From Principal Boyle

St. Luke School has begun the school year in a distance-learning format for students in grades K - 8. We remain committed to our goals of returning to in-person learning and protecting the health and well-being of our community. In order to do so, we have developed procedures to ensure a safe experience for our students, families, faculty, and staff that prioritizes building community, fostering faith, and engaging in critical thinking through our IB approach to learning. We ask each school family to read through our Reopening Plan carefully to understand the policies and protocols that will be in place when we return to in-person instruction.

 

At this time, we are holding in-person classes for P3 and P4 Preschool, which began September 1.  As of October 5th, we have also added in-person classes in grades, K, 1 and 2.  Grades 3-5 will be the next grade band brought back, followed by the MYP. We are taking a phased-in approach to ensure that we are prepared to accommodate our entire student body on campus while adhering to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. It is our intent to get all of our students back on campus as soon as possible.

For daily Covid-19 updates, please refer to the links below:

2020-21 School Theme

P3 and P4 preschool is in-person and open.
See this document for how we are ensuring safety.

Focus

Decision Making

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

Guiding Principles for Reopening:

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, allow us to pivot quickly among models, and provide a seamless educational experience for all students, whether at school or home.

Our Leadership Team and staff have adopted a multi-layered approach to safety as we continue to develop the plans, tools, and protocols necessary for the successful reopening of our school. 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.

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.

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.

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

As we embark on the 2020-2021 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 Reopening Plan 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.

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

Upon return to campus, 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 new expectations and will provide students with time to review and practice the new safety protocols with their classmates and teachers.

  • Before arrival to school, students will receive materials orienting them to the school’s new health and safety expectations.

  • Students will come to school for orientation on a staggered schedule to limit the number of students on campus at a given time.

  • Students will practice new health and safety protocols and procedures in a controlled environment.

be knowledgeable & thinkers

Implement Personal Health and Safety Practices and Protocols.

In order to open campus in the safest way possible, St. Luke School has made changes to our daily practices and routines. 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.

Daily Screening Protocols

Upon return to campus, St. Luke School will implement 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.

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 will add 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.

Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pickup

Safety Patrol:  
All students in MYP grade levels will take a trimester to be in charge of safety procedures for all of our students.  Here is the schedule by grade level: Tri 1-Gr. 8; Tri 2-Gr. 7; Tri 3-Gr. 6.  During Carpool, Safety Patrol and staff will be used to flag, manage the safety rope, and to escort students to and from the building to family cars.


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


Morning Procedures: 

  • Extension students will gather in the auditorium or at the plaza door where staff will complete the safety checks.

  • Morning Carpool: Students will arrive at staggered times assigned alphabetically by carpool families. 

    • Please review the following information in preparation for our October 5th return:

      Carpool AM Dropoff Times:

      • K-2 Drop-off times (for families without Preschool siblings) are listed below:

        • 8:00 -8:10 a.m.: last name beginning with A-E

        • 8:10 - 8:20 a.m.: last name beginning with F-L

        • 8:20 - 8:30 a.m.: last name beginning with M - R

        • 8:30 - 8: 40 a.m.: last name beginning with S - Z

          **NOTE:  K-2 who have Preschool siblings will drop-off at their normal preschool drop-off time and do not follow the above schedule. 
           

    • Staff will be on-site to complete safety checks before students exit their car.  This will ensure social distancing that wouldn’t be practical at the doors of the school. Temperatures will be taken and parent(s)/student(s) will respond to health questions. Preschool parents will park and walk their preschooler to their classroom to sign them in.

      Daily COVID Health screening:  St. Luke will be using Jotform as our daily required health screen before students are allowed to enter the school.   Parents will follow the link and answer questions before the student arrives on campus:   https://form.jotform.com/202646229358965
       

  • Parents will need to complete this form for each child they have at St. Luke.  Here is the iPhone information on how to save Jotform on your iPhone.

    • Complete the Jotform for each student before you arrive.

    • iPhone screenshot:  Press the Side button and the Home button at the same time. Quickly release both buttons. After you take a screenshot, a thumbnail temporarily appears in the lower-left corner of your screen

    • iPhone: open link to fill out the form, take a screenshot, or save as on open file in safari of the confirmation page.  For each student, you will need to open a new search to fill out the form then take a screenshot or save as on open file in safari.  When dropping off your student you will need to show the confirmation page.  

After-School Procedures

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

  • Carpool: All students will be dismissed at 3:00. Students will assemble (in their designated area) with their cohort (homeroom) class. Once a family car is seen, student(s) will be directed to their car by staff or safety patrol.​​

  • 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 family behind the portables.

 

Make Health Safetly Changes to Physical Spaces

be balanced risk-takers

In order to open campus in the safest way possible, St. Luke School has made changes to our daily practices and routines. 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.

Redesign Instructional Spaces to Ensure Appropriate Social Distancing

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 6 ft. of physical distancing.

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

  • Procedures for physically distancing in the hallways will be established, using appropriate signage.

Ready Buildings and Common Spaces for Return to Campus

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

  • HVAC upgrades, posting applicable signage, and creating bathroom protocols are among the measures underway to ready the campus for reopening.

  • Hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout campus.

  • St. Luke will work with maintenance staff and leverage existing staff resources to meet increased requirements for disinfecting operations.

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 2020-2021 school year, our staff is engaged in their own continuous education, deepening their expertise in new modes of instruction, and refining their courses to best meet the needs of a digital or hybrid program.

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. 

Hybrid Learning Program

When it is safe to do so, our plan is to open with all students on campus for in-person instruction. If we are not able to do this, we may implement a hybrid learning structure that groups students into cohorts, with some of the students on campus while others work digitally from home. This rotating schedule will allow us to meet physical distancing requirements and will limit potential exposure of students and staff.

  • Our hybrid program would provide students the opportunity to be on campus, through a rotating schedule, for in-person instruction.

  • Our hybrid program would offer four days of synchronous learning per week, through which students and teachers would engage daily, in real-time, in a combination of in-school and digital learning.

  • Students would engage in one day of asynchronous learning per week, allowing each student the flexibility to work at their own pace. This asynchronous day will also include teachers’ office hours, community events, and specialists' activities aligned with the IB units.

Family Choice

We understand that some families may not want their students to return to campus for various reasons. In this case, a family may choose to keep their student(s) home for digital distance learning. Students will have a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes. Regular meetings with teachers will be required for students who opt into fully digital learning. These meetings could happen during teachers’ office hours or at other times as arranged by teacher and student. Families should realize that this choice may require an increased responsibility on the part of students.

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 mand make programming decisions that we feel maintain our students’ safety, while upholding the dignity of our mission.

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. Whether in a digital-learning, hybrid, or in-person scenario, 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 will 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 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.

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 will look different, too. We have made modifications to our Extension and after-school programs to support the safe operations of the school.

Revised Hot Lunch Program

Chef Jesse  has reinvisioned 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 the same cohort of students each day.

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

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

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Athletics

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

  • HVAC upgrades, posting applicable signage, and creating bathroom protocols are among the measures underway to ready the campus for reopening.

  • Hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout campus.

  • St. Luke will work with maintenance staff and leverage existing staff resources to meet increased requirements for disinfecting operations.

Limit Social Interactions Outside of School.

We are all in this together!

Parents and guardians should limit students’ social interaction outside of school and have them refrain from participation in large gatherings where they will be at a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission. It is imperative that families partner with the school to ensure that their student limits their exposure both during the school day and while off campus in order to mitigate the spread of the disease.

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:

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

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