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School Re-Entry Plan

Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope this letter finds you and your family happy and well and that you have been able to enjoy your summer break.
I am grateful for your patience and understanding as we process through the drastic changes the pandemic has brought into our world since Spring Break. I know that you are anxious to learn about what your family can expect from our school for the next academic year. Please know that we are taking into consideration guidance from local, state, and federal government agencies, such as the Tulsa Health Department and the CDC, and the most up-to-date research we can access. As we assessed the risks of various decisions, we kept the following points in mind:
The care for the health, safety, and well-being of the students, faculty, and staff is the number one priority.
Providing a high-quality Catholic education is our commitment.
Ensuring that our close-knit community remain intact, regardless of procedures that are implemented, is critical.
With these goals in mind, St. Pius X School has prepared different contingency plans which we will be able to implement based on public health guidelines. I am happy to announce that the plan is to begin the school year with Schedule A.
Schedule A:
School will begin as scheduled on August 13th. A remote learning option will be in place for those who are unable, or are not comfortable, to return physically to school. Classes will be live-streamed during school hours. Parents and guardians will be responsible for collecting and returning work by a designated time and providing a device with Wi-Fi access to be used at home during school hours.
The following safety guidelines will be in place for Schedule A:
Additional sanitation throughout the school buildings, including all classrooms, bathrooms, and shared spaces, door knobs, handrails, etc.
Temperature screenings prior to entering school for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
Children will be asked to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
Social distancing practices will be maintained.
Mass will be offered three times a week to allow students to spread out.
Desks will be separated when possible and facing front.
Masks will be encouraged when students are in hallways.
Additional outdoor time will be encouraged, weather permitting.
Additional possibilities as part of a full day return to school may include:
Students will remain in their homerooms with teachers traveling to them.
Lunch and specialty classes may be kept in the homeroom.
Schedule B:
By grouping the students as much as possible (i.e. PK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8), the hope is that a quarantine will only take place within the group affected, allowing the rest of the school to function as normal. However, we have to be prepared for the possibility that a reduction in attendance will be required at some point during the school year. In that case, an alternative schedule will be utilized. Parents will be surveyed in the next few weeks to determine the best fit for the community. Options to choose from will include:
1) Rotating Days – All classes will be divided into two equal groups (alphabetically): one would come to school on Monday and Tuesday, the other on Thursday and Friday. Teachers will provide each group with two days of direct instruction and three days of assignments to complete at home each week.
2) A/B Week – Half of the student population will report to school one week, while the remaining second half will complete remote leaning at home. The student population will alternate each week.
3) Extended Break – Rather than completing distance learning, the entire school population will take an extended break. Minutes will be added to the end of the day and/or days will be added to the end of the year. *Note: The school year would not extend beyond June 18th. If this option is utilized, a survey will be given to determine which method to use to add back time lost.
Schedule C:
In the event that we are required to quarantine again, due to recommendations from the CDC, Tulsa Health Department, and governing officials, we will be prepared to quickly implement remote learning.
The next academic year will be a challenge, but it will also be an opportunity for growth, improvement, and creativity. We will all be called on to be flexible and extra patient. Please let us know if you have questions, or concerns, and feel free to provide us with feedback on how we can best serve your family. Open communication is critical in making this process as smooth as possible. The guidance for COVID-19 is constantly evolving. More information will be shared over the summer concerning specific health and safety protocols and best practices.
Thank you for your support and for choosing St. Pius. We are blessed to have such a wonderful community in a world that seems full of uncertainty.
All Things in Christ,
Heidi McCoy