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Responding to Coronavirus School Closure

Dear families,
 
Under the order of Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Diocese of Youngstown, SS. Philip and James is closed. The safety and health of our students is our top priority, as such the SS. Philip and James’ administration closed our school at the end of school day on Friday, March 13. All school events, including athletics have been postponed, we will contact families with information on postponed events. We hope the steps we are all taking, taken in solidarity for the health of our community, will help flatten the curve of those impacted by the Coronavirus. At this time, we hope to resume classes on Monday, May 4. Until then, we will do our very best to communicate with our families as information is made available to us.  Please stay safe! We will keep all of our families in our prayers.
 
Office Hours
Beginning Monday, May 4 the school building will be open for office hours from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays. The building will be closed on Fridays. These hours will continue through the month of May, at which time we will begin summer office hours. Those hours will be determined at a later date. As always, if you need to make arrangements to be at school outside of regular office hours, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Monter. Our staff will continue to address any needs of our students and staff, please contact us for any of your needs. If for any reason, a student or family member needs our assistance please call us at (330) 854-2823, feel free to leave a message if no one answers. You can also reach our staff by email. A list of email addresses for our staff can be found here: Faculty & Staff Directory.

At-Home Learning during the Coronavirus
Beginning Monday, March 16, we began online schooling. Students should refer to the resources provided by their teachers for their school assignments. All students were instructed to take their books home. Many of our students have received paper packets to work from during our closure. If they are missing materials, families can make arrangements to come to school and pick-up those items. Students are encouraged to contact their teachers with any questions, all of our staff is working from home through our closure and are here to help. Our communication will be ongoing.
 
Join us in Prayer 
Please join us in prayer for all those affected by the Coronavirus. We will continue to keep our students, staff, SPJ family, the community-at-large, our state, and our nation in our prayers. Each day at 9:00 am, while our SPJ family cannot come together in person, we will post a prayer on our Facebook page @spjschool.  It is our hope we will all come together in prayer.

Free Education Resources
Many companies and organizations are offering free subscriptions and resources to students during this school closure. These resources enhance at-home learning, and can be used to help educate students on a variety of subjects while they are completing their remote learning. For running lists of these resources, please visit:
 
Free Internet and Access Information can be found at:
*Please be aware, some of these places have long waiting lists and some might charge a lowered fee, it’s important you reach out for any of your needs with these companies right away and that you are clear on their expectation.
 
Meals
For a running list of organizations throughout Stark County that provide food and other services, please visit: Stark County Food Services

Latest News
Each day, Governor DeWine is hosting a 2:00 pm press conference with the latest Ohio news surrounding the response to the Coronavirus. To watch his press briefings please visit: OhioChannel.org.
 
Re-enrollment & Registering for the 2020-2021 School Year
Despite our school closure our staff is still working on registration for next year. Please rest assured, we are looking ahead and want to stay connected to families. For more admissions information, please visit our Admissions Page or contact Mr. Monter, school principal, at [email protected] Interested in applying to SS. Philip and James? Please Apply Now.
 
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