Athletics and School Activities  

Liturgies, Prayer Services, and Morning Announcements

Liturgies

Liturgies will continue to be held in the church. Participants in the liturgy, including the students who are leading the liturgy and their Religion/Theology teacher, will attend the liturgy in the church itself, and will follow all protocols and procedures contained in the church’s safety plan, which appropriately addresses all areas of the CDC guidelines, including but not limited to: social distancing, PPE usage, and cleaning and disinfection, as well as protocols and procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The remainder of the student body and faculty PK 4 through 8th grade, who are not participating in the liturgy, will attend the liturgy remotely. Communion will be brought to the school either during or following the liturgy for all faculty members and for students in grades 2-8 who have made their First Communion. Families may contact the parish office with questions regarding the church’s safety plan.

Prayer Services 

Friday prayer services will continue to be held and led by students. These prayer services will be led by students from their classroom, with all students, faculty and staff, and community members participating remotely. 

Morning and Afternoon Announcements

Students in grades 5-8 will continue to do morning prayer and announcements from their classroom or homeroom each morning, using the phone system to communicate with all other classrooms. Students in grades 3-4 will continue to do afternoon prayer and announcements from their classroom or homeroom each morning, using the phone system to communicate with all other classrooms. 

Faith Formation

As of the time of publication of this document, faith formation programming and classes will not be held in the school building. If it is later determined that the faith formation program would like to begin offering in-person classes in the school building, the Pastor, Principal, and Parish Manager will reassess, and will adjust and update this plan accordingly.

Extracurriculars

As of the publication of this document, all extracurricular activities are suspended until further notice. This includes athletics and clubs. 

CLUBS AND EXTRACURRICULARS

All clubs and extracurricular activities are suspended until further notice. If the school determines that the proper procedures are in place, and the appropriate guidance exists, to begin to offer clubs and extracurriculars, this plan will be adjusted and updated. 

ATHLETICS

The fall soccer season is cancelled. The school will follow CYO guidelines, along with subsequent guidance issued by state agencies following the release of this document, in considering allowing the winter basketball season, late winter/early spring volleyball season, or the spring track and field season to commence, and will adjust and update this plan as needed.

Childcare 

A written plan is in place for the following forms of child care outside of the normal school day: 

See below for more information on the policies relating to all three programs.

Policies regarding before and aftercare programs include social distancing, PPE usage, cleaning and disinfection requirements, as well as risk of COVID-19 transmission. Protocols in how to maintain cohorts, if applicable, or group members of the same household will be considered.

AFTERCARE GUIDANCE

Follow all guidance outlined throughout this document, as well as the Vacation and Summer Camp Guidance below.

  1. Aftercare will take place in the gym after school until 5:30 pm

  2. All students and staff must wear a mask at all times

  3. All individuals must do the following upon arrival to the program entrance:

    1. Use hand sanitizer

    2. Undergo a temperature check

  4. Students should be socially distanced by at least six feet, or use a protective barrier, whenever possible

  5. Limit intermingling of students who are not in the same cohort during the day, or who are not in the same household

  6. Use hand sanitizer before and after using any shared items (toys, materials, athletic equipment, etc.) These items should be disinfected at the end of each day’s use.

  7. Aftercare staff may elect, when weather permits, to hold aftercare outside in the parking lot for a period of time, and may elect to dismiss from the outdoor area

  8. When aftercare is inside, students will be picked up at the gym’s side entrance. 

  9. Parents/guardians picking up should pull up to the designated area for pick up and wait in their vehicles until students are brought out.

  10. Please display your family card in the passenger window facing the gym’s side door. This will notify staff as to who you are picking up.

  11. Aftercare staff will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting horizontal surfaces such as tables and chairs, along with any shared items used during aftercare. Maintenance staff will clean and disinfect the floors and restrooms.

SUMMER AND VACATION CAMP GUIDANCE

Physical Distancing

    1. All employees must wear a face mask at all times, and should maintain a six foot distance from others whenever possible

    2. Campers should remain in one room for the duration of the day

    3. Staff members should remain in one location as much as possible

    4. The Safety Coordinator will determine room occupancy

    5. Bathrooms to used are as follows:

      1. Campers in Pre K 3 rooms will use the bathrooms in their classrooms

      2. Campers in Pre K 4 rooms will use the main hallway bathroom

      3. When using rest rooms, one student may enter at a time, and anyone waiting much be six feet apart from the next person in line

        1. Place lines on floor to mark off waiting spaces

    6. The aftercare door is the only door to be used in and out of the building, unless there is an emergency

    7. The parking lot may be used as an outdoor play area

    8. When weather precludes campers going outside, the gym space may be used

      1. Limit to one room at a time, disinfecting all shared items between each group’s use, and cleaning at the end of each day the space is used

    9. As of now, the large playground on Highland Drive is closed; the smaller playground behind the school may be used

      1. If used, the smaller playground should be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day’s use, and shared items should also be cleaned and disinfected

    10. Only campers and staff members may enter the building

    11. Parents and Family Members should drop off and pick up from the curb near the driveway leading to the aftercare door; only campers should exit the vehicle

    12. Employee breaks may be taken in the lobby area, and may use the kitchen

    13. Half of the gym is reserved for parish use; the other half is reserved for camp use

  1. Protective Equipment

    1. Employees must wear a face mask at all times that fully covers the nose and mouth

      1. These will be provided to employees, two each

      2. Face masks may not be shared among employees or campers

      3. Face masks should not be worn two days in a row; alternate masks and wash each in between use

    2. If you must be in physical contact with a student (e.g. treating a cut and bandaging or similar situation), sanitizer should be used on the hands and arms up to the elbow before and after, and gloves should be worn and immediately disposed of thereafter

    3. Limit sharing of objects (toys, electronics, arts and crafts materials)

      1. Each student should have his or her own arts and crafts materials

      2. Any shared toys or devices should be disinfected between uses

      3. Students should use hand sanitizer before and after touching a shared toy, device or material

  1. Child Care Program and Camp Activities

    1. Water-based activities are prohibited

    2. Sport and Athletic Activities

      1. Activities with little or no physical contact should be prioritized

      2. Prioritize sports with less physical closeness and those that do not use shared equipment

    3. Food Services

      1. No food will be provided by the camp

      2. Campers should arrive with snack, lunch, and a full water bottle

      3. The bottle fill station in the hallway may be used to refill water bottles throughout the day, or a pitcher of water may be used to refill

        1. The pitcher must not be in contact with any bottle

      4. Students will remain in their assigned classroom for snack and lunch, unless eating outside

      5. When eating outside, each group of students should be socially distanced six feet from the next, and students within each group should be socially distanced six feet from one another when eating inside or outside.

      6. No food or drink may be shared among campers or staff members.

    4. Excursions/Field Trips

      1. No off-site field trips are allowed

      2. Students will be transported to and from the camp each day by their parent/guardian or designated family member

  1. Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfecting

    1. Logs must be maintained to record when and by whom each room was cleaned and disinfected

      1. Camp Staff members are responsible for recording in the logs for each classroom

      2. Maintenance/Custodians are responsible for recording in the logs for each restroom, both those in the classrooms and the hallway restroom, as well as the entry/exit door and hallways

      3. Each room must have a hand sanitizing station with hand sanitizer with an alcohol base of 60% or more

      4. Another hand sanitizing station should be set up near the entry/exit door, and another outside the main hallway restroom

      5. Students may use hand sanitizer, or may wash hands with soap, running warm water, and use disposable paper towels or hand dryer; antibacterial wipes may also be used on hands after eating, but in conjunction with either hand washing or use of sanitizer

    2. Hand hygiene should be practiced in the following instances:

      1. Upon arrival to camp as they enter the building

      2. Between each activity

      3. Before and after using the restroom

      4. Before and after eating

      5. Before entering or exiting a room

      6. Before entering or exiting the building

      7. Before leaving camp at the end of the day

      8. Before and after using a shared toy, device, or material

    3. Staff members will disinfect frequently touched surfaces and shared materials throughout the day as appropriate

    4. Campers should not use shared materials which are not easy to clean and disinfect

    5. Staff members will disinfect classrooms at the end of each day, remaining after the end of the camp day to do so

    6. Custodians will disinfect hallways, floors in and out of classrooms, and entry door at the end of each day

    7. Custodians will disinfect and clean bathrooms twice per day (at the end of the day, or if not, in the morning prior to the start of the next day; and every day at mid-day)

    8. There will not be a rest or nap time

    9. If a child has a bathroom accident or is soiled with secretions in some form, staff members should use hand sanitizer on hands and arms up to the elbows before and after, and use gloves and assist the child with changing his/her clothes  and cleaning the child, as needed

  1. Communication

    1. Staff members must attend a training prior to their first day of camp work, to review all of the procedures and guidelines outlined in this document

    2. Staff members must sign to acknowledge receipt of these policies and agreement to adhere to them

    3. Signs should be posted at the entry door, the door to each classroom, and outside of each used bathroom reminding individuals to adhere to proper hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning and disinfecting protocols

    4. Copies of this plan should be available in each classroom, and should be referred to daily as needed

    5. Staff members should have a team meeting each week to review procedures and this document as needed

  1. Screening

    1. All staff members must complete a daily Self-Check Form for Employees prior to entering the building each day, 

      1. Employees who answer NO to every question on the form should submit this to the supervisor immediately upon arrival each day

      2. Employees who answered YES to any question on the form should stay home and contact their supervisor immediately; the form should be turned in when you are able to return to camp

      3. Staff members will have access to temporal scanners to use in scanning each other and campers

      4. All staff members and campers will be screened for temperature every day upon arrival to the school building as you enter the building and before you enter any classroom

        1. Be sure to screen students prior to accepting them into the building and while their parent/guardian is still present

      5. Anyone who has a temperature of 100.1 or higher, or who exhibits any symptoms of illness, will be sent home immediately, and may not return for at least the remainder of that day and the next full day, or until they are fever-free with a temperature of 100.0 or lower for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, whichever is longer. 

      6. If suspected illness or fever is identified during the camp day, it will be necessary for the camper(s) or staff member(s) impacted to be quarantined/isolated within the school building until such time and he/she can be removed from the camp

        1. Symptoms of illness include, but not limited to:

          1. Fever of greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit without having taken any fever reducing medication

          2.  Loss of smell or taste

          3. Muscle aches

          4. Sore throat

          5. Cough

          6. Shortness of breath

          7. Chills

          8. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite

      7. Students or staff members who have taken fever-reducing medication prior to arriving to camp may not attend camp for that day, and must remain out of camp until they have been fever free with a temperature of 100.0 or lower for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication

      8. Students or staff members should inform the camp immediately, and remain home until cleared and notified by the camp to return, in the following situations:

        1. If you have been diagnosed with illness, including COVID-19

        2. If you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

        3. If you have been placed on quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19

        4. If you have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official

        5. Depending on the situation, the camp may require a doctor’s note (including COVID-19 testing) prior to being allowed to return to camp

      9. All staff members and parents/guardians of campers are expected to immediately report to the camp director and principal any suspected or confirmed illness, including COVID-19. In the case of a confirmed case of COVID-19, both the camp and the staff member or parent/guardian must also inform the Rensselaer County Health Department and follow their guidance for next steps

  1. Removal from Program

    1. Families who fail to adhere to the guidance in this document, and specifically (but not limited to) those who medicate a camper to reduce his/her fever prior to sending the child to camp, may be suspended or removed from the summer or vacation camp program, to be determined at the discretion of the camp director and principal.

    2. Staff members who fail to adhere to the guidance in this document may be terminated from their position, at the discretion of the camp director and principal.

  1. Documents for Families

    1. Waiver Form for Campers/Families from Catholic Mutual

    2. Guidelines for Registering for Camp 

    3. Acknowledgement of Receipt of Plans (SEE NEXT PAGE)

CAMP REGISTRATION POLICY FOR VACATION CAMPS 2020-2021 AND SUMMER CAMP 2021

  1. Those eligible to attend the camp include those entering PK 4 through 5th Grade for the 2020-2021 school year. The Coordinator and Principal may expand the program to include other grades as appropriate.

  2. Attendees must be registered and enrolled at the time the camp is offered.

  3. Priority with registration will be given in the following order:

    1. First, to families with enrolled students who participated in the Summer Camp program or Vacation Camp program the previous year

    2. Second, to families with enrolled students 

    3. Third, if space is available, consideration will be given to accepting former students and non-enrolled siblings of enrolled students 

CHILDCARE FOR THE CHILDREN OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS GUIDANCE

Interscholastic Athletics

Per the NYSDOH Guidance, interscholastic sports are not permitted at the time of publication of this guidance. Additional information is forthcoming.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYPSPHSAA) has established a COVID-19 Task Force comprised of religious and independent school Athletic Directors and public school district administrators responsible for providing guidance to allow New York high school student-athletes to return to athletics as soon and as safely as possible. The task force is reviewing State and local health guidelines, as well as NYSED guidance, regarding the 2020-2021 school year to determine, among other things, the extent to which changes may be needed for each interscholastic sports season.  The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to review all aspects of the fall 2020 season and the 2020-2021 school year related to the COVID-19 crisis, such as: practice requirement; fan attendance; resocialization efforts; protocol, procedures; transportation; etc. As more information becomes available it will be shared on the NYSPHSAA website.

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