthex of church over the weekend.
- We are asking that current school families not come to the Open House on Jan. 31st, to leave space and time for new families who have not been to the school.
We will make provisions for current families after this Open House if they would like to meet and talk with teachers.