St. John School will move to a teacher-supported online learning model for the remainder of the school year, in keeping with state and Diocesan measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. This page will be updated for our families as students as new information becomes available. 



COVID-19 Closure - Frequently Asked Questions

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When does teacher-supported online learning end?

The last day of the school year is May 22, 2020. Individual teachers will include due dates for final assignments for teacher-supported online learning in their Google Classroom or Seesaw. 

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When do I need to return textbooks and other class materials to school?

There will be drop off days on May 18, 19, and 26. Parents are asked to have all materials bagged and labeled with name/grade level. Drop off stations around campus will be organized by grade level, and parents are asked NOT to get out of cars when returning materials. Simply pull up and a faculty member will come to get materials from your car.

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Is the school office open?

Beginning Monday, May 18, there will be a staff member in the main office from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm. Parents/visitors are asked to call the office before coming to campus. 

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What about grades? Report cards?

Grades for all work done during the closure will still be posted to PlusPortals.

Report cards will be delivered to families during the final week of May. Families do not need to be available to receive report cards; they will be placed in mailboxes or a similar safe location.

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What if my child needs social/emotional support during this time?

Our school counselors are available via email to offer support to students who may need social/emotional support with all the changes happening in response to COVID-19. Please contact our counselors, Kellie Miller at kmiller@stjohnschool.org or Yvette Johnson at yjohnson@stjohnschool.org, for support and resources.

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Are school events and extra-curricular activities still taking place?

No. The directives from state and local governments are clear that it is in the best interest of community health that all events that were originally scheduled during the closure be rescheduled. We will make every attempt to reschedule as many of our events as possible, and notify our school community of new dates when they are available.

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Are support organizations still holding events?

No. Our St. John support organizations are also committed to doing what is in the best interest of our community, and will be observing the same directives as the school. 

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What about service hours?

As more information becomes available abou tour return to school, we will update families about opportunities for service or adjustments to our Family Service Program.

If you would like to submit a question to be added to our FAQs, please enter it below. As soon as we have an answer, it will be included on this page and in our parent communications.



Parent Communications

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Update to Parents - Friday, May 15
Dear Parents,
We made it!  Congratulations!  As a school community, we have worked together, reached our goal of continuing learning for our students,  and have arrived at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  Now, it's time to collect all textbooks, Chromebooks, and other school materials. In order to be able to do this as safely and efficiently as possible, please read follow the instructions below.  
All borrowed school materials should be collected from home and brought to school on one of the scheduled dates - please remember class library books, school library books, and novels that you may have at home. All Chromebooks (and the chargers!) that have been borrowed should also be returned at this time. All items to be returned should be put in a paper or plastic bag and clearly labeled with the student's name. For any students who have personal items at school, our teachers have collected those and they are ready for pickup when school items are returned.  
Please remember that this will be a drive-up collection and no one will be allowed to exit their vehicles. Please remember that we are still doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe. Therefore, all of our teachers will be required to wear masks and keep a safe distance from our families.  
DROP OFF AREAS 
*If you have more than one student, please start at the drop off area that makes the most traffic sense so as not to have to back track, keeping in mind the normal carpool traffic flow.
PreK3 through 2nd grade:  circle drive area at the elementary school (bus lane)
Grade 3 - Grade 8: Elementary carpool concrete area between elementary school building and St. Clement Chapel - Please enter the driveway on the left side of the church and follow the signs.
Grade 9 - Grade 11 : Circle drive area behind the cafeteria along Price Street - Please enter the driveway on the right side of the cafeteria  (nearest the high school building) and follow the signs.
DATES AND TIMES
Monday, May 18 from 1pm - 6 pm 
Tuesday, May 19 from 1pm  - 6 pm
Tuesday, May 26 from 7:30 - 12 (only for students who have make up work and may need materials past May 18 or May 19)
In closing, we want to thank you, Eagle parents, for all of the help, support, understanding, and patience throughout these unprecedented times.  We could not have done this without the awesome work of our parents and students. If anyone has any problems or questions, please feel free to call the school office at 225-687-6616. Beginning Monday, May 18, someone will be in the office from 7:30 - 12:30 each day.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at cschlatre@stjohnschool.org.
Sincerely,
Cherie Schlatre
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Update to Parents - Monday, May 4
Dear Parents,
Welcome to May!  We are in the home stretch of the 2019-2020 school year.  Thank you for helping us finish this school year strong, both spiritually and academically. May is the Month of Mary, and in honor of Mary, we are asking families to pray the rosary or a decade of the rosary each day.  Pope Francis has also asked that believers of all religions join in a day of fasting and prayer to help humanity overcome the coronavirus on May 14, and we invite everyone to participate as they are able.
Last Monday we sent an email about the final weeks of teacher supported online learning and how grading will take place.  If you have any questions about any of the information shared, please feel free to email me.  Remember, we are all in this together and want your child to be successful!  
We know that everyone has school materials that need to be returned, including school Chromebooks. On Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19, from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., materials will be collected at designated spots throughout the campus following social distancing guidelines and safety recommendations.  Parents should put all borrowed items in a plastic bag labeled with their child's name on it. We will have a final collection day on Tuesday, May 26, from 7:30 am to noon, for any families who need to keep school materials past May 19 to complete makeup assignments. Please be aware that in order to keep things moving swiftly on the drop-off days, we will check the condition of the school materials that are returned after the collection times. Parents will be contacted if any materials, including Chromebooks, are damaged or in unusable condition to pay for replacement materials, and will be considered indebted to the school until payment or other arrangements are made. 
Families are also asked to clear any indebtedness to the cafeteria or school as soon as possible. Payments can be mailed to school, and cafeteria payments can still be mailed online. If circumstances surrounding coronavirus have created a financial hardship for your family that has delayed your payments to school, please contact Mrs. Schlatre to discuss options available to you. 
Our traditional end of the year events have had to be rescheduled or redesigned to meet current health and safety guidelines, and specific plans for those events will be sent to parents of students involved.  This is a significant task for our faculty and staff, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to do the best we can for our students in our current circumstances. Many events are becoming "virtual" events that will be shared online; please support our students by viewing, liking, and sharing these "virtual" events when possible!
Our end of the year tasks this year include one that is bittersweet - we have to wish two of our Eagle faculty members well as they leave us. Mrs. Patricia Hergruder and Mrs. Lesa Sanchez are retiring this year. Both of these teachers have had long and distinguished careers in the classroom, and have helped countless students grow in their academic and spiritual lives. They will be missed greatly by our whole Eagle family, but we hope everyone will join us in wishing them both a long, relaxing, happy retirement!  We hope they keep in touch and visit often!
Preparations for the next school year have begun as well. Our elementary and middle school teachers are working on class lists, and high school students have begun online scheduling. High school students who are interested in taking honors classes next year should choose honors courses when completing their online schedules to let us know they are interested; any students who need to take a placement test for honors will be contacted with specific information once all schedule requests are complete. Students who will be going to 8th grade next year and are interested in taking Algebra I Honors also need to take a placement test to enroll, and should email April Hedges at ahedges@stjohnschool.org for additional information. Placement tests will be taken online from May 13-22. 
Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year begins June 1, 2020.  We are still accepting payment in full at the normal 2% discount, and payment checks can be mailed to the attention of Suzan Bezet. Families may still use our FACTS payment system to pay monthly as well. FACTS re-enrollment process will begin in the upcoming weeks.  Anyone with questions about registration or tuition is asked to email Mrs. Suzan Bezet at sbezet@stjohnschool.org.  
Thank you again for your support of St. John School. In these uncertain times, we are fortunate to have a school community built on more than a century of excellence, and your flexibility has allowed us to continue to educate your children through these circumstances. We appreciate you!
Sincerely,
Cherie B. Schlatre, Principal
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Update to Parents - Monday, April 27
Dear Parents,
Thank you again for all the hard work, effort, and support you and your students have shown for St. John School during this period of teacher-supported online learning. As circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continue to change, we remain faithful and pray for the health and well-being of those in our community and around the world.  
Now that we are certain that we will not return to campus for instruction for the remainder of this school year, we would like to share our plans to wrap up teacher-supported online learning and report grades.
Students in grades 1 - 11 will continue to receive online instruction, assignments and assessments through May 13.
From May 13 - 22, teachers will focus on making sure that their students have completed all online assignments.  Students who have completed all assigned work and have a satisfactory grade will receive review activities from their teachers.
If the fourth nine weeks grade is lower than the student's third nine weeks grade, the teacher will review the student's overall academic progress for the fourth nine weeks and look for areas of weakness.  With a focus on individualized instruction and additional practice, the student will then be given the opportunity to redo the appropriate assignment(s) to improve the grade to the equivalent of the third nine weeks grade if he/she is interested in the extra opportunities.
The "last day" of the school year will be May 22.
Grades from assignments given during teacher-supported online learning will be used to calculate the 4th nine weeks grade for all students.
Final grades will be calculated as follows:
For students in grades 1-5, there will not be any changes to the way final grades are calculated.
Students in grades 6-12 will not take final exams, and their grades from the 3rd and 4th nine weeks will be averaged to calculate their grade for the second semester. Final averages for these students will still be calculated using the first and second semester grades.
To ensure a smooth transition to the 2020-2021 school year in August, we have professional development plans for our teachers to collaborate this summer and adjust beginning of the year curriculum to include appropriate review material. We thank you for the trust and confidence you have shown us while we adjusted the methods of educating your children. 
We are working on plans for families to return school materials and rescheduling some of our events so that we are in compliance with directives from the Diocese and our government officials regarding the appropriate health and safety precautions.   As soon as details are finalized, we will share them with all of you.  We appreciate your patience and your continued attention to our communications.
We miss all of our Eagles! Please take care of yourselves and continue to pray for our school community.
In continued prayer,
Cherie Schlatre, Principal
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Update to Parents - Tuesday, April 14
Dear Parents,
Welcome back to teacher-supported online learning! We hope that you had a restful spring break and a happy Easter, even though we were not able to celebrate in our traditional ways. We certainly miss all of our St. John families and continue to pray for everyone's health and well-being.
 
When we left school in March, we hoped to be able to welcome our students back to campus this week; then, circumstances surrounding the coronavirus forced us to change our hopes, and we were looking forward to returning in May. As of today, we are still under stay-at-home orders, and as many of you may have seen on the news, we are expecting the governor to ask schools not to bring students and faculty back to campus this school year for the health and safety of everyone. We already had plans to continue teacher-supported online learning through April 30, and we have begun to plan what the end of the school year will look like in the very likely event that we aren't able to be back on campus. We will share more specific details with our families once we have them.  We appreciate your continued patience and support as we navigate through these unprecedented times.  
We have also received questions regarding things like service hours and rescheduling events, and we are working on answers to those questions. Many of those answers depend on when we are able to gather safely again, and we must wait on our state and local officials to give us direction so that everyone is protected. 
 
Just as a reminder, there is a link on our website's COVID-19 Updates page to submit a question for our Frequently Asked Questions section, which anyone can use to ask a question or express a concern. As always, please feel free to email teachers and administrators with questions and concerns as well. We have accomplished so much as a school family during this difficult time, and continuing to communicate will help us finish the year as strong as possible! We are all in this together! 
In deep appreciation for your support,
Cherie Schlatre, Principal
St. John School
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Update to Parents - Tuesday, March 31

Dear Parents,

We have a short update for you today in light of recent developments regarding stay-at-home orders in response to COVID-19.

Today, our governor announced that the stay-at-home order that was set to expire on April 13 has been extended to April 30, following the recommendations of the federal government. Therefore, we will continue teacher-supported online learning through April 30. We will not return to school until that stay-at-home order has been lifted and state and local officials feel that it is safe for our students and faculty to be together on campus again. As difficult as this is for everyone, we know that this is in the best interest of all of our St. John family.

As we said in our last update, we rescheduled our Easter break for next week, April 6 - 13, and there will be no video classes or assignments due during that week. While we know it will not be the same without our 8th grade "Walk With Jesus" play or our senior "Living Way of the Cross" production, we hope you take the opportunity next week to draw your family closer in prayer during this Holy Week and Easter. Since we will not be able to celebrate as we traditionally do, we will share with you an online resource of Holy Week prayers, videos, and activities for your family. We continue to pray for healing and health for everyone in our community and the world and we look forward to the time when we can all be together again in celebration of the Lord's Resurrection. 

As always, please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you have at this time. Communication is key, so if anyone has a question or concern with a class or an assignment, please contact the teacher or an administrator so that we can help. We are here to help support our families in this new way of learning - we are all in this together!

Sincerely,

Cherie Schlatre 

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Update to Parents - Wednesday, March 25

Dear Parents,

We hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. A lot has happened in the week since we left campus, and we invite everyone in our Eagle family to continue to join us in prayer for those struggling with sickness, death, instability, or uncertainty brought about by COVID-19.

The move to online classes has truly been a learning experience for us all, but one thing has not changed - we still believe that there is a place for education in our children's lives right now. While the coronavirus has changed many things, it has not changed the importance of learning, or our children's ability to learn. Our teachers are working extrememly hard learning new ways to teach and support our students and provide a sense of normalcy and structure in a time of great change in their lives. Still, we recognize we must approach online learning with balance and flexibility, and teachers are adjusting every day to make sure our students are getting what they need in a way that works for these unprecedented circumstances. 

At this time, we have decided to make an adjustment to our school calendar for the coming weeks. Our Easter break was originally scheduled for April 10 - 17, but we have decided to reschedule it to the week of April 6 - 13. We encourage all of our families to use this Holy Week to draw more closely to the mystery of Christ's dying and rising so that when we return as a school community we do so with great joy and relief and are fully able to celebrate Christ's resurrection together. Additionally, we will have done three weeks of online learning at that point, and we feel a break will be necessary for everyone. No video classes will be held during that week and no assignments will be due. We will, however, continue to communicate with parents regarding our ability to return to campus, and update everyone on state and local directives that affect our school.

We are following the directives of our state and local officials with regards to stay-at-home orders, but we are still available for anyone who may need to pick up technology equipment to complete online assignments. Please call us to set up an appointment. There is also a tech support form on the COVID-19 Updates page of www.stjohnschool.org to get help with technology concerns.

Our school counselors are available if you feel your child needs social/emotional support during this time as well; Kellie Miller at kmiller@stjohnschool.org or Yvette Johnson at yjohnson@stjohnschool.org to discuss the best options for your family.

We have begun to reach out to our families to check in. In the meantime, please know that we are open to feedback. Communication is key, so if anyone has a question or concern with a class or assignment, please contact the teacher or an administrator so that we can help. We are here to help support our families in this - we are all in this together!

Sincerely,

Cherie Schlatre

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Update to Parents - Thursday, March 19
Parents,
Thank you for a great start to our online learning at St. John! We truly appreciate your cooperation picking up materials for your children this week. Now that online lessons have begun, we realize that some of our families may have decided that borrowing a Chromebook from school would make setting work routines or online activities easier to complete, so we will be checking out Chromebooks to families again on Thursday, March 19, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the school office. If anyone needs a Chromebook and is not able to make it to school during those hours, please contact us and we will figure out the best way to get you the equipment you need.
 
We have also made the decision to reduce our school office hours in the interest of the health and safety of our employees. Beginning at 1:00 pm on Thursday, school office hours will be by appointment only. We will still answer phones, but we are asking anyone who needs to be on campus for any reason to call or email and schedule a time to come, so that we can keep the number of people on campus to a minimum. Please keep in mind that email is the best mode of communication at this time. 
Again, if anyone who needs a Chromebook is not able to come to campus between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm Thursday, please do not hesitate to let us know so we can make arrangements to get you what you need at another time.  
 
Yours in Christ,
Cherie B. Schlatre, Principal
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Update to Parents #2 - Monday, March 16
Parents, 
Our teachers were able to get all class materials organized and ready for pick up today, so we will allow parents and students to come to campus on Tuesday beginning at 8:00 am to pick up materials. Pick up will still be available until 7:00 pm on Tuesday.
 
We are asking everyone to make every effort to pick up materials on Tuesday. Recommendations made by state and local officials to protect everyone in our community are changing quickly, and we want to do our best to keep everyone safe. We will still be open on Wednesday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm for anyone who can't make it on Tuesday. 
 
Materials for students in grades PreK through 8 can be picked up in homeroom classes. High school students (or parents) can pick up materials from their lockers in the high school building; there will also be materials on tables in the hallway for some courses. High school students should enter through the glass doors at the front of the building.
 
Technology equipment will be available for checkout in the middle school and high school computer labs during these hours as well.
 
Please keep in mind recommendations to practice social distancing and gather only in small groups, and limit your time on campus to only what is necessary to pick up materials. We appreciate your helping us keep our school community healthy in this way!
 
Sincerely,
Cherie B. Schlatre, Principal
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Update to Parents #1 - Monday, March 16
Dear St. John Families:
As we said in our communication yesterday, our St. John School teachers and staff are on campus today planning the best ways to continue learning for our students. We are fully invested and will do everything we can to make this a smooth transition for our students and parents. We do not want our families to feel isolated at this time; please reach out to our teachers, counselors, and administrators with questions.  
 
We have determined pick up locations for parents to get books and other supplies for their students:
PreK - 8th grade: homeroom classes
9th - 12th grade: high school building, enter through the glass doors and get all materials and textbooks from lockers; tables will also be set up in the hallway with additional materials for some courses    
 
Materials can be picked up on Tuesday, March 17, from 1:00 - 7:00 pm, and Wednesday, March 18, from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. In addition, school Chromebooks will be available for check out during these times in the middle school and high school computer labs. Families will have to sign the Technology Lending Agreement before leaving campus with any school technology resources.  
 
Teachers will begin communicating with parents/students or posting assignments by Wednesday, March 18. We recognize this is a big transition, and we will approach implementing teacher-supported online learning with maximum flexibility in mind. In addition, our counselors are available via email to offer support for any families who have concerns about their students adjusting to this school closure.   
 
At this time, the school office will be open for normal hours for the remainder of this week. Beginning Monday, March 23, the school office will be open from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. 
 
We will start a food pantry for any of our St. John families who may need support with feeding students at home during the school closure. If anyone would like to donate non-perishable food items, they can be dropped off at the school office. Any items remaining after the school closure will be donated to the food bank at Our Brothers Keeper.
 
We are building a page on our website dedicated to updates during this time. That webpage will include a form for submitting questions, which we will turn into an Frequently Asked Questions communication in an effort to help get as much information out as possible. Please submit all questions through that form and refer to the website for updates.
 
Finally, we know that many families in our community are concerned about the activities that were on our school calendar in the coming weeks, and we understand those concerns. While we have chosen to prioritize our plans for instruction over rescheduling activities, we will move on to identifying new dates for those events as soon as we can.
 
Please continue to check your email regularly as that will be our main source of communication at this time.  Circumstances for everyone in the state of Louisiana are changing rapidly, and we are making plans based on the best information we have at any given time. All of our current plans are subject to change based on directives from the diocese, state, and local government to protect the health and safety of our community.  
 
Sincerely,
Cherie B Schlatre, Principal
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Update to Parents - Sunday, March 15
Dear St. John School Family,
Given Friday's announcement of school closures, we wanted to update you on our plans for the upcoming weeks.  Our goal during this time is simple:  We want your child to continue learning. However, we realize our plan must balance your child's continued education with an understanding of the various circumstances of our families during the closure. 
 
We are asking all parents to complete the brief online survey at: http://bit.ly/SJTechSurvey (please copy and paste this link) so we can determine the technology needs of our families. We are prepared to loan devices to those families who do not own a computer.   While students will not attend school as they regularly do, learning and instruction will not stop. Our teachers are developing lesson plans and activities to continue the education of our students. We will utilize not only traditional methods of teaching, but also various online resources that allow video instruction and interaction between the teacher and students. 
 
Students will not have assignments on Monday and Tuesday of this week; no parents or students should come to campus on Monday. Teachers will be working Monday and Tuesday to collaborate and determine the best ways to meet our goal of continued learning.  Parents should make arrangements to pick up lesson materials on Tuesday, March 17th between 1:00pm and 7:00 pm or Wednesday morning between 7:00 am and 12:00 pm.  Details for pick up locations will be sent in the next communication. It will be very important for you to check email frequently as this will be a main source of communication throughout this closure.   
 
Thanks for your understanding and patience as we all face this unprecedented situation and determine the best way to continue serving the students and families of our school community.  Please continue to pray for everyone affected by COVID-19.
Sincerely,
Cherie B Schlatre, Principal


Tech Support for Loaned Devices

If you or your student is having difficulty using a device borrowed from St. John School for teacher-supported online learning, please use the form below for help.