- Catholic Values
- Culture of Healthy Habits
- Flexible Teaching & Learning Strategies
- Mitigation Strategies
- Personal Responsibility
- Reimagined Campus
The CKS Reopening Plan includes three phases, named for Salesian saints, to ensure our students receive the critical in-person instruction they deserve in the safest way possible: (1) Savio: most restrictive (2) Mazzarello: less restrictive (3) Bosco: least restrictive. Plans will continue to evolve and information will be updated here based on the most current health and safety guidelines.
Our goal is to embrace a healthy culture founded on our Catholic faith and based on one of the greatest commandments, “to love your neighbor as yourself” by creating practices and routines that will protect our staff and students.
It is the responsibility of all parents to regularly monitor their children and themselves for illness.
- Students should stay home if exhibiting concerning signs or symptoms of illness including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing OR symptoms such as chills, rigors, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste, vomiting, diarrhea, or runny nose
- Students will be sent home if exhibiting any of the above symptoms at school
- Parents will be asked to complete a screening form prior to students starting school and regularly throughout the school year
- Application-based; application coming soon
- There will be a limited number of need-based spots (pre-registered only; no drop-ins)
- Assigned indoor spaces by family with adequate physical distancing between groups
- All students will remain in the cafeteria except when play occurs outdoors
ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL
- There will be no drop-offs before 7:30 am
- All students must wear a face covering upon exiting the car
- Students report directly to homeroom upon drop-off
- Dismissal will occur from classrooms using Vo’Sri (new dismissal system app; more info coming soon)
- The oldest sibling will meet the youngest sibling to go to carline of the oldest sibling
- ALL Aftercare students will remain in classrooms until respective carlines are concluded
- Dismissal times:
- 2:30 — EC4-1st grade
- 3:00 — 2nd-8th grade
- Classrooms will be set up with adequate physical distance between desks and students
- Classrooms will include signage that students should wash hands or use hand-sanitizer upon entry
- Students will use individual supplies in all classes
- Outdoor spaces will be used when appropriate for instruction
- A separate clinic for triage of students exhibiting COVID-like symptoms has been established
- There are updated protocols for possible COVID exposure or symptoms (i.e. use of personal protection equipment)
- Current CDC and health protocols will be followed in working with our families to support decisions made by their healthcare professionals
RECESS / PLAYGROUND
- Classes will be divided into smaller groups and follow a schedule for use of the playgrounds and other outdoor areas
- Playground equipment and all outdoor and indoor seating will be sanitized by staff after each use with CDC-approved disinfectant
- Structured activities will be emphasized during recess and PE to help students maintain adequate physical distance
ROUTINES / MOVEMENT
- Students in EC4 through 8th grade will be grouped by homeroom for contact tracing purposes
- Students will be separated into smaller cohorts using designated spaces in the school
- There will be minimal movement during core instruction – teachers will change classes, not students
- Students will move to recess, lunch, PE, and outdoor breaks
- Students will eat snack and lunch in designated outdoor areas with adequate physical distance (in classroom during inclement weather)
- Students may bring lunch or order one boxed Grab & Go lunch option or boxed salad/soup option; there will be no soup/salad bar, snacks, a la carte items, cash transactions, or lunch from outside vendors
- Water fountains will be turned off except for touchless bottle refill stations
- Students will not use lockers/cubbies; students will be using personal backpacks to transport materials throughout the day
- Students will not change for PE
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
- All after school clubs and activities will be postponed during the Savio phase
- CKS will follow Diocesan guidelines for extracurricular sports and activities which we anticipate will come after Labor Day
- The Diocese of St. Petersburg is considering changing the order of the seasons to start with those sports that require less physical contact
- Morning assembly will be live streamed to classrooms every morning except Wednesday (school mass day) to encourage and promote community
- School mass in the church will be limited to two different grade levels each week with adequate physical distancing between students
- No parents or outside visitors will be allowed in the church
- Mass will be live streamed for the students in classrooms and available for families to view
VOLUNTEERS / VISITORS
- There will be no visitors allowed on campus except in the School Office to drop off medication or prescription items only
- There will be no volunteers allowed on campus and no family volunteer hour requirements this school year
Flexible Learning INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN (FLIP)
- Microsoft TEAMS as instructional management hub
- Streamlined turn-in process for assignments
- Live teaching/recordings
- Individual and small group feedback
- Teacher/family check-ins
- Social/emotional support through school counselors
- Progress monitoring through diagnostic assessments
- How do you decide when to move from one phase to another?
- What do the other phases look like?
- Will you require testing and temperature checks for students and staff?
- Why are students required to wear a face covering?
- What are the requirements for face coverings?
- How will the school handle COVID and non-COVID related illnesses or exposure?
Movement between phases should be dictated by rates of COVID spread in the community and school. Factors to consider include: COVID infection rate in school zip codes as found on the Florida Department of Health website, school absentee rates, government directives, and Diocese of St. Petersburg directives. Families will be notified before moving to the next phase.
- Savio: most restrictive
- Mazzarello: less restrictive
- Bosco: least restrictive
- Students will continue to be grouped by homeroom but will switch classes (where applicable) for co-curriculars and classroom instruction
- Morning assembly will be resumed outside for students by grade levels, with a live-stream for students in the classroom
- Additional grades will attend school mass based on current physical distancing guidelines
- Lunch and recess will occur by grade level rather than by homeroom
- CKS extra-curricular activities will resume
- Pre-approved visitors to the school will be allowed on campus
Medical professionals continue to recommend that face coverings may offer some protection because they decrease droplet spread. Student face coverings will be required when adequate physical distancing cannot be maintained or ensured. This is one of many mitigation tools we have implemented to help minimize the risk of transmission of respiratory illness which would affect children, families, and educators.
Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
Fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face
Be secured with ties or ear loops
Should be practiced at home to ensure student comfort
Face covering requirements, like any other established school policy, will be clearly communicated to and practiced with our students with supports in place to ensure compliance. The age of the child will be considered to determine whether the child needs more assistance or is choosing not to comply. In cases where students are choosing not to comply, consequences will be administered and parent contact made.
*Office of Catholic Schools and Centers (OCSC)
CKS staff decisions will follow a similar decision tree. All communication will follow the HIPAA Guidelines for privacy. These decision trees are based on recommendations from the Diocese of St. Petersburg and are fluid and subject to change as the CDC releases more information. These may not cover every scenario and families will work with administration for other scenarios.
Please direct all questions to Christ the King Catholic School Office at 813-876-8770.