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 prioritize the health and safety of every member of our POP community.
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. Changes to the public health situation over the course of the summer may necessitate changes to this guidance, including additional restrictions to school operations. The information contained on this page will continue to be updated as we make decisions and refine our plan. Our goal is to re-evaluate all policies and procedures with a phased approach. The conditions outlined below would be considered Phase 1. We will keep you informed of changes via email and the POP website.
As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our number one priority. Without the vigilance and support of the entire community, these health and safety protocols are rendered meaningless. We ask that each family do their part to discuss the importance of good hygiene, healthy habits, and social distancing with your children.
Prince of Peace Catholic School will provide our school families with a choice of:
An On-Campus Learning Model
A Virtual eLearning Model
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
- social distancing (specifically, staying 6 feet away from others when feasible)
- frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- wearing face coverings
- 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
Informational signage and regular reminders will support these protocols.
Teachers and staff will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving on campus.
Before arriving on campus the first day of school and at the start of every week of instruction, all students will be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms that they or others living in their house may experience. On the first day of every school week, before students get out of their cars during morning carpool, staff members will ask parents if their child has experienced any of the symptoms listed on our POP COVID-19 Screening Questions document within the last 24 hours. Please do not have your child exit the car before being screened.
Temperature checks will be conducted as students enter the building, and any individual with a fever over 100 degrees will be excluded from any in-person activities. If the individual has a diagnosis from their doctor regarding an illness that is not COVID-19, they may return to school if at least three days have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. If there is not a diagnosis, or the diagnosis is ambiguous, in addition to the lack of fever, the following conditions must be met: (1) improvement and respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and (2) at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared
Additionally, teachers will have ready access to non-contact thermometers in classrooms to screen students as necessary.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Repeated shaking with chills
Loss of taste or smell
Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
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 (updated 9/9)
Prince of Peace Catholic School is required to notify the local health department, teachers, staff, and families of all students if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among students, teachers, or staff who participate in any 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 not specify the grade level the positive case was reported in, nor will it reveal any personal information about the case.
If, after communicating with the Collin County Health Department and the Catholic Schools Office, it is determined that anyone in the building was in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19, a separate letter will be sent to that person or group of people informing them of that fact and asking them to quarantine.
Any teacher, staff member, or 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.) 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 Contact - Quarantine
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.
Close contacts on campus will be identified through contact tracing with the help of the health department and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.
A negative PCR test does not remove a quarantine in any circumstance. The individual may develop symptoms or test positive at any point during the 14-day 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 for two weeks. 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.
- In the case of an individual testing positive for COVID-19 and can be determined to have exposed the school to the same, the school will move people the individual has been in contact with to virtual learning for a 14-day period.
- 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.
- Any testing for COVID-19 should be delayed until five days after the initial exposure, and following the 14-day period, all individuals would be allowed back on campus provided that they do not display any symptoms. Individuals will not need to provide a negative test to be allowed back on campus.
- 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 move anyone who could have come into contact with the individual to virtual learning, up to and including the entire school. In the case that the leadership team / front office is exposed and must be moved to virtual work, school can continue provided it is safe and prudent to do so.
- In cases where having the leadership team off campus would create a security or safety risk, the entire school should move to virtual learning for a ten-day period.
- In all cases, the goal will be to limit disruption to the greatest extent possible while erring on the side of being overly cautious.
Please note that guidance changes daily. The Diocese will continue to update procedures based off of guidance from health authorities.
- 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.
- While actively working to prevent positive cases through mitigation practices, 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.
- In the event that a student is self-quarantined due to contact with someone outside of the building, the student will move to eLearning.
- In the event that a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, but has not been in close contact with others in the building and is asymptomatic or feels well enough to learn, the student will move to eLearning.
- In the event that a student is diagnosed with COVID-19 and does not feel well or is diagnosed with another illness, the student will receive work and guidance from their classroom teacher(s) upon their return.
- COVID-19 related absences will be excused and handled on an individual basis.
- All employees will be trained on COVID-19 safety protocols.
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 will be equipped with cleaning solution for disinfecting high touch surfaces throughout the day.
Each classroom will be equipped with wall-mounted air purifiers to help deactivate possible virus particles and improve air quality.
The HVAC system went through an invasive air duct cleaning this summer to improve the cleanliness of our air systems.
- Students and staff will be trained in proper hand washing protocols to prevent COVID-19 and the spread of germs.
- CLC teachers will be encouraged to supervise student hand-washing 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 will be encouraged to supervise student hand washing for 20 seconds at least two times each day, in addition all students will be encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating.
- Hand washing stations are available in restrooms and classrooms.
- Hand sanitizer will continue to be used in each classroom. Hand sanitizer stations have been added to common areas and building entrances.
- Faucets and paper towel dispensers will be touch-less in all school restrooms.
In Phase 1, Prince of Peace Catholic School will foster a culture where face coverings and social distancing are the “new norm”. At this point, masks are to be worn by everyone while inside the building. Masks are defined as non-medical grade face masks or cloth face coverings. Disposable masks are acceptable. 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. Masks with ventilation valves are NOT permitted.
You should be prepared to provide clean face coverings that are comfortable for your child(ren). POP-branded adjustable masks will be available through the Spirit Spot. Students may wear any face covering that covers their mouth and nose as long as it fits within the guidelines provided in the POP Family Handbook. The diocese will NOT allow gaiters as an approved face covering (updated 8/21). Acceptable mask colors include: solid navy, white, red, gray, black, or any plaid.
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
- Selection of the eLearning model will be by quarter (9 weeks).
The eLearning model will look very different than eLearning in the spring. It will include synchronous (live instruction in core content) and asynchronous (independent and/or parent-guided work) instruction.
POP has invested in additional technology to enhance the eLearning experience. This includes one-to-one use of iPads in the lower school as well as ClassLink, a tool that enables students to access educational websites and applications with a single sign-on.
Students and parents will utilize Microsoft Teams for video conferencing and communicating with teachers.
A universal assignment schedule will be utilized to help keep students organized.
Students will be responsible for completing and turning in assignments according to the teacher's procedures and expectations.
The POP eLearning Student Handbook has been published as an addendum to our 2020-21 POP Family Handbook.
Attendance will be participation-based. 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 2020-21 school year. Whether learning on campus or at home, attendance will be required of all students.
CLC will use Seesaw as their learning management platform.
POP realigned roles and responsibilities of staff members. An eLearning teacher has been assigned to each grade level for grades K-4 to deliver virtual instruction.
Lower School students will be grouped with their grade level eLearning classmates. They will have their own homeroom with an assigned online teacher who will teach live lessons as well as provide independent work.
Lower School students will use Seesaw as their learning management platform.
*A sample schedule is available in the POP Back 2 School Reopening Guide.
Upper School students will follow similar schedules as their face-to-face peers.
Teachers in grades 5-6 will provide instruction to eLearners via MS Teams apart from on-campus students. Students who are eLearning in these grades will follow a slightly different schedule than their on-campus peers. eLearners may be grouped or paired up with one another for assignments.
Teachers in grades 7-8 will provide instruction to face-to-face students while streaming via MS Teams with eLearners. These teachers will let eLearners know when direct instruction has concluded and when they may start independent work. They may group eLearners and face-to-face students via MS Teams for group assignments.
Upper School students will use Moodle as their learning management platform.
*A sample schedule is available in the POP Back 2 School Reopening Guide.
Please review the POP eLearning Handbook. Below are a few reminders of student "net-iquette" for our eLearners.
- Students will attend class on time and be present for morning prayer time and announcements.
- Students will be ready to learn and dress appropriately with a uniform shirt.
- Students should have a designated, distraction-free workspace to engage in learning.
- Students will participate in the class by being visible on screen and complete activities assigned each day.
- Students will communicate appropriately and respectfully with the teacher.
- Students are asked to carefully and diligently read directions before reaching out to teacher.
- Students are strongly encouraged to contact teachers during the school day or office hours. It is up to the teacher’s discretion to reply to inquiries outside of office hours.
- Students are asked to use complete sentences, correct spelling, and no emojis.
- Students will communicate appropriately and respectfully with their peers when completing group work, partner work, etc.
What Will School Look Like?
We have set new start dates of Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20.
The first week of school will look a little different than usual. On the first day of school, the school must provide instruction to students on appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices consistent with the mitigation practices we have adopted. As we need to practice the new procedures in the classrooms, in the hallways, and at lunch/recess, we are planning to take it slowly.
Sunday, August 16
- Virtual Mass - 9:30 a.m.
- Virtual teacher presentations for all families will follow Mass
- Presentation schedule will be communicated in advance
POP Campus - 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Families will attend in rotations
Schedule to be sent via SignUp Genius
- Additional information will be communicated to CLC families
- First day of school (half-day) for students with last name A-M
Half-day dismissal times - CLC: 11:00 a.m., K - 3rd grade: 11:45 a.m., 4th - 8th grade: 12:10 p.m.
- First day of school (half-day) for students with last name N-Z
- First day of school for all eLearners
- Half-day dismissal times - CLC: 11:00 a.m., K - 3rd grade: 11:45 a.m., 4th - 8th grade: 12:10 p.m.
- No School
- 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. - 3:00 p.m.
4th - 8th Grade: 7:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The school building will open at 7:30 a.m. for students. Students will go directly to their classrooms after being dropped off.
During Phase 1, morning tutoring will not be offered.
St. James carpool will still be available at 7:20 a.m. Students will wait in St. James (seated socially distanced) until 7:30 a.m. and then will be dismissed to the classrooms.
The building will close at 6:00 p.m. at the conclusion of EDP.
Students will continue to wear the POP school uniform.
While we would prefer students in CLC – 4th grade continue wearing uniform shoes, we will allow all students, CLC – 8th grade, to wear non-uniform tennis shoes during Phase 1 of the 2020-2021 school year. We will clearly communicate changes to this policy before we move into Phase 2. (updated 8/3/20)
Students will have the opportunity to wear spirit wear with their uniform bottoms and tennis shoes on Friday.
Students in grades 5-8 will not change clothes or shoes for P.E.
Please label all personal belongings (including clothing, water bottles, and personal masks) clearly.
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 2020-21 school year. Whether learning on campus or at home, attendance will be required of all students.
- Mass will begin in the sanctuary on September 16.
- Mass will be live streamed/recorded to allow for all students to participate.
- One grade level will attend Mass in the sanctuary each week. Students and staff members will be socially distanced and will wear masks.
- Mass will not be open to parents or visitors during Phase 1.
All students will be contained in their homeroom classes. In 4th-8th grade, teachers will travel to students so as to minimize the number of different students utilizing a given classroom.
Classrooms are being cleaned and cleared of excess furniture to maximize space between desks.
Increased air circulation and ventilation in all classrooms, including increased outside air to the HVAC system, air purification in the classrooms, and improved filtration systems have been added.
Social distancing of six feet will be instituted when feasible.
Clear, protective, acrylic shields will be placed on tables and desks as a protective barrier against airborne particles and to promote social distancing.
Opportunities to go outside for study, lunch, specials, and recess will be maximized when weather permits.
- A locker schedule will be in place to allow for students in grades 4-8 to visit lockers in a socially-distanced manner on a rotating basis.
- Students will receive locker assignments on the first days of school.
- Traffic patterns will be established throughout the building to minimize contact between students.
- Informational signage will be placed throughout the building.
- eLearners and face-to-face students will continue to receive support from reading and math specialists as well as the QUEST teacher.
- The STAR Center will be available for student use.
- Our student support team will follow social distancing protocol when working with students.
- Specials are P.E., Spanish, Music, Library, and Art.
- Our Specials team will utilize all spaces around campus based on the ability to meet spacing and cleaning protocols. This includes the homeroom classroom, outside areas, or specials' classrooms when feasible.
- Music and Art will rotate by the quarter to reduce cross contamination.
- Social distancing guidelines will be followed in the gym. The gym will undergo additional cleaning and disinfecting after use. P.E. will be scheduled outside when weather permits.
- 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.
- CLC and K-4 will eat lunch in their classrooms or outside - weather permitting. Classroom desks and tables will be disinfected before and after lunch.
- Peanut-free areas will be established in each classroom.
- Only one grade level will eat in the Cana Center at a time. Students will be grouped by homeroom and will have seating arrangements that allow for social distancing.
- The Cana Center will be disinfected between lunches.
- Hot lunches will be pre-ordered and individually packaged by E&E Food Services so students do not have to go through the lunch line. K-4 lunches will be delivered to classrooms.
- Microwaves (for 7th and 8th grade) will not be available during Phase 1. Please bring food already warmed in thermoses and include utensils.
All students will participate in recess by homeroom and will utilize different outdoor areas around the school.
We plan to provide extra time outdoors throughout the day.
Students and staff will sanitize their hands upon entering the building.
- Depending on the activity, masks may be removed during recess.
- The Catholic Schools Office and the Dallas Parochial League have decided to postpone sports until the spring of 2021. More information will be sent out to families about what sports will be offered later in the school year.
- After-school activities (including band, chess, SmartCode, academic competitions, drama, choir, clubs, etc.) are on hold during Phase 1.
- Afternoon tutoring will begin on Tuesday, September 8.
St. James carpool will still begin at 7:20 a.m.
Students will sit socially distanced until 7:30 a.m. when dismissed to class.
Students arriving after 7:30 a.m. will go directly to their classrooms.
CLC families will continue to use the CLC carpool. Parents may walk their child to the front door but will not be allowed to enter the building. A CLC staff member will greet you and your child in the carpool line or at the front door of the main entrance.
Afternoon carpool will be conducted via an internal carpool app to ease the amount of students congregating.
Please be prepared for carpool to take a bit longer than usual. Students will exit the building one at a time, similar to carpool on rainy days.
School supply pick up for eLearning students is Monday, August 17 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in St. James carpool.
School supplies for on-campus students will be distributed on the first day of school - Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20.
Each student will have their own daily supplies (no communal supplies).
Shared supplies/materials will be limited and sanitized between use by students.
Lower School students will have access to Prince of Peace-issued iPads for use in classrooms and eLearning.
Upper School students will continue to bring their own device.
- 3K & 4K - Blue tote to hold a lunchbox and a blanket
- 5K - Blue backpack
Insulated water bottle
Multiple masks your child is comfortable wearing
- Our Extended Day Program (EDP) will follow all school safety and health protocols.
- EDP will begin Tuesday, September 8. For additional information, please contact Mrs. Melissa Hanold, EDP Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting and Volunteering
- During Phase 1, only personnel essential to school operations may visit campus.
- Parents will not be able to enter the building during school hours.
- When picking up and dropping off your child through the office, face coverings must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.
- Our teachers will need your volunteer support more than ever this year. However, volunteer opportunities will be limited this year to off-campus support and out-of-classroom projects/activities.
- We are working to provide alternative or modified opportunities.
Substitute teaching positions will be filled by members of the POP leadership team when at all possible. Outside substitutes will be trained in campus protocols.
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 and learning new protocols and procedures 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. They are working on plans to address needs that arise from the abrupt disruption of the normal school day.
Although things may look a little different, whether we come together face-to-face or virtually, the teachers and staff at Prince of Peace are ready to welcome our students back to a loving and nurturing learning environment.
Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids: Common Sense Media Article
Helpful hints for talking with children about Coronavirus Disease: CDC Article
Common Sense Media's Research director explains the science behind the new screen rules: Screen Time in the age of the Coronavirus
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
Frequently Asked Questions
POP is an incredibly special place, and we love our traditions and events as much as you do! At this time, we are evaluating the fall events and school traditions. We hope to honor as many of our events and traditions as possible, even if they look a little different than usual.
The Diocese has mandated no face shields. The recommendations from their medical experts is that it is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. The CDC does not recommend face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.
Field trips are paused during Phase 1. We are exploring opportunities to bring "field trip-like" experiences in-house to supplement field trips.
The safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our number one priority. Without question, teachers are central to student success. The Diocese is also committed to supporting the health and wellness of all diocesan staff members through various trainings and professional development opportunities.
POP is committed to providing the best remote learning model possible for our families who chose to stay home or need to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. If the school is forced to close, we are prepared to provide distance learning for all of our students. Teachers will continue to work and teach from their own homes. Your tuition payments will continue to pay for the faculty’s delivery of online instruction and associated costs, and will not be refunded.
Prince of Peace Catholic School has always provided affordable tuition for our families. For the 2020-2021 school year, 78% of tuition revenue is allocated to teacher and staff salaries and benefits and 22% is allocated to supplies and maintenance of our facilities.
Expenses have increased due to the COVID pandemic situation through purchasing PPE, technology updates, storage space for furniture, cleaning needs, etc.
We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate these uncertain times — it is only with continued support of our parental community that we can continue to serve our children with the best education possible.
We understand there was an oversight in our communication about uniform shoes for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. On our website and in the Back 2 School Guide, we originally stated that all students may wear tennis shoes instead of uniform shoes. Then, in the Frequently Asked Questions section on our website, we stated that CLC – 4th grade students should continue to wear uniform shoes and students in grades 5 – 8 may wear tennis shoes of their choice due to procedural changes for P.E. that affect students in those grades. We sincerely apologize for the confusion and any inconvenience the change in communication may have caused. While we would prefer students in CLC – 4th grade continue wearing uniform shoes, we will allow all students, CLC – 8th grade, to wear non-uniform tennis shoes during Phase 1 of the 2020-2021 school year. We will clearly communicate changes to this policy before we move into Phase 2.
For the safety and well-being of our students and staff, modifications will be made to the building based on student numbers and survey results. Therefore, learning preferences are a quarter-long commitment. Exceptions may be made for face-to-face learners needing to move to eLearning due to prolonged periods of quarantine. However, no exceptions will be made for eLearners wanting to return face-to-face before the end of the quarter.
Yes. We realize the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 change daily. If you would like your child to move from on-campus instruction to eLearning before the quarter ends, please contact your assistant principal. They will work with your family through the transition process.
- When students begin attending Mass on September 16, they will be seated with two empty seats between them on either side. Empty rows will also be left between seated rows. Everyone will be required to wear masks in the sanctuary.
- One grade level will attend Mass in the sanctuary each week. Mass will be live-streamed/recorded to allow for all other students to participate.
- If you are not comfortable with your child attending Mass in person, they will have the option to view a live stream of the Mass. Please contact your child's teacher and assistant principal for more information.
Everyone in the building, including our CLC students, will be required to wear a mask. According to the CDC, masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance - CDC reference
We do not yet know exactly how many students will be in each classroom. That number will depend on the responses of the final commitment survey. Based on the initial commitment survey, most class sizes will be similar to what they were in the past; about 12% of our students chose eLearning. We have created configuration examples for teachers to use to accommodate normal class sizes with 4-6 feet between each student. If the results of the survey indicate that fewer students will be attending face-to-face, there consequently would be even more space between students. We are also instituting a number of other mitigation strategies including mask-wearing requirements, acrylic shields on desks and tables, air purification systems in each room, etc. We understand that even with all of these measures in place, some families may not be comfortable sending their child(ren) to school for face-to-face instruction. No matter what choice families make, we are committed to providing a high-quality educational experience.
We have removed all excess furniture in classrooms to provide the maximum amount of space between students. Depending on the seating in the classrooms, 6 feet between students is not always possible. Some classrooms have tables (which will have fewer students seated than in the past); some have desks. The backs of some students may be less than 6 feet from other students’ backs. While most classrooms will be able to maintain 6 feet distance between individuals, there may be some that can only accommodate 4-5 ft distance. Differences in configurations will exist as there are different pieces of furniture in each room.
While we are doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of the virus in our building, there is still a risk of exposure directly or indirectly arising out of, contributed to, by, or resulting from an outbreak of any and all communicable diseases, including but not limited to SARS-CoV-2. Just as most businesses and organizations are asking their constituents to sign a release of liability, the diocese is asking the same. We understand some families may not be comfortable signing a waiver or sending their child to school at this time; we have presented an option to learn from home for those families.
Depending on the activity, masks may be removed during recess. If students are less than 6 feet apart, they will be asked to wear their 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.
CLC: 11:00 a.m.
K - 3rd grade: 11:45 a.m.
4th - 8th grade: 12:10 p.m.
We are working on a plan that allows eLearners to come onto campus to participate in IOWA testing if they choose. More information will be communicated.
Students have done an excellent job following the protocols including wearing masks, socially distancing, and hand washing. We have noticed that students have a hard time distancing themselves during recess, so we have asked them to wear masks outside unless they choose to take a mask break and move 6 feet apart from their peers.
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Education Association, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department, and the Diocese of Dallas, we are taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and staff on our campus for the 2020-21 academic year. It is important to note that we will continue to respond to guidance from the Bishop, the governor, and state and local governments, so all of this planning is based on the best information that we have today. As the summer progresses, we will provide updates as needed.
*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.*