Dear Saint John School Community,
The below information includes our updated plans for reopening the school for the 2020-2021 school year. It is important to note that the information and our responses to the DESE guidelines are subject to change at any time in response to updated DESE guidance. Saint John School developed this plan carefully, thoughtfully, and thoroughly in accordance with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Additionally, the plans and policies outlined below have been reviewed and approved by the Wellesley Department of Health. These plans could be amended at any time to comply with any change to public health metrics, updated guidelines, or order of the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) or Governor’s Office.
After a successful re-opening of Saint John School this fall, our top priority is to safely continue with in person learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. We understand students need to return to a structured and familiar environment. We also understand that in addition to academics, we need to focus on the mental health and social-emotional wellbeing of all members of our community. Collectively we have lived through a traumatic experience and have largely remained isolated and without structured routines. Building back to where we will take time. We are committed to working with our students and families to support in person learning. The health and safety of our whole community is our priority. To this end, we will be implementing new policies covering field trips, gatherings, and visitors. As health guidelines and data are updated, we will continue to revisit and revise as necessary. We ask families to partner with us to continue conversations with your children about the importance of social distancing, hygiene and mask wearing to help keep everyone healthy.
Physical changes have been made to the Saint John School buildings to respond to the guidelines established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
All seating will face the same way. Each classroom has been measured and markings on the floor designate the recommended social distancing space.
Our Cafeteria is closed. Weather permitting, all students will eat outside in their designated classroom areas for lunch. We are offering the Hot Lunch program (3 days per week) that is managed by the PTO. Lunch will be eaten in classrooms due to inclement weather.
Main doors to bathrooms will be pinned back so that students are able to see how many people are in the bathroom before entering and we will add marks on the floor to indicate proper spacing. Proper privacy will be maintained at all times.
When able, doors will be propped open to avoid contact.
The main office space will be re-designed to maximize social distancing. A shield has been installed on the main desk to ensure social
The health office has been moved and consists of the two rooms. One of the rooms will be designated as the room for those students presenting with COVID or flu-like symptoms. The other room will be for typical medical needs that arise during the day.
The school building will be cleaned by professional cleaners after each school day.
Saint John School COVID-19 Policy
If any member of the Saint John School community is confirmed to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus while in school, they must remain home quarantined for two weeks. Cleaners will be called to decontaminate the building. Guidelines from the Department of Health and DESE will be consulted in regard to the closure of the school building in response to a member of our school community testing positive for COVID-19. If a person living with a member of the Saint John School community tests positive for the COVID-19 virus, the community member will be asked to stay at home quarantined for two weeks. Saint John community includes students and faculty/staff. If a member of the Saint John School community travels to a “high” or “very high” risk state or country (as defined by the World Health Organization), they will be asked voluntarily quarantine for two weeks upon their return.