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

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

When to Stay Home


Update 2/26/21 After consultation with MDH, the following are EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

  • REQUIRED TEST: The molecular PCR COVID 19 test is required for all students or staff experiencing COVID symptoms or who have been in close contact with COVID-19.
  • Antigen test results will no longer be accepted.
  • Families may choose the antigen (rapid) test AND a PCR test.
  • Documentation of a negative PCR test result must be provided to the St. Bart’s Health Office before a student may return to school ‘in-person’.
  • If an alternative diagnosis is received from a doctor, a doctor's note must be provided to the St. Bart’s Health Office before a student may return to school ‘in-person’.
Updated: At Home Daily Symptom Checklist Update: 10/2/20 Absent Students Using Distance/Virtual Learning Option: Students in Grades 4 to 6: If a student is absent due to their own illness, we encourage the student to rest and recover. If a student is feeling well or absent due to a household member's illness, the student may log-in to the classroom to attend virtually at the teacher's discretion. Students in Grades K-3: If a student is absent due to their own illness, we encourage the student to rest and recover. If a student is feeling well or absent due to a household member's illness, the classroom teacher will send work home if missing more than 1 day of school. Students Absent for Extended Periods: If a student needs to be absent for an extended period of time to quarantine, the student may join their classroom virtually for grade levels that are already set-up to serve distance learners. Classroom teachers not set up for distance learners will provide the student with school work. If a student is absent for an extended period of time due to vacation, the classroom teacher can provide work for that student to do while on vacation. The distance/virtual learning option will not be available to students absent for vacations. Update: 8/28/20 Each day, review the below symptom checklist each morning for every member of your family. At Home Daily Symptom Checklist If you or a family member has one of the symptoms on the checklist, refer to the Symptom Flow Chart below for the next steps. Symptom Flow Chart MDH Flow Chart _________________________________________________ Staff and students displaying symptoms should stay home and ideally seek PCR testing. Staff and students must stay home until: 1. fever free for 72 hours AND 2. respiratory symptoms are improving AND 3. it has been at least 10 days since symptoms started. If test results return negative for SARS CoV2, the staff or student may return to school 24 hours after all symptoms have resolved.




Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette


Hand Hygiene Hand washing frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is an effective prevention method to reduce transmission of COVID-19. When soap and water is not available, students will use hand sanitizer. BEGIN NOW: Students and staff get in the habit of frequent hand washing at home: before and after meals, before touching face, after using the bathroom, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing nose. Teachers will incorporate hand washing practices throughout the school day. Click here to learn proper hand hygiene practices! Respiratory Etiquette Practicing Proper Respiratory Etiquette: 1. cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue 2. throw used tissues in the trash AND 3. wash hands using hand washing protocols or hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing. Tissue not available? Cough or sneeze into your elbow!




Face Coverings


August 27, 2020 Face Covering Protocols Cloth face masks are required for all grades K-6. For K-2 students, classroom teachers will determine when all students are appropriately seated at desks and able to remove masks for various periods of classroom instruction. For students demonstrating difficulty wearing face covering in the areas or situations shown below, we will assist the child and communicate with the family. See this link with information to share with your child/ren about wearing masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html Face Covering Protocols:

  • K-6: At Mass - in Church Masks On

  • K-6: Transition time - Masks On

  • K-6: Hallways (restroom break, lockers, passing time) - Masks On

  • K-6: Lunchroom - Once seated at tables, masks removed while eating

  • K-6: PE - During activities while safely distanced - masks optional

  • K-6: Recess - Outdoors - masks optional

  • K-6: Class Outside - When students safely distanced - masks optional

  • K-2: In Classroom - Students at desks 6 feet apart; masks optional. Students within 6 feet; masks on.

  • 3-6: In Classroom - Masks on while in classroom. Teachers will offer periodic safe and appropriate 'mask breaks' as needed.

  • K-6: Arrival time - Masks On

  • K-6: Carline Dismissal - Masks on until inside vehicle

________________________________________________________________________ On July 22, 2020, the Walz Administration, through Executive Order 20-81, required that all K-12 students, including Catholic school students, wear face coverings inside the school building. In our desire to work collaboratively with public officials and in the spirit of public health and the common good, St. Bart’s will develop protocols that meet the requirements of the Executive Order with a reasonable and thoughtful approach to wearing face coverings in school. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is working with the Walz Administration to give schools greater flexibility to ensure educational quality and the health and wellbeing of their students and community. It is also our expectation that our Catholic school students will be able to share equitably in the services and funding the Governor has made available to all Minnesota students, which includes access to both cloth and re-usable face coverings. This is a difficult issue and not the way a number of schools planned to start the school year. We are grateful for your continued patience and flexibility as we work to keep our students, teachers, and community healthy and safe as we prepare for in-person learning. What this Order means for your child (based on what we know today): • All K-12 students are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. Coverings must be free of writing or distracting designs. • A face shield (clear plastic shield worn in front of the face) may be used for students who cannot wear a face mask. • Teachers will be instructed in proper techniques for wearing facemasks and will use positive behavioral strategies to encourage the safe wearing of facemasks in school. • Students will not be required to wear face coverings during recess, physical education class or lunch. St Bart's Families should anticipate that our face covering protocols must allow for modifications and flexibility according to the ages and developmental needs of our students. We ask you to work with your children and make a good-faith effort to help your child wear a facemask. Parents may opt to send their child to school with a face shield if wearing a face mask is not possible. We will work to make reasonable accommodations for students unable to wear a face covering for reasons associated with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability which make it unreasonable for the child to wear a face covering. In the weeks ahead, we will communicate with families to provide additional and updated information.




Signs and Messaging


St. Bart's School signage and messaging will remind students and staff about the importance of:

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Respiratory Etiquette
  • How to properly wear face coverings
  • Social Distancing
  • Cleaning





Maintaining a Healthy Environment

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 Operation

When to Stay Home


Update 2/26/21 After consultation with MDH, the following are EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

  • REQUIRED TEST: The molecular PCR COVID 19 test is required for all students or staff experiencing COVID symptoms or who have been in close contact with COVID-19.
  • Antigen test results will no longer be accepted.
  • Families may choose the antigen (rapid) test AND a PCR test.
  • Documentation of a negative PCR test result must be provided to the St. Bart’s Health Office before a student may return to school ‘in-person’.
  • If an alternative diagnosis is received from a doctor, a doctor's note must be provided to the St. Bart’s Health Office before a student may return to school ‘in-person’.
Updated: At Home Daily Symptom Checklist Update: 10/2/20 Absent Students Using Distance/Virtual Learning Option: Students in Grades 4 to 6: If a student is absent due to their own illness, we encourage the student to rest and recover. If a student is feeling well or absent due to a household member's illness, the student may log-in to the classroom to attend virtually at the teacher's discretion. Students in Grades K-3: If a student is absent due to their own illness, we encourage the student to rest and recover. If a student is feeling well or absent due to a household member's illness, the classroom teacher will send work home if missing more than 1 day of school. Students Absent for Extended Periods: If a student needs to be absent for an extended period of time to quarantine, the student may join their classroom virtually for grade levels that are already set-up to serve distance learners. Classroom teachers not set up for distance learners will provide the student with school work. If a student is absent for an extended period of time due to vacation, the classroom teacher can provide work for that student to do while on vacation. The distance/virtual learning option will not be available to students absent for vacations. Update: 8/28/20 Each day, review the below symptom checklist each morning for every member of your family. At Home Daily Symptom Checklist If you or a family member has one of the symptoms on the checklist, refer to the Symptom Flow Chart below for the next steps. Symptom Flow Chart MDH Flow Chart _________________________________________________ Staff and students displaying symptoms should stay home and ideally seek PCR testing. Staff and students must stay home until: 1. fever free for 72 hours AND 2. respiratory symptoms are improving AND 3. it has been at least 10 days since symptoms started. If test results return negative for SARS CoV2, the staff or student may return to school 24 hours after all symptoms have resolved.




Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette


Hand Hygiene Hand washing frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is an effective prevention method to reduce transmission of COVID-19. When soap and water is not available, students will use hand sanitizer. BEGIN NOW: Students and staff get in the habit of frequent hand washing at home: before and after meals, before touching face, after using the bathroom, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing nose. Teachers will incorporate hand washing practices throughout the school day. Click here to learn proper hand hygiene practices! Respiratory Etiquette Practicing Proper Respiratory Etiquette: 1. cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue 2. throw used tissues in the trash AND 3. wash hands using hand washing protocols or hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing. Tissue not available? Cough or sneeze into your elbow!




Face Coverings


August 27, 2020 Face Covering Protocols Cloth face masks are required for all grades K-6. For K-2 students, classroom teachers will determine when all students are appropriately seated at desks and able to remove masks for various periods of classroom instruction. For students demonstrating difficulty wearing face covering in the areas or situations shown below, we will assist the child and communicate with the family. See this link with information to share with your child/ren about wearing masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html Face Covering Protocols:

  • K-6: At Mass - in Church Masks On

  • K-6: Transition time - Masks On

  • K-6: Hallways (restroom break, lockers, passing time) - Masks On

  • K-6: Lunchroom - Once seated at tables, masks removed while eating

  • K-6: PE - During activities while safely distanced - masks optional

  • K-6: Recess - Outdoors - masks optional

  • K-6: Class Outside - When students safely distanced - masks optional

  • K-2: In Classroom - Students at desks 6 feet apart; masks optional. Students within 6 feet; masks on.

  • 3-6: In Classroom - Masks on while in classroom. Teachers will offer periodic safe and appropriate 'mask breaks' as needed.

  • K-6: Arrival time - Masks On

  • K-6: Carline Dismissal - Masks on until inside vehicle

________________________________________________________________________ On July 22, 2020, the Walz Administration, through Executive Order 20-81, required that all K-12 students, including Catholic school students, wear face coverings inside the school building. In our desire to work collaboratively with public officials and in the spirit of public health and the common good, St. Bart’s will develop protocols that meet the requirements of the Executive Order with a reasonable and thoughtful approach to wearing face coverings in school. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is working with the Walz Administration to give schools greater flexibility to ensure educational quality and the health and wellbeing of their students and community. It is also our expectation that our Catholic school students will be able to share equitably in the services and funding the Governor has made available to all Minnesota students, which includes access to both cloth and re-usable face coverings. This is a difficult issue and not the way a number of schools planned to start the school year. We are grateful for your continued patience and flexibility as we work to keep our students, teachers, and community healthy and safe as we prepare for in-person learning. What this Order means for your child (based on what we know today): • All K-12 students are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. Coverings must be free of writing or distracting designs. • A face shield (clear plastic shield worn in front of the face) may be used for students who cannot wear a face mask. • Teachers will be instructed in proper techniques for wearing facemasks and will use positive behavioral strategies to encourage the safe wearing of facemasks in school. • Students will not be required to wear face coverings during recess, physical education class or lunch. St Bart's Families should anticipate that our face covering protocols must allow for modifications and flexibility according to the ages and developmental needs of our students. We ask you to work with your children and make a good-faith effort to help your child wear a facemask. Parents may opt to send their child to school with a face shield if wearing a face mask is not possible. We will work to make reasonable accommodations for students unable to wear a face covering for reasons associated with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability which make it unreasonable for the child to wear a face covering. In the weeks ahead, we will communicate with families to provide additional and updated information.




Signs and Messaging


St. Bart's School signage and messaging will remind students and staff about the importance of:

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Respiratory Etiquette
  • How to properly wear face coverings
  • Social Distancing
  • Cleaning





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.





 St. Bart's School 

630 E Wayzata Blvd Wayzata, MN 55391

stbartsschool@st-barts.org

Phone: 952-473-6189

Fax: 952-745-4598