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COVID Dashboard

7 days ending:
1/15/2021
StaffStudents
COVID Exposures012
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Total COVID cases
8/1/20-present:
school staff and students
30Percent of total school
population: 3.3%
The dashboard records weekly exposures and is updated throughout the week. Direct exposures that require quarantine of students will always be communicated immediately to families.
For detailed information about St. John’s response to COVID-19 see our state waiver here.
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St. John’s Lutheran School Waiver Application Process and Safety Protocols

On Friday, July 17, Governor Gavin Newsom put forth the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California. St. John’s Lutheran School is an elementary school located in Old Towne Orange, California. St. John’s Lutheran School has continuously operated in Orange since 1883, serving families with a high-quality education.

St. John’s Lutheran School has nearly 700 students. These families serve our community in a wide variety of ways from doctors and nurses to firefighters, law enforcement, and many other “essential worker” positions. The school is a critical piece of all family’s life, not only educating their child, but caring for the children while they are working, working even during the pandemic.

Waiver Application (p. 6)

School Waiver St. John’s Lutheran School August 4 2020

Background Information

St. John’s Lutheran School – private school

Number of schools – 1

Enrollment – 511

Superintendent (or equivalent name) – Dr. Jacob D. Hollatz

Grades/Number of Students Proposed to Reopen:

Kindergarten: 73 – 3 classes

1st grade: 62 – 3 classes

2nd grade: 75 – 3 classes

3rd grade: 65 – 3 classes

4th grade: 73 – 3 classes

5th grade: 79 – 3 classes

6th grade: 84 – 3 classes

Date of proposed reopening: August 18, 2020

Name of person completing application: Dr. Jacob D. Hollatz

Phone number: (714) 288-4406

Date: August 4, 2020

I. Consultation

Labor:

The teachers, instructional assistants, and office staff at St. John’s deeply desire to be back at work and have students physically in classrooms. The staff was presented with the health, safety and re-opening protocols on July 20 and have agreed that they overwhelmingly prefer to teach in person than online. The teaching, support, and administrative staff were surveyed about their desire for teaching modality. 90% of them want to come back.

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Parent and Community Organizations

School Age Care (on side day care) – July 20, 2020 consultation – the day care staff results are included in the staff results above and are overwhelmingly ready to start school face-to-face.

St. John’s also has a parent Auxiliary or PTA. The executive board of this organization was surveyed and they unanimously want to come back to school. They were consulted on July 30, 2020. Parents were also surveyed on July 14. 73% of parents desired the school to open face-to-face and that survey had a 95% response rate. See the survey results below.

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Since St. John’s is a private school, we have no official labor organization. Our teachers were provided with an anonymous survey to express their interest in returning to campus and the results are in the above graphs.

II. Elementary School Reopening Plans

The information below in the documents confirms that St. John’s Lutheran School reopening plan(s) address the following, consistent with guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the local health department, have been published on the website of the local educational agency (on this site and on http://www.sjls.org):

Cleaning and Disinfection

See the Infectious Disease Prevention Plan below.

Cohorting

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below.

Entrances, Egresses, and Movement Within the School

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below as well as the entrance/exit maps below.

CAMPUS_MAP_StJohnsOrange AM DROP OFF AREAS

CAMPUS_MAP_StJohnsOrange PM Drop off areas

Face Coverings and Other Essential Protective Gear

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below.

Health Screenings for Students and Staff

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan and the Infectious Disease Prevention Plan below.

Healthy Hygiene Practices

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below.

Identification and Contact Tracing

Staff and student protocols are in place to identify where staff and children have been to help in contact tracing. Weekly guidelines for staff include: Weekly Guidelines for Covid-19 8.3.20, postings on every door to identify where staff and children are at all times and a comprehensive attendance monitoring system (LMS/Learning Management System).

See the Infectious Disease Prevention Plan below as well.

Physical Distancing

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below as well as the Campus Maps above.

Staff Training and Family Education

All staff are trained on COVID identification using an HR approved online course. See the St. John’s Waiver and Infectious Disease Prevention Plan below. Families will receive training through parent orientations scheduled for the beginning of the year.

Testing of Students and Staff

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below, the Infectious Disease Prevention Plan and the Waiver Re-Opening below. Additionally, the school has isolation areas set up for students, published protocols for staff and community partners for testing. Our insurance fully covers COVID testing for staff. Community testing locations and partnerships are provided to all staff and families. St. John’s follows all OCHCA, CDPH, and CDC guidelines as published in St. John’s attestation that is on file on our campus. Teachers and school staff will also be able to utilize the Orange County teacher COVID testing site.

Triggers for Distance Learning

St. John’s will follow the CDPH guidelines when it becomes necessary to close down and return to all distance learning.

Communication Plans

St. John’s will follow all CDPH, CDC and HIIPA guidelines when it comes to communicating to families about regular COVID protocols and when a COVID incident happens on campus. Additionally, we have a COVID certified HR staff member to liaison between our organization and the proper health departments.

School Website

Content are published here on our school learning and communication blog as well as on https://sjls.org/admissions/welcome-visit.us.

Additional Resources:

St. John’s Waiver for Re-Opening

Health, Safety and Reopening Plan

Infectious Disease Prevention Plan [1]

CDPH and Cal/OSHA Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs

Click to access guidance-schools.pdf

California Department of Education Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/strongertogether.asp

CDPH COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID -19/Schools%20Reopening%20Recommendations.pdf

It’s Music to Our Ears!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Of course we know that it is the birth of our Savior that makes Christmas time so wonderful, but festive music makes the season seem wonderful too!  Typically we sing lots of Christmas carols in music class and my fifth grade students look forward to playing hand chimes and Christmas caroling around campus. 

That couldn’t happen this year, but we still found COVID-safe ways to enjoy the music.  Students in grades K – 5 did a variety of activities with Christmas music, including playing it on colored handbells, playing in a rhythm band, doing movement routines with scarves and paper plates, playing Christmas music on the ukulele, playing “desk drums,” and “traveling” to various countries to enjoy Christmas music traditions around the world!  Music class may look different this year, but it’s certainly not boring! 

Mrs. Elliott, General Music and Band

God’s Love Endures Forever

The phrase, “His love endures forever” is repeated 5 times in Psalm 118 showing us that God’s love is unchanging in the midst of changing situations.  In Psalm 136, it is repeated 26 times as a reminder of God’s never-ending love for us.  As my class reflected on God’s love enduring forever, they also reflected on the things for which they are thankful. 

After brainstorming a “thankful list” on their own, each student wrote a psalm of thanks and repeated the phrase, “His love endures forever” after each item.  It was a great way to think about all the good things that God has given to us, even during these uncertain times.  As we continue to live and adapt in this ever-changing pandemic world, it is with thankful hearts that we can praise God for his endless love, mercy, kindness, and faithfulness that never fails.

Give thanks for the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever. Psalm 118:1 and Psalm 136:1

Middle School Elective: S.T.E.A.M.I.S.A.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics Interactive Simulation Activities is a new elective class offered to middle school students. An objective of this class is to spark the interest of students by encouraging them to think broadly, participate and contribute in activities by integrating the five named subject areas.  One such opportunity occurred this fall when 7th graders combined the skills of Science (motion), Technology (iPads), Engineering (animation) and Arts (story telling) to produce their own cartoon using the App Toontastic. 

Students developed an original story and then self-created their own visually appealing animation and narration to tell their story as a cartoon.  This S.T.E.A.M. activity certainly did not disappoint when it came to seeing students using their own initiative, creativity and innovative productivity!

See their work!

7th Graders Bring Joy to 2020!

Our 7th graders did not have the opportunity to attend Outdoor Ed at Catalina this year but that did not stop them from learning about the kelp forest and bringing the kelp forest to St. John’s! We discussed what we could do for an extra special project in lieu of the time that we would have been in Catalina.  The students came up with the idea of building a life-sized kelp forest!

Each student selected an organism in the kelp forest to research and become an expert on. Next, they shared their research in a video posted to Flipgrid. The class watched each other’s Flipgrid videos and took notes on the various organisms to collaboratively learn from each other. In addition, the students created a realistic life-sized model of their kelp forest organism. Each class created their own kelp forest. As a result, we have three beautiful and unique kelp forests in our science lab! 

Beyond the life-sized kelp forest, Mrs. Grack, our Technology Director, joined in the fun and introduced the students to Makey Makey circuitry kits. The students used Scratch to code a game or interactive experience within the setting of a kelp forest. The Makey Makey kits allowed the students to work with circuits to design an external controller, using conductive materials, to control the game or interactive on Scratch. 

Our 7th graders really stepped up and put a tremendous amount of effort and enthusiasm into this unit! They clearly demonstrated the 21st Century skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication! So proud of them! 

Kelp Forest Video- Individual Student Projects

Science Lab Kelp Forest