Back to school

Everything you need to know for coming back to school and joining us as a new or returning Cardinal! 
Back to School 2020 FAQ
 
Q- When are we coming back to school?
A- The first day of school for grades 7-12 is September 8, 2020 from 8:15-11:45. The first day of school for grades K-6 is September 9 from 7:45-11:30). Preschool begins September 10 from (7:45-11:00)

Q- Is the plan for all students to return to campus five days a week?
A- The plan is for all students to be in the building five days a week and to stay with the same group of
students as much as possible. Teachers will rotate to students as much as possible.

Q- Will students and teachers’ temperatures be taken daily?
A- Students and teachers will have their temperatures taken every morning. All temperatures need to be
under 100o F without fever-reducing medicine.

Q- What happens if a student’s temperature is over 100o F upon arrival at school?
A- The student will not enter the building and will be sent home. The student will be logged and symptoms
tracked by the school nurse. The student’s medical provider or local public health officials should be
contacted for further information. The school should then be updated with the given recommendations
and absenteeism.

Q- What happens if a student becomes ill at school?
A- The student will be isolated away from other students and parents will be called. The student will be
tracked by the school nurse to identify symptoms. The student’s medical provider or local public health
officials should be contacted for further information. The school should then be updated with the given
recommendations and absenteeism.

Q-When can a student return to school after becoming ill and DOES NOT have COVID-19?
A- If a student HAS NOT been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, tested negative for COVID-19, AND
their symptoms have improved, the student can be with others after:
-3 days (72 hours) with no fever without fever-reducing medications
AND
-Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
AND
-10 days since symptoms first appeared
If a student HAS been diagnosed with COVID-19, the school must be notified so proper tracking and
safety measures can be taken. Students with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 must meet conditions
prescribed by the Ohio Department of Health and their local health departments prior to returning to
school/work. The school should be updated with the given recommendations and absenteeism.
 
Q-How will families be notified of a possible COVID-19 diagnosis or outbreak?
A-If a student or teacher is suspected or tests positive for COVID-19, the school will contact local health
departments for guidance and instruction on identifying and notifying potentially exposed individuals and
guidance on school safety measures.

Q- Will students and teachers be required to wear masks?
A- Students will be required to wear masks in classrooms, common spaces, upon arrival and dismissal,
bathrooms, and in any situation where the teacher and students are collaborating and communicating in a
closer than 6-foot distance. Teachers are required to wear masks.

Q- Will students be eating in the cafeteria?
A- Students will be eating all meals in the classroom and under the supervision of the teacher.

Q- Will breakfast and lunch be available for purchase?
A- Students will be able to pre-order breakfast and lunch. The meals will be delivered to the classroom at
the appropriate time.

As we receive new directives and information from state and local authorities, the above information is
subject to change and more detailed information will be provided to families.

For all incoming 12th Graders:

 Due to school immunization requirements, it is necessary for you to provide verification that your child has had his/her Meningococcal vaccinations. If the first dose was given after your child’s 16th birthday, another dose is not needed. You may use the immunization update record attached or your physician may submit a signed and stamped document indicating that the vaccines were given. This document may also be faxed directly from the doctor’s office to Cardinal Stritch Catholic Academy @419-697-2816.

These vaccines must be given and documented by the 15th day of school, per Ohio Revised code. Your child may be excluded from school if the vaccines are not given.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.

 Thanks,

Corey Rischman, RN

E: crischman@cardinalstritch.org

For all incoming 7th Graders:

 

Due to school immunization requirements, it is necessary for you to provide verification that your child has had his/her Tdap booster and Meningococcal vaccinations. You may use the immunization update record attached or your physician may submit a signed and stamped document indicating that the vaccines were given. This document may also be faxed directly from the doctor’s office to Cardinal Stritch Catholic Academy @419-697-2816.

 

These vaccines must be given and documented by the 15th day of school, per Ohio Revised code. Your child may be excluded from school if the vaccines are not given.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Corey Rischman, RN

E: crischman@cardinalstritch.org

As we approach the end of the month, we continue to have more information and details about the start to our school year. It will be a different year for all of us. I am aware that you are being saturated with information about how other schools and districts are planning to open. Please know that Cardinal Stritch is using the guidance we receive from every government agency to make a plan that fits our Family. We are proud of our plan to open to our students for 5 full days of face-to-face learning.

Last week I sent our facial covering/mask policies and received many questions and feedback about them. We will encourage the teachers to utilize our courtyards and campus green spaces as learning areas when the weather permits. This will allow students to get fresh air and not be in the same desk and classroom for extended periods of time. We are developing the recess and playground plan using the State of Ohio guidelines. Preschool - Grade 6 students will still go outside and play by following all of the guidelines.

Please carefully review our new ​Arrival and Dismissal Procedures​. The biggest change you will notice are the times for arrival, start of classes, and dismissal.

●  Preschool- Grade 6 students may begin to arrive at 7:20 am. Classes begin at 7:45 am.

Dismissal is at 2:40 pm.

●  Grades 7-12 students may begin to arrive at 7:50 am. Classes begin at 8:15 am.

Dismissal is at 3:15 pm.


We understand that you may have multiple children that need to be dropped off or picked up at different times. Please know that these new procedures allow us to keep everyone socially distanced and to follow the guidelines given to us.

Another change for the upcoming school year is w​ e will not be able to provide our EDP services. ​This decision did not come lightly. Unfortunately, the 1 adult to 9 students ratio remains for Preschool classes and for school-age children before and after school, which makes staffing difficult. Guidelines also direct us to keep students with the same groups, so mixing them before and after school does not allow us to maintain the best safety practices. Please begin to make arrangements for your students now.

We do plan for the Cardinal Stritch bus to be in service in the morning and in the afternoon to Point Place, but seating is limited. Please fill out the Cardinal Stritch Yellow Bus Service Agreement and email it to Karen Weber (​kweber@cardinalstritch.org)​ as soon as possible. You must register for the bus and service is on a first come, first served basis. The form on the Cardinal Stritch website (cardinalstritch.org) under Current Families.

Over the last two weeks, we have received more guidance from the Ohio Department of
Education about the guidelines to follow in order to “Reset and Restart” school. We are following
these guidelines and have made wonderful progress. Classrooms are set up with the social
distancing between student desks. Students will eat in classrooms to adhere to the social
distancing guidelines. Teachers will rotate to students so we have less movement in hallways.
Most of our classrooms safely hold approximately 20 students according to the State guidelines,
so we have designed classroom spaces in other large areas. For example, grades 3 and 4 are set
up in the cafeteria. I know this sounds unusual, but the room has been transformed with portable
walls to accommodate our needs. All learning spaces have technology and resources that
teachers need to conduct instruction. Things will look different, but we are confident that
students will quickly adapt to their new environment.

● Cardinal Stritch Mask Policy This Mask Policy meets local and state health requirements to
keep our students as safe as possible. Cardinal Stritch will provide a cloth mask for each
student with our Cardinal mascot on it. Students may also wear any school appropriate face
mask of their choice. This will be difficult for some students. My best advice is to help your
student choose a mask that is comfortable for them to wear. Please practice wearing it for
short periods of time to get used to it. Wear them while entering and exiting buildings. Be
sure to encourage them to keep noses covered and to try not to constantly touch the mask.

● School Supply List The school provides many of the items for students in grades K-6 (crayons,
markers, etc.) with our government funding. Each student in grades K-6 will receive a large
zippered pouch so items can be separated and not shared.

Students in grades 7-12 will receive information from their teachers on the first day of classes.
Notebooks, pencils, and pens are always a good bet!

The number one question I am asked is, “Are we really coming back to school?” The answer is yes!
And, “What if something happens and we cannot stay in school?” We are ready! We have a plan in
place if we have to go to a hybrid and/or virtual model. Our teachers completed professional
development on virtual and distance learning to support this plan. The instruction and academic
rigor that you expect from Cardinal Stritch will continue.

I continue to hold all of you in prayer during these difficult times. Please reach out to me if you
have any questions and concerns. I will always do my best to give you an answer. Go Cardinals!

In Christ,
Melissa (Frank) Empie ‘86
Principal

ARRIVAL

Please take into consideration both your travel time and the time it will take for school staff to take student temperatures in order to be on time for class.

Students in grades Preschool - Grade 6 may arrive at school at 7:20 am and classes begin at 7:45 am.

●  Preschool - Grade 2: drop off at the Main Doors (Door #1). Enter the lot from Pickle Road.

●  Grades 3-6: drop off at the Athletics doors (Door #4). Enter the lot from Coy Road. dstudents:dropoffatthedoorforthey​ oungest​student. (Grades 7-12 are not permitted to enter the building until 7:50 am.)

●  Students exit the vehicle at the designated orange cones along the curb/dropoff lane.

●  Students/vehicles remain at the cone until student temperature is taken by school staff.


Student temperature is taken with orbital thermometers and must be under 100o F without fever reducing medication​. Students whose temperature is above 100o F return to the vehicle and proceed to a re-check point. If the temperature remains above 100o F, the student is sent home and the school nurse calls the family to follow up.

Students in grades 7-12 may arrive at school at 7:50 am and classes begin at 8:15 am.

●  Drop off at either the Main Doors (Door #1) or the Athletics doors (Door #4). Enter the lot from either Pickle Road or Coy Road.

●  Students exit the vehicle at the designated orange cones along the curb/dropoff lane. Students/vehicles remain at the cone until student temperature is taken by school staff.

●  High school student drivers park and then proceed to the school personnel taking temperatures before entering the building.

Student temperature is taken with an orbital thermometer and must be under 100o F without fever reducing medication​. Students whose temperature is above 100o F return to the vehicle and proceed to a re-check point. If the temperature remains above 100o F, the student is sent home and the school nurse calls the family to follow up.

 

DISMISSAL

Please be aware that students are not allowed to gather in hallways or other areas due to CDC guidelines. All students need to be picked up promptly at their dismissal time.

Students in Preschool - Grade 6 dismiss at 2:40 pm.

●  Preschool - Grade 2 dismiss out of the Main Doors (Door #1).

●  Grades 3 - 6 dismiss out of the Athletic Doors (Door #4).
Drivers should pick up students from multiple grades at the door for the ​youngest student.

Students in Grades 7-12 dismiss at 3:15 pm.

Students in Grades 7 -12 dismiss out of either the Main Doors or Athletic Doors.

 
 
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SCHEDULED VISITATIONS & ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for our Summer Open House Week, July 20th - July 24th.

Scheduled Tours can be made for: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Call or email Liz Pelz, 419-693-0465 ext 238 or lpelz@cardinalstritch.org to set up a personal tour time or call for your family. Come learn how your child can become a part of the Cardinal family.

Admissions Help Days, Tuesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 23, 12:00 pm-7:00 pm

If you will be joining the Cardinal family or are a returning member of the family this is an opportunity to receive help filling out all online registration forms, scholarship applications (including EdChoice), financial aid information and receive answers to any other questions that your family may have.