The administrative team of St. Teresa’s Catholic School is committed to reopening the school in a manner that places the health and safety of our students, faculty, and parents as our priority. With that in mind, we believe that in-person instruction is the best model for student learning. Knowing this, it is our desire to reopen on August 10, 2020, in a way that provides for the best academic instruction for our Crusaders and a physical environment that is safe. This letter provides an overview of the guidelines for reopening. A detailed plan that takes into account the levels of community spread of COVID-19 will follow in a few days. Adjustments to our reopening and continued operations will be made accordingly, in consultation with the Diocese of Savannah, Fr. Ray, and local medical professionals.

Overview for our guidelines for reopening:

  •  We will conduct a deep cleaning of the school prior to students/staff returning to the building. We will schedule additional deep cleanings during weekends and holidays/breaks.
  • All staff members at both the school and church will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 7 days of reporting to work.
  • All students and staff will be trained on good hygiene measures such as hand washing, covering coughs, and wearing face coverings.
  • All frequently touched surfaces such as, but not limited to doorknobs, sink faucets, toilet handles, desktops, and tabletops, will be disinfected frequently throughout the day.
  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.
  • Water fountains will be turned off and students will be required to bring water bottles from home daily.
  • All personnel inside the school buildings will wear a mask and/or face shield, apart from faculty while they are lecturing and maintaining social distance or when outside and social distance can be maintained.
  • Elementary students are strongly encouraged to wear masks as deemed appropriate by their parents/guardians. Middle and high school students are required to wear masks in the building unless they are maintaining social distance or when outside and social distance can be maintained.
  • All staff members and students will have their temperature taken using a forehead thermometer before they enter the building each day. Individuals with an internal fever of 100.0 ºF will not be allowed to enter the school building and will be sent home.
  • Classrooms will abide by the maximum number of people allowed to congregate as defined by the Governor’s current statewide Executive Order.
  • Desks will be placed at the current social distancing measurement, as feasible, and students and staff will abide by the current social distancing guidelines.
  • Students will eat lunch either in the cafeteria or the classrooms on a rotating basis to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria at a time. Schedules will be provided to teachers and parents.
  • Only two classes will be allowed at recess at a time. Recess equipment will be sanitized between classes.
  • All students will have their own set of classroom supplies and materials. Students will not be sharing supplies and materials in the classroom.
  • Morning and afternoon prayers and dismissal will take place from the classrooms via Promethean boards. Students will be monitored individually leaving classrooms and going to the cafeteria for dismissal.
  • In the case of a staff or student at school being diagnosed with COVID-19, those who have come in close contact with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be informed and must stay home and follow state DPH guidance if symptoms develop. If a person does not have symptoms, please follow appropriate state DPH guidance for home quarantine.
  • Students needing to be at home under quarantine will be able to continue their learning through online/distance instruction until they are able to return to school.

Please know that this does not include the answers to all questions. We will have our detailed document available as soon as possible. Please email me directly with questions. Continue to pray for our school, our students, our teachers, and our families.

May God Bless You!

Mrs. Hatcher