COVID-19 Updates

"Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God."
― Saint Ignatius of Loyola
COVID-19 Latest Information
On September 14, we will begin a phased transition to the Hybrid Learning Model described in our COVID-19 Instructional Plan. All in-person classes and activities are completely optional for all students at this time. Parents may choose to have your son attend in-person or continue remote instruction.
Phased Return to Classes
The hybrid model divides students into two alphabetical cohorts. Students with last names A–K attend school on campus Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with last names L–Z attend school on campus Thursdays and Fridays. During the week of  September 14–18, freshmen and seniors will attend hybrid classes on-campus while sophomores and juniors attend remote classes. During the week of September 21–25, sophomores and juniors will attend hybrid classes on-campus while freshmen and seniors attend remote classes.
Extracurricular Activities 
Beginning September 1, we will begin phasing in some on-campus extracurricular activities in small groups, outdoors, with appropriate social distancing. When an activity that your son is involved in becomes available, you will receive communication from your son’s moderator, coach, or director, with details about his schedule and relevant safety procedures. All extracurricular activities are optional.

Return to campus details

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  • COVID-19 Updates

    All parents and students should continue to regularly check this webpage. Here you can find the latest information regarding COVID-19 policies and procedures as well as the latest version of the COVID-19 Instructional Plan. Recent additions to the plan include photos of campus spaces, our calendar for phasing in class attendance, and other updates.
  • Required Forms: Due Tuesday, September 8

    By the end of the day on Tuesday, September 8, all parents must login to mySJ on the Strake Jesuit website to make your selection of whether you want your son to continue remote instruction or transition to on-campus hybrid learning. Students will need to login to mySJ to complete required forms as well.
     
    To complete this:
    - Login to mySJ on the Strake Jesuit website.
    - Click on the “You have Form(s) to Review” notification near the top of the page.
    - Follow the instructions provided.
     
    After you make your initial selection in mySJ, you may switch learning modes at progress report dates, which occur every three weeks, by emailing Mrs. Carol Directo at attendance@strakejesuit.org.
     
    If you need help or you have any questions please contact the COVID-19 Committee through the feedback form available at the bottom of this page.

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  • Online Safety Training

    Student safety training will be provided through mySJ, where all students are enrolled in a course called “Return to Campus.” These trainings include general information on reducing the spread of illnesses like COVID-19, as well as campus-specific information about our expectations and protocols. The concepts in this training will be repeated regularly in classes and other communication to students. Student safety training must be completed before Thursday, September 10. 
  • Contact Tracing App

    Each student must download a required app for iPads and other electronic devices to enable contact tracing and daily symptom screening. Information about this app will be shared with students soon, along with a training video, through their mySJ “Return to Campus” course.

Detailed Calendar for September Classes

On September 14, we will begin a phased transition to the Hybrid Learning Model described in our COVID-19 Instructional Plan below. This phased start will allow us to train our students in new campus guidelines (e.g., single direction walkways, social distancing, free period procedures). 



The hybrid model divides students into two alphabetical cohorts. Students with last names A–K attend school on campus Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with last names L–Z attend school on campus Thursdays and Fridays. Please review the COVID-19 Instructional Plan for more specific details about this learning model.

Week of September 14

During the first week (September 14-18), freshmen and seniors will attend hybrid classes on-campus. Sophomores and juniors will attend remote classes. 



Week of September 21

During the second week (September 21-25), sophomores and juniors will attend hybrid classes on-campus. Freshmen and seniors will attend remote classes.



Week of September 28

After the two-week “phase-in” period, on September 28, students will transition to a fully hybrid learning model.
COVID-19 Instructional Plan
The Strake Jesuit COVID-19 Committee has worked to develop the school's plans for operating during the COVID-19 health crisis. Based on guidance from the CDC, state of Texas, and Harris County, as well as local medical professionals, the plan outlines broad guidelines for instruction and school operations during these times. You can download the PDF file by clicking the thumbnail image just above. Below, you can find some highlights from the plan document. Both this document and this webpage will be updated as information changes and implementation details are modified accordingly.

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  • Three Learning Models

    The health and well-being of our students, as always, remains of the utmost importance. Our goal continues to be to provide a high-quality, Jesuit education that focuses on caring for each student and his well-rounded formation.

    Ideally, the 2020–2021 school year will bring mostly uninterrupted, in-person, on-campus learning. However, the ever-changing health crisis might require adjustments to our instruction or a temporary pause to in-person classes for some or all of our students at different times during the semester. To account for these scenarios and a myriad of other possibilities, we will utilize three learning models that will allow for maximum flexibility during these unpredictable times.
    These learning models include: 
    1. remote learning from home, 
    2. in-person learning that will take place on-campus in a traditional classroom environment, and
    3. a hybrid of these two models. An example of a hybrid arrangement might include students attending on-campus classes only on certain days and participating in class lessons remotely on other days. 
    Implementing this flexibility into our classes will ensure that students can move seamlessly between these instructional models, as needed, and with minimal interruption to their learning.

    In all three models, families with health concerns may choose for their son to be educated remotely. If your son will not be able to attend in-person classes, please email our school nurse, Mrs. Carol Directo, at cdirecto@strakejesuit.org or (713) 490-8202.
  • On-Campus Safety

    Below, we've listed some of the changes that will make our campus safer this fall. These are based on recommendations from the CDC, and health officials of Texas and Harris County. Further details about these measures are included in the COVID-19 Instructional Plan.

    On-Campus Safety Enhancements
    Outdoor Classrooms and Dining Tents
    Single Direction Walkways
    Plexiglass Dividers
    Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing
    Ultraviolet / Electromagnetic HVAC Sanitation
    MERV Filtration
    Fresh Air Circulation
    Touchless Fixtures
    Water Fountains Closed
    Safety Signage
    Hand Sanitizing Materials

    On-Campus Safety Procedures
    Masks Required
    Daily Screening Required
    Home Isolation for COVID-19 Cases
    COVID-19 Isolation Clinic
    Contact Tracing and Quarantine
    No Visitors
    No Lockers
    Spirit Store: Online Orders Only
    Safety Training for All
  • Strake Jesuit Contacts

    There are several members of our community ready to help you during this time if you have questions or concerns. As always, your son’s first resources are his teachers and Academic and Personal Counselor.

    There are others who are ready to help with specific kinds of needs, including:
    • For questions related to health matters, contact School Nurse Carol Directo.
    • If you need help with iPads or technology, contact the I.T. Help Desk  (713-490-8222).
    • For help securing a reliable internet connection to your home, contact Director of Information Technology, Mr. Glenn Hymel.
    • For spiritual counsel or sacramental help, contact School Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Ministries, Fr. Michael Wegenka, S.J. (713-272-4358).
    • If your family may face financial barriers to these plans, Strake Jesuit is here to support you. Some examples of available support include helping to purchase a thermometer for daily temperature screenings, required masks or other PPE, and securing reliable internet access at your home. Please contact finaid@strakejesuit.org to discuss your situation and what assistance may be available.
    Contact the COVID-19 Committee
    Strake Jesuit families are invited to submit questions or comments for the COVID-19 Committee below. As we are continually working on these plans and details, we ask for your patience as we respond to these messages. We will work to keep parents informed frequently and clearly.

We welcome your feedback!

Strake Jesuit families are invited to submit questions or comments for the COVID-19 Committee below. As we are continually working on these plans and details, we ask for your patience as we respond to these messages. We will work to keep parents informed frequently and clearly.