This morning, Mr. Kruska joined several principals in a video conference call with Mr. Paul Escala, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In that meeting more clarity was given as to how our Department of Catholic Schools planned on handling the COVID-19 issue. Several topics were discussed and suggestions were made based on the guidance of California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health and Human Services, and the California Department of Education. One of the suggestions was to cancel or postpone any nonessential gatherings. We were all looking forward to the Annual SJW St. Patrick's Family Festival this weekend; however, the event is not an essential event, so we have decided to postpone the festival to a later date. We hope this does not cause anyone any inconvenience. We will hold ticket orders until an alternate date has been scheduled.
We will continue to stay vigilant and use common sense by washing our hands, avoiding close contact (within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes), covering mouths with tissues, sleeves, or shirts and requiring anyone that has a temperature of 99 degrees or higher to remain home for at least 24 hours until there is no fever without the aid of medication. Please note, this is not a new policy at St. Joseph the Worker School.
We also ask our families, in the spirit of transparency, share with the administration of any travel plans during the upcoming weeks or over the Easter break.
As of this morning, there has not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any school within the Archdiocese. If a confirmed case was brought to our attention, we would follow the guidelines of the California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health and Human Services, and the California Department of Education. Should we have to close school, our faculty and staff are currently working on a contingency plan with policies and procedures for a distance learning environment.
If you would like to help us in our continued efforts to keep our school a safe environment for our children, please stop by after school or anytime until 9:00 pm to help disinfect our student desks and door handles after dismissal each day. If the office is closed, please look for our maintenance personnel, Mr. Francisco and Mr. Martin for supplies and directions. Virtus and Fingerprints are not required as children are not present. Please do not bring any children with you as there will not be any supervision while you are in the classrooms.