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2020-21 Campus Reopening Framework

St. John's Parish Day School is committed to the safety and well being of our students, families, faculty, and staff.  Our COVID 19 Task Force continues to monitor and adapt our safety guidelines and protocols with recommendations from multiple sources: Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), state and local agencies offering medical webinars, our school nurses, etc. Our school has been cleaned extensively with hospital-grade cleaning materials. It will be cleaned thoroughly, once again, before any return by students.
 
St. John's superpower is that we are intentionally small, which allows for contact tracing and social distancing as appropriate. We are capping class sizes to ensure safety for our entire population and look forward to seeing everyone in September! St. John’s continues to plan thoughtfully as we prepare for reopening in September and our framework for scenarios 1-4 are below.  We will continue to expand our plans, as necessary, throughout the summer months. If there are to be any major changes to any plan we will be updating the information on this page.
Framework for School Reopening 2020-2021
current status for school reopening is scenario 1
St. John's is planning for a safe reopening for on-campus, in-person learning starting September 8th, 2020. See scenario 1 details below to learn more.
Scenario 1: 100% On Campus Learning, flexible attendance policy for Remote Learning offered for families choosing to stay at home and continue Remote Learning for a brief or extended time. State/County would be open and in a good phase for opening (phase two advanced, phase three, or phase four). We will continue to implement safe practices based on current guidelines in September.
 
  • Keep classes to recommended number, may need to split classes and spread to other classrooms
  • Stagger arrival times in order to implement health checks (siblings will be prioritized for drop off continuity)
- No parents or nonessential personnel in the building
- Nursing staff or duty personnel to check temperatures
- May ask Health Assessment questions of parents (log information)
- As children enter the classroom, they will wash hands
  • Wear masks as directed (especially hallways and bathrooms) SJPDS will be ordering school masks as part of our uniform

  • Hand washing to occur every 45 minutes or as needed throughout the day (sinks in every classroom)

  • Redesign classrooms
- Lower School: desks, limited ‘table’ arrangements, separate as much as possible
- Early Childhood: spread centers out as much as possible
  • Implement social distancing
- Early Childhood center time: control numbers in each center
  • Hooks/Cubbies spread out
- Use large Ziplock for school bags to go in
  • Individual Supplies for each child:
- Lower School parents will provide per supply list
- For Early Childhood, we will create individual supply cases, labeled and cleaned daily
  • Limit room changes (special area teachers will come to the classroom when possible)

  • Large plastic bags for sleeping mats; sent home weekly

  • Daily and/or hourly cleaning schedule of common areas (depending on uses)

  • Sleeping/resting arrangements (may need to keep 3s in own classrooms not to mix with another class)

  •  Early Childhood class assignments to possibly group Before Care/After Care in order to limit contact and keep in same classroom spaces during school day

  • Pick up times utilize car line only – students called from classrooms. Separate exits per grade level groupings

  • Lunches in classroom (until safe to spread out in All Saints Hall)

  • Develop individual health plans, if necessary

  • Whenever possible, windows open in classrooms for maximum airflow

  • Plenty of outdoor recess as they believe the virus is not easily transmitted outdoors, hand washing to occur before and after play
Scenario 2: 75% On Campus Learning, 25% Remote Learning. State/County would be in Phase Two. Restrictions on capacities will dictate how many can be in the building.
  • Modified schedule (some classes some days per week or split days following cleaning)

  • Limited Before Care/After Care for essential workers, if possible

  • Implementation of safe practices based on guidelines
- Social distancing (desk spacing, limited groups in classrooms) and face masks
- Specials limited or specialists travel to classrooms, if appropriate to their subject
  • EC classes have more gradual remote learning for Fall semester, Spring semester remote learning would be easier as students know routines and are older
Scenario 3: 50% On Campus Learning, 50% Remote Learning. State/County would be in Phase Two with additional restrictions. Restrictions on capacities will dictate how many can be in the building.
  • Modified schedule (some classes some days per week / spilt days following cleaning)

  • Limited or no Before Care/After Care

  • Implementation of safe practices based on guidelines
- Social distancing (desk spacing, limited groups in classrooms) and face masks
- Specials limited or specialists travel to classrooms, if appropriate to their subject
  • EC classes have limited remote learning. Extended remote learning weeks will result in tuition reductions for fall semester for our youngest students
Scenario 4: 0% On Campus Learning, 100% Remote Learning. State/County would be in Stay at Home Order.
Lower School:
  • Adapt new daily schedule and enhanced remote learning platforms for grades K-5
  • Chapels continued and weekly all school activities instituted
  • Special area subjects meet weekly with remote or recorded lessons
 
Early Childhood:        
  • 3s would engage minimally in remote learning
- Create opportunities to build connections with teacher and fellow classmates
- Physical packet pickups with engaging activities would be abundant
- Partial refund will be instituted
 
  • 4s/TK would begin with moderate remote learning platforms
- Create routines and build connections with teacher and fellow classmates
- Slowly introduce remote learning
- Physical packet pickups with engaging activities would be very abundant
- Daily recorded Chapels
- Recorded lessons and special area activities
- Partial refund will be instituted

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