COVID-19

Reopening Plan 2020-21

Dear St. Ursula Families,

It is with great excitement that I write this note knowing that in merely two weeks time, the young people of HUSKY NATION will return to campus as we open wide our doors of faith and knowledge.
 
Although I have been regularly sharing digestible information with you about the start of the school year, the attached document has been prepared so as to offer more comprehensive  details about the practices, policies and protocols which will serve to guide the measured steps we have taken in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year.

Reopening Plan
 
May God continue to bless the entire St. Ursula School and Parish community.

Together in Christ...Rob

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures 2020-21

COVID-19 Forms

August Letter to Parents

Sent to families via email on August 11, 2020

SUS Reopening Information 

Sent to families via email on July 27, 2020

Enrollment

  • Over three weeks ago, we stopped accepting new family applications. This decision allowed us the opportunity to make informed decisions about managing a safe learning space for already enrolled students instead of a potential increase of additional students.

Health

  • As primary procedures of mitigation, our school setting will be one where the daily wearing of a protective mask, the routine of repeated washing/sanitizing of one's hands, all while maintaining proper distance throughout the day - will collectively serve as the centerpiece to our personal safety precautions.
  • As part of our cleaning and disinfection protocol to mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, we are utilizing a two-step disinfecting and protecting process which will disinfect and protect all surfaces. The surface protectant we have chosen comes with a guarantee of its bacteriostatic product that will mechanically kill both viruses and bacteria on contact. The application of this product allows for 90 days of persistent protection against viruses and bacteria.  
  • Parents with students in grades K-8 will be required to complete a daily morning Wellness Check Survey which includes three health related questions. Each day, parents will receive a reminder link through our parent notification system. The Wellness Check will serve as a social contract of integrity which will rely on your daily diligence to the health condition of your child.  
  • Pre-K parents are required to travel to school with a touch less thermometer and take the temperature of their child each morning in front of an assigned St. Ursula staff member (upon the family's arrival to campus). 

Facility

  • We have eliminated excess classroom items (shelving units, file cabinets, storage tables, etc.) so as to provide increased spacing options for each grade level room. 
  • We have removed all multiple seating tables from each grade level classroom and returned to the use of individual student desks that will face forward instead of having students facing one another. 
  • The students will not gather in the cafeteria for lunch. Instead, the students will remain with their cohort classmates and eat lunch within their classroom.
  • No hot lunch or special food orders, including milk and juice, will be available to the students. The children are required to bring in their own lunch box or "brown bag" lunch (and drink) each day.
  • Access to communal water fountains will be eliminated. As such, students will be asked to bring in their own water bottle container each day.
  • We are planning to spread out our students during the recess periods by utilizing additional spaces on campus. And as well, we will have access to other adjoining areas for play that have been generously shared by our neighbors at St. John's and Parkville High School.
  • Volunteers and guests to campus will be limited to only those visitors whose presence is considered essential.

Travel Flow

  • All grade levels will remain in a cohort group (a class of students) in one classroom all day long. Teachers will travel to the students' classrooms instead of having large groups of students traveling unnecessarily throughout the building. This preventive measure will limit movement and control the environment for each of our cohort groups. 
  • We are preparing for the use of staggered time periods for both arrival and dismissal. Access during this time will likely occur through multiple doorways as a means in which to create appropriate spacings and limit the crossover of student groups. 
  • Restroom breaks and hallway travel (when necessary) will be staggered so as to limit group movement during non-instructional transitions

Learning

  • Families are being provided an opportunity to select in-person or remote learning. Your Google Form response will indicate your requested learning intent for your child(ren). Your intent is per student and not a response for all of your children. For example, you may express your intent for in-person learning for your Pre-K child but remote learning for your 6th grade child.
  • If you choose to do remote learning, you are selecting that learning setting for the entire trimester. You will not have the option to change from remote to in-person learning during the trimester.
  • Daily attendance will be taken for both the students who are enrolled in remote or in-person learning. 
  • Students who engage in remote learning will be able to access the classroom instruction through the Google Meets video platform. We have purchased an AMX Acendo Vibe audio camera system for each classroom as a means in which to allow access to classroom instruction for our remote learning students. 
  • Remote learning students will not be online for the entire school day. There will be periods of direct instruction coupled with independent learning tasks provided to the students.
  • As student images will be viewable to the teacher through the Google Meets platform, the students will participate in class activities and discussions in a similar way to those within the classroom. 
  • Contingent on enrollment in each particular grade level, some classes may be required to participate in a hybrid learning arrangement. To this point, in a situation where the in-person learning number exceeds our ability to create appropriate space between students, a determined number of students would be assigned to remote learning on a particular day during a designated week.  The frequency of such a scenario will be dependent upon class size and how many students opt for remote learning (in each class).  

Archdiocese of Baltimore Reopening Plan

Sent to families via email on July 24, 2020

We realize that you are eager to learn what our reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year will look like. We are happy to share with you the Archdiocese of Baltimore Department of Catholic Schools Reopening Plan. Please take a moment to review the details via the document below. The recommendations outlined in the plan will provide guidance and support to our school and assist in the development of our plan for reopening. In the coming weeks, we will provide information on how this plan will be implemented at St. Ursula. 

Archdiocese of Baltimore Reopening Plan

The health and safety of our students, faculty/staff, and families will continue to be our first priority and serve as a guiding principle in the development of our plan. Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this extraordinary time together.