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Coronavirus Awareness and School Updates

 

St. Pius X is tracking news and information about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Please check this page regularly for school updates

 

 

July 30, 2020

Dear St. Pius Families,

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

In these times of uncertainty, I know all of us are looking for some definite answers to our questions. I wish I could say what will happen in the next five weeks as we move forward to the beginning of the school year, but I can’t. We are required by the Archdiocese to follow the Oregon Department of Education Return to Safe School Plan and the orders from the Governor. I do have some facts that will help guide us all below.

 

Pre Kindergarten and Extended Care

  • ​Pre-K and Extended Care are licensed by the State of Oregon. Due to not being part of the Oregon Department of Education, their return to school plan is different. We will be having all day Pre-K starting September 8th. That being said they still must abide by the Oregon Department of Health and follow all safety guidelines when it comes to the health of the students.
  • Extended Care will be available to any students who have signed up and are on campus. 

 

Kindergarten students through Third Grade 

  •  We will continue to plan for the students to return to school or start digital learning as planned at this time. We will know in the week of August 24th if Washington County has met the metrics requirements for a safe return.
  • Metrics for K-3 => 5% positivity and =>30 cases per 100,000 per week ( that would be 180 or fewer cases a week) for a period of 3 weeks.

 

Fourth Grade through Eighth Grade

  • We will continue to plan for the students to return to school or start digital learning as planned at this time. We will know in the week of August 24th if Washington County has met the metrics requirements for a safe return.
  • Metrics for 4-8 => 5% positivity and =>10 cases per 100,000 per week ( that would be 60 or fewer cases a week) for a period of 3 weeks.

 

As we prepare for the return of our 5-day traditional in school option, it is important that we know for sure who is going to be in school so we can set up our classrooms. The administration has been told by various parents that they chose the 5-day traditional model because they could opt out but were not planning on sending their students. During the Zoom, many parents asked how we can help our teachers: knowing who is in school and who is staying home allows the teachers to plan and will reduce their stress. If you opted for the 5 traditional days, please plan for your child to attend daily unless they are ill. ​If this was not your intent when you chose the 5 day traditional option, please let the office know.

Next Steps

  1. This week we will be re-doing our class assignments. This list will be sent out soon.
  2. We have been asked about school supplies. If you are doing digital learning it is up to the family if they buy supplies, but I would recommend that you buy some supplies to keep the mindset of returning to school.
  3. It is important that our teachers have time with every student and parent both in school traditional and digital learning to prepare for this school year. The first week of school September 8-11 we will have a signup genius for you to sign up for a one-on-one with your teacher to meet, do a social-emotional check-in, start building a relationship, get supplies, and see the classroom environment.
  4. Check our COVID Link on the school website for the latest Washington County numbers.
  5. We are creating tutorials for both parents and students to support digital learning.

Should we go to full distance learning we will be sending out a detailed schedule and protocols in the next week.

  • There will be synchronized and asynchronous learning
  • There will be multiple small groups and whole groups throughout the week.
  • Students will have to show up for small groups and assessments
  • We will require that the student attend the school day and all classes will be assessed

As I have stated many times, thank you for your prayers and support.

God Bless,

Mrs. Smith and Mr. Schmidt