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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Given the ever evolving and fluid context of the Covid-19 crisis, we pray that parents will continue to trust in the Administration and its commitment to monitoring the recommendations and parameters set forth by the CDC, State Department of Health, Orange County Department of Health, Diocese of Orange, public school systems from whom we will gain insight all summer long. Our “Return to School Playbook” will change, again, given the fluidity and context of this ever evolving situation. The Playbook will reflect guidelines that provide the whole school community, students, parents, teachers and Sisters, reasonable protocols of safety from this virus we know will be with us going into the coming school year.

The Administration will remain committed to erring on the side of caution and will do everything possible, again, given the parameters set forth by all of the health and educational agencies, to ensure the spiritual, physical and emotional health of our students, parents and teachers. We will continue to help our parents prepare their children for the certainty of changes that will be present to start the school year. Please note, it will be a daunting task to attempt to please everyone and provide individual protocols, but we certainly recognize the breadth of apprehensions and fears we are all experiencing.

We appreciate all of the support and trust so many have expressed. We ask that you pray for us, for the discernment and wisdom needed, to ensure the entire SJDL community is recognized throughout the planning process. Thank you!

March 13

School Closure Announcement

Dear Saint Jeanne Families,

As the situation with the Covid19 outbreak continues, we have received notice from the Diocese of Orange that effective immediately, all schools will close until April 20. Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School will follow this directive. We are aware of the potential hardships this will cause our Saint Jeanne families, but we feel that it is best as a Catholic school, given the current circumstances, to align and support the Bishop and Superintendent of the Diocese of Orange.

We will be working with our faculty to get our online platforms available for your child. We will also provide you with details regarding remote learning and parent involvement regarding every grade level and curricular area.

Please feel free to read the Superintendent’s letter regarding the closure and the events that led to this decision. Sister Cecilia will be in the office daily from 8 am - 4 pm and we will also have front office staff available to you Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 4 pm.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we cope with the events that are unfolding in our society. As always, we look to God for his joy and peace in our situation. We rest in the grace of His Son, Jesus Christ, and the ever-present love of our Mother Mary.

In the Company of Mary,

Sister Cecilia Durán, O.D.N.

Please click HERE for the Superintendent's Announcement

March 12

COVID-19 Parent Letter from the Superintendent

Please click here for the latest news from the Superintendent of the Diocese of Orange.

March 12, 2020

Dear Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Families,

During these unprecedented times we seek the peace that the grace and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ provides. We lean on our faith knowing that all things work for His glory. We can also rest in the care and love of Mary. Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School continues to monitor current events, gather accurate information and discern the direction we will take to ensure the health of everyone in our SJDL community. The Sisters of the Company of Mary, Our Lady, the Diocese of Orange and governmental agencies continue to report that there is minimal risk for infection. You can rest assured that whatever they decide to do is out of an abundance of caution and care for the children. 

We would like to inform you about what the school is actively doing to help manage concerns regarding the COVID-19 precautions. Please note all of the most recent decisions:

  • Our May Festival Kick-off Rally will be presented to the children in their rooms rather than a whole school assembly in the Theater.
  • The Spring Musical has been postponed. Dates in May are being considered and will be posted as soon as they are determined.
  • The Administration Team has cancelled the Class of 2020 Washington, D.C., educational trip.
  • Stations of the Cross will be done in the individual classrooms, rather than as a whole school community in the Theater.
  • Poor Man’s Soup and Journey to the Resurrection event may be cancelled. Information will be posted as soon as this is determined.
  • Students who are presenting cold-like symptoms will be sent home and should remain home until all symptoms have subsided. The children may return to school or an activity after the doctor has cleared the students to return to school.
  • Athletic events will proceed as scheduled for the time being. (Please review the PAL Athletics Directive forwarded by the Office of the Parochial Athletic League and the Diocese of Orange.)
  • Remote learning platforms are under construction so that students will seamlessly continue with curriculum at all grade levels.
  • Our Crisis Management Team will be attending a webinar regarding effective communication during these times.

Proactive planning is key to success. We encourage all of our parents to have contingency plans regarding child care, meeting with employers, doctors appointments, etc. This preparation can help alleviate some of the children’s, as well as their parents’ anxiety if indeed the Bishop decides to close the Catholic schools of the Diocese. We understand that parents may voluntarily keep their children at home for the time being. All efforts are being made to help these children complete their assignments in a remote learning environment.

We would like you to continue to monitor the school’s “Update Center” website, which can also be found on the school’s official App, for news and information to make informed decisions.

The overall situation is very fluid and we pray that God continues to bless our school community and watch over all of our Saint Jeanne families. Thank you for your support and understanding during these extraordinary times. 

In the Company of Mary,
Sister Cecilia Durán, O.D.N
The Administration Team
 

March 12, 2020

We encourage all of our parents to gather information regarding the Convid-19 virus in order to make informed decisions.

Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 3/11]

  • You should be concerned and take this seriously. But you should not panic.
  • There are obvious, evidence-based actions we can take to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities overall.
  • In all of the studies and data so far, children make up tiny fractions of the cases and have very few reported deaths.
  • The WHO-China Joint Mission report also noted that children appear largely unscathed in this epidemic, writing, “disease in children appears to be relatively rare and mild.”

 

March 10, 2020

School launches "Urgent Center" to notify community of efforts being made to proactively respond to health risks.

March 6, 2020

We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. 

A message from the Regional Administrator of the Sisters of the Company of Mary

Dear Parents, Teachers and School Community,

We are committed to the health and well-being of our students, parents and employees. In light of the challenging threat of a potential outbreak of the Corona Virus in the United Sates, we wanted to let you know that the Order of the Company of Mary is taking proactive precautionary measures to ensure that our school community is prepared to respond to this potential viral epidemic, following the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control in the United States.

To that end, we would like to remind all of our families and employees of the prevention steps recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Please see below:


“The best way to prevent illness (from the Corona Virus) is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you fall ill, follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.”

Please also note that students who are ill and have had a temperature, must stay home. Students can return to school after being cleared by their doctor. As a precaution, students who show any signs of illness will be sent home.

We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to the health of our students and school community. We encourage you to familiarize yourselves with some of this prevention steps at home with your families. For more information about the Corona Virus, its symptoms and updates, you can visit the Center for Disease Control’s website.

May we all join in our shared commitment to safeguard our health and well-being.

Sincerely,

S. Gloria C. Londono, O.D.N.
Regional Administrator
Order of the Company of Mary, Our Lady

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