Returning to School For The 2020-2021 Year

The ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic impact presents a tremendous challenge for schools to resume instruction in August. Saint Joseph Academy aims to balance its mission, values and rigorous academic programming with the health and safety recommendations of the scientific community and as outlined by the Ohio Departments of Health and Education in making return to campus decisions.

Guiding Principles

The following principles guide our discernment in making return to school plans:
  • Remain rooted in the Congregation of St. Joseph’s charism, the mission of Saint Joseph Academy and the best science and research available. 
  • Keep the health and safety needs of our students, faculty, staff and coaches, particularly those most vulnerable, at the forefront of all decision making.
  • Provide an extraordinary education for our young women that prepares them for college and the world beyond.
  • Provide remote learning for students who are unable to attend classes on campus.
  • Promote connectivity, collaboration and empathy. 
  • Keep relationships and community at the center of all we do.
  • Cultivate personal responsibility, action and leadership within our students to ensure academic integrity and accountability.
  • Ensure discernment in decision making. 
  • Promote resilience and adaptability as the fluidity of the pandemic shifts circumstances.
Saint Joseph Academy's Return to School Plan is subject to change based on our evolving understanding of COVID-19 and its impact. Check this webpage often for the latest information.

Guided by the principle of unifying love, it is up to each one of us to keep one another safe. This includes multiple layers of precaution to keep us all working toward a common health goal.

RETURN TO SCHOOL SCHEDULES

Saint Joseph Academy's return to school schedules corresponds with the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 level for Cuyahoga County.

Please reference the Saint Joseph Academy return to school schedules below. 

The Ohio risk levels for each county is released weekly on Thursdays. If there is a change to Cuyahoga County’s level, the Academy will switch to the new corresponding schedule the following Monday.

Students who are full time remote learners will follow the same Level 1, 2 or 3 schedules as students who are on campus. 
 
 

Level 1 - YELLOW

OHIO LEVEL 1/Yellow: Active exposure and spread. Follow all current health orders.

When Cuyahoga County is listed as a Level 1/Yellow, Saint Joseph Academy will have all four grade levels on campus per day.
  • In-person daily teaching instruction and learning for all grades.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet will be maintained in all areas when possible.
  • All students, faculty, coaches and staff are required to wear facial coverings.
  • Remote learning available for students not coming to campus.
 

Level 2 - ORANGE

OHIO LEVEL 2/OrangeIncreased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution. Follow all current health orders.

When Cuyahoga County is listed as a Level 2/Orange, Saint Joseph Academy will have three grade levels on campus per day.
  • In-person daily teaching instruction and learning for three grades a day. (Follow the corresponding grade level calendar for Level 2/Orange.)
  • Social distancing of 6 feet will be maintained in all areas when possible.
  • All students, faculty, coaches and staff are required to wear facial coverings.
  • Remote learning available for students not coming to campus.
  • Location on campus available for those that need to come in for practice or wait for rides.  

Level 3 - RED

OHIO LEVEL 3/Red: Increased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution. Follow all current health orders.

When Cuyahoga County is listed as a Level 3/Red, Saint Joseph Academy will have two grade levels on campus per day.
  • In-person daily teaching instruction and learning for two grade levels a day. (Follow the corresponding grade level calendar for Level 3/Red.)
  • Social distancing of 6 feet will be maintained in all areas when possible.
  • All students, faculty, coaches and staff are required to wear facial coverings.
  • Remote learning available for students not coming to campus.
  • Location on campus available for those that need to come in for practice or wait for rides.
 

Level 4 - PURPLE

OHIO LEVEL 4/Purple: Increased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution. Follow all current health orders.

When Cuyahoga County is listed as a Level 4/Purple, Saint Joseph Academy will have no grade levels on campus.
  • Implement Remote Learning Plan or the Instructional Continuity Plan.
  • All grade levels learn remotely (Follow the corresponding grade level calendar for Level4/Purple).
  • Implement Remote Learning Daily Schedule.
 

Health and Safety Measures

Recent guidance from the State of Ohio, which calls for all schools to “Reset and Restart” in the fall and honoring the unique needs of the Saint Joseph Academy community have been paramount foundations for the plans for coming back to campus. The documents referenced on this page outline the following as critical in being able to safely plan for in-person learning on campus: 
  • Vigilant assessment of symptoms
  • Sanitation and hygiene practices for school and community
  • Social distancing practices
  • Facial coverings 
Safety measures for all students, faculty, staff, coaches and visitors include:
  • Requirement of daily health assessments and a temperature check at designated entrances before being admitted into buildings.
  • A designated room to isolate anyone who suspects she/he may have a COVID-19 symptom until able to leave campus.
  • Reduction of the number of students in each classroom to allow sufficient spacing between the teacher and students, as well as between students.
  • Maximizing all available spaces, indoor and outdoor, for class instruction.
  • Requirement that all students, staff, faculty, coaches and visitors wear facial coverings before entering any building on campus and keep them on while on the property. Disposable masks will be available for students, faculty, coaches and staff.
  • Following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, encouraging washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds whenever possible. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, is available throughout high traffic areas in each building.
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of spaces including classrooms, common areas and high-touch surfaces.
  • Monitor and adjust ventilation systems to increase air filtration and the flow of fresh air.
  • Installation of plexiglass barriers in key locations on campus.
  • Offering limited pre-packaged “grab and go” items for lunch.
  • Visible signage throughout both buildings (both on the walls and floors) as reminders about maintaining proper social distancing, wearing facial coverings, sanitizing, washing hands and directional signs for doors and stairways.
  • Limiting campus visitors.
For Saint Joseph Academy to be successful in bringing students back on campus for in-person learning, we are relying on your partnership to maintain the health and well-being of all students, faculty, coaches and staff. In addition to the health and safety measures outlined, we need your commitment to conduct an at-home assessment prior to your daughter entering the campus. Please keep your daughter at home if she:
  • Registers a temperature higher than 100.0 F or has chills
  • Has a cough
  • Has a sore throat
  • Has a headache
  • Has congestion and/or a runny nose
  • Is experiencing fatigue
  • Has muscle or body aches
  • Is experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Is experiencing a loss of taste and smell
  • Is experiencing GI upset including but not limited to nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Has been in contact with anyone who has recently (within the last 14 days) tested positive for COVID-19
Anyone experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who has been in close contact (within six feet for longer than 15 minutes) with someone who has recently (within the past 14 days) tested positive for COVID-19 should remain at home. Please read the latest CDC Guidelines on what to do if you or your daughter becomes sick.

As previously communicated, please do not travel outside of the State of Ohio two weeks prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 24. If travel during this time is already planned and/or essential, please contact Academic Administration.
The Ohio Department of Health has established a Call Center, staffed by licensed nurses and infectious disease experts to answer questions regarding coronavirus every day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)