Principal's Blog: April 2020

Loyola High School is closely monitoring news and information in response to growing COVID-19 concerns. Please check this page regularly for school updates provided by Principal Kozakowski.

 

April 1, 2020 (6:40 p.m.)

The April Newsletter was emailed to parents and the Loyola community.

March 21, 2020 (9:35 a.m.)

Cubs,

Thank you for an incredible week. I have heard wonderful things from your teachers about your support, participation, cooperation and engagement in your online classes. This is a new adventure for all of us and your effort has been noted. I appreciate how hard your teachers have worked in a short period of time to ensure our special Jesuit educational experience continues in this new delivery platform. I appreciate your cooperation.

As you know, this past week has been an experience and an experiment. During the past week we surveyed the faculty about the length of the class periods and the number of classes per day that would support the best student learning environment at this time. We also received feedback from over 400 students after a similar survey. Based on this data, the Administrative Team met Friday morning (in a Zoom conference) to discuss and determine the bell schedule and calendar of class periods for the next 2 1/2 weeks.  The data supported a shorter class period and suggested that we maintain three periods per day at least until Easter vacation. There was also strong support for longer breaks between classes. Here is our new bell schedule for the 2 1/2 weeks ahead:

(3 periods, 60 mins)

  • Hour 1: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Morning Break: 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
  • Hour 2: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Extended Break: 10:45 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Hour 3: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The period rotation is on the Loyola Google calendarDon’t look past next week as we may still make minor changes to the class period rotation so that we end with Period 7 on Wednesday, April 8th.

Counselors will reach out to seniors in their scheduled Magis period and juniors in Junior Advisory. Students in other grade levels may have contact with their counselors outside class time during our breaks in the day or after school – your counselors may be in touch to set up appointments. However, you may also email your counselor or another adult you trust in the Loyola community if you need anything.

Based on the directives of the mayor and governor this week, Loyola staff will have little to no presence on campus. If you have equipment, supplies, or perishables in your school or athletic locker, please remove them by Thursday, March 24th. Campus access will be available to individuals from 1-4 p.m. Monday to Thursday next week.

I am so proud of you. You are all doing a great job! Keep it up, I know it is not easy. Thank you for embracing the challenges of our current situation.  Take care of yourself and your family.

Continue to pray for leaders around the world battling this crisis.

AMDG,

Principal Kozakowski

March 21, 2020 (7:45 a.m.)

The following update from Loyola President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73 regarding the recent Safer at Home emergency order (issued by Mayor Garcetti and Governor Newsom) was sent to parents, faculty and staff.

March 20, 2020 (3:00 p.m.)
The following will be our daily class schedule (three periods – 60 mins) beginning on Monday, March 23rd through Wednesday, April 8th:
  • Hour 1: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Morning Break: 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
  • Hour 2: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Extended Break: 10:45 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Hour 3: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
March 19, 2020 (1:30 p.m.)

A message from the Counseling Department:

Dear Loyola Families,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. First and foremost, we are here to support our students and parents. Please know that the counselors are all working from home and can be reached via email with any questions or concerns. Please be aware that counselors will be checking in on students, so students, please check your email daily (and parents, feel free to remind them to do so). We would like to mention a few class specific details:

Seniors: 

– Please be in contact with your counselor regarding college admissions decisions.

– Update Cialfo.

– If you have questions or concerns, contact your counselors.

– If you are having a tough time during these challenging times, please reach out to your counselor.

Juniors:

– If you were registered for the ACT or SAT tests that have been cancelled, sign up for the next test date (SAT 6/6 & ACT 6/13) to secure a spot.

– Research universities! (There are a lot of virtual tours happening right now).

– Continue to create your list in Cialfo and College KickStart.

– If you have questions or concerns, contact your counselor.

– If you are having a tough time during these challenging times, please reach out to your counselor.

Freshman & Sophomores:

– If you have questions or concerns, contact your counselor.

– If you are having a tough time during these challenging times, please reach out to your counselor.

March 15, 2020 (5:10 p.m.)

As the messages from government agencies and health experts continue to inform us, we must maximize social distancing. Therefore, I have decided to close campus to all student activities, including athletic practices, effective immediately. We will reevaluate this decision on March 28th depending on the state of our public health response to COVID-19 at that time. I ask you to please take seriously the need to reduce physical contact with people outside your own household and remain diligent about personal hygiene. If we comply with the regulations of social distancing, then we may slow the spread of this illness, which would allow us to get back to our typical life routines sooner.

Students who have a special request to come to campus may contact their counselors, Mr. Annarelli or Mr. Kozakowski to discuss.

Students and athletes who need to obtain belongings from their lockers have the following times when they may come to campus only for the purpose of obtaining their belongings: Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. / Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday: 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Cubs, thank you for respecting these guidelines. Our migration to online learning is a way for us to continue contact and normalcy as a community. I wish you luck as you get started.

March 13, 2020 (1:15 p.m.)

Q: My son is signed up to take the SAT at Loyola on Saturday (3/14). Do you know if the testing will still be going on?

A: We will continue to host the SAT exam this Saturday. The test is in the Berendo building on the east end of campus for those students who have already registered for the exam.

Update: The March 14 SAT has been cancelled and reschedule for March 28.  Details will be sent out by the College Board.

Q: Did anyone (student, faculty or staff) at Loyola test positive for COVID-19?

A: To our knowledge, no one in our school community has tested positive for the virus. This is why our campus remains open, and we continue to have contact with students.

In the event of a positive case, we would immediately shut down, remove all access to campus, cancel any gathering of people, send notice to all members of the LHS community and work with the Department of Public Health to inform follow established protocol. Typically, the school closure would be for at least 14 days.

March 12, 2020 (5:50 p.m.)

The following update was sent to Loyola Parents.

March 12, 2020 (12:45 p.m.)

Click the following link to access Academic Protocol for Online Instruction.

March 11, 2020 (4:30 p.m.)

We want to reassure the Loyola community that we are being proactive and vigilant in response to growing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. We are closely monitoring the situation and taking the steps needed to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, following the guidelines of the Los Angeles Public Health Department, the CDC and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health put out the following statement on March 10, 2020:

“At this time, there is no immediate threat to the general public and no special precautions are required. LA County residents, students, workers, and visitors are encouraged to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene, as this is the height of flu season across the County.”

Help us stop the spread of illness by taking common-sense precautions. Please stay home if you are ill, wash your hands, use tissues/cover coughs. Never come to school if you have a fever and please consult with a medical professional via phone or email if you are symptomatic.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will make appropriate adjustments in this developing situation. We pray for all those affected by COVID-19. Learn more on our Health and Safety page.

No one at Loyola has tested positive for the virus, nor do we know of any persons related to the Loyola community who has tested positive. However, we are monitoring this evolving public health situation closely. As information becomes available, the Loyola administration, faculty and staff will make decisions with the health and well-being of our students at the forefront of our response process.

Here are some practical points of information and ways for you to protect yourself and your community:

  • Stay home if you are sick (We will arrange for making up missed work.).
  • Never come to school if you have a fever and please consult with a medical professional via phone or email if you are symptomatic.
  • Educate yourself regarding the symptoms, prevention and care of the virus here.
  • At school and at home, wash your hands diligently for 20 seconds with warm water and an abundant amount of soap.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you need to cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your mouth and face. This is the most common mode of transmission.
  • Do not share drinks, utensils, food.
  • Don’t shake hands and avoid unnecessary interpersonal touching.
  • If you are concerned about your own health or the health of others, please bring it to our attention.

Below are some links to the most credible sources regarding the virus, which are being updated regularly:

Policies and Procedures:

If a suspected case of COVID-19 arises within our community, Loyola will undergo an immediate closure for two days as we wait for test results. We will move all classroom instruction to a remote digital format. All school activities, sporting events, practices and meetings during this time will be canceled. Campus will be closed. We will reopen after clearance from the LA Department of Public Health.

If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed within our community, Loyola will undergo an immediate closure for a minimum of two weeks. We will move all classroom instruction to a remote digital format. All school activities, sporting events, practices and meetings during this time will be canceled. Campus will be closed. We will reopen after clearance from the LA Department of Public Health.

*From the County of Los Angeles Public Health (March 10, 2020)
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others that circulate mostly among animals. Common symptoms in an infected person include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Since its discovery in December 2019, mainland Chinese authorities have identified thousands of human infections, resulting in thousands of deaths associated with this novel (new) coronavirus, which began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. In addition, novel coronavirus infections have been confirmed in numerous travelers in the United States and a growing list of countries internationally. The LA County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 17 total cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in LA County.
At this time, there is no immediate threat to the general public and no special precautions are required. LA County residents, students, workers, and visitors are encouraged to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene, as this is the height of flu season across the County.