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Monday 3/23 Update

March 23, 2020
By PJP II High School

Dear Companions on the Journey, 

"From now on, it is only through a conscious choice, and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive."  (Pope John Paul II) These words were spoken in a different time, but they continue to be true today.  Thank you to all students who have taken these words to heart in their daily decisions.  I have received plenty of good reports of how well most students are doing with the Zoom classes.  

We are in solidarity with our brother and sister Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  In the context of our Catholic school community, our Covid-19 student home learning plan is very appropriate and on target to the needs of our community.  I ask all students to continue to dedicate yourselves to your studies.  We are counting on you to take our places and leading us to a better day that reflects the spirit of Christ.  

Important notes: 

Monday's Classes: 

A period: 9 a.m.

B period: 10:30 a.m.

E period: 1 a.m. 

PJP School Office Hours:  Due to the seriousness of the pandemic, the school office will only be open by appointment. The school office phone will be answered between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Secretaries and administrators will work remotely from home.  

Mr. Ducre and his staff have been working hard to sanitize the school.  I am grateful for all of their efforts.  

Best practice of Zoom class learning: It has been helpful to use the chat feature to have students respond to classroom discussion or formative assessment.  Session chats are printable after the session, and it keeps students engaged in the session.  I also found Padlet very helpful.  

 I recommend parents to look in on their son's/daughter's Google Classroom by signing in with the student email and password.  

For our spiritual needs, Daily Mass link: https://thedailymass.com/

Service Hours: 

In light of recent events, the administration of Pope John Paul II Catholic High School and the Theology Department has made the following change to the 2019-2020 Service Hour Policy:

For this school year only, the requirement that underclassmen earn at least 15 service hours at a church is hereby removed. Additionally, from March 20th onward, students may earn service hours at home for family chores and for fulfilling family responsibilities, which are not connected with a for-profit organization or business. Parents and guardians may sign for these service hours on the service hour log sheet.

Seniors who have not yet turned in their service hours to Mr. Lacourrege should contact him ASAP so that arrangements can be made.

IMPORTANT: At this time, we are discouraging PJP students from seeking to earn any new church service hours until such time as school re-opens.

NOTE: These changes are made based on the current situation. Please stay in communication with PJP in case any further changes to the service hour policy are needed.

Let join together in prayer to see us through this time of global crisis. 

Please know that each of you are in my daily prayers.  

God bless

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