We received the new guidelines from the Pasadena Department of Public Health. It is important that you understand that we are under their jurisdiction. LA County and the CDC also have guidelines but we work with Pasadena. Their guidelines include alternatives that are considered less stringent and therefore less safe. In some cases, we have decided to follow the more stringent guidelines. We are doing this so that we can keep students safe and in school. We know that students need to be here learning, not doing remote learning at home and by choosing the more stringent guidelines we are doing all we can to keep our students here.
Here is a highlight of the new guidelines per the PDPH.
1. TK-12 protocols have been updated: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/Schools-K-12-Reopening-Protocol.pdf?v=1641411279084
2. TK-12 Schools Exposure Management Plan: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/Exposure-management-plan.pdf?v=1641411279084
I know that quarantine is difficult and I appreciate that so many of you have worked with us to keep everyone safe. We have fully vaccinated staff who are quarantined right now and they are doing the full ten days. Although the CDC put the five day option into effect mostly for essential workers, it is not the safest route and Pasadena has given schools the ten day option and actually recommends it. For the person in quarantine it is a long time, but for the rest of the class it is the best way to be certain the person is no longer contagious before they return.
Thank you for hanging in there with us. We appreciate our families and all you do to support the school.
Please stay safe and may God bless you and your families.
PS Attached are two documents; The first is a letter from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Escala, and the second is a flow chart to help you better understand our protocols
Thank you to Annie Van Dyke, our Policy and Planning committee chair, for hosted St. Philip the Apostle School’s Strategic Plan 101 webinar on September 16th. It was a wonderful, concise update on the current state and future of our plan. If you didn’t have the chance to join in, I suggest catching the replay because our Strategic Plan is the guiding light for everything we do at our school.
To access the replay, click here and request permission to access the video.
Didn’t know we have a Strategic Plan?
Every six years in conjunction with our school accreditation renewal process, a group of parents, parishioners, teachers and administrators gathers to create a Strategic Plan. Four years ago, one such group of 20 people, led by professional strategic planner (who donated all of her time), spent nearly 50 hours refining the school’s mission statement and philosophy and created long-term strategic goals focused on five different areas.
SPA School’s Strategic Goals:
We will develop and implement a plan to create long-term financial stability and eliminate our reliance on current-use fundraising.
We will develop and implement a master communications plan for internal and external audiences.
We will develop and implement a facilities use, maintenance, and expansion plan.
We will competitively compensate and support our faculty and staff.
We will maintain and expand our excellent curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs.
Each one of these goals is broken down into annual action steps which serve as a road map to accomplish the goal. It is the job of one or more school board committees to work on these action steps. For example, the Finance, Endowments and Advancement committees are responsible for working on Goal 1. These three committees where instrumental in the creation of the Father Joe Fund, a first step toward building our endowment.
Several times a year, the school board’s Policy and Planning committee reviews the progress of each goal. The chair of the committee responsible for the goal provides Policy and Planning committee with a status update on each of the action item and suggest any necessary changes. All of this is done to ensure we stay on track.
If you are interested in learning more about the Strategic Plan, email me your questions (SaraAlexanderVanis@gmail.com) or watch the replay of our Strategic Plan 101 webinar.
If you want to join a school board committee to work on one of the goals above, please email our Board Affairs Chair Tara Martin (email@example.com).
Fr. Joe Moniz Educational Fund
Fr. Joe served St. Philip the Apostle Parish for 20 years as our pastor. To honor his legacy of supporting Catholic education, we established an endowment in his name at the Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles to support tuition assistance and the educational needs of all St. Philip the Apostle School students. As this fund grows, our school will greatly benefit from financial stability in the future years.
If you did not have a chance to donate during last Saturday's virtual Red Tie Ball, you can still contribute today! We understand that not everyone is in a position to donate, but we greatly appreciate your prayers that this fund continues to receive support. You can donate by mailing a check to the school office or by going HERE
Father Joe Moniz St. Philip the Apostle School Educational Fund
Please CLICK HERE to view St. Philip the Apostle School's Exposure Management Plan and Reopening Protocol Documents.
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