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TK-2nd Grade Waiver Approved

September 09, 2020
By Seth Yocum

September 8, 2020

St. Paul’s School Community,

At the beginning of this week, St. Paul’s School received word from Tulare County Health and Human Service Agency that that St. Paul's waiver has been fully approved for TK-2nd grades, and that we can implement in-person learning for these students immediately. This is fantastic news as we have been awaiting approval for quite some time. After much deliberation with leadership, faculty, and staff, the
St. Paul’s School Leadership Team has determined that we will resume in person learning for all TK through 2nd grades students beginning Monday, September 14th (TK through 2nd grade students who would like to continue in a distance learning format should contact Natalie Alafa, Director of Teaching and Learning, at nalafa@spsvisalia.com). The St. Paul’s School Board ratified this decision Tuesday afternoon in an impromptu meeting.


As an educational community, we are excited to begin repopulating our campus next Monday. We are eager to see so many of our students return to campus, and committed to provide an appropriate and responsible in person model given these unanticipated circumstances. Nevertheless, TK through 2nd grade is only a part of our student body, and we are eager for county epidemiological data to continue trending in the right direction in the hopes that we can have all of our students back on campus in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, our 3rd through 8th grade students will continue to participate in distance learning, and we will continue to investigate how the small group/cohort model can be used to improve the learning experiences of these students while we await word from county health. We will be sure to keep you posted as situations develop.


In anticipation of returning our TK through 2nd grade students next Monday, it is imperative that we all:
● Read the St. Paul’s School Repopulating Plan. It is a lengthy document, but it is essential that everyone does their part to support a successful reopening. The more you understand our plan, the better able you and your family will be to support our school.
● You all should have received an email both Monday and this morning reminding you to health screen your child(ren). Please download the HealthTrac app and begin entering your child(ren)’s screening on a daily basis. It’s important that we all build this habit, and student screening is essential to our repopulating plan. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to
Corinne Ramsey at cramsey@spsvisalia.com.
● Please make sure you thoroughly read all information coming from the school over the next few weeks. There will be many reminders on check in and check out procedures, face coverings, health screenings, etc. It is essential that you understand your part in supporting a successful campus repopulation.
● Any questions or concerns you may have regarding repopulating our campus should be directed to Corinne Ramsey at cramsey@spsvisalia.com. Although Corinne will be handling a high volume of inquiries over the coming days, she will attend to your question(s) as soon and as accurately as possible.


I cannot express how excited I am to see a few more of our students return to campus next week. There is a great deal of work ahead, but I have the utmost confidence that as a community, we will navigate these challenging times together. Our efforts will continue to demonstrate the resolve of our community, and our commitment to integrity and what is best for our children, in both education and
example.


Kind Regards,


Seth W. Yocum
Head of School
St. Paul’s School