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St. Joseph School received approval and certification on our School Reopening Plan on August 5, 2020 from the Diocese of Joliet Catholic Schools Office. View the Reopening Guidelines
Highlighted below are components of the plan.
Information Issued 7/30/2020
MASKS/FACE COVERINGS/SOCIAL DISTANCING
MORNING ARRIVAL AND WELLNESS CHECKS
ACADEMICS AND INSTRUCTION
ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS
REMOTE LEARNING OPTION
We would like to provide synchronous learning where there is a scheduled time for the teacher and students to meet virtually and instruction is delivered in real time. More research is needed and will be communicated to you once we have a solid plan. Virtual learning will feature core subjects.
You will need to commit to a trimester. Must participate in entire enrolled trimester even if SJS goes into remote learning.
FACILITY INFORMATION & CHANGES
Teachers will use outdoor space for teaching as much as possible.
Plexiglas barrier will be added to main office area
Removal of all classroom rugs and communal learning areas
New procedures for sanitizing technology within classrooms
SJS has filling stations for water bottles. The spickets will not be allowed.
Washroom doors remain open.
RESPONSE TO COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
Fever of 100.4 degrees or two or more other symptoms at home:
1. Keep student at home
2. Contact your health provider
3. Contact the school
4. Student may not return until 72 hours after symptoms subside and doctor confirms it is not COVID
If a student tests positive or chooses not to see a doctor, student may not return to school until 14 days after onset of symptoms
Fever of 100.4 degrees or two or more other symptoms at school
1. Immediately separated from others to our designated health area
2. Parent will be contacted – student needs to be off campus within 20-30 minutes. Emergency contact will be utilized if parents are not reached.
3. If students have symptoms but has tested negative on a COVID test, they should remain home until symptoms disappear and provide a doctor’s note or documented test results before being allowed to return to school
If a student tests positive or chooses not to see a doctor, students may not return to school until 14 days after onset of symptoms
DIAGNOSED CASE OF COVID -19
Diagnosis of one case in cohort
1. Parent notification of students in cohort only
2. Increase symptom check with cohort
3. Additional sanitization of classroom
Diagnosis of 2nd case within 14 days
1. Entire cohort (including teacher) quarantined for 14 days
2. eLearning during this period provided by an SJS teacher
Diagnosis within Family
1. Family quarantined for 14 days
2. Student received support/assignments from cohort teacher
Multiple Diagnoses Across School
1. School quarantined for 14 days
2. Remote learning provided by SJS teacher
We are following CDC quarantine policies
WASHROOMS & HAND HYGIENE
HALLWAYS, STAIRWELLS & TRAFFIC FLOW
Students in PS-8 will not be traveling to other classrooms.
FAQs Issued 7/2/2020
Will students be required to wear masks?
Yes. Face coverings must be worn. Face coverings will not be worn every minute of the school day. When students are outside and social distance is maintained, face coverings are not required. If a student has a medical reason for not wearing a face covering, a physician note is required.
Will face coverings be provided by St. Joseph?
St. Joseph School families will need to provide their own face coverings. SJS will have a supply of disposable face masks on hand in the event a student forgets a face covering.
What will morning arrival look like?
The drop off procedure will continue in the same drop off zone. However, the staff will be assigned at each entrance and will stagger the students entering the building to maintain social distancing. Face coverings will need to be worn when entering the building and once the student exits the bus or a car.
Will temperatures be taken?
Students’ temperatures will be taken upon arrival to school. If the temperature is 100.4 F (38.0C) or higher, the student will be sent home. We have designated a “safe” room to stage students until they are picked up. This safe room will be monitored with an adult.
In the classrooms, will the students be spaced apart?
Yes, all seating will be spread out in the classrooms to use the maximum amount of space. Classrooms will be cleared of any “extra” furniture to allow for additional space. Social distance will be observed as much as possible.
Will the students follow their regular schedule? Will they attend specials?
Yes, students will follow their regular schedule, lining up with social distancing. Physical education will be outside weather permitting. Spanish, music, art, technology, and library teachers will go to the classroom for instruction.
Will extended care continue?
Yes, extended care will be offered.
Morning: students arriving in the morning will continue to report to the LRC for check-in. Temperatures will be taken, and students will wash hands upon arrival.
After School: students will be assigned to a classroom/or the gym. Parents will continue to sign out their students in the LRC before going to the classroom for pick up.
Will hand sanitizers be readily available?
Touchless hand sanitizers will be installed in high traffic areas. Students will use these frequently throughout the day in addition to frequent hand washing. Stand-alone hand sanitizer liquid bottles will be in all classrooms. We are currently ordering disinfectant materials to have an adequate supply when school begins.
What is the procedure if a student/staff were to show symptoms during the school day?
Parents will be contacted immediately. We have a supervised quarantine space for students/staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms while waiting to be picked up.
What are the procedures for lunch?
Students will eat in their classrooms to minimize movement of large groups in the hallways and in the school hall. Lunch time will be monitored by their teacher. We encourage students to bring a reusable placemat with their lunch. Desks will be cleaned before and after lunch. There will be no hot lunch days or outside deliveries allowed.
Will students go out for recess and use play equipment?
Students will continue to play outside for recess. There will be no shared equipment.
What about field trips, assemblies and after school activities?
At this time and in keeping with safety precautions, there will be no field trips, school assemblies or after school activities. As restrictions are lifted, field trips, assemblies and after school activities will be added when deemed safe.
Will there be additional cleaning of classrooms?
The classrooms will be cleaned after school every day. Buck Services is our professional cleaning service. In addition to the daily professional cleaning, there will be bathroom checks three times daily to wipe down the frequently touched areas, and the staff will wipe down or disinfect each desk/table before the school day begins. Desks will be wiped down before and after lunch.
What happens if a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID?
If a student or staff member becomes sick with COVID, parents will be notified. That student or staff member will self-isolate at home and follow CDC guidelines for discontinuation of isolation. Individuals who have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 infection should isolate at home and monitor symptoms for 14 days. Individuals who did not have close contact can return to school immediately after disinfection.
Will students change for gym classes?
Students can wear gym clothes on days they have gym. Walking shorts are required to be worn by our 4-8th grade girls. The locker rooms will not be used.
Will parents be able to visit the school?
All adults entering the building are required to wear a face covering and have their temperature taken before entering the building. We are limiting visitors into the school.
Will SJS transition to remote learning if an individual who was in the building tests positive for COVID-19?
No, only those individuals with close contact with someone who tested positive or who is suspected of having COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
At Home Help:
We ask that you set up a routine throughout the summer so you can talk about the changes to your children and even show them some new things. Encourage your child to discuss their feelings during these unusual days. This way, you can help your children visualize what is different and hopefully reduce anxiety about all the anticipated changes. This can include the use of cloth face coverings or reminding your child not to touch their face covering as much as possible and wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water.
We also recommend that over the summer, families try out different kinds of masks on your children to see what styles/fits make the most sense. We just ask that the designs are appropriate for the mission of SJS and that our children can adjust.
Please understand that conditions are changing daily and guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education have been fluid with changes. We will do our best to keep you informed as we work hard to keep our students and staff safe. We will continue with our weekly communication and include any additional information