2021-2022 ONBOARDING POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING
All families are asked to complete a health symptom check every day before coming to school. The caregiver should take the child’s temperature prior to leaving the house.
If your child has an elevated temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher they may not attend school.
The temperature should be taken prior to taking any fever-reducing medication.
Other signs and symptoms of potential illness, that children should be assessed and stay home for are: chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
Families will need to communicate with the School Office what symptoms your child is experiencing so the school can record and monitor any possible trends.
Clean School Environment
Students and staff will follow enhanced protocols to keep everyone safe.
Every classroom will be supplied with hand sanitizer and disinfecting supplies.
Grades Pre-Kindergarten-4th grade have portable sinks in their classroom.
Stationary hand sanitizing stations have been installed at the main doors of the building.
The building will be thoroughly, cleaned and sanitized in preparation for the school day. This will include classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, and common areas.
Special attention will be given to sanitize high contact areas, multiple times throughout the school. This includes areas such door handles, handrails, toilets, stalls, and sinks.
Teachers and students (age-appropriate) will work together to clean the desk shields, desks and seats. Only the teacher will spray non-toxic sanitizing spray and students will wipe it off to dry with paper towels.
During the day, the bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized once in mid-morning and then again in the mid-afternoon.
Portable air-purifiers are in each classroom and offices. “The Patented “DFS” Technology delivers advanced air purification with a system specifically designed to capture and reduce ultrafine particles in the air. This revolutionary technology efficiently reduces airborne microorganisms and particulate matter while prolonging filter life by inhibiting the growth of captured microorganisms.”
Student or Staff Exhibiting Symptoms
If an individual, either staff or student, is showing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 prior to arriving at school, the individual should not come to school.
The individual should contact and share with their family physician the condition of the individual and follow what direction or guidance is provided.
Individuals need to inform the school what symptoms are being exhibited and keep them informed of their physician’s guidance.
All information shared with the school will be kept in strict confidence and shared only with Administration and those individuals that may need to know.
If sickness is not COVID-19 related, the individual may return to school after 48-hours, symptom free, without medication.
If an individual, either staff or student, begins to show symptoms related to COVID-19 or has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, they will be immediately separated from other students or staff and monitored by a staff member.
Monitoring of the individual will be provided at a safe physical distance for both the individual and staff member.
The parents of a student will be contacted and asked to pick up their child as soon as possible.
Families and staff are asked to keep the school informed on what diagnosis or testing takes place with the individual.
All information shared with the school will be kept in strict confidence and shared only with the Administration and those individuals that may need to know.
Helpful websites for students or staff diagnosed with COVID-19:
Students Preschool - 8th grade will be required to wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth while indoors.
There will be appropriate breaks during the day that the students will be permitted to lower their face coverings for periodic relief including lunch and outdoor recess.
In the event a student forgets their facial-covering, the school will have disposable face masks available.
Students are required to wear masks on the school bus.
Face Covering Guidelines
Students, faculty and staff are asked to wear cloth face coverings.
If your child is unable to wear a cloth mask and needs to wear a shield, it must wrap around the face and extend below the chin.
Gators are allowed.
Face Covering Exceptions include but are not limited to:
Medical situations (physician’s note required).
Wearing a face-covering would inhibit the educational process such as Speech, students with disabilities or where communication could be impacted.
Suggestions to prepare to wear a face mask:
Share a positive take on face masks.
Help prepare by trying on different styles of face masks and determine which is most comfortable for your child.
Consider breathability and comfort around ears/nose/chin.
Plan to have 3-5 face coverings to wear and launder regularly.
Practice wearing the face mask at home for extended periods of time.
A lanyard to secure the face mask is recommended.
School Day Protocols
St. Brendan School will encourage, promote, and enforce social distancing throughout school grounds. However, three feet of social distancing is not always possible in every situation. In those instances, utilization of other best practices such as face coverings, washing hands, air-purifiers, and sanitizing can/will be substituted.
Staff members will escort groups of students traveling in the halls to ensure social distancing.
Staggered and organized movement of students will reduce hallway crowding.
Students should stay to the right in halls with two-way traffic.
Signage throughout the building will help serve as a reminder to keep social distancing.
Based on guidance from the CDC the classrooms have been designed to meet 3- feet of social distancing.
Upon entering and exiting a classroom, students will use the provided hand sanitizer placed
by the door.
Students will have assigned seats.
Desks in grades K-8 are positioned to face the same direction for additional awareness of potential droplets becoming airborne.
Outdoor learning, with social distancing, is encouraged, when possible.
It is strongly recommended that the students do not share their personal materials/supplies during the school day. Any shared classroom materials shall be sanitized after use.
Students will be taught and frequently reminded of appropriate hand washing techniques to maximize the cleaning. This will be done through signage, verbal reminders and video demonstrations.
Restrooms will be monitored as to keep social distancing.
Restrooms have specific signage containing instructions depicting appropriate hand washing techniques.
After using the restroom, all students must wash their hands.
Each grade will have bathroom protocols in place and scheduled times to wash their hands.
Restrooms will be intermittently cleaned and disinfected throughout and after the school day.
All water fountains have automated water bottle filling stations.
Water fountains will only be used to fill water bottles (not as a drinking fountain).
The students are asked to come to school with their water bottle filled (with water ONLY) and may refill when needed. Please clearly label the water bottle with your child’s name and grade.
Visitors will be limited to essential business only and remain in the designated area in which they are visiting.
Only pre-arranged appointments with teachers or school personnel will be approved.
Visitors are required to wear facial coverings upon entering and while in the building.
Meetings and Conferences
Parents are encouraged to schedule meetings virtually or by phone rather than in person.
In-person meetings should follow social distancing protocols and face coverings are required in the building.
We ask that before all meetings or conferences, personal health screenings are conducted before entering the building.
More information will be available closer to the date for the first quarter Parent-Teacher Conferences if they will be virtual, in-person, or hybrid..
Deliveries During the School Day
Policies and procedures may be altered as conditions with the pandemic change. Parents will be notified via email, as all other mass communication is distributed, unless otherwise requested.
Revised: September 2021