Bringing Back the Pack: The Plan to Reopen Campus
- Is there more information that will be sent closer to the date of school reopening?
- Why did St. Francis define a fever as anything over 100.0℉ vs. 100.4℉ some other groups are using?
- Will my child need the correct uniform for school?
- Can my child wear a regular mask if a buff or gaiter does not stay up or is not the kind they prefer?
- Do I need a doctor's note to keep my child home from school?
- What is the attendance policy?
- Will St. Francis move to distance learning only if there is a stay-at-home order?
- With no locker use are school supplies going to get altered at all? Some lists have three 2” binders and that can be difficult to carry all at once.
- If a student or faculty member has been out for a positive COVID test, do they have to test negative before returning to school?
A COMMUNITY CONNECTED
In February 2020, St. Francis began responding to the threat of a global COVID-19 pandemic, forming multiple task forces and teams that evaluated all aspects of operations—from health and safety to continuity of instruction. Every St. Francis employee plays a part in ensuring a safe St. Francis, and we pledge to continue learning, meeting, planning, and preparing for the 2020-21 school year.
We understand you will have questions as we navigate this together. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please direct your questions to HealthResponse@StFrancisHouston.org. Questions sent to this e-mail address will be monitored and routed to the most appropriate team member, who will respond to you as quickly as possible.
As we continue to plan and prepare for our students’ return, families can expect to attend Zoom meetings and hear more specifics from their divisions in early August.
ASSESSING RISK AND OUR APPROACH
Future planning and decisions depend on the spread of the virus and risk levels as determined by school, state, and local officials. Learning models would be enacted in response to these risks. In preparation, we are having daily conversations about conditions in Houston, operational measures on campus, and adjustments to schedules.
St. Francis identified two guiding principles to inform our decisions and define how we return to campus: 1) Health and Safety and 2) The St. Francis Experience. These guiding principles are grounded in our experience with distance learning this spring, feedback from our parent survey, our school’s mission, and the goals identified in our strategic plan.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING MODELS
As St. Francis prepares to resume classes on campus in August, having risk-segmented protocols in place will allow us to respond quickly to situations—first and foremost within the St. Francis community, and also in Houston and Harris County. Our task forces will continue to evaluate adjustments that may be needed based on grade level, classes, exposure, or changing risk levels.
PARENTS: OUR PARTNERS IN SAFETY
Parents and families play a vital role in maintaining safety on campus. The number one safety measure is to keep a child home if they are sick. We want to work with families to support their child’s adherence to safety measures while they are on campus as well as at home.
We understand that some families may have higher risk members in their households. As a community that prioritizes health and safety, we must all do our part to adhere to state health recommendations and regulations to control transmission and potential future outbreaks. Moreover, there may be times when we ask families to comply with broader safety measures, and we greatly appreciate your cooperation in this regard.
We ask for your partnership in the following areas:
St. Francis will continue to use technology to improve the student experience. The following platforms will be available to our community: