COVID19 Learning Plan with FAQs

July 29, 2020

Some things that we are working on for the safety and wellness of the students and faculty…   

=      Purchasing plastic desk dividers for Kindergarten- 8th grade.  The dividers will be placed on each of the desks to make an individual, portable booth.

=      Putting fans in the windows to help pull out the hot air. This is dependent on volunteer assistance as our windows are not typical and you are not just able to put a fan in front of it for the system to work. Please contact John Moody if you have some help to offer (johnvmoody@gmail.com).

=      The faculty, staff and I have been put into teams and are researching and developing systems, policies and procedures to execute our back to school plan.  When all of the team reports are complete, we will have another team read them for clarity and thoroughness.  They will then go through a final revision with me before they are published.

o   Sanitizing and Cleaning Routine

o   Live-Streaming Expectations (This is not the same as remote learning.  It is having your child participating in lessons from home).  These expectations will be shared, as soon as possible so that those considering this option will have additional information.

o   Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

o   Recess

Prior to the students arriving on the first day, we will have an onboarding video to present to the families, of what to expect when they come to school.  No surprises. 

As soon as I am made aware of how lunches will be brought into the school from North Olmsted, our policy on this will be announced.

July 20, 2020

Dear Parents,


The following has information regarding the live-streaming option and some of the responses to your questions.  The heath-related questions that are asked, have been directed to the Department of Health. I will continue to report back the answers (on Friday’s) for the questions that I receive.  If a question was not answered, it implies that I will ask for further clarification from the parent on the specific question or I need to do further research.

Peace & Prayers to all of you during these trying times.

Simply put, live-streaming lessons will work as follows:

=      the teacher will send out a calendar invite to the students directly

=      the student will receive an email for this calendar invite and will need to accept it to have it show up on his or her calendar

=      once the lesson is ready to start, the student will need to go to their calendar and join the Google Meet; the link to get to it will be in their calendar

=      the student can then follow along and participate in real-time as the lesson is presented

There will be some parameters in place.  For example, not all specials will be available (i.e. P.E., library and maker space). 

After faculty and staff attend a workshop on other nuances of this new platform for providing lessons, additional directives will be provided. 

Families that are choosing this option are asked to:

=      commit to this learning method for a quarter at a time

=      inform me, in writing, by August 14th that this is your educational decision for the 1st Quarter 2020 at SBS.

 

Parent Questions & Answers from the Cuyahoga County Department of Health

*A reminder that the answers from the CCDH may change as directives

  from the Governor change*

July 15, 2020

TO: SBS Parents
FROM: Miss Onacila; jonacila@stbrendannortholmsted.org
DATE: July 15, 2020
RE: Transitioning forward to the 2020-2021 school year

The following is an outline that will guide preparations for our safe return to school.  Our procedures and policies will be revised and communicated with you as the state and local agencies update the health guidelines.  
 

Listed are the resources used in an advisory role and for providing professional guidance in developing the outline: 



PREPARING THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Physical Distancing

SBS will maintain the recommended physical distancing suggested by the local health department and visual cues (i.e. signage, floor markings) and other strategies to reinforce awareness of where to stand in common places will be used.


Disinfecting Procedures

  • The faculty and maintenance staff will be professionally educated and trained on the specifics of sanitizing schedules, protocols for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in all areas of the building and checklists for before and after school.  This will include but limited to: classrooms, common spaces, high-touch areas (stair handrails, door handles, counters, desks, tables, chairs, lavatories, computers, books, etc.). 

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided in high traffic areas including entrances to the building and classrooms. 

  • Students and adults will have the opportunity to wash their hands throughout the day.

  • Water fountains will only be used to fill personal water bottles and not used to directly drink from.




Entrance & Exit Procedures will include…

  • Dedicated entrance and exit points. 

  • Temperatures of students and staff as they enter the building.  

  • Standard routines for faculty, students, and visitors entering the building on a daily basis to minimize the exposure to any contagions, including controlling entrance through specified doors and exit through others. 

It is essential that students (and their caregivers), staff, and volunteers conduct daily health checks prior to going to school, which should include taking their temperature and assessing their symptoms.” - Department of Health 

  • Routines for where students are to enter the school if arriving after the morning bell. 

  • Dedicated isolation areas where students and staff who may have been exposed or who develop symptoms concerning for COVID-19 can be isolated while waiting for pickup to leave the building. 


Traditional Classroom Space

  • Desks will be spaced out, according to the local health department guidelines, for grades K-8 to ensure a fixed learning place (about 6 feet apart).  We will make every effort to limit the number of students in shared spaces.  At this time, most teachers will travel with materials to each class.  

  • Outdoor spaces will be encouraged for teaching/learning.


Cafeteria/Lunch

  • Students will eat in lunch in the classrooms.  As we see social distancing guidelines lifted, we will revisit where the students may gather for lunch.

  • Hot lunch information will be forwarded as it is received from Central Kitchen.


Recess                                                                                                                                              

When possible, students will play outside.   We will explore ways to keep groups outside at the same time without mixing groups.   Health guidelines will be followed (physical and social distancing) for recess periods.   Recess is a potential break from wearing face coverings/masks.

  • A walking club is being researched for a recess activity.  This will provide students with some exercise who otherwise do not enjoy recess games.


Extracurricular and After-School Activities 

  • When activities will be offered will be revisited at a later date, closer to the start of school.


After School Care

The After School Care program will continue.  Plans must still meet state and local health department guidelines, including but not limited to, distancing and disinfection protocols.  Staff working the program will be trained on safety and wellness expectations.  


Access to the School/Campus

  • Visitors will be very limited at this time. We will revise the policy as we receive updates from the local board of health.

  • Temperature checks and a symptom check will be required for all parents/visitors. Families and staff must notify school if they have been exposed to COVID-19 and are quarantined, or if a family member has been diagnosed with or presumed to have COVID-19 and/or is being isolated.

  • SBS will follow the guidance from the CDC admittance to school after positive Coronavirus diagnosis. the CDC’s K-12 Schools Readiness and Planning Tool pdf icon[9 pages].


HEALTH & WELLNESS of STUDENTS and STAFF

Daily Health Assessments of Students and Staff                                                                                                

The new policies, procedures, and routines will be established with the assistance of the medical experts at PSI, Inc. and those partnered with PSI (ex. University Hospital and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital).  PSI, Inc. is an established and trusted, third-party organization that we have employed our school nurse and school psychologist from for well over 20 years.  


The faculty and staff annually receive professional development and training on the following: basic first aid, bloodborne pathogens, epi-pen procedures, and how to identify and address tree nut and peanut allergies as well as other pertinent health matters.


This year we will also receive guidance on addressing social/emotional wellness and strategies that will strengthen our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school.  


Once the protocols have been established, they will be communicated with you, prior to the beginning of the school year.


The following are some of the items that we will establish/re-visit a standard routine for with the help of PSI:

  • checking the health status of all those who enter the school (recognizing signs & symptoms)

  • assessing the daily health status of arriving students (including temperature checks and health questionnaires)

  • “calling in sick” procedures and reporting student symptoms, length of illness, etc.

  • strengthening the return to school procedure

  • picking up missing work after a “routine” absence


Face Masks/Coverings & Shields                                                                                                                    

School faculty, staff, and volunteers will wear masks/coverings unless it is unsafe to do so or where doing so would significantly interfere with the learning process.                                                       

  • AT THIS TIME, students in grades 3-8 will be asked to wear a face mask/shield in common areas (ex. hallways, bathroom) unless they have a physician’s note explaining that they are unable to wear a mask.  When students are socially distanced in the classroom, the teacher will be able to determine if they may take a break from wearing the mask.  This will especially be considered due to the heat in the building.


Returning to School Following Quarantine                                                                                                       

We will use the guidelines from the CDC’s K-12 Schools Readiness and Planning Tool pdf icon[9 pages].  The local board of health department will be used as a frequent resource for questions regarding quarantine and isolation.  Due to the fact that this is a subjective self-report / parent report, it is being recommended that schools refrain from requiring physician notes or excuses for students to return to school for students who need to isolate due to potential exposure or symptoms. 

Learning model of instruction provides a face-to-


EDUCATIONAL DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY 

We have established a technology taskforce to assist in planning, vetting resources, professional development and maintaining devices. 

Grades K-8 will be using the Google classroom platform for academics. 


Simultaneous learning is structured to help with on-line/remote learning.  We are prepared and have the technology to utilize this means of learning, in the event a student is isolated or quarantined at home, due to COVID19 related matters or in the event we are required to move to distanced learning for a time.   In the event that we are ordered back to distanced learning, know that the expectations and rigor will increase.


In the case a family does not feel comfortable returning to school, at this time, and would still like a Catholic education from SBS, email me to set up an appointment to discuss your options.

FAQs

Q. If one child in a family contracts Covid-19, will the entire family need to be quarantined?

A. Yes. According to the Ohio Department of Health.  Furthermore, it would be determined, case-by-case, depending on the family situation, if students would be able to have the school lessons live-streamed or if another option would need to be pursued.

Q. If a student has a fever (and no other symptoms) but does not the next day, how long will they need to stay home?

A. A student will need to be fever-free for 24 hours, without medication. For example, if a student leaves school at 11:30am, on a Monday, with a fever, the earliest that they will be admitted back to school is on Wednesday.  This policy is not new and it holds true for other childhood ailments such as diarrhea, vomiting.  It is and will again be outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook.



Q. Will students wipe down their desks before eating lunch.

 A. Yes.

Q. Have we considered a hybrid option (some days in school/in person and the balance of the days live-streaming/remote?

A. For our situation, at SBS:

=      We have the class sizes that allow us to be 6 feet apart.

=      We have a building that is small enough to appropriately clean according to the CDC guidelines on a daily basis.

=      We believe it is educationally sound to be consistent with one format (all in person or remote).

Q. If there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in one of your children’s classes, do all children within the family need to be isolated?

A. No.  Only the child who was in close proximity to the child who has the virus; the other children in the family or the other family members do not need to isolate.

Q. If our family chooses in person learning, are we able to change to live-streaming during the quarter?

A. Parents may request to have their child switch from in person learning to live-stream learning any time throughout the quarter.

Q. Are specials available this school year?

A. Yes.  We will have library, art, P.E., maker space (in some fashion), and Spanish (6th-8th grade).  Music class will be presented through learning about composers (learning their biographies and listening to their music) and more.  

Q. How many confirmed cases of Covid-19 within the school will it take for the school to temporarily close and switch to all remote learning?

A. The CCDH does not have a response for this question.  It will depend on the size of the school.

 

Q. What is the protocol if a student or staff tests positive for Covid-19? Who has to be quarantined?

A. The local board of health will identify potential or exposed individuals and assist with appropriate notifications.  Individuals who have been exposed should follow quarantine and other recommendations from the local public health officials and their medical provider. I am pursuing a further response that has better detail.

Q. If Cuyahoga County is at a Level 4, at any point, will we move to remote learning?

A. No.  Our direction will be taken directly from the Governor.

Q. How can we expect/help students to wear masks all day (especially in the heat)? Will they have breaks?

A. We know wearing masks is a challenge, however, their health and safety is a priority. 

Students will have mask breaks (i.e. outdoor lessons, a quick walk around the building).  The one idea to help children get more comfortable and accustomed to wearing masks, that I have repeatedly read about, is to have them begin wearing them at home.  It will be much easier on them if school is not their first experience wearing a mask for an extended amount of time.

Q. What kind of masks need to be worn (color and pattern)?

A.  Masks need to be appropriate in content for a Catholic elementary school and cover the nose to the chin (not just under the nose). 

Q. How will learning continue if a student is in quarantine or isolation?

A. Students will continue their learning through live-streaming or video-taped lessons. 

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