Covid-19 Campus Updates and Information
We have received the Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts. We are using this
planning guide, along with guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Catholic Schools Office (CSO), Archdiocese of Cincinnati,
to determine how Roger Bacon will open the 2020/21 school year.
Our parent survey indicated that most families strongly prefer some form of in-person learning for students this school year, as opposed to an
entirely online option. Click here for more insights from the parent survey. Understanding
that responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are fluid and subject to change based upon health necessities, Roger Bacon can meet State and local health and safety concerns, so we are planning to start the 2020/21 school year with in-person school five (5) days per week.
In some circumstances, certain students may choose or be required to attend school remotely.
Click here for more information about remote learning options for the 2020/21 school year.
We will be providing detailed information in the coming weeks regarding policies and procedures in place to help ensure
the safety of our students when we reopen school. To help with your planning for the upcoming year, the following information is provided:
- School on campus for all students will start on Wednesday, August 26th.
- Students, staff and faculty will be required to wear face coverings during the school day, to include extracurricular
activities and sports (when practical). Students will be required to provide their own personal face coverings. Click here for details and guidance regarding face coverings.
- Social distancing will be practiced. Desks in the classrooms will be 3 feet apart. Traffic patterns for students, staff and
faculty to utilize during movement throughout the campus (especially in-between classes) will be posted. The Fogarty Center will be used
during lunch periods to increase social distancing. Click here for details and guidance regarding social distancing.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and common areas, to include the cafeteria. Hand washing will be promoted
before and after touching shared equipment. Click here for details and guidance regarding cleaning, disinfection, and hand hygiene.
- Cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are used frequently, such as drinking fountains, door handles, sinks, faucet handles,
etc. will be done on a frequent basis. Click here for details and guidance regarding cleaning, disinfection, and hand hygiene.
- Temperature screening for all students, staff, faculty and visitors will take place when entering the school building. Any
student or staff member with a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be permitted to enter and/or stay at school. Click here for details and guidance regarding temperature checks and symptom screenings.
The guidance from the AAP was especially useful. Several highlights:
- “The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020.”
- “Although many questions remain, the preponderance of evidence indicates that children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- “Policy makers should acknowledge thatCOVID-19 policies are intended to mitigate, not eliminate risk.”
- “Evidence suggests that spacing as close as 3 feet may approach the benefits of 6 feet of space, particularly if students are wearing face coverings and are asymptomatic.”
- “The main mode of COVID-19 spread is from person to person, primarily via droplet transmission. For this reason, strategies for infection prevention should center around this form of spread, including physical distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene.”
If there has been one constant during this COVID-19 pandemic, it is that nothing is constant! As we move forward with plans for opening school
in August in the safest manner possible, we also realize that events are constantly changing. We will be flexible in our educational approach,
knowing that there is a possibility that sometime during the school year we may be forced to adopt a more restrictive school model (i.e.,
Option 2 or 3). We will be prepared!
Most recently updated July 16, 2020