From Principal Boyle - March 2021

Igniting Hope with Blue Circle.png

I am excited to share that we have made extensive plans for bringing back students to in-person learning. The leadership team gathered before the Christmas holiday to go over the Governor’s announcement about reopening schools for students and what this means for St. Luke. We drafted several plans, reflected on them, edited them, and now have a final draft. I am proud to report the guidelines that we have in place for having students back into school!

 

What we need now is to make sure everyone in our community follows the health guidelines: wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, maintain your family ‘bubble’, and wash hands often. These simple guidelines are working, and now that a vaccine is here, we are on the cusp of getting through the pandemic. As long as we all follow the guidelines, and case numbers stay in the moderate range, we will be able to proceed with bringing students back. Please check out the Reopening Plan below for more detailed information regarding specifics, as well as links to Seattle and King County dashboards and CDC guidelines.

 

Currently, students in preschool through grade 8 are attending in-person.  We are in the moderate stage now and I hope we continue to stay there with a declining trend.  We have implemented strict cleaning practices daily including our night cleaning crew, which sanitizes each learning space (including desks) throughout the school.  

Per the Governor’s Travel Advisory of November 13, 2020, everyone entering or returning to Washington State from a different state or country needs to quarantine.  The travel advisory can be found here:  WA State travel advisoryAs a school in King County, we follow the Public Health Seattle & King County directives; you can find quarantine options here:  Quarantine.   St. Luke School has worked tirelessly to ensure the health of our students, staff, and community, but we cannot do this alone.  We ask for your assistance and cooperation to keep our school family safe by following the protocols set out by the state and county.  If you do make travel plans, please let us know for attendance purposes.  

 

HOPE is on the horizon! All of us cannot wait to see more students on campus and observe them being PRINCIPLED as we ignite hope!

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

Candle with circle.png

2020-21 School Theme

Latest Communications

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.

Clip board.png
1.png

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.

Yellow%20Circle%20with%20Heart_edited.pn

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.

artwork%204_edited.png

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.

2.png

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.

Yellow%20Circle%20with%20Heart_edited.pn
washing hands.png

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.

Carpool.png

Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Pickup

Carpool Safety:  
During Carpool, staff will be used to manage health screenings, hand sanitizing, and to direct students to and from their cars and 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:

  • 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 return to in-person learning:

      • 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: Families who have Preschool siblings will drop-off at their normal preschool drop-off time and do not follow the above schedule.

    • Carpool AM Dropoff Times:

    • Staff will be on-site to complete safety checks before students exit their cars.  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 via the JotForm or in person. Each student will receive a colored dot sticker to be worn on their uniform indicating that they have been screened. 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 in 3 staggered times according to their grade bands; K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

  • Once additional students return to campus, dismissal times will change (January 11-14 - K-2 will dismiss at 3:00).

  • Students will assemble (in their designated area) with their cohort (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 family 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

      • Gr. K Mrs. Boucek in lane 1

      • Gr. K Miss Pala in lane 2

      • Gr. 1 Mrs. Breeden in lane 3

      • Gr. 1 Ms. Long in lane 4

      • Gr. 2 - both classes in lane 5

    • Grades 3-5

      • Gr. 3 Mrs. Sheehan in lane 1

      • Gr. 3 Mrs. Smith in lane 2

      • Gr. 4 Mrs. Conrow in lane 3

      • Gr. 4 Mrs. Rathke in lane 4

      • Gr. 5 - both classes in lane 5

    • Grades 6-8

      • Gr. 6 Mrs. Dimock in lane 1​

      • Gr. 6 Mr. Lanier in lane 2

      • Gr. 7 Mrs. Konrady in lane 3

      • Gr. 7 Ms. Fargo in lane 4

      • Gr. 8 - both 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.

carpool van.png
 
#3.png

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

Yellow%20Circle%20with%20Heart_edited.pn

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.

#4.png

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.png

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.

Yellow%20Circle%20with%20Heart_edited.pn
Family.png

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 Planning.png

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.png

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.

#5.png

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.

Yellow%20Circle%20with%20Heart_edited.pn

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.

Limit Social Interactions.png
Stay in the Know.png

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:

Circle with blue heart and cross.png

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