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COVID-19 Updates and Information

St. John's Prep continues to monitor developments related to COVID-19 closely. Our actions and decisions have been guided by recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and have also consulted experts at Boston Children's Hospital. 

Through creating this resource, we aim to provide information about efforts to maintain the safety and well-being of our community. Please click on the links below for updates and information. We will continue to update this site as more information becomes available.

Campus Updates

March 23, 2020: St. John's Prep received notification of a self-reported positive case of COVID-19 from a member of the school community. The individual was symptomatic after campus was closed and did not come in contact with anyone on campus during the time they were showing symptoms of COVID-19. After reviewing the timeline of symptoms, it has been determined that there is minimal risk to the St. John's Prep community. Individuals considered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) as being "close contacts" (coming within 6 feet for more than fifteen minutes) will be contacted by health officials and given instructions on next steps. The full message can be found here.

Event Cancellations, Postponements, And Suspensions

This list is subject to changes and additions.

Postponed Events

Postponed events will be rescheduled for a later date. Updated information will be communicated to families.

METG Drama Festival 
Football Team Banquet
Swim Team Banquet 

Wellness Fair 
Freshman–Sophomore Semi-Formal (March 20)
Brother Sullivan Lecture Series featuring Vijay Gupta
Junior Prom (April 3)

Canceled Events

Canceled events will no longer take place, and are not currently scheduled to take place at a later date.

SAT Test
Youth Wrestling Tournament (outside organization) 
Middle School Mount Alvernia Collaboration 
Middle School Admitted Families Event 
St. John’s Scholarship Gala 
April PULSE Trip 
Aviation Club Trip to Washington, D.C. 
Service Trip to Philadelphia
Service Trip to Dominican Republic 
Service Trip to Virginia 
SAT Test

Suspended Events

Suspended events are one in a series and will cease to take place until further notice.

After-school trips to Putnam Farms and Xaverian House
MIAA Spring Season

Communicating a Case of COVID-19 within the St. John's Prep Community

With the closure of all public and private schools in Massachusetts until April 6, changes have been made in the way that the Town of Danvers would report a presumptive positive or confirmed case of COVID-19 to St. John's Prep. Prior to the closures, the Town of Danvers would have reported a presumptive positive or confirmed case of Prep students, faculty, or staff, directly to School officials. Now, the Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH) will report a presumptive positive or confirmed case to public health officials of local towns, who will then communicate with the case. We will continue to communicate the information made available to the School to our community.

Remote Learning

Remote learning for all students in grades 6 through 12 will begin on Monday, March 23, and extend through Friday, April 3. 

Remote Learning Resources Information Page

School Preparedness
Facilities and Operations Procedures

Our Facilities and Operations team continues to follow our protocol for sanitizing campus by spraying all hard surfaces in faculty, staff, and student spaces with CDC-recommended electrostatic antiviral spray. This process is being completed on a weekly basis, as recommended by the manufacturer. 

Hand sanitizers are in place around campus. 

We have contacted our transportation vendors to ensure they are taking appropriate sanitization measures. 

The School is working closely with SAGE Dining services to develop and implement plans to minimize the risk of spreading illness.

Apple has released information about how to properly disinfect iPads, iPhones, and other Apple products. For other devices please reference the manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

We have requested information from outside groups regarding their efforts related to COVID-19 and any reported exposure to COVID-19 by members of the group.

Self-Care and Illness Prevention

As has been noted by multiple sources we ask all members of our community take the following actions to prevent the spread of all types of viruses and sicknesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

If your son has a fever, cold-like symptoms, or is just not feeling well, we ask that he remain home. 

If your son demonstrates flu-like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. 

If your son is diagnosed with the flu, please contact the School Nurse's Office (HS: 978-774-1050 x384 or hrubin@stjohnsprep.org MS: 978-774-1050 X212 Or mclifford@stjohnsprep.org). 

If you have questions regarding whether or not you should come to campus we recommend consulting the CDC's COVID-19 precautions for keeping home, school, and work safe.

Nurses' Office

Heidi Rubin
High School Nurse
978-774-1050 x384
hrubin@stjohnsprep.org

Margie Clifford
Middle School Nurse
978-775-1050 x212
mclifford@stjohnsprep.org

Resources

Mapping 2019-nCoV
Johns Hopkins

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Coronavirus Summary
Centers for Disease and Control

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
World Health Organization

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
National Institutes of Health

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