SJS Reopening Plan

As of August 20, 2020

Please keep in mind that school-based decisions are being made on an ongoing basis with great care and consideration, based on the Massachusetts State Guidelines. As we prepare to return to school, we continue to be grateful for your cooperation, understanding, flexibility, and commitment to the mission of St. Joseph School.

If at any time the reopening plan refers to the school following the state guidelines, please refer to this link – http://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop/protocols/protocols.docx (as of August 20, 2020)

  • Families may choose one option: full-time remote, or full-time in-person.  Each month, families will have the opportunity to change their selection
  • Decisions on a learning option can be made for 4 weeks at a time on a monthly basis starting with the 1st of the month
  • The school is still considering a hybrid model for our high-risk students.
  • Details are forthcoming regarding the following areas – Gym, Recess, Sports, and EDP.
Learning Options

Learning Options

  • Families may choose one option: full-time remote, or full-time in-person.  Each month, families will have the opportunity to change their selection
  • Decisions on a learning option can be made for 4 weeks at a time on a monthly basis starting with the 1st of the month
  • The school is still considering a hybrid model for our high-risk students.

In-Person Learning Option

  • 5 Days Per Week
  • 7:45am – 2:15pm schedule
  • Before School Drop Off and Extended Day Program Available
  • Masks mandatory for grades 2-8
  • Masks strongly encouraged and sometimes required for PreK thru Grade 1

Remote Learning Option

  • 5 Days Per Week
  • 7:45am – 2:15pm schedule
  • Uniforms required
  • Classes streamed via Zoom
  • Live Participation with teacher and classmates
  • Remote learners must attend all classes as they would in person.

  • Families will need to choose one option for the return to school. If you have more than one child, you can choose a different option for each child. Your choice needs to be communicated to Nurse Bridget by August 31st for September.
  • Each option will be for a one-month time period starting 10/1. The first time period will be three weeks due to school starting on 9/10.  Your choice needs to be communicated to Nurse Bridget 4 days prior to the 1st of the month.
  • Families/Students who choose the remote learning option will not be able to switch to in-person learning until the next month. Your choice needs to be communicated to Nurse Bridget 4 days prior to the 1st of the month.
  • Families/Students who choose in-person can switch to remote learning at any time during the month.  The Student will need to stay remote until the beginning of the next month.  Your choice needs to be communicated to Nurse Bridget and/or the teacher as soon as possible.
  • If the school does not hear from you before the next month, the previous months option will stand.
Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Students will maintain physical distance in accordance to state guidelines throughout school day.

  • Each classroom desk will be provided with a desk shield and will be socially distanced according to state guidelines and facing in same direction.  
  • Hallways and stairs will be one-way when in use.
  • No students will be changing classes. Middle School teachers will rotate to each classroom.  
  • Social Distancing will be marked with signs on walls as well as marked on the floor

During meals, mask breaks, and other times when masks are not worn, 6 feet is the minimum distance allowed

Arrival & Dismissal
  • All four doors will be used as below
    • PreK1 – back door right into classroom
    • PreK2 – back door at top of convent stairs
    • Grades K-4 – Side driveway door
    • Grades 5-8 – Main school door
  • After 7:50am all students must enter using the main door
  • Families and students are asked to follow mask and social distancing practices while entering and exiting the school.
Masks
  • Mandatory for grades 2 – 8
  • Strongly encouraged and at times required for PK, K, 1
  • Required by all school staff at all times
  • Both cloth and disposable masks are accepted.
  • Masks should securely cover the nose and mouth
  • Families are asked that 2 masks be sent with student daily.
  • Gaiters, bandanas, and masks with external valves are not allowed.
  • Disposable masks should be discarded at the end of the school day
  • Reusable masks should be washed after every day of use and/or before being used again.
  • Transparent face coverings are encouraged.
Cleaning Procedures
  • Each classroom will be sanitized and disinfected at the end of the day.
  • Bathrooms with be cleaned and disinfected at three times a day.
  • Frequent cleaning and sanitization throughout day of high-touch surfaces and areas (desks, tablets, siderails, sinks, doorknobs, etc.)
School COVID Procedures
  • Screening procedures are not required at the point of entry to the school.
  • Staff will observe students throughout the day and refer students who may be symptomatic to the school nurse for evaluation, if deemed necessary the school does have a “medical isolation room” as required.
  • Once evaluated and if deemed necessary parents will be called and must pick-up the student immediately. Nurse Bridget will direct you as to which door the student can be picked up at.
  • Families are required to check if student is experiencing symptoms every morning prior to coming to school. Students should stay home if the exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms listed below.
    • Fever (100.0 Fahrenheit or higher) chills, or shaking chills
    • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore Throat
    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other know causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
  • If staff member or student have any of COVID symptoms, they must get a test for active Covid-19 infection prior to returning to school.
  • If a staff member or student test positive for COVID 19 state guidelines will be followed.
Hygiene & Ventilation
  • Students and staff are required to exercise hand hygiene by using hand sanitizer or washing their hands in following situations
    • Upon arrival to school
    • Before eating lunch or snack
    • Before putting on and/or taking off masks
    • Before and after recess,
    • Before dismissal.
  • There will be several stations as well as stand only hand sanitizer products placed around the school
  • Sharing materials is discouraged, but when shared, they must be disinfected before being used by another student.
  • Families should send their students with their own personal hand sanitizer
  • Air conditioners will not be installed in the classrooms, as we are required to open the windows for ventilation.
  • Water fountains will be disabled, however water bottles will be available for sale
Lunch
  • Lunch will take place in the cafeteria.
  • Students must maintain 6 feet of distance when unmasked, tables will be marked
  • Increased break between lunches to allow for proper cleaning and disinfection.
  • Please send your child with a lunch and 2 beverages each day.
  • Disposable water bottles and disposable food containers for lunch and snacks are encouraged.
  • Water bottles will be available for sale
Bathroom Breaks
  • There will be scheduled breaks for each classroom during the school day.
  • The schedule will be provided on the first day of school.
  • This will allow for social distancing while students are out of the classrooms.
  • Of course, in case of emergency, students will be allowed out of the classroom.