News and information for St. Francis of Assisi School
September 7, 2020
September 7, 2020


We sent a text message earlier this afternoon to affirm that today we received official notification that our K-6 Reopening Waiver was approved at the California State Department of Health, which completed our approval process!  

Last Wednesday, I hosted virtual meetings for all K-8 parents to provide answers to the frequently asked questions below.  Please see information below for those who were unable to attend.  Since we met, information continued to update from the County Friday and then again today from the State.  I have reflected those changes in the summary.   

1.  Where is St. Francis at with the waiver process for Kindergarten through 6th Grade?
 As of September 7, we are approved to reopen and will begin with a hybrid model on 9/14.

2.  What does the new  Blueprint for Safer Economy mean for school reopening?Governor Newsom announced a new plan statewide on 9/1 that reconfigured safe reopenings for schools.  All counties were color coded and Orange County, as of September 1 was in the worst Tier - Purple.  To reopen, the County must be in the Red Tier and remain there for the designated time period.  Since we have the waiver, K-6 may return to campus.  However, our junior high students will remain virtual until we are cleared to return.  The anticipated date of return based on the guidelines is September 22. 

3.  Does the watchlist even exist?  
Unfortunately, the metrics were changed such that we are no longer on the countdown as it was originally presented prior to 9/1.

4.  What will the first week of school look like?  

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Parent/Student meet and greet with homeroom teachers.
7:30 am - 12:30 pm (You only need to attend at your scheduled time.)
Parent/Student meet and greet with homeroom teachers.
7:30 am - 12:30 pm (You only need to attend at your scheduled time.) 
Attend virtual meetings between 8:00 am - 12:00 pm w/ homeroom teacher (see instructions on Seesaw/Canvas). 

Popsicles & Prayer
1:00 - 3:00 pm per the posted schedule.
 Attend virtual meetings between 8:00 am - 12:00 pm w/ homeroom teacher (see instructions on Seesaw/Canvas).

Popsicles & Prayer
1:00 - 3:00 pm per the posted schedule.

5.  What will the teacher meet and greet entail?  How long will we be on campus?
Every parent/child has a 10 minute appointment with their homeroom teacher to visit the classroom and pick up their supplies.  Students will then take a school photo and will visit the IT station to ensure all logins are complete.

6.  Is childcare available during virtual learning?  During hybrid learning?
Childcare is only available during hybrid learning.  Students may be dropped off as early as 7:35 am and picked up no later than 6:00 pm.  All families utilizing daycare services must complete the daycare registration paperwork this week.

7.  As a parent, am I allowed on campus?
No parents will be allowed on campus during the First Trimester, unless they are invited by Administration.  Parents will only be allowed to go to the designated location after being fully screened in the school office to ensure they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

8.  What updates have been made to our reopening plan since it was first published?
Please visit the website to review our reopening plan.  The most recent revision involved an update on wearing face masks outside during recess/lunch.  Students will wear masks except when they are eating or when they are involved in socially distanced structured activities.


9.  What precautions have been taken to keep my child(ren) safe?
Since school closures in the Spring, we have made numerous facilities updates to adhere to the health and safety regulations required to reopen our campus and provide a safe learning environment for our students, teachers, and staff.  We installed three five-person outdoor hand washing stations, mounted hand sanitizing dispensers at all doors, replaced water fountains with bottle refilling stations, added plexiglass barriers in the front office and all restrooms on campus, placed screens in classroom windows for increased ventilation, replaced carpeting with hardwood flooring in high spill areas throughout our Early Childhood buildings, lower grade classrooms, and school office, built plastic barriers between students desks in all classrooms, purchased a large electrostatic sprayer and additional smaller sprayers for sanitization purposes, procured personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff members and students, and invested in a health screening app for daily check-ins.

10.  What will the transition look like moving from virtual to hybrid model?  How will this be communicated to us?
Weekly communication goes out every Wednesday in our school newsletter.  Please read this for updates.  Should information need to be shared more swiftly,  an email will be sent to all families from the Principal.

Air Filtration
Additionally, we discussed that although much work had been done to fulfill the safety issues addressed in our Logistics and Planning Reopening Committee, our work is still unfinished.  One item remains - air purification.  We need to purchase an air scrubber and a filtering system for all of our classroom air conditioning units on campus.  This allows us to continue running our A/C system during the hot months of Fall and Spring.  Without a scrubber and filtering system, we will be forced to rely exclusively on air flow from windows and doors.  The air scrubber removes or destroys up to 99% of all surface and airborne contaminants.  This endeavor will cost the school an additional $66,000.  To help cover the cost, we are asking all families to prayerfully consider donating $100 to this important project.  The remaining balance will come from fundraising savings.   Please fill out this hyperlinked form to indicate what your family would like to contribute.

Fr. Seamus Glynn Center
At this time, I am thrilled to announce that Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students who have chosen the hybrid option will be allowed to attend class on-site five days a week for the First Trimester beginning Monday, September 14.  Kindergarten students will be in the regular classroom.  Wall dividers have been put in place to create four separate classrooms inside the Seamus Glynn Center for First and Second Grade students.  Cohorts will rotate through these new classrooms on their virtual learning days.  Students will be supervised by an instructional aide while attending virtual instruction from the Seamus Glynn Center.  I am continuing to work on the use of tent structures to provide additional opportunities for other grade levels to remain on campus five days a week.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Safety Screening
Everyone who enters campus on Tuesday and Wednesday will have their temperature taken by a touchless thermometer and will be asked screening questions.  All adults must wear a face mask once they arrive on campus and leave them on the entire time, covering the nose and the mouth.  Students in 3rd - 8th Grade are required to wear masks.  Students in PS - 2nd Grade are strongly encouraged but not required to wear masks.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  

Meet and Greets
Please show up to your appointment at least 10 minutes early to go through the safety screening at the front gate and walk to your classroom.  Please arrive at your appointment with the teacher on time and depart on time.   Ten minutes provide a safe time frame for faculty and families to reduce the amount of exposure to one another while on campus.  If you arrive late, you will need to contact the teacher to schedule an alternative time to pick up your supplies. 

We look forward to seeing all of our families on campus over the next few days.  We are here to support you on this journey through the 2020-2021 school year.  Let us continue to pray for one another through the intercession of our patron, St. Francis of Assisi.  

May we go in prayer, peace, and perseverance to love and serve the Lord,

Jeannette Lambert
Principal
5330 Eastside Circle
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
714-695-3700
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