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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.  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. 

Please 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 of cases in a certain time, school will be closed. 

updated 11/29/21

Safety Guidelines

We have all had to make significant behavioral changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 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. 

 
Masks

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas, in unison with the Bishop's Office, has decided to yield authority back to the local parish as regards to a mask usage policy effective November 28, 2021. Beginning November 29, 2021, masks are optional for all Prince of Peace students, staff,  and visitors.

Prince of Peace reserves the right to bring masks back should the public health situation necessitate a change.  Examples of this include but are not limited to:
  • An outbreak on campus (10% of students/staff are positive for COVID)
  • 3 cases simultaneously reported in a specific classroom, grade level, or activity
  • Dallas or Collin Counties require masks in public areas due to heightened Covid-19 case numbers.
 
Vacation/Travel recommendations from the CDC:
  • Fully vaccinated: Get tested 3-5 days after return, self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Non-vaccinated: Get tested 3-5 days after return, self-quarantine for 7 days even with negative test or 10 days without test, self-monitor for symptoms.
If masks are required, mask specifications are as follows:
  • Cloth or non-surgical, disposable
  • Must be cleaned daily
  • Must be well-fitted to cover nose and mouth
  • Students must have an extra mask in their backpacks
*Disposable masks are available at the clinic.

 

Acrylic Sheilds

Acrylic shields will be available upon parent request. Parents should contact their child's teacher(s) and assistant principal to request acrylic shields.

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
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea 
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 
This list does not include all possible symptoms.  Anyone experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above should stay home. Contact the school nurse, Tracey Cieleski, if your child or anyone in your household has become symptomatic.
Positive case reports will be processed as follows:
  • When a student or staff member has tested positive, the parent or staff member will be asked to provide a copy of the PCR or antigen test results to the school nurse.
  • Once the results have been reviewed,  someone from the POP contact tracing team will interview the parent regarding when symptoms began and confirm the dates the student attended school.  
  • Parents of all students in the positive student’s classroom/activities will be notified by email (through Renweb) that a person in their classroom/activity has tested positive, potentially exposing other students.
  • Parents who receive a potential exposure notification should closely monitor their child for symptoms for 14 days and not send their child to school if experiencing any symptoms.
  • If a student who was potentially exposed begins to experience symptoms, that student will be required 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 8-9.
  • If a student who was potentially exposed is not experiencing symptoms, parents may choose, but are not required, to quarantine the student as a preventative measure.
  • Under federal privacy law (FERPA), no employee may share information about the identity of any student who is positive, symptomatic, or chooses to quarantine. Student health information is private, and POP discourages speculation or attempts to gather information about individual student health situations.
  • Any unvaccinated student/staff member who has a positive person within their household will be required 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 8-9.
  • Any vaccinated student/staff member who has a positive person within their household may come to school but will be required to wear a mask while on campus 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 8-9.

*Please note, 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. 

 
 
School Quarantine Procedures
  1. If a student is asked to quarantine, the family will be given a return date using the quarantine policy stated above. 
  2. Assistant principals and teachers will be notified of individuals placed on quarantine. 
  3. Assistant principals will email parents to communicate academic procedures and expectations as well as supply pick-up information. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. Technology assignments for students in grades 3-8 will be required. They will be reflected on the Weekly Planning Tool (Seesaw) or Moodle calendar. 
  9. Assignments for language courses will be required. They will be reflected on the Weekly Planning Tool (Seesaw) or Moodle calendar if assigned. 
Absenses Due to Quarantine
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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?

 
Early Release Dismissal for Half-Days:
  • CLC: 11:00 a.m.
  • K - 3rd grade: 11:45 a.m.
  • 4th - 8th grade: 12:10 p.m.
 
School Hours:
  • CLC & K-3rd Grade: 7:55 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • 4th - 8th Grade: 7:55 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Carpool:
  • 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.
Tutoring:
  • 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. 
 

 
  • Visitors are welcome to attend All-School Mass.
  • Students, staff, and visitors will not be required to wear masks during All-School Mass.
  • 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 as space allows and will have assigned seats. 
  • Students will be able to talk while eating.
  • Students may go through the lunch line to purchase lunches.
  • Microwaves (for 7th and 8th grade) will be available for student use. 
  • The Cana Center will be disinfected between lunches.
  • As we begin the 2021 winter sports season, specific protocols will be communicated by DPL to families as they become available.
  • Our Extended Day Program (EDP) will follow all school safety and health protocols. 
  • For additional information, please contact Mrs. Melissa Hanold, EDP Director, at mhanold@popschool.net.

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

Disrespectful or unkind behavior directed towards a student or staff member who is or who is not wearing a mask will not be tolerated and will be addressed by the campus as part of the discipline procedures.

This document provides a list of statewide resources that can help families connect with specific resources as needs are identified: TEA Resources

 

As we head into the heart of the summer, here are five ways to regulate and recharge for the road ahead: 5 Things Kids Need to Regulate and Recharge

*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.