Catholic Identity is integral to the mission of St. Benedict Catholic School.
With the guidance of the Governor of our State, the Health Department, the CDC, the Diocese of Toledo, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, we have developed a plan for the opening of our school in the fall. The plan will be updated as new information becomes available.
Our plan is to have in-person, in-school learning five days a week. We believe that this is what is best for our students both academically and socially. The backbone of our plan is increased health monitoring, cleaning procedures, and new classroom and school day procedures. While we realize that the perfect plan is impossible, we present with confidence and prayer that these procedures will mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 on our school campus.
Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
Social Distancing Guidelines
Cleaning and disinfecting guidelines
Start of Day– School doors will open at 7:00am. Every student K-8 will enter through the gym doors when they get dropped off for school. We are not allowing any parent into the school at any time during the school day. We have to be mindful of contact tracing and exposure. Therefore, a staff member will be at the gym door to do a quick temperature check for each student as they enter the building. The students will use hand sanitizer and proceed to their classrooms at 7:30. I realize that the Kindergarten class is quite a distance from the gym door. Ms. Karen or another staff member will walk the Kindergarteners to their classroom.
All Preschool students will enter the building at the Extended Day/Preschool door. A temperature check will be administered and Mrs. Bishop or Mrs. Vendemo will walk them to their classroom.
In the classroom– Each teacher will inform you of procedures that they will have in place in their classrooms. Teachers will switch classes so that the children will stay in their classrooms. For example, art, music, technology class will be in the classroom. Phys. Ed will be in the gym or outside. Middle school students will stay in their homeroom and their teacher will switch classrooms to teach them.
Lunch and Recess– For the students, this is the most important part of their day! We will have 5 recess times throughout the day for children to go outside for fresh air. Each recess time will be for 2-3 classes at a time. For example, K-1 will be together for recess, 2-3 will be together, 4-5 will be together, and 6-8 will be together. Pre-school has their own recess time. Social distancing and keeping children from gathering in large groups will be enforced. Even though the children are outside with another class, the classes will not be playing together. Masks do not need to be worn outside. Hands will be washed immediately upon entering the building from recess.
Lunch will be eaten in the classrooms. At least at the beginning of the school year, we will not be having hot lunch.
Dismissal– We will be instituting a loop system for pick-ups. This will allow parents to stay in their cars. A family name tag will be given closer to the beginning of school to be displayed in your window. When it is your turn in the loop, your child will be brought to your car. More explicit details and a map will be given before school begins.
Preschool students will be picked up at the Extended Day/Preschool door at 2:15.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen if someone is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 at school?
If someone is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, whether it be faculty, staff, or student, their temperature will be taken immediately and they will be placed in a room that we have designated to be our “sick room”. If it is a child, an adult will stay with them until a parent can come and pick them up. At that time, we would refer the person to their doctor. If a COVID test is performed, we will need verification from the doctor of a negative test before the student or faculty member would be able to return to the school.
What will happen if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, the established protocols will be in effect for contact tracing and quarantining. We will take the advice of our Lucas County Health Department as to how to proceed.
When can someone come back after an illness?
If a staff member or student contracts Covid-19, they must stay home 10 days from their positive test AND 3 days with no fever without fever reducing medication.
Any other illness children MUST stay home until they are 24 hours fever free WITHOUT FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION.
Welcome to St. Benedict School. We are happy you have chosen St. Benedict for the education of your children. Naturally, we hope you will be happy, too, with that decision. So let us assure you that the faculty, staff, and administration will work very hard to provide the best education possible, by using as a foundation the curriculum created by the Diocese of Toledo and approved by the Department of Education and the state of Ohio.
Parents (that’s you) are a very important part of that education process. We look to you as the primary educators of your children who will partner with us to do the best for your child. We also have a very dedicated PTO that is always looking for more great parents!
We look forward to nurturing that partnership through academic, religious, cultural, and extra-curricular offerings at St. Benedict Catholic School.