We believe school is an essential part in the lives of our children and our families. Catholic schools provide not only an exceptional environment for learning, but also a place to grow in virtue. The spiritual, social, and emotional needs of children are supported in the Catholic school environment.
Return to School Frequently Asked Questions
- What are your plans for school in the fall?
After consulting with the Outagamie Health Department, local health professionals, and the Diocese of Green Bay, as well as careful planning with our Covid Response Team, we feel confident that we can safely return to full-time, in-person classes.
- Will students be required to follow the 6 feet social distancing guidelines?
The County Health Department recognizes that social distancing presents difficult challenges in the school setting. We are blessed to be able to offer small class sizes and will separate desks in the classroom as much as possible. Students will stay with their respective classmates and be recognized as one unit, or cohort.
When multiple classes interact such as at Mass, lunch, or band, students will be socially distanced as a cohort. In other words, students may be sitting with their classmates, but will be 6 feet from students in another class/cohort.
Band will be held in the cafeteria to allow more space for distancing; Additional lunch tables will be set up to allow each class to be further distanced from other classes.
Physical education and art classes will be held outside the school building if possible. Recesses will remain outside, weather permitting, and will be held in respective classrooms if weather does not permit students to be outside.
- Will students be required to wear masks?
We will follow Governor Evers’ mandate on masks issued July 30, 2020. The emergency order requires face coverings when indoors and not in a private residence through September 28, 2020. Masks will be required during passing times in the hallways, and will not be required during gym, lunch, or outdoor recess.
Anyone who has a medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask is exempt from this requirement. The CDC also recommends that the following individuals should not wear a mask:
- Children younger than 2 years old
- Anyone who has trouble breathing
- Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
After the mandate expires, masks will remain an option for those individuals who would like to wear them.
- How are you keeping your building and classrooms clean?
We have on staff full-time, an experienced custodian who is active and present in the building during school hours. High frequency touch areas, including handrails, doorknobs, door handles, and common surfaces, are cleaned multiple times a day. Bathrooms and classrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily. The lunch area will receive a deep clean between the staggered lunch sessions.
Students will wash their hands upon entering the building each day, as well as before and after bathroom visits, recess, physical education class, and lunch/snack time.
Equipment will be cleaned after recess and physical education classes.
Students will choose library books from a list and the chosen books will be delivered to each classroom to be distributed by the teacher. Books returned to the library will be left for three days before being placed back on the shelf.
- How are you keeping your students and staff healthy?
We have always put the physical, mental, and spiritual health and safety of our students, staff, and families as our main priority. We asked families during our health crisis in January 2020 to ensure their child was healthy before coming to school. That same parameter will be in place now.
Parents should send their child to school if they have answered NO to all of the following questions:
- Have you been in close contact* with anyone who is confirmed Covid-19 positive within the last 14 days?
- Within the last 14 days, were you required to follow quarantine related to Covid-19 as a result of your travel?
- Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
- Have you had to take medication to reduce a fever in the last 48 hours?
- Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
- Have you had muscle pain or chills?
- Have you had a new headache?
- Have you had nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?
*Please see the Return to School Outline for definition of "close contact".
Students who exhibit symptoms at school will be evaluated, parents will be notified, and the child will be sent home.
- What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for Covid-19?
If a student or staff member receives a confirmed case of Covid-19, that respective cohort will engage in distance learning for 14 days, as well as any siblings of the Covid-19 positive student. Once the 14 days have passed, students and staff of that cohort can safely return to in-person learning.
Keep in mind that students may become ill with a number of viruses throughout the year, such as with the common cold or gastrointestinal viruses. These kinds of illnesses do not require that the class cohort engage in distance learning. The ill student would follow general health guidelines and remain at home until they are symptom and fever free (without the use of medication) for 48 hours.
The only time a cohort would move to distance learning is if a student or staff member is confirmed positive for Covid-19.
- How will you notify your students and families if information changes?
We continue to monitor the ever-changing information regarding Covid-19. If changes are made to the outlined protocols, families will be notified via email to the email address(es) we have on file in the school office.