COVID-19 Update and News for STCS/Walsh                              

STCS/Walsh Reopening Plan: COVID-19 NYS Compliant Plans:

 

Resources:

COVID-19 Support Group: Click here to view the flyer

Copy of COVID-19 Questionnaire: Click here to view the document

Summary of DOH Conference Call: Click here to view the document

Google Hangout Instructions: Click here to see how to reach teachers during online office hours

Faculty & Staff Contact Information: Click here to find email addresses for all faculty and staff

Cattaraugus County Resources: Click here for a list of resources in Catt. County

Google Classroom Instructions: Click here to learn more about Google Classroom

From Dr. Leslie Watson: College Advise - COVID-19 and the journey to college

Resources from Katie Jodush, Social Worker: Click each title for COVID-19 resources and activities.
Outbreak Fact Sheet   /   Simple Activities for Children   /   Taking Care of Yourself   /   Kids COVID-19 Book   /   Coping Calendar   /   Goodnight Glowing Cube   /   Apex Activity Packet   /   Free Play Cards  /  Children Coping with COVID-19 Resources  /  Virtual Calming Rooms

 

News & Updates:

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff,

A faculty member has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and is now quarantined. The faculty member began feeling ill on Sunday, December 13th, was administered a rapid test today, Tuesday, December 15th and the results were positive.  Note that the faculty member was directed not to report to work yesterday, Monday, December 14th

Therefore, the Cattaraugus County Health Department has determined that as far as the school is concerned, the look-back period includes Friday, December 11, 2020.  Since school was in session for half the day that day due to parent conferences and given that the morning session followed the Friday afternoon schedule, only seventh and eighth grade students must be quarantined until further notice from the Cattaraugus County Health Department. Of course if your child was absent on Friday, December 11th then your child will not need to quarantine and must report to school this week and next.

Those children who must quarantine should expect to attend regular classes online at the usual times.  Teachers will deliver lessons remotely. If a child cannot attend online classes please contact Mr. Filbert at [email protected] to make other arrangements.

The County will start its contact tracing today and should have contacted all families who have a child in 7th or 8th grade within 48 hours.

Your continued partnership is very much appreciated and makes a significant difference in delimiting quarantine parameters.

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As we have moved our two half days this upcoming week to fully remote, we will be offering breakfast and lunch Monday-Wednesday this week. We will continue to offer breakfast and lunch bundles while remote the following week Monday November 30th to Wednesday December 2nd.

This week we will serve breakfast/lunch Monday and Tuesday from noon to 1 PM. We will double pack Wednesday's meals on Tuesday. Just this week alone. The following week we will serve all three days which will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 1 PM.

We need you to please contact myself at [email protected] by 6 PM tonight if you wish to participate. Chef Budd needs accurate numbers to be able to accommodate these requests during closure.

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Dear Parents, Students, Administrators, Faculty and Staff,

Although the Cattaraugus County Health Department has determined that selected students and faculty need to quarantine due to the positive test of a 7th grade student, I believe that it is in our best interests to move to online learning effective Monday, November 23rd and ending at the end of the day on Tuesday, December 1st. Classes will resume on Wednesday, December 2nd.

Mr. Filbert, Assistant Principal, will contact you to confirm these online arrangements.

Therefore, our two half days of school scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th will now become full days of school online. Then, school is on our regularly scheduled Thanksgiving recess from Wednesday, November 24th through Sunday, November 29th.

Online classes for all students will resume on Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st. On campus, in-person classes will resume on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Note that the school building and office will be open on Monday, November 23rd; Tuesday, November 24th; Monday, November 30th; and Tuesday, December 1st from 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM each day. 

In the meantime, for the sake of knowledge, the following grade levels and adults were going to need to quarantine:

Seventh grade except for students who were already online.

Eighth grade except for students who were already online.

All Seneca Bus passengers who rode the bus to and from school on Monday, November 16th and Tuesday morning, November 17th.

All seventh-grade faculty will need to quarantine, too.

Folks, positive test results occur despite everyone’s best efforts to practice safety and act responsibly. We are thankful that the student is recovering and that those who came in contact with the student have not reported symptoms. The power of prayer and positive thinking prevails!

Thank you for your continued partnership.

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November 20, 2020

Covid-19 Update

Dear Parents, Students, Administrators, Faculty and Staff,

Please be advised that one of our 7th grade students tested positive for Covid-19. The student attended classes all day on Monday, November 16th and through 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 17th when the child’s parent took the child home. The child’s two siblings attended school all this week.

The siblings were asymptomatic all this week and are considered to be contacts of a contact. So unless they, too, test positive, our focus is upon the 7th grade student. The child’s parent contacted me at 3:31 PM this afternoon to let me know.

 I have been in direct communication with the Cattaraugus County Health Department and have provided the pertinent contact tracing information for 7th grade students and their families, 8th grade students and their families, the Seneca Bus attendance list, 7th grade attendance for Monday and Tuesday, November 16th and 17th, our Employee Contact List , and the combined 7th grade and 8th grade attendance list because the 7th and 8th grade are combined for specials and attended Music and Physical Education classes on Monday, November 16th.

While the County begins its contact tracing protocol our maintenance crew has already begun disinfecting all classrooms and common areas with our 360 Degree Clorox Electrostatic Sprayer.

Currently, we anticipate that school will open as planned for Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th for the half days of school in the morning with dismissal at 11:15 AM followed by parent conferences in the afternoon. Should our status change I will notify you.

Your continued partnership is very much appreciated. Thank you.

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November 3, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have some exciting news to share with you. The New York State Child Nutrition program is offering free breakfast and lunch for all students, Montessori through 12th Grade! This program will begin for our school November 1, 2020, and will run through June 30, 2021. With the uncertainty of Covid-19, we want to make sure all students receive a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch each and every day. Therefore, this program will continue even if the school has to switch into remote learning again, whether for a few days or for an extended period of time. 

With that being said, we will still be collecting all charges from September 8, 2020, until October 23, 2020, as we were not offering free meals during that time period. Morning break snacks on Wednesdays and Thursdays (our blocks days) will continue to be served for their usual cost through the remainder of the year. Please also note that only one breakfast and one lunch per child, per day, will be provided at no cost. Any additional meals or snacks outside of the provided meals will also remain available for their usual price. Thus, if you anticipate your student(s) purchasing additional meals or snacks, you may wish to put money into your student(s) lunch account to accommodate these costs. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected], or our Food Service Director, Sean Budd, at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing the students return Monday, November 9. 

Thanks,Eric DiMartino

Business Manager 

 

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August 12, 2020

Please read this lengthy but very important memo for school operation details.  It still takes a village to raise a child!

 

Dear Parents, Students, Administrators, Faculty and Staff,

On Friday, August 7th, Governor Cuomo announced that he was approving schools, public and private, to reopen in September. Each school was given leeway to open according to their particular Reopening Safety Plan.  Therefore, Archbishop Walsh Academy and Southern Tier Catholic School will open Mondays through Fridays for full, in-class Montessori – Twelfth Grade (M-12) education effective on Tuesday, September 8th.

Contained in his message, the Governor also directed all schools to address the following additional requirements:

·         Post remote learning plans and testing/tracing plans online.  These plans are outlined in parts II. and III. below and are also posted to the school website.

·         Set dates for online discussion sessions with parents and the community by August 21st.  These sessions are offered to answer questions and provide clarifications about the Reopening Safety Plan including the details outlined in this memo.

Small schools like Archbishop Walsh and Southern Tier Catholic School are to conduct 3 such sessions. The school will conduct these sessions via Zoom on the following dates.  The Zoom logins and passcodes will be shared with parents and students by the end of this week on Friday, August 14th.

Ø  Monday, August 17th at 12:00 Noon and 5:00 PM

Ø  Tuesday, August 18th at 6:00 PM

·         Have at least one separate discussion with classroom teachers only. Teachers have already been consulted and asked to share their feedback. Another meeting will be scheduled on Thursday, August 20th at 3:15 PM via Zoom.  A link and password will be shared by Friday, August 14th. A third meeting will be held during eh August 31st – September 2nd professional development for all faculty and staff.

Also contained in this letter are pragmatic applications of the Reopening Safety Plan.

I.                    MORNING ADMISSION PROCEDURE: TEMPERATURE AND QUESTIONNAIRE:

First, please note that upon arrival to school, students will be greeted by our new Lobby Monitors who will take each student’s temperature daily.  Students will also be required to complete a questionnaire every Monday.  For younger children, the Lobby Monitor or parents may complete this form for children at the front door.

Children must wear masks into the school building. Once they are inside and in an appropriately socially distanced setting, e.g. cafeteria, classroom, they may be instructed to remove their masks.  If they are more comfortable, students may elect to wear masks at any or all times.  If the 6’ social distance is not in effect in any setting, then students and faculty must wear masks. Faculty may also require students to wear masks even if the 6’ distance is in effect.

There will be 2 Lobby Monitors on duty from 7:00 AM – 8:13 AM, M-F, and one Monitor at the Lobby Desk all other periods of the day through 4:00 PM, M-F.  During good weather, lobby monitors will greet children on the front sidewalk to expedite their school entry. Parents, relatives and neighbors are asked to wait to leave the parking lot until the children are checked and admitted to school.  If there appears to be a health concern, parents or their surrogates will be asked to take the child or children back home before you leave the parking lot.

We ask all parents, relatives and friends who provide children with transportation to school to attempt to arrive as close to 7:50 AM, the first bell, as possible unless you wish your children to participate in the Breakfast Program which begins at 7:25 AM.  Still, the school opens at 7:00 AM and the lobby monitors begin their duties at 7:00 AM.

Second, the school front doors will be open at 7:00 AM and students will be supervised in an appropriately socially distanced setting either in Morning Care, gr. M-4, in the Cafeteria or by administrators who will be stationed in the hallways for Middle School, gr. 5-8 and High School, gr. 9-12, students.  Middle and high school students will report to their lockers and then wait outside their homeroom doors until their teachers arrive at 7:30 AM to let the students into their homerooms.  Each homeroom like every classroom will be arranged so that all seats are 6’ apart.

Third, students who arrive in time may participate in the Breakfast Program which will be held in the Cafeteria from 7:25 – 7:50 AM.

Fourth, first bell rings at 7:50 AM and the second bell by 8:00 AM.  Students must be in their homerooms by 8:00 AM for attendance, lunch count, prayer, Pledge to the Flag, and lunch menu.  M-4 students will be escorted to their homerooms/classrooms by the Morning Care Supervisor and one of the Lobby Monitors beginning at 7:50 AM. Teachers will be at their classrooms doors beginning at 7:30 AM.

Fifth, students who are late to school, i.e. after the second bell which rings at 8:00 AM, will be checked in at the lobby desk using the same temperature and questionnaire procedure and sent to the office for a pass to class.

Sixth, please keep children who are ill at home.  Err on the side of caution.

Seventh, adults visiting the building for any reason will have their temperatures taken and, if the adult requests further access to the building such as the Main Office, the adults will have to complete a questionnaire upon each entry and sign-in and out at the Lobby Desk.  All employees and volunteers will complete and sign this same questionnaire upon each entry.        

II.                  REMOTE LEARNING PLANS:

First, children whose parents elect to keep them home are expected to participate in their academic daily schedule by accessing their classes online in real time via the Google platform.

Second, once a family elects the online schooling option, the child must maintain that status for the remainder of the current Making Period. The 2020-21 school calendar contains the making period dates and the school calendar is posted on the school website at www.stcswalsh.org.

Third, families must contact either Mr. DiMartino, Business Manager, at eric.dimartino @walshstcs.org or Mr. Lee Filbert, Assistant Principal, at [email protected] on or before Friday, August 28, 2020 to indicate if they elect to have their child or children participate via online lessons.

III.                TESTING AND TRACING PLANS

First, any child or adult with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be required to leave campus and report to their primary care physician.  Until the person is able to be transported home the person will be assigned to the Isolation Room.  The Snack Shack off the front lobby will be used as the Isolation Room.  The lobby monitor will supervise the isolation room.

Second, the primary care physician may require Covid-19 testing be conducted. At this point the Cattaraugus County Department of Health may become involved.

Third, any child or adult who exhibits symptoms of the virus will be sent to the Isolation Room and the parent or responsible party will be contacted.  According to the Center for Disease Control, the symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. The person with symptoms but not a temperature will be kept in the Isolation Room for observation.

Fourth, a person sent home may return to campus only if the primary care physician authorizes the return with a signed and dated printed or written note which must be submitted to the Main Office via the Lobby Monitor’s Desk.

Fifth, if there is a case of Covid-19 which has compromised our students, faculty and staff, the building will be closed for an immediate 24 hour period. The Cattaraugus County Health Department will be contacted and asked to advise the school. During the period of closure instruction will continue online via the Google platform.  Faculty and students will follow their real time schedule.

Sixth, since each grade level is its own cohort, the students, administrators, faculty and staff with whom that cohort or adult came into contact will be contacted about this case and advised to contact the appropriate primary care physician. The Cattaraugus County Health Department will also be provided with this list of contacts.

IV.                Lunch M-12 and Morning Break Gr. 5-12

First, Montessori lunches will be provided in the Montessori wing of the school building. Students will not travel to and from the Cafeteria.

Second, Elementary Classes, gr. K-4, will take the traditional first lunch from 11:05 – 11:40 AM.  Note that this time frame contains staggered arrival and dismissal times.  Elementary classes are escorted to and from the cafeteria and their special classes such as Art, Music and Physical Education by their grade level teachers.

Third, every day one Elementary School grade level will eat lunch in the classroom with their teacher per the schedule below.  Students will walk to the cafeteria to buy lunch but will not return their trays, plates and silverware.  Rather, the students will pile the trays, plates and silverware at their classroom door for cafeteria pickup.

·         Mondays: Kindergarten

·         Tuesday: First Grade

·         Wednesdays: Second Grade

·         Thursdays: Third Grade

·         Friday: Fourth Grade

Fourth, Middle, gr. 5-8, and High School, gr. 9-12, students will alternate weeks eating in the cafeteria during second lunch, 11:48 AM – 12:18 PM.  High School will have the first week, September 8th – 11th in the cafeteria and the middle school students will eat in their 6th period homerooms with their 6th period teachers.  Middle school students will walk to the cafeteria to purchase lunch but will not return their trays, plates and silverware to the cafeteria.  Instead, they will pile their trays and silverware at their classroom doors for cafeteria pickup.

The next week, the roles will be reversed and the High School students will eat in their 6th period classes with their teachers and the Middle School students will eat in the cafeteria.

Fifth, Middle and High School students have a Morning Break on Wednesdays and Thursdays during their block (double period) schedule.  This year Morning Break will be scheduled during the second block, 9:42 – 11:02 AM, and the cafeteria will deliver refreshments via cart to each of the classes being held during second block.  Students need not go to the cafeteria for morning break nor return any plates, trays or silverware to the cafeteria.  The cafeteria will facilitate classroom door pickup.

V.                  Dismissal Times, After School Supervision, After Care and Supervised Study

First, the regular school year dismissal time is 3:10 PM.  This year we have implemented a staggered dismissal schedule:

·         Montessori: 2:30 PM

·         Kindergarten: 2:35 PM

·         First Grade: 2:40 PM

·         Second Grade: 2:45 PM

·         Third Grade: 2:50 PM

·         Fourth Grade: 2:55 PM

·         Middle School, Gr. 5-8: 3:05 PM

·         High School, Gr. 9-12: 3:10 PM

Second, elementary school teachers will escort their children to the front sidewalk to meet their parents.  Parents will not be permitted into the lobby for after school pickup.

Should a parent arrive after the stated dismissal time, the elementary school teachers will supervise these children in After School Supervision who are waiting for pickup in the cafeteria through 3:10 PM. When a parent arrives the teacher will escort the child to the front sidewalk to meet the parent.

Third, should any elementary school students continue to wait for a ride after 3:10 PM one of the lobby monitors will provide After School Supervision in the cafeteria until 4:00 PM. This supervision is considered to be part of the standard tuition.

Fourth, elementary school students who wait for a ride after 4:00 PM will remain in After Care which is also held in the cafeteria. After Care is offered M-F from 4:00 – 5:30 PM and costs $10/student/day.

Fifth, Middle School students who must remain after the 3:10 PM dismissal will report to the Media Center for Supervised Study.  They will be released as their transportation arrives.  This is considered part of the regular school day and is paid for through the tuition.

Sixth, High School students who must remain after the 3:10 PM dismissal will report to the Eagles Nest Conference Room for Supervised Study.

Seventh, any High School or Middle School Student who remains on campus to participate in athletics or extracurricular activities will be supervised by their coaches or advisors.  Students who are not participating in athletics or extracurricular activities must exit the building no later than 4:00 PM and return home or another designation identified by the students’ parents.

Eighth, students will not be permitted to leave campus after the 3:10 PM dismissal only to return to campus for 4:00 PM athletics and/or extracurricular activities.  “Manko Passes” will not be issued this year or at least through the time that the pandemic remains.  Should a student leave the school campus after 3:10 PM he or she will not be permitted to return to school that day.

It is suggested that if your child needs refreshments to tide him or her over until dinner time, then parents may deliver food to the lobby monitor’s desk or you could request cafeteria service from our Chef, Mr. Sean Budd.  His contact email is [email protected].

Your time, effort and patience in reading through this missive are very much appreciated.  Together, we will be able to provide our children with a quality education in a safe learning environment.

Please plan to participate in one of the parent online conferences when we will answer any questions and provide further clarification.  The Zoom meeting links and passwords will be provided via email by Friday, August 14th.

In the meantime, please contact Mr. Lee Filbert, Assistant Principal, at [email protected] and/or Mr. Eric DiMartino, Business Manager, at [email protected] if you would like more information.  Thank you.

Pax et Bonum,

Thomas J. Manko

School President and Principal

 

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