2021-2022 School Safety Plan

Updated September 2, 2021

At this point in time, St. Bart’s plan remains as previously communicated. The situation remains fluid. St. Bart’s will continue to monitor information from the CDC and MDH along with recommendations from the Archdiocese. The Parish Logistics Committee meets weekly; more frequently, if needed. ST. BART’S MITIGATION STRATEGIES MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME, INCLUDING MAKING FACIAL COVERINGS/MASKS REQUIRED. We appreciate the emotions this situation has elicited. Varied perspectives exist in our community regarding the virus, risks, and mitigation strategies needed to ensure a safe return to school for St. Bart’s Students. In Christian tradition, we will appreciate and respect others’ perspectives. School mitigation strategies will be consistent. It is essential that families also consistently follow mitigation strategies and appreciate that your actions will be significant in our ability to provide in-person learning.

 

What can parents and families do to keep everyone safe and in school?

FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE

Stay home when sick. Parents must keep students home when sick. Please refer to the MDH decision tree for guidance regarding symptoms:  Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs (state.mn.us)

 

If symptoms develop while in school, staff will alert the health office and parents will be contacted. The student will remain in the health office until appropriate follow-up is determined.

 

MITIGATION STRATEGIES IN PLACE AT ST. BART’S.

  • Facial Coverings: Recommended

  • Teachers will contact families to confirm parent expectations for their child or children regarding masks. Teachers will monitor students accordingly for adherence to parent expectations.

  • All staff will wear masks when working within 6 feet of students.

  • CLUBHOUSE UPDATE: Masks will be mandatory for all Clubhouse students and staff during morning and afternoon sessions while indoors. Clubhouse enrollment does not allow for social distancing while indoors.

  • Visitors

    • Visitors and parents will not be allowed inside the school building at this time.

      • Morning drop-off procedures remain the same - parents may drop off from vehicles in morning car line.

      • Preschool parents may walk their child to the school entrance.

      • MASKED preschool parents arriving between 7:00am - 8:00am and between 4:30pm - 5:30pm may enter the building with their child and escort their child to the preschool classroom.

  • Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette

    • Modeling appropriate hand washing techniques, covering coughs, etc. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing throughout the school day will continue.

  • Water bottle fillers will be used. Drinking fountains will be turned off.

  • Social Distancing and Learning Groups

    • Students will be in desks spaced 3 feet apart in classrooms.

    • Recess and lunch periods will be staggered by grade levels.

  • Cleaning/Disinfecting

    • Midday cleaning of bathrooms and handrails.

    • Classroom sanitizing at the end of the school day.

    • Classroom cleaning as necessary throughout the school day.

  • Ventilation

    • HVAC audit during summer 2020 reviewed school ventilation system.

    • Classrooms include fresh air intakes/outtakes and functioning windows.

  • Contract Tracing

    • Staff will continue to work with MDH when there is a positive case in the school.

    • Seating charts will be used to identify and notify close contacts

  • Quarantine

    • Per MDH guidelines, persons who test positive for COVID-19 should stay home (isolation) until all three of the following are true:

      • They feel better.

      • Their cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better;

      • and, it has been at least 10 days since they first felt sick or tested positive:

      • and, They have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fever.

    • If there is a positive case in your household, you are required to quarantine per MDH guidelines.

    • A 14-day quarantine is the safest recommendation for people who have been exposed to COVID-19. If the exposure is in your home, a 14 day quarantine will be required.

    • St. Bart’s will allow a 7 day quarantine with a negative PCR and no symptoms. This test must be taken between day 5 - 7 of exposure. OR may return after 10 days without symptoms.

    • Exceptions for quarantine of close contacts:

      • Fully vaccinated people and those who have had COVID-19 within the past 90-days are not recommended to quarantine in most situations.

      • The close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) where both the infected student and close contact were wearing masks Distance Learning

    • Unlike last year, the option for students who are absent from school to participate in on-line or ‘distance learning’ will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

      • Students absent while on a family vacation are not eligible.

      • Students absent as a result of a short-term illness are not eligible.

      • Quarantined will be eligible for distance learning. The classroom teacher will coordinate the distance learning schedule and content with the family.

 

Thank you very much for your vigilant attention to these mitigation strategies

Updated August 24, 2021

Message from Mr. Fox

St. Bart’s Catholic School’s priority is to keep students, staff, and our school community safe while providing an excellent educational experience to meet the intellectual, social, emotional and faith needs of each child.

 

Upon review of guidance and recommendations from the CDC, MDH and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, St. Bart's Catholic School established the following protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

The plan applies to all St. Bart's Catholic School School events and activities, including but not limited to: athletics, extra-curricular and extended day childcare (Clubhouse).

 

Any aspect of this plan is subject to change in light of updated or revised guidance, mandates, and/or executive orders. Changes in protocols will be communicated to families in a timely manner.

2021-2022 School Safety Plan

Family Responsibilities


We ask families to: ● Screen students for illness symptoms prior to arriving at school each day. ● Keep students home who are experiencing illness and/or symptoms. ● Respect others and their personal decisions ● Reinforce handwashing and respiratory etiquette. ● Notify the school nurse of COVID testing and/or test results at healthoffice@st-barts.org Please familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Sick children will be referred to the health office. Please complete a daily, at-home health screening and watch for common symptoms of COVID-19 and follow the MDH Decision Tree. We ask families who have any concerns of symptoms to consult with their doctor. Students can return to school once they are feeling better and their symptoms have substantially improved (including being fever free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication). We will not require students to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to school.




Facial Coverings


Masks for students, staff and volunteers are recommended, not required. We appreciate that all parents will consider what is best for their child in making this decision while also being vigilant in monitoring symptoms and the health of their child. Parents are encouraged to share mask expectations for their child with classroom teachers prior to the start of the school year. According to the federal government mandate, all students are required to wear face coverings while on school buses, including field trips. We appreciate the variety of positions and opinions on the use of masks, especially for children. School staff needs your help by speaking with your children about continuing to respect one another and the choice each family makes. Our Bulldogs are great at learning, praying, and playing together. Let's make sure that tradition continues at St. Bart's.




Volunteers and Visitors


At this time, we will continue 2020-2021 protocols regarding parents, volunteers, and visitors entering the school building: ● PK-6 parents drop off students through car-line. PK parents may escort students to the playground door entrance. Staff will continue to monitor the entrance at student arrival times. ● At this time, visitors and volunteers will be limited to essential only. ● Door #7 will be used to pick up or drop off students during school hours. ● Children's Mass will continue to be for students and staff only. Children's Mass will be live-streamed.




COVID-19 Exclusion, Notification, Quarantine and Testing


St. Bart's Schools will use the MDH Decision Tree for exclusion decisions in cooperation with MDH. Please notify the school health office in the case of a positive test in your child or your home at healthoffice@st-barts.org. Families will be notified in the case of a close contact or building transmission.




In Person Learning


St. Bart's Catholic School will conduct in-person learning. Should a student have an extended absence from school, classroom teachers will facilitate make-up assignments. Distance learning will be considered on a case by case basis.




Staff Responsibilities


The St. Bart's Catholic School staff will: ● Self-screen for illness symptoms prior to arriving at school. ● Stay home when experiencing illness and/or symptoms. ● Practice and continue to teach appropriate and frequent handwashing. ● Practice and model appropriate respiratory etiquette – cover your cough. ● Maintain student social distancing to the extent possible with classroom seating three feet apart. ● Frequently clean and disinfect classrooms. ● Ensure availability of hand sanitizer, tissues, gloves, masks and other cleaning supplies. ● Teach and model respect for others