Covid-19 Update for St. Paul School

Dear St. Paul School Families,
On Tuesday, August 24, we had our first person with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, since then the number of those who have tested positive, who are at home because they have at least two symptoms, or who are in quarantine has increased.
As of this morning, Friday, August 27, these are our numbers in the SPS community:       
18 people (mostly students) have tested positive for COVID-19
 13 people are at home with at least two symptoms
   6 people are quarantined due to direct contact tracing
We anticipate that these numbers will continue to grow. After consultation with local health officials, the Diocese of Youngstown, and Stark County Catholic Schools we have made a number of decisions.
C Building Steps
  • Today, August 27, we had students in C Building eat lunch in their classrooms. This was for today ONLY as a precautionary measure to help mitigate contact and prevent additional spread going into the weekend.
  • There will be NO SCHOOL for students in kindergarten through grade 3 on Monday, August 30. That will be an additional in-service day for our staff in C Building.
  • Students in kindergarten through grade 3 will have independent learning days on Tuesday, August 31, Wednesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 2. Each family will receive communication from their kindergarten through grade 3 teacher with their plans for those days. Families can also expect regular contact from their teacher(s). Assignments for “Specials” (Art, Music, Technology, Physical Education) will not be given for those 3 days.
  • Students and staff in kindergarten through grade 3 will tentatively return to in-person learning on Tuesday, September 7.
  • A credit for Boonli will be issued to any family who has a student(s) in C Building and who ordered hot lunch on Monday, August 30 and Wednesday, September 1.
  • All school-sponsored extracurricular activities such as athletics, clubs, and organizations are CANCELLED for grades K-3 (practices, rehearsals, games, etc..) through Monday, September 6.
A and B Building Steps
  • At this time, students in grades 4 through 8 will continue in-person learning.
  • If there are students in grades 4 through 8 who must miss school due to quarantine or because they have two or more symptoms of COVID-19, they will be contacted by their teacher(s) about completing class assignments.
  • Families who have students in A or B Building who must stay home due to quarantine will have the option to pick up their lunches or give them to a sibling on August 30 and September 1. Please contact Danielle Herzog to make these arrangements at [email protected].
Preschool Building Steps
  • At this time, preschool students and staff are scheduled to begin school on Monday, August 30, and will continue with in-person learning.
  • Currently, masks are not required for preschool students. Preschool staff will wear masks. Families who prefer that their own preschool student wear a mask will be accommodated.
All Buildings
  • There is NO SCHOOL for all students Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6, as scheduled.
  • Thorough deep cleaning measures in all buildings will be taken over the weekend.
  • Students and staff are asked to stay at home if they have two or more symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, repeated shaking with chills.
  • All families, in all grades (even if they are learning from home), are asked to report to the school any positive tests for COVID-19, pending test results for COVID-19, if any student has two or more symptoms of COVID-19, if they are quarantined due to direct contact tracing, and/or if a student is quarantining due to contract tracing and become symptomatic. Please email our school nurse at [email protected] to report this information or if you have any questions.
  • We will continue to follow the temporary mask mandate as issued by the Diocese for staff, visitors, and students in kindergarten through grade 8. Exemptions to the mask mandate will continue to be accommodated if the family has signed documentation outlining the exemption from their pediatrician. Masks breaks are given frequently and when students remain in their seats and seats are 3 feet apart.   
  • High traffic areas are sanitized throughout the day and the buildings are cleaned each evening.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together on our top priority- keeping our community safe. We ask all families to review COVID-19 safety protocols on our website. Further, we ask families to respect the privacy of anyone affected by the virus. Please join us in prayer for all families who are impacted by COVID-19 and other illnesses. We will share additional updates and communicate any new information as it becomes available.
We hope that these steps, taken over the next 10 days, will stop further widespread cases of COVID-19 so that we can continue in-person learning. We ask you to rally around our teachers and staff during this unprecedented period. Our teachers want to be with our students, in-person, but they also want to see each smiling face remain healthy and safe. These are challenging times for our teachers and staff, yet their resolve to offer each student the best experience possible has never wavered.  
 
Sincerely,
Mike Brown                                                       Father John Keener        
 Principal                                                             Pastor
 St. Paul Catholic School                                  St. Paul Catholic Church