St. Patrick Catholic High School releases reopening plan for 2020-2021

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St. Patrick Catholic High School has released their reopening plan for the school year 2020-2021. Students are set to return to campus on Thursday, August 6th with in-person classes in as traditional a setting as possible.

Below are details of some of our plans as of now:

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Sanitation Protocols – Throughout the summer, all campus facilities, classrooms, offices, buses, athletic facilities, etc. are being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.  Daily sanitation protocols will continue on an ongoing basis throughout the school year.  The school is installing hand sanitizer dispensers in all classrooms and in all areas of campus for students, faculty, and staff.  All classroom desks will be sanitized after each class period, and all buses will be sanitized after each bus route.

Mass – For now, each priests will celebrate Mass in the school chapel located in the heart of campus, and Mass will be live-streamed to each classroom.  Students and faculty will participate in Mass from their second period classroom, and Holy Communion will be distributed to each classroom during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. They will also provide the opportunity for parents, guests, and alumni to join Mass and Spiritual Communion virtually each week.

Bus Service – Bus transportation to and from each of our partner elementary schools each morning and afternoon will continue to be provided; however, they will be adding additional bus routes this year to maintain limited capacity on each bus.  Face masks will be required on buses, and temperature checks will be conducted each morning.  In the coming weeks,  the school will be asking parents who are interested in the bus service to register their child(ren) for one of the bus routes.  This will assist in building the most efficient bus routes.

Face Masks – The decision as to whether face masks will be required to be worn during the school day in the classrooms and hallways will be made at least one week before the first day of class.  If face masks are required to be worn during the school day, the school will provide everyone with face masks.

Arrival/Departure – Upon arrival on campus each morning, students will be required to report directly to their first period class.  They are unable to have large groups in the courtyards and cafeteria before school at this time.  Breakfast will be available for purchase in the cafeteria each morning – students will be able purchase their breakfast in the cafeteria and take it with them to their first period classroom.

Temperature Checks – The school is equipped and has preparations in order to check everyone’s temperature upon arriving on campus each morning.  They will make the decision as to whether this will be required at least one week before the first day of class.  Students, faculty, and staff with a temperature above 100.4 will not be permitted to attend school until fever-free for at least 72 hours.  For students who are not permitted to attend classes, video lessons and course assignments will be delivered via Canvas.

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities – Athletic teams and extracurricular activities will operate under the same social distancing and sanitation protocols as our classrooms.  The school awaits guidance from the Mississippi High School Activities Association regarding games.  Attendance at athletic contests may be limited, and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.  More details will be disseminated prior to the first athletic contest.

Food Service – The school will be adding additional lunch periods to the bell schedule.  They are still working on the details for lunch, but it may be anywhere between students social distancing in the cafeteria during their scheduled lunch period to students having lunch delivered to their fourth period classroom.  This decision regarding lunches will be made at least one week before the first day of school.

Distance Learning – In the event the school is required to temporarily close school again in the future, they are fully equipped to provide education virtually. Faculty continues to work with the Canvas learning management system, and are equipped to provide the highest quality of virtual instruction, if necessary.   For parents who wish for their child(ren) to receive a distance learning environment instead of a traditional learning environment, they are fully equipped to accommodate both – they will, though, ask parents to commit to a specified time period (possibly one semester) of distance learning.  Full tuition will be required for distance learning.  For parents who are interested in distance learning, school officials will reach out in the coming weeks to provide more information.

Course Schedules – Students’ course schedules will be released later than usual this year as the school works to balance the master schedule, provide the smallest class sizes possible, and accommodate students’ course requests as much as possible.  Students will receive their course schedules by July 31.