Return to School Plan: Fall 2020

All students - in school - every day. Read the FAQ’s to learn how JPII/SFXP will educate students safely.

INTRODUCTION

Yes, SFXP/JPII will reopen the campus. Based on DESE guidance, All SFXP and JPII students can return to school every day, five days per week.

Our two top priorities are to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is minimized, and to organize school time and space so that students will be in-person with their teachers.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has issued a series of guidelines that allow schools to reopen safely. 

7/24/2020: Guidance for Courses Requiring Additional Safety Considerations (e.g., PE, Chorus, Arts)

7/22/2020: Transportation Guidance

7/22/2020: Facilities and Operations Guidance

6/25/2020: Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance. 

No. Students, faculty/staff members, and families must follow new requirements based on the state’s health and safety guidelines. It will not be perfect, and we know there will be challenges for students, teachers, and families. However, most importantly, we will orient students, teachers, and families to the new procedures this summer and count on your flexibility, cooperation, and goodwill.

Possibly. The model we are describing permits adaptability and optionality in our plans. JPII/SFXP faculty and staff will be ready for any August scenarios we need to reopen campus and launch the new school year. We believe that maximizing on-campus time is the best way to ensure all our students are learning at their best; therefore, we will adapt as quickly as possible to revised DESE guidelines.

Current guidelines limit outside visitors in school buildings. In select instances, volunteers will be permitted and arranged by school administrators.

All students will attend an orientation session to prepare for the new procedures and the new year. These sessions will be offered as follows:

Grade 5: August 26 from 9:30 - 12:00 (all grade 5)

Grade 6: August 11 from 9:00 - 10:00 (last names A-E), 11:00- 12:00 (last names F-P), and 1:00 - 2:00 (last names Q-Z)

Grade 7: August 12 from 9:00 - 10:00 (last names A-F), 11:00- 12:00 (last names G-M) and 1:00 - 2:00 (last names N-Z)

Grade 8: August 13 from 9:00 - 10:00 (last names A-F), 11:00- 12:00 (last names G-M), and 1:00 - 2:00 (last names N-Z)

Grade 9: August 10 or 12 from 10:00 - 12:00 or 2:00 - 4:00.

Grade 10: August 24 at 11:00 for orientation and locker selection.

Grade 11: August 24 at 10:00 for orientation and locker selection

Grade 12: August 24 at 9:00 for orientation and locker selection

Students and staff members must begin the year comfortably with the new COVID-related routines and procedures. As such, students will attend one day of classes in the first week, and teachers will have one day to debrief and adjust their practices. Please plan on the following schedule for the first week of classes:

  • Grades 5, 7, 9, and 10 students will attend classes on Tuesday, September 1. 
  • Grades 6, 8, 11, and 12 students will attend classes on Wednesday, September 2. 
  • There will be no classes on Thursday, September 3, so that faculty members can review and adapt to the initial two days of classes. 
  • Friday, September 4, is a regularly scheduled day off.

All grade levels/all students will return on Tuesday, September 8.

Students and staff members must begin the year comfortably with the new COVID-related routines and procedures. As such, students will attend one day of classes in the first week, and teachers will have one day to debrief and adjust their practices. Please plan on the following schedule for the first week of classes:

  • Grades 5, 7, 9, and 10 students will attend classes on Tuesday, September 1. 
  • Grades 6, 8, 11, and 12 students will attend classes on Wednesday, September 2. 
  • There will be no classes on Thursday, September 3, so that faculty members can review and adapt to the initial two days of classes. 
  • Friday, September 4, is a regularly scheduled day off.

All grade levels/all students will return on Tuesday, September 8.

 

School administrators will hold weekly Town Hall meetings (using Zoom) each Tuesday (8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25), leading to students returning to school. SFXP meetings will be held at 5:30 PM, and JPII meetings will be held at 7 PM.

HEALTH CLINIC PROCEDURES

Yes, Mrs. Laura Linnell, RN, is the SFXP Nurse full-time, and Mrs. Maura Bresnahan, RN, and Mrs. Maureen Remillard, RN split JPII services. All three nurses have attended meetings throughout the summer to prepare for COVID-19 protocols.

No. Parents/guardians should take their child’s temperature at home before heading to school. Students with an elevated temperature should not attend school in person but may utilize distance-learning from home. Please notify the school office should this occur.

If students or staff members have any of the following symptoms, they are to stay home from school (or go home from school) and get a test for active COVID-19 infection before returning to school:

  • Fever (100.4 or higher), chills, or shaking chills
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

The student and staff member may return to school once asymptomatic for 24 hours.

The student or staff member will remain home, notify the school, close personal contacts, assist the school in tracing efforts, and answer the call from the Board of Health or MA Community Tracing Collaborative. Students and staff members with a mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least ten days and until at least three days have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms.

All close contacts of COVID-positive students or staff should be tested.

They must remain home in self-isolation for 14 days from symptom onset.

An individual positive COVID-19 result will not lead to whole school communication. Instead, the student’s parent/caregiver (or staff member) must inform the school immediately. The school will then determine the infected person's locations at school and close contacts. Based on this information, school areas will be closed and cleaned immediately, and close contacts will be contacted. 

The school has established a COVID-19 related isolation space at SFXP and JPII for students who experience symptoms. Families are required to pick up symptomatic students ASAP.

Possibly. If there is more than one confirmed COVID-19 case (student or staff) at school at one time (or a series of single cases in a short period), the school will consult health authorities and the Diocesan Catholic Schools Office to determine the advisability and possible duration of partial or full closure.

RISK REDUCTION

It is safe to return to school provided students and staff members maintain proper physical distance, wear face masks, wash/sanitize their hands, and disinfect common surfaces.

Yes. To provide maximum physical space for this plan, it is necessary to move Grade 8 students into the JPII building for most of their classes. We intend to return Grade 8 students to the SFXP building when public health guidelines permit.

There will be a one-way traffic flow pattern in the hallways, stairwells, and in common areas. Barriers will be installed on lunch tables and in office areas. Additionally, restroom occupancy will be monitored to allow for appropriate distancing.

Yes. Students will be provided this information as part of their orientation sessions.

Classrooms and the school cafeteria/gymnasium will be utilized for lunch. Because masks must be removed to eat, 6-ft. of physical distance will be established, and plexiglass partitions installed. No 'a la carte' or point of purchase items will be available under the current guidance. Only pre-ordered lunches will be available, starting on Monday, September 28.

Fresh air ventilation (windows open and regular outdoor visits) will be maximized. As is done annually, duct cleaning is scheduled to be completed prior to the start of school. Additionally, MERV filters/air purification systems will be installed in the SFXP lower level (no window access). 

Yes. Based on DESE guidelines, all students (above Grade Two) and adults must wear masks. Mask breaks will be provided throughout the day when 6-ft.+ physical distance and fresh air can be ensured.

SFXP: A soft, 100% cotton, cloth uniform mask must be worn. A student who does not find the SFXP mask to his or her liking can wear his or her own solid color cloth mask. Masks must have two or more layers. Neck coverings, bandanas, and/or gaiters are not permitted. Disposable masks or bandanas may not be worn.

JPII: Cloth masks, including designed masks that are consistent with good taste, are allowable. Masks must have two or more layers. Neck coverings, bandanas, and/or gaiters are not permitted. Disposable masks or bandanas may not be worn.

No. The SFXP uniform mask is available through Donnelly’s Clothing and/or may be ordered through the school store. Families are responsible for purchasing the masks. JPII-logo masks will be available through the JPII school store.

Noncompliance with face mask directives will be taken seriously. In such cases, school administrators will contact parents for immediate resolution. Repeated offenses may result in the transition to remote learning until the student can comply with the mask rules.

Mask breaks can be provided when 6-ft.+ of physical distance is achieved and ventilation provided. Teachers will provide mask breaks as frequently as possible.

Students and staff are required to exercise hand hygiene (handwashing or sanitizing) upon arrival to school, before eating, before putting on and taking off masks, and before dismissal.

Hand sanitizing stations are available in the classrooms, bathrooms, library, cafeteria, gym, and shared spaces, and at the end of each hallway.

Students will be responsible for disinfecting their desks with a school-provided disinfectant wipe at the end of each class and before and after lunch. 

No.  The drinking fountains will be closed, but students will be permitted to have ample water breaks throughout the day.

ACADEMICS

Teachers will present to all or nearly all of their students in-person, in classrooms. A small number of students (by family choice or “overflow” students beyond room capacity) will attend the same class session remotely, using Zoom (JPII) or Google Meet (SFXP). The school is upgrading its technology significantly with new laptops, enhanced external speakers and cameras, and document cameras to make this arrangement effective.

DESE guidelines allow for min. 3-ft. of physical distance between students. However, the school will adhere to a 4-ft.+ minimum distance to lessen risk and stress on students and faculty members.

Remote students will be supervised and attend class in non-classroom locations (gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium) and vacant classrooms.

Significant preparations are being made so that teachers can present synchronous lessons to students in-person and remotely. We are acquiring new technology (e.g., new laptops, wireless speakers, enhanced cameras, document cameras, etc.) and dedicating one full week of teacher training in August to prepare for the new model. Additionally, teachers will convene on a professional day on September 3 to assess the first two days of classes.

Yes. Should parents have particular concerns and request that their child does not attend school in person, this plan allows for 100% remote participation in daily classes.

Please use this form to contact Mrs. Kelley or Ms. Valentino to request this arrangement.

Yes. Based on prior consultation with the principal, families may switch to in-person or 100% remote at any time.

Courses requiring additional safety precautions may be modified or suspended. Currently, vocal music, instrumental music, dance, and physical education will require modifications or temporary suspension. All classroom academic courses are otherwise unaffected.

Yes. Administrators and faculty members are rebuilding the school’s remote instructional model, so that should stay-at-home requirements return, we can implement an improved fully-remote plan. 

It may be necessary, at some point, to implement a hybrid instructional model. If so, administrators and faculty members have established the following schedule and parameters.  View here.
It may be necessary, at some point, to implement a full-remote instructional model.  If so, administrators and faculty members have established the following schedule and parameters.  View here.

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

We know that the SFXP/JPII experience is much more than academic class meetings only. Currently, school activities are limited by physical distancing guidelines. However, we will develop alternate ways to provide non-instructional programming, such as live streaming events, smaller sessions, and the use of larger spaces such as the SFXP gymnasium and JPII auditorium.

Yes. Students will attend Mass in class groupings that will fit comfortably within public worship guidelines.

Similar to academic classes, clubs and activities will go forward as expected under the safety guidelines.

The MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletics Association) COVID-19 Taskforce has scheduled Fall sports to begin September 14. As a member school, all middle and high school sports are governed by MIAA guidelines. 

After-care will be available but will be held in Monsignor Thomson Hall instead of the art room to allow for physical distancing. Although we plan to offer study hall as soon as possible, this service will not be available during the first several weeks of the new academic year.

Barnstable Public Schools Transportation
Due to Barnstable Public Schools' delayed school opening, transportation provided by the District shall commence on Monday, September 28. Arrangements are made through the Barnstable Public Schools' Transportation Department.

Currently CCRTA has not determined transportation plans. Once known, SFXP/JPII will communicate these to families. However, you are welcome to contact the CCRTA directly at any time. 

Yes. The Buzzards Bay Bus will operate every day we are in session. However, DESE transportation guidelines limit the number of riders. The school has been in direct contact with registered riders to make necessary adjustments.

Students may elect to go outdoors during X Block. The school will utilize three separate areas to keep grade levels together and allow for more social distancing space. Students must stay 6 feet apart from one another while outside without face masks. Due to restrictions, students will use this time for fresh air; matt-ball and other activities requiring physical exertion will not occur.

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