Daily health survey
Parents must submit a brief health screening each day prior to dropping off their child at SRS and SRNS.
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At SRS and SRNS, Learning is Always Priority No. 1
During times of uncertainty, you can be assured that the learning will always continue for the students of St. Raphael School and Nursery School and that our teachers remain committed to staying connected with students to ensure uninterrupted academic success.
St. Raphael School and Nursery School Opening Plan for 2021-22
Dear St. Raphael Families,
With the success of last year behind us, we are enthusiastically positioned to confidently welcome our students to the 2021-2022 school year! Our theme, PEACE, is the perfect goal. With so many unknowns, and changes coming at us from all directions, we are putting the pieces together to offer a safe, protected learning environment with as much normalcy as is currently permitted. Thank you for working with us to create that peaceful balance where we are surefooted and trusting in God’s loving protection. We know that it is all in God’s hands, but together as partners (using all the ADW, Montgomery County, and CDC guidelines) we will ensure the safeguards are in place for this new year.
Thank you for trusting us! Together we are St. Raphael!
St. Raphael School and St. Raphael Nursery School will have in-person classes Monday through Friday. We will follow guidelines outlined by the ADW, CDC and the Maryland Department of Health in continuing to provide in-person learning for our students. As was our protocol last year, we will adhere to the current recommendations given by these organizations in our effort to mitigate staff or student risking exposure to COVID-19. Flexibility is key to our success, so that families and staff can seamlessly move to distance learning if necessary. due to an individual’s health or local health
Focusing on health and safety as a priority — All students and staff will wear face coverings in the building. Students will be asked to bring three (3) face coverings from home. They will wear face coverings when indoors throughout the day and attempt to maintain 3-feet distance. Classroom layouts are being reconfigured to meet current guidelines. Maintenance staff will ensure that bathrooms, classrooms, and shared spaces will be cleaned regularly and disinfected daily and as needed. Special attention will be given to high-touch areas. Teachers are encouraged to keep classroom windows cracked, while air purifiers will be on, to promote better air circulation. Students in SRNS through eighth grade will be given individual school supplies so as not to share communal materials. Parents, visitors, and volunteers will have limited access to the building, and electronic communication will be encouraged. St. Raphael Parish will continue limited use the building.
Daily health and symptom monitoring — All students will be required to complete a daily health assessment before entering the campus buildings. SRS students will have temperature checks at home before coming to school while SRNS students will continue to have their temps taken at school upon their arrival. Temperatures must be below 100.4 for all students.
Being proactive if COVID-19 is suspected — If a student or staff member becomes ill while at school and if they meet the criteria for “COVID-19-like illness” based on the most current Montgomery County Health Department Decision Aid, the individual will be screened by the school nurse and placed in a designated isolation area.
Parents/guardians will be required to pick up an ill student within a designated timeframe or have the student picked up by another responsible adult listed on their emergency health and transportation forms. Parent/guardian will be instructed to call the child’s healthcare provider for further evaluation and possible testing.
St. Raphael will work with the Montgomery County Health Department to determine close contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or who has probable COVID-19. Please be aware that quarantine of close contacts may be required, and students may need to switch to distance learning if necessary.
Students and staff who present with signs of an illness but do not present with symptoms of a probable COVID-19 illness (based on the most current Montgomery County Health Department Decision Aid) will be sent home and instructed to call their healthcare provider for further guidance.
Fever is a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher. Parents should never administer fever-reducing medication prior to sending a child to school.
Distance learning — We have the resources should it become necessary to utilize a virtual learning model.
Outdoor learning breaks and lunch — Teachers will be encouraged to use outdoor space as often as possible.
Hot lunch — Delphi’s will continue to be our hot-lunch provider. We also be adding Domino's back to our Wednesday menu. Meals will be individually packaged and delivered directly to the classrooms. Lunch staff will supervise lunch periods in the classrooms or outside.
Lunch Bunch — Lunch Bunch will no longer be served to students in large groups. Preschool students staying through lunch will eat in their classrooms with their small group and play on the playground with the same small group.
Water bottles — All water fountains in the school have been converted to water filling stations. Students are to bring water bottles that are filled and clearly labeled from home. Water coolers will be available in the classrooms, and use will be supervised.
Eighth-grade snacks — The eighth-grade snack fundraiser will return, and snack bins will be located in classrooms and at the front desk.
SRS AM drop-off — Students may be dropped off at the front entrance of school beginning at 7:30 a.m. Students will wait in the school lobby until 7:40 a.m. at which time they will use the SRNS hallway. Students arriving between 7:40 a.m. and 8 a.m. should be dropped off at the church.
SRS PM pickup — Parents may start lining up for carpool in the church parking lot (cones will designate area). Student dismissal will be at 3:00 p.m., and the school intercom system will be used to announce parents' arrival.
SRNS AM drop-off and PM pickup — Parents will drop-off and pick-up their child(ren) in capool line along the curb in front of the school. School staff will assist with unloading and loading children into cars.
Late arrival SRS and SRNS — Students arriving late must be escorted to the school lobby by a parent, and signed-in.
Out-of-school appointments — Doctor and dental appointments should be made after school as much as possible.
Sanitizing entry and exit areas — Maintenance will clean restrooms and high-touch areas throughout the school.
SRS Aftercare — At this time, we are not offering drop-ins for this program. Students must be registered to attend.
SRNS Before/Aftercare — At this time, we are not offering drop-ins for this program. Students must be registered to attend.
After-school activities — All extracurricular activities will be held in-person starting in the fall.
Continuous monitoring of CDC, Archdiocese of Washington, and Maryland’s Office of Childcare — the administration and maintenance team will meet regularly to ensure St. Raphael is meeting or exceeding the most updated guidelines.
Catholic identity — Prayer will punctuate each academic class as well as before and after lunch. Morning Prayer, which opens the school, will be held in the church by the principal every day. Each class will end its day with prayer. St. Raphael is committed to continuing the outreach and service opportunities we provide our students. These outreach opportunities will be evaluated for safety, and procedures will be adjusted.
Communication — We are committed to frequent and regular communication enabling us to closely monitor the evolving situation and evaluate how the pandemic development impacts school operations.
Health Room Exclusion Guidelines for COVID-19
New onset of cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of sense of taste or smell, or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Fever 100.4 or greater
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
- Runny nose
If a student presents to the HR with one new symptom not meeting the definition of COVID-19 illness, the student will be sent home. The student may return when symptoms have improved and without fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine. If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 like illness, follow the guidelines below.
If a student presents with new onset of cough, shortness of breath or at least two of the symptoms listed above, he/she will be placed in an isolation area, and a parent will be called to pick up student. Isolation will be held in the Parish Library. Parents must use the Parish Library entrance to pick up the student.
Parents should call their healthcare provider about testing for COVID-19 or about being seen for evaluation of another illness.
If the student does not receive a COVID-19 laboratory test or another specific diagnosed illness from the healthcare provider, the student must stay at home and isolate for at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms and then may return if symptoms resolve and they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine. Close contacts must quarantine for 14 days unless they develop symptoms, in which case they would have to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or receive a laboratory test.
Best Option: Get a laboratory test or a healthcare provider diagnoses that symptoms are related to another illness (e.g. strep throat, influenza, ear infection) or the healthcare provider documents that symptoms are related to pre-existing medical diagnosis (allergies, asthma). Student must present a note from the healthcare provider stating it is safe for the student to return to school.
Scenarios pertaining to COVID-19 test results:
A symptomatic person who tests positive must be home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and until no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine and symptoms are improving. Close contacts must quarantine for 14 days unless they develop symptoms, in which case they would have to isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
An asymptomatic person who tests positive must stay home for 10 days from the date of the positive test results. Close contacts must stay home for 14 days from the date of the last exposure to the person with the positive test. If the close contact develops symptoms, then they must isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
A person receives a negative laboratory test or another specific diagnosed illness from a healthcare provider, the student must stay at home and may return if symptoms resolve and they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine. The person should consider being retested if the symptoms do not improve. Close contacts do not need to stay home as long as they remain asymptomatic.
A diagnosis of pneumonia or acute respiratory distress is assumed a positive COVID-19 case.
It is the responsibility of the parents to notify the school nurse of all pending laboratory COVID-19 tests and results of all COVID-19 laboratory tests whether positive or negative. Please notify ASAP by phone or email so we can take the necessary steps to protect other students and staff in our school community.
Developed by the Maryland Department of Health and Maryland State Department of Education
- HSA Fall 2021 Guardian Angel Guidelines
- Letter from SRS Principal Teri Dwyer 8.18.21
- Letter from SRS Principal Teri Dwyer 8.26.21
- Letter from ADW August 2021
- Health and Safety Updates August 2021
We Want Our Families to Stay Safe: Helpful Resources for Information and Tips
- Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Montgomery County Dept. of Health and Human Services: COVID-19
- Archdiocese of Washington: Coronavirus Resources and Information
- Managing Screen Time: A Parent Survival Guide by Clifford Sussman, M.D.
A Picture Says 1,000 Words
We are incredibly proud of our community during this challenging time. View our album on Facebook of our students and teachers engaged in remote learning. Parents, send your photos to Lexi McClure to include on our social media. If you post directly, be sure to tag us (@SRSrockville) and use the hashtags #WeAreStRaphael and #ADWFamily.
Looking for more ideas for remote learning, coping tips, activities, etc., from fellow SRS parents? View the suggestions from our community (located in the comments of the post), where you can contribute your own resources.
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