Covid-19 Updates

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Keep up with the latest coronavirus information:

CLASSROOM ARRANGEMENTS
Desks and chairs have been reconfigured in each classroom to meet the current class enrollments and social distancing protocols.

  • Desks are placed in front-facing rows.
  • Desks will not be placed in clusters or workgroups.
  • Non-essential furniture and equipment have been removed from classrooms to create the maximum space possible for students and teachers.
  • When feasible, students, especially those in K-5, will meet in their classes for most of their day (including lunch).
  • CLASS COHORTS – there is minimal, if any, mixing of classes/grades. Instead, each class/grade represents its cohort, and individuals within that cohort will interact with and have physical proximity limited to other individuals in that cohort to the extent possible. By keeping the children in smaller groups by class/grade, we can control the number of individuals that come into contact with our children daily and keep exposure consistent within each class/grade.
  • Specialists may come to primary classrooms instead of the students traveling to their classes.

MASKS AND HYGIENE
St. Monica Catholic School will continue our increased and frequent handwashing procedures and other hygiene practices. Additionally, children and staff will wash their hands when leaving the facility.

MASKS

  • All staff will be required to wear cloth masks except when working independently.
  • All students will be required to wear cloth masks/no gators or plastic face shields at school.
  • Students must always have two masks on hand at school each day.
  • St. Monica will provide one face shield for each student to remain on campus at all times – it will be sanitized each night.
  • Parents should provide their child’s masks to promote regular cleaning of masks, ensure that the masks are a good fit, and help identify each mask’s owner.
  • All visitors must wear a mask, and non-essential visits are limited to phone or virtual meetings if available.
  • Pre-K students are encouraged to wear their school-issued face shields while in the classroom, working, and playing. During meal times and recess, they can be removed.

HYGIENE

  • Students and staff are required to wash their hands before/upon entering the classroom and before eating.
  • When possible, students will use soap and water to wash their hands; alternatively, they will use hand sanitizer – St. Monica has replaced all drinking fountains with handwashing stations throughout the campus – Students are strongly encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Teachers and instructional assistants will wipe down desks with approved cleaning supplies between each new group of students entering the room for shared spaces, before and after eating, and at the end of the day.
  • Our increased maintenance staff will continue to clean during and after each school day, paying extra attention to high-use areas.
  • Shared equipment and instructional materials will be cleaned regularly.

BEFORE SCHOOL SCREENING

  • Students will undergo a required health screening each school day.
    • Parents will be asked if their child or anyone in the child’s household is exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Parents who report symptoms will be required to keep their children home.

1. Has your child had any of the following symptoms in the last 72 hours?

  • Dry cough, shortness of breath, or breathing difficulty
  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or more, or a sense of having a fever
  • Nausea or Diarrhea or Vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion / runny nose – NOT related to seasonal allergies
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Unusual fatigue

2. Does anyone in your household have any of the above symptoms right now?
3. Has your child been near anyone suspected or confirmed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
4. Has your child taken any medication to reduce fever before coming to school?

If any of the above answers are “yes,” or if the student has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, he/she may not attend school and must immediately go home.

If the above answers are “no,” and the temperature is below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the student may attend school.

AT SCHOOL SCREENING 
Students will also submit to a temperature check using a non-contact thermometer to ensure that the school staff is not above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Students who exhibit symptoms while at school will be sent to the health isolation room on campus, and the student’s temperature will be checked.
  • The child will be required to have COVID-19 testing in a medical facility (WA State Department of Health)
  • Any student or staff member who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to stay at home for three days after their symptoms have disappeared (defined as no fever without the use of medications and improvement in respiratory signs like cough and shortness of breath), even after a negative test result and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (WA State Department of Health)

SCHOOL ENTRY

  • School entry is limited to students, faculty, staff, and previously approved volunteers or parent visitors.
    • All individuals who enter the school, including volunteers and parent visitors, must first complete and clear the same health screening and temperature check required of students, as noted in the above Screening section.
    • Notifying the office of an intended visit is required.
  • Some volunteer jobs will be eliminated or modified to restrict non-essential visitors and limit the number of individuals entering the buildings.
  • Volunteers will be required to follow the same health and safety protocols as faculty and staff.

CONFIRMED CASES

  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be reported to the King County Health Department and the Office of Catholic Schools.
  • Students and staff will be quarantined as directed.
  • Parents should inform the school immediately if someone in their household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is quarantined for a suspected case.
  • Areas used by the sick person will be cleaned and disinfected.

VENTILATION

  • Increased air circulation throughout the building.
    • We are installing an improved HVAC system through our ventilation system.
    • Opening windows in some classrooms and offices will often occur.
    • Classroom doors will be opened when possible and appropriate.

LUNCH

  • Students will eat lunch at their desks in their classrooms.
  • Students will wash their hands before and after eating lunch.
  • The school’s hot lunch program will be in place during the school year.
  • Lunch baskets will be sanitized and return to the lunch sorting table in the upper hall by staff.

RECESS

  • Recess and outdoor activities are encouraged.
  • Students will be strongly discouraged from playing games that involved regular close contact.

When should sick students or staff isolate/quarantine, and for how long?
Sick students or staff who have not been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to follow up with a medical provider if possible, especially if symptoms get worse.

If they have NOT been tested for COVID-19, remain home for at least 10 days after symptoms began, AND at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved AND symptoms have improved.

If they tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19, remain home for at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved and symptoms have improved.

Sick students or staff who have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to get tested and remain home for:
• at least 14 days from the date of last exposure
• AND at least 10 days after symptoms began
• AND at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications
• AND symptoms have improved.

Sick staff members or parents/guardians of sick students should notify the school immediately if they or someone in their home tests positive for COVID-19.

Please remember that our goals are to:

  1. Keep our Teachers safe!
  2. Keep our Students (and their families) safe!
  3. Keep our School open!

By working together as a community, all of this can happen.  To remain open with an in-person instructional model, we all have to do our parts to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.  Please be observant of local ordinances, including wearing a mask/face coverings and maintaining physical distance when in public.  We need all our families to be in communion (empathy, agreement, harmony) regarding being mindful and safe while away from campus.  We are doing everything in our power while on campus to follow health and safety regulations, but we need to remain safe while away from school.