The Student Support Center approaches mental and physical well-being in a holistic manner. Our counselors and health and wellness coordinator work directly with students while consulting with teachers and staff to best support the community’s overall mental and physical health.
Counselors provide direct, short-term, solution focused counseling services to students. Additionally, our staff shares information through programming, newsletters, and classroom lessons. We have built collaborative relationships within our community and offer referrals for mental health resources outside of Saint John’s Catholic Prep.
Students are welcome to make an appointment to speak with a counselor by contacting our School/College Counseling Coordinator, Diana Seymour.
Our primary goal remains focused on providing a safe and healthy environment for all who attend and work at Saint John’s Catholic Prep. We believe that our best efforts to remain a healthy community will be the result of a strong partnership and effective communication between your home and school.
Mary Beth O’Boyle, our school Certified Medication Technician and Health and Wellness Coordinator will continue to be your main contact regarding any health-related questions or concerns. She works in conjunction with an off-site delegating registered nurse. Please do not hesitate to contact her for any health questions or concerns at email@example.com.
Please be sure to complete the Confidential Health Information Form in Blackbaud, before the start of school each year, so that we are informed of any medical conditions or pertinent medical history or medications. Include all supporting documentation for asthma/allergy management, diabetes management and/or medication authorizations.
If your student is exhibiting symptoms of any infectious illness and specifically symptoms consistent with Covid: cough, fever, headache, sore throat, difficulty breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, or new loss of taste or smell, PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME and test for Covid or have them see a healthcare professional for an alternate diagnosis.
If your student is sent home not feeling well and the symptoms are consistent with Covid, please test and report the results to Mrs. O’Boyle. Home test kits are available at the school and can be dispensed for home use.
If your student tests positive for Covid, please notify the school. At this time, the CDC no longer recommends universal contact tracing but families are encouraged to notify those individuals who may have been in close contact.
Positive cases will be reported to parents/guardians if there are 3 or more cases in a classroom, extracurricular group or team activity.
We will do our best to assist any student who is absent for illness, emergencies, quarantines, etc. but it will not consist of a virtual school option.
Staying up to date on routine vaccinations is essential to prevent illness from many different infections. For Covid-19, vaccination is the leading public health strategy, per health authorities, to prevent severe disease.
Vaccination against Covid-19 remains a family decision and is not required by SJCP.
Students who test positive for Covid-19 are required to quarantine for at least 5 days, returning on Day 6 if symptoms have resolved and if the student has been fever free for 24 hours. Masks are strongly encouraged from Day 6 through Day 10.
Students identified as a close contact to a Covid-19 positive individual are not required to quarantine, however, testing is strongly encouraged 3-5 days after last known exposure. Masking is also strongly encouraged until a negative test result is obtained.
"Since many of the challenges of young people face are outside of their control, we need a whole-of-society effort to support children’s mental health and wellbeing from birth to adulthood. That said, below are important steps children and young people themselves can take to protect, improve, and advocate for their mental health and that of their family, friends, and neighbors:
Remember that mental health challenges are real, common, and treatable
Ask for help from adults, friends, or family members
Invest in Healthy Relationships
Find ways to be of service to others
Learn and practice techniques to manage stress and other difficult emotions
Take care of your body and mind
Be intentional about your use of social media, video games, and other technologies
Be a source of support for others"
From Protecting Youth Mental Health – The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory 2021
Saint John’s Catholic Prep currently has one space available for students to privately take telehealth appointments. Space will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, and requests must be made at least 72 hours in advance by contacting the School/College Counseling Coordinator, Diana Seymour. While we do our best to accommodate requests, space is not guaranteed. No telehealth appointments to be taken on campus should be scheduled after 3 pm, and appointments must be completed by 4 pm. Students are expected to manage their appointments independently and leave the telehealth space in the same manner as it was when entering.