We want to take this time to remind everyone of our protocols as of November, 2020.
Daily Health Assessment
We ask that you continue to conduct a daily health check at home prior to sending your children to school. That check should assess whether your children are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including taking your children’s temperatures and assessing the following symptoms. We ask that you keep your children at home if they are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
• Fever of over 100 °F;
• 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; or
If any of your children have a fever greater than 100 degrees F or are experiencing any other symptom listed above, your child must stay home from school and you must notify the school. Your child is welcome to return to school when he or she is symptom free without the aid of over-the-counter medicine. There are 4 symptoms; fever above 100 degree F, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell that require your child to be out for 10 days. If families would like to send their child back to school before the ten-day window is cleared, they must provide a doctor’s note stating that fever and accompanying symptoms were caused by someone other than COVID-19.
Falcon Families Must Strictly Adhere to the SCPH’s Advisory on Social Events and Private Gatherings.
We want our school to remain open. If we have any hope of doing so, we have to rely upon you to tighten your circles during this surge of COVID-19. We understand that this is difficult at all times, but especially difficult as we approach the holiday season. However, it is something that we must do in order to keep our school open. At this time, we are asking you to strictly adhere to the SCPH’s advisory on Indoor and Outdoor Meetings and Social Events and Private Gatherings.
Plan for Child Care in the Event that we are Required to Transition to Remote Learning.
We join the Diocese of Cleveland in the belief that all children are a precious gift from God, and all parents have the right to choose what is best for their children. We are committed to providing the safest possible face-to-face learning environment for our students and their families, along with our Simultaneous Learning option. However, we know that COVID-19 is the driving force behind all decisions that must be made this school year. Our state and local leaders have consistently demonstrated their resolve in issuing policies to protect the health and safety of our community. Although Governor DeWine has repeatedly expressed his desire for schools to remain open, and that such decisions should be made by the schools themselves, if the present surge worsens, we cannot rule out the possibility that we may be forced back into a completely distance learning situation at some point during this school year, either due to illness, quarantine, and/or staffing shortages in our school community, or conditions in the larger community. Therefore, as we have repeatedly said, it is vital that every family have contingency plans in place.
A Reminder of the Travel Advisory
If you are planning to travel during either the Thanksgiving or Christmas break to a State that has a 15% positivity rate or higher, your child(ren) will need to quarantine for 14 days from the day you return to Ohio. Please click here to view the ever-changing list of States that have a 15% positivity rate or higher.
COVID 19 Re-opening Email Communications
For you to have readily and in one location, we have added all of our past email communications regarding our reopening plans below. We have also set up tabs regarding specific policies/information that you can click on to only read about that information if you prefer.
The School and Parish leadership and the Task Force have developed these policies while keeping the following principles in mind:
1. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are of utmost priority.
2. A faith-filled, high-quality education is at the center of both our on-campus learning and Simultaneous Learning.
3. The public health crises is a fluid situation. While much has been achieved over the past several months, we must proceed prudently and cautiously so as not to lose what we have gained.
4. The trust our school families place in us is sacred, and our re-opening efforts will progress with complete transparency and open lines of communication.
5. We ask all of you to exercise faithful citizenship and take personal responsibility for the common good as well as for your own family’s safety. We want to keep our campus open and we must all depend on each other to be faithful citizens in order to do so.
6. The school leadership and the Task Force will be regularly reviewing these policies and will revise as necessary for the health and safety of all in our St. Francis community.