Catholic Schools Onward
Best Practices and New Opportunities as We Move Forward

General Principles for Buildings

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There are several key practices that should be implemented in each building to help maintain a safe learning environment


A foundational premise when designing a safe learning environment are the concepts of Maintaining Cohort, social distancing and frequent cleaning. The use of these practices is recommended by the CDC and other health agencies to help control the spread of any viruses and also manage any possible outbreaks.



  1. Limit the admission of visitors to the school2-      High touch surfaces should be cleaned frequently such as door knobs, remotes, and light switches.
    1. Signage should be in each classroom and throughout the building reminding students to good hygiene.
    2. Hand sanitizer should be available in the hallways near entrances and in other strategic areas.
    3. It is recommended that each school make part of its group prayer time a reminder to social distance and to wash.
    4. Each student is encouraging to provide their own supplies to reduce the need to share supplies.
    5. Group singing should be discouraged unless increased social distancing is possible. refrain from singing.
    6. Computer class – use own devices when possible. Investigate price of infrared wands
    7. When possible, special teachers and departmental teachers should go into the students’ classroom.
    8. No outside food for sharing should be available
    9. Ventilation is important – windows should be opened if possible.
    10. Field trips are experiences that break cohorting and expose students and staff to risk of exposure to Covid-19.


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