Welcome back to the New Year from Mrs. Palaza

Posted on January 2, 2022

Dear Sacred Heart Academy family,

I hope that you had a blessed Christmas day, a Happy New Year, and that you are enjoying the fulness of the Christmas season.  While it is also my hope that you and your family members have remained healthy throughout, I know from the many emails we have received that quite a few of our families have been affected by COVID.  Please know that you are in my prayers for a quick recovery.

On December 27 the CDC updated their COVID guidelines. You can find the updated information here: CDC Updated Guidelines.  While the Omicron variant is spreading quickly, I want to assure you that our hope and our goal is to stay open for in-person learning for our students.  With that said, though, there are important notes I need families to know going forward over the next few weeks.

As we prepare to reopen tomorrow, parents are reminded that students are not to come to school if they are exhibiting any signs of illness, especially any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Those symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. Students who are not feeling well are asked to please stay home. Students who come to school exhibiting symptoms will be sent home.

If you or your student traveled during the Christmas break, there are updated guidelines that may affect when your student can return to school. This guidance applies to those who traveled both inside and outside the country. For those who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated: Quarantine for 7 days following travel. Get tested 3-5 days after returning from international travel. If you do not get tested, quarantine for 10 days. For those who are fully vaccinated: Monitor for symptoms but no quarantine is necessary. Isolate only if symptoms develop.

Be prepared for the possibility that classes may need to move to online learning. SHA is blessed with dedicated teachers and aides who have worked with us over the past two years. When needed for support, however, substitute teachers, have limited availability and may not be able to come in at a moment’s notice.  As Omicron spreads and possibly affects our permanent staff and substitute staff, we do expect that there may be days ahead when we do not have coverage for a class or classes when more than one teacher needs to be out due to illness, quarantine, doctor’s appointment, etc.  Should this occur, one or more classes might need to remain home for a time and participate in online learning.

And while both the AM and PM Bridges staff will do everything in their power to stay open, both have very limited substitute options due to strict state requirements.  As of tomorrow, AM Bridges will operate as usual. PM Bridges will close at 4:00pm for infants (Mrs. DiNapoli’s class) and 5:30pm for all other students.

The changes listed in this email will take effect immediately.  I ask you to please be understanding, flexible, and fluid throughout the coming weeks.

Finally, I ask you to keep Mrs. Kimbro and her son, Robert, in your prayers.  Robert is in the late stages of Osteosarcoma and needs his mother by his side.  The SHA faculty will continue to support Mrs. Kimbro with our prayers and classroom coverage.  Mrs. Kimbro will continue to provide lesson plans for the substitute teachers, Mrs. White and Mrs. Blaker, who will work with her to meet student needs until she returns.

May God bless us all with a happy and healthy New Year, and let us turn all of our concerns to Our Lady as we ask her intercession for a great 2022!

God bless you,

Mrs. Erica Bode Palaza