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School Spirit Event – September 10
Early evening outdoor rally

Dear Neighbors,

We want to make you aware that Jesuit High School will be conducting an outdoor rally event on Friday, September 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. This event will occur at the lower part of campus. We anticipate minimal, if any, impact to you, our neighbors in regard to parking and traffic. We are appreciative of you and your support of Jesuit High School.

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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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Weekly Update – September 2
Timely Reminders Including Traffic, Mitigation and Upcoming Opportunities

MASKING – As we begin to see school closures locally and across the country, we want to continue to be attentive to our mitigation efforts. While most of our students have been excellent in their cooperation with wearing masks properly while indoors, our teachers and staff are finding that some students need a constant reminder. Students in this situation may be asked to leave the classroom and report to the Dean’s Office during class if they are in need of a constant reminder. We also ask that you help to make sure your son brings a properly functioning mask and a backup mask to school each day. 

TRAFFIC – Another good reminder as we begin to find our rhythm in this school year is ensuring you take sufficient time in the morning to avoid being tardy. As more schools begin to open and fewer families are carpooling, traffic seems to have increased throughout the area. Please account for possible traffic delays in your commute to ensure on-time arrival.

We once again want to thank our students and families for the manner in which you have partnered with Jesuit to maintain a safe and open campus.

QUICK LINKS:

M  Holiday | Labor Day
T  1-2-Comm-3-4 | Community Period Time, Counseling Frosh/Soph Parent Webinar
W C-5-6-7-1 | Collaboration, Booster Club Meeting, Loyola Guild Meeting, Senior Shirt Sale Deadline
TH  2-3-4-5-Comm | Community Period Time, Service & Justice Agency Fair and Supply Drive
F Mtg-6-7 | Department Meetings, Frosh/Soph Parent Counselor Coffee, Holy Bowl Rally, IFTJ Application Deadline 

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Weekly Update – August 26

This is a good time to remind families of some basic expectations as they relate to our COVID mitigation. Please keep students home from school when sick and notify our school nurse of any positive cases or exposures in your family. This has been working well so far and we appreciate the support and communication from our families. We have seen relatively few cases in our school community since the start of the school year.

If we do start to see cases rise in our school community, Jesuit may ask that all students show proof of vaccine or provide a recent negative COVID test as an added layer of safety. Families will be notified in advance, will be given plenty of time to provide proof of vaccine or negative test. Using this tool as an occasional layer of mitigation will help us to be safe, minimize exposures and quarantines, and ensure that the campus can remain open for all students, faculty, and staff. Again, we share this as a possible option should the school feel it is a necessary step. 

QUICK LINKS:

M  1-2-3-4-5 | 
T  6-7-1-2-Comm | Community Period Time 
W C-3-4-5-6 | 
TH  7-1-2-3-Comm | Community Period Time 
F Mtg-4-5-6-7 | Faculty/Staff Faith Formation (school offices closed til 9:15), Last chance to request a schedule change 

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Weekly Update – August 19

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Below is your ‘Weekly Update.’ 

QUICK LINKS:

M  1-2-3-4-5
T  6-7-1-2-Comm | Community Period Time 
W C-3-4-5-6 | Juniors: Ground Crew | Seniors: Counseling B | Big Brother Training 
TH Liturgy*- 7-1-2-3  | Mass of the Holy Spirit Frosh/Senior NEW (*Soph/Jr late start)
F Liturgy*-4-5-6-7 | Mass of the Holy Spirit Soph/Junior NEW  (*Frosh/Sr late start)

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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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Dance on Saturday, August 21
Minimal impact on parking, noise expected

Jesuit’s annual back-to-school dance, that was originally to be held in the Barry Gym, has been shifted outdoors because of the recently published public health COVID safety guidelines provided to all schools by the county and state.


Dear Neighbors,

We want to make you aware that there will be a Freshman/Sophomore Dance Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

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Weekly Family Update – Aug 6
COVID policy reminders, orientations

Parents and Friends,

In this week’s update, we have some additional details and changes regarding our COVID-19 mitigation plans to start the school year, all informed by the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and CDC, and the state of the virus in the greater Sacramento community. We also share some important reminders for next week’s events and other information for the start of school.

We look forward to a good school year together at Jesuit!

Michael Wood ’99
Principal

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Campus COVID Policy & Vaccine FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions About Virus Mitigation Planning for 2021-22: masks, vaccine, quarantine, etc.

Do students need to be vaccinated to attend class?

No, however, Jesuit is following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and CDPH recommendations which encourage vaccines for students. Currently, these do not have a vaccine requirement for students.

Do I need to show proof of vaccination?

No, however, we are encouraging those with vaccination to upload a copy of their card into Final Forms. Jesuit is not requiring students to show proof of a COVID 19 vaccination.

Do you want proof of vaccination if I have it?

Yes! For families that wish to share their child’s proof of the COVID vaccine, a portal has been set up in Final Forms so that the vaccine card can be scanned and uploaded. Having this information is extremely helpful during contact tracing as there are different quarantine guidelines for people who are either vaccinated or non-vaccinated. Submitting proof of the COVID vaccine is optional for families.

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

The updated CDPH guidelines articulates 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

Where can I get vaccinated?

If you wish to learn more or find a COVID vaccine location near you, please visit https://myturn.ca.gov/

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes, indoors only. As of July 30, 2021, Sacramento County Public Health issued a mask mandate requiring all individuals to wear face-covering indoors. Masks are to be worn on the Jesuit High School Sacramento campus when indoors. Masks are optional when outdoors. See our Face Covering Policy for more information.

Should I still stay home if I’m symptomatic? Even if I’m vaccinated?

YES, STAY HOME WHEN SYMPTOMATIC. The school will continue its work to enculturate all members of our community to be attentive to symptoms and not attend school or work when symptomatic or when any member of their household has tested positive for COVID or is awaiting test results. We can expect that students and employees will miss school or work due to possible exposure, required isolation, and the presence of symptoms. We will support community members in following this important practice, and we will create systems that minimize the impact of missing school or work. The systems include using our digital platforms, office hours with teachers, and Zoom access to a class in certain situations. 

Do I have to take/log an online daily symptom self-check before coming to campus?

No. At this time, there will not be a required “daily symptom tracker,” but we ask that all take a moment to self-evaluate before leaving home each morning. As a reminder, please reference this printable graphic—download symptom self-check card

Is it just me, or do these policies keep changing?

Jesuit High School Sacramento carefully monitors the current community health conditions and follows all county and state guidelines. The state released partial California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines for schools in June, and schools are still awaiting more details and further clarification for some areas of activity. As we have come to experience, both the guidelines and the state of the pandemic in our area are subject to change. 

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Face Coverings
Masks and Face Shields

 

Face coverings policy

Jesuit High School Sacramento continues to follow CDC, CDPH, and Sacramento County public health guidelines. As of July 30, 2021 masks must be worn when indoors by county mandate.

Jesuit also received an update on face coverings in the school setting from Sacramento County and the California Department of Public Health.

To summarize, the following is in effect:

  • INDOORS, all attending, working, or visiting a school campus must wear a mask when inside.
  • OUTDOORS, masks are optional. Individuals may choose to wear their masks if they wish.

The latest guidance from the CDC and CDPH indicate that, after vaccination, universal masking and ventilation are the most important layers of mitigation to stop the spread of COVID-19 in a school setting. The implementation of universal masking in classrooms has been shown to provide the same or better level of protection as physical distancing.

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Staying Connected – July 15
A back-to-school update and "tool kit"

Parents and Friends,

The excitement for the start of the 2021-22 school year is growing, and our planning for the opening of school is nearly finalized. I am pleased to report that our staffing is fully complete. With several new faculty and support staff joining us next month, the physical campus is getting its final touches for our full return. The enhancements to our many programs are being finalized. As we have stated before, we are confident that Jesuit High School will emerge from the experience of the last 17 months stronger than before. 

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Staying Connected – June 15

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We hope this finds all of you enjoying your summer! As today has been highly anticipated to hear details on how our state reopening will proceed, we want to provide you with a quick look at how this will affect schools. Here is a brief overview from our Safe Return Task Force:

News Gregory Harcos ’89

Meet the New Summer Program Director
Summer at Jesuit gets ready for a program rich in academics, athletics and fun for all ages and a new director

SACRAMENTO, CA:  Summer programming at Jesuit Sacramento is getting underway—registration is now open for high school classes – youth sports, special interest camps, and Academics Plus, the long-standing “Marauder experience” program for boys, opens later in February. While there are plenty of programs and camps that always makes Summer at Jesuit a great thing to add to your calendar, this year will bring some fresh, new camps both in-person on the 56-acre campus and also online. 

It isn’t just these class offerings that are new; Summer at Jesuit also has a new director, Greg Harcos. Harcos is a Jesuit Sacramento alumnus, class of 1989, and brings an abundant, diverse experience in many areas from athletics to academics, leadership to motivation.

Learn more about the new Summer Director in this preview of an upcoming article from our winter edition of Jesuit Magazine…

Press Release

Jesuit Announces Million Dollar Donation to School’s Tuition Assistance Endowment
Alumnus Joe Baratta '89 helps continue the mission and tradition of all-boys Catholic high school with creation of 'Baratta Family Scholar' fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release

Sacramento, CA – Jesuit High School Sacramento announced that Joseph ’89 and Abigail Baratta have pledged a $1 million gift to the school’s Tuition Assistance Endowment. This gift, the largest donation to the school’s current administration and one of the largest ever to the Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund, will provide direct student grants to help make a Jesuit education more accessible for more families in the Sacramento area.

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The Advantages of Single-Gender Schools

Schools for boys understand boys and focus on building good men

There are many advantages of single-gender schools, both academically and spiritually. Schools for boys compose learning environments specifically for young men, and design classes structured for their unique learning style. Within the United States alone there are 31 single Jesuit high schools for boys with a goal to educate leaders who strive to build a better world.