During the pandemic, our commitment to providing ongoing instructional continuity has basic principles that have provided guidance to the administration of Queen of Angels Catholic School and are outlined below.
- School Reopening Plan (SRP)—Created to maintain excellence in education where in-person (IPL) or distance-home learning (DHL) are provided as options to address this period associated with the pandemic.
- Content Delivery explains protocols and policies to guide students for both IPL and DHL including materials and resources to enhance core curriculum and instruction.
- Mobile Devices & Digital Resources provides a list of suitable devices and programs to be used for both IPL and DHL and if school would suspend traditional school attendance.
- School-Wide Safety Policies implemented to ensure safety of faculty, staff, and students.
- Updates to Facility
- Modifications to Morning & Afternoon Programs & Carpool
- Changes to Calendar & Traditional School Events
- Glossary of Terms
Key to the success of the School Reopening Plan is a partnership with QA parents. The SRP is being prioritized so that we can provide an environment that protects the safety and well-being of each member of our faculty, staff, and student body.
Updates to Cleaning & Facility
In accordance with CDC guidelines, Queen of Angels has implemented the following protocols to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Disinfecting Chromebooks and boxes; disinfecting cabinets to be ordered for all digital devices.
- Signage for masks, social distancing, directional arrows, and hand washing
- Air purifications systems purchased for each classroom that include a prefilter, HEPA H13 Filter, Activated Carbon Filter, and Ionizer.
- Upgraded HEPA filters are scheduled to be installed on the HVAC system to filter particles through the air filtration system.
- Plexiglass shield added to school store.
- Cleaner & disinfectant solutions in each classroom and offices for cleaning throughout the day.
- Purchase of an additional Geneon fogger for additional misting/fogging.
- Genon fogging of classrooms and restrooms after lunch (during recess).
- Establishment of a “Well Clinic” & “Sick Clinic”.
- Hand sanitizer in classrooms and throughout the school. Touchless stations on order and to be installed in high traffic areas.
- Deep cleaning by All Clean (Company contracted with for afterhours cleaning.)
- Additional contract for nightly fogging of classrooms, hallways, common areas, and offices.
Heath Related Policies
- Self monitoring & temperature checklist: Faculty, staff and parents/guardians are requested to complete this daily checklist prior to leaving for school each day. Members of our community should remain at home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms or have fever. Each family is asked take this responsibility seriously for the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students.
- COVID-19 Self-monitoring and Temperature Checklist
- Fever <100°F Body aches Chills/shaking,
- Cough Vomiting Diarrhea, Fatigue
- Loss of smell/taste Rash Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Congestion that differs from your typical seasonal allergies
- Daily Temperature Check: Upon arrival at school each day, temperatures will be taken of every person in the car (including the driver). Families carpooling with another family should confirm everyone in the car has completed the health screening and temperature check. If anyone in the car has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, students in that car will not be able to enter the school building. A follow-up call made by the school nurse. Parents arriving late to school must accompany student into the lobby area until temperature can be checked.
- Faculty, Staff, and Families Need to Report: Communication to the school nurse is required for anyone in their household who experiences symptoms, is exposed to someone who tests positive, or has a family member that tests positive for COVID-19.
- Establishment of “Well Clinic” and “Sick Clinic”: QA has established an additional clinic for students who develop a fever during the school day. The “Well Clinic” is open for students who are in need of medical attention during the school day and are not running a fever. Students who have a fever or exhibiting symptoms related to the virus will be taken to the “Sick Clinic” (across the hall from the well clinic) and parents called to pick their child up.
Measures for School Safety
- Physical distancing is practiced throughout the school day.
- Furniture has been removed from classrooms to allow for 3-foot spacing between desks.
- Desks have replaced tables in the Kindergarten classrooms & Science Lab.
- All desks face the same direction.
- Grades K-2 use the restrooms in their classrooms; grades 3-8 have a schedule to minimize students in restroom.
- Flow in common areas and hallways is minimized with directional signage in place.
- Recess for each homeroom is in a designated area which will rotate each week. Students cannot share space or outdoor equipment. The playground will be in the rotation of outdoor space for grades K-2.
- Lunch is served in the classroom. For school opening, only a hot lunch, cold lunch, junior hot lunch, or junior cold lunch will be available for ordering. Drinks limited to bottled water. See school menu for additional information. As additional items are not available from the cafeteria, packed lunches should include a drink.
- Birthday treats to be shared with a class can no longer be sent to school.
- Parents/guardians need to ensure that the Student Emergency Care form is current and updated when information changes. All phone numbers for emergency contact need to be updated. Parents/guardians, in accordance with the latest safety recommendations, will no longer be allowed past the double doors in the main lobby area. The H.S.A. continues to support the programs at the school remotely. We are grateful for their ongoing support.
- Parents should take precautions and limit travel. Added to the 2020-2021 Student-Family Handbook- Those who travel to Level 3 Nonessential Travel Zones or any location identified as a current Hot Spot for an infectious disease by the CDC may be required to quarantine for a period of 14-days. In the case of an identified pandemic or epidemic, the Superintendent of Schools reserves the right to require parents who have traveled to a Level 3 Nonessential Travel Zone (as identified by the CDC) to self-quarantine at home for 14-days before entering school property. This period of quarantine may also be required of students residing in the home.
- Students should bring a clear refillable water bottle as water fountains throughout the school have been shut off. Water bottles need to be labeled. A filling station, with regular tap water, in each pod will be available and supervised by a faculty member. Parents have the option of packing additional bottled water in a student’s backpack.
- Items cannot be dropped off in the front office once the school day has begun.
- At present, we are not able to offer any afterschool activities so that the cleaning staff can clean and sanitize each area of the school. Any tutoring by QA staff must be done remotely.
Additional Policies for COVID-19
With guidance from the task force, a list of protocols has been established in the event there is a positive case of COVID-19. With a case reported, we are under the direction and advice of health officials and the Archdiocese. The confidentiality of each student and family is protected, and we are not able to identify individuals who might test positive.
- QA is required to contact local public health officials and the OCS of any positive cases who will guide QA on the appropriate response. Guidance will be determined by medical officials and is unique to each case.
- Anyone testing positive and primary contacts (see glossary) will be required to isolate/quarantine for a period of 10-14 days.
- Contact tracing will be implemented to mitigate spread. With the report, you might receive a call from the local health department. We ask that you speak with them to provide details associated with your family and possible contacts.
- Patient confidentiality must be maintained and respected. Families and employees will be notified of classroom(s) impacted but the name(s) will not be communicated.
- Guidelines for the return to school are defined and will be shared with families when impacted by a positive test report.
The integration of technology has allowed Queen of Angels to acquire and integrate a comprehensive collection of online content and digital resources that support and enhance learning that can be accessed from locations beyond our traditional classroom.
The following provides a limited, but not inclusive list, of digital resources used by grades K-8.
- Zoom— A video conferencing tool that extends the reach of the traditional classroom and allows for distance education programs. Used in conjunction with the SWIVL, students participating in DHL will participate in classroom instruction.
- RedBird Math—Redbird Advanced Learning (“Redbird”) is an online program that offers blended and adaptive learning solutions. Students work through Redbird Advanced Learning’s lessons at their own pace, while teachers and parents can monitor student progress and mastery using data from assessments.
- IXL Learning System—An online program purchased for each student in grades K-7, IXL combines a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, the real-time diagnostic tools, personalized guidance, and analytics that allows teachers to personalize instruction in math and language arts.
- GOOGLE Classroom is a class-organization platform through an online platform that incorporates Google's core G Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, and other Google products) so students can access everything they need for a class, including homework assignments, group projects, files, and even email to chat with the teacher. An excellent platform for sharing files from home to school.
- Clever Badges replace log on by needing to type in name and password, and allow our youngest learners to start online lessons without help on devices and apps.
- SeeSaw is a student-driven digital portfolio being piloted at QA in the primary pod that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school.
- Quizlet is an online study application that allows students to study information via learning tools such as flashcards, games and tests.
- TCI Science—Designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), student subscriptions for online programs have been purchased for grades 3-5.
- BrainPop provides over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-8, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.