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Notre Dame School Re-Opening Protocols & Procedures

>> Families are asked to keep students at home if they answer YES to any of the following questions or have multiple symptoms associated with COVID 19:

  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past two weeks?
  • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or a sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever (100.4 or higher) in the last 48 hours?
  • Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?


            Cough          Difficulty breathing     Repeated shaking with chills        Headache

            Chills           Muscle pain                 New loss of taste or smell             Sore throat

            Diarrhea      Abdominal pain            Malaise                                         Fatigue



 >> With the exception of handicapped students who have need of the back door entrance, all students upon arrival will utilize the main school entrance.


>> One stairwell will be designated for entrance, the other for departures.


>> The main hallway (by the chapel) will be divided for two-way traffic and marked for six-foot distancing, other hallways will be marked for one-way traffic wherever possible.


>> Until further notice frees us to do otherwise, students/faculty/staff will wear a mask that covers mouth and nose when entering/exiting the building. The check-in station will be positioned in the entrance hallway where:

   … students will have their ID card scanned; faculty will sign a log

   … temperatures will be taken


>> From the check-in station, students may proceed either to the cafeteria where they will need to maintain social distance seating or any classroom where a teacher is present. Though they love to, students may not ‘hang out’ in the hallways for the time being.


>> Notre Dame is hiring a part-time nurse who will be on campus each day from 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. who will occupy a newly created Health Room. Students with a temperature in excess of 100.4F will be moved here and re-tested by a second device. A confirmation of fever at 100.4F will require the student to return home or wait in the Health Room until a parent can pick up. Parents will be notified in either case.

>> Where possible, hallways will be re-directed for one-way flow for between-class movement

Some will necessarily require two-way traffic.


>> Decisions about the use of masks/shields will come from the Diocese, be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis and are always subject to change.

     As we begin the year, the plan is that everyone will wear masks entering and exiting the building and while moving within it. Teachers/students may switch to shields once in the classroom if they so desire.

     There is a real value in student collaboration through group work / lab work / etc … though it will be limited in duration. Students will wear masks during that time.


>> We are not requiring “uniform masks.” We will have a large supply of extra masks and a limited supply of extra shields in the event that one is needed. As we would with our out-of-uniform day wear, masks can be solids, patterns, team/school logos but not inappropriate or with political messages.


>> Many schools are eliminating the use of student lockers. We are asking students to forego the use of lockers if at all possible. We are happy to issue one but we are encouraging students to strategically pack their bookbags so they have less need of their lockers throughout the day. Logjams in the hallways are what we’re trying to avoid.


>> Student seating in all classrooms has been arranged at socially-distanced intervals. Multiple teachers have been assigned additional classes to insure class sizes are reduced to meet desk capacity.


>> When available, offices, library, restrooms will have plexiglas dividers installed


>> In addition to our normal daily and after-school housekeeping, restrooms will be routinely ‘deep-cleaned’ by a professional service with that expertise


>> Teachers will disinfect student desks before use by the next class.     


>> Multiple hand-sanitizer stations are being installed throughout the building. (If one happens to be empty, a student can really help us out by letting us know which one.)


>> Additional no-touch bottle-fill water stations are being installed in both buildings.


>> High-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day.


>> Art students will have their own individual art supplies; computers/lab equipment/etc will be cleaned after each student use.

 >> From a food and serving perspective, Pedestal Foods will be making the following changes among others:

  • workers will be wearing masks, shields and gloves and will be screened each day
  • all foods will be wrapped or served in covered to-go containers.
  • while the Salad Bar can no longer exist, pre-plated salads will be available.
  •  silverware, condiments, salad dressings, etc. will all be individually packaged and distributed at check-out
  •  hot foods can no longer be served on open plates but rather in covered, multi-section, to-go type containers
  • we plan to continue to offer the use of microwaves while adding the necessary expectation that each student will take a moment to wipe them off after usage
  • we plan to continue the use of our soda fountains with a change from 16-ounce cups to 20-ounce cups (same price), but refills can no longer be available


>> As long as social distancing is required, we will be taking the following measures:

  • our cafeteria has been re-designed utilizing round tables with maximum seating for three
  • students will be allowed to eat outside if they can maintain social distancing expectations
  • one-way traffic flow will be followed as students make their way to the food serving area
  • stations mapping out foot-traffic patterns and six-foot markers will provide guidance
  • we will necessarily need to limit the number of students at any one time in what is already a relatively small serving/paying area
  • though it’s impossible to guarantee even when life is normal, it has usually worked out that most freshmen and sophomores eat together, juniors and seniors do the same. However, rather than our normal two lunch periods, we will be using three, creating the need for real flexibility. Thankfully, in our efforts to maintain our rotating bell schedule, there should be some movement in this regard.


>> All families are encouraged to utilize the Pedestal Foods on-line payment options

( WWW.MYSCHOOLBUCKS.COM ) Some families already do so routinely but we also know some send cash everyday … all will continue to be accepted. A note though – due to sanitation requirements and safety expectations, the cashiers who accept payment will be required to change gloves after each cash transaction.


>> Scanners and keypads will not be used. Cashiers will find students in the system by typing in their name.

>> We are aware that some students will wish to begin the school year at home. If this is something you would like to discuss, please contact our Dean of Academics, Laura Swenson.


>> Taking and recording Attendance is required by state law. Students are required to join the class each day at its scheduled timeframe.


>> If an ‘on-campus’ student is taken ill (as in the past) and unable to participate in school, needless to say, it is not expected he/she will participate in at-home learning. As always, there will be work to make up to get caught up, but those circumstances are different from families who opt for At-Home Learning for a block of time.


>> For families who opt for At-Home Learning, we look forward to them re-joining us on campus as soon as they feel comfortable.


>> At-home learning students will follow the same class schedule as if they were on campus.


>> Teachers will offer a mix of synchronous and asynchronous classes for our at-home learners.


>> Unlike the previous experience, students will need to be present for all classes with attendance taken.


>> While we’re not requiring students to be in uniform, we are expecting appropriate dress (no pajamas), cameras and audio turned on, students not sitting/lying on their bed. 


>> Homework will be due on the due-date for which it has been assigned.


>> All teachers will post a “Week-At-A-Glance” calendar to offer guidance for the week ahead in each of their TEAMS by Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m.

>> If At-Home Learning is required for all students, we will need a one-day break in school in order to loan laptops/power cords/etc.


>> Taking and recording Attendance is required by state law. Students are required to join the class each day at its scheduled timeframe.


>> We will change from our normal class schedule to our All-Students-At-Home schedule that has 1st/2nd/3rd/4th periods on one day; 5th/6th/7th/8th periods on the next.


>> Classes will meet on the following time schedule:

1st / 5th … 9:30 – 10:15

2nd / 6th … 10:30 – 11:15

3rd / 7th … 11:30 – 12:15

4th / 8th … 12:45 – 1:30

Teacher office hours … 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.


>> To ease the possible transition to At-Home Learning, all teachers and students will be using MICROSOFT TEAMS for the entire academic year. This will allow for a more seamless transition between on-campus and at-home schedules. Students will receive training in how to use TEAMS early in the school year.


>> Unlike the previous experience, students will need to be present for all classes with attendance taken.


>> While some classes will include recorded videos, all classes will include “live” time with the teacher.


>> While we’re not requiring students to be in uniform, we are expecting appropriate dress (no pajamas), cameras and audio turned on, students not sitting/lying on their bed. 


>> When all students are at home, homework (different from in-class work) will be due at the start of class on the due-date for which it has been assigned. Late work will be accepted minus a 10% per day consequence. Should there be extenuating circumstances, please contact Dean of Academics, Laura Swenson.


>> All teachers will post a “Week-At-A-Glance” calendar to offer guidance for the week ahead in each of their TEAMS by Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m.

>> Advisory Class will continue to meet each Wednesday after lunch. Each grouping is a single gender mix of grades within the same House.


>> We will continue to celebrate Mass each morning before school at 7:30 a.m.


>> We are limited in seating capacity in our Theater but will continue to celebrate weekly Mass on Thursday mornings, sometimes attended by one House at a time on a rotating basis, some times attended by one grade at a time on a rotating basis, sometimes all together in the football stadium. Those not able to attend will have Mass live-streamed to them in the classroom.


>> House activities like Minute-to-Win-It will continue, most likely with a new time and a new location.


>> Currently, our Freshman Retreat is scheduled for late October to be led by the NET MINISTRIES team who is working on a socially distanced plan; all other class retreats are being moved to the Spring semester. (Details to follow.)


>> As of now, athletics is still scheduled to happen but will unfold in accordance with the guidelines of the TSSAA. Crowd attendance will be guided by local regulations.


>> Extracurricular clubs will continue to happen before and after school as well as on Wednesday afternoons as they have in the past.


>> Our House leadership is planning to meet soon to discuss ways to continue – if at all possible - with such traditions as Games Day. Our students have proven they can be pretty darn creative!


>> We’ll continue to operate the Spirit Store, planning to have a clearance sale soon while ordering new items as well.