New Student Orientation

MUNNERLYN CAMPUS

New Student Orientation Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Communication
  • Where is the best place to find information? 
    • Most answers can be found on the Munnerlyn Campus Parent Resources page at www.esj.org/parents (click the little person in the upper right corner of the website and select Munnerlyn Campus Parent Resources).

 

  • How will the school communicate with parents and/or students?
    • Email is the primary form of communication. 
    • Text alerts are used for emergency updates. 
    • Two weekly school communications:
      • Wednesday: Community e-News (campus highlights, alumni stories, etc.), sent to all ESJ constituents (parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty/staff)
      • Friday: The Insider - sent to current parents only - campus specific information and to-do’s (registrations, event information, etc.)
COVID

 

  • Will we have extra-curricular activities this fall?
    • Please refer to the COVID Operations Plan for the latest on these policies.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
  • We have students in Middle School and Upper School - do we have to drop-off and pick-up separately? 
    • No, everyone can be dropped off and picked up at either the Middle School or Upper School Circle. Please just be sure to agree as a family which location that will be. 

  • Where do you go if your student is late or needs to leave early?
    • If arriving late, please report to the Welcome Center for Health Check and to get a tardy pass. If your child is leaving early, please contact Attendance by 9:00 a.m. ([email protected] or call 904.396.7104).

  • Are carpool tags given for pick up? What about parent parking decals?
    • No, we do not use carpool tags. Students are responsible for watching for their cars and loading along the sidewalk. Faculty and staff will assist with the pick up process.
    • Parent parking decals were distributed during New Student Orientation. If your child did not bring them home for you, please reach out to their advisor. 

 

Lunch
  • How do we sign up for/pay for lunch?
    • Lunch is included in tuition and part of the ESJ experience - no sign up or additional payment required.

  • What options does ESJ have for students with food allergies?
    • Download the Touch of Sage App. This allows you to identify food allergies and sort the daily offerings accordingly.


  • Are breakfast and/or packaged snacks included in tuition?
    • Breakfast and snacks are not included in tuition. Breakfast and snacks may be purchased at the Buck and Campus Store and charged to a student’s account.


  • What do Middle School students do during Upper School lunch?
    • MS activities (clubs and unstructured, supervised time) will take place during US lunch.
  • Can students eat outside for lunch? If so, what happens when it rains?
    • Students will be given very specific instructions on where to eat lunch. In the event of rain, students will be given instructions on indoor areas to eat lunch.

 

My BackPack
  • Is there an online directory for families and faculty/staff?
    • Yes, you can access directories via the Parent Resources page on the ESJ website (www.esj.org/parents).

 

  • I haven't received any paper billing statements - how do I know how much I owe?
    • My BackPack > My Accounts > View and Print Statements or View and Pay Balance
Daily Schedule
  • Where do I find the daily bell schedule and rotation? 

  • How much pass time is there between classes?
    • The schedule is structured without passing time to encourage students to move directly from one class to the next. Students in grades 6 - 9 are encouraged to visit their locker before their first class, after advisory, after lunch and at the end of the school day.

 

  • Can students still make changes to their schedule?
    • It is unlikely, however specific questions should be directed to Division Heads:

  • How many students are in advisory?
  • Advisory averages between 10 - 14 students.


  • Average section size? 
    • The average is 17. Each space is adjusted accordingly for optimal occupancy for distancing. 
Technology
  • Technology orientation for students?
    • Students will have a technology orientation as part of New Student Orientation. Ongoing support will be available through the advisor, teachers and technology office.

  • What apps will need to be loaded? Will I need to unblock from parental controls?
    • There are no longer required apps. Students are required to use Google Classroom, which is accessible through any web browser on a tablet or laptop.

  • Recommended computing device?
    • The devices recommended by Episcopal include either a Chromebook, Windows, or Mac-based laptop/notebook. 
    • The main factors to consider in purchasing their device include the weight of the device, the battery life, processing speed, and cost. 
    • For students entering Middle School, a Chromebook is strongly recommended as the student’s first campus device. It is a cost effective option and its processing power and computing capabilities will last through the student’s time at Episcopal. 
    • Students may use tablets - it is recommended to have a keyboard and case for these devices. 
    • Additional Tech FAQs Here

  • Will students have their own email account?
    • Yes, students received their login credentials during New Student Orientation. Email is a primary channel for communication, so students must get in the habit of checking their own email. 
Books & Supplies
  • Supply list location?
    • Supply lists for Middle School students can be found on the website under Parent Resources. https://www.esj.org/parents/supply-lists/
    • Upper School students should be getting information from teachers related to any required supplies. 

  • Will there be grade penalties for forgetting books/supplies?
    • Teachers will give lots of grace to students as they learn to navigate this school year. If this continues to be a persistent challenge, the student’s advisor and/or teachers will connect with the student and parents as needed to troubleshoot.
Uniforms
  • Can shorts be purchased from anywhere or uniform shorts?
    • Shorts may be purchased from anywhere. They must be black, khaki or gray and have a 7-inch inseam. 

 

  • Can girls wear skorts?
    • Yes, same rules as shorts. 

  • Chapel shirts are on backorder. What should my son wear on Chapel days?
  • Students may wear polos until their Chapel shirts arrive.


  • What are the shoe requirements?
Transportation
  • Can we still sign up for ESJ Transportation in the morning and/or afternoons? 

 

    • For additional transportation questions, contact Bill Stack, Transportation Supervisor, at [email protected]

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

Contact the Admissions Office at 904.396.7104 or [email protected].