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August 2022 Newsletter

Welcome back to school on Monday, August 22! Our first day will be in uniforms; every Tuesday is gym class dress down day for staff and students (refer to handbook). We are so excited to get this year of learning underway with the latest staff additions of Mrs. Szymanski-Second Grade, Mrs. Ryen-Third Grade, Mrs. Koppenhaver-Fourth Grade Homeroom, 4th-6th Math and religious education director and Mrs. Hibbard as our After School Club Director. School resources can be found on our school website Information can be found under the Our School and Parent Resources tabs.  Check out the SSCD Parent Group tab! Arrange bus transportation by calling 814-938-5151 X 1116. Students staying for After School Club can be scheduled by sending an electronic message or write a note the first day. Covid funds for free lunches have expired and are not available currently, school lunches are $2.30 which includes milk. Milk only is $0.50. Free and reduced lunch applications are available. Students can be dropped off in our school auditorium 7:25-7:50 am, please check for special teacher changes the first week of school. Medications must have a doctor’s order for school administration and be in the original labeled containers delivered to the school office by an adult. Dismissal of all students takes place in our courtyard at 2:30 pm. Our parents wait on the grass, as our teachers walk the students onto the surrounding sidewalk to be released to someone listed on your emergency contact list. First Day Information Packets will be sent home the first day of school, please return all signature forms by Wednesday, August 24.

Questions? Contact us at 814-938-4224 or [email protected]



Dates to Remember:

August 16: Second Grade Meet the Teacher 5:30-6:30 pm, Kindergarten Orientation 6 pm, Fourth-Sixth Grade can meet with Mrs. Koppenhaver in the Fourth-Grade classroom 6:30 pm.

August 18: Law Enforcement on campus for staff school safety training.

August 22: First Day of School: Kindergarten-Sixth Grade

August 24: Preschool orientation, 9am-4-year-old class, 11am 3-year-old class

August 26: All School parents/adults are invited to join their children for Children’s Mass 9 am and a Welcome Back Ice Cream Social 2-2:30 pm (then regular dismissal). You and your child are invited to stay for a meeting to design our best school year 2:30-3 pm.

August 29: First Day of PreK

August 30: First Day of 3-year-old class

Reminder: No school September 5th and 26th, more information will be provided in the Sept. newsletter.


CDC School guidelines, issued August 11, 2022

Summary of Recent Changes

  • Changed recommendation to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Level or in response to an outbreak
  • Removed the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings
  • Removed information about Test to Stay
  • Added detailed information on when to wear a mask, managing cases and exposures, and responding to outbreaks

Please note: 

Separation of those that are infected with Covid 19 (isolation) is still being recommended by the  CDC.

The link below provides detail on when, and how long individuals should isolate, when to test, how to determine the length of the isolation, when and how to return to school or work, and how long these individuals should wear masks after isolation. 

 See:    for detailed information.



Join us in Welcoming our newest staff members: Mrs. Szymanski-2nd Grade, Mrs. Ryen-3rd Grade/STEM & Mrs. Ann Koppenhaver- 4th Grade Homeroom, 4-6th Math Instructor and Regligious Education Director

Mrs. Ann Koppenhaver

Meet Mrs. Szymanski

Meet Mrs. Ryen



Better Instructional/Assessment Practices


At the start of this school year, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Erie adopted the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model. The PLC model emphasizes the importance of educators coming together in school-based Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) to engage in meaningful discussions about how to best support all students’ learning needs.

Recently, teachers across the diocese have come together to focus on mathematics. The teachers serving on school-level mathematics PLT are working collaboratively to explore math standards and curriculum, analyze student assessment data, and explore best-practices and new instructional strategies.

In each of our schools a teacher has volunteered to be the PLT Curriculum Lead. The work and leadership these teachers are providing is impressive. They have risen to the challenge and are facilitating discussions, participating in ongoing professional development trainings, and learning about the new NWEA Map Growth student assessment data.

Currently, the PLTs are in the process of reviewing and organizing the most essential mathematics standards by grade level to ensure students are getting the foundational skills they need to be successful mathematicians. Also, the PLTs are analyzing student data from our new NWEA MAP Growth Assessment and using this information to guide their daily instruction.

According to building administrators and teachers, the work of the mathematics PLTs has already begun positively impacting change. Curriculum Leads also have been collaborating with the CSO directors and other lead teachers in the diocese through monthly networking sessions. During these sessions, Curriculum Leads have an opportunity to connect, pose questions, give and receive feedback about their progress, and gather the tools necessary to continue moving the work of their PLTs forward.

In just a few short months, the PLTs have made important and positive progress toward meeting the common Middle States accreditation goal of ensuring each school’s mathematics program is at a level where students are making a minimum of one year’s growth or are at benchmark for grade level by the 2027 school year.

To meet the individual needs of Catholic schools across the Diocese of Erie, the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) is updating its professional development model. The CSO is restructuring when and how these opportunities will be offered. Over the last several years, teachers participated in August workshops and a Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Day (CIA Day) in the spring. Moving forward, administrators and teachers will participate in professional development focused on meeting the diocesan Middle States goals and on the components of the Formula for Student Achievement and Growth. Additionally, the CSO has developed a three-year plan that will provide support for individual schools to identify and receive professional development specific to their needs.

Comparable to each diocesan school, the CSO directors also have created their own PLT. The CSO PLT meets weekly to ensure each member, in their role, is supporting all schools in the successful implementation of their mathematics PLTs. Each week the CSO directors work collaboratively to determine the best ways to provide meaningful professional development, resources, and collegial support so that our schools can successfully implement the school-level PLTs.

According to Jim Gallagher, “Implementing the PLT model in the office has reinvigorated my love for education. It reminds me of why I became a teacher in the first place ???? to focus on student learning and make a difference. The way in which my team can collaborate in the PLT and have the opportunity for meaningful conversation about mathematics education is refining the focus of our work. I am excited to see the positive outcomes in all of our schools.”



12-30-21 On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Health

As we begin the new year, school leaders are requesting updated COVID-19 guidance, particularly to changes that have occurred to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) close contact and quarantine practices. 

At this time, schools should follow the most recent PA Department of Health (DOH) Health Alert (PA-HAN) on Isolation and Quarantine Periods for COVID-19 for the General Population that was released last Thursday. (615 - 12/30/2021 - UPD - UPDATE: Isolation and Quarantine Periods for COVID-19 for the General Population)

[Recommendation for Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19

Regardless of vaccination status, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must: • Isolate at home for 5 days. As much as possible,

o Stay in a specific room away from other people and pets in the home. o Use a separate bathroom.
o Wear a mask around other people in the home.

If the person with COVID-19 either has no symptoms or has resolved or improving symptoms (including fever) after Day 5 of isolation, the person with COVID-19 may leave their house provided they wear a well-fitting mask when around other people.

All persons who test positive for COVID-19 are recommended to wear a mask while around other people during Days 6 through 10. Day 0 is defined as either the date of symptom onset, or the date the test specimen was collected if the patient is asymptomatic. If someone develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19, testing is recommended regardless of vaccination or prior infection status.

Individuals Who Do NOT Need to Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19

The following groups of individuals do NOT need to quarantine after being exposed (i.e., close contact*) to someone with COVID-19:

• People who have received a booster vaccination and more than 2 weeks have passed; Page 2 of 3 – Update # 615

  • People who have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months and thus are not yet eligible for the booster vaccination;

  • People who have completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months; Heterologous (mix-and-match) dosing may occur for the booster dose.

    Individuals who can be categorized into these groups do not need to quarantine at home; however, they do need to wear a mask around others for 10 days. Additionally, these individuals should be tested on Day 5 after exposure, if possible. If this test is positive, the individual should follow the recommendations above for individuals who test positive.

    Individuals Who DO Need to Quarantine After Exposure to COVID-19

    The following groups of individuals DO need to quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID- 19:

  • People who have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and have not received a booster vaccination;

  • People who have completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and are not boosted;

  • People who are not vaccinated.

    Individuals who are categorized into these groups must quarantine at home for 5 days, and then wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days. If the person is absolutely unable to quarantine, they must consistently wear a mask for 10 days. Additionally, these individuals should be tested on Day 5 after exposure if possible (the day of exposure is considered Day 0). If this test is positive, the individual should follow recommendation above for individuals who test positive.]

As with previous updates in guidance, schools are expected to follow the new community guidelines. The CDC has indicated that there will be additional guidance for more specific settings, including schools, released in the near future. DOH will review and update the community guidance in the PA-HAN accordingly if and when CDC makes any further adjustments. Please note that this is a very fluid situation. We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes together.

Covid update 12-27-21:  
CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
Media Statement
For Immediate Release: Monday, December 27, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.

Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.  For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you:

Have been boosted
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you:
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

Please be advised that the CDC has changed the guidleines for exposure/isolation/quarantine, we will continue to do everything possbile to keep our students in school. Therefore, health screening, handwashing/sanitizing and masking will remian part of our best practices at SSCD School. We will continue to monitor the situation and welcome questions or concerns ([email protected]).~Ms. K.


Free Lunches for all full-day SSCD students for the 2021-22 school year. Milk only $.50.

NWEA Parents' Guide for Grades 3-6 Sept. 20-Oct. 8



Welcome Back to SSCD School Update

August 19, 2021

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 23. We have been working closely with The Erie Diocese Catholic Schools Office in developing our start of school 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 2021-2022 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. Plan updates, addedums to the handbook of school procedures, classroom pages and school newletters will contain the most current information.

What’s new for 2021-22 at SSCD? 

Health screenings 

Touchless temperature and symptom checks upon arrival in classroom

Symptom checks at least twice daily

Families report travel/exposure/illness/positive test results


Cloth face covering(perferred)/face shields indoors

Frequent handwashin/sanitizing                         

Staff training on hygiene standards

Classroom space/physical distancing 

Students will wear cloth face coverings indoors, when in or moving through common school areas

Physical distancing (3 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.

Teafchers may ask students 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 sutdent wellness prior to arrival, Stay at Home as directed by CDC recommendations

Hand sanitizing prior to entery, temperature and wellness screening upon entering classroom

Designated routes to classes; multiple entrances/exits-all doors have a number in the upper left corner

Arrival :

Kindergarten-door 13, courtyard brick arch closest to church (same as orientation)

1st-door 14, Chestnut Street glass double doors

2nd-door 12, under the roof across from school office

3rd/4th & 5th/6th-door 4, courtyard kitchen door


All students will stay with their teacher and class on the courtyard sidewalk until picked up by an adult. To keep our students safe, we will ask them not to step onto the blacktop until they are with their parent/guardian. Even if parents are visible, students will wait for the parent to enter courtyard before they are released.

Kindergarten-on the sidewalk in front of their classroom windows. All other grades will continue around the courtyard ending with 6thin front of the auditorium.

Limited healthy family members to coat areas only, classrooms are kids only zones



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.

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 3 feet apart while eating; no shared food


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

Gym class outside as much as possible

Physical movement breaks at desks frequently

Consider wearing shorts under skirts


At home Wellness screen prior to transport

Bus transportation provided by public school, masks required by Federal Mandate

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 
  • 3 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!


SSCD Start of School Wellness Plan 2021-22


SSCD Start of School Plan & answers to SSCD parent questions.


What can we do to keep our students in school and keep our school open?

We can be proactive & preventative, not reactive & remorseful, just as we did last year!

We were successful! We did it!

As we navigate this ever-changing situation, we will stand on the success we created last year. We made smart decisions and maintained in-person instruction with very little need for students to quarantine based on exposures. Our school has confidence in our parents’ ability and cooperation in performing the daily health screenings (form on website) and decision making to keep sick children home and honestly communicate sickness, exposures and test results. The almost 50-page plan created by our planning team worked last year and can work again. Some things are out of our control, including the DOH isolation and quarantine processes and the CDC RECOMMENDATIONS. We must stay focused on what is possible as far as best cleaning and safety practices to keep our school open and keep all students here as much as possible.

Jefferson Co. is at a high level of transmission, how will we keep it from affecting our school?

By utilizing the same plan as last year! We were successful! We did it!

  • We will ask parents to perform the Daily Health Screen and keep sick kids home.
  • We will health screen and hand sanitize all students upon entering school.
  • We will distance our students; it is only 3 feet this year! We are social learners, and we are happy to be closer to classmates.
  • We will wear a face covering when we are indoors and on the move.  As of now, no masks outside (and we are outside for learning, lunch, gym, recess and every chance we get)! We have our desks measured at the recommended 3 feet so we can have masks breaks. Masking indoors on the move to start school will give us a chance to get school started!

How do we know what is best for our students and our school?

We gauge our personal feelings, beliefs and opinions, we stay informed, do the best we can at that moment and we remain flexible as the situation changes.

Current CDC Guidance (10/11/21):

  • Children should return to full-time in-person instruction
  • Universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status
  • Schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk
  • Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe

Close contact, CDC definition: Someone who was within 6 feet of a COVID infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period. Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after an COVID-19 exposure regardless of the time since their last dose of vaccine.

 Why are we wearing masks? 

To avoid the need for quarantining or closing our school for cleaning after close contact.

  • In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. 
  • This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting. Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after an COVID-19 exposure regardless of the time since their last dose of vaccine.

What if masks are NOT worn properly?

 CDC Guidance (updated 12-27-21)–When to Quarantine if Unvaccinated

Unvaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should:

  • If you choose NOT to test – 
    • Stay home for 5 days (The ideal time to quarantine is 14 days)
    • If you have NO symptoms, you may leave quarantine on day 5
    • Continue to monitor symptoms through day 14
    • Wear a mask through day 14

What if a parent does not perform the daily health screening and a child comes to school sick?

 CDC Guidance – Isolation

  • Isolate students who come to school with symptoms and send home (see handout “What to do when a student is sick at school”)
  • Anyone who is COVID 19 positive are asked to isolate
  • COVID 19 positive cases can be around others after:
    • 5 days since symptoms first appeared and 
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication and 
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 have improved

What if these “Best Practices” do not fit my personal beliefs, feelings or opinions?

Communicate directly to school leaders. Call 814-938-4224 to reach your teacher or principal, email [email protected], message on Remind app, come to the school office or make an appointment outside of school hours as needed. 

You know what is BEST for your child. We will always do our best to love them, keep them safe, academically advance them, emotionally support them, socially encourage them and instill in them all the good that comes from God. If this is not a shared vision, please know that your tuition can be refunded and you and your child/ren will remain in our hearts even if you are not in our building.

 We ask for your understanding, patience, guidance and help during this unique school year, but more importantly we have asked the same of God.  We will pray and trust His plan.


Daily Health Screening Tool <----click to access-parents and staff MUST complete this health screening daily before coming to school.


PA DOH update:

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.

The public health metrics are accessible on the interactive COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard, which is updated every Friday.  

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

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.