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.
The Saint Joseph Academy community and its visitors are no longer required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Those who choose to do so may continue to wear masks.
Monitoring of our community numbers will continue and if deemed necessary, this policy will be amended 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.
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
Masks optional, regardless of vaccine status
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.
Masks are optional for all students, staff, faculty, coaches and visitors. Those who choose to do so may continue to wear masks.
N95 masks are available to any member of the school community, from the School Nurse Horn or in the Main Office. Masks will also continue to be available at each building’s main entrances.
students, staff, faculty, coaches and visitors wear masks 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).
K-12 schools are no longer required to report positive COVID-19 cases to their local health departments unless the school tests a student for COVID-19, and the result is positive. We will continue to track any COVID-19 outbreaks in the school setting.