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.

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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