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COVID-19 Information Hub

This page will serve as the primary location for information for the Mount community during state and national efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. During this time, this webpage will be updated with all announcements and communications. Please check this page regularly for the most current information.

Pertinent info, such as schedules, appear at the top of the page. The most recent updates and communications appear below that. Archived information is located below that, in drop-down menus organized by date. Click the arrow to the left of the title to read the full text. There are two sections of drop-down panels: one for the 2020-2021 school year, and one for the 2019-2020 school year.

Reopening FAQs

We have compiled a series of frequently-asked questions regarding the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 school year. Those answers can be found here.

Guidance Updates

Please click here for important updates regarding Guidance. This page will be updated regularly once the 2020-2021 school year starts, so be sure to check back often.

Spiritual & Holistic Resources

See our list of spiritual and holistic resources and links.

August 6: Update on Reopening and Progress

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

As promised last week, our goal is to work to ensure you receive up-to-date and timely communication as we prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. You can expect a weekly communication for the foreseeable future. The goal of these communications is to provide you updates on the progress we are making in campus and academic preparation, important dates, needed parent/student action, and more. Now more than ever, communication is critical. Working together, administration, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, and the Mount student body will accomplish our mission of providing our students the academic, spiritual, and community experience expected of Mount Saint Joseph Academy. We look forward to working with you to ensure that this school year, even if filled with uncertainties, is an enriching and rewarding one for all.

Thank you for your support.
Sister Charlene Diorka, SSJ (President) and Dr. Judith A. Caviston, Ed.D. (Principal)

Weekly Update – August 6, 2020

News:

  • Parent/Guardian/Student Webinar: Thursday, August 13th, the administration will release a webinar that is aimed to provide answers and additional insight to questions that you send directly to us regarding numerous aspects of the upcoming school year. To ensure your questions are addressed, please submit your questions to reopeningquestions@msjacad.org by Monday, August 10th.
  • Virtual Only Model: For students and families who will opt for this model, please email your name, daughter's name and year, and the parents' email address to mymodelchoice@msjacad.org by Monday, August 10th.
  • Athletics: Our Athletic department is in the process of organizing an informational Zoom meeting for parents of fall athletes on August 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.
    Please go to this link to register for the Zoom meeting.
    Students who choose to attend school virtually may not participate in any sports program.
  • Summer Staff Development: We have had multiple faculty and staff committees preparing for the opening of school. In addition, many of our academic colleagues have been attending webinars on a variety of topics that will enrich our programs this year. Some of these programs included: Webinars on Virtual Learning, Virtual Assessment, Anti-Racist Education, Mental Health of Students in a Virtual World, Blended Learning, Health and Safety of Students and the School Community, Design of COVID-19 Safety Classrooms, Workshops in Math, Science, Social Studies, Theology, and Publication.

Progress Updates:

  • Hybrid Cohorts: As communicated, we will conduct our academics utilizing the hybrid process, at least through the end of September. Work has been underway to ensure a seamless transition for faculty, staff and students. A much-anticipated deliverable to prepare for this process is the finalization of the Purple and Gold cohorts. Numerous inputs are required to finalize these lists, individual rosters, sibling rosters, etc. Mrs. Guyger and a committee of faculty members are currently working to finalize cohorts. We anticipate being able to share cohort and hybrid schedules the week of August 17th.
  • 2020 -2021 Course Schedules: Course schedules are currently in process. The Senior schedules have been released. Junior, Sophomore and Freshman schedules will be released the week of August 17th. Then there will be the opportunity to schedule a Zoom meeting with Mr. Holdren for those who have concerns about their schedules.
  • Opening Week...what to expect: Opening week will be an exciting week for faculty, staff, and students. It's a time to see friends, classmates, teachers, and also meet new members of the MSJA community. We are pleased we can kick off the school year in person. Freshmen and Sophomores can expect an opportunity to walk through their roster and meet with their classmates and teachers. Juniors and Seniors can expect a warm welcome back as well as a presentation to review back-to-school Covid-19 guidelines and complete a one-way tour of the building to ensure the adherence to all protocols once all classes begin on Monday, August 31st.

Parent/Guardian/Student Actions:

  • Forward all questions to be addressed by administration on the upcoming webinar by Monday, August 10th to reopeningquestions@msjacad.org.
  • For students and families who will opt for Virtual Only option for the semester, please email your name, daughter's name and year, and the parents' email address to mymodelchoice@msjacad.org by Monday, August 10th.

Key Dates:

  • 8/13: Administration webinar
  • 8/26: Welcome Freshmen (Arrival 8:00am; Dismissal 12:30pm)
  • 8/27: Welcome Back Sophomores (Arrival 8:00am; Dismissal 12:30pm)
  • 8/28: Welcome Back Juniors (Arrival 8:15am; Dismissal 11am)
    Welcome Back Seniors (Arrival 12:15pm; Dismissal 3pm)
  • 8/31: Hybrid Schedule: Purple Cohort attends in person; Gold cohort attends at home
  • 9/1: Hybrid Schedule: Gold Cohort attends in person; Purple cohort attends at home
  • 9/2: Hybrid Schedule: Purple Cohort attends in person; Gold cohort attends at home
  • 9/3: Hybrid Schedule: Gold Cohort attends in person; Purple cohort attends at home
  • 9/4: No School
  • 9/7: No School

2020-2021 School Year

2019-2020 School Year