The safety of the St. Louis community is paramount and we continue to work closely with the Archdiocese of Baltimore to ensure the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
St. Louis School opened on Monday, August 31, 2020 for both on-campus and remote learners. In preparation for this opening, St. Louis School administrators and the school nurse developed a comprehensive Safety Plan that adheres to the Archdiocese of Baltimore reopening plan, which was been in development for many months. The Archdiocese of Baltimore worked collaboratively with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) technical advisors and the Maryland Department of Health, both of which reviewed the plan. The Archdiocese of Baltimore also consulted American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines. St. Louis School will continually evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s established procedures, current positivity data, and research to make adjustments in the plan to ensure the continued safety of students and staff.
- Parents are to park by the church, clear of any drop off lanes, and walk up to the school building. Children are outside throughout the day and this is why no parent may pull up by the school building.
- No visitors/parents are allowed in the building this year. Please ring the bell by the front door and the children will be called down.
- Please have your license ready to hand to the front desk receptionist to scan for your child's sign out.
- Parents are to wear a mask and socially distance themselves from others when walking to the school building.
- Please note that the LATEST your student can be picked up for early dismissal is 2:45 pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Masks: Face masks must be work by all students, faculty and staff at all times within the St. Louis School building, including all common areas, hallways, bathrooms, etc. St Louis School will provide each student with five white, cotton face masks. Students must keep an extra face covering with them.
Wellness Checks: A daily text message and email with a link to a Google form will be sent to every parent and staff member daily at 5:00 am. This form will request:
- Student's Name
- Student's Grade Level
- Does the student have a temperature greater than 99.5 F?
- Has the student been in close contact with an individual (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more while indoors whether wearing a mask or not) with an individual actively diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Does the student have any of the following symptoms: Chills - Cough - Shortness of Breath or Difficulty of Breathing - Fatigue - Muscle of Body Aches - Headache - New Loss of Taste or Smell - Sore Throat - Congestion or Runny Nose - Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea?
The survey response will be recorded in Google Sheets and updated in real-time. School staff assigned at each entrance door will view a completed Google Sheet with the date, student's name and grade level. This will indicate that the parent has completed the Google Form for the school day and that the student is permitted to attend school. This sheet will be compared to the roster of all students entering that particular door.
Cleaning and Disinfecting: The entire St. Louis School building and all of its contents will be sanitized and treated with Enviroshield Endure, researched by the Archdiocese of Baltimore Department of Risk Management and the task force facilities planning team, every 90 days. The Archdiocese of Baltimore provided several options for cleaning and St. Louis School found that this option best meets the needs of the community.
Additionally, the buildings will be cleaned completely each night, including disinfecting of the bathrooms and all high touch areas. Throughout the day, teachers will wipe down their materials before moving between classrooms.
Ventilation: Ventilation has been inspected to ensure that the system is operation properly. Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible will be accomplished by opening windows and doors (without presenting a safety risk) and the HVAC system will be adjusted to allow 50% outdoor air circulation in the system. St. Louis School is working with vendors to provide HEPA 13 air purifiers for classroom space and the large areas with bi-polar ionizer.
Limit Mixing of Student Groups: As part of ensuring the overall safety and health of the school community, St. Louis School will limit the mixing of groups and has created cohorts.
Layout for Classrooms and Communal Spaces: As part of ensuring the overall safety and health of the school community, modified layouts of classrooms will be established to mitigate risk. This includes:
- Space seating/desks are placed six feet apart
- Desks face in the same direction (rather than facing each other) or students will sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart
- Extra items have been removed from classrooms to allow for social distancing
Food Service Protocols: As part of ensuring the overall safety and health of the school community, students will eat in an assigned cohort either in the classroom or outside. To mitigate risk, while eating, students will be seated six feet apart from others, who are also eating without a mask on. St. Louis School is an entirely nut free school this year.
Recess Protocols: The school will provide enough space to accommodate students with social distancing. The recess schedule will be staggered to allow for more socially distant movement outside.
School Visitors: To mitigate the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 illness, St. Louis School policies and procedures will restrict visitors to the school.
Out of State Travel: Students (attending in person) and staff (working on campus in person) are advised that if they intend to travel to a state with a positivity rate for COVID-19 of 10% greater during the period of their stay, notification of such intention must be communicated with the principal. For purposes of this guidance, the positivity rate should be based upon the average rate as determined for the period of the entire stay. Those traveling will be required to quarantine upon their return until such time as either they provide evidence of a negative test result for COVID-19 and area asymptomatic or they complete an entire 14 day quarantine. Students in quarantine may participate in the remote learning program.
Extracurricular Activities and Sports: Due to the increased risk associated with COVID-19, all school sponsored extracurricular activities and sports permitted under the Archdiocese of Baltimore School Policies are suspended until further notice.