JB Westlake: Opening in 2021

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

We're coming to Westlake, Ohio! JB Westlake will open to grades K-4 in August, 2021. Schedule a visit or apply today.

Learn More
Donate

Campuses

Welcome to Julie Billiart Schools, a family of K-8 coeducational, independent day schools for children with learning differences.

Overview

This page was last updated on November 18, 2020.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority. These protocols have been established in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health’s Responsible Protocols. We’ve expanded standard protocols to ensure the continued safety of our unique audience. Please note that COVID-19 is a changing situation, and we may enhance or lessen these protocols as the situation demands.


Mask Policy

Julie Billiart Schools Mask Policy 

This policy was last updated Wednesday, August 18, 2020 and is subject to change.

This policy is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is issued in careful consideration of Julie Billiart Schools unique population (K-8 children with learning differences, sensory sensitivities, and medical frailties) as well as the health and safety of our faculty and staff. 


For the purposes of this policy, and per the Ohio Department of Health, a facial covering (mask), is any material that covers an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin.

  • Until further notice, all faculty, staff, and adult visitors to Julie Billiart Schools must wear a mask while 
    • Interacting with groups of 10 or more 

    • Interacting with one or more people at a distance of less than 6 ft away 

    • Using school common areas like classrooms, hallways, entrances, and restrooms 

  • On August 15, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health said the state will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and not allow face shields to be substituted for face masks in school. Faculty and staff may only use face shields when approved by JB Administration to do so for certain therapies and interactions that require facial/mouth visibility. Students who wish to wear a facial shield rather than a mask must provide a doctor’s note of medical exemption. 

  • At this time, students are required to wear masks. 

    • On August 4, 2020, Governor DeWine, in collaboration with Ohio Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics, issued a mandate that requires K-12 students returning to school to wear masks or face coverings. Per #2, students are not permitted to wear facial shields unless they’ve received a doctor’s note of medical exemption. 

    • We understand and empathize with the variety of opinions on this matter. However, this is a mandate from the State of Ohio. After conversations with the Board of Health, Julie Billiart Schools were made to understand that because we are offering an in-person education at this time, there will be increased vigilance and potential audits to make sure we’re following mandates and recommendations. It is not an option for Julie Billiart Schools to disregard state or federal mandates. Doing so could jeopardize our ability to educate our kids long term. 

    • If a child comes to school without a mask, one will be provided for them, (unless your child’s doctor provides documentation of an exemption as outlined in the mandate.)


General Health & Safety Protocols

  • All individuals entering a school building, including faculty and staff, are required to conduct daily health assessments (self-evaluation). Adult individuals are responsible for taking their own temperatures and assessing their own health. If any individual has a fever (a temperature of 100.4℉ or higher), he or she cannot enter. Similarly, anyone experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or other respiratory illness, should stay home. For up-to-date information about COVID-19 symptoms, and for an interactive symptom checker/self-assessment tool, parents and guardians should visit the website of the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”).

  • Julie Billiart Schools will limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines, including a maximum capacity at 50 percent of building fire codes at both campuses. 

  • Julie Billiart Schools will limit all in-person meetings and groups to 10 people or fewer (unless able to social distance with larger groups (i.e. recess, gym, outdoor activities).

  • Julie Billiart Schools will conduct daily, thorough cleanings of all school buildings per CDC guidelines. Our cleaning crew will sanitize restrooms, workspaces, and common areas each day. This includes all frequently touched surfaces in the Schools, such as classrooms, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs twice daily. Thorough nightly cleanings will continue at all campuses and include high touch surfaces, classrooms, restrooms, common areas, and more. Playgrounds will also be cleaned daily with a spray-disinfectant system. Julie Billiart Schools will designate and maintain sanitizing stations at entrances to the Schools and in multiple locations throughout to encourage hand hygiene.

  • All employees, students, and visitors are required to maintain proper handwashing before and after touching any surfaces, before and after entering school buildings, and at regular intervals throughout the day. 

  • All employees, students, and visitors must practice social distancing, which includes keeping a distance of six feet or more when interacting with others. At this time, we discourage handshaking, hugs, and any other actions that require close physical proximity. 

  • Anyone who has traveled to any state reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher, traveled internationally, or been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to those areas within the last 14 days will not be permitted entry at this time. This includes both virtual and in-person students.  

  • If a COVID-19 infection is identified among faculty, staff, students, students’ immediate families, or anyone who has visited the school within the previous two weeks, individuals are required to immediately report the infection to JB Administration (Lannie, Jason, and Jodi), who will report the infection to the local Department of Health. 

  • Employees and Parents are required to report a positive case or quarantine in their households. This information may be used, with your verbal permission gained at the time of disclosure, to assist in contact tracing.

  • Julie Billiart Schools will maintain strict confidentiality of a student or employee’s identity when notifying faculty, staff, or families of all faculty, staff and students confirmed Covid-19 cases. 

  • The County Department of Health will notify individuals who have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 and will provide further guidance regarding requirements to quarantine. 

  • If a COVID-19 infection is identified and reported to JB Administration, we will

    a. Immediately report the infection to the local health department.

    b. Work with the local health department to identify potentially exposed individuals to help facilitate appropriate communication/contact tracing.

    c. Send a general notification to the faculty, staff, and students of the school to alert them of the case and any next steps.

    d. Send a more specific notification to any faculty or students who shared a classroom with the infected person. This notification will include specific instructions based on whether or not the individual receiving the notification has been deemed a close contact.

    e. As necessary, JB Administration will shut down the school building and professionally clean and sanitize the building. According to the Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs, issued by the CDC, local health officials’ recommendations for the scope (e.g., a single school, multiple schools, the full district) and duration of school dismissals will be made on a case-by-case basis using the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific cases in the community.

    f. As necessary, JB Administration will reopen the school building in consultation with the local health department.

    g.The people who were close contacts of the person with COVID-19 will be instructed to stay home (quarantine) from school for 14 days after the exposure. Please note that contact tracing will be completed with the recognition that social distancing measures are in place at our Schools. Because of our social distancing and mask wearing, exposure may be limited.

For all faculty and staff

All general protocols apply to faculty and staff. In addition: 

  • All employees must wear a mask inside JB buildings at all times (unless alone in an office or classroom.)
  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your household, or if you are waiting on test results, do NOT come to school. Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Watch for fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • We strongly discourage employees from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If necessary, clean and disinfect them before and after use.

  • When possible, employees should use videoconferencing or teleconferencing for work-related meetings and gatherings.

  • Employees are responsible for clearing any visitors with Julie Billiart Schools' Administration before allowing visitor access to the building. At this time, a visitor is defined as anyone who does not work for Julie Billiart Schools. If JB Administration clears visitor access, employees are responsible for sharing Visitor Protocols with that visitor prior to his or her admission.

  • After use, employees are responsible for sanitizing any high-touch surfaces used during meetings, screenings, or other business conducted at the school buildings. 

For all students and families

All general protocols apply to students and families. In addition:  

  • If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your household, or if you are waiting on test results, do NOT send your child to school. Your child must stay home for 14 days. Please let JB administration know immediately so that we can swiftly move your child into virtual learning. Do not send your child to school. Even if your child is not displaying symptoms, he or she could carry the virus to our other students, faculty, and staff.
  • As mandated on August 4, 2020 by Governor DeWine, in collaboration with Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, all students K-12 are required to wear masks. If a child comes to school without a mask, one will be provided for them.

  • Prior to coming to school each and every day, parents shall conduct a health check of their child to assess whether the child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  The daily health check shall consist of the following:

  • Taking the child’s temperature.

  • Through discussion with the child and personal observation of the parent, assess if the child is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms: Fever of over 100.4 °F, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

  • If the child has a fever of greater than 100.4°F or is experiencing any other symptom listed above (or as updated from time to time by the School), the child must stay home from school and the parent must notify the school.

  • In addition to parents conducting a daily health check, which includes a temperature check with their child, Julie Billiart Schools’ will conduct daily temperature screenings with all students once they’re in the classroom. 

  • Students who become Sick at School: A student who, while at school, develops a fever of greater than 100.4 °F or exhibits any one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 (not including anything that the school administration reasonably believes to be unrelated to illness, such as seasonal allergies, or isolated incidents of coughing or sneezing) may not remain at school and must be picked up and taken home at the earliest opportunity. Such students will be immediately directed to a designated spot to be isolated from others except for the staff designated to monitor and care for such students until they go home. In the case of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, the school will call the local health department to report the matter and obtain guidance.  Any student who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 may not return to school until such student meets the CDC’s criteria for returning to school.  Others who may have been potentially exposed will be notified in accordance with the directives or advice of the local health department.

For all visitors to Julie Billiart Schools

All general protocols apply to visitors. At this time, visitors include anyone outside of faculty and staff. This includes any family members of faculty and staff, as well as parents. In addition: 

  • At this time, we’re not accepting visitors to Julie Billiart Schools unless expected and cleared by a member of Julie Billiart Schools’ Administration. 

  • Visitors will be required to wear a mask or facial covering while in a Julie Billiart Schools building. Visitors are responsible for their own masks/facial coverings. 

  • Visitors will be required to sign a form when entering any JB building that indicates familiarity and consent of our health and safety protocols. 

  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to not touch school surfaces unless necessary. 

  • Visitors who have traveled to any state reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher, traveled internationally, or been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to those areas within the last 14 days will not be permitted entry to school buildings. 

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

Share This Page