Saint Joseph Academy aims to balance its mission, values and rigorous academic programming with the evolving COVID-19 health and safety recommendations of the scientific community and as outlined by the Ohio Departments of Health and Education in making decisions.
For the start of the 2021-2022 school year, the entire Saint Joseph Academy community and visitors are required to wear facial coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. We will monitor our community numbers and amend this policy as needed.
The following principles guide the discernment in Saint Joseph Academy's decision-making process regarding COVID-19:
Remain rooted in the Congregation of St. Joseph’s charism, the mission of Saint Joseph Academy and the best science and research available.
Keep the health and safety needs of our students, faculty, staff and coaches, particularly those most vulnerable, at the forefront of all decision making.
Provide an extraordinary education for our young women that prepares them for college and the world beyond.
Support students who are unable to attend classes in person.
Promote connectivity, collaboration and empathy.
Keep relationships and community at the center of all we do.
Cultivate personal responsibility, action and leadership within our students to ensure academic integrity and accountability.
Ensure discernment in decision making.
Promote resilience and adaptability as the fluidity of the pandemic shifts circumstances.
Families are encouraged to have a thoughtful conversation about wearing facial coverings, taking into consideration the recommendations from the CDC and ODH.
We want to remind students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff of the preventive measures Saint Joseph Academy has put in place, as the health and safety of the Academy community remains paramount.
Sanitation and hygiene practices for school and community
Social distancing practices
Safety measures for all students, faculty, staff, coaches and visitors include:
A designated room to isolate anyone who suspects she/he may have a COVID-19 symptom until able to leave campus.
Requirement that all students, staff, faculty, coaches and visitors wear facial coverings indoors (unless eating). Disposable masks are available for students, faculty, coaches and staff.
Following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, encouraging washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds whenever possible. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of spaces including classrooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces.
Monitor and adjust ventilation systems to increase air filtration and the flow of fresh air.
Elimination of the use of lockers to prevent congregation.
For Saint Joseph Academy to be successful in keeping students on campus for in-person learning, we are relying on your partnership to maintain the health and well-being of all students, faculty, coaches and staff. In addition to the health and safety measures outlined, we need your family’s commitment to conduct an at-home assessment prior to your daughter entering the campus. Please keep your daughter at home if she feels ill. For a list of COVID-19 symptoms, click here.
The Ohio Department of Health has established a Call Center, staffed by licensed nurses and infectious disease experts to answer questions regarding coronavirus every day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Our local health department mandates reporting of our COVID-19 numbers and that we maintain a dashboard to share with our community. Saint Joseph Academy’s dashboard will be updated to reflect positive cases that have affected Saint Joseph Academy students, faculty, staff coaches and moderators. While we will communicate with individual students and families regarding quarantining, we will not be sending a daily notification to the entire community.
The data is being shared in a way that protects individuals’ medical and educational privacy. It will help inform Saint Joseph Academy decision making related to on-campus operations, health and safety measures and more throughout the school year.