St. Bart's School's Back to School Plan

Current Plan:

IN-PERSON WITH ONLINE LEARNING AS NEEDED

Students will be in-person five days a week with an option to do online learning

Elementary Summer School Program Protocols Update - June 3, 2021

St. Bart's Catholic School will follow the 2020-21 School Year protocols, with the following adjustments.

  • Masks/Face Coverings will be optional.

  • Lunchroom tables will return to the previous arrangement. Students may eat together with appropriate spacing.

  • Parents will be allowed to enter the building at drop-off and pick-up time.

  • The MDH decision tree will be followed - HERE - details below are different from the regular school year.

    • Quarantine period reduced to 10 days from date of exposure (outside of home) no test required to return and if student is without symptoms.

    • Quarantine period reduced to 7 days from date of exposure (outside of home) with a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 5 days after exposure and student is without symptoms.

    • Quarantine of 14 days will be required if exposure is within the household.

    • Siblings only need to stay home if someone in the household has one common, or two less common COVID symptoms per the decision tree, or if anyone in the household has a pending COVID test.

We will monitor recommendations from MDH and adjust as needed throughout the summer.

Updated on February 26, 2021

COVID Testing Policy/Return to School - see Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread - When to Stay Home

Daily Symptom Checklist - see Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread - When to Stay Home

Updated on January 11, 2021

Temperature Checks- see Maintaining a Healthy Operation - Symptoms Monitoring and Screening

Updated on October 2, 2020

Absent Student Policy - see Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread - When to Stay Home

Updated on August 27, 2020

Health Protocols - see Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread - When to Stay Home

Health Protocols - see Maintaining a Healthy Operation - Symptoms Monitoring and Screening

Health Protocols - see Maintaining a Health Operation - Threshold for Building Closure

Updated on August 27, 2020

Face Coverings Protocols - see Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread - Face Coverings

Updated on August 26, 2020

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures - see Maintaining a Healthy Operation - Schedule to Social Distance

Updated on August 5, 2020

Message from Mr. Fox

As we prepare for the beginning of school while confronting the threat of COVID-19, I want to call your attention to two important government statements as we prepare for in-person education at St. Bart’s Catholic School.

First, on July 24, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that returning to in-person instruction is in the best interest of students and families, and this return to in-person instruction can be accomplished in a way that mitigates the spread of COVID-19. (Statement found here.)

Guidance from the CDC provides the basis for public health decisions in the United States. Local public health departments help craft additional guidance that is intended to help keep communities healthy. Schools, businesses and other organizations work to prudentially integrate the recommendations of those public health authorities responsible for helping us better understand the steps we can take to mitigate the spread of disease. 

Second, less than a week after the CDC’s guidance, Governor Walz and his team announced a learning plan for all public and charter schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  The staff and parents of St. Bart’s are certainly mindful that St. Bart’s is a nonpublic school and that we are responsible for making our own prudent decisions for the good of the children and families we serve.

The importance of in-person instruction for students is underscored by both the recent guidance of the CDC and the statements from the Governor’s Administration. 

St. Bart’s goal is to serve our school families through in-person instruction through the implementation of a set of required health and safety protocols that promote a safe and healthy return to school.

 

Throughout this pandemic, we have learned of the need to remain flexible.  St. Bart’s will be prepared to deliver student learning if there is a need to shift from in-person instruction to eLearning instruction should the need arise. 

 

The challenges related to COVID-19 have been significant, particularly for parents, students and teachers. Yet over the last five months, we have learned that with a careful approach to health and safety, the St. Bart’s Community can help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

 

By moving forward with our plan to provide in-person learning at the start of the 2020-21 school year, St. Bart’s will continue to partner with parents, teachers and health experts to educate students in a way that promotes health and safety for the children and our community.

 

Along with all Catholic schools, St. Bart’s is implementing Archdiocesan-wide requirements in order to

  1. continue providing a quality Catholic education for all students

  2. mitigate the risk of the spread of disease and

  3. build a culture of health and safety.

 

St. Bart’s Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan was created in collaboration with parents and staff.  Our plan allows for careful consideration of the latest public health recommendations.  We will respond to these recommendations with flexibility and efficiency as we adjust to the needs of students, families, and the wider community.

 

St. Bart’s will help families by providing resources and reminding all that keeping our school healthy requires every family do its part through careful attention to the vigilance that the CDC is encouraging for all Americans.

 

Working together, families and schools can meet the goals of health and safety as we continue to provide an excellent Catholic faith-based education for our St. Bart’s students.

 

Sincerely,

Patrick Fox

Principal

Our Commitment to Families:

Promoting Behaviors that Reduce Spread

Instructional Continuity


St. Bart’s School will utilize safe and secure webcams to broadcast the classroom experience to students who cannot be present for in-person instruction. Staff will publish a schedule and expectations for those students learning from home. More details will follow as the school year approaches.




Contingency Planning


If a short-term or long-term closure is needed, St. Bart’s School will utilize "classrooms" set up with webcams and use the following tools for instruction: Google Classroom, FlipGrid, and GoGuardian. These will be in place and ready to be used when school starts to be prepared and ready to be implemented when needed.




Communications and Training


St. Bart’s will post signage related to protocols for hygiene, face coverings/masks, respiratory etiquette, social distancing, etc. where appropriate throughout the school. School staff will receive training related to proper and safe cleaning and all safety procedures prior to the start of school and as needed. St. Bart’s will utilize the school website, email, and text communication tools to provide regular communication to families and staff to inform and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Families are asked to carefully review our “Back to School Plan” webpage and complete the electronic signature to confirm that you have read the contents and will join the entire St. Bart's School Community in doing your part to keep our students, staff, and families safe. “Back to School” videos will be provided to help students and families learn what some of the new procedures will look and sound like at St. Bart’s.





Maintaining a Healthy Environment

Cleaning and Disinfection


St. Bart's School and Parish will have a schedule for increased and routine cleaning and disinfecting. Frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, railings, drinking fountains) within the school will be cleaned daily or as frequently as protocols require. St. Bart’s will follow “Right to Know” requirements for chemical cleaning/disinfecting supplies. Product “Safety Data Sheets” and training for proper use of each chemical will be provided.




Ventilation


St. Bart’s School and Parish recently received an evaluation of all HVAC systems on campus. The fresh air circulation system is in working order. Grade level classroom windows include panels that open to the outside. These features (fresh air vents and windows that open) benefit the overall school and classroom environment.




Water Systems


St. Bart’s School is equipped with two touchless water bottle fillers for students to use throughout the day. Drinking fountains will be shut off. St. Bart’s School asks families to send their child or children to school with a filled water bottle each day. The school will have ‘loaner’ water bottles for students in need.




Space for Staff or Students with COVID-19 Symptoms


St. Bart’s School Health Office will be designated for students or staff showing symptoms of COVID-19. Non-essential items will be removed from the health office. A regular cleaning schedule will be adhered to in that space. Non-COVID-19 related health needs, such as wound care or ice-packs, will be administered outside of, but near the school health office.




Adequate Supplies


Each classroom will be supplied with a “Classroom Cleaning Kit” for regular disinfection of high-touch areas of classroom furniture, equipment, and materials during the school day. Sharing supplies among students and staff will be discouraged. Supplies and resources for cleaning and disinfecting of shared objects will be provided. Objects will be designated “at rest” (not allowed to be used for a period of time) if cleaning and disinfecting after use is not immediately possible.





Maintaining a Healthy Operation

Symptoms Monitoring and Screening


Update 1/11/21: Temperature Checks Beginning this Monday, January 11, students will no longer be 'temp checked' before entering school. Why the change? 1. Winter outdoor temperatures greatly reduce the effectiveness of our infrared thermometers. Moving the temp check process inside at the school entrance upon arrival is not practical as student body temperatures need time to 'recover' and does not allow for social distancing. 2. Parent diligence and caution in monitoring your child's or children's symptoms before departing for school must be very effective. Only one student in carline has had an elevated temperature since the first day of school. Update 8/28/20: See St. Bart's Protocol if students or staff develop symptoms at school. St. Bart's will perform temperature checks of each student and staff member upon arrival at school each day. Parents will be encouraged to administer a temperature check before departing home for school. When a student or staff member presents with symptoms and/or tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will be an important part of our process to reduce community spread. St. Bart’s Health Paraprofessional will lead our COVID-19 Response Team to implement the contact tracing process.




Assemblies, Extracurriculars and Field Trips


To start the school year:

  • All-school assemblies will be virtual in format.
  • In-person extracurriculars have been postponed. We will explore safe in-person options. Girls Volleyball has been moved to Spring 2021.
  • In-person field trips will be virtual when possible, or postponed.




Schedule to Social Distance


8/26/20 Update - see www.stbartsbulldogs.com/carline for update on Arrival and Dismissal schedule. St. Bart’s will arrange arrival times, recess and lunch periods, along with specialist class schedules, by grade level to eliminate large numbers of students being present in one space.




Visitors at St. Bart's Catholic School


St. Bart’s will require visitors to call the school office before entering to affirm they have no symptoms of COVID-19 that cannot be attributed to another health condition according to the Visitor and Employee Health Screening Checklist. Visitors will be informed of and required to follow St. Bart’s expectations for practicing hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and to wear appropriate PPE. St. Bart’s School will require parents and volunteers to call the school office before entering the building. Office personnel will perform the health checklist by phone. If approved, office staff will meet the parent or volunteer at the door to perform a temperature check. Once the school year begins, St. Bart’s School will offer “virtual tours” of the school until it is deemed safe to conduct in-person tours on site. St. Bart’s School requires that vendors call the school office before entering to complete the health checklist, complete a temperature check, comply with proper PPE protocol, and possess an identifying badge.




Classroom Enviroment


St. Bart’s School will convert all classsrooms to include individual student desks and chairs, separated from 4 to 6 feet apart, in rows facing one direction. Teacher desks will be located next to SMARTScreen and white boards to create a “teacher zone”. St. Bart's plans to utilize outdoor space for instruction and activities as often as possible. Staff will work on strategies that will allow participation in outdoor classes for students who may be learning from home at any given time for health-related or other reasons. Specialist schedules (Art, Library, Phy. Ed., Music, Spanish) will be revised to ensure student transition or travel time follows social distancing protocols. To begin the year, Spanish and Art lessons will likely be provided by teachers of these subjects visiting grade level classrooms to eliminate transition times. Physical Education classes will be conducted outdoors whenever possible and weather permitting.




COVID Contact and Plan


St. Bart’s School designates the Health Office Paraprofessional as the primary COVID-19 “Designated Point of Contact”. The school principal is the “back-up” COVID-19 Designated Point of Contact. Staff with concerns regarding any child or staff member who visibly shows symptoms will contact St. Bart’s Health Paraprofessional. The “Point of Contact” will meet the child at the classroom and escort the child to the Health Office for further review of symptoms and potential isolation.




Staff and Student Movement


St. Bart’s will schedule transitions for grade levels at different times to minimize hallway congestion. Doors for entering and exiting will be identified. Signs and floor tape will help designate and direct student travel protocols. Cleaning procedures will be scheduled to avoid student transition time throughout the day.




Threshold for Building Closure


Update 8/28/20: See St. Bart's In-person-Distance Learning Continuum ________________________________________________ We cannot mitigate every risk, however, St. Bart’s Staff will work to create the conditions for our school community to be as “low risk” as possible. Students, families, faculty, and staff will need to assume a level of personal risk and partner with St. Bart's School to proactively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our school and in our homes. We are working with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and taking into consideration the Governor’s guidance for schools to create St. Bart’s “Threshold for Closure” guidelines. A final guideline will be in place prior to the start of school.




Transportation & Clubhouse


St. Bart’s encourages all families to drop off and pick up their child or children using their family vehicles. Wayzata Public Schools continues to update information about busing this year. Updates will be provided as they become available. Clubhouse (before and after school care) is under review to determine how to appropriately and safely continue to offer this service. Families have been surveyed to provide the school with information about the level of need and the number of students planning to use Clubhouse. Clubhouse will include desks for students to social distance and procedures will be in place regarding social distancing procedures and to offer personal kits with materials students would use during their time in Clubhouse.





Communicating and Training

Instructional Continuity


St. Bart’s School will utilize safe and secure webcams to broadcast the classroom experience to students who cannot be present for in-person instruction. Staff will publish a schedule and expectations for those students learning from home. More details will follow as the school year approaches.




Contingency Planning


If a short-term or long-term closure is needed, St. Bart’s School will utilize "classrooms" set up with webcams and use the following tools for instruction: Google Classroom, FlipGrid, and GoGuardian. These will be in place and ready to be used when school starts to be prepared and ready to be implemented when needed.




Communications and Training


St. Bart’s will post signage related to protocols for hygiene, face coverings/masks, respiratory etiquette, social distancing, etc. where appropriate throughout the school. School staff will receive training related to proper and safe cleaning and all safety procedures prior to the start of school and as needed. St. Bart’s will utilize the school website, email, and text communication tools to provide regular communication to families and staff to inform and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Families are asked to carefully review our “Back to School Plan” webpage and complete the electronic signature to confirm that you have read the contents and will join the entire St. Bart's School Community in doing your part to keep our students, staff, and families safe. “Back to School” videos will be provided to help students and families learn what some of the new procedures will look and sound like at St. Bart’s.





Faith and Community

Supporting Faith and Resilience


Conversations and discussions about COVID-19 in the news or social media will be limited or not discussed with students. St. Bart’s staff will maintain their professionalism, expertise in understanding the developmental needs of their students should topics related to COVID-19 arise in the classroom. As role models, all school staff will be encouraged to address each situation in context and proceed accordingly. Discussions related to sensitive topics are not new to St. Bart’s. Utilizing our faith-based values, staff and students are capable of appropriately participating in conversations that may be sensitive in nature. That practice will continue. As always, any concerns noted by staff will be addressed with school administration and parents will be included as partners in the education of our wonderful students. Students look to adults for signs or clues about how to view, interpret, or react. We owe it to them on many levels to help them learn appropriate strategies for dealing with the many challenges and opportunities life presents to us all. St. Bart’s Staff has a history of nurturing and guiding students in an appropriate and respectful manner in their academic, faith, and social growth and development.




Social Emotional Learning (SEL)


St. Bart’s will continue to utilize our Catholic faith and our religion curriculum to help address student needs or concerns. Our School Counselor will continue to be a resource for staff, students, and parents in the area of social emotional learning strategies. Our goal is to support our students when we need to address their concerns, fears, stress, or anxieties that may arise as a result of dealing with COVID-19.




Mass Plan


The main St. Bart’s Church capacity for students will allow the current K-6 student population to be present. Every-other pew seating with students spaced at 6’ intervals is the current expectation. Children’s Mass per St. Bart’s Parish protocols:

  • Students and staff required to wear face coverings
  • Singing limited to a single cantor
  • First reading by one student
  • Petitions read by one student
  • Visitors will not be allowed to attend Children’s Mass at the beginning of the school year.
  • Procedures for entering and exiting the church to allow for proper distancing will be established.
  • Recording Children’s Masses for viewing online is being considered.




Community


St. Bart's Catholic School is proud of our sense of community which has grown since opening in 1956. We will continue to provide the welcoming environment we are known for among current and alumni families. Although we need to alter our ‘usual’ community-building events this year, we will find creative ways to bring everyone together in some form.