Principal's Notes

Principal Notes - April 6, 2021

QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS -- 7, 10, and 14 DAY PERIODS  If a student has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case, there are different quarantine periods that may be employed.  The standard quarantine period is 10 days.  Quarantine notifications will include this 10-day period.  However, the standard period can be shortened to 7 days if the student tests negative on day 5.  In cases where a variant strain is confirmed or suspected, the quarantine period will be extended to 14 days without a testing option.  Please ensure your email contact information is updated in order to stay informed.

4x PER WEEK, IN-PERSON LEARNING BEGINS TODAY  We are excited to welcome back students to in-person learning four days a week. Wednesdays will continue to be 100% remote, asynchronous learning days.  If your student would like to switch to 100% remote learning for the remainder of the year, please contact Ms. Adams ( and Ms. Porreco ( 

WE APPRECIATE OUR 8TH GRADE FAMILIES The faculty, staff, and administration of JA would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the 8th grade families who contributed to the yummy day of treats in March!  We were sent to Spring break with our tummies and our hearts full!  Thank you to all of the families who have contributed to the appreciation events all year long!

ATTENTION: CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION MEETING IS APRIL 14  Please save the date!  Wednesday, April 14 at 5:30pm is our mandatory meeting for all students and their families who are interested in participating in the graduation ceremony.  At this meeting, you will complete the graduation contract, order honor cords, learn the details for graduation day such as COVID procedures, guests allowed, commencement speaker, etc.

COVID-19 LUNCHROOM PROCEDURES UPDATE  In an effort to return conditions to “normal” we are allowing students to pick their seats as long as they do so quickly.  It has made a big difference in their attitude and allowed for a bit more socializing with their friends.  In the Commons, we still have individual desks and some round tables with as much allowable distancing as possible.  Students are still limited to 15 minutes to eat their lunch indoors with another 15 minute mask break outdoors.  Masks will continue to be required when they are speaking to one another during lunch.

CALENDAR CHANGE:  FINAL EXAMS WILL BEGIN ONE DAY EARLY Final exams will take place on Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26.  Makeup final exams will be on Thursday, May 27, scheduled by appointment with the teacher.  If your student takes their exams as scheduled, then their last day will be Wednesday, May 26.  Please see the 2020-2021 Family calendar for updates.

CMAS 11 SCIENCE TEST IS CANCELLED  The state has suspended the CMAS Science assessment for 11th grade only.  Originally scheduled for April 21, this test has been cancelled for juniors.  It will revert to a regularly scheduled school day.

2021-2022 FAMILY CALENDAR HAS BEEN APPROVED  If you like to plan ahead and would like to know when the next school year will begin, the 2021-2022 Family Calendar has been published to our website.  You can find it under the calendars section in the documents tab on our website.  Please keep in mind that this calendar is subject to change.  Our Google Calendar has the most up-to-date information with all changes.

Have a great week, Jags!
Heather M Grantham

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