October 2021 Newsletter <---Click to Open
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Dress Down Days we raised $200 to donate to Run or Walk for Someone Special! Our beginning of the year standardized testing NWEA Mapgrowth and Acadience are providing valuable data for our newly established professional learning teams. We will review student progress monthly to advance individual learning and guide instruction. Our first annual Fun Run fundraiser was a huge success raising over $2000 for our school. The Marianna Hoagie Fundraisers will continue to happen every other month. We will need volunteers to sort hoagies the day of delivery. Please join us every Friday for Children’s Mass at 9am. We will be hosting our Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 30. Vendor letters will be sent home with all school families taking top priority at the event.
October Dates to Remember
October 1- Mass 9am
Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund Due in School Office
October 7- Marianna Hoagies Delivered and volunteers to sort noon; Pick up Meeting Room 2-3pm
October 8- Mass 9am
End of First Map Growth Testing Grades 3-6
October 13- Lifetouch Fall Picture Day, No uniforms. Dress for pictures
October 15- Mass 9am
October 22- Mass 9am
Passages Safe Environment Training Pre-K, 3, 4, 5, 6 Grades
October 25- 45th Day of School End of First Grading Period
October 28- Passages Safe Environment Training Pre 3’s, Kindergarten,1,2 Grades
SSCD Trunk or Treat 6-7pm Dress Down Day Orange/Black/Halloween
October 29- Mass 9am, uniforms please. Bring costume in labeled bag.
All are invited to the Halloween Parade in Parking Lot 1PM (weather permitting); Parties to Follow
Rain Date for SSCD Trunk or Treat 6-7pm
Free Lunches for all full-day SSCD students for the 2021-22 school year. Milk only $.50.
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?
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
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.
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
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
REPORT ALL FOOD ALLERGIES AND SENSITIVITIES IMMIDIATELY
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 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 –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 10 days (The ideal time to quarantine is 14 days)
- If you have NO symptoms, you may leave quarantine on day 11
- 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 must isolate
- COVID 19 positive cases can be around others after:
- 10 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.