St. John School will move to a teacher-supported online learning model March 16 through April 30, 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. 


Holy Week at Home Resources

Dear St. John Family,
What a comfort it is to know, no matter what we go through, that we can have faith in an unchanging Savior. What a blessing in the midst of trial that we get to focus on remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As we enter into Holy Week, we ask the St. John School family to unite in prayer. We would typically be performing our 8th grade Walk with Jesus and our Senior Living Way of the Cross next week, helping our students to call to mind Jesus' final days on Earth and reflect upon his suffering and death before his glorious resurrection. Please use these resources to observe a meaningful faith experience with your family during this year's Holy Week. We continue to keep all of you in our prayers - stay safe and have a blessed Easter!
 
The Pastoral Center - https://holyweek.pastoral.center/
Holy Week at Home Liturgical Press Resources

COVID-19 Closure - Frequently Asked Questions

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What do I need for my student to participate in teacher-supported online learning during the COVID-19 closure?

Students should have access to a computer, iPad, smartphone, or other device at home, as well as internet access. The school will loan Chromebooks to students who need one; families will have to sign a borrowing agreement. We will work with individual families who may not have internet access to find a solution.

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Will my student be able to get textbooks and other class materials from school?

As of March 19, we believe that all of our families have received all the materials needed for teacher-supported online learning. If you are in need of something that you believe is still on campus, please email or call so we can work with you on the best way to get you what you need. For the health and safety of our employees and families, please do not come to campus without scheduling an appointment first.

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Is the school office open?

The school office will be open by appointment only beginning Thursday, March 19 at 1:00 pm. Anyone who needs to come to campus for any reason is asked to email or call to set up an appointment time. For the health and safety of our employees and families, we are asking that no one make unscheduled trips to campus.

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What if I am having problems with a Chromebook that I borrowed?

Please use the tech support form located on the COVID-19 Updates page to get help with your question. The tech support form should also be used in the event that a Chromebook borrowed from the school needs to be swapped out; please do not come to campus without an appointment for tech support.

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What if I am having problems using the online platforms or PlusPortals?

For problems with completing assignments in online platforms like SeeSaw or Google Classroom, emailing the teacher is the best place to start. For problems with PlusPortals, please email April Hedges at ahedges@stjohnschool.org for help.  

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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. Fathers Club bingo will not be held until at least April 13, pending decisions of state and local governments. This also applies to events like the Alumni Association's annual Easter Egg Hunt and Home & School Association Krawfish Krawl. 

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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 for the 3rd 9 weeks will be mailed home for families in grades PreK-8 on or around March 19, but there will be no envelope to sign and return. Report cards for high school students were posted to PlusPortals on March 18.

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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 - 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.