2020-2021 Reopening News

Highlights:

Cristo Rey Richmond High School will begin the 2020-21 school year with a 4-1 learning schedule: 4 days virtual and 1 day in-person, each week.

–  We will also be offering an Opt-Out option for the 1 in-person day for those parents/guardians who only want virtual learning for their student.

-As Cristo Rey is built around the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP), this adds complexity to the learning schedule option, so we have pushed back the start of CWSP in-person work until after January 1, 2021. No student will go to an external worksite until after January 1st.

– The 2020-2021 school year will begin on Tuesday, September 8th.

Student schedules, laptops, books, etc. will be passed out as we get closer to the start of school. 

New students (9th graders and transfer 10th graders)

– LEAP Summer Training program has been canceled.

-Please hold onto the forms from the welcome packet for the time being. You will receive more information during student orientation about turning these in (and getting new ones if you need them). 

Virginia Department of Health Mitigation Strategies taken by Cristo Rey Richmond

Regardless of what the indicators determine, it is critical to ensure the use and layering of mitigation strategies:

  1. Masks: Encourage consistent and correct use of face masks, by all students, teachers, and staff to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission through respiratory droplets. 
  2. Social Distancing to the extent possible: Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between people. Learn more about promoting behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  3. Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette: Teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among students and staff. Encourage students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and immediately wash their hands after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing. Persons with disabilities may need assistance with hand hygiene. Learn more about promoting hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  4. Cleaning and disinfection: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., playground equipment, door handles, sink handles, toilets, drinking fountains) within the school and on school buses at least daily or between use as much as possible.
  5. Contact Tracing: Systematic contact tracing of infected students, teachers, and staff in collaboration with local health department.
  6. Cohorting: Cohorts (or “pods”) are groups of students, and sometimes teachers or staff, that stay together throughout the school day to minimize exposure for students, teachers, and staff across the school environment. Ensure that cohorts are as static as possible by having the same group of students stay with the same teachers or staff (all day for young children, and as much as possible for older children). If additional space is needed to support cohorting, consider all available safe spaces in the community and any relevant partnerships with properly vetted school volunteers that can support students while minimizing group size. Consider ways to support equitable access to cohort support. Limit mixing between cohorts if possible.
  7. Staying home when appropriate: Educate staff and families about when they and their child(ren) should stay home and when they can return to school. Learn more about preparing for someone is sick with COVID-19.
  8. Adequate supplies: Support healthy hygiene behaviors by providing adequate supplies, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), a way to dry hands, tissues, disinfectant wipes, face masks (as feasible) and no-touch/foot-pedal trash cans.
  9. Staggered scheduling: Stagger school arrival and drop-off times or locations by cohort, or put in place other protocols to limit contact between cohorts, as well as direct contact with parents, as much as possible.
  10. Alternating schedules with fixed cohorts: Alternate schedules with fixed cohorts of students and staff to decrease class size and promote social distancing to prevent wide scale transmission.
  11. Shared objects: Discourage sharing of items, particularly those that are difficult to clean or disinfect.
  12. Visitors: Limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations as much as possible. 
  13. Ventilation: Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible. 
  14. Water systems: Take steps to ensure that all water systems and features (e.g., sink faucets, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown.
  15. Physical barriers and guides: Install physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, particularly in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart (e.g., reception desks).
  16. Communal spaces: Stagger use and clean and disinfect between use.
  17. Food service: Avoid offering any self-serve food or drink options such as hot and cold food bars, salad or condiment bars, and drink stations. Serve individually plated or pre-packaged meals instead.

Cristo Rey Richmond is adhering to all of these strategies in our daily operations.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Virginia Department of Health: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/

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Please direct all questions or concerns to President@cristoreyrichmond.org or by phone at 804-447-4704

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