July 30, 2020
Saint Peter Chrysologus
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am excited to share with you our “Welcome Back” plan for the 2020-2021 school year. I can assure you that our number one priority is to open safely and effectively while maintaining our commitment to Catholic identity and high-quality education.
From an instructional standpoint, we believe that in-person instruction is the best way to carry on the mission of SJ23 to our students. With these guiding principles, St. John XXIII is electing to open the 2020-2021 school year in a hybrid format. On any given school day, up to 50% of our students will be on campus participating in-person while the remainder of the student body will be participating remotely.
We have developed this plan with an eye towards the ever-evolving requirements and expectations of the State of Texas, the Texas Education Association (TEA), the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops-Education Department (TCCB-ED), the Archdiocesan Chancery and Catholic Schools Office (CSO), as well as Harris County and local officials.
The most important points regarding our “Welcome Back, SJ23” Plan:
- We are beginning the official school year one week later than originally scheduled for additional teacher in-service days, technology testing, and additional sanitization procedures. Students will return to campus for various orientation sessions leading to the first day of class. We will reevaluate our hybrid model after September 7. If at all possible, we will not add any additional days to the school calendar.
- Parents will have the choice to begin the school year with either hybrid learning or remote learning for their student(s) in six-week increments. Parents must make their first six weeks election by filling out this form by August 7, 2020 (Click here to fill out the form).
- Students will be welcomed to campus for their first day of classes on either August 19, 2020 (for Group 1) or August 20, 2020 (for Group 2). While on campus, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Groups 1 and 2 will be assigned once the remote or hybrid selections are completed.
- Other school activities will begin, as able, only if they meet the guidelines set forth by the various authorities. Only students selecting the hybrid option will be eligible for co-curriculars.
The following resource guide
outlines the preparations that have been carefully put together for the return of our students, and we are confident that we will be able to be safely together again soon.
We appreciate your willingness to embark on this unprecedented journey. Our hope is that our SJ23 community grows stronger through this unique and challenging experience.
Sincerely in Christ,