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Parents’ Guide to Re-Opening at St. Cecelia Catholic School Under COVID-19 Regulations

apple on top of school books St. Cecelia Catholic School Back to School Parent’s Guide

St. Cecelia Catholic School is ready to re-open under guidelines set forth by the state of Florida. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing a safe environment for your child. We all have a role to play in keeping students, families, faculty, and staff safe during these trying times. Today’s blog from St. Cecelia outlines a parent’s guide to re-opening our Catholic school under COVID-19 guidelines.

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Reduce Student Stress

The coronavirus pandemic is a source of stress for millions of Americans, and kids can feel that stress, too. There are lots of simple ways to reduce your child’s stress level:

  • Create a routine
  • Listen to your child and check-in frequently
  • Look for signs of stress and anxiety
  • Encourage positive thinking
  • Focus on controllable tasks, such as washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and wearing masks
  • Teach coping skills, such as diverting anxious behavior with fun activities
  • Help your child to understand that everyone is going through this together

Monitor Health 

Monitoring your child’s health is extremely important during the pandemic. You must NOT send your child to Catholic school if he or she has exhibited any signs of illness over the past 36 hours.

These symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Vomiting

If your child gets sick at school, St. Cecelia staff will send him or her to the clinic to await pick-up. You MUST pick up your child within 30 minutes of being called. 

Practice Social Distancing

All students, even young ones, need to understand the current need for social distancing in our Catholic school. Practice with your child. Show your kids how to wear a mask, when to wear a mask, and how to breathe through the mask. 

Demonstrate a distance of 6 feet for your child using everyday objects. For example, use a couch that’s 6 feet long, have an adult lay down on the floor (even an adult who is 5.5 feet tall is close enough to 6 feet for an approximation), or cut a length of string to show how long 6 feet is. Take some time to practice social distancing at home with your child, so they can develop habits for safety at school.

Update Your Child’s Records

Make sure your child’s records are accurate and up-to-date. Have your current phone number, designated alternates for drop-off and pick-up, and all other pertinent information ready for the school’s administrative staff. St. Cecelia Catholic School recognizes that some of our students have chronic health conditions such as allergies or asthma. Please provide us with proper documentation from your child’s pediatrician regarding relevant medical conditions.

Learn From Home

Our goal at St. Cecelia Catholic School is to have students physically present and in the classroom. However, we understand that may not be possible for everyone. St. Cecelia will work with you and your family to help your child maintain their learning during COVID-19 restrictions. We’re prioritizing your child’s health and safety above all else, if necessary.

Students who are staying at home temporarily due to illness or 14-day quarantine periods should have regular contact via phone, computer, or email with their teachers regarding assignments and homework. As parents, you should monitor and supervise these communications. Teachers will also check in with you, the parents, to make sure your child is okay during the time they stay at home.

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Safety First at St. Cecelia Catholic School

St. Cecelia Catholic School wishes you and your family well during these trying times. We pray that God blesses everyone with good health! Contact St. Cecelia Catholic School for more information regarding what you can do for your child during COVID-19 restrictions in Florida.

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