Jesuit High School has now completed our all-class training week ahead of our return to campus that included our first antigen screening performed by Urgent Care Now (UCN), a presentation from school administrators, and a campus tour with specific attention to the various elements for virus mitigation. The student presence on campus was a welcome sight to faculty and staff who have been apart from students for so many months.
Training week began with the Senior class on Monday and we learned a great deal about how to improve this process for the subsequent class trainings and for the first day of classes. Given that this was the first experience of screening and the first time we have conducted trainings to our students on virus mitigation, many important lessons were learned. The seniors were patient and polite and we were proud to see them respond to all of the new changes as respectful young men. Each class thereafter ran smoothly and we were able to fine tune dialogue and presentations ahead of student questions to make sure all students had a grasp of what their return to campus will be like and what the expectations are for next week. Our four days of training oriented and toured 910 students and over 100 employees.
Bundled into this update are a few details on some of the lessons learned during training week including a message from the physicians at UCN/Immunity on the environmental factors that contributed to false positives on day one. As we move onward, the antigen screening is an important addition to our virus mitigation plan for the safety of our faculty, staff and students. However, as with all plans, this process may evolve or change depending on multiple factors. As we move through the first weeks of on-campus classes, the Safe Return Task Force along with the UCN physicians – in consultation with Sacramento County Health – will assess the feasibility of the program.
Again, please know that we are in this process together and we strive to be transparent and communicative in all we do. First and foremost, we are here to care for our students, faculty and staff always.
Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends
We are excited to welcome students back to campus! The endeavor to return to campus and restructure the second quarter of the fall semester is a large and complex task that we are navigating with a multidisciplinary team. We appreciate your support of this process and your patience as we learn together how to do this effectively and safely. There are many critical details in today’s message from the Leadership Team.
An opportunity to hear from school leadership and members of Immunify to discuss the weekly screening process and the new academic framework. Walkthrough the antigen testing process and app.
Message from the Jesuit High School Leadership,
From the start of the pandemic, Jesuit High School Sacramento has followed the guidance of experts in public health, coordinated with local and state authorities, and committed to a return to campus when it is deemed safe to do so. With the improvement in Sacramento County COVID status to the red tier, Jesuit Sacramento is preparing to begin our phased return to campus. While our remote-learning program has been successful, our students need and want to be on campus; all of us at Jesuit Sacramento have been preparing to reintegrate into in-person learning, but we will only do so in a manner that prioritizes safety, sanity, and sustainability.
For the Jesuit High School Sacramento community, much has changed due to the pandemic. While academics and athletics look notably different, another part of Jesuit that has been forced to make adjustments has been Jesuit Drama. The program has gone from in-person shows and rehearsals in the Black Box theatre to Zoom meetings, and performances over live streams.
A message from the Principal to our students, parents, families and friends
It is hard to believe, but we are just two weeks away from the end of the first quarter! It is now time to check in with all members of the community to assess how we are doing and to consider adjustments for the second quarter. While we hesitate to predict the results of feedback before issuing surveys, I am confident that one predominant theme will emerge from the student, parent and teacher responses: the sustainability of our current plan with regard to teacher and student wellness. It is becoming increasingly clear that the demands of distance learning are creating unsustainable and possibly unhealthy levels of stress, fatigue, anxiety, and frustration. We are seeing this in our peer schools and schools nationwide.
Support Jesuit High School and local artists by joining us for the Jesuit Art Event. The Art Event will include curated pieces from 15 of the top local artists in Sacramento, each one carefully designed and selected to be showcased at this special event. Purchase pieces ranging from paintings, ceramics, prints and drawings — everything from investment-grade art to bargain buys!
With a large number of colleges opting to go online for the first semester amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Jesuit High School Sacramento’s most recent graduates will begin college the same way they ended high school, digitally.
But while learning online seems to be the main feat most newly graduated students will be forced to conquer, the challenges of some Marauders go beyond the classroom. One of those students is Donghwan Park ’20.
Many thanks to Robert Fleming ’07 and Alex Bonilla ’19 for their commitment to our students at Jesuit Sacramento. Bonilla, a former JHS Speech & Debate Team Captain, is now a sophomore and member of the Speech and Debate Society at Cornell University and will be serving as Head Coach of Jesuit’s team this year. All current students will be receiving an email with more information on the team’s interest meeting. The first local competition is slated for September 21.