Dear St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Families,

Thank you for your participation in the end-of-year parent survey. Your responses have been reviewed, and your feedback is being used to help us better prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

At this point, we plan to welcome the full student body back for face-to-face instruction the week of August 17. STVM will also be prepared to transition to a hybrid model or 100% e-learning should the need arise. As mentioned before, we realize not everyone will be comfortable returning to campus. For those who prefer to learn from home, STVM will offer a strictly e-learning option. Families who would rather begin the school year in an e-learning environment will be asked to commit to e-learning for the entire quarter.

After reviewing the protocols for face-to-face instruction below, please complete the STVM 2020-2021 Online Inventory with your learning environment preference for the upcoming school year. All families are asked to complete the online inventory by Friday, July 17 . This tool will provide STVM with valuable and necessary data that will aid with planning efforts, resource allocation, and staff assignments.

  • Families who choose to begin the school year in a strictly e-learning environment will have to commit to the entire quarter (August-October). 
  • E-learning will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. The curriculum will mirror that of in-person instruction as closely as possible.

Face-to-Face Classroom Instruction
  • Classroom configurations will allow for students to be socially distanced.
  • Gym classes will only be offered to senior students that have not met the requirement for graduation.
  • Students will have their own individual supplies (for core classes and several electives). Lists will be provided by August 1. 
  • All classrooms will continue to be utilized (including the Art Room, Gym, and CST) and will be disinfected between use.
  • Weather permitting, students will utilize outdoor areas when possible.

Health and Safety Measures
  • Students, teachers and staff will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before arriving on campus.
  • Before arriving on campus the first day of school and continuing daily, all students should be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms that they or others living in their house may experience. 
  • Clinic staff will have ready access to non-contact thermometers to screen students as necessary.
  • Students will wash hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be located in all classrooms, hallways, and common areas. They will be utilized frequently.
  • Teachers and staff will wear non-medical grade face coverings (as per state guidelines)..
  • Students will wear non-medical grade face masks in high traffic areas and during class changes.
  • In classrooms where students cannot be distanced 6 feet, face masks will be required.  This will differ class to class.
  • Surface cleaning of furniture and classroom materials as well as air purification will be constant areas of focus to disinfect the school.
  • Non-essential visitors and volunteers will be limited.
  • There will be an isolation room for students displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

STVM Facilities
  • All students should bring their own water bottles to school. Students will have the opportunity to refill bottles using water filling stations in the hallways. All other water fountains will be sealed.
  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected frequently.
  • Students will eat lunch in classrooms.  Boxed lunches will be available for pre-order and delivered to rooms prior to the start of lunch.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
  • Morning drop-off times will run as normal. Students arriving between 7:30-7:45 a.m. should report to the LeBron James Arena. Markers will be strategically placed to encourage greater social distancing.
  • Students arriving after 7:45 a.m. will go directly to their first period class.
  • Students in all grades should wear masks from their cars to their classrooms in the morning and from their classrooms to their cars in the afternoon.
  • Morning and afternoon tutoring will be by appointment only. All other tutoring will occur in study halls.  
  • Afternoon dismissal options are being explored.
Positive Cases and Teachers, Staff, or Students Showing COVID-19 Symptoms
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified, whether the teacher, staff, or student, we will identify any individuals who had regular or close contact with the affected participant. If those teachers or the students interacted with other students or staff on a regular basis or came in close contact with them, those students and staff should be considered potentially exposed as well. Anyone who is considered to have regular or close contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 must stay at home for two weeks. In some cases, this may necessitate closing the entire school, for two weeks.
  • We will notify the school community of a positive case of COVID-19. The school will also notify the local health department.
  • Any teacher, staff member, or student who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) should self-isolate until the below conditions have been met.
  • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met: at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • Any student, teacher, or staff member living with someone who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19, whether they have a positive COVID-19 test or not, should self-isolate for two weeks. If they do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms during that period, they can return to school. If they experience symptoms, they must self-isolate until the conditions outlined above have been met.

COVID-19 Symptoms
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19

As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our number one priority. Without the vigilance and support of the entire community, these health and safety protocols are rendered meaningless. We ask that each family do their part to discuss the importance of good hygiene, healthy habits, and social distancing with your children. Again, please take a moment to complete the STVM 2020-2021 Online Inventory to help us direct our e-learning efforts.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to sharing more information and updates as the summer progresses. I hope you and your families continue to have a wonderful and safe summer.

Stay safe and God Bless,
Kimberlee Gorr
We are a Catholic school in the Marianist Tradition and the  only  STEM designated Catholic high school in the State of Ohio.