Return to Learn Plan
The Building Leadership Team has met and our Board of Education has reviewed our updated plan. We will continue to make decisions with the intention of doing what is best for our SPS students as a whole. This is a very fluid situation and one thing we can guarantee is that there will be changes. While we are continually planning and revising how school will look, we wanted to take a minute to reassure you of a few important points; All decisions made are intended to be in the best interests of our students and we desire to meet all students' educational, social, emotional, and spiritual needs to the best of our ability. The SPS community as a whole is here to support you, to help you with your fears and concerns related to the school. This plan has information for Preschool through 8th grade.
The Scott County Health Department, Iowa Department of Health, CDC and Diocese of Davenport have continued to emphasize the best ways to minimize risk:
- maintain social, physical distance
- wear a face covering when physical distance is compromised
- increase disinfection of surfaces
- wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
To keep our children, teachers and staff safe, we all need to work together keeping the greater good of our community ahead of our personal preferences during this time. We need to take care of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Learning Plan Options for K-8
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School is offering the following choices for parents enabling them to choose the format they feel is best for their family:
- In Person Learning Plan: 5 days a week at SPS, with safety measures in place for students, teachers and staff.
- Hybrid Learning Plan: 2 pre-scheduled days in person at SPS and 3 days online required continuous learning at home logging in on those days to receive instruction from SPS teachers.
- Online Required Continuous Learning Plan: 5 days a week at home, logging in daily to receive instruction from SPS teachers (medical exempt or parental choice)
Online Continuous Required Learning/Hybrid Learning Request Form
Parents will fill out the Online Continuous Required Learning/Hybrid Learning Request Form to indicate if they prefer to move to either the Hybrid Learning or the Online Required Continuous Learning. The request form spells out more details about the hybrid and online options. We ask that families try to stay with their chosen option for a minimum of two weeks to help teachers in managing the classroom and online students. The Online Continuous Required Learning/Hybrid Learning Request Form can be accessed at https://forms.gle/85g6CzSJhZV6w1va6
*We are not offering online and hybrid for preschool due to the part time nature of the program.*
**We are capping classes for the 2020-2021 school year lower than our normal caps to keep class size smaller. **
COVID Exposures and Illness
Below is the guidance from the Scott County Health Department regarding symptoms, exposure and quarantine guidance.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
Exposure/Quarantine Guidance from the Scott County Health Department
Who Needs to Quarantine?
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Stay home and monitor your health
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
- Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
- Even with a negative test, stay home for the full 14 days. Symptoms and a positive test could occur on day 13.
If there is a possibility of exposure to COVID-19 please err on the side of caution. We need your help to keep COVID-19 out of the school!
If you think or know you had COVID-19, and had symptoms you can be around others after:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
Notification of Cases in the school
Guidance from the Scott County Health Department
- If a student in the school tests positive for COVID-19, the Scott County Health Department will notify the school and any close contacts of the student testing positive. (Those within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.)
- Students in close contact (within 6 ft for more than 15 minutes) to the positive COVID-19 case will have to quarantine at home for 14 days. They will need to be home the entire 14 days. See note above.
- Only students in direct contact with someone who has tested positive will need to quarantine.
- If we have a positive COVID-19 case in the school, we will notify parents in that classroom that there was a positive case in their child’s classroom so they can watch for symptoms.
- If we have a positive COVID-19 case in the school, we will notify parents in the school that we have a case in the school. In order to respect confidentiality, we will not be able to release information about the case. If there is a case in your child’s classroom you will be made aware.
- In the Principal Post, a weekly update will be given regarding COVID-19 cases in the school.
Classroom Set Up and Cleaning K-8
- As teachers are putting classrooms together and removing unnecessary furniture from the classrooms, we are seeing some classrooms with individual desks are able to meet the 6 foot recommendation.
- All desks will face front and be separated.
- Classrooms with tables will have acrylic dividers to provide a clear physical barrier between the students. (Kindergarten, grades 5, 6, 7, and 8)
- Self contained classrooms will be cleaned daily with an electrostatic spray cleaner as recommended.
- 3 Year Old Preschool, 4 Year Old Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Grades 6-8 will be cleaned in between student groups with an electrostatic spray cleaner throughout the day.
- All classrooms will have multiple hand sanitizer dispensers with one being on a stand as the room is entered.
- Student temperatures will be taken as students enter the classroom. Teachers feel this is important and will not detract from instructional time. (See drop off procedures.)
- Students may bring hand sanitizer to keep at their desk. If the sanitizer becomes a distraction, teachers will have the student put it away.
- Classrooms will be cooled at night using the portable air conditioning units purchased several years ago. Teachers will be able to use them as needed during the day.
- Fresh air through open windows and fans is recommended for air circulation to prevent the spread of the virus. We will do a combination so that the air in the classrooms remains fresh.
- Self contained classrooms will have Art, Music, Spanish and Guidance in the classroom. PE will be outside as long as weather permits.
- Grades 6-8
- Grade 6 will be self contained for all classes except Science. Math (Mrs. Harvey), Religion, Art, Music, Spanish, and Guidance will come to their classroom. PE will be outside as weather permits.
- Grade 7 and 8 will have a block schedule with 80 minutes of Math/Social Studies switching every other day and Science/English switching every other day.
- Grade 7 and 8 will stay in homerooms in the afternoon with Religion, Art, Music, Spanish and Guidance in their homerooms. PE will be outside as weather permits.
- PE - PE classes will be held outside, weather permitting.
- During PE, students will not have to wear a mask because they will be outside. If PE is in the classroom, it will be a health and wellness format.
- Students will not change for PE due to the small size of the locker rooms.
- Band for Grade 5-8
- Band class will be held in small groups consisting of band students in a particular homeroom, such as 6A band students in a band class, 6B band students in a band class and so on. During COVID there will not be whole group band, only sections as previously mentioned.
- Instruments will have “masks” that fit over the bell. Small groups will be able to physically distance 10 feet or more as recommended for instrumental music.
- Students will have individual lessons.
- Students participating in full time online learning will have Zoom band lessons.
We understand masks are uncomfortable, but combined with social distancing, they are the most effective way to limit the spread of COVID when utilized correctly. Because of that, we will err on the side of caution when it comes to mask wearing and we ask for everyone's cooperation.
- Students in Preschool through Kindergarten will be able to wear either a face mask, face shield or hat with a face shield.
- All students (grades 1-8), teachers, and staff are required to have a mask/face covering with them at school.
- When in the hallways moving throughout the building, students, teachers and staff in PreK - 8 will need to wear a face covering/mask/face shield.
- When unable to physically distance 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes, students, teachers and staff will need to wear a face covering/mask.
- When in Mass students, teachers and staff will need to wear a face covering/mask.
- Masks/face coverings must be appropriate for school, but there is not a uniform mask/face covering. If we have to wear them, let’s make it fun!
- Due to the muffling nature of face masks and face shields that will be worn by teachers at times, teachers will have a hands free bluetooth microphone/speaker system to use.
- Breaks will be provided throughout the day allowing students to be without masks.
1:1 Device Program
- Students in grades 3-5 will have an iPad with a cover and keyboard.
- Students in grades 6-8 will have a MacBook laptop computer.
- In response to the need to keep computers and iPads sanitized, all students in grades 3-8 will have a device assigned to them for their use.
- The purpose of the 1:1 device program is to aid learning should a family choose to do online learning or for health reasons, contracting COVID or needing to quarantine a student must do online learning.
- There will be a $25 insurance fee and contract per student device to cover the cost of repairs or replacement if the device is damaged.
- If a family refuses to pay the $25 insurance fee and sign the contract, the student will not be allowed to take the device out of the building. It will be for in school use only.
Morning Drop Off
In order to enable students to be safe while arriving at school each day the following procedures will be followed:
- Students will be dropped off as usual grades K-5 on the West Playground and grades 6-8 on the East Playground.
- K-5 students will enter the building through the West Playground door and students in grade 6-8 will enter the building through the Courtyard/Elevator door.
- Upon arrival between 7:35 and 7:45 AM, students will enter the building and go directly to their classroom.
- Teachers will begin supervising in the classrooms at 7:35 AM. When each student arrives at their classroom they will sanitize their hands and have their temperature taken.
- Students who present with a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home.
- Bus students will go directly to their classrooms through either the West Playground door (K-5) or the Courtyard/Elevator door (6-8).
- Before Care students will be walked over to school and enter the building through the main entrance doors.
- Morning prayer will begin at 7:50 AM.
Afternoon Pick Up
- To begin the school year, DCSD will be ending the day 25 minutes early to give teachers additional planning time due to teaching both in person and online.
- Because we use DCSD busing, to start the year, our bus students will be dismissed at 2:30 PM Monday through Friday.
- DCSD plans to return to the original dismissal times when they are no longer hybrid. We will give parents as much notice as possible when the dismissal time changes back to 2:55 PM.
- Bus riders will wait in the classroom until their bus is called.
- We ask that parents picking up students stay in their cars and not congregate in the parking lot. We all miss the ability to socialize. Our purpose in asking parents to stay in cars is to remain safe and to expedite our dismissal procedure.
- Car riders and walkers will be dismissed starting at 2:35 PM. We will be staggering dismissal by last name to keep the hallway traffic to a safe physical distance level. We hope to have all car riders and walkers dismissed by 2:45PM. Students will wait in classrooms until the beginning letter of their last name is called.
- Aftercare students will wait in the classrooms until called and will be the last students to leave the classroom to be escorted across the street to Denning Hall.
Preschool and Small Beginnings Programs
- Teachers/Assistants will take students’ temperatures before they come in the ELC.
- Parents will be unable to enter the ELC building when picking up & dropping off. This will be the case even for the 1st day of school and we know it may be difficult for some. Staff will do everything they can to help students with separating from parents.
- Full room sanitizing spray will be used in between AM & PM classes and before & after lunch
- Teachers/Assistants will continue to do regular required cleaning, in addition to the sanitizing spray
- Protective face coverings - we are recommending masks but face shields are acceptable, this will not be all day, but as needed to protect others.
- Revised all school Mass schedule to enable social distancing in the church.
- Wednesday all school Mass
- The class leading Mass and their grade level partner class will be physically present in church.
- All other grade levels will participate virtually through live stream AND Communion will be brought over to school for students by Fr. Bruce and other Eucharistic Ministers.
- Teachers may choose to take their class to a weekday 8:30 AM Mass as long as there is room for them in the church. We should be able to have a grade level fit in with the regular weekday Mass attendees.
- Students, teachers and staff must wear masks/face coverings in church.
- Main School Building - Parents and other adults may visit the school, as permitted by school policy. During these visits, parents and other visitors must follow virus prevention and mitigation requirements of the school, including wearing a mask.
- Do not enter the building if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms.
- Early Learning Center - Visitors are NOT permitted to to enter the Early Learning Center.
- Students in grades K-6 will have a 30 minute recess each day. During recess children will not be required to wear masks. A child may choose to wear one if they prefer.
- When outside, the constant air circulation allows students to take a break from masks. This is on the advice of the health department.
- Only one grade level will be on the playground at a time. This allows for greater physical distancing and keeps the groups from mixing.
DCSD oversees busing. Questions regarding health and safety measures taken on buses should be referred to (563) 386 -1436, Durham School Services.