COVID-19 INFORMATION

Requirements and Guidance to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools, Child Care, Early Learning, and Youth Development. 

From Principal Boyle

March 7, 2022


Dear St. Luke Families,

Thank you for everything you have done over the past two calendar years dealing with all the
challenges the pandemic has caused. COVID has impacted three academic years for all of us.
Thank you for your partnership as we navigated guidelines and ongoing changes due to
COVID. One significant blessing during this uncertain time has been the strength and support of
the St. Luke Community.

We are now at a new point on the journey. On February 17th, Governor Inslee announced he
will be lifting the mask mandate effective March 21st. On February 28th, he moved that date to
March 12th.

King County Department of Health followed suit based on downward trending case counts,
hospitalizations, and rates of significant illness. According to King County Public Health, “King
County’s local indoor mask order will end concurrently with the state’s order ... In addition, King
County will not be extending a local mask order for schools ... beyond the state’s order.”
As has been our course throughout the pandemic, we continue to follow King County
Department of Health guidance. St. Luke mask guidelines will soon change to follow the
statewide and King County guidelines. Effective March 12th, masks will be optional indoors and
outdoors.

We understand there will be mixed emotions with these new guidelines and will respect all in
our community as we move forward. We will be communicating with students, staff, and
teachers the importance of respecting personal choices and levels of comfort. Anyone wishing
to continue to wear a mask while at St. Luke School, in any space, will be fully supported and is
welcome to continue masking.

We will continue to monitor King County Department of Health guidance, evaluate school and
local data, and assess emerging needs. As changes arise, we will communicate those to
you. Once again, thank you for your prayers and support. COVID will not rob our community of
“Building a World of Joy!”

God bless and stay healthy!

Rick Boyle
Principal

Focus

St. Luke School aims to deliver a dynamic and engaging program that is safe for all members of our community.


Throughout the year, we will need to remain open-minded, collaborative, and creative as we adapt to circumstances that are beyond our control.


Our plan for St. Luke must ensure flexibility in our instructional approach for all students.

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Decision Making

Our Leadership Team and staff follow the advice and guidelines from the following organizations:

Guiding Principles:

Our Leadership Team and staff have adopted a multi-layered approach to safety and we continue to develop the plans, tools, and protocols necessary for a successful school year.  Our plans draw from research, safety guidelines, and advice from:

  • Attention to community as we strive to foster a sense of
    belonging for all students.

  • A responsibility to provide a safe and healthy experience for our students, teachers, staff, and families.

  • A commitment to providing a holistic and enriching school 
    program that reflects the mission and philosophy of St. Luke School.

  • Flexibility to move seamlessly between scenarios as needed.

 
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Create a Culture of Safety, Camaraderie, and Accountability for the St. Luke Community.

be principled & caring

All members of the St. Luke community have a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In conjunction with public health experts, the state has issued general distance, health, and safety protocols, which are intended to reduce infection. It is critical that everyone follows these guidelines and does their part to keep others healthy. Further, when on campus, we expect all teachers, staff, students and families to abide by the school’s health and safety measures designed to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Together, we will work to keep our community healthy and safe.

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Expect Each St. Luke Warrior to Assume Personal Responsibility to Protect One's Self and Community

Every member of the St. Luke community will take protective measures and act in accordance with the goal of keeping our school and campus safe and healthy.

  • All students, teachers, staff, and families are expected to follow directives from national, state, and local authorities to maintain their own health and safety during this pandemic. These include the Washington State Department of Public Health, Public Health – Seattle & King County and the CDC Guide on Protecting Yourself and Others.

  • All students, faculty, and staff will stay home when feeling ill, or after exposure to someone who is ill or who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • All students, faculty, and staff will adhere to symptom-screening protocols upon entering campus.

  • All students, faculty, and staff will practice critical personal safety practices, including wearing face masks on campus, enhanced hand hygiene practices, adhering to safe physical distancing practices, and following all safety instructions and signage.

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Establish Open, Direct, and Consistent Communication Between Home and School

As we embark on the 2021-2022 school year, St. Luke School commits to engaging in open and timely communication with our families, and we invite our families to do the same.

  • St. Luke staff will update our Return to School Information page on the website as needed to keep parents abreast of important updates and information.

  • St. Luke will designate a COVID-19 Coordinator who will serve as a direct contact for families who have questions or concerns.

  • Parents will contact the COVID-19 Coordinator as soon as possible if a student or member of their household tests positive for COVID-19. This information will remain confidential and will allow the school to engage in effective contact tracing procedures to limit possible infection of others.

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Implement a Student Health and Safety Orientation to Educate Students About the Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

Upon return to school, St. Luke staff will implement a Student Health and Safety Orientation that will provide students with the necessary classroom health and safety information to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This training will set the stage for a culture of health and safety and build relationships among and between faculty and students. The school will communicate our continued expectations and will provide students with time to review and practice the safety protocols with their classmates and teachers.

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be knowledgeable & thinkers

Implement Personal Health and Safety Practices and Protocols.

In order to keep the school open in the safest way possible, St. Luke School continues best practices and routines for health and safety.  It is imperative for all members of our community to adhere to our new practices, as the health and safety of our community relies upon a joint effort from all community members.

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Daily Screening Protocols

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Upon return to St. Luke School, we will continue with daily screening protocols. All students, teachers, and staff will be required to monitor and report all symptoms related to COVID-19. These screenings will help ensure that anyone who is ill (cold, flu, and/or COVID-19), or who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, does not come to school or participate in school activities. 

  • Daily temperature checks will be included in the screening protocols.

  • All students, faculty, and staff will be screened daily on campus and at home.

  • St. Luke School will require any student, teacher, or staff member who is exhibiting concerning symptoms to stay home.

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Hand Hygiene Practices

St. Luke School will implement practices and procedures that promote more frequent handwashing and sanitizing.

  • St. Luke staff will educate students about proper hand-washing technique.

  • St. Luke staff has hand-sanitizing stations throughout school, including at the entrances and in each classroom.

  • Students and faculty will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering or leaving each classroom.

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Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pickup

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Carpool Safety:  
During Carpool, staff will direct students from their cars to the building in the morning and from the building to the cars in the afternoon.  Parents remain in their cars with masks on at all times.


Entrance and Exit to School
Grade levels will have designated entrances and exits.


Morning Procedures:

  • Morning Carpool: K-8 Students will arrive between 8:00 - 8:30.

  • Preschool students will arrive between 8:20-8:30.​

After-School Procedures

  • Families will not need to get out of their cars.

  • Carpool: All students will be dismissed in 2 staggered times according to their grade bands; K-2, 3-8.

  • Students will assemble (in their designated area) with their homeroom class.

  • Preschool Dismissal: Parents may park in the church parking lot in order to sign out their child per state regulations. For those families who have older children, the preschooler will be picked up first. Staff members will notify siblings’ teachers who will release the student to meet their families behind the portables.

Carpool Lane Assignments

  • Please drive into the appropriate lane for your homeroom teacher's grade.  Please pull all the way to the front, and remain in your car.

    • Grades K - 2  - 3:00 pm daily (Except for Tuesday early release day @ 2:00)

      • Gr. K Ms. Hoban in lane 1

      • Gr. K Miss Pala in lane 2

      • Gr. 1 Mrs. Edmonds in lane 3

      • Gr. 1 Ms. Foo in lane 4

      • Gr. 2 - both classes in lane 5

    • Grades 3 - 8 - 3:15 pm daily (Except for Tuesday early release day @ 2:15)

      • Both Gr. 3 Smith/Sheehan in lane 1

      • Both Gr. 4  Conrow/ DeCuir in lane 2

      • Both Gr. 5 Bakamis/Smith in lane 3

      • Both Gr. 6 Dimock/Lanier in lane 4

      • Both Gr. 7 & 8 - All classes in lane 5

For Sibling Dismissal:

  • Families in multiple grades should follow the earliest sibling dismissal time.

  • As always, the Extension Program is always available for those families needing a later pickup time.

 
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Make Health Safetly Changes to Physical Spaces

be balanced risk-takers

St. Luke School continues to invest in best practices for health and safety routines. It is imperative for all members of our community to adhere to our practices, as the health and safety of our community relies upon a joint effort from all community members.

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Redesign Instructional Spaces to Ensure Appropriate Social Distancing

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St. Luke School will make use of our entire campus to ensure appropriate physical distancing of students, teachers, and staff.

  • Classroom and learning spaces have been reconfigured to allow for 3 ft. of physical distancing.

  • Outdoor spaces may be used instead of indoor spaces when possible and appropriate. Classroom protocols, including designated entry/exit procedures and additional disinfection and cleaning procedures, will continue.

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Ready Buildings and Common Spaces for Return to School

The layout and design of school buildings and facilities have been assessed to ensure proper health and safety updates are made, appropriate signage is posted, and public-use areas are addressed.

  • Air filter upgrades, posting applicable signage, and creating bathroom protocols are among the measures are in place.

  • Hand-sanitizing stations are in place throughout the school.

     

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be reflective & open minded

Advance Our St. Luke Mission in a Safe and Responsible Way.

St. Luke is committed to our Mission and Vision as well as the International Baccalaureate philosophy and learner attributes. As we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, our staff will remain vigilant for the safety of our families and their students.

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Mission

Through inquiry and reflection, we educate globally-minded citizens who live the love of Jesus. We are inquiring minds, hearts for Jesus, and hands for service.

Vision

Saint Luke School is a community rooted in the Catholic faith and committed to innovative teaching practices. We educate the whole child to live a life filled with faith and purpose, which opens a path to inner peace and respect for others. We honor the unique gifts of each student and nurture thoughtful, independent learners who ask questions and solve problems to create a better world. 

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Extracurricular Programming

As a school whose mission is holistic and student-centered, we understand the importance of extracurricular programming in our students’ lives. We will continue to strive to find ways to offer opportunities for students to learn and connect with their classmates outside of the traditional classroom setting. In doing so, we will assess the safety of activities on a case-by-case basis and make programming decisions that we feel maintain our students’ safety, while upholding the dignity of our mission.

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Focus on Relationships

St. Luke School has a strong community and values our relationships with one another as a critical component of what makes a St. Luke education so special.  St. Luke School is committed to providing all members of our community with opportunities to build relationships with one another and celebrate important school traditions.

  • St. Luke School may leverage technology to bring our entire student body together once a week for all-school assemblies, various school celebrations, prayer services, and liturgies.

  • Weekly time within the schedule will be included to provide opportunities for student check-ins, grade-level meetings, and scheduled social-emotional lessons.

  • St. Luke School will work with the Parents Club and parish staff to provide a parent education series either in person or digitally as an opportunity for parents to learn with and from one another.

  • Student-parent-teacher conferences will be in the fall and spring and throughout the year as needed.

  • St. Luke School will plan opportunities for parents to connect informally.

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Make Healthy Revisions to After-School Programs.

be inquirers & Communicators

Just as St. Luke School has made adjustments to our academic and extracurricular programs, our Extension and after-school programs are beginning to return with best practice guidelines. We have made modifications to our Extension and after-school programs to support the safe operations of the school.

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Revised Hot Lunch Program

Our new chef, Chef Anni, has reenvisioned our food program to ensure that we can continue to provide top-quality food services while enacting the health safety changes necessary to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

  • Students will eat lunch in their classroom or assigned, designated area with their homeroom students each day.

  • Fresh lunches will be prepared daily, packaged, and delivered to designated areas.

  • Lunches will be pre-ordered. Students may still bring their own food.

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Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Athletics

All Catholic schools participating in the CYO Program follow the same best practices as outlined by the Department of Health and the Seattle Archdiocese guidelines.  

Check out the CYO Program webpage for more information.

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Following Guidelines and Best Practices to Stay Healthy!

We are all in this together!

Parents and guardians should remind students to follow the health and safety guidelines to help maintain a healthy community for all.  It is imperative that families partner with the school to ensure that their student does whatever they possibly can to help mitigate the spread of the disease.

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Washington State continues to experience pandemic-level outbreaks of
COVID-19. Please continue to check public health information and
resources for updates from the following organizations:

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We Are Inquiring Minds,
Hearts for Jesus,
and Hands for Service.