COVID-19


Introducing JPII Cardinal Family Connection
 
As Deacon Jake has consistently emphasized, despite our on-going distance learning and our physical campus being closed, it is vital to stay connected and to support each other emotionally, spiritually, and physically. 
 
Staying connected during these unprecedented and challenging times has never been more critical. 
 
As such, we have mobilized a team of JPII staff members to reach out to each Cardinal Family by phone. We call this team the JPII Cardinal Family Connection. The purpose of our calls is to support you, pray for you, and help you.
 
No need to wait for a call! You can connect with us by calling our CFC Hotline at 469-229-5275 or sending us an email to cfc@johnpauliihs.org.

Weekly e-newsletters! Check here for important updates, posted every Friday.

Below is a list of key contacts for your immediate use.
 
Academic Questions: Dr. Marlene Hammerle
(469) 229-5178
 
Technology/Operations Questions: Mr. Bob Gharis
(469) 229-5206
 
Students Questions: Ms. Melissa Downs
(469) 229-5156
 
Admissions/Tuition Assistance Questions: Mrs. Joey Schewee
(469) 229-5147
 
Enrollment/Re-Enrollment/Tuition Questions: Mr. David McKeever
(469) 229-5112
 
Fine Arts Questions: Mr. Michael Browning
(469) 229-5128
 
Athletics Questions: Mr. George Teague
(469) 229-5217

Events canceled or postponed Spring 2020

  • 3/16-4/12 All Athletic Games, Tournaments and Practices - Suspended
  • 3/17 Dual Credit Night - Canceled: Click here to access Dual Credit Resources 
  • 3/17 Cheer Tryout Meeting - Postponed 
  • 3/18 Before School Detention - Postponed
  • 3/18 Freshman/Sophomore College Counseling Meeting - Postponed
  • 3/18 CBC Meeting - Postponed 
  • 3/19 Cooper Institute Summer Internship Meeting - Postponed
  • 3/20 Cardinal Connection Day/Spring Pep Rally - Postponed
  • 3/21 JPII Gala - Postponed
  • 3/22 Men's Soccer Banquet - Postponed
  • 3/24 Cheer Banquet - Postponed
  • 3/25 Before School Detention - Postponed
  • 3/25 Environmental Science Field Trip - Canceled
  • 3/25 World Languages Induction Ceremony - Postponed
  • 3/27-3/29 Spring Musical - Canceled 
  • 3/28 Cardinal Relays (Track Invitational) - Canceled 
  • 3/28 Catholic Schools Job Fair - Canceled
  • 3/30-4/1 TAPPS Academic Competition - Possibly Online
  • 3/30-4/1 Cheer Tryout Clinic - Postponed
  • 4/1 All School Mass - Postponed
  • 4/2 Cheer Tryouts - Postponed
  • 4/2 JPII Night of Worship - Postponed 
  • 4/4 Prom - Postponed
  • 4/7-4/8 Meet the Counselors for Incoming Students - Online Sessions
  • 4/23 Blood Drive - Canceled
All JPII communication regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be posted here.

May 22, 2020

Dear Parents,

I am happy to announce that our first day of school will be Monday, Aug. 10. YES!! While we will open the school year on campus, it will not be a “typical” first day of school due to the COVID – 19 pandemic. We are in the process of developing specific protocols for the next school year at JPII, and we will follow CDC/Diocese of Dallas guidelines that center on four foundations: monitoring and responding to student and faculty health, limiting and eliminating unnecessary or risky activities, revising cleaning and disinfection protocols, and finally, having additional blended learning and virtual learning options available for planned or unplanned shutdowns.

For additional perspective and details, please click HERE to read the letter from Dr. Matt Vereecke, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Dallas.

SAVE THE DATES
Athletic Strength and Conditioning Camp: Tentative Dates June 8 - July 30. Click HERE for more information, and please complete thesurvey.

2020–2021 Tuition Due: June 1, 2020
 
Summer School: May 26 - July 24. Registered students will receive more information.
 
Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation: Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. More information to follow.

Student Schedules for 2020-2021: These can be accessed on Wednesday, Aug. 5, subject to health forms and payments being current. More information to follow.
 
New Student Orientation: Thursday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Parents are welcome from 8 - 10:30 a.m. with a new parent meeting/breakfast at 9:30 a.m. More information to follow.

Class Commissioning Mass for Class of 2021: Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. More information to follow.
 
Congratulations and Welcome!
 
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We wish them all the best as they begin to make a difference on their respective college campuses, and in the world, by walking in the footsteps of John Paul II. We are so proud of this fantastic class. Hats off to all the underclassmen who are completing their academic year today. Given all the accomplishments recognized this week at the virtual Awards Ceremony, the future looks exceedingly bright for our future JPII graduates.
 
Please allow me to close with a special welcome to the parents of the Class of 2024 and all new families joining the Cardinal Family. I look forward to seeing you in August!
 
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and best wishes for a healthy and happy summer.
 
Blessings,
 
Deacon Jake Schroepfer
President, John Paul II High School

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May 8, 2020

Dear Cardinal Parents and Students,
 
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. We do hope that you are all staying healthy and safe. The following are some academic reminders about student grades. Please make sure to review the reminders carefully, and if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me, one of the deans, your student's counselor, or your student's teacher.
 
SeniorsIf seniors are passing their classes for the 4th quarter, semester, and the year (if applicable) in each of their classes, their last day will be Friday, May 15. If seniors are failing a class, they will need to attend e-learning classes during the week of May 18 - 22, to bring up their grades to passing and to meet the requirements for graduation. If seniors have not passed a required course(s) for graduation, their counselor will contact the senior and their parents.
 
UnderclassmenIf underclassmen are passing their classes for the 4th quarter, semester, and the year (if applicable) in each of their classes, their last day will be Friday, May 22. If underclassmen are failing a class, they will need to attend e-learning classes during the week of May 26 - 29 to bring up their grades to passing and receive credit for the course. Counselors will also contact students and parents who have failed classes and give them options for the summer.
 
Final 4th quarter progress reports: Progress reports for the students were available to check this past Monday, May 4, in Cardinal Connect for parents and students. If students want to complete their courses by the early dates indicated above, they will need to be passing each of their classes. Hopefully, this will encourage students to turn in the missing work turned in for their classes and pass upcoming tests scheduled.
 
AP Testing: Begins on Monday, May 11, and will continue through Friday, May 22. AP teachers have prepared their students for the first time online AP exam that the College Board will administer. Please make sure that the students get enough rest prior to their scheduled exam. Good luck to all of the students taking the AP tests! 2020 AP EXAM INFORMATION AND LINKS
 
Virtual Awards Ceremonies: At 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, we will have the Senior Awards Ceremony to recognize the many accomplishments of our seniors. At 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, we will have the Academic Awards Ceremony to honor our underclassmen. More specific information to follow. We hope that you will be able to tune in and watch these virtual ceremonies.
 
2019-2020 JPII End of Year Closeout: For the end of school closeout, students who have items to pick up or return will be contacted by the Dean of Students' office with specific procedural instructions as well as a Sign-Up Genius to select your date, time, and a specific entrance to pick up or return items to the school. Students are not allowed to enter the building, and all entries will be used to execute this task. Please make sure that students come to school at their designated times. If you have any questions, please contact David Gaffney.
 
As we receive more information from the state and the diocese, we will make sure to communicate these updates to you. The staff and students have done an excellent job using the e-learning platform. We appreciate all of your support and positive feedback. Please continue to follow the guidelines outlined by the state and local officials and stay safe.
 
Continued prayers,
 
Dr. Marlene Hammerle
Principal

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May 1, 2020

Greetings Class of 2020,

It’s hard to believe that your high school days are rapidly coming to an end. Where did the time go? It must seem like just yesterday that you entered JPII as a freshman (or a transfer student) wearing a clean and tidy uniform with no clue how to find your first class. You have met friends for life and amazing teachers, while being well formed academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. You have developed skills that will lead to success in college and your chosen career. 

While this isn’t how your days at JPII were supposed to end, it remains an exciting time as you live in the space between sentimental thoughts of the past and hope-filled thoughts for the future. We will not let COVID-19 dampen the JPII spirit or define your senior year!

I’m excited to update you on upcoming special events. While restrictions concerning commerce and leisure begin to ease, there remains uncertainty and the possibility of the limits being tightened again should the pandemic have a resurgence. As of today, we cannot offer complete certainty to the size of public gatherings that will be allowed in the near future, or the requirements of social distancing, etc. However, we feel that we must set dates and have contingency plans as appropriate.

First and foremost, our Commencement ceremony will be held at the Allen Event Center (AEC) on Sunday, July 12, at 3 p.m. and our Baccalaureate Mass will be held on campus on Saturday, July 11, at 7 p.m. Both events are subject to state/local restrictions, and the number of attendees could be limited. Yet with a seating capacity of approximately 6200 for graduations, the AEC provides a high probability that we will celebrate a “live” graduation ceremony while keeping a safe distance. Should we be prohibited from hosting either event live, we will host “virtual” events as scheduled on July 11 and 12 with live streaming.

Other Upcoming Events:

Saturday, May 16  “Drive Through Celebration”  Noon – 2 p.m.
A “car parade” will allow all seniors the opportunity to drive through admiring faculty and staff in the carpool line to pick-up caps, gowns, cords, stoles, and JPII swag. Show-up and show your JPII spirit by decorating your vehicle. Please RSVP HERE so that we know what time to expect you. We can’t wait to see you! If you are unable to attend, please indicate that on the form and leave your mailing address in the space provided so that we can mail your items to you. SAVE THE DATE!

Wednesday, May 20 “Senior Awards Ceremony” 3 p.m.
Due to current public gathering restrictions, we will live stream the annual Senior Awards ceremony to honor your incredible accomplishments. More information to follow. SAVE THE DATE!

Please know that more information on these events is forthcoming, and should conditions radically change, we will respond accordingly. I am cautiously optimistic that we will conclude your senior year with a memorable Commencement ceremony on July 12 at the Allen Event Center. 
 
I will continue to pray for you as you conclude your academic work and prepare for AP exams. I will also continue to pray for all those in our community suffering physically, emotionally, and financially. We are called to be united in prayer and support each other during these challenging times.
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Deacon Jake Schroepfer
President, John Paul II High School

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April 21, 2020

Summer camp for grades 5-8 (not to be confused with summer school courses for current students) at JPII scheduled to start this June has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All registration fees will be refunded in full to the original payment method. 
 
For questions, please contact JPII Director of Communications Lauren Loyless at laurenloyless@jpiihs.org

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April 17, 2020

Dear Cardinal Family,
 
I hope this finds you safe and in good health as we continue to deal with the harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today marks the end of Week 5 of our shelter-in-place existence and e-learning, a time that has been very challenging and has tested our patience and our resolve. Our thoughts and prayers continue for all those who are suffering physically, financially, and emotionally.
 
As the academic year nears its conclusion, we will continue to adapt and adjust to the realities of fulltime e-learning.
 
Campus Closed Through the End of the Academic Year
Today Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order mandating that all school campuses in the State of Texas must remain closed through the end of the academic year. As such, our academic year will continue, and conclude, with e-learning. 
 
Additional information and potential mandates will be forthcoming from the Governor’s office regarding the end of the school year, summer school/programs, and other issues. Once we have more information, we will plan and communicate accordingly.

In keeping with this order and the health interests of all involved, TAPPS has also moved to the conclusion of our Spring activities. The TAPPS leadership will continue their development of guidelines and parameters for our return to activities over the summer months and into the fall of 2020. To see the full announcment, please click here.
 
Year-End Dismissal
Subject to passing all 3rd and 4th quarter classes:

  • Seniors will conclude classes on Friday, May 15
  • Underclassmen will be dismissed on Friday, May 22
Those students not meeting these criteria will be required to attend classes for an additional week. Click here for detailed information from Dr. Hammerle that covers multiple scenarios for students who have failing grades.
 
No Final Exams
There will be no final exams; however, most classes have required successful completion of comprehensive tests and projects, which are the equivalent of a final exam. An essential consideration for eliminating final exams this year was the schedule change for AP exams. AP exams for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will take place between May 11-22. 
 
No Pass/Fail
As many of you know, several Independent School Districts in our area are temporarily shifting to Pass/Fail grades. It will be our policy not to adopt Pass/Fail grading. To do so would compromise your investment in a college preparatory education for your child while diminishing the hard work put forth by your child. In addition, our Director of College Placement, Mr. Mickey Saloma, has advised that Pass/Fail could harm college admission and scholarship awards.
 
Graduation
In conjunction with the Executive Order from Governor Abbott to keep campuses closed, the Governor’s Office will also be providing additional information on graduation ceremonies.
While we have not yet postponed our Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 24, at the Allen Event Center, it is highly unlikely that our graduation will be held as scheduled due to state/county mandates. Once we have more information from the state, we can make a better-informed decision on our graduation plans. In preparation for a postponed graduation date we have two additional dates on hold at the Allen Event Center:

  • Sunday, June 7
  • Sunday, July 12
Summary
While there are still unknowns related to graduation and other miscellaneous year-end issues, I wanted to share definitive information on the continuation of e-learning through the end of the academic year, the dates for student dismissal, the decision to suspend finals this year and the decision to continue letter grading rather than shifting to adopt Pass/Fail grading. 
 
Thank You
Thank you for all your input, patience, and support during these unprecedented times. I continue to marvel at the resiliency and positive attitude of our community. I’m so grateful to be a member of the Cardinal Family!
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Deacon Jake Schroepfer
President, John Paul II High School

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April 2, 2020
 
Dear Cardinal Parents and Students,
 
Thank you for your support of our teachers and staff during these unprecedented times. I want to update you on where we go from here regarding online instruction, considering the Bishop has issued the order for all schools in the diocese to be closed through May 1. 
 
During the time we have implemented our e-learning platform, we have heard from you - our parents, students, and teachers. We appreciate all of your positive comments and have taken into account your concerns. Beginning on Monday, April 6, we will be implementing a shortened class schedule for the students and teachers. In order to reduce the amount of screen time, we will be implementing a new schedule with 50 minute classes (click HERE for the new schedule) including tutorial times along with time for students to work on their assignments built into the new schedule. The new schedule also includes tutorial times both before and after classes. The teachers will communicate to the students when they will offer tutorials.  Just like when we were on campus, students will determine which teachers they need to connect with each week for tutorials.
 
Parents and Students: Please follow these guidelines:
 
Have your students work online following the schedule provided.  Attendance is still due via the forms your 2nd/6th period teachers provide and should be submitted by 10 a.m. each day. Any Zoom, Google hangouts/meet sessions will be scheduled by the teacher during the class period indicated. This may or may not be every day.  Hopefully, the students will use the new schedule to their advantage, since it provides a block of time for them to work on their assignments. If students have not finished their assignment during this time, then have them spend a reasonable amount of time in the evening on their assignments, but there should be a stop time of 9 p.m. As is diocesan policy, communication between students/parents and teachers stop at this time and questions will be answered the next day. We want our students and families to have time together in the evening. We do understand that many of our students also have other duties and chores they must help out with at home that may interfere with their day. If that is the case, communicate this to the teachers. Please understand that our staff also face the same challenges while trying to teach from home and take care of their own families who are also home.
 
Submit all assignments and projects on time. If you have questions, make sure to ask the teachers. We are requesting our teachers reduce the number of assignments. Our teachers are very understanding about the situation. If you have not communicated with them, and you are several days late with the work, then there will be consequences, just as there normally would.  If the work is not turned in at all, then teachers may assign a “0.” Follow our mission, “to become effective communicators.” 
 
Check thegradebook in Cardinal Connect to find out grades and averages for each class. If students have zeros or low grades, make sure to contact the teacher. If you have questions about a zero, please check with the teacher to see if the assignment was submitted correctly. The first progress report for 4th quarter ends on April 8 and the progress report will be available to you on April 14.  
 
We have also reduced the number of minimum grades and major tests required for this quarter. Note these changes for 4th quarter - for Honors/Dual Credit/AP classes, 2 major gradeswill count 70% and 5 minor grades will count 30%; 7 grades total minimum.  For On-level classes, 2 major grades will count 50% and 6 minor grades will count 50%; 8 grades total minimum.  We know that some teachers will have more, but this is what will be required for this unique 4th quarter. Because of the situation we are in, we will not have final exams. Second semester average will be the average of 3rd and 4th quarter grades.
 
The College Board has communicated to the AP teachers that AP tests for this year will be online. The tests will be 45 minutes. Dates and times for the AP tests will be communicated to us on April 3. Our AP teachers feel confident that the students will be prepared.  
 
If you have questions about your student’s choice of subjects for next year or if your student has completed this but you need to have something changed, please contact your assigned counselor. Our counselors are also a great resource if you are struggling emotionally, academically, etc.  Please do not wait to reach out if there is a concern.
 
Please read the JPII Newsletter that is being sent out every Friday. Our Communications Director, Lauren Loyless, is working on making sure that it has the most up-to-date information for you.
 
We have said this numerous times and it is true. Working together, we will get through the challenging times we are facing. Please continue to take care of yourselves. One of the governors said this, “we must choose ‘sacrifice’ over ‘selfishness”; and that is what we are doing now. The Cardinal Family will remain strong!
 
Continued Prayers,

Dr. Marlene Hammerle, Principal 

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March 31, 2020

Dear Cardinal Family,

Bishop Edward Burns, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, has extended our school closing through May 1, 2020, meaning that the first possible day of on-campus activities resuming will be Monday, May 4. This mandate from the Bishop will require us to continue to prohibit any on-campus activities and meetings. Concurrently the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) has suspended all athletic and fine arts practices and competition until May 4.

While this is not the news we had hoped for, it should come as no surprise as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in the Metroplex and across the country. However, on a positive note, we should begin to see a downward trend in cases very soon. Please continue to do your part to “flatten the curve” through self-isolation, social distancing, and by following hygiene recommendations. 

I also wanted you to know that you will be receiving an important letter from Dr. Hammerle in the next few days with news on adjustments to our e-learning schedules as we continue to respond to student, parent, and faculty input.

My continued thanks for your input and support as we walk together through these unprecedented challenges.

Yours in Christ,

Deacon Jake Schroepfer
President

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March 27, 2020
 
Dear Cardinal Family,
 
I am writing to inform you that we are going to extend our campus closure to Tuesday, April 14. Given the rapid growth of positive tests in our state and community, I anticipate that our campus closing date will extend beyond April 14. As we know all too well, every day is a new day in the fight against this pandemic, things change quickly, and uncertainty continues to prevail. We should also be mindful that every day is a new gift from God and that in God, hope prevails. 
 
As we continue classes via e-learning, we follow the school calendar, which means that there will be no classes on Good Friday, April 10, or Easter Monday, April 13. The holiday will be a welcome and well-deserved break from the virtual classroom amid Holy Week, where we celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. The Easter resurrection is a special time of transformation, new life, and hope. This Easter, in particular, brings great hope for a transformed world and a new life without COVID-19.
 
While we cannot control the timing for resumption of classes on campus, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the successful completion of this Spring Semester and the graduation of the Class of 2020. We are continuing to prepare for the Baccalaureate Mass on May 22 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen and our Commencement ceremony at the Allen Event Center on Sunday, May 24. We also have a contingency date of Sunday, June 7, on hold for Commencement at the Allen Event Center.
 
As I think about graduation, my heart goes out to the Class of 2020 and their families. This is not how the last semester of senior year was supposed to end! This year, this semester has been 12+ years in the making only to have an unprecedented pandemic disrupt their senior year along with joy and lasting memories that senior year brings. Just as winter gloom gives way to the warmth of the sun, so too will this pandemic quickly pass for our community and the Class of 2020.
 
In closing, I continue to be humbled, but not surprised, by the resiliency of our students and the incredible “all-hands-on-deck” commitment of our faculty and staff. I also continue to be grateful for the support and collaborative spirit exhibited by you, the parents. 
While your children continue to learn in the virtual classroom, this period of trial and challenge is teaching them far greater lessons of life.
 
Let us continue to pray for healing and new life as we approach the Easter Season. Let us ask God to continue to bless and protect our community, especially the Class of 2020.
 
Yours in Christ,

Deacon Jake Schroepfer
President
 
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March 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

As you know, Deacon Jake sent out a letter to the community that per Governor Abbott’s executive order, all schools in the state will be closed through April 3.  For John Paul II High School, this means e-learning will continue through at least this date. I have asked teachers to plan online lessons through Friday, April 10 just in case school closure is extended even longer.

Parents: So far the online platform has gone smoothly.  Once again, I strongly encourage students to structure their days and follow their regular schedule; they need to submit their assignments/projects by the due dates; and they need to communicate with their teachers if they have specific questions.  I have encouraged teachers to find ways to have personal contact with their students to keep them engaged. Some are using ZOOM, GoogleMeet, and GoogleHangouts. Others use email since that is working well for them. Please be sure to check Cardinal Connect by the end of next week to see if grades for some of their assignments have been posted. If you have any concerns, please make sure to contact me, your student’s teachers, counselors, or one of the Deans. I have emphasized to the teachers and staff to respond to the students and parents’ emails in a timely manner.

Students: This is the last quarter of the school year. School will continue; assignments will be expected to be completed and submitted on time; and if you have questions, you must communicate with your teacher by email or for some, during a tutorial session that some teachers will hold.  Be sure to submit your 2nd and 6th period attendance form to your teachers. It seems like everyday we face new challenges. But one of our 5 R’s is “Resilience.” And JPII students must show that resilience in the challenging times that we now find ourselves in.

Parents and Students: The counselors are working on your student’s choice of subjects for next year. If you have questions regarding the subjects your student must take and/or electives, please get in touch with your assigned counselor. You can email them with your questions and just like the teachers, they will be answering these questions in a timely manner. They are also contacting students about their 3rd quarter grades if there is a chance they will fail for the semester, especially seniors.  Remember that students must not only have a passing grade for the year, but they are required to pass 2nd semester.

Just as I told the staff, please take care of yourselves.Take breaks, wash your hands often, eat healthy (not too many snacks), go outside and take a short walk, exercise, practice social distancing, watch a good movie, continue to pray and do whatever you need to do to keep a positive attitude.  

Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Continued Prayers,
 
Dr. Hammerle
Principal

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March 19, 2020

Dear Cardinal Family,

As you probably have heard by now, Governor Greg Abbott has issued an Executive Order that all schools in the State of Texas must remain closed until midnight on Friday, April 3, 2020. As such, we will continue e-days at least through April 3. I would not be surprised if state and local authorities extend this deadline given the current environment. As new information becomes available, I will continue to provide updates.

Tomorrow (Friday, March 20), as we come to the close of our first week of e-days as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to thank our amazing students and their families along with our equally fantastic faculty and staff for the tremendous collaborative effort this week. I have heard many stories of enthusiasm and the joy of learning in our virtual classrooms. I have heard that students and faculty are quickly adjusting to the current academic environment. That being said, I know that this disruption of the educational, work, and home life routine continues to bring unique challenges and stress on all of us. This is an unprecedented and challenging time that will require us all to continue to be steadfast, resilient, and patient.

Let us continue to pray for each other and the end of this terrible pandemic. Let us be kind, patient, and ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Let us make a difference in our community and our school by walking in the footsteps of John Paul II.

Yours in Christ,

Deacon Jake Schroepfer
President

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March 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,
 
E-learning begins tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18. Students - Everyday, you are to send in your 2nd or 6th period google form for attendance depending on whether it is an A day or B day. We are working in uncharted territory but we will get through this together. 
 
Students: Try to do your work in order of your schedule. If it is an A day, start with your 1st period assignments and go from there. On B day, do the work your teachers have sent for B day. And certainly, if you want to get ahead, you may. Watch the videos the teachers have provided for you and when they say to take notes on the videos, do just that. Use the resources they have provided. Take notes over your readings. Scan your math work and email these to your teachers if you have been instructed to do so.  And if you have questions, write these down and do not hesitate to email your teachers. If you follow your schedule each day,  you may not get overwhelmed. As one teacher advised, do not procrastinate. There should be no excuses for procrastination. This is a time when you must be disciplined.  Take appropriate breaks if needed and rest.
 
Parents: We need your help and support for your students' success. The teachers are there for them.  You might want to ask your 9th and 10th graders to show you the work they are submitting.  For 11th and 12th graders, they should already know the importance of getting the assignments completed as they are closer to being in college.  If your student is sick, please communicate this to their teachers and make sure that they are healthy before resuming classwork. Please continue to encourage them as we will do the same.
 
We are living in challenging times, one that is unprecedented. With our faith and working together, we will get through this.
 
Prayers and Blessings,
 
Dr. Marlene Hammerle
Principal

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March 16, 2020

Dear Cardinal Family,
 
As promised in my email of March 13 (see below correspondence), I will be providing timely updates on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our school operations. Since my last email, our e-learning days, which begin this Wednesday, have been extended to Friday, March 27, by Decree of Bishop Edward Burns, the Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas. The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) has suspended all athletic and fine arts practices and competitions until April 12, 2020.
 
Our commitment is to the successful completion of the Spring Semester, and I look forward to our seniors receiving their diplomas. Our outstanding faculty and support staff are well prepared to make the shift to e-days. While we will be engaged in e-learning, we must not lose the essential relational and formative aspects of a JPII education. Being in real-time communication with faculty and staff has never been more important, so I encourage students and parents to stay connected with teachers.
 
I think it is also important to emphasize here that unlike some other schools, we are not extending Spring Break; instead, we are resuming our excellent college preparatory education on Wednesday. Each student will be accountable for the successful completion of the work through commitment, discipline, and time management. With the suspension of co-curricular activities, students should have additional time to complete assignments successfully.
 
At this time of uncertainty and change, it is crucial that we “over-communicate.” To that end, we will be publishing a weekly newsletter to keep you informed. The weekly newsletter and all communication regarding COVID-19 will be made available on this webpage. 

Yours in Christ,
 
Deacon Jake Schroepfer
President

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March 13, 2020 
Addendum

Dear Cardinal Family,

The decision has been made by Bishop Burns and the Catholic Schools Office that all schools in the diocese will be closed through March 27. With that decision, John Paul II High School will not be returning to campus on the 23. This means all extracurricular and co-curricular activities, meetings, school events, practices will be suspended. As this is a very fluid situation, we will be updating you if changes occur.

The health and safety of our students, families, and school staff are of utmost importance. Families should follow all local and national ordinances regarding quarantine, large group gatherings, health protocols, etc.
 
Teachers will be posting online work for the students beginning March 18 and will continue the e-learning through March 27. Let us continue to pray that the spread of COVID-19 will be limited and that the effects of the illness will be mitigated. Thank you for your patience and support as we all travel this challenging journey together. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Respectfully,

Dr. Marlene Hammerle
Principal - John Paul II High School

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March 13, 2020
 
Dear Cardinal Family,
 
Out of caution and concern for the health and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff returning from Spring Break amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our campus will remain closed next week while classes will resume via e-learning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Final instructions on the upcoming e-Days will be forthcoming shortly from our academic leadership, faculty, and staff. Our students and faculty already have experience with e-Days, so classes should resume with minor if any, disruption. In addition, all events, meetings, and co-curricular activities will be canceled next week to include competitions, practices, and rehearsals. 
 
This pandemic continues to be a very dynamic and fluid situation. As such, you can expect more updates as conditions change. When circumstances change, we will respond swiftly and accordingly. We must be flexible and agile in dealing with the realities of this new normal. We must be prepared for inconveniences and changes in routines, not to mention additional confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the Metroplex over the coming weeks.
 
As such, due to our concern for the safety of our guests and volunteers, we will also postpone our 15th Anniversary Gala & Auction initially scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020. Our Advancement Department will contact all ticket holders and sponsors as we work on rescheduling the event at a later date. My sincere thanks for all those who have given their time, talents, and treasures to make this vital fund-raising event a great success.
 
I ask that during this time of uncertainty, we come together in prayer as a community of faith. Let us pray for the continued safety of our students, their families, and our faculty and staff. Let us also pray for all those suffering, physically, emotionally, and financially. Let us pray for containment and prevention of the coronavirus. Let us ask the Holy Spirit for courage, wisdom, and patience in the coming weeks.
 
My sincere thanks for your support and prayers during this unprecedented time.
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Deacon Jake Schroepfer
President

John Paul II High School

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