LAST UPDATED: October 5, 2020 at 4:50pm
Dear St. Pius X School Families,
St. Pius X School is pleased to present our Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement on Friday, August 7th giving the “green light” for schools in NYS to open in September, St. Pius X School is prepared for a full return of all students while understanding the special circumstances of some families.
This Reopening Plan was created to satisfy the guidelines set by the state and we will we continue to modify and personalize this plan to meet or exceed the state guidelines for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Please take the time to review this plan carefully. After reviewing the plan, we ask that you use the attached form https://forms.gle/bzYXKZgQdzi6RWoEA to ask any questions that you may still have. Next week, we will provide you with the answers to the most frequently asked questions. In addition, we will hold a series of virtual parent meetings in the coming weeks to continue to address your questions and concerns. You will receive an email prior to those meetings asking you to submit questions. If you have no questions, please feel free to send suggestions to help inform the work of the Reopening Committee.
We are excited that we now have some answers and can move forward with the planning process. We will continue to work diligently to ensure the safest return to school for all!
Mrs. Danielle Cox, Principal
St. Pius X School’s top priority is the medical, social and emotional well being of our students, faculty and staff at all times, but especially during these uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening committee composed of members of the school and parish staff, with representatives from all facets of the instruction team, was established and met regularly to draft and establish a reopening plan that best serves the St. Pius X School community.
On Monday, July 13, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region.
Determinations will be made by regions about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.
While schools have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the school is also planning for remote/distance learning, as well as a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model. Parents will need to notify the school office if they prefer the remote learning model for their child(ren), and arrangements will be made.
The plan outlined here is for the reopening of St. Pius X School for the 2020-2021 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to the school campus. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Reopening Guidance for Religious and Independent Schools, the Religious Services Guidelines on the New York Forward website and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our school.
Mrs. Danielle Cox and Mrs. Emily AuClaire will serve as the school’s COVID-19 coordinators. Mrs. Danielle Cox, Mrs. Emily AuClaire, and Mrs. Elaine Libruk will work closely with our local health department and will be responsible for school administration and nursing services. They will serve as a central contact for stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the school is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. Contact information will be posted on the published reopening plan, as well as on the school website as follows:
Mrs. Danielle Cox
Mrs. Emily AuClaire
Mrs. Elaine Libruk
- Communication/Family and Community Engagement
- School Closure
- Health and Safety
- Health Checks
- Health Hygiene Practices
- Social Distancing
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Face Coverings
- Management of Ill Persons, Contact Tracing and Monitoring
- Contact Tracing
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
- School Safety Drills
- Vulnerable Populations/Accommodations
- Visitors on Campus
- Facilities Guidance
- Infection Control Strategies
- School Safety and Emergency Drills
- Child Nutrition
- Meals Onsite
- Meals Offsite/Remote
- School Food Authorities (SFA)
- Transportation Guidance
- School Bus
- School Bus Staff
- Students on Transportation
- Social Emotional Well-Being
- Religious and Independent School Schedules
- Teaching and Learning
- In-person Instruction
- Remote/Hybrid Instruction
- Technology and Connectivity
- Remote/Hybrid Instruction
- Athletics and Schools Activities
- Faith Formation
- Interscholastic Athletics
- Bilingual Education and World Languages
- Key References