REOPENING PLAN | FALL 2020

We hope your families are healthy as we progress through the summer. The faculty and staff are diligently working to prepare our return to school in a healthy and safe manner.

As stated to the community on Aug. 6, our goal has been and continues to be, to allow students on campus for in-person instruction as soon as that makes sense. That said, due to the concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families, we will begin the school year in our full distance learning instructional model for the month of September. This decision was made in consultation with St. John′s Board of Trustees, health officials, a number of members of the broader SJC community, and legal counsel. 

Any guidance provided may be updated in accordance with federal, state, and local health and government official guidelines. Again, thank you for your support and patience.

Reopening Plan Overview

As previously noted, flexibility and pivoting quickly are critical components of SJC and exceptional independent schools. With rapidly changing circumstances, we will continue to observe and adhere to current regulatory guidelines and recommendations.

READ: Statement on Reopening Decision by President, Mr. Mancabelli Letter

Reopening Plan Overview

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  • Distance Learning Plan


    Philosophy
     
    The core Lasallian principles of meeting students where they are and touching hearts and minds will guide our distance learning plan. The academic rigor and faculty’s attention to students’ needs will be evident. 
    Our commitment to students’ growth, in mind, body, and spirit, will guide us during this time. Our distance learning plan will be focused on our four values:
     
    Structure
    Students will remain connected to teachers and classmates throughout their time off-campus, yet we know that life at home may present different challenges from life at school. Students must treat their days as school days, even within their home confines. The academic schedule will provide structure to their day, and teachers will guide students’ learning through accessible technology, innovative assessments, and activities to link students together.  
     
    Community
    At the core of SJC is our sense of community. We will continue to prioritize the need to nurture our strong sense of community through faith-fill virtual connections, on-campus activities, and support for students in and out of their classes.  
     
    Preparedness
    We have undertaken the significant training required of faculty to succeed in the shift to a virtual campus. Focused professional learning in assessments, building community in the classroom, collaborative lessons, and innovative student-centered learning activities has been taking place. Mastery of distance learning instruction is a paramount initiative for our faculty to go above and beyond our students’ academic needs. 

    Support
    We realize that the current public health emergency may disproportionately impact some community members. St. John’s is committed to meeting students’ unique needs, families, faculty, and staff when those needs arise. We also have initiatives in place and staff to continue to support students’ academic and mental health needs. 

    The academic schedule for distance learning days is as follows:
     
    Period 1 - 8:30-9:10 am 
    Period 2 - 9:20-10:00 am 
    Period 3 - 10:10-10:50 am 
    Period 4 - 11:00-11:40 am 
    Period 5 - 11:50 am-12:30 pm 
    Period 6 - 12:40-1:20 pm 
    Period 7 - 1:30-2:10 pm 
    Period 8 - 2:20-3:00 pm
    • Students will connect to synchronous classes via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, depending on teacher preference. The SJC technology department supports both platforms. 
    • Wednesday, no classes will meet. 
    • Students will have the opportunity to meet virtually one-on-one with teachers, meet with their extra-curricular groups, and complete asynchronous course work. Wednesdays can be used for in-person, on-campus student experiences.  

    We also know that instruction must be:
    • Rooted in developing positive relationships 
    • Focused
    • Clear
    • Varied 
    • Equitable 
    • Flexible

    Teachers will guide instruction and then create student-centered opportunities for students to conduct their own understanding of the content. 

    The ability to differentiate is readily available in a virtual classroom, and teachers will take advantage of such practice. Instruction will be focused on five components. Those components are listed below with just a few examples of how we engage students at St. John’s:  


    Instructional Components
    What does it look like?
    What do we use at SJC?
    Engagement
    Brainstorm
    Ask questions
    Access prior knowledge
    • Canvas Discussion Threads
    • Microsoft Docs and Forms
    • Nearpod
    • Edpuzzle
    • Socrative
    Exploration
    Research Watch Videos Read Articles Offline Task Discuss
    • Web Search
    • Khan Academy
    • Screencastify
    • Classroom videos
    • Nearpod
    Explanation
    Synchronous Sessions
    Asynchronous Independent Work
    • Zoom
    • Microsoft Teams 
    • Screencastify 
    • QuickTime Player
    • Teacher YouTube Channels
    • Edpuzzle
    • FlipGrid
    • Canvas
    Elaboration
    Make connections
    Apply learning to new or novel situations
    Explain how
    Student-created study materials and resources
    • Microsoft Collaborative Docs
    • Collaborative Keynote
    • Quizlet
    • Kahoot!
    • Quizzes
    Evaluation
    Formative assessments
    Quizzes

    Video reflections

    Digital exit tickets

    Student presentations
    • Canvas Quizzes
    • Canvas Assignments
    • Turnit In
    • ExamView
    • Kahoot!
    • Flipgrid
    • Microsoft Forms
    • Socrative
    • iMovie
     
  • Hybrid Learning Plan


    When we can bring students to campus in larger groups, we will have a rotation of three groups of students – Group S, J, and C. They will follow the schedule below:


    As the diagram shows, two groups will be on campus for two days per week and work virtually for three. One of the three groups will be learning from home. All classrooms are outfitted with a camera and sound system, and all health and safety measures cited in the school health and safety planning guide will be in effect. Class sizes will be no more than eight students, and the academic schedule will be the same as the distance learning schedule to provide time for class transitions and sanitizing classrooms.

    More information on the hybrid plan will be disseminated as we move closer to transitioning to that plan.

Expectations and Requirements for Student Engagement

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  • Expectations and Requirements

     
    1. Establish an appropriate workspace at home. All classes should be joined in a quiet place, and microphones should be muted unless speaking
    2. Check email and Canvas messages regularly throughout each school day and respond promptly
    3. Closely follow the published daily schedule
    4. Be on time for synchronous classes and appointments. Attendance will be taken on all synchronous video calls and logged in PowerSchool
    5. Students will join using both audio and video
    6. Follow all directives of classroom teachers
    7. Wear the SJC uniform
    8. Students Zoom name should be their first and last name
    9. Ensure the background that will show up behind you is appropriate for school
    10. Be prepared with the appropriate supplies: iPad, earphones, textbooks, notebooks, calculators, writing implements
    11. Proactively reach out to teachers, counselors, and administrators with questions and/needs
    12. Abide by the SJC academic integrity expectations: submit only original work, using only permitted materials and documented sources
    13. Abide by all parameters of the SJC technology acceptable use policy
    14. Without express and written permission from the school administration, users (including students) may not record, screenshot, share, re-post, or otherwise capture or disseminate digital content created via any of our distance learning platforms. Only representatives of the school may capture or post such content. Failure to comply with this directive could result in severe disciplinary action
  • The SJC Student Experience

    Although we will be distance learning, the student experience will remain connective in many ways.

    On-campus experiences will include:
    • Class retreats
    • Appointments for academic Support for small groups and individuals
    • Activities for students in the Cadet Corp Leadership Program
    • Co-Curricular experiences via the Entrepreneurial Center for social impact
    • Programs for athletic teams involving team-building and performance training 
    • Fine and Performing Arts activities 

    Virtual experiences include:
    • Weekly virtual prayer gatherings
    • Virtual lunch periods with friends 
    • Grade Level Seminars
    • Virtual club and extra-curricular engagement
    • Check-ins with counselors and class deans
    • Writing Center and Academic Support Center Availability 

    More to come for both virtual and in-person.

Health & Safety Protocols

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  • Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting, and Ventilation

    • The building is being cleaned by staff trained in proper disinfection methods. We’ve increased our staffing to accommodate a constant presence in the cafeteria and have pre-purchased disinfectant to carry us through the fall semester should there be an increased demand resulting from any potential spike.
    • Our disinfectant, sanitizer and soap are all within CDC recommended guidelines. We’ve purchased a supply of both chemical, liquid and paper products to allow for sufficient inventory through the end of the calendar year.
    • Cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection will occur daily.
    In addition to all cleaners, both outsourced and in house, the maintenance staff will be trained on proper disinfection methods. Training on all equipment and chemicals will be provided by an outside service, as well as our janitorial service.

    Requirements
    Action Steps
    Cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilating learning spaces, surfaces, and any other areas used by students (i.e., restrooms, hallways, and transportation)
    All touchpoints within the school building will be disinfected nightly with a disinfectant included on the list of CDC recommended chemicals to battle Covid-19. During the day, disinfectant will be available in every office classroom, athletic area and common space to sanitize furniture and equipment between uses. Air filters have been upgraded, where applicable, to MERV filters. The frequency of filter changes through the maintenance team has been increased to bi-monthly in common areas.
    Other cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilation practices
    Hand sanitizer has been added in all common areas and will be included in every classroom and office before the students return. We changed our soap to antimicrobial in order to better combat the virus between washes.

  • Health Care On Campus

    • Our health services have been expanded to two separate spaces. We will work with the DC health department and have staff trained in contact tracing.
    • Should students develop COVID-19 symptoms while they are on campus, they will be taken to an isolated station to await pick up by their family.
    • Additional healthcare professionals will be hired to monitor symptoms. The current nurse’s office will remain available to treat injuries and illnesses that do not include COVID-19 symptoms.
    • No visitors will be allowed on campus without approval.
  • Social Distancing and Other Safety Protocols

    • Classrooms have desks separated by 6 feet of distance.  All desks are facing the same direction with limitations on face-to-face seating.
    • Students will be required to wear face masks at all times.
    • Hallways and stairwells will be clearly identified with one-way directional signs.
    • The passing time will be extended to allow students to social distance as they move through the building.
    • Six feet of distance has been established in the Cassidy Commons (cafeteria), the library, and other public spaces.  Plastic shields have been placed in these spaces where face-to-face seating is unavoidable.
    • Students are permitted to use outdoor spaces in compliance with student regulations outlined in the Student Handbook. The courtyard areas will be offered as viable outside options for student breaks.
    • Students will be instructed to sanitize or wash their hands prior to and after eating. Students will be instructed to wash or sanitize their hands regularly throughout the day.
    • Student transportation will be limited to one student per row in school vans. In school buses operated under the direction of a third party, students will sit one student per row, aisle seat and window seat, and alternate rows so no two students have an aisle seat in the same row. Students and drivers must wear a face mask when entering and exiting the bus. Students must always remain forward-facing.
    • Non-essential adults will be limited in visiting the building during the school day; and wherever possible, move planned visits to hours after 3 p.m. Other essential visitors who enter the school building will be required to wear a face mask and instructed to wash or sanitize hands upon entering. 

    Requirements
    Action Steps

    Classroom/ learning space occupancy that allows for 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day, to the maximum extent feasible
    Classrooms have been arranged to allow for 6 ft of distancing where feasible. All desks are arranged facing the same direction. Teacher desks are a minimum of 6 ft from student desks.
    Restricting the use of cafeterias and other congregate settings, and serving meals in alternate settings such as classrooms
    6 ft of distance has been established by removing tables and chairs. Shields have been added to tables where face-to-face seating is unavoidable.
    The library has also been rearranged to maintain 6 ft of distance with plastic shields installed on all tables where face-to-face seating is unavoidable.
    Hygiene practices for students and staff including the manner and frequency of handwashing and other best practices
    Students will be instructed to wash hands frequently, but specifically, prior to and after eating. Staff will be instructed to wash or sanitize hands regularly.
    Posting signs in highly visible locations that promote everyday protective measures, and how to stop the spread of germs
    Signs are being acquired to post in visible locations to cover safety protocols and other steps to minimize the spread of germs, symptoms to look for in self-monitoring for signs of infections, and what to do if symptoms are discovered.
    Identifying and restricting non-essential visitors and volunteers
    Scheduled visitors should be limited to after 3 p.m. if essential and feasible. All non-essential visitors are prohibited from entering the building. All essential visitors are required to sign in at the main office, wear a mask, and are instructed to sanitize or wash hands.
    Handling athletic activities for physical education and performance training classes consistent with the CDC Considerations for Youth Sports
    Signs regarding health and safety will be posted throughout athletic facilities.
    As part of their orientation, students will be instructed on proper health and safety precautions including but not limited to:
    • Handwashing
    • Social distancing
    • Proper face mask usage
    • Care and disinfection of personal equipment daily
    High-fives, fist bumps, and handshaking are prohibited.
    Student-athletes must have their own water bottles. These items cannot be shared.
    Student-athletes must refrain from sharing clothing, towels, pinnies, etc., and these items should be washed after each use.
    Adequate cleaning schedules will be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases.
    Athletic equipment that may be used by multiple individuals will be cleaned intermittently as deemed necessary.
    Limiting the sharing of materials among students
    All sharing of material is prohibited. Lending calculators, ties, belts, and shoes is no longer permitted.
    Limiting the number of individuals in classrooms and other learning spaces, and interactions between groups of students
    The daily schedule has been modified (with longer time blocks) to limit the number of interactions per day, both in class and in high traffic hallways.
  • Monitoring Student and Staff Health

    • All students will be required to have their temperatures taken, and symptoms checked daily before leaving for school. Anyone with symptoms must be kept home.
    • All students will be required to complete an online COVID-19 student questionnaire.
    • If someone becomes ill or is exposed to COVID-19, they must report to the infirmary where they will be quarantined until they can be picked up and driven home. A second nurse’s location has been created to isolate students. If a student drives to school and is capable, they will be released with parent permission. Adults may leave immediately.
    • The nurse is responsible for deciding the quarantine and isolation requirements for staff and students.
    • Any staff or student confirmed to have COVID-19 will be required to have a doctor’s note certifying they are symptom-free and eligible to return to work or school

    St. John’s will use the following protocol for any employee who is unable to or uncomfortable with returning to work:
    1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
    2. has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
    3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis;
    4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2);
    5. is caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or childcare provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; or
    6. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
     Students:
    • Parents and physicians will determine which students are willing/able to return.
    • Families will be notified of confirmed staff or student illnesses through an email from the principal. All questions from parents regarding their child’s potential contact with the student who has fallen ill will be directed to the school nurse.   
    • The school nurse, as well as the certified athletic trainers, are already trained in monitoring student and staff health.
    • The registered nurse has already been trained in these procedures. In-service training regarding symptom recognition will be provided to the faculty and staff prior to the beginning of the school year.

    Requirements
    Action Steps

    Monitoring students and staff for symptoms and history of exposure
    • Request information regarding any history of COVID-19 or exposure to anyone infected.
    • Require all students to have their temperature taken and symptoms checked before they leave for school and request anyone with a fever be kept home.
    Isolating or quarantining students, staff, or visitors if they become sick or demonstrate a history of exposure
    The quarantine room has been set up in the second location. Those able to drive will be sent home after proper parental notification and permission is received. 
    Returning isolated or quarantined staff, students, or visitors to school
    Students or staff must have medical clearance from their physician or appropriate healthcare professional, determined to be non-contagious, fever-free (without fever-reducing medicine), improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), no vomiting or diarrhea.
     
    Notifying staff, families, and the public of school closures and within-school-year changes in safety protocols
    An email blast and text messages will be sent out by the administration of the school, informing the entire school community. In addition, the information will be added to the school website when appropriate.
    Other monitoring and screening practices
    If a positive case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, contact tracing will be implemented with the assistance of local health professionals and DC Health. Several SJC staff have been certified in contract tracing.
     
  • Face Masks

    Given the evidence of the effectiveness of cloth masks in preventing transmission of COVID-19, SJC is requiring that masks be worn all day with the exception of when students are distanced and eating or drinking and/or outside, and not touching surfaces. 

    Masks and neck gaiters cannot have logos, artwork, or air vents except the SJC logo. If you have a medical issue with the mask requirements, contact the school.
  • Class Size

    All class sizes are capped based on a room capacity that will allow for a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals while following DC recommended guidelines. Barriers are being installed as appropriate when there are additional concerns about the ability to maintain distancing. Plexiglass is stationed throughout the school.
  • Other Considerations for Students and Staff

    • Face masks are required of all employees in all public and common areas with adaptations for teachers and other personnel in oral communications during meetings. The use of masks by the sole occupants of school offices/office locations is flexible. Face masks are required of all students in all public areas and common areas and whenever in pedestrian transit on campus.  The exception is when eating at a table in Cassidy Commons and the faculty/staff dining room. Public areas are hallways, locker rooms, classrooms, workrooms, entrance sidewalks to the school, school vans, auditorium, gymnasium, main office, dean offices, and library. Common areas are school department offices.
    • To protect students and staff at higher risk for severe illness, the need for accommodation is communicated to the appropriate school official (assistant principal for student life or nurse for students; principal for all teaching and associated academic staff; area supervisors for all other departments).
    Department chairs, in consultation with the dean of academic affairs and director of technology, will continue to offer targeted training in instructional technologies.

    Requirements
    Action Steps
    Protecting students and staff at higher risk for severe illness
    Special need request for accommodation reported to the administrative office (Principal’s Office for teachers and academic support staff; area supervisors for all other employees). Protective portable structures (plexiglass shields) available for classroom/office use; extra cleaning will be provided. For students, remote learning options are available and isolated spaces available.
    Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by all staff
    Face masks are required of all employees in all public and common areas with adaptations for teachers and other personnel in oral communications during meetings. Use of mask by sole occupants of school offices/office locations is flexible. Reserve supply kept on hand.
     
    Use of face coverings (masks or face shields) by older students (as appropriate)
    Face masks are required of all students in all public areas and common areas and in transit on campus. The exception is when eating at table in Cassidy Commons. Reserve supply kept on hand.
    Unique safety protocols for students with complex needs or other vulnerable individuals
    Need(s) reported to AP for student life and/or nursing staff for students; to principal for all teaching and academic support staff, and to department supervisors for other staff).  Accommodations on- or off-site developed in consultation with medical professionals and designated school medical/safety personnel. Teacher accommodations in consultation with the principal.
    Strategic deployment of staff
    Should there be a high number of staff illnesses, the school will ensure that all classrooms are staffed by using all available personnel per contract. St. John’s will continue to use all available resources to ensure that all students have access to quality learning opportunities. Guidance and mental health staff will partner with our administrative team as well as the classroom teachers to provide the necessary support.
     

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Performance Training

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  • Performance Sports Training

    We are continually keeping up to date with the new information and changes that are occurring with Coronavirus. As always, our goal is to keep our community and student-athletes healthy and safe. At this time, we require a 14-day quarantine from workouts if you have traveled to areas that see an increase in cases or have played in any games or tournaments. If you are unsure about locations you have been to, please reach out to our athletic training staff.

    A COVID-19 questionnaire is provided and has a two-week expiration date. When you submit it, you will receive an email informing you that it will need to be resubmitted in two weeks.

    Please check back on the updated information tab on our Return to Sports page frequently so you can stay up to date on all new information.