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Saint Rita School's Response to COVID-19, October 2020

Dear Saint Rita Families,

I want to take this opportunity to connect with you about the latest news on COVID-19. First and foremost, I am incredibly proud of how our students, staff, and families have adopted and responded to the health and safety precautions in place. The school staff has spent countless hours preparing a safe and enriching environment for our entire Saint Rita community. Because of your diligence, mindfulness, and support, we have completed the first quarter of our school year 100% COVID-free. We pray that we continue to stay on this good trajectory, and that we will continue to benefit from in-person learning throughout the course of this academic school year.

The procedures, resources, and physical infrastructure we have implemented in our classrooms and throughout our campus have created multiple layers of protection against the spread of COVID-19. For a comprehensive list of our reopening plan, please click the link at the top of this page. To summarize, below is a list of some of the processes and procedures we have in place:

  • Staff and students’ temperatures are screened in the morning to ensure everyone who enters the buildings are fever-free.
  • Plexiglass has been installed on each student desk.
  • All students K-8, teachers, and staff wear masks.
  • Portable air purifiers with HEPA filters are used in some classrooms.
  • Teachers rotate throughout the classrooms to limit student movement.
  • Students continue to enjoy lunch and recess with their class “PODS.”
  • Classrooms are sanitized daily.
  • Bathrooms are sanitized multiple times throughout the day.
  • A full-time nurse is staffed in both buildings to monitor screenings and respond quickly to possible COVID-symptoms in students.
  • Preschool classrooms have been divided into max groups of nine to ensure safe, social distancing.
  • Portable hand-washing stations are in each preschool classroom. Hand sanitizing stations are in all classrooms and throughout both school buildings.

This week, we continue to see cases rise in northeast Ohio. Though there is a chance that Cuyahoga County may move to purple, there is no health order attached to this level by the Ohio Department of Health. Furthermore, Governor DeWine has indicated that schools are not a significant source of spread, and our own numbers bear that. Since August, the Cleveland diocese’s 41,437 students and staff have reported 47 cases, or 0.11% of the population. Contact tracing has identified most of these transmissions as happening outside our classrooms and day school activities. The protocols in place at schools have been effective, and once again, the Saint Rita community continues to remain COVID-free up to this point.

As a reminder, we kindly ask that your child remains at home if he/she shows any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Any child with a fever of 100.0 or above will not be permitted to attend school. Students may return to school when they are fever-free without the use of medication for 72-hours. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s symptoms, we are staffing a full-time nurse, Cindy Hawald. She can be reached at 440-248-1350, ext. 123 (Primary Building) and ext. 136 (Middle School).

Additionally, in the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, I’d like to remind you that Saint Rita staff, teachers, and students are required to notify the school via our dashboard available here: COVID-19 Positive Test report. Following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, an employee or student must remain out of school for 10 days or longer due to state and local health department guidelines. Please see the attached document for other information on our COVID-19 Symptom and Positive Testing Response Plan.

It is our sincere hope that we will continue to stay the course in our return-to-school plan and provide in-person learning. We have avoided significant quarantine situations because of the health and safety protocols that we continue to strictly enforce. If we see a spike in cases with our school population, we will reevaluate or plan. Thank you for your ongoing support and for serving as role models to your children and families. I promise to keep the entire school community informed of the latest news and school plans.

Yours in Christ,

Mr. Eric Sikora
Saint Rita School Principal
Father Thomas J. Behrend
Saint Rita Pastor

 

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