While the safety and health of students, faculty and families are paramount, research has shown that in-person instruction offers the optimal learning environment. Guidance provided is based on the medical and professional information currently available.
The Diocese of Fall River Catholic Schools follows the guidelines set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in conjunction with the Department of Public Health.
To review the most current guidelines, please check out the FAQ document.
These guidelines are subject to change should there be an increase in COVID-19 cases and DESE updates state education recommendations.
Grades 1-4 Reopening Parent Meeting –8/25/20
Middle School Reopening Parent Meeting – 8/26/20
Pre-K and K Reopening Parent Meeting – 8/27/20
Please forward any additional questions via email to:
List of school supplies requested for the beginning of the year:
The Role of the Family Is Very Important
It is important that parents and the school keep in constant contact regarding the health of your students. It is extremely important your student remain home from school if they are sick, especially if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.
Parents are being asked to self–screen the children before coming to school each day. If for any reason your student is not coming to school, you must contact the school, and notify the office the reason for the absence.
When students arrive at the school, they will be observed by teachers and staff at the point of entry to ensure that they are feeling well. If students are not feeling well, they will be instructed to return home with their parents.
DESE does not recommend temperature checks taking place at school each day, so we will NOT take your child’s temperature at the beginning of each day. This is the responsibility of every parent. If your student is not feeling well, and is showing symptoms, PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME. When in doubt, stay home.
Symptoms to Watch For
- Fever (100 degrees or higher), chills, or shaking chills
- Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Headache when in combination with other symptoms
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms
- Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms.
If a student has any of the above symptoms, they must get a test for active COVID-19 infection prior to returning to school. The school will have a list of available test sites if you require guidance. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student will have to remain home for at least 10 days, and until at least 3 days have passed with no fever and improvement of other symptoms. Please understand that these guidelines are in place for our teachers and staff as well
How will lunch be handled?
Students will not be able to purchase lunch this school year. It recommended that lunch be packed in lunch bags that can be disposed.
Children in pre-K will have lunch in their classrooms. Children in Grades K through 8 will alternate lunches – 1/2 in the classroom and 1/2 in the cafeteria. This will ensure that students are seated 6 feet apart. They will be facing in one direction and chair and lunch tables will be appropriately marked. Tables and chairs will be cleaned with disinfectant spray before and after each lunch session (cafeteria and classrooms). Students will be instructed on proper hand washing and strict distancing guidelines to enter and exit classrooms and lunch rooms.
Recess and mask breaks
Recess will be an opportunity for a mask break and grids will be set up so the children can remain in their ‘space’, socially distanced to enjoy fresh air and conversation. The students will be taught the proper way to remove and put on their masks and where to place them while on break. Socially distanced return to the building and proper handwashing/hand sanitizing will take place.
Guidelines for hand washing, hand sanitizing and disinfecting school areas
Our Lady of Lourdes has purchased PPE, the supplies needed to properly clean and sanitize our building. Each classroom has a sink for handwashing and each child is being asked to have their own personal hand sanitizer at their desk. There will also be hand sanitizing dispensers throughout the building to be used as needed.
Proper handwashing procedures will be reviewed with all students upon returning to school. The older students will be expected to keep their area and supplies clean. Teachers have taken great care to provide ‘tool kits’ so that materials do not have to be shared. The supplies parents were asked to purchase, are to ensure that each child has what they need to have a productive and successful day.
At a minimum, classrooms will be disinfected before and after lunch and at the end of the school day. Teachers and students will work together to keep high touch services – their desks, books, doorknobs etc. clean. The school will have a complete cleaning once students have left the building (handrails, walls, doors, floors etc.).
What will remote learning look like this year and who can take part in it?
Families may choose the option that will best meet the needs of their family. We have put in an order for technology equipment that will allow us to livestream each classroom. If the equipment does not arrive on time, we will still be able to have the students ‘zoom’ in from home and participate in class using a google classroom, seesaw, or classdojo platform.
Teachers will have lesson plans prepared and will provide class materials in advance so children attending remotely will have what is needed. A scheduled hybrid option will be determined for the safety of the staff and students. OLOL will need to know at all times who we can expect in the building on any given day.
If a child is sick from school, and is well enough to participate remotely, once the parent notifies the school of the absence, they can state whether they will participate remotely.
Students who choose the hybrid or remote option are required to complete the same courses, assignments and assessments as their classmates who are in-person learning.
MAP testing as well as benchmark testing will be scheduled as directed.
Should the Governor decide that all students are to learn remotely, teachers will continue with the school day on line. Several educational platforms are being researched to assist teachers. Again, teachers will be teaching students.
Extended care and extracurricular activities
Our Lady of Lourdes will provide morning and afterschool extended care. We will continue to follow the mask and distancing requirements we follow throughout the school day.
The program will be run in the cafeteria, where the children will be able to read, color/draw (using their own supplies), and complete homework. There will also be a snack time (with a snack brought from home). A movie or activity may be planned for days with little homework.
It is our hope that we will be able to bring back afterschool activities and allow for the students to play as soon as possible. We are obliged to follow the guidelines for sports, drama, choir, etc. that the state has set.