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Back to School Plan 2020-2021

Posted on July 22, 2020 in: General News

Back to School Plan 2020-2021

 St. Nicholas Catholic School

2020-2021

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to St. Nicholas Catholic School and providing them with an excellent integrated religious, academic and social education. Although we need to make some modifications to keep our students, staff and community healthy and safe, we also want to provide our students with normalcy so they may continue to prosper during these unprecedented times.

We will continue to update this plan as new information from local health agencies becomes available. We are blessed to be a smaller school with more flexibility in scheduling and procedures, than the public system. This flexibility allows us to adjust plans as the community spread of the virus changes and implement the additional safeguards necessary to keep students in school if at all possible.

Keeping our students, staff and families healthy is very important and will allow us to continue to provide in-school instruction. In order to do this, we are asking parents and adults to limit contact within the building. By reducing the number of contacts, we will better protect our staff and students and minimize exposure to COVID-19. If an adult needs to enter the building, we ask that a mask be worn so we can reduce the exposure to staff and students.

Our goal is to continue in-school instruction all year unless the Governor orders schools closed. Mask requirements will be dependent on local number of cases and recommendations from our local Public Health Office. Details regarding the mask policy will be sent out prior to school starting. In case of wide-spread community exposure, we may have to move to a hybrid in person/online model. In a hybrid model, students would still attend school part of the week in small groups and participate in online learning part of the week.

  Routines

  • Drop-off- Students will enter the school grounds through the gate located near the turf. They will go directly to the playground for morning recess. When the bell rings, students will line up in a designated area and teachers will escort them to the classroom. In inclement weather, students will enter through the gate and go directly to their classroom.
  • Pick-up- Students who are not staying for after-care will line up on the turf (between the school and rectory). Pre-school students will also exit through the gate on the turf. Students will be dismissed as parents/guardians arrive to pick them up.
    • Parents picking up students frm after-care are asked to use the doorbell.
  • If it is necessary to come to the school during the day, please ring the bell to be admitted and check in with the office. We are asking parents to minimize their time in the building and to please wear a mask.

Student Contact

  • It is imprtant for students to learn, play, and share time together. It is not practical for young students to social distance however, we will minimize the size of the group by scheduling two sessions of recess and lunch. Students will still eat with a small designated family group, but our goal is to reduce the number of students at a table. Unfortunately, we will also need to restrict parents from eating in the lunchroom.
  • Our pening meeting, prayers and virtues meetings are still very important to us and will be held daily in the classrooms. Each grade level will take turns leading prayers through the intercom.

Health/Safety

Health

  • We are asking families t be very vigilant in making sure their child is healthy before sending them to school. Please refer to the attached health sheet to help screen your children. If in doubt, please keep your child at home.
  • Daily health rutines will be taught to students (frequent hand-sanitizing & washing, minimize sharing supplies, covering mouth/face when coughing/sneezing)
  • Hand-sanitizing dispensers have been installed in each classrom to supplement sinks for handwashing. Regular use of both will be required.
  • Lunchrom tables will be sprayed with disinfectant to ensure health safety. Students will be assigned to a table (with a goal of 4 students per table)
  • Students will use their wn supplies and minimize sharing
  • Students will be encuraged to bring water bottles. Drinking fountains will be used to refill bottles only.

Medical

  • The schol will collaborate with local public health agencies to address any concerns of exposure to COVID-19 and follow procedures for notification of close contacts.
  • During the 2020-2021 schol year, a modification will be made to the attendance policy for those families who have exposure to COVID-19.
  • If a student has been ill, they will NOT be allwed to return to school until 72 hours have passed with no symptoms or medicine.
  • If a family member, living in the hme, tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID, students are required to remain home for 14 days.  Families, wh have children in that classroom or have been in close contact with that family member will be notified by the school.
  • If a staff member tests psitive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID, the staff member would quarantine for 14 days.  Students in the classrom will be asked to stay home for 2 days while the classroom is disinfected. Students will return to class with a substitute until the staff member is no longer contagious.

Cleaning

  • Each night, custdians will spray classroom desks, chairs, and high use areas with disinfectant. Special attention will be applied to doorknobs, handles, and other high touch areas. We will follow all local and state agency recommendations for cleaning.

Family Events

  • Our family/schol community is important to us and we hope to continue with our planned yearly events. We will closely monitor the community health and provide adjustments as needed to keep everyone healthy and safe.

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