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SSCD December 2020 Newsletter 

November has been full of blessings and fun. Thank you to everyone for supporting our school by participating in dress down days, Marianna Hoagie and Queen Bees fundraisers! We hope you all enjoyed our Virtual Veterans Day Program and the Thanksgiving Parade of student created floats. We examined the data produced by our first round of standardized testing; our students were among the highest academic achievers in the Erie Diocese! We have started our School Store program for online shopping to benefit our school, Amazon Smile, Box Tops and iGiveCatholic are all easy ways to give to our school. As we try our best to stay in school for in-person instruction, please continue to perform daily health screenings and stay home if you or a member of your household are sick, have been exposed or have tested positive. We have sent home some or all of our 5 Flexible Instruction packets, teachers will provide instructions for use as needed. We have been writing grants to offset safety costs and to help us better instruct.  We have received grant approval for 15 new laptop computers! ESSER funds (Covid relief funds) are providing 40 new iPads with protective keyboard cases. Our school has 53 new audio and visual cameras installed for student safety. Weekly Covid status updates, cleaning protocols and wellness efforts are continuously being tracked, evaluated and responded to daily. Please send warm clothing/boots for outside play at recess. Make-A-Wish fundraising activities to be announced; Reindeer Games are happening, but Penny Wars is not possible this year.

 

December Dates:

Nov. 30th  6:30pm-Punxsy Perk is hosting Gardner’s Candy SSCD fundraiser Facebook live event

Nov. 30th-Dec. 7th-Gardner’s Candy Fundraiser hosted by Punxsy Perk ordering online

Dec. 1st- Return to School after Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 3rd- Lifetouch Picture Make-up Date

Dec. 4th- Children’s Mass 9am, Marianna Hoagies Delivered Pick-up at Wehrle Meeting Room 2:15-3PM, Christmas Light Up Night 6PM in the SSCD Courtyard (weather permitting)

Dec. 8th-Children’s Mass 9am Holy Day of Obligation The Immaculate Conception

Dec. 13th- Gardner’s Candy pick-up at Punxsy Perk drive through, Last Day for On-line SCRIP Orders for Christmas

Dec. 18th- Children’s Mass 9am,“Warm Winter Winnings” 50/50 Tickets Due in School/Church Office

Dec. 21st- “Warm Winter Winnings” 50/50 Drawing

*Christmas Parties plans will be established by classroom teachers

*The SSCD Christmas Program will be virtual, more details to come

Dec. 23rd- Noon Dismissal; No Public-School Bus at Dismissal

Dec. 24-31st- NO SCHOOL Christmas Vacation

Jan. 1st- NO SCHOOL New Year’s Day

Jan. 4th- Return to School after Christmas Vacation

 

 

Covid 19  Update:

As of Nov. 23, SSCD school has 0 positive cases, 0 in isolation and 0 in quarantine per the CDC and DOH requirements.  We do have families following our shcool daily health screening guidelines, by choosing to stay home if they are not well, suspect an exposure of themselves or a household memeber.

Please follow the daily health and safety guidelines provided to each parent.  STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK, HAVE HAD AN EXPOSURE OR HAVE A HOUSEHOLD MEMEBER IN QUARANTINE OR ISOLATION. This situation will remain fluid as we keep our school safety the top priority. School communications via Remind, Gradelink and Facebook will alert to changes. Classroom teachers will direct mode of instruction based on your at home learning survey responses.

This message is a follow up to a meeting with the  Department of Education (PDE) to discuss county level community transmission of COVID-19 and how it relates to instructional model recommendations for PreK – 12 schools. As a reminder, all information on the state recommended instructional models and level of community transmission is available on PDE’s website here

 

Below is an overview of your county data, updated on November 20, 2020.  The public health metrics below are accessible on the interactive COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard, which is updated every Friday. 

  • For the week ending November 20, 2020Jefferson County is in the substantial level of community transmission. This is the 3rd week that Jefferson County is in the substantial level. 
  • The county Incidence Rate per 100,000 Residents (Most Recent 7 Days) is 279.6 and the PCR Percent Positivity (Most Recent 7 Days) is 10.7%.
  • The incidence rate per 100,000 residents increasedfrom the previous 7 day reporting period to the most recent 7 day reporting period.  
  • The PCR percent positivity increased from the previous 7 day reporting period to the most recent 7 day reporting period. 

More information and public health data to inform local decision making, including zip code level case data, is available on the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Dashboard

Based on this continued level of transmission, PDE and DOH recommendations remain the same as last week which is for full remote learning until the community transmission rates return to moderate. As these are recommendations, not a mandate, each LEA should continue to review their data and make the best decisions for their students, staff and community. For research and further information on instructional models, visit the PDE website.  

Thank you for your continued support to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our school and county. Please call the school 814-938-4224 or email [email protected] with any concerns.

Prayers for continued health and safety.

 

For your safety, the SSCD Christmas Bazaar is canceled this year. See you next year!

 

SSCD Return to School Summary:

Posted August 14, 2020:

Recommendations for Pre-K to 12 Schools Following Identification of a Case(s) of COVID-19

It is important to note that a significant and/or widespread outbreak may require moving to a more remote-based instructional model more quickly. DOH will provide proactive consultative assistance to school entities should such an outbreak occur. 

Level of Community Transmission in the County
Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a 14-day period:
 
1 student or 1 staff
Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a 14-day period:
 
 
 
2-4 students/staff
in same school building
OR
<5% of total number of students/staff in a school building are cases
OR
Multiple school buildings with individual cases who are not household contacts
Number of Cases of COVID-19 Within a 14-day period:

5+ students/staff
in same school building
OR
≥5% of total number of students/ staff in a school building are cases
OR
Multiple school buildings with 2-4 cases who are not household contacts
Low
  • School does not need to close
  • Clean area(s) where case spent time
  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine
  • Close school(s) for 3-5 days*
  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time
  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine
  • Close school(s) for 14 days*
  • Clean entire school(s)
  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine
Moderate
  • School does not need to close
  • Clean area(s) where case spent time
  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine
  • Close school(s) for 5-7 days*
  • Clean area(s) where cases spent time
  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine
  • Close school(s) for 14 days*
  • Clean entire school(s)
  • Public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine
Substantial

DOH and PDE recommend a Full Remote Learning Model for all schools in counties with substantial level of community transmission

DOH and PDE recommend a Full Remote Learning Model for all schools in counties with substantial level of community transmission

DOH and PDE recommend a Full Remote Learning Model for all schools in counties with substantial level of community transmission

*When an entire school is recommended to close, lengths of closure time will vary by level of community transmission and number of cases. This allows public health staff the necessary time to complete case investigations and contact tracing, and to provide schools with other appropriate public health advice like cleaning and disinfecting.

What is case investigation, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine?

Public health staff is responsible for case investigation and contact tracing for every case of COVID-19, regardless of level of community transmission or number of cases identified in school setting. Refer to DOH's Contact Tracing Frequently Asked Questions for a complete overview of the case investigation and contact tracing process. 

Cases are people who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) case definitionOpens In A New Window for COVID-19 includes confirmed and probable cases.

Isolation is when the public health staff direct cases to stay home, in a hospital, or in a care facility to ensure they do not expose others with COVID-19.  Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should be immediately isolated while waiting for test results. Public health staff handles case investigation steps including determining close contacts during the infectious period.

Close contacts are individuals who have been exposed (within 6 feet distance for at least 15 consecutive minutes) to someone who is a case during the infectious period, and it is unknown if the contact will go on to develop COVID-19. Public health staff determine close contacts after a case interview.   In some school situations, it might be difficult to determine whether individuals are contacts or whether an entire cohort, classroom, or other group (extracurricular activity members) might need to be considered exposed, particularly if people have spent time together indoors.

Public health staff will work with school administrators to determine whether entire classrooms or other cohort groups need to be quarantined. Based on these discussions, public health staff will direct close contacts to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure to the case; this includes household contacts (like siblings and parents/guardians/caregivers) who attend or work in other schools.

What are the recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting in a school setting?

Schools should close off all areas used by a case and not use those areas again until after cleaning and disinfectingOpens In A New Window. This may include a classroom, common areas used by the case(s) such as lunchrooms and restrooms, school transportation options like a bus or van, and in some cases, the entire school building. Students should not be present when disinfectants are being used and should not participate in disinfecting activities.

To protect the health of janitorial and cleaning staff, schools should wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct useOpens In A New Window and storage of cleaning and disinfection productsOpens In A New Window, including storing products securely away from children. More information on cleaning and disinfecting is available in the DOH and PDE Public Health Guidance for School Communities.

What should schools do when a student or staff present symptoms of COVID-19 but are not a confirmed case?

It is not necessary to notify DOH or CMHD staff of every symptomatic student or staff member, since many non-COVID-19 illnesses may present with similar symptoms. School administrators should contact DOH or CMHD for further guidance if a parent/guardian/caregiver notifies the school of potential exposure by a student, staff member, or school visitor. Refer to the DOH and PDE COVID-19 Symptomatic K-12 Student or Staff Process Flow (PDF) for steps schools should take when a student or staff present with symptoms of COVID-19 but are not a confirmed case.

Mental Health Resources provided by the Catholic Schools Office:

 https://youtu.be/8AlZZGzXv20

COVID-19 Symptomatic K-12 Student or Staff Process Flow

Public Health Guidance for School Communities 

Posted July 24, 2020:  Welcome Back to SSCD School Update!

We pray that summer has been good to you and your families. As we look forward to the start of school, our focus is to address the health and safety of our students, but also to meet their academic, spiritual, social, and emotional needs. Our intent is to offer in-person instruction, 5 days/week starting August 24, if at all possible. We have been working closely with The Erie Diocese Catholic Schools Office in developing our reopening plans according to the guidelines set by the CDC, PDE, EPA, OSHA, DOH and local health agencies. Additionally, we appreciate your counsel about how best to proceed into the 2020-2021 school year. We welcome suggestions, ideas and considerations for how we can best move forward. Your passion for the success of our school and your deep concern for the well-being of your children is inspiring and motivating. More plan details, handbook of school procedures and classroom orientations to follow.

What’s new for 2020-21 at SSCD?

Health screenings

Touchless temperature and symptom checks on arrival

Symptom checks at least twice daily

Hygiene

Cloth face covering required when distancing not possible

Frequent handwashing; posters and videos provided                         

Staff training on hygiene standards

Classroom space/physical distancing

Students must wear cloth face coverings when distance is not possible, when in common school areas

Physical distancing (6 feet) within classrooms; use of outdoor space

Art, gym, music, computer, library and maker space will happen in the classrooms, when not able to be held outside.

All shared materials and facilities will be sanitized before and after use.

All students are asked to bring a pair of headphones, in a zip lock bag labeled with name, for personal use with technology,

 

Arrival/dismissal procedures

Families pre-screen wellness prior to arrival, Stay at Home as directed by CDC recommendations

Temperature, wellness screening and hand sanitizing prior to entering

Designated routes to classes; multiple entrances/exits

No family members past entry; families report travel/exposure

Eat/drink

Fountains will not be used for drinking, only to re-fill water bottle bases after top has been removed.

All students are asked to bring a screw top water bottle filled every morning.

Grab n Go breakfast for purchase, eaten at desk until 7:50

Lunch will be ½ hour in the classroom.  Hot lunch option will be available every day.

Eat at desks or outside when possible

Desks cleaned before and after eating

Hands washed/ sanitized before and after eating

Sit well apart while eating; no shared food

Recreation

Students play outside as much as possible; play limited to classroom groups at scheduled times

Gym class outside as much as possible, with classroom group only

Physical movement breaks at desks frequently

Consider wearing shorts under skirts

Transport

Wellness screen prior to transport

Bus transportation provided by public school with safety measures in place

Quarantine and school policy

Parents and staff self-screen and Stay at Home as needed per CDC guidelines

Temperature, wellness check and hand sanitizing before entering

Students and/or staff who arrive ill and do not pass screening will be sent home before entering school, or held in isolation area established in Meeting Room until able to leave school.

Staff and families are to self-report to the school @814-938-4224 or email at [email protected] if they or their student have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or had a close exposure to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days

Gradelink/Remind systems for notifying if a person with COVID-19 was on the school premises while infectious. In coordination with local health officials while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with FERPA and all other state and federal laws.

Remote learning to maintain engagement and offer distance learning activities for students who cannot be physically present in the classroom due to illness or exposure.

Practice makes better!

Your child can practice:

  • positive attitude towards staying healthy and helping keep friends safe
  • wearing a mask
  • hand washing for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • using hand sanitizer
  • covering coughs/sneezes with a tissue
  • proper use of a tissue
  • 6 feet social distancing practice

If you have a fun way of practicing distancing share it with our school!

Helicopter Helper-put your arms out to your side and turn once in a circle to make sure they are not able to touch anyone with their arms out to their side if they were turning also.

Hula Hoop Helper-pretending everyone is in an imaginary hula hoop and the hoops do not touch.

 

Thank you for choosing SSCD School for your Child!

 

CDC Guidelines for Schools:

https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/Waivers/MaskWearing/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html