Health and Safety Updates

Overview

Health and Safety Updates
Air quality, COVID, power outage, and other safety information

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COVID Mitigation Plan update

Jesuit is acutely aware of the state of the COVID virus and its Delta variant and knows we must all still be prudent in our efforts on virus mitigation. The safety of all members of our community has been and will continue to be our first priority. We have learned a great deal on how to safely be in school and safely engage in the many co-curricular and religious activities that are critical for us to advance our mission. Jesuit Sacramento will be following the guidance of public health experts and respond as necessary to the state of the virus in our community. Students will also be given detailed instructions on their expectations at orientations. These policies will be used to begin our school year and will be re-evaluated in mid-September as we anticipate state and county guidelines will be updated. Please see our FAQs for more information on commonly asked questions.

Other updates

The ongoing weekly parent/student communication newsletter is under Weekly Updates in the Press Room section.

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Transitioning the Safety Committee
While the Safety Committee evolved as needed through COVID, it will now return to its primary objective

Over the last two years, the work of the Safety Committee has been instrumental in helping Jesuit High School navigate one of the most upending and mercurial periods in the history of American education. The committee operated under an augmented structure driven by emergency operations and response, first as the Safe Return Task Force and then the Health and Safety Committee.

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State still has mask mandate in place for schools
CDPH to provide update on Feb. 28

Monday, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly provided a statewide update on the progress of combating COVID-19 in schools and introduced the state’s pathway for relaxing school masking mandates. On Feb 28, the state will announce the timeline to lift the school masking mandate as long as COVID-19 health metrics continue to improve.

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Clarification by court would allow Anderson Family gift to fund tuition endowment for students

“Throughout their lives, Walter and Agnes Anderson were very giving to Jesuit High School and many other catholic charities throughout Northern California. After Walter’s death, Agnes continued their philanthropy with one of their most generous acts – the donation of their residence on Wixford Circle. The property was deeded to Jesuit to be used for the betterment of the school. We were extremely grateful for this gift.

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Student Parking Reminders
A message from the Dean

Neighbors and other commuters have recently reported several incidents of dangerous and/or distracted driving by individuals coming into our campus. All laws in the state vehicle code relating to the operation of motor vehicles are to be obeyed when driving on or near the school grounds. Excessive speed or careless driving on campus endangers pedestrians and everyone on the road. This type of reckless driving renders a student liable to suspension of his driving and parking privileges and will result in disciplinary action.

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Social Media Threat
Jesuit working with Sacramento County Sheriff to Assess Validity

Please read the “All Clear” update

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff

A number of you have received images or have been told of postings on social media with threats of violence that are alleged to be planned for a school noted on the post as “JHS” for today.  Please know we take these threats seriously and  thank you all for forwarding this information to us as soon as you received it.

WHAT STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN AND WHAT WE KNOW NOW:

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Campus systems have been restored
Classes to resume Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Dear Jesuit Community,

Thanks to the hard work of our Buildings and Grounds staff, Technology Department staff, and partnership with SMUD and Collins Electrical, Jesuit faculty, staff, and students will return to campus for a regular school day tomorrow, October 26. 

We will follow the 4-Day Week Schedule for the remainder of this week:

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Recent Increase in Property Crimes
Important Campus Safety Update

Jesuit High School and the neighborhoods surrounding Jesuit have experienced a recent increase in property crimes. The Wilhaggin Del Dayo Neighborhood Association recently shared a special alert about a rash of car burglaries in the area that they have been working with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to investigate. Similarly, Jesuit has experienced a recent rash of car burglaries.  We too are working with the local sheriff’s department and will continue to provide support for any and all reports that are filed and investigations that they are conducting. 

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Campus Wide Safety Drill on Tuesday, September 7
Students and staff will practice evacuating campus

Jesuit High School will conduct its annual campus-wide safety drill on Tuesday, September 7, between 10:50 – 11:55 a.m. 

Neighbors may hear sirens and announcements or observe students and staff practicing evacuating campus and staging on sidewalks and common areas adjacent to campus.

Again, this is only a practice drill, and there is no need for worry.

NOTE -  The safety drill will include a test of the parent/guardian emergency contact call system which may use one or all methods by emails, calls, and text..

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Modified Campus Activity Due to ‘Unhealthy Air Quality’

AQI form Purple Air regional look at 2 p.m. August 18, 2021

The Sacramento Air Quality Management District and Air Now has listed the current air quality in Sacramento County as Unhealthy.

“Air quality ratings are for the entire county, however, there are denser pockets of air shown on the AQI that may be higher depending on the prevailing winds. Air sensors near the Jesuit High School Sacramento campus are currently reading above 150. 

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Campus COVID Policy & Vaccine FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions About Virus Mitigation: proposed state mandate, masks, vaccine, quarantine, etc.

What are the current quarantine guidelines? Does it change if I’m vaccinated?

The updated CDPH and Sacramento County guidelines articulate different protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated people regarding quarantine. For example, unvaccinated students will likely need to quarantine following a positive exposure, while vaccinated students will not. Jesuit sincerely respects that families have the freedom to make this choice, and we feel it is important that we are honest and transparent regarding the implications of that choice as it pertains to a return to school. Jesuit High School Sacramento follows these guidelines as well as the local Sacramento County Department of Public Health school guidance

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What should students do in blackouts/evacuations?
Your health and safety come first, then check in with school

Whether it is severe rain, heatwaves, wildfires, or other causes with the potential for power outages or evacuations, we want to remind our students and families that first and foremost, your health and safety come first.

Although the current power outages in our region have not impeded Jesuit Sacramento’s ability to provide online instruction at this time, we understand it could impact some students’ ability to access their online classes.