COVID-19 de Paul School Updates
May 28, 2020
Dear de Paul School Community:
We wish to share with you our emerging plans and school design for School Year 2020-2021. While the landscape associated with COVID-19 is still changing, there are action steps we feel confident in initiating and sharing today.
We are hopeful for a campus-based start of the year on August 12 and are carefully planning for this scenario. However, we recognize that State and Health requirements may mandate a different plan, and we will be ready to implement a remote instructional program uniquely tailored to the needs of our students should that be necessary. In all decisions, we will continue actions which fully comply with authorities in health and safety.
Earlier this week, the Kentucky Department of Education shared the Centers for Disease Control Considerations for Schools as plans for re-opening campuses ensue. Their leadership and health professionals stated that “…implementation of these considerations should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable and tailored to the needs of each school community.” Those considerations will inform our plans and protocols. Following are action points and strategies we wish to communicate now, with more to be provided in coming weeks.
Health and Safety
• Children and adults will have temperatures taken upon arrival to campus.
• We will reserve a room for students who develop fever and await pick-up from a family member.
• All children and adults will wear approved masks each school day.
• We will establish safe procedures for restroom usage, drink breaks, and excellent hand hygiene.
• Prepackaged lunches and snacks will be provided by our Flik dining professionals.
• Campus will be closed to visitors and guests, except in specially-approved instances.
• Protocols and procedures will be implemented to ensure responsible daily deep cleaning, disinfecting, and
sanitizing. Hard surfaces and ventilation will receive specialized attention.
• Our already large classrooms allow for enhanced social distancing between individuals and desks.
• Instructional supplies, hands-on tools, and books will be assigned to each student and not shared.
• Students stay within their teams and on their team floors. Staff will go to them as needed.
• Students will not visit communal sites (e.g., library) so as to reduce risk of virus transmission.
• We will establish dedicated doors by which assigned teams will enter and later dismiss from the building.
• We will not convene in assemblies or large groups: before, during, or after school.
We will update these plans each week throughout the summer and keep everyone informed via Jupiter Ed and
our website. Please email any questions to email@example.com so we can answer those as part of each
week’s update. We appreciate your support as we plan for your children next year! Wishing everyone the very
best in health and strength and joy!
Tony Kemper, Head of School
JCPS Meal Sites for Students
Jefferson County Public Schools’ Nutrition Services is distributing free breakfast and lunch to all children (both JCPS and non JCPS students) 18 years old and under. The program also includes JCPS students over age 18. Families can drive or walk up at any of the sites and get the meals from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. each weekday while schools are closed. Each child present can get a breakfast and lunch. Here are the sites and menu. Contact Ashley Brandt, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Funding for Those in Need
Greater Louisville’s corporate community has come together to create One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund aimed to assist families and nonprofits in need in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual households may request support by contacting their nearest Neighborhood Place Location. Here’s an overview of the fund including who is eligible for support, how to request assistance, and how to donate.
The de Paul School Remote Instruction Program
The de Paul School has rolled out a comprehensive and specially-crafted remote instructional program. It includes synchronous sessions led by our faculty, with students engaged multisensorily in a new teaching and learning landscape. Over 95% of our students are attending/participating each day -- an attendance that rivals any “normal” school day.
Tips from Our de Paul School Faculty
In these uncertain and challenging times, consider these important points for safeguarding our children’s emotional health and wellbeing: