Keeping our Community Safe
We are grateful to our entire community for helping ensure the safety of others, for supporting each other and JCHS through another year of changing protocols, and for enabling us to navigate the twists and turns of this pandemic.
Thanks to your vigilance we were able to keep school open every day last year. Thanks to your commitment to each other we can continue making real the powerful blessing of being able to learn and celebrate together in person.
JCHS, along with our medical consultants, has been carefully following the evolving shadow of COVID – new variants, risks for new infection/reinfection, and declining severity of impacts from being infected. The general trend is positive; certainly when compared to August 2021. Still, as protocols for the school year are evolving, it is clear that we need to remain vigilant and follow proven public health measures toward ensuring the health and safety of everyone in our school community.
One important public health change over the summer has been that SFDPH no longer has separate local guidance for schools. Instead, SFDPH is mostly deferring to the California Department of Public Health (CalDPH) for schools.
With all of this in mind, for the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the following protocols will be in place. Rest assured, we will update them as needed to ensure the health and safety of our community:
- Masking will be optional but is strongly recommended.
Please know that this could change if public officials mandate mask-wearing or if our medical consultants believe full masking is in the best interest of community safety. Individual choices to mask will be respected and honored.
- Vaccination continues to be strongly recommended.
JCHS strongly encourages each member of the school community to be vaccinated and to keep those vaccinations current. Please note that there may be certain athletic facilities and travel destinations that require vaccination, so it is in your best interest to keep vaccinations up-to-date.
- Mandatory test before returning to campus, regardless of vaccination status.
All students and Professional Community members must test negative (either PCR or antigen, lab or self-test) to return to school for the first time following summer break. Depending on when you first come onto campus you may need to test multiple times, once between August 8-21 and once between August 22-26.