Dear Sacred Heart Family,
We are so excited to see your students on campus in just a few short weeks! We remain committed to a safe return of all our students and faculty this fall and have planned accordingly. This email contains the plan for the 2020-2021 school year. These plans were developed in consultation with our health department, school leaders across the diocese, medical experts in our school communities, and with a careful review of guidance issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the CDC, and the Tennessee Department of Education. We’ve also convened a task force of teachers and have shared ideas with schools across our region and country. These plans will be reevaluated by Diocesan school leadership on a two-week rolling basis. A few highlights of the plan include:
– We will conduct daily temperature scans upon arrival.
– We have acquired comfortable and age-appropriate face shields and will have facial protection for faculty and students.
– We will practice social distancing procedures in the classrooms and common areas.
– We have outlined our policies for the event of a COVID exposure in our attached reopening plan.
– After a careful review of our school data, we have modified our academic calendar to prevent the spike of illness in schools that historically follows Thanksgiving. This modified schedule also allows our community to practice at-home learning in the event of a school closure.
-We will restrict outside visitors on campus.
Here are some of the measures we are implementing specifically at Sacred Heart:
– We have increased our school nursing staff.
– We have invested in advanced technology infrastructure, expanding our campus bandwidth and our Chromebook capacity.
– We have invested in digital learning platforms to allow for better remote learning.
– We have increased cleaning staff to allow for cleaning and disinfecting of bathrooms, playground, and common areas during the school day.
– We have additional cleaning protocols for the daily cleaning of learning tools and classrooms.
– We have purchased new drink stations for students to refill personal water bottles while at school.
– We have acquired needed supplies such as hand sanitizer stands and no-touch thermometers for the classrooms.
– We have worked with a task force of our teachers to improve and revise policies and our at-home learning plan.
– We have developed thoughtful procedures for social distancing in the classrooms and common areas.
– We have extensively collaborated with school leaders across the country to share ideas and best practices, and will continue to do so to ensure your child’s safety, comfort, and social and emotional health.
– Additionally, please know that an online option for learning is available for those who wish for it. Please contact Mary Metz at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in the online option by Monday, July 27th. We ask that you commit to online learning for the first quarter of the school year, after which we can reevaluate.
Thank you so much for reviewing our attached plans carefully. Your help is critical to the success of these plans. Our collective efforts to socially distance, wear face masks, wash hands, and to keep our social circle limited are essential to controlling the virus in our community. In turn, we can ensure students are back on campus where they need to be. Next week, we will send you a video that will provide a child-friendly glimpse of what a school day will be like.
While we recognize the challenge that these times present, we are excited to welcome our students back on campus. We pray you enjoy the last stretch of summer vacation. Go Eagles!
Grace and peace,