Restart Smart

St. Peter’s School
Return to Campus Plan
2020-2021

Updated: August 10, 2020

Introduction

With the emergence of the novel coronavirus, our students and families showed great resilience as administrators and teachers quickly and unexpectedly transitioned from traditional classrooms to distance learning last spring. Over the past four months, much has been learned not only about the virus, but also about how we can best provide students with the strong academic experience that is a hallmark of St. Peter’s School in the midst of a pandemic.

We look forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus in the fall full time. We understand transitioning back to school presents significant challenges as uncertainty about the virus’ impact on our community persists. Much work has gone into creating a plan to serve as a roadmap as we respond to changing public health conditions, to support our diverse student population, to provide quality instruction, to ensure the safety of students and faculty, and to allow flexibility, enabling families to make choices that they feel comfortable with for their children.

St. Peter’s Restart Smart Plan was developed by administrators in consultation with the Diocese of Toledo, the Ohio Board of Education, and Richland County Public Health; with support from St. Peter’s Strategic Planning Committee and Education Commission; and informed by feedback from faculty, staff, parents, and students. Predicting the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the months to come is unfeasible, as such this plan not only details the health and safety measures in place for a return to campus, but also outlines the way St. Peter’s School will respond to changing public health conditions.

Across our campus, much thought is going into and much work is being done to provide our students with a healthy and successful school year. We want to express our gratitude to our faculty members who have spent their spring and summer preparing for multiple scenarios, so no matter the circumstances, we face them Spartan Strong. We cannot wait to welcome your students back to campus.

Parent Communications

7/17/2020 – Parent Letter: St. Peter’s Releases Smart Restart Plan

About COVID-19

St. Peter’s Restart Smart Plan is informed by the current knowledge about the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. . . linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold” with symptoms such as “fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal.”

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (such as from coughing or sneezing) or from touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and touching their face. To limit the spread of the virus, The Ohio Department of Public Health and CDC suggest:

  • Social Distancing
  • Increased, routine cleaning and sanitation
  • Staying home when ill, exposed to COVID-19, and/or recovering from illness
  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
  • Wearing cloth face coverings, particularly when social distancing is difficult
  • Discouraging the use of shared items
  • Increasing circulation of outside air
  • Minimizing use of water fountains
  • Closing communal and shared spaces
  • Limiting non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities

The Role of Families and the Community

Our families play a vital role in ensuring safety on campus for the entire St. Peter’s Community. We acknowledge that some of our community members are at greater risk of suffering from the severest forms of this virus and that it is our responsibility to prioritize their health and safety. As a community we must do our part to adhere to state health recommendations to ensure that our schools can remain open and our curve remain flattened.

At this time, we ask families to be SPARTANs:

S

Stay home if sick or exposed to the virus.

P

Provide any required PPE for your student such as face masks, hand sanitizer, tissues, etc. to provide for the safety for all students on campus.

A

Adhere to federal, state, and local orders and recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

R

Reinforce good hygiene at home such as frequent hand washing, avoiding touching the face, etc.

T

Track your student’s health daily and never send them to school with a temperature of 100 or any symptoms of illness.

A

Avoid unnecessary travel and be aware of and follow all current health guidelines.

N

Notify our office and Richland Public Health if your student or a family member tests positive for COVID-19.

Investing in Safety and Quality

St. Peter’s School is committed to providing safe in-person instruction and high-quality distance learning if public health conditions require it. To do so, St. Peter’s is investing in enhanced COVID-19 safety measures, additional technology to allow for a smooth pivot to distance learning, and for the professional development of faculty and staff to support them as they face the new challenges of schooling through a pandemic. Specifically, St. Peter’s is investing in the following:

Enhanced Safety Measures

  • Amplified cleaning and disinfecting practices.
  • Daily thermal scans for early fever detection.
  • Designated area for students who may be exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
  • Modified cafeteria operations that will allow for social distancing.
  • Providing PPE for faculty, staff, as well as for students in need.
  • Reconfiguring campus spaces to provide for physical distancing

Technology

  • Ensuring every student is issued an iPad with all necessary software to participate in remote learning.
  • Moving to cashless transactions for tuition, fees and cafeteria purchases.

  • Researching funding opportunities to provide mobile hotspots to families in need during remote learning periods.

  • Providing opportunities for families to learn about remote learning technology.

Professional Development

  • Providing faculty and staff with training regarding health precautions, safety measures, and classroom cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Providing faculty with training and guidance regarding using technology for online learning and support.

Campus Reopening in Response to Alert Levels

Because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19’s impact on our community and on individual students, St. Peter’s administrators will monitor the campus’ level of risk daily based upon Richland County’s alert level and campus-specific factors such as those listed below. Based on these factors, a color will be assigned to the campus and, should need be, schooling will shift in accordance with the current health situation. Every effort will be made to notify parents as soon as possible via Spartan Alerts and Alma should such a shift be necessary. Any student, regardless of grade-level, can transition to remote learning at any time should that option best fit a family’s needs, comfort-level, or should a student need to be absent for an extended period.

Any student, regardless of grade-level, can begin or continue remote learning at any time should that option best fit a family’s needs, comfort-level, or should a student need to be absent for an extended period.

Level of AlertCampus Health ConditionsType of Schooling
Low Risk
  • County: 0-1 indicators; low spread risk

  • Campus: No known COVID-19 cases on campus and close adherence to safety protocols by families, faculty, and students
  • Face to face instruction on campus for all students (Pre-K- 12) with remote learning options provided for all students.

  • Adherence to all health and safety guidelines and recommendations.
Moderate Risk
  • County: 2-3 indicators; displays increased exposure and spread.

  • Campus: Increased absences on campus due to illness, but no known COVID-19 cases.
  • Face to face instruction on campus for all students (Pre-K-12) with remote learning options provided for all students.

  • Adherence to all health and safety guidelines and recommendations.
Heightened Risk
  • County: 4-5 indicators; displays very high exposure and spread

  • Campus: Possible COVID-19 cases on campus AND/OR Building temperature or conditions make compliance with safety measures difficult AND/OR Richland Public Health indicates the quarantining of faculty or students is necessary AND/OR High level of absences due to illness on campus.
  • Areas on campus closed except to essential staff.

  • Affected buildings will transition to remote learning. (i.e. Montessori Pre-K may offer in-person learning, though the Elementary and/or High School is remote).

  • Opportunities for monitored, remote learning on campus may be offered.
High Risk
  • County: 6-7 indicators; severe exposure and spread AND/OR Stay at Home or School Closing Order by Governor.

  • Campus: Known cases of COVID-19 on campus AND/OR RPH indicates campus closure is necessary
  • Remote learning for all students.

  • Campus closed to all except to essential staff.

Orientation & Open House

To provide for the safety of all and keep families informed, orientation and open house will be held virtually for parents and guardians this year in the following formats:

Montessori

Virtual New Parent Orientation via Zoom August 26 from 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. More information and an invite will be sent out to families via ALMA closer to the date.

Elementary

Virtual Open House Videos will be sent to families via ALMA and also posted on the St. Peter’s School social media pages. School supplies can be dropped off and meet the teacher will happen during your student’s assessment time. Sign Ups for assessments will be distributed shortly via ALMA.

High School & Junior High

Virtual Open House nights will be hosted the week of August 31. Details will be forthcoming via Alma. Student orientation and meet the teacher will take place the week of August 31 with individual grades attending a full school day as assigned on the following schedule.

RESTART SCHEDULE
DateMontessoriElementaryJunior HighHigh School
Monday 8/31Montessori K: 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Group A: 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Group B: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Individual and group assessments will be scheduled through the week in all grades: Go to Signup FormsSeniors ONLY attend school for the entire day (7:50 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.) for orientation and to meet the teachers.
Tuesday, 9/1Montessori K: 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Group A: 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Group B: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Individual and group assessments will be scheduled through the week in all grades: Go to Signup FormsJuniors and Sophomores ONLY attend school for the entire day (7:50 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.) for orientation and to meet the teachers
Wednesday, 9/2Montessori K: 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Group A: 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Group B: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Grades 5 & 6 ONLY attend school for the entire day (8:00 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.) for orientation and to meet the teachers. Freshmen ONLY attend school for the entire day (7:50 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.) for orientation and to meet the teachers.
Thursday, 9/3Montessori K: 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Group A: 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Group B: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Grades 3 & 4 ONLY attend school for the entire day (8:00 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.) for orientation and to meet the teachers. 8th graders ONLY attend school for the entire day (7:50 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.) for orientation and to meet the teachers.
Friday, 9/4Montessori K: 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Group A: 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Group B: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Traditional Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 ONLY attend school for the entire day (8:00 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.) for orientation and to meet the teachers.7th graders ONLY attend school for the entire day (7:50 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.) for orientation and to meet the teachers.
Tuesday, 9/8Montessori K: 7:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Group A: 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Group B: 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
All elementary students begin attending daily from 8:00 a.m.- 2:50 p.m.All junior high students begin attending daily from 7:50-2:45.All high school students begin attending daily from 7:50-2:45.

Remote Learning

St. Peter’s families can begin or transition to remote learning at any time. All courses are taught by St. Peter’s Faculty, ensuring curricular consistency and allowing for a seamless transition back into the classroom. iPads will be distributed to all K-12 students at the beginning of the year pre-loaded with all of the required apps and faculty will teach students how to use the required technology early in the school year to prepare for any circumstance requiring the school to go fully remote. A combination of Google Classroom, Zoom, and Alma will be used and attendance will be taken daily. Educational programs will be offered to parents to help them support their students’ distance learning. Wifi hotspots are available for families without internet access. Contact your building principal for additional information.

Transitioning to the Classroom

Students opting into the remote learning program will need to provide 7-10 days of notice about their intention to return to the physical classroom to the building principal via email. Doing so provides us with the necessary lead time to reconfigure classroom arrangements and ensure proper physical distancing is able to be maintained. If there are extenuating circumstances such as illness, arrangements will be made on a case by case basis.

Elementary & Montessori

All classes including specials will be offered remotely. When we are offering a combination of in-person and remote learning, pre-recorded videos of lessons will be posted on Google Classroom and all assignments will be submitted digitally. If a situation arises requiring us to shift completely to remote learning, classes will be offered via a combination of live-stream, pre-recorded lessons, Zoom, and assignments via Google Classroom, following their traditional daily schedule. All students engaging in remote learning will need to pick up materials every two weeks.

High School & Junior High

Junior High and High School students will attend a full school day online following their normal schedule. All classes will be live-streamed to students.

Transportation, Arrival / Departure & Health Assessments

Bus Transportation

Parents/ caregivers are encouraged to transport students if possible. Bus transportation will be provided from your home district. A registration form for students living within the Mansfield City School District must be returned to the office either via email (Elementary, JH, and HS) or at their assessment session (Elementary). If you are outside of the Mansfield City School District, you will need to contact your home district directly to set up bussing. Parents will need to complete a daily health assessment before their student boards the bus, face coverings must be worn, and social distancing should be followed at bus stops.

Drop-Off / Self Transportation

In all buildings, morning drop off and student self transportation will follow the same procedures for parents and student drivers as last year. The elementary building will open at 7:30 a.m.

Arrival Procedures / Health Assessments / Departure

Before arriving, parents/guardians are required to conduct a daily health assessment of their student(s). In all buildings a single, monitored entrance will be used for each type of transportation (bus/ drop off). Students will have their temperature taken and hands sanitized before entering the building. Students arriving with a fever or presenting symptoms will be isolated until an authorized emergency contact can pick them up.

Traffic entering and exiting the building will be modified to maintain social distancing.

Upon arrival, elementary students will report directly to their classroom. Junior High and High School early arrivals will be directed to a specific location for social distancing purposes. On-time arrivals will report directly to their first classroom.

Departure procedures will be similar to previous years except that students will be dismissed on a staggered schedule, and we ask that all picking up students stay in their car and proceed through the pick-up line.

Physical Distancing, Cohorting, and Student Movement

Physical Distancing

Classroom configurations in all buildings have been altered to comply by the recommended 6 ft. of physical distancing between desks/chairs to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Cohorting

Within the Elementary and Montessori buildings, students will be strictly grouped by grade level to limit interaction with others and minimize risk of transmission. Students will stay in their classroom and specials teachers will circulate to them to minimize movement in the building. When traveling for recess, physical education, lunch, and enrichment, they will move as a group and stay with their cohorts.

The Montessori Enrichment Room will have a private entrance and restroom, so students will not be in any shared space with elementary students.

In the High School and Junior High strict cohorting is not possible given the diverse course schedules offered to students. As we are on a block schedule, however, groups and movement is limited to four classes/ transitions a day to minimize the risk of transmission.

Student Movement

To limit hallway congestion, movement within all buildings will follow a modified traffic pattern which will be marked in each building and introduced to students during orientation.

Classroom dismissal in the High School and Junior High will be staggered to similarly reduce hallway traffic.

Locker use will be scheduled and restricted.

Face Coverings

Faculty and staff

In accordance with The Ohio Department of Education’s Reset and Restart Plan for Schools, all faculty and staff will wear masks whenever on campus except if they are working alone in their office or classroom. If educational practices require it, face shields may be used in specific settings.

K-12 students

Per Governor DeWine’s recent order, all students K-12 are required to wear masks on campus. Mask breaks will be given periodically throughout the day when students are adequately distanced by 6 ft. or more. All masks need to have two layers of fabric, be school appropriate in appearance, and the student should be able to take them on and off without assistance. We ask that one mask be kept at school as a backup in case the mask worn that day becomes soiled or unusable. Disposable masks will be available as needed per request.

Montessori Pre-K

We ask that you send your child to school in a mask, so they may wear one when physical distancing is not possible (arrival, departure, traveling between buildings, etc.). All masks need to have two layers of fabric, be school appropriate in appearance, and the student should be able to take them on and off without assistance. We ask that one mask be kept at school as a backup in case the mask worn that day becomes soiled or unusable. Disposable masks will be available as needed per request.

Sanitation & Deep Cleaning

High Traffic Areas

A protocol has been developed for sanitizing all high traffic areas and high touch surfaces
throughout the day.

Ventilation

When possible windows and classroom doors will be open to provide adequate
ventilation.

Electric Atomizer Sprayer

All buildings will be equipped with a unit that will be used to sanitize classrooms, shared
spaces, and high traffic areas.

Montessori Classrooms

All areas will be sanitized and cleaned between sessions. Children will use hand sanitizer before and after handling works. Works, tables, and chairs will be disinfected between students. Classrooms will be sprayed with an electric atomizer sprayer at the end of each day.

Elementary Classrooms

All surfaces in the classrooms will be wiped down during lunch. Shared materials will be limited as much as possible and disinfected between students.

High School/Junior High Classrooms

Classroom surfaces will be wiped down between class sessions. All shared equipment in computer and science labs will be disinfected between students.

Cafeteria & Food Service

Lunch K-12

All students will eat lunch in the cafeteria during a staggered schedule by grade. Seating will be assigned and distanced 6 ft. Meals will need to be prepaid via My Schoolbucks. Cash will not be accepted. Meals will need to be ordered in the morning in the classroom and will be served to students in the cafeteria. There will be no self-service of food, no salad bar, and no use of microwaves. Students will sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the cafeteria.

Lunch Montessori Pre-K Enrichment

Students will need to bring a packed lunch to school each day and will eat in the Montessori Enrichment Room. Seating will be spaced 6 ft.

Water

All students will need to bring a refillable water bottle to school each day. Water fountains will not be available. Instead, there will be water refill stations throughout the buildings. Bottled water will be available upon request.

Elementary & Montessori Snacks

Students will need to bring individual, pre-packaged snacks to school each day. There will be no shared snacks available in the classrooms and no snack calendars will be distributed this year.

Recess and Special Subjects

Recess

Access to the outdoors is integral to providing a safe, supportive learning environment for our young students. As such, though the playground equipment will not be used, daily recess will be held in staggered groups to allow for cohorting and social distancing. Faculty and staff will be developing structured, monitored recess activities (walks, non-contact games, scavenger hunts, etc.) to enable social distancing. Students will be washing/ sanitizing hands before and after recess.

All-School Mass

Bi-weekly Mass will be held for students. They will be socially distanced within the church and attend with their grade-level cohort. Attendance may be restricted to students only.

Physical Education

Physical education will be offered in all buildings outdoors when weather permits. 9 ft. of distancing will be maintained during vigorous activity. All equipment used will be sanitized between uses, and no equipment will be shared between students.

Music/Band

Faculty will be offering music education in line with current best practices for singing, instrument use and sanitation. Appropriate distancing in accordance with CDC, ODH, and RPH guidelines will be maintained.

Extracurriculars

Athletics

St. Peter’s Athletic Director is working closely with the Ohio High School Athletic Association and monitoring changing mandates, guidelines, and requirements in order to encourage and support our Spartan Athletes and provide them with a safe competitive environment. For questions regarding specific sports, please contact David Miller at (419) 524-2572 ext. 3105

The Spartan Soccer Club is also monitoring all health and safety guidelines for contact sports. Please contact Tracy Gasper for more information or visit their website at clubs.bluesombrero.com/spartanssocceroh.

Field Trips/Elementary Enrichment

At this time, no field trips or after school enrichment will be held or offered for the fall semester. Administrators will review policies and reassess plans for the spring.

St. Peter’s Department of Theater and Performing Arts

The Department of Theater and Performing Arts is currently working to reschedule rehearsals and performances of Mary Poppins for the Spring of ‘21 and plan for a Junior High and High School play.

Nurse/Clinic/Isolation

First Aid

First Aid will be administered in wellness locations on campus that are not inhabited by students exhibiting signs of illness.

Medication Distribution

Medicine will continue to be distributed in the main office of each building. Partitions have been installed in areas where 6 ft. of distancing is not possible.

Isolation

Each campus building will have a separate isolation area for students exhibiting symptoms. Parents will be immediately notified and an emergency contact will need to pick the student up within the hour. Follow up care and procedures will be distributed at pick up.

Return to School Following Illness

All testing and contact tracing will be handled by Richland Public Health and strict confidentiality will be maintained. Quarantining procedures and return to campus procedures will follow the scenarios outlined in Richland Public Health’s Possible Scenarios to Consider.” If a student presents COVID symptoms but is not tested, they will need to quarantine for a minimum of 7 symptom-free days following illness or present a negative test result and a doctor’s note to return to campus sooner.

Richland Public Health's Possible Scenarios to Consider

A student’s parent/caregiver tests positive.

The student would be considered a direct contact and would be required by the local health department to be quarantined for 14 days. If student is asymptomatic after 14 days, they can return to school. If the student develops symptoms before the end of the 14 days, student will now go into isolation and not be returning to school until RPH nurses feel he/she has recovered. Our nurses will reach out to anyone that meets definition of a close contact of the student to require them to quarantine. If the student developed symptoms, the room should be cleaned and disinfected.

A student tests positive.

The student is required to be isolated and our office will contact anyone that meets definition of a close contact. Any siblings that live with this student will also be required to be sent home to be quarantined. This may or may not require an entire classroom and teacher be sent home for two weeks to be quarantined. Our nurses will do the contact tracing investigation to determine who all needs to be quarantined. The student that tested positive may return to school once our nurses have deemed them recovered. If the others that were quarantined never develop symptoms, they may return after the 14 days have passed. The room should be cleaned and disinfected.

A teacher tests positive.

The teacher is required to be isolated and our office will contact anyone that meets definition of a direct contact. This situation may or may not require an entire classroom/grade be sent home for two weeks to be quarantined. RPH staff will do the contact tracing investigation to determine who all needs to be quarantined. The teacher that tested positive may return to school once a RPH nurse has deemed them recovered. The room should be cleaned and disinfected.

A bus driver tests positive.

The bus driver will be required to be isolated (at home or in hospital depending on severity of symptoms) until recovered. This will not necessarily require all students that ride this bus to be quarantined. RPH staff will do the contact tracing investigation to determine who all needs to be quarantined. The bus should be cleaned and disinfected before put back into use. (Or the bus can be removed from use for 4 days.)

A teacher’s spouse tests positive.

The teacher is a direct contact of the spouse and will be required to be quarantined for 14 days. If the teacher never develops symptoms, the teacher can return after the quarantine period. If the teacher does develop symptoms, they are now required to remain in isolation until they are deemed recovered. RPH staff will do the contact tracing investigation to determine who all needs to be quarantined. The room should be cleaned and disinfected.

A cafeteria worker or maintenance staff tests positive.

The staff member will be required to be sent home for isolation until recovered. This will not necessarily mean any students will be impacted. If the interactions with students are brief, they will not be required to be quarantined. It may impact co-workers at the school depending on staff interactions. The primary work area for this staff member should be cleaned and disinfected.

Visitors & Volunteers

Visitor Policy

For the safety of our faculty and staff, all visitors must make an appointment through the building office before coming to campus. A health screening and temperature check will be administered before entry to the building. Administrators and faculty will also conduct meetings online to address individual parent concerns and questions.

Volunteer Policy

We appreciate all of the support from the St. Peter’s community. Unfortunately at this time volunteer opportunities will be limited. Such opportunities will be shared by building administrators as they arise. All volunteers must, in addition to completing VIRTUS training, undergo a health screening and temperature check and wear all necessary PPE.

Other ways to get involved and support our school

Parents’ Club/Montessori Advisory Committee meets virtually the first Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. Invitations for the meeting will be distributed via ALMA. These groups help support our school through grants to teachers, fundraisers, and by marketing our programs.

The Spartan Athletic Boosters meet the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the St. Clair Room of the FAC. This group provides St. Peter’s School with team uniforms, sports equipment, awards, award banquets, as well as financial support for the school’s athletic facilities.

Additionally, all teachers have Amazon Wishlists that can be accessed through the staff page on our website and donations of face coverings, bottled water, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, etc. are always greatly appreciated and can be turned in to the Parish Center.

Questions and Support

We understand our initial plan may not answer all of your questions. Rest assured, we will continue to keep you updated as this plan develops and will send out detailed information that further explains the daily schedule, pick up and drop off procedures, food service, sick and attendance policies, requirements regarding PPE, etc.

We support the health and well-being of every member of the St. Peter’s community. While our goal is to see all students, faculty, and staff back on campus in the fall, we recognize that every situation is unique and that some individuals have personal health situations that put them at increased risk for COVID-19. If your student(s) is immunocompromised or if you have particular concerns about their return to campus, please contact your building principal.

Enrollment Opportunities

St. Peter’s School is currently accepting applications for the fall. However, due to our commitment to abiding by the safety recommendations in place, space is limited. If you are interested in enrolling or would like more information, please contact the appropriate building principal to begin the application process or fill out the inquiry form below and we will contact you!

Jon Cuttitta, Junior High and High School

Ashley Rastorfer, Montessori and Elementary