COVID-19 COMMUNICATIONS WEBPAGE
St. Edward has developed a dedicated COVID-19 webpage to serve as a communication resource to our community. This page contains school reopening, travel advisories, mask requirements, school closure updates, our school closure guidelines, technology training materials for remote classroom learning in the event of a school closure, schedule changes and more.
After careful consideration and given the current outlook for COVID-19 in the future, we do not plan to offer an option for full time online distance learning for the 2021-2022 school year. However, we will continue to offer short term distance learning options to address medical related absence for up to 10 days.
While we cannot predict what requirements will be in place when the new school year begins, we are assuming that our current safety measures, including wearing masks and having desk shields, will remain in place for the upcoming school year.
COVID -19 PROTOCOLS IN 2021-2022
We have not received directions from the Diocese regarding COVID-19 protocols in 2021-2022. The Diocesan COVID guidelines align with the California Department of Public Health and OC Health Care Agency. We anticipate the CDPH will soon provide Reopening Guidelines for K – 12 Schools in 2021-2022 school year. I will notify parents as soon as we receive direction from the Diocese regarding COVID-19 guidelines.
Plans for 2021-2022:
- Five day a week, full-day instruction (no change from 2020-2021)
- Pre-COVID model of instruction. Teachers may utilize small group instruction and specials will not be required to “push-in” to classrooms.
- Physical distancing restrictions will be relaxed. Class sizes are expected to be 24:1 in K and 26:1 in 1st – 8th.
- Resumption of school activities including assemblies, sports and after school enrichment classes.
- No desk shields
- Temperature checks in the classroom
- Students cohort by grade at recess and lunch (same as pre-COVID)
- Face coverings will not be necessary unless required by Diocesan and/or CDPH guidelines.
- Day and overnight field trips, including the 8th grade East Coast DC trip.
- The Diocese will not require students to be COVID vaccinated unless and until the state public health agency requires students to be vaccinated in order to attend a public or private school.
- Parent volunteers working inside the school and in classrooms. Face coverings and temperature checks may be necessary if required by Diocesan guidelines.
- Good hygiene practices, HVAC air filtration system and electrostatic sanitizing device to be continued.