Principal's Corner

November 19, 2020


Dear SJBS Community,

This week's coordination meeting between the Santa Clara Office of Education and private schools in the County reviewed the rising number of confirmed COVID cases in our area and also reviewed guidelines for holiday gatherings and travel. I will summarize those guidelines here and also offer links to more information.

Gathering and Travel Guidelines from Santa Clara County

Our school, in alignment with our whole Diocese, follows the mandates and guidelines set by Santa Clara County in order to keep our students, staff, and families as safe as possible. I am attaching these travel and guidelines, but here is a short summary as well:

  • If you gather in person, keep it "small, short, stable, and outdoors."
  • Non-essential travel, such as holiday travel, is not recommended
  • If you do travel outside the Bay Area, this will increase your chances of contracting COVID-19 and spreading it when you return.  
  • If you travel outside the Bay Area, it is strongly recommended that you quarantine for 14 days after you return if your activities while travelling put you at higher risk of contracting COVID-19

Please look at the joint statement released by the Bay Area counties regarding holiday celebrations and travel.  This statement breaks down each of the points above into more detail, explaining, for example, that gatherings can include up to 3 households, what "short, stable, and outdoors" entails, and so forth.

As I have said in recently, our school urges families to be responsible and to think both of their own health and safety and that of others in the school community as well. We have no mandates other than those which apply when a student or household member is either showing symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive, or has been in direct contact with someone who tests positive or shows symptoms (see the attached chart of the steps the school will take in response to confirmed or suspect COVID-19 cases and close contacts).  

Once again, I thank you for the responsibility and seriousness with which our whole community is taking this pandemic. Contrary to some publicly expressed opinions and misinformation, the pandemic is neither a hoax nor simply "the flu." Aside from reading and hearing the stories of the pandemic and the scientific data ourselves, many of us also know people who work in hospitals and medical offices and can speak to the reality of the pandemic every day. Indeed, some of you ARE those people who work on the "front lines," and beyond all the politics and posturing, you can attest to the challenges of this ongoing event.

I truly look forward to the day when we can worry less about a pandemic and can more freely and safely engage in a broader range of activities once again. That day will come, and God willing, we will all have passed through this time safely and as a strong and vital community. Through it all, SJBS will continue to educate and live our mission for all our students, families, and staff.

God bless you and your families,

Mr. Brazil

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