ECS Reopening Plan
In-person classes will reconvene at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic School this fall on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. This reopening will come with its own new set of safety policies and protocols that are intended to keep the students safe while enjoying their educational development. Having students back for classroom learning is important not only for their academic growth, but for their social and emotional development as well.
We also know from our collective experience of this unprecedented pandemic that some of our current plans will continue to require necessary adjustments, based on health and safety developments and guidelines from county officials and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Updates will continue to be made to this plan and posted to this website.
Our first line of defense starts with all of us. If there is any sign of potential illness that could be COVID-19, families and students must stay home. Every individual family must work in partnership with one another to safeguard our Epiphany community.
Frequent hand-washing is required by teachers, staff and students throughout the day. Teachers will give direct lessons to students on how to properly wash hands while at school. All classrooms have sinks available for hand-washing.
We will have hand-sanitizing stations at all entrances to the school building. Restroom facilities will be sanitized and cleaned throughout the day. We will continue to limit the number of students that can use the community restroom at the same time.
Water fountains will be turned off, but water bottle filling stations will remain on. We encourage students to bring a refillable water bottle.
Will there be health screening procedures?
Families will be required to answer the health screening questions, and a touch-less temperature test will be taken.
Will my student have to wear a mask?
All students will be required to wear a mask upon entering the building, at times of transition during the school day and at dismissal.
- PrK – 1st grade students will be allowed to remove their mask at times.
- 2nd through 6th students are required to wear a protective facial shield or mask supplied by parents throughout the school day. Teachers will work to find times in which the students may remove the mask and work in socially distance spacing.
What is a cohort and why is it important?
The term cohort refers to each individual homeroom. Students will remain in their homeroom cohort throughout the entire day. This is important to reduce the risk of infection by limiting the number of individuals a student comes in contact with.
Will parents be allowed to walk students to class on the first day of school?
Unfortunately no. Parents will not be allowed to walk students to class on the first day of school. Please drop all students off in the carpool line after their temperature is measured.
Can we have birthday parties or treats at school?
No. At this time we are not allowing any outside food, drink, or visitors into the classroom. Homeroom teachers may still recognize student’s birthdays with typical classroom celebrations but nothing will be provided by parents or guests.
What happens if a child or teacher test positive with COVID-19?
Please see our Hygiene and COVID-19 Cases tab for further details, but depending on when and where the student or faculty started showing symptoms will determine the proper response. If at school, the student or faculty will immediately be isolated and leave campus as soon as possible. The area and rooms the individual was in contact with will be evacuated and be disinfected immediately as well.
Per CDC guidelines, individuals whom have had “close contact” with this individual will be notified and if community spread is a concern, that individual class may need to move to Distance Learning for 14 days before returning. However, with our cohort model we hope to limit community spread so the entire school does not need to move to distance learning at the same time.
How will social distancing be achieved during the school day?
In the classroom, student seating will face the same direction and be spaced 6-feet apart. However, students may sit as close as 3-feet apart if they are wearing masks.
Will students be switching classrooms?
PrK – 1st: Students will remain in homeroom cohorts in order to prevent the crossing of homeroom cohorts and exposure to multiple rooms and surfaces.
2nd – 6th: Students will switch classrooms as normal but using social distancing practices and cohort model.
All Grades: PE will take place in the PAC Building or outside.
Will a hot lunch option be available?
ECS will continue to partner with Road Runner Foods to provide a hot lunch option for our ECS families. Hot lunches will be delivered to the location the students will be eating by school staff.
Will my child have recess?
Students will have outdoor recess every day, weather permitting. Students will remain in their homeroom cohort for recess and will participate in socially distanced activities, allowing for mask breaks.
Will visitors be allowed on campus?
Visitors and guests will not be allowed on campus; this includes parents dropping off forgotten items from home.
How will the school be cleaned and disinfected?
Rooms will be disinfected each evening by a professional cleaning company. Teachers will be provided with disinfectant and sanitizer and will disinfect the surfaces of the classroom throughout the school day.