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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076
Jan
5

Principal's Note 1/5/21

Proud of the Students

We are proud of our students. The children are trying their best each day. They are overcoming difficult challenges as distance learners and adapting to unprecedented restrictions in school. They are overcoming obstacles without complaint. They are supporting each other. They are getting through this with grace. We think it's important that they know we're proud of them. You have terrific kids.

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Arrival After 8 AM

In-school students should arrive between 7:45  and 8 am. Our morning screeners start at 7:45 am and finish at about 8 am. The screeners will stay outside longer if there's still a carpool line at 8 am. When the line ends, the staff members come inside.

If it's after 8 am and there are no screeners outside, parents must park and accompany their child to the front door of the school and stay until the child has been screened. 

School Board Meeting Next Monday

The School Advisory Board will meet online at 6 pm on Monday, January 11. The meeting link is here. To submit questions in advance, use the Online Form.

For Current Students, Registration Starts on Monday, Jan. 11

Please remember, there is no need to apply for an existing student.  Parents must register returning students each year.

Registration of returning students will begin on Monday, Jan. 11. Here's the Registration Timeline.

 

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For New Students

SJB is taking applications from prospective new students for the 2021-22 school year.  Siblings of current SJB students are given priority in admissions. The time for new students to apply is now. To complete an application for PreK-8th grade, please go to the SJB webpage and, under Enrollment, select Apply Now for Next School Year.

What if it snows?

The school will send a text message and an email to all families announcing the decision to close or delay school for snow, ice, or extreme weather. SJB goes by the decision of Montgomery County Public Schools, but when MCPS isn’t in school, the Archdiocese of Washington decides, and we communicate the ADW decision to you. There will be no virtual or in-person classes if school is closed. If there is any change to this plan, SJB will inform families.

Travel Policy

For the safety of the school community, here is a reminder about out-of-state travel. The school asks families to refrain from nonessential travel. If a student travels to a state with a covid-19 test positivity rate above 10% or a 7-day new-case rate above 20 per 100,000, the school asks that the student get a covid-19 test promptly upon returning to Maryland. The student may return to school after receiving a negative PCR lab test result or after a 14-day quarantine. During a quarantine, a student may learn by livestream. Here is the governor's order.

Before a Trip - Parents should notify the school office (301-622-3076) and the classroom teacher. 

After a Trip - Parents should send the student’s test results to the school.  

Exempt - Travel to DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania

Letter (English, Spanish) From the Catholic Schools Secretary of the Archdiocese of Washington

A Note About Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation -- An infected student would be required to isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms or, if there were no symptoms, the administration of the first positive covid-19 test. The symptom-free student could return with a doctor's note on day 11.  

Quarantine -- A student would be required to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of close contact with an individual with covid-19. If a child has a sibling or parent with covid-19, the child's 14-day quarantine would begin after the last day of isolation of the covid-positive family member. This could effectively extend a student's quarantine to 24 days, or even longer if another household member were to positive.

CDC's 7-Day Quarantine Guideline Doesn't Apply to Schools

Schools must adhere to the 14-day quarantine guideline and are not to follow the new 7-day quarantine, according to the Montgomery County Health Department, which receives its guidance from the Maryland Department of Health. 

 

 

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