Week of February 7, 2022
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Hot Off The Press
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING KICKS OFF TODAY!
St. Hilary School is proud to participate in the 2022 Souper Bowl of Caring! This year's campaign will kick off Monday, February 7 in anticipation of the 56th Super Bowl between the L.A. Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. St. Hilary School students are being asked to donate cans of soup to help tackle hunger in Summit County. For each donated can, students will cast a vote for the team they believe will win the Super Bowl. Cans will be collected in homerooms through Friday, February 11. Thank you for helping us tackle hunger!
BUDDY / THEME DRESS DOWN DAY FEBRUARY 9
Due to the snow day last Thursday, we have rescheduled our buddy / theme dress down day to this Wednesday, February 9.
STAFF VS. STUDENT SOCCER GAME, NEW SHS SHIRTS FEBRUARY 11
Our Staff vs. Student soccer game has been rescheduled for Friday, February 11. Also, all students should wear the new SHS shirts they received from Parents' Association with uniform bottoms on February 11.
RED AND WHITE DRESS DOWN DAY FEBRUARY 14
To celebrate Valentine's Day and St. Hilary School, students may dress down in red and white on Monday, February 14. Please refer to the school handbook for dress down day guidelines.
KIDS HEART CHALLENGE IS UNDERWAY!
We are starting the second week of the Kids Heart Challenge and it's going AWESOME! We have received many donations online through the website www.heart.org/khc. Students, if you have not registered yet, go to the link above to make your own personal fundraising site and link! You can even post your individual fundraising link on your parents' Facebook page. Don't forget to thank your donors! You can do this by posting a video thanking them all! What a FUN way for you to show your friends and family that you support the American Heart Association by fighting heart disease.
ALMOST SOLD OUT! DON'T MISS OUT!
ONLY 6 CRYSTAL COMMEMORATIVES LEFT!
ONLY 6 Crystal Commemoratives are remaining to fill the window in the Horning Hall alcove! All of the 12" x 12" and 12" X 6" crystals are SOLD OUT! There are only 6 – 6" x 6" crystals remaining available for $2,500 each. Crystals can be paid for over 5 years. These beautiful etched glass panels support the St. Hilary School Endowment Fund and are a great way to honor a special person or occasion or memorialize your family's name as part of the St. Hilary community. Crystals are going fast so don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this lasting legacy. Contact St. Hilary Parish Foundation Development Director Diane Sarkis at 330-608-4787 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Main Event
REGISTRATION FOR NEW STUDENTS BEGINS FEBRUARY 7
RE-REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS ENDS FEBRUARY 10
Registration for new students entering grades K-8 for the 2022-2023 school year at St. Hilary School will begin February 7 at www.st-hilaryschool.org. Please click here for a checklist of items required for registration. Please click here for a direct link to our online new student registration page. Appointments for Kindergarten Screening will be made at this time. Incoming kindergarteners need to be registered by February 25 to be included in planning for Kindergarten Screening. Questions? Please email Debbie Sinopoli at email@example.com.
Re-registration for returning students has been underway since January 5. The deadline to complete re-registration is February 10. Complete information about re-registration was emailed to all school families on January 5 and can also be found here.
Thank you to all who have already gone online to Gradelink to complete the re-registration process for the 2022-2023 school year. We have noticed that many of you have begun the process online but have not yet submitted your $150 per child registration fee and voucher, which is the necessary last step to complete your registration. Also, many have not begun the process at all. The system automatically flags anyone who has not completed all the steps in the process. We are monitoring the system and you will be notified if you have not initiated the process close to the February 10 deadline, as well as if you are missing any steps in the process. No news is good news, so unless you hear from the school office or receive a notice through Gradelink, you can consider the process complete.
You will need to access the Gradelink system to complete online re-registration. If you have misplaced or forgotten your Gradelink code, please contact Mary Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for the school Google calendar
~ February 7: New Student Registration for 2022-2023 begins
~ February 9: Buddy / Theme Dress Down Day & Buddy Bingo rescheduled from February 3
~ February 9: Grade 2 First Communion Parent Meeting 6:30 - 8:30 pm
~ February 10: Re-registration due for returning students
~ February 10: March Hot Lunch ordering ends
~ February 10: Grade 1 Reading Party
~ February 10: Spelling Bee at 1:15 pm in Horning Hall
~ February 11: Wear new SHS shirts with uniform bottoms rescheduled from February 4
~ February 11: Staff versus student soccer game rescheduled from February 4
~ February 11: Ski Club
~ February 14: Red & White Dress Down Day
~ February 14-25: CAT Testing for Grades 1, 3, 5, 7
~ February 15: Student Council Officers Meeting at 3:15 pm
~ February 17: Third Quarter Interim Reports
~ February 17: Student Council Meeting at 3:15 pm
~ February 17: Grades 6-8 Youth Group 3:15 - 4:40 pm (students meet Mr. Schechter in main hallway)
~ February 18: No School - Accreditation Inservice Day
~ February 18: Ski Club (even though there is no school)
~ February 21: No School - Presidents' Day
~ February 22: Geography Bee at 1:30 pm in Horning Hall
~ February 25: Junior High Dance 7:00-9:00 pm in Horning Hall (details to follow)
~ February 26: Grade 2 Jesus & Me painting 8:00 am - 1:00 pm in Multi-Purpose Room
CELEBRATION 2022: A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS
SAVE THE DATE!
Join us May 21 from 6 to 11 pm as we enjoy Celebration 2022: A Night Under The Stars in the party tent on our very own campus! As we ease back into normal, we look forward to bringing our school community together for this exciting night of friendship and fundraising!
You've never been to a Celebration like this before! Join us for a casual, al fresco evening featuring a variety of food, a bar serving beer and wine, appetizer stations, dessert stations, live music, and so much more! Come enjoy getting back together with friends old and new in this fun, festive, fuss-free setting! Casual attire is perfect for this laid-back event!
Save the date now, and watch for more information!
Ticket purchase is open to anyone, not just St. Hilary School families, so invite your extended family and friends to join in the fun, too!
We are still in need of volunteers! If you are interested in helping with Celebration this year please click here. Want to learn more before signing up? Contact any of the Celebration chairs: Brianne Alaburda at 330-770-8207, Erin Klaus at 330-322-7568, or Tara Reuscher at 330-618-6508. We have a team approach this year and duties are being divided so no one person has to do too much. We would love to have you join our team and help make this a night to remember!
Want to help with Celebration but don’t know how? Consider donating an item for our silent auction! In addition to our Amazon wish list items (see below), we are accepting and encouraging additional donations. Please use the form attached below to let us know about your item. This will help us keep accurate records so we can appropriately acknowledge your donation for your tax purposes. Questions? Contact Erin Klaus at email@example.com. Thank you so much for your help in making this event a success!
AMAZON WISH LIST!
Not sure what to donate? Check out our Amazon Wish List!
Back by popular demand we are encouraging anyone who would like to donate a silent auction item to check out our Amazon Wish List. Don’t forget to take advantage of Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals this month! All of our items will be shipped directly to us and stored until our event in May. We will be updating it and adding new items throughout the remainder of the school year. Thank you for your support!
PLAYGROUND MONITORS NEEDED
Looking for a fun way to be involved at school, see your child during the school day, get some fresh air, and make some extra money? Consider being a playground monitor! Help is needed for the 2021-2022 school year in order to ensure that our students are properly supervised during recess. Monitors work just a couple of hours each day, so this is the perfect part-time job for those with limited time! If you are interested in learning more, please contact Cassie Samaan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED
We are always in need of individuals to serve as substitute teachers. A summary of requirements would include the following: a bachelor's degree in any subject, Virtus training, a background check including fingerprinting, and a substitute teaching certificate. If you meet (or are able to complete) these requirements and are interested in being added to our pool of substitute teachers, please email a current resume to Miss Malick at email@example.com as soon as possible.
SCAN AND SUBMIT RECEIPTS FOR "BOX TOP" PRODUCTS TO EARN MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL
The Box Tops program has gone digital! Now it's even easier to support our school with your grocery purchases! Click here for details!
Growing Together in Faith
SCHOOL MASS FEBRUARY 11
Please note that during the current spike in COVID cases, grade levels attending Mass in person are subject to change.
Our next school Mass for the 2021-2022 school year will be February 11 at 9:30 am planned by grade 5 (grades 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 will attend in person). The school Mass will be live streamed and available to view at http://sthilarychurch.org/live/. You will be able to view all live streamed Masses through this site. A copy of this year’s liturgy schedule can be found in the Forms and Documents section under the Red Folder on the school website. Masses are also posted on the school Google calendar. Upcoming Masses are February 25 planned by grade 8 (grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8 will attend in person), and March 2 (Ash Wednesday) planned by grade 6 (grades K, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 will attend in person). There is no school on February 18 and no Mass on March 4 due to Ash Wednesday Mass.
We will continue to celebrate Mass together each week and on holy days. Students will attend school Mass on a rotation with other select grade levels (not the whole school). Only parents / grandparents of the participating class may attend Mass in person, and must sit in the back of the Church away from students. THOSE ATTENDING SCHOOL MASSES MUST WEAR MASKS.
Masses will be live streamed and available for all to watch, and students not attending Mass in person will watch live streamed Mass from their classrooms. Eucharistic ministers will come to the classrooms to distribute Holy Communion. We will handle other religious services and events in a similar way.
Called to be Christ to Others
PLEASE PRAY FOR...
YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE
Mr. Schechter, our Director of Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults, is excited to announce that "New Fire", our youth ministry program for grades 6-8, will return on Thursday, February 3! Details are as follows:
Participating students need to meet at 3:15 pm in the main hall by the new school office. Mr. Schechter or Fr. Cameron will walk students over to the Spiritual Center.
Parents, please park in the lot and walk to the sidewalk outside the parish office to pick your child up promptly at 4:30 pm.
Meetings will take place every other week on the following dates:
2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26
Light snacks will be served at the February 3 meeting.
Questions? Please contact Mr. Schechter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH HOT LUNCH ORDERING ENDS FEBRUARY 10
Hot Lunch ordering for March began February 1. All orders must be placed and paid for online by the February 10 deadline. Late orders cannot be accepted. Questions? Please contact Hot Lunch Coordinator Becky Vieltorf at email@example.com.
THE MESSY FAMILY PROJECT FEBRUARY 11-12
2022-2023 SCHOOL CALENDAR
We are beginning to receive inquiries about our 2022-2023 school calendar. We have just received the information needed from the Diocese of Cleveland to begin building our calendar and that process is underway. Once the calendar is created, it must be approved by the Diocese of Cleveland. As soon as we receive approval, we will be able to publish our calendar. We hope to be able to share that with you by the end of February / early March.
MORNING DROP-OFF REMINDERS
On Both Sides:
- Please pull up to the sign at the end of the drop-off area. This allows more cars to stop between the two signs. All cars that fit within the zone between the signs may unload at the same time.
- Please make sure students are ready to exit the car when they arrive. Seatbelts need to be unfastened, backpacks need to be loaded and zipped, masks and winter gear need to be ready, and last minute discussions about the day need to be handled before the point where students need to exit so as not to hold up the line.
On The Moorfield Road Side:
- Please do not pull around stopped cars when they are dropping off students. Occasionally, a driver may need to exit from the non-curb side, and passing creates a dangerous situation.
On The Parking Lot Side:
- Please do not pull up to areas other than the designated car line to drop off. If you do not want to wait in the line, you may park in the lot and walk your child to the building.
- Please do not pull beyond the sign at the end of the drop-off area. Please keep the crosswalk clear for pedestrians.
ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLY WITH HAIR POLICY
All students must comply with the school hair policy as set forth in the dress code section of the school handbook. Students not in compliance will receive a MIN.
Hairstyles should be clean, neat, and conventional in style and remain the student’s natural color. Highlighting must be subtle and a natural shade of the student’s hair color. Hair beading that is not excessive or distracting is permitted for girls. Fad or trend haircuts, shaved lines, tails, or bi-level cuts are not permitted. Young men’s hair should be above the eyebrow, off the collar and at or above the opening of the ear; hair should be tapered with no excessive fullness. The difference between the length of the sides and back versus the top must be less than 2”. Facial hair is not permitted for young men. Hair styles and length are subject to the administration’s approval.
A FEW REMINDERS - PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH CAREGIVERS
For the safety of the children, please take a moment to read these reminders. Thank you!
- We are a cell phone-free campus during drop-off and pick-up. For the safety of our children, please refrain from using your phone during these few minutes.
- When dropping off on the parking lot side of the building, please stop before the cross walk in order to leave the cross walk clear for pedestrians crossing from the lot to the building. Please do not stop on the cross walk to drop off.
- When pulling forward, please make sure you are looking forward and that the path in front of and around your vehicle is clear before moving the vehicle.
- Three to four cars can fit in the drop-off zone. All cars in the drop-off zone can unload at the same time to help keep the lines moving.
- Please be sure your child is completely clear of your car before pulling away. Water bottles are often dropped and may roll under cars. Please instruct your child not to reach under the car or run back to the car for a forgotten item. Adults on duty will assist.
- Please do not put your car in park and get out of the car in the drop off lines. If your child needs assistance getting out of a car seat or unbuckling, please park in the lot, help your child get out, and walk him or her to the building.
POLICY FOR SPORTS ON SNOW DAYS
With wintry weather around the corner, just a reminder that on days when school is closed due to the weather, sports practices are also cancelled.
REMINDER! ONLY SCHOOL-APPROVED UNIFORM SWEATSHIRTS MAY BE WORN
As the weather turns colder, just a reminder that students in grades 1-8 may wear only school-approved uniform sweatshirts in the classroom. These items may be purchased here.
MASK AND WATER BOTTLE REMINDER
We have had an increasing number of students forgetting to bring masks and water bottles to school. While we do have a supply of both for occasional needs, please be sure your child has these items before leaving home in the morning. Thank you!
PLEASE DO NOT SEND TOYS FROM HOME
Last year with all of the various COVID-related restrictions, we departed from school policy and permitted students to bring toys from home to play with during recess. This year, we ask that students do not bring toys from home unless a teacher specifically requests this for a class activity. Your cooperation will help curb the disappointment caused by personal toys going astray on the playground.
ATTENDANCE EMAIL ADDRESS NOW AVAILABLE
We now have two options for reporting student absences:
- Call our school attendance line at 330-867-8720, ext. 350, or
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Although not necessary, you may also email your child's teacher as a courtesy. Please do not email other school staff regarding absences, as our dedicated attendance email inbox is checked each morning, but other emails may not be immediately received.
Whether calling or emailing, please state your child's name, grade, and the reason for the absence, including specific symptoms if due to an illness. If the school has not been notified of the absence by 10 am by either call or email, a call will be made to parents.
Please contact teachers directly regarding requests for homework; however, please understand that requests may not be able to be filled until the next day if the teacher does not see your request until late in the day. Thank you for understanding that our teachers' first priority during the day is teaching.
TIME TO ORDER 2021-2022 YEARBOOKS
Ordering is now open for our 2021-2022 school yearbook! This beautiful full-color book is available in a soft cover format for $25 or a hard cover format for $30. All ordering must be done directly through Lifetouch at ybpay.lifetouch.com. The order code is 3685722. The deadline to order is May 27, 2022. Please keep a record of your order - the school has no access to or record of orders.
DAILY LOGISTICS TO NOTE
- If your child will be absent, tardy or picked up early for any reason, please call the school office at 330-867-8720 to report this. You may speak with a secretary during school hours or leave a message on the attendance line 24/7. Absences must be reported to the school office by 9:30 am on the day of the absence. We are required by law to follow up with families who do not do so. You may also notify teachers and Latchkey as a courtesy. It is not necessary to email other school staff.
- If a student needs to be picked up for an appointment or is ill and being picked up to go home, please pull up to the Moorfield Road door, call the school office at 330-867-8720, and your child will be signed out with your permission and released to your car under staff supervision.
- Students who are ill may not return to school until they are symptom free for a full 48 hours (2 days) without fever reducing medication OR they have a negative COVID-19 test (must provide test results) OR they have a note from the attending physician stating that symptoms are not the result of COVID-19. There is no incentive to come to school when ill. The perfect attendance award has been eliminated. The policy on excessive absence will be reviewed and applied on a case-by-case basis during the duration of COVID-19.
- The drop off bins have been relocated to the Moorfield Road side of the building to allow 24/7 access. If a lunch or other forgotten item needs to be dropped off to a student in a time-sensitive manner, please call the school office at 330-867-8720 or ring the bell at the Moorfield entrance door, let the secretaries know what you are dropping off and for whom, and leave the item – clearly labeled with the student’s name and room number or teacher – in the drop-off bin. A staff member will retrieve the item and get it to the student.
- Parents and visitors will have very limited access to the school building and every effort will be made to conduct business in a contact-free / virtual manner when possible. Masks are required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
MASKS REQUIRED AT SCHOOL MASSES
Parents and grandparents of students participating in school Masses may attend Mass in person. Masks are required at all school Masses regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation.
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VERIFY & UPDATE ONE CALL NOW INFORMATION VIA SELF-UPDATE PORTAL
As the new year begins, please make sure we have your current telephone number(s) and email address(es) in our One Call Now database. Doing so will ensure you receive the latest mass email updates, as well as phone calls in the event of snow days or school emergencies.
New families: Please make sure you have returned the yellow One Call Now form contained in your child’s acceptance packet so your One Call Now account can be set up.
Returning families and new families who have returned yellow One Call Now forms: Please click the My School button at the top right corner of the school website, login, and click the One Call Now link to be directed to our new One Call Now Self-Update Portal. Click the green SIGN UP button as a first-time user to create your login for the secure portal. Users will be able to view only their own information. Follow the prompts to verify and update your information as needed. Please retain your login information so you can return to the portal and simply login to make any necessary future updates.
Please contact Mrs. Smith at email@example.com with questions.
REMINDER: "TEACHER REQUESTS" NOT PERMITTED
As student registration for 2022-2023 approaches, we are beginning to receive questions about "teacher requests". Please be reminded of the following information that was announced August 1:
► "TEACHER REQUESTS" COME TO AN END
Under previous leadership, information began to be published at re-registration time each year to clarify the manner and deadline to make concerns known regarding class placement that may affect student learning needs. Such concerns were to be communicated in writing to teachers by March 1 each year. Over the years, parents began to interpret this yearly notification as an invitation to request particular teachers for students. As leadership changed and we moved together through the COVID pandemic, every attempt was made to accommodate families' needs when special requests were made due to the challenging times we were all experiencing. However, we have been inundated with requests for months, continuing into the summer, and we simply cannot continue to accommodate requests if we are to achieve properly balanced classes. While some concerns shared have been valid, requests have been coming in for reasons such as "I've heard great things about teacher X", or "All my other children had teacher X", or, in many cases, for no reason at all. Requests have been received not just from parents, but from aunts, grandparents and other well-meaning relatives and friends. Therefore, as we return to normal, we also need to end what was never intended to be license for parents to request particular teachers for their children. In other words, "teacher requests" have come to an end.
► KEEP LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN
Instead, we encourage every parent to have open and ongoing dialogue with his or her child's teacher about the child's needs beginning at the start of the school year. Things that can and should be shared with teachers include concerns about the child's learning or social-emotional well-being, as well as changes in the family situation, illness in the family, and similar matters. We want to clarify that this dialogue should be between the teacher and the parent, not other family members or friends. In reality, children spend more time interacting with their teachers and classmates than with their own parents during the school year, so our teachers get to know your children quite well. Teachers are generally very good judges of your children's personalities, learning styles / needs, peer relationships, and more, and they work hard to make sure all of those factors are considered when placing students in classes for each subsequent year. If you have kept the lines of communication open with your child's teacher throughout the school year, there should be no doubt in the teacher's mind about which placement will be best for your child for the coming year. Teachers begin creating classes in the spring; hence, the previously communicated March 1 deadline. Please do not wait until the spring to begin a conversation with your child's teacher about a situation you feel may impact your child's learning.
► MANY FACTORS AFFECT CLASS PLACEMENT
We realize how important it is to you that your child be placed in a classroom setting that will be the best fit for him or her. This is our priority as well, as it is for each of the more than 500 students we educate each year. When class lists are created, your child is one piece of a much larger puzzle with many factors that must be considered to ensure the best placement for every child. These dynamics control which students can be together, which students should not be together, and which students need to be with which teachers. There are a myriad of reasons behind each and every decision that goes into creating each class. We are blessed to have three classes in every grade level, which allows us greater leeway in creating balanced classes that aim to foster the spiritual, academic and social-emotional growth of every student. Additionally, our administration monitors the "big picture" to ensure that every angle is considered as classes are created. However, it has been challenging for us to work around the overwhelming number of requests while still weighing every other factor that must be considered in creating classes that work for every student and teacher. We need you to trust us, as educators, to do our jobs and make the best possible decisions for your children.
► EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES
We understand that there may be times when extenuating circumstances create a situation for your family that you did not expect and that may significantly affect your child's learning needs. Please share that with us if it happens, and we will do our best to work with you.
COVID-19 REPORTING FORM
COVID-19 DASHBOARD & REPORTING
Beginning the week of January 10, we will report the total number of student and staff COVID-19-positive cases for the week each Friday. We will no longer break down the cases by grade level as affected families are notified individually.
UPDATE! NEW MASK, ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 7
Effective February 7, the following policies will be in effect:
We have previously stated that we would continue to monitor conditions surrounding COVID-19 to determine when a less-restrictive mask policy could be put in place at our school. With the surge in COVID-19 cases appearing to be on the decline in our area, the number of pediatric and school-associated cases dropping, the number of cases in our school community having dramatically decreased since December, all families who would like to have their children ages 5 and up fully vaccinated now having had the opportunity to do so, and the guidance for the general public and schools in particular regarding isolation and quarantine having changed yet again, we believe it is time to scale back our mask protocols. Effective February 7, we will strongly recommend, but not require, masks, with certain exceptions.
We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we have systematically and regularly evaluated data to make the best possible decisions in order to preserve a safe in-person learning experience for our students and staff. Our mask policy is the only protocol among many layers of protection against COVID-19 that is being reduced at this time. We continue to strongly recommend masks, and as Catholic school leaders, we expect that there will be no stigma attached to any individual’s choice to mask or not. We will also continue to maintain distancing, sanitizing, hand washing, symptom monitoring, temperature checking, and symptom-free return-to-school protocols, at least through the remainder of this school year.
We want to be clear that this decision is being made solely by us as the parish and school administration based on the facts and data available at this time. While we thank those who have taken the time to share their views with us on the topic, please know that our information and guidance comes directly from the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, Summit County Public Health, and the Diocese of Cleveland.
Effective February 7, masks will be strongly recommended, but not required, for students, staff, volunteers, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
However, masks will be required of students, staff, volunteers, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, in the following situations:
When riding buses to and from school or for field trips (the mask policy of the field trip location will be followed while off-site);
At school Mass or prayer services;
At all-school assemblies;
In the school clinic as necessary;
In settings, situations and school spaces when individuals are working in close proximity one-on-one or in small groups; and
If there is an outbreak in a classroom or the school.
We will continue to monitor conditions and may make changes to the mask policy as warranted.
Please make sure your child has enough masks to wear a clean mask each day. A spare mask should be kept in the student’s backpack at all times.
CONTACT TRACING AND REPORTING
In order to operate with our new mask policy, and to protect all students and staff, especially our most vulnerable students and staff, we will continue to contact trace and notify families of exposure.
In order to assist us in tracking and contact tracing, if your child tests positive or is exposed to a positive individual, you will be asked to complete this form immediately upon learning of the positive test result or exposure. You must still contact Mrs. Woodman immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Please click here for easy access to our COVID-19 reporting form.
We will continue to report the total number of student and staff COVID-19-positive cases for the week each Friday. We will no longer break down the cases by grade level as affected families are notified individually. Please click here to view our COVID-19 Dashboard.
ISOLATION, QUARANTINE AND SYMPTOM-FREE POLICY
In relation to isolation and quarantine, we will follow the revised Mask to Stay / Test to Play guidelines issued on January 26. These guidelines serve as a baseline starting point for K-12 schools, with the freedom for schools to expand upon them. Our only deviation from these guidelines is that we will require, not recommend, students who have been exposed to COVID-19 to be tested on the 5th day following exposure. In summary:
ISOLATION FOLLOWING POSITIVE TEST: Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for 5 full days from the date of their positive test. If asymptomatic on day 5, these individuals may return to school on day 6 from the positive test and must wear a mask at all times for 5 days upon return.
QUARANTINE FOLLOWING EXPOSURE REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS OR LOCATION / NATURE OF EXPOSURE: Students and staff who are exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, regardless of vaccination status or location / nature of exposure, may return to school immediately without needing to quarantine. These individuals must wear a mask at all times for 10 days upon return. These individuals must also complete a proctored test on the 5th day following exposure and may remain at school if the test result is negative.
In addition, our 48-hours symptom-free policy remains in effect. As a reminder, this means that your child cannot return to school until a full 48 hours have passed from the last evidence of symptoms, NOT from the start of symptoms. We realize this may be inconvenient, but it has prevented COVID-19 spread in our building on numerous occasions and with the lessening of other protocols, we need to keep this policy in place at this time.
We will continue to offer distance learning in COVID-19-related situations as approved by administration only.
In a few short weeks, we will mark the two-year anniversary of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we have evolved along with the situation, and believe there is no longer a need to continue the COVID-19 Task Force. While we are grateful for the service of the task force members during the past two years, we have not met with the task force since November 8, 2021. Therefore, the task force has been disbanded effective January 31, 2022.
As we move into this new phase of the pandemic and our school response to it, we are aware that our families fall into a variety of situations. Please be mindful that others’ circumstances may differ from those of you or your children, and remember that kindness and respectfulness must be maintained in all interactions with children or adults in our school community. We appreciate your cooperation in talking with your children about this at home to ensure that a Catholic, Christian environment prevails in our school each day.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Fr. Steve Brunovsky
COVID-19 TEST KITS & DRIVE-THRU TESTING AVAILABLE
In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 activity in our school community, we want to remind you that we have a limited supply of proctored "at-home" COVID-19 test kits available in our school clinic. Kits can be obtained by contacting either of our school nurses, Mrs. Bauman at email@example.com or Mrs. Laughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, test kits are available through Summit County Public Health, which is currently offering up to 4 kits per request. Local public libraries in Summit County also have test kits available on a call-ahead basis. Finally, Akron Children's Hospital is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing by appointment. Click here to learn more.
STUDENTS MOVING TO DISTANCE LEARNING OVER THE WEEKEND
Parents, if you contact us between Friday evening and Monday morning with news that will require your child to move to distance learning, please understand that materials will not be ready to make this change until 3:30 pm on Tuesday. Thank you for your understanding of the time needed for teachers to prepare materials while also teaching classes.
DIOCESAN STATEMENT ON MASKS
On August 20, the Diocese of Cleveland issued a statement strongly recommending masks in its Catholic schools. Click here to read the statement.
DID YOU KNOW?...
- If there is a COVID-19 related situation in your household at any time, you must notify Mrs. Woodman ASAP at email@example.com to help determine next steps for your child. This includes your child being exposed, your child having symptoms, your child being tested, your child testing positive, a member of your household being exposed, a member of your household having symptoms, a member of your household being tested, or a member of your household testing positive. Your cooperation is imperative.
- Students who need to participate in distance learning while quarantining or isolating at home for five days or more must allow 24 hours for set-up , including preparation of materials that will be necessary to learn from home.
- Under the CDC guidelines, students exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom setting who consistently wear a mask at school do not need to quarantine.
IMPORTANT TIPS FOR RETURNING TO SCHOOL DURING COVID-19
Below are some tips for families as we return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Things to have at home:
- Thermometer for daily temperature checks
- Working printer and paper in the event of distance learning
Things to bring each day:
- Individual snack (birthday and other treats must be factory sealed or from a bakery - nothing home made)
- Water bottle - disposable or refillable (we have bottle filler fountains)
- Extra mask(s)
What to wear to school:
- Gym uniform if gym day - students will stay in gym clothes all day
- Velcro shoes for kindergarteners / first graders if unable to tie shoes
Click here for 2021-2022 Back-to-School Forms
Click here and here for important Back-to-School information, including arrival and dismissal procedures, the Kindergarten opening schedule, and more
Click here for information about our drop-off and pick-up procedures (note exception for Kindergarteners as shown on opening schedule)
Click here for the 2021-2022 School Handbook and Amendments, including important health and safety information, school policies and procedures, and more
The Admission Policy of St. Hilary School is in accordance with the student acceptance regulations of the Diocese of Cleveland. St. Hilary School admits qualified students of any gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, tuition assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.