COVID-19 Response and Guide to Reopening
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." -Deuteronomy 31:16
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At St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School we are committed to providing a place where all will be SAFE, and where we can offer a robust education that is focused on GROWTH and JOY, grounded in the Four Dominican Pillars.
When school opens in August, our mission, values, and commitment to our students will be the same, but many aspects of our daily operations will look different. As we move forward, living alongside COVID-19 will require flexibility, innovation, and understanding. We must be prepared for a world where classes are held in-person, remotely, and/or both simultaneously and fluidly as the Memphis area infection levels dictate.
We have designed a framework that manages our students’ and teachers’ contact with others as dictated by the COVID-19 threat level. Students will be kept in cohorts allowing for varying degrees of freedom and contact with other students and faculty through four different phases.
We do plan on being able to provide continuous education onsite for our Early Childhood students to accommodate our families.
There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Correspondence from President Hood During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Provide our faculty, our students, and their families a safe environment where they can socialize and learn.
- Provide an extraordinary educational experience across all four Dominican Pillars of Study, Prayer, Community, and Service in a nurturing, faith-filled, and community-centered setting.
- How do we conduct symptom checks, testing, and monitoring of our community?
- How do we create multiple smaller cohorts so students and staff are exposed to fewer people?
- What are classroom capacities with social distancing in place?
- What additional cleaning needs to be undertaken during the day? Each night?
- How do we feed our community each day when we cannot gather in the dining hall?
- What are our specific actions upon identifying an individual on our campus who is sick? How does that impact the way school operates?
- How do we communicate effectively with our families and our community?
- When you are a four-year-old, it is especially hard to spend your days without your friends. The joy was evident on the faces of our JK students as they held their first Zoom gathering this week! There were lots of smiles and laughter, and the children can’t wait to see their friends again next week.
- Since our 8th graders couldn’t be in Washington, D.C. this week as originally scheduled, their teachers decided to bring a little "D.C." to the 8th-grade geography classes. The students dressed up in red, white, and blue patriotic attire (and decor!) and showed off their contest entries during Zoom class time meetings. Everyone had a great time and appreciated the opportunity to have some fun during our stay-at-home protocol.
- The Class of 2020 is marking their senior year with a few “new” SAA traditions. Our friends at Balfour arranged a drive-thru line to distribute graduation invitations to the seniors. Last weekend the class held "Zoom Prom 2020." Classmates dressed up in their best prom dresses and Zoomed the night away! This week Senior Voices were shared with the Upper School via our first “aZOOMbly.” Thank you to our student leaders who stepped up to make these events happen. While they may be untraditional, the SAA spirit, strength and sisterhood are evident!
- In the Early Childhood Center, Ms. Jamie has been reading bedtime stories to her class each night. Ms. Jennifer has shared her backyard garden with the PK students, and Ms. Megan left a surprise for every student on their porch.
- Dean Boccia gathered virtually with all the SAA Lower School students for their weekly Meet in the Middle assembly, and St. Dominic students began the week together with their Greet the Week Assembly via Zoom. Despite the distance, our Deans were able to provide consistency and love to their students.
- K-8 Counselors are regularly tele-counseling with students via Zoom.
- Our Upper School Chaplains are sharing daily prayers with the community. The Freshman Drama Class is creating Pep Talks to offer encouragement to everyone, and Student Government elections will continue, complete with campaign speeches via Zoom.
• Wash hands often with soap and water
• If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
• Avoid contact with people who are sick
• Stay home while you are sick
• Avoid close contact with others
• Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing