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COVID Safety Plan (CSP) and COVID School Guidance Checklist

In compliance with the new Safe Schools for All Plan and the new COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, St. John’s Lutheran School must publicly post our CSP and School Guidance Checklist.

St. John’s CSP can be found below:

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

The School Guidance Check list is below:

Additionally, St. John’s Lutheran Church and School OSHA COVID Prevention Program and Emergency Response Plan can be found here:

St. John’s Lutheran School was granted a waiver on August 17, 2020. The waiver materials can be found here: https://sjlslearning.com/2020/08/04/st-johns-lutheran-school-waiver-application-process-and-safety-protocols/.

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COVID Dashboard

7 days ending:
2/26/2021
StaffStudents
COVID Exposures01
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Total COVID cases
8/1/20-present:
school staff and students
40Percent of total school
population: 4.4%
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

Battle of the Books—aka “BOB”

4th and 5th Graders at St. John’s have the opportunity each year to participate in a competitive book club affectionately referred to as “BOB.”  The Battle of the Books program runs from September to February and this year’s students attempted to read 15 books across the genres for a total of 4,009 pages!  During weekly practices BOB readers answer questions that always begin “In which book…” and which they must answer by identifying the correct author and title. Honing their skills as close readers, BOB members learn to pay attention to details other readers often skip over, details found in dedications, prologues, introductions, maps, drawings, photographs, chapter headings, notes from the author, glossaries, etc.—skills that will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives. 

This year’s February 23rd tournament was fierce with a two-point difference in scores between the first and second place teams.  Congratulations to: Battle Book Queens (1st place), The Bobbers’ Secret (2nd place) and The Book Bombers (3rd place).  Our top 14 students will go on to form two new teams which will compete in the Orange County BOB tournament on March 30th.  Go Mustangs! 

By Mrs. Barber, SJLS Librarian

The Gift of Words –

Last week for the Valentine’s Day celebration, the 4th Grade students focused on the gift of encouraging words! Each student had the opportunity to write a word or a phrase that described each of their classmates on a poster. Posters were filled with: “A GOOD FRIEND, CREATIVE, FUNNY, KIND, COOL, and AWESOME.” We discussed that taking time to share positive words with others – help make people feel special, seen, valued, and LOVED. 

Additionally, Mrs. Fink’s Class had the opportunity to continue to share words of love and encouragement to those outside of the St. John’s Community. The students decorated Valentine’s Cards that were taken to a ministry in Tustin that connects with those in nursing homes. The 4th Grade students put so much love and effort into these cards – knowing just how big of a smile it would bring to someone’s face.

Celebrations, parties, and holidays have looked a bit different in the classroom this year – but we are certainly finding ways to creatively celebrate together and making wonderful memories! 

A Trip Through the Human Body by 4th Grade

In 4th grade, one of the science standards students learn about is the human body and body parts.  In order to extend their knowledge about the human body, the 4th graders created a Keynote presentation and animation that would tell about the chosen body system.  The body system story was told from the perspective of an object that travels through that system.  A few examples are a musical note traveling through the ear or a pizza moving through the digestive system. 

To complete this project, the students first chose a body system and had to write a script using key anatomical words that relate to the body system chosen. Next, students had to find pictures related to their script and create their Keynote presentation.  Third, the 4th graders added in the animation of the key character or object as it moves through the body system on Keynote.  Last, students added transitions and audio to the presentation.  Through this science project, the 4th graders had fun learning about script writing, digital media presentation, animation and video creation.  The video below shows an example of three completed projects.  Enjoy!!  

By Sarah Grack, Technology Specialist

Serving God During the Yo-Yo Effect

I worked on it, day after day, until it shone like Aladdin’s lamp.  Full of promise, the lesson would bring together all that my classes have been working on since we returned from Christmas vacation, and (hopefully) launch the kids into the new unit with energy and enthusiasm.  Confident, I saved my PowerPoints and completed the Nearpod version of that lesson before leaving it.  I was anxious to teach the lesson on Tuesday.

The Seventh Grade staff received word later that evening that our students would be quarantining this week, an all-too-common event in education this year.  Things had changed.  There would be no face-to-face learning on Tuesday.  We were being yo-yoed back into Zoom teaching.

You don’t have to be a teacher to realize that “live, in the classroom” education is more engaging (and, ultimately, more productive) than a “Zoom, away from the classroom” education.  Somehow, the electricity that is generated by teacher and students working together, face-to-face, enhances every lesson.  While Zooming has gotten us through during these long days of Covid-19, it is really no one’s choice for best practice.  It’s a work-around that has somehow pushed itself to the front of many schools’ educational endeavors.

I admit to approaching Tuesday’s encounter with my Seventh Grade Language Arts students with some degree of anxiety.  A great deal of the class’s success rested on the engagement level of my students.  Would they pay attention to the class, or would they be distracted by the items that make their bedrooms so special to them?  Would students on the screen respond to my questions audibly, as they would in the classroom, or would I be answering most of my own questions in a silent vacuum?  Would the class that I had worked so hard to create even work in a Zoom classroom?  I had made some “Zoom tweaks” over the weekend.  Would they be enough?

I have always had respect for my St. John’s students.  On Tuesday, they proved their mettle once again.  The class members were engaged, creative, and focused.  Answers, when requested, came frequently — and new student-initiated insights were offered.  The students came through, as they always seem to do when we meet together. . . regardless of the means through which we meet.

Throughout this challenging academic year, St. John’s students’ enthusiasm and engagement have fueled my colleagues’ and my desire to make each class period exceptional. Whether in the classroom or on the iPad, class periods are planned with care – and our students respond accordingly.  More importantly, in whatever teaching situation in which we find ourselves, Our Lord continuously provides us with encouragement and proof that, as we work for Him, He recognizes our work and is praised through it.

The remainder of the school year stretches out ahead of us, filled with uncertainty.  How many more times we be yo-yoed back into the Zoom classroom is known only to God Himself.  Yet, we all have seen that, even when the preferred medium of education is denied to us, God’s Work is done in classrooms here at St. John’s.  I saw it, personally, last week.

Kevin G. Smith, Instructor

Language Arts: 7

Christian Faith and Life: 7

Film Study – Elective

Operation Gratitude

Recently, Lutheran Schools united in celebration across the country.  National Lutheran Schools Week was celebrated with fun dress-up themes, virtual assemblies, games, video devotionals, and more!  This year’s theme was “Sent to Serve.”  After being reminded of so many who serve around us, here at St. John’s and in our families each day, the students had a chance to serve a special group of people… our military.  

Operation Gratitude sends thousands of care packages each year to deployed troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders, and a personal letter is often the most cherished part of that care package.  Each student had the opportunity to write a personal note of thanks and encouragement to a soldier hero.   Students in grades K-8 participated in this service project, but here are a few pics of some 2nd graders and their letters.