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We have had an exciting week of welcoming students back to school! Thank you for entrusting your child to us and for being our partner in the education of your child. We extend a special welcome to families who are new to Morris Jeff this year and hope you experience a warm, inviting school community for your child here.
Our absolute priority this year across our city and state is to keep our children in school in person safely. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Since the beginning of this pandemic, new information has emerged to guide safe in-person learning. Remote learning highlighted inequities in education, was detrimental to the educational attainment of students of all ages, and exacerbated the mental health crisis among children and adolescents. Opening schools generally does not significantly increase community transmission, particularly when guidance outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is followed. Everything possible must be done to keep students in schools in-person.”
Some of the key COVID protocols from the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health that we are following to keep our students and staff safe at school are listed below. The guidance continues to change periodically. We will do our best to keep our community updated on these changes. Please refer to LDH COVID Guidance for schools for more extensive information.
I know that we all have concerns about the Delta variant, and although I cannot predict the future, I want to share our plans for keeping students and staff safe this school year.
1. Schools are places where “rule followers” live and work every day. We worked very hard last year to abide by the CDC COVID protocols and guidance and experienced virtually no in-school spreading of the virus, and we are committed to doing our best towards the same goal this year – AND we have widely available and effective vaccines for those 12 years and older.
2. We will provide opportunities and incentives for our students 12 and older to be vaccinated if their families choose to do so. We have also implemented a schoolwide staff incentive for those vaccinated and seeking vaccinations. We urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated because we know that vaccinated people are less likely to be seriously ill or hospitalized if they contract COVID.
3. We will participate in routine testing for students and staff at all 3 of our school campuses, beginning soon.
4. If you have not received your vaccination please consider doing so for the sake of all our children.
All Morris Jeff students are required to:
Let us all make a pact to do our part to keep our students and staff safe at school every day – and please thank your child’s teachers often! They continue to go above and beyond the call of duty into unchartered territory every day as they navigate the challenges brought on by this pandemic.