August 13, 2020
St. Joseph’s Catholic School families,
Thank you for your patience, perseverance, and prayers as we adapt and adjust to a new normal for our upcoming school year. As a part of this new normal, the goal for St. Joseph’s is to start in person on August 27th. This is one week later than the original start date of August 20. Though this school year will look very different than the start of other school years, we are prepared and excited to safely educate the students at St. Joseph’s. This means being prepared in a manner that gives us the best opportunity to deliver education to our students while partnering with our parents, students, teachers, staff, and community.
St. Joseph’s Health and Safety Plan outlines specific scenarios that we may experience this year, depending upon on how COVID-19 affects our community and state. Despite taking every precaution outlined in our plan, there is no guarantee that our school will not be without risk of COVID-19. We ask that our families partner with us to reduce the risk, both in and out of school. While these actions may not prevent a student or staff member from coming in contact with COVID-19, our desire is to diminish the risk.
We have researched and worked diligently to create a Health and Safety Plan that will assist us in accomplishing a safe start to the school year. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. With guidance from the Bismarck Diocese, Upper Missouri District Health Unit, North Dakota Department of Education, our teachers and staff, School Board, and parental input we have strived to evaluate each situation and make thoughtful decisions.
- Handwashing/sanitizing personal surfaces
- Practicing appropriate physical distancing
- Remaining home if one has symptoms
- Wearing masks/shields when social distancing is not possible
- Checking temperatures of students and staff daily
- Limiting visitors
- Working closely with families to ensure all steps are enforced
We realize there may be additional questions regarding this plan. Please contact the school, and we will answer your questions the best that we can.
Thank you for taking time to review St. Joseph’s School Health and Safety Plan.
St. Joseph’s Catholic School Principal