Updates to COVID Documents: Frequently Asked Questions and Return to Learn Plan
Updates were made to our COVID document Frequently Asked Questions and our complete Return to Learn Plan. Please note that these documents will continue to be updated as necessary. Changes in the documents are highlighted. I believe the updated areas of more interest are the following:
- When do students become short-term remote learners?
- An anticipated absence of at least three days
- “Sick” kids and special COVID-19 considerations
- What does it meant to be sick?
- What if that “sickness” also involves COVID-19 symptoms?
- Communications regarding cases
- Please note that, although we have not had anyone test positive yet, we have had both students and staff members who have been tested and/or who have had to quarantine. COVID-19 is within Davenport and Scott County.
Updated Online School Calendar for 2020-21
The online school calendar has been updated to reflect the revised school calendar for 2020-21. Additional events and details have also been entered on the online calendar.
Are You Registered to Receive Text Messages from JFK?
If you are not registered to receive text messages from JFK (primarily families new to JFK and/or preschool), type “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. You will not receive text messages from JFK if you do not take action yourself. There is no action required to receive email or phone messages.
Please read the parent and student handbook, available HERE, and on our website: https://www.olvjfk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/JFK-Parent-and-Student-Policy-Handbook-2020-21.pdf. Then, print off the last page, sign it, and return it to the school office — one per family. Thank you for helping us to reduce our printing costs.
Picture Day is September 28 and 29
TSS Photography will be at JFK on Monday September 28th and Tuesday September 29th. If you fill out your picture day order form and hand it in or order online on or before Tuesday, September 29th, you will receive 4 free wallets if you purchase a package. Pictures will be online and ready to view on or before Friday, October 2nd. If you are unhappy with your child’s picture and would like them to be retaken, TSS will be back the morning of October 7th for retakes and for anyone who happened to miss the original picture day. TSS can also be contacted at 309-558-8226.
To order or view your picture online, please visit www.tssorders.com and enter event number: 27104651. You will then put your child’s last name in to access their photo. Please check below for your Picture day and Time.
Monday: MWF 3 yr old PS, 4/5 yr old PS, K-3
Tuesday: TTh 3 yr old PS, 4th-8th grades
Locals Love Us
Time to spread the love. Vote for JFK: https://localsloveus.com/quad-cities/campaign/67607/
JFK is in need of substitutes. Many conversations across districts and schools have focused on having enough staff to staff open. Not only do staff members get sick, possibly have to quarantine, or have an emergency plumbing need at their homes, they also have their own children who get sick, have to quarantine, etc.
You do not need a teaching degree to work as a substitute. A minimum of an associate’s degree may be enough to qualify. The process to become a substitute teacher includes completion of a 15-20 hour workshop, multiple background checks, and applications with the Iowa Board of Education Examiners and JFK. Workshops are being held almost every week throughout the state, and many of them are virtual so geography does not need to be a limiting factor.
Recognizing the need for substitute teachers, JFK’s board has authorized a $450 bonus at the pay period following the fifth day of substituting at JFK to the first five people to take advantage of this offer. The bonus will essentially cover the workshop fee, license application fee, background check fee, and pay an amount for the workshop time.
If you are interested in being a substitute, please contact me and/or the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency at 563-359-1371.
Annual Diocesan Appeal
Families of John F. Kennedy Catholic School are encouraged to consider a pledge to the Annual Diocesan Appeal. Funds support the work of the diocese, including the training of deacons and new priests, support for our parishes and Catholic schools, charitable works, and the administrative work required to support Catholics within our diocese. Contributions can be a one-time donation or spread out throughout the year. No amount is too small.
Protect Young Eyes
Not a Good Feeling to Experience (Again)
The longer the pandemic goes on, the more “real” it seems to be as it impacts more people whom we know. There were relatives in my extended family, for example, having to make decisions again this week regarding being tested and whether or not they were close contacts to positive cases. It definitely is not a good feeling to experience.
Each week, I have a virtual meeting with representatives from the Scott County Health Department and other school districts/non-public schools. The number of positive cases in Scott County has been trending upward since Labor Day. COVID-19 is here.
Wear your mask, practice social distancing, use good face/hand hygiene, and stay home when ill. Stay well, and help others stay well too.