Greek School Plan and Registration

Dear Saint Katherine Stewards and Friends, 

Thank you for your patience as we have worked through many obstacles over the last few months with the absence of a Director for the HEC, as well as the pandemic we are all experiencing. 

We are happy to let you know that working over the last few months we have established a COVID plan for a return to school, as well as how we can continue operations for the Greek School. 

We are still in the process of finding an HEC Director for our Center, but k. Sophia Tsangali will be acting interim director for the Greek School. We are planning to reopen on Saturday, September 19th, 2020, with Tuesday/Friday and Adult Classes commencing the following week. Please see below for information on our return to school plan, and link to begin the registration process. 

We understand that some may still not be comfortable with engaging in person, and so we have worked out a blended option. This will utilize cameras in the classrooms where the teacher will be instructing, for those who would like to engage in person you can, and for those who would like to participate from home you can tune in as well. 

Our hope is that, in time, we will be able to move to our normal in-person instruction 100%.  

Return to School Plan 

State and local public health guidance, which is the guidepost for planning, continues to evolve and the public and private school systems are reacting accordingly. The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the Diocese, the Governor of Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Health. 

Please rest assured that we are continuing to monitor many resources for additional information that will help us to make the best decision possible for our students, staff, teachers, and all our families. Things can change quickly, and we will be vigilant in our effort to update the plan based on current information. 

Guiding Principles for our Plan: 

  1. Our goal is to provide a solid education in a faith-based environment while protecting the health and safety of all our students, faculty, and staff. 
  2. Our priority is to welcome our students back to full in-school instruction as soon as it is safe. 
  3. We will abide by the 6-foot social distance as much as possible. 
  4. Parents have the prerogative to opt for remote learning for their family if they are concerned about the health and welfare of their children or family. 

Key Elements Covered: 

  • Procedures for working with local health department and agencies 
  • Communication Strategies for staff, parents, students 
  • Health Services – includes PPE 
  • Promote Behaviors that reduce spread of COVID 
  • Maintenance of Healthy Environments and Operations – including screenings, hygiene and facility disinfecting protocols. 
  • Preparing for reported cases 

Social Distancing Measures 

  • Classes include the same group of children session with no mixing, or very minimal mixing, between groups. 
  • Keeping children in small groups. 
  • No large group activities, assemblies, gatherings. 
  • Space out seating as much as possible. 
  • Staggered recess time. 
  • Snack and lunch breaks will occur in student classroom. 
  • Restricting outside visitors and volunteers. 
  • Drop-off/Pick-up procedures: 
    • Parent/Guardian to pull up to the curb and be greeted by a staff member who will conduct a brief health screening and take the child’s temperature using a contactless thermometer. 
    • Parent/guardian do not leave their vehicle or enter the educational building. 

Behaviors that Reduce Spread: 

  • Training staff on how to monitor for symptoms, and reinforce best hygiene practices 
  • Staff, and children will be required to stay home if they are sick. 
  • Parents/guardians will be instructed to keep children home if they or any member of the household exhibit symptoms. 
  • Persons who have a fever of 100.4 (38.00C) or above or other symptoms will not be admitted to the facility. 
  • Establish routine, daily symptom screening and temperature checks on arrival, for both staff and children. 
  • Teach and reinforce washing hands frequently. 
  • Reinforce face coverings among all staff, and reinforce among children when feasible. Face coverings are most essential at times when social distancing is not possible. 
  • No shared materials among students, they will bring a personal supply box of materials. 

Facility Cleaning and Disinfecting 

  • Supplies for good hygiene, including sanitizing stations, soap, and paper towels. 
  • Increasing the cleaning and disinfection routine to multiple times per day, focusing on high touch surfaces and areas; disinfecting playground and gym after use between each student group. 
  • Hiring a cleaning crew to clean and disinfect rooms nightly. 

Reporting Cases for Students/Staff: 

  1. Guidance on how to proceed if cases are reported within the facility. 
  2. Notify affected staff and families. 
  3. Determine proper closures and quarantine efforts. 
  4. Communicate with staff and parents regarding the confirmed case and exposure. 
  5. Clean and disinfect the facility as recommended by the CDC. 

If you are ready to being the registration process, please use the following link to begin https://www.stkhec.org/Page/24

Tuition payments can be made online by going to the main Church website: http://saint-katherines.org/, then select the button on the right for Make a Donation, and scroll to the bottom of the form for the Hellenic Education Center – Greek School Tuition Payment. Alternatively, tuition payments will be collected prior to class starting on the first day. 

We look forward to seeing you back for the Fall, in person, or online.  

Please let us know if you have any questions about this notice, or registration details.  

Thank you, 

The HEC Committee