June 10, 2020
I hope you are enjoying your summer. We are busy here at school getting everything ready for the 2020-2021 school year. We are creating an addendum to the handbook that addresses changes to our normal procedures due to COVID-19 concerns. We wanted to show you some ways that we are working to make our school safe for our community in the fall. We will be following the guidance of the governor as to which stage our state is in and modify our procedures in this addendum accordingly.
We are planning for our school to open with face-to-face instruction in August. However, at any time, if the governor or local health department closes our city public schools we will follow suit. That is why it is extremely important for us to be ready for the possibility of returning to remote learning at any time during the school year. We were thrown into the remote learning situation in the springs and I feel our teachers did a great job with little warning. But, if remote learning should become our reality in the fall for a period of time, we want to be able to learn what worked and how we can improve so we can prepare accordingly.
God Bless- Janet Edgar
Here are some things that being thought of and suggested/implemented.
Covid-19 Addendum to St. John’s School Policy Manual
It is our expectation that the Coronavirus pandemic will continue to be a challenge through the 2020-2021 school year. Therefore, we have implemented new procedures to keep our school community safe while continuing to provide an excellent educational experience for our children. We will follow the mandates of the governor and superintendent.
- Staff and Students who have tested positive, are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should stay home.
- Health Monitoring- Each person entering the building will be screened.
- Visitors – There will be very limited access to the building for visitors in order to protect the safety and health of our students and staff.
- Lunch – Students will eat lunch in their classrooms and visitors will not be allowed to eat with the children. Boxed lunches from the cafeteria will be delivered to the classrooms.
- Hygiene – expectations and practices of good hygiene will be taught and emphasized-such as: how to wash one’s hands and how to cover a cough/sneeze.
- Soap, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be widely available.
- Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- Students will need to wear face coverings when moving around the building as feasible however may not be required to wear them in the classroom.
- Faculty and staff will wear face coverings.
- Drinking fountains will be off limits. Water bottle fillers will be available.
- Social distancing will be the norm. Floor stickers indicating 6 foot distancing will be used. Desks will be spread out in the classroom at a 6 foot distance where feasible with each student facing the same direction.
- Morning arrival and drop off will be lengthened to allow for health monitoring to occur without backing up our traffic lines. We will begin unloading and checking temperatures at 7:00. At 7:45 we will continue to unload and check temps at the main school office drop off circle drive for 30 additional minutes. Children will be counted tardy until 8:15.
- Afternoon Pick Up – The children will be waiting in rooms that are spaced to help them socially distance while waiting for their rides. When you pull up to pick up your child, he or she will be called out to the loading zones.
- Checking out a child – When you need to check your child out for an appointment, call the office to let them know you are on your way. When you arrive, stay in your car and a staff member will walk your child out to you and let you sign them out.