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Catholic Schools Onward

Best Practices and New Opportunities as We Move Forward

(Please note that as current information becomes available this page will be updated – 08.25.2021.)

Introduction

This document will provide information regarding the plan to return to Brick-and-Mortar learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Before we discuss the specific aspects of the plan, let us start with an introduction to several of the key foundational premises that the plan is built upon. The principles listed below, will allow us to remain open and only use virtual learning for those who have been identified with COVID-19 or in a situation in which a parent feels working from home is beneficial.

Partnership

Catholic elementary schools are inherently a partnership between the parent and the school. This is never more important than at this time and an even greater partnership is now needed.  It is our goal to open this school year and to remain open. This cannot be possible unless the school and the parents agree to the importance of monitoring your child’s health daily. Most importantly, this means that children who are experiencing symptoms – such as fever, 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, diarrhea, parents need to keep their child home until medically cleared to return to school.  With parental cooperation in this matter, we will be able to keep the schools open and safe.

Social distancing

Social distancing is also a fundamental practice in all our procedures of operations.  New guidance suggests that three feet, or the greatest extent possible, is sufficient. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Keeping your distance from others lessens the chances of catching and spreading COVID-19.

Strategic use of Masks

Masks are highly recommended for use in schools.  Depending on the level of COVID-19 in the community, masking will be either mandated or optional.

Cleaning

The school will increase the cleaning of common areas and highly used features such as door knobs, handrails, and counters. Children are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school, as common water fountains will not be in use. With this enhanced cleaning, a safer environment can be established.

Hand Washing

Hand sterilization will be implemented.  The use of hand sanitation and social distancing is recommended by the CDC and other health agencies to help control the spread of any viruses and also manage any possible outbreaks.

Monitoring Health

Every day, parents are primarily responsible for monitoring the health of their children. Teachers will be reminded to check the health of their students during a common activity. Additionally, the school  will implement random temperature monitoring.

Virtual Learning

Check with your local school for availability.

Level of 
Transmission
LOW MODERATE SUBSTANTIAL HIGH
Level Criteria Established by
County Health Dept.
or CDC (depending
on location)
Established by
County Health Dept.
or CDC (depending
on location)
Established by
County Health Dept.
or CDC (depending
on location)
Established by
County Health Dept.
or CDC (depending
on location)
Mitigation Practices
  • Masks would be optional
  • Social distancing
  • COVID tracking
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Masks would be highly recommended, but parents could use a waiver
  • Daily health monitoring
  • Social distancing
  • COVID tracking
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Masks would be mandated
  • Daily health monitoring
  • Social distancing
  • COVID tracking
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Masks would be mandated
  • Modified cohorting would be in place
  • Daily health monitoring
  • Social distancing
  • COVID tracking
  • Cleaning and sanitizing

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