School Etiquette for Social Distancing and Wearing Face Coverings at St. Cecelia
St. Cecelia Catholic School in Clearwater, Florida, offers one of the best learning environments in the state. Even though there are challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, we still want your child to have the best possible experience at our Catholic school. Today’s blog from St. Cecelia discusses some school etiquette for social distancing and wearing face coverings under COVID-19 guidelines.
All students, faculty, staff, and individuals on St. Cecelia’s campus must wear face masks or coverings when indoors. We do schedule breaks so students can take off their masks on a regular basis. When we’re outdoors and socially distancing ourselves, we allow students to take off their masks. For example, some of our middle school math students can sit on outdoor picnic tables to study their lessons. We have two people per table, and they sit at opposite ends of the tables with their masks off.
Some activities at St. Cecelia Catholic School do not require students to wear masks. These include PE class, recess, and snack/lunchtimes. Please be reassured that we enact social distancing measures during these activities to ensure as little close contact as possible.
Teachers have rearranged their classrooms to optimize social distancing while maintaining social interaction, engagement, and learning. We manage social distancing traffic patterns throughout our building with special signage and markings. We ask that all students abide by these signs. St. Cecelia teachers will help maintain social distancing. Students also stay in the same classroom during the day rather than going to other rooms to prevent cross-contamination of germs.
The St. Cecelia cafeteria is not used for lunches at this time. Instead, we allow students to eat in classrooms, at picnic tables, and in our outdoor spaces. Students must wash and/or sanitize their hands before and after lunch. Teachers will also make sure their students wash their hands throughout the day.
On-campus visitors to St. Cecelia Catholic School will be limited to those only deemed essential. All visitors must wear a face mask at all times. They must also confirm they haven’t had symptoms within the last 36 hours, and we require temperature checks before entering our school’s hallways.
Remember, everyone is going through these challenging times. Politeness when observing these new rules goes a long way to alleviating stress and making the most out of a potentially difficult situation. Contact St. Cecelia or call (727) 461-1200 if you have any questions.
St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School (SCS) offers an academically challenging and globally minded interdisciplinary education to children in PreK-3 through 8th grade.