This week offers us many opportunities to connect on spiritual and personal levels with all that is truly important. The Feast of Christ the King, Thanksgiving and the First Sunday in Advent are all in a week’s time. We are reminded to love, serve, follow and give thanks to our King!
We have been through quite a bit this year, and nevertheless, I remain thankful for the many blessings God has shared with me, including our amazing students and families, and all our staff who serve in the various roles needed to keep our school open and safe….they are selfless, tireless, fearless, and all-giving! It is an honor and a privilege to work alongside them.
Our COVID-19 update this week shows the Commonwealth set a record high number for positive tests, 3,242, on November 23. The current 7-day moving average for positivity is 7.4%. Fairfax County is averaging 24.6 new cases per day with 7-day average test positivity rate of 7.13%; neighboring Loudoun County has a positivity rate of 8%, and Prince William County is at 10.7% positivity rate. Websites that track the virus indicate COVID in Fairfax County is at risk of an outbreak.
At this writing there is no change to SJS return to class on December 2. We continue to monitor the core indicators for safe schools recommended by the CDC:
● number of new cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days
● percentage of RT-PCR test that are positive during the last 14 days
● ability of the school to implement 5 key mitigation strategies (masks, social distance, hand hygiene, facility cleaning, contact tracing)
While we can not control the first two indicators, we can control the third, and SJS has done an excellent job- students and staff wear masks, keep distance, wash hands and the facility's high touch areas are continually cleaned throughout the day.
Mrs. Carson and I invite you to join our parent book club. The first book we will read and discuss is recommended by the Intentional Catholic Parent community and is titled The Power of Showing Up by Daniel Siegel, M.D., and Tina Bryson, Ph.D. More information will be available in the coming weeks, as we plan to start after the Christmas break.
Also, we invite you to join us for the Vigil Project’s Advent and Christmas Journey. Our first evening of reflection and prayer is planned for Wednesday, December 2. More information will be available in the next Bark.
On behalf of the entire SJS Faculty and Staff, I wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of assistance.
Go to Joseph
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