Prince of Peace Catholic School continues to closely monitor the continuing developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Thank you for partnering with us as we navigate this continuously-evolving and difficult situation.
The information below is based on the public health situation as we understand it today and is intended to support planning for school year activities and instruction. As shared previously, the safety of our teachers, students, and staff is our number one priority. Changes to the public health situation may necessitate changes to this guidance, including additional restrictions to school operations. We will continue to update our community as we make decisions and refine our plan via email and the POP website.
Keeping our community safe and being able to offer on-campus instruction is a shared responsibility, and we are counting on everyone to do their part. Additionally, we must note that POP is subject to Collin County Health Department rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 outbreaks, and that if the school exceeds a certain threshold in cases in a certain time, school will be closed. This would be regrettable and is preventable.
We have all had to make significant behavioral changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To remain open, we will need to continue these practices:
- staying home when sick or after having been in close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case
- frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- wearing face coverings appropriately and/or receiving the COVID-19 vaccination when eligible
- avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- medical self-screening and reporting
- cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
- providing instruction to students on the appropriate hygiene practices consistent with mitigating the spread of COVID-19
Regular reminders will support these protocols.
Please note until further notice, masks are part of the POP school uniform and are to be worn by everyone while inside the building.
Masks are defined as non-medical grade face masks or cloth face coverings. In addition to this, the Diocese of Dallas recommends that we upgrade from cloth masks to a KN-95 or N95 mask that is able to form a seal around the mouth and nose. Not only are these masks easier to breathe in, they provide better protection than loose fitting cloth masks.
Please note: Disposable masks are acceptable. Masks with ventilation valves are NOT permitted.
Masks must fit snuggly but comfortably against the side of the face, cover from the nose to chin, be secured with ties or ear loops, preferably include multiple layers of fabric if the material is cloth and allow for breathing without restriction.
You should be prepared to provide clean face coverings that are comfortable for your child(ren).
Students may wear masks of their choosing as long as they are not distracting or inappropriate.
We recommend packing an extra mask for your child in the event it is sneezed in or misplaced. We recommend you label masks.
In order to promote cleanliness and avoid misplacement, we recommend that students pull masks beneath their chin or use mask lanyards instead of completely removing their masks during breaks and meal times.
We encourage you to talk with your children about wearing masks. For tips, please see this article from Children's Health: 7 Tips to Help Your Child Wear a Face Mask
Students, teachers, and staff will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving on campus each day.
Teachers will have ready access to non-contact thermometers in classrooms to screen students as necessary.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms while on campus, the school will contact you to come pick up your child.
Parents are asked to come immediately when called by the school to pick up their child.
Students experiencing symptoms will be immediately separated and isolated until a parent or emergency contact can pick them up.
There will be an isolation room in both the main building and CLC for students displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Positive Cases - Isolate
Prince of Peace Catholic School will notify teachers, staff, and families of all students if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among those participating in on-campus activities.
If an individual on campus tests positive for COVID-19, all families (CLC - 8th grade) will receive a letter stating we have had a positive case at school. The letter will specify the grade level the positive case was reported in, but it will not reveal any personal information about the case.
If it is determined that anyone in the building was in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19, notification will be sent to that person or group of people informing them of that fact and asking them to quarantine.
Any student who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19 may return to school after providing the following information:
A negative PCR test (Rapid antigen test results and antibody test results are not acceptable for campus re-entry nor are at-home/self-administered tests.) OR
The individual provides a note from a licensed physician stating that the patient is safe to return to school/work OR
The individual isolates for 10 days after symptom onset AND
At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
And the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).
In the case of an individual who tested positive and is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may come back to campus if the individual isolates for 10 days after symptom onset, the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. The individual cannot test out of the 10-day isolation period once a positive test has been received.
- Close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case will be sent home to quarantine.
- Please note, the definition of close contact is constantly changing. At this time, close contact is defined as: a person being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face covering) OR a person who was within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes while not wearing a mask or face covering. Individuals who have been fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in a 90-day period prior to exposure will not be considered close contact and will be exempt from quarantine. Please note proof of vaccination or a confirmatory COVID-19 lab test (not an antibodies test) that indicates the individual had COVID-19 within the last 90 days must be submitted to the school nurse for quarantine exemptions. (updated 8/10/21)
- If it is not possible to definitively know who the individual has been in contact with, the school will presume that maximum exposure has taken place and will quarantine anyone who could have come into contact with the individual, up to and including the entire school.
- In all cases, the goal will be to limit disruption to the greatest extent possible while erring on the side of being overly cautious.
Close contacts on campus will be identified through contact tracing.
Individuals who have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case will be asked to quarantine for 14 days since the last contact with the person who was infected OR 10 days since the last contact with the person who was infected along with a negative PCR test administered between days 7-9.
- A negative PCR test does not remove a quarantine in any circumstance because the individual may develop symptoms or test positive at any point during the quarantine period.
- Any student, teacher, or staff member living with someone who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19, whether they have a positive COVID-19 test or not, should quarantine. If they do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms during that period, they can return to school. If they experience symptoms, they must self-isolate until the conditions outlined above have been met. The only exception to this is individuals who have been fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in a 90-day period prior to exposure. These individuals are not considered close contacts and will be exempt from quarantine if the positive individual isolates from the fully vaccinated individual. Please note proof of vaccination or a confirmatory COVID-19 lab test (not an antibodies test) that indicates the individual had COVID-19 within the last 90 days must be submitted to the school nurse for quarantine exemptions.
- If it has been determined that a student has been in close contact with a positive case they will be notified and asked to quarantine. The family will be given a return date using the quarantine policy stated above.
- Assistant principals and teachers will be notified of individuals placed on quarantine.
- Assistant principals will email parents to communicate academic procedures and expectations as well as supply pick-up information.
- Assistant principals will gather supplies and materials (including iPads for lower school students) for parents to pick up at the tables outside of the front office. We appreciate your patience; this process takes time, and there are a lot of moving parts.
- CLC and lower school students may be sent hard copy assignments or digital assignments through Seesaw. CLC and lower school teachers will post a Weekly Planning Tool to provide students with expectations for the week. Instructional videos will also be posted to Seesaw when appropriate, and teachers will be available to tutor via MS Teams by appointment.
- Upper school students will utilize Moodle to access assignments and instructional videos. They should also check their school email throughout the day. Teachers will have a daily agenda posted at the top of their Moodle page which will provide students with a brief explanation of daily expectations. Teachers will also post assignment due dates and any additional assignment information on the Moodle calendar. The Moodle calendar also features dates of upcoming quizzes, tests, and projects. This is an important tool which students at home must review. Students are expected to complete assignments and take quizzes and tests on their corresponding due dates unless previous communication with their teacher has occurred. If there is an important difference in what is expected to be completed by a student at home, teachers will either note this on their Moodle page or via a direct email to the student. If a quarantined student has any questions about expectations, they should email their teacher for clarification. Teachers will be available to tutor via MS Teams by appointment.
- Art, music, P.E., and K-2 technology will be optional for students in quarantine. Resources will be available for these courses under Parent Resources on our website.
- Technology assignments for students in grades 3-8 will be required. They will be reflected on the Weekly Planning Tool (Seesaw) or Moodle calendar.
- Assignments for language courses will be required. They will be reflected on the Weekly Planning Tool (Seesaw) or Moodle calendar if assigned.
If the school asks a student to quarantine, the student's attendance will be marked as OC (off-campus). Students will not be penalized for absences due to quarantine; however, students are expected to continue working on school work from home. Please stay in communication with teachers and the assistant principals if expectations cannot be met due to circumstances at home.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case will be sent home to isolate or quarantine. Students will follow the normal absence procedures as they pertain to illnesses.
There may be situations that necessitate temporary class, grade level, or school closure due to positive COVID-19 cases at the school. Parents should be prepared for this in the event that it occurs.
POP will not provide eLearning unless a substantial number of students in a class are required to isolate or quarantine. We are fully prepared to transition to eLearning full-time in the event of a classroom, grade level, or building closure due to COVID-19 exposure.
The school has hired a day porter for cleaning classrooms, restrooms, common areas, and high-touch surfaces throughout the day. The school has also contracted with an outside cleaning company for nightly deep cleaning and disinfecting.
Each classroom is equipped with cleaning solution for disinfecting high touch surfaces throughout the day.
Each classroom is equipped with wall-mounted air purifiers to help deactivate possible virus particles and improve air quality.
- Students and staff have been trained in proper handwashing protocols to prevent COVID-19 and the spread of germs.
- CLC teachers are encouraged to supervise student handwashing for 20 seconds multiple times throughout the day, including the following: upon arrival at school each morning, prior to snack and lunchtime, after using the restroom, prior to the start of centers, and as they return from recess.
- Lower School teachers are encouraged to supervise student handwashing for 20 seconds at least two times each day.
- All students are encouraged to wash their hands after using the restroom and before eating.
- Handwashing stations are available in restrooms and classrooms.
- Hand sanitizer will continue to be available in each classroom.
- Hand sanitizer stations are available in the common areas and at the building entrances.
- Faucets and paper towel dispensers are touchless in all school restrooms.
What Will School Look Like?
- CLC: 11:00 a.m.
- K - 3rd grade: 11:45 a.m.
- 4th - 8th grade: 12:10 p.m.
CLC & K-3rd Grade: 7:55 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
4th - 8th Grade: 7:55 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Arrival and dismissal procedures will return to normal. The school building will open at 7:30 a.m. for students.
St. James carpool will available at 7:20 a.m. Students will wait in St. James until 7:45 a.m. and then will be dismissed to the classrooms.
Cana carpool will begin at 7:30 a.m. Students in grades 3-5 will wait in the Cana Center and will be dismissed to the classrooms at 7:45 a.m. Students in grades 6-8 will wait in the gym and will be dismissed to the classrooms at 7:40 a.m.
CLC carpool will begin at 7:30 a.m. A CLC staff member will greet you and your child in the carpool line or at the front door of the main entrance.
- Students receiving morning tutoring should be dropped off in St. James carpool (not through the front office).
- Students receiving afternoon tutoring should be picked up in St. James carpool (not through the front office).
Per Texas Education Code (TEC), §25.092, students must attend 90% of a course in order to be awarded credit for the course and/or to be promoted to the next grade. This requirement remains in force during the 2021-22 school year. Whether learning on campus or at home, attendance will be required of all students.
- All-School Mass will begin in the sanctuary on Wednesday, August 18.
- Visitors are welcome to attend Mass; however, all visitors must wear masks while inside the building.
- All students and staff will wear masks during All-School Mass.
- Students should bring a labeled, full, insulated water bottle to school each day for use at refillable stations.
- Water fountains will not be available for use.
- Multiple grade levels will eat in the Cana Center at a time. Students will be grouped by homeroom, they will be seated at every other seat (updated 8/10/21), and will have assigned seats.
- The Cana Center will be disinfected between lunches.
- Students may go through the lunch line to purchase hot lunches; however, the salad bar will not be available.
- Microwaves (for 7th and 8th grade) will be available for student use.
- Lunch will be silent for the first 15 minutes. (updated 8/10/21)
- Students will be silent during snack time. (updated 8/10/21)
- Students may remove their masks while playing outside. (updated 8/10/21)
- The Dallas Parochial League (DPL) will resume sports in the fall of 2021. More information will be sent out to families about what sports will be offered, and specific protocols will be communicated as they become available.
- After-school activities (including band, chess, SmartCode, academic competitions, drama, choir, clubs, etc.) will resume for the 2021-22 school year.
- Our Extended Day Program (EDP) will follow all school safety and health protocols.
- For additional information, please contact Mrs. Melissa Hanold, EDP Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting and Volunteering
- All visitors and volunteers are required to wear masks while in the building.
- If a visitor or volunteer tests positive for COVID-19, the nurse, Tracey Cieleski, should be contacted at email@example.com.
Support of Student Social and Emotional Learning
We have all learned to adapt to the pandemic in individual ways. We understand that social emotional well-being of our students is an important part of their overall health.
We recognize that returning to campus may be an additional stressor for some students. Please know that our school counselors, Mrs. Brandy Gass and Mr. Scott Ripberger are aware of these stressors and are available for support.
Helpful hints for talking with children about Coronavirus Disease: CDC Article
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking the necessary actions that reduce the risk of illness. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. This is also a tremendous opportunity for adults to model for children problem-solving, flexibility, and compassion as we all work through adjusting daily schedules, balancing work and other activities, getting creative about how we spend time, processing new information from authorities, and connecting and supporting friends and family members in new ways.
Learn additional tips and information here: NASP Article
This document provides a list of statewide resources that can help families connect with specific resources as needs are identified: TEA Resources
*Please understand that the information contained on this website may change at any time, depending on the course of the virus and guidance from state and local officials.*
Diocesan Consent and Release Form
Please read the Diocesan Activity Participation Consent and Release Form below and electronically sign one form for each child enrolled in the On-Campus Learning Model at Prince of Peace Catholic School.
Activity Participation Consent And Release Form
By my signature below, I/we consent to my child's (Student) participation in activities sponsored by Prince of Peace Catholic School (School), including activities held on the School’s premises and activities held at other venues. I/we understand and acknowledge that Student’s participation in school-sponsored activities may expose Student to contact with one or more persons or objects that have been infected with, and/or exposed to, diseases or viruses, including the virus commonly known as COVID-19. I/we understand that, as a result, Student’s participation in school-sponsored activities may expose Student to the risk of exposure to or infection with diseases or viruses (such as COVID-19). I/we understand that the potential risks associated with exposure to or infection with the diseases or viruses (such as COVID-19) are not fully known, but may include significant and serious illness, bodily injury, disfigurement, or temporary or permanent disability. I/we understand that the use of personal protective equipment may not fully protect against or mitigate the risks posed by Student’s participation in school-sponsored activities. I/we understand and agree that information regarding the COVID-19 status of Student and/or individuals that live in the same household as Student may be disclosed to others in the School community, as the School—in its sole discretion—deems necessary.
Nevertheless, having considered the risks, including those outlined in this Release, I/we consent to Student’s participation in school-sponsored activities. Accordingly, for good and valuable consideration, including without limitation admitting Student to the School and allowing Student to participate in school-sponsored activities, I/WE HEREBY ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS OF STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE RISK THAT STUDENT MAY BE EXPOSED TO OR BECOME INFECTED WITH DISEASES OR VIRUSES (SUCH AS COVID-19).
I/WE HEREBY, FOR MYSELF AND MY HEIRS, SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS, AND ALL THOSE CLAIMING BY OR THROUGH ME, WAIVE, RELEASE, AND AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS THE SCHOOL AND ITS AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, CONSULTANTS, RETAINED PROFESSIONALS, DONORS, AND AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY "INDEMNITEES") FROM AND AGAINST ANY LIABILITY, LOSS, EXPENSE, OR OTHER DAMAGE, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURIES, PROPERTY DAMAGE, DEATH, COSTS OF COURT, AND ATTORNEYS' FEES, ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THOSE WHICH ARISE OR ARE ALLEGED TO ARISE FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF ANY INDEMNITEE.