Week of February 28, 2022
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As March 2022 begins, we can't help but remember where we were two years ago, with the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic upon us. We have come so far in so many ways since that time and are excited to ease back to normal. The new beginnings promised by spring and the season of Lent reinforce the hopefulness we feel as we move toward the last quarter of the school year and plan for 2022-2023.
Our observance of the season of Lent will begin with our Ash Wednesday Mass on March 2. Our seventh graders will present the Stations of the Cross on March 10, and our eighth graders will present the Mime of the Passion on April 11. Fittingly, our eighth graders will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during this special liturgical season, on March 27. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this important day. Students in grades 2-8 will have Reconciliation on March 15, and our Breakfast of Champions Lenten opportunity for seventh and eighth graders will return on March 22. Additional Lenten observances can be found in the Growing Together in Faith section below.
Students in grades K-8 completed MAP testing in January, which is the second round of this progress-based testing for the school year. CAT testing for grades 1, 3, 5 and 7 was administered last month. The final MAP testing session for grades K-8 will take place in April and May. Thank you for avoiding scheduling appointments during testing.
Third quarter interim reports were issued on February 17, and the quarter ends on March 24. Students should be working on achieving goals set for the remainder of the quarter and the year. Third quarter report cards will be available on Gradelink on March 29. When the fourth quarter begins on March 28, students will again be permitted to wear uniform shorts but turtlenecks will no longer be permitted. As a reminder, there is no school March 25 due to a teacher inservice day. Spring Break will begin on April 14 and school will resume on April 25.
Planning is in progress for the 2022-2023 school year, and re-registration is a critical part of that process. We appreciate that so many of you have promptly completed your online re-registration for next year. If you have not yet done so, please help us plan appropriately for next year’s classes, staffing, and potentially ongoing social distancing, by logging in to Gradelink and completing your child’s re-registration now. We are also registering new students for next year, and while we do not yet know what social distancing requirements we will be required to follow in classrooms, we want to be sure we have physical seats for our current students who plan to return. Last school year, we were unable to accommodate in-person more than 50 new students and some former students who had withdrawn and wanted to return, so we strongly encourage you to re-register your child now if you have not already done so. Teachers will soon begin assigning placement for students for next year, and students can be considered in this important planning only if they are registered.
Looking ahead to later this spring, we are thrilled to be able to bring back our annual Celebration event in person, with A Night Under The Stars in the party tent on our school grounds. This event is as important to building community as it is to fundraising, and we hope you will soon be purchasing your tickets for this fun evening if you haven't already!
My staff and I wish you and your families continued blessings in your Lenten journeys and during the upcoming Easter season!
Hot Off The Press
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS DAY MARCH 7 - WEAR ORANGE
Did you know March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month? In conjunction with the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities, St. Hilary School will celebrate the unique abilities of each individual by wearing orange shirts with uniform pants/skirts on Monday, March 7. In addition, the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities will provide our school with celebration swag to help make the day festive. We look forward to this special day to kick-off National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!
FREE ADMISSION AT AKRON ZOO
March 5-7 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Wear orange to the Akron Zoo and receive free admission for the day! March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to kick off the month, the Akron Zoo is partnering with the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities and celebrating people of all abilities.
OPPORTUNITY FOR LENTEN ALMSGIVING AND PRAYER
You may have heard in the news about the recent fire at St. Anthony of Padua School in Parma. This tragic fire has displaced students and teachers and destroyed needed supplies and equipment at one of our fellow Catholic schools, and we would like to help. As we prepare to begin our Lenten journey, we invite you to share a donation in any amount as part of your Lenten sacrifice. Almsgiving is one of the main things the Church asks us to practice in Lent, but it can be hard to see the fruit or worth of that, especially for students. It would be especially meaningful if students' donations came from money they have earned by doing chores at home or good deeds to help others. All donations will be used to purchase gift cards on St. Anthony of Padua School's wish list to help them replace needed items. We will collect donations in homerooms on Ash Wednesday, March 2. To remind us of the shared mission of all Catholic schools, and to observe the beginning of Lent as we participate in Ash Wednesday Mass together, we will remain in uniform for this collection day. Your support is greatly appreciated! Equally important, Pope Francis has called for Ash Wednesday to be a global day of prayer and fasting for peace. We invite you to make this day of prayer a part of your Ash Wednesday, and to continue to pray for peace throughout your Lenten journey. As Pope Francis said, may the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.
APRIL HOT LUNCH ORDERING MARCH 1-10
Hot Lunch ordering for April will begin March 1. All orders must be placed and paid for online by March 10. Late orders cannot be accepted.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM FACTS
FACTS Tuition Management Service has an important update for school families. Please click below for details.
Click here for the school Google calendar
~ March 1: April Hot Lunch ordering begins (through March 10)
~ March 2: Ash Wednesday - Mass at 9:30 am (No Mass Friday, March 4)
~ March 3: Youth Group for Grades 6-8 3:15-4:40 pm - students meet in main hallway
~ March 3: Faculty Meeting via Zoom at 3:30 pm
~ March 4: Grade 8 to Pittsburgh
~ March 7: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day - Wear Orange (Not a Dress Down Day)
~ March 8: Our Lady of the Elms visit with Grade 7 Girls at 8:40 am
~ March 9: High School Shirt Day
~ March 10: Stations of the Cross at 1:45 pm in Horning Hall
~ March 11: Knights of Columbus Fish Bake After School in Multi-Purpose Room
~ March 13: Daylight Saving Time Begins!
~ March 15: Grades 2-8 Reconciliation
~ March 15: Student Council Officers Meeting at 3:15 pm
~ March 16: Grade 8 Confirmation Retreat
~ March 16: Irish Dance Performance for Grades K-7 in Horning Hall at 1:45 pm
~ March 17: Dress Down in Green - Bring $1 for Klenotic Scholarship
~ March 17: Student Council Meeting 3:15 - 3:45 pm
~ March 17: Grades 6-8 Youth Group 3:15 - 4:40 pm
~ March 18: Jane Klenotic Scholarship awarded at Mass
CELEBRATION 2022: A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS
Join us May 21 from 6 to 11 pm as we enjoy 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! It's time to purchase your tickets and raffle tickets! For more information, please click here!
Interested in donating a silent auction item or sponsoring this event? See the attached donation form and sponsorship form!
Any questions? Please contact co-chairs Brianne Alaburda, Erin Klaus and Tara Reuscher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MARCH 2
Our next school Mass for the 2021-2022 school year will be March 2 at 9:30 am (Ash Wednesday) planned by grade 6. All students 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 March 11 planned by grade 1, and March 18 (Jane Klenotic Scholarship) planned by grade 2. There is no school on February 18 and March 25, and no Mass on March 4 due to Ash Wednesday Mass.
We will continue to celebrate Mass together each week and on holy days. 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.
PARISH LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES BEGIN MARCH 2
St. Hilary Parish offers a full slate of events and observances to help make your family's Lenten journey more meaningful. Please click below for details.
Called to be Christ to Others
PLEASE PRAY FOR...
Heidi Vierheller and her family as Heidi recovers from surgery.
The Vierheller family is in need of prayers and meals as Heidi, mom of first grader Landon, recovers from surgery. A Meal Train has been set up for the family. Please click here if you would like to sign up to help provide a meal. Your kindness and generosity are appreciated!
SUMMER CAMP INFO
Summer is around the corner, and that means it will soon be time to register for summer camps! Information about camps will be available in the school office as it is received. At this time, information is available for:
Archbishop Hoban Summer Camps
GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 11:00 AM MASS
The annual Girl Scout Sunday Mass will be March 6 at 11:00 a.m. at St Hilary Church. The purpose of this special day is to reflect on the Girl Scout Promise-- "On my honor, I will try: to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law".
Scouts of all faiths are invited to attend this Catholic Mass. Scouts should wear their uniform sash or vest and sit in any section of the church with their families. Girl Scouts who have earned religious awards or their Bronze, Silver, or Gold awards between March 2020 and March 2022 will be recognized during the Mass (if you let us know ahead of time). All scouts will receive a special blessing from Father and will have the opportunity to stand and recite the Girl Scout Promise as a group. Scouts may attend without their leaders, if needed.
- Leaders: If you have scouts receiving religious awards (My Faith My Promise, Family of God, I Live My Faith, Mary the First Disciple, or Spirit Alive) and medals of highest honor (Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) please contact Stephanie Reese at email@example.com in order to be recognized at Mass. Please include your troop number, names of the girl(s) and what award they have earned. We need names for the program by March 1.
- Parents: If your scout is interested in holding a special part in the mass, we have these positions: 2 readers, 5 petition readers, 3 gift bearers, greeters, and 3 older scouts to be flag bearers. Spots will be filled on a first come basis. Please respond to Christine Fricker at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your scout, troop #, and grade by March 1.
Please reply to Stephanie Reese at email@example.com if you have any questions.
SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Spring Sports Registration is OPEN. – WELCOME TO SPRINGTIME!!!
Please register ASAP. Thank you.- Would prefer by March 1st PLEASE.
Registration Link: https://reg.sportspilot.com/106409/leagues
Sports available for Spring:
All Saints Soccer – Grades 1 and 2
Lacrosse – Girls Grades 3-8 Team set up:
Grades 3-5 combined –
Grades 6-8 combined- COACHES NEEDED
Lacrosse – Boys – we have never had enough to field a team. If you have enough boys to field a team let me know and we can sponsor one
Track – Boys and Girls grades 3-8 – COACHES NEEDED. WE HAVE NO COACHES FOR TRACK
WE CAN NOT HAVE A PROGRAM WITHOUT COACHES.
Contact Kelly Kennedy - firstname.lastname@example.org for coaching interest
Boys Volleyball – 7-8 th grade boys – this will be the first year 8th boys will have a team.- they have a coach
If enough 7th boys and a COACH steps up we will sponsor a team
*** All games will be on the road. We will not host spring indoor events in Horning Hall
***IF YOU DID NOT PLAY A FALL OR WINTER SPORT YOU WILL NEED TO FILL OUT AND TURN IN THE PPF FORM (DR. PHYSICAL). THESE ARE TURNED IN TO THE REGISTRAR (NOT THE COACH)
IT CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE: https://sthilarychurch.org/athletics/registration/
***ALL ATHLETES TURN IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL FORMS TO COACH
Please direct questions to Kelly Kennedy, Athletic Director, at email@example.com.
YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE
"New Fire", our youth ministry program for grades 6-8, is underway! 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:
3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26
Questions? Please contact Mr. Schechter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAA BASEBALL / SOFTBALL / T-BALL REGISTRATION NOW UNDERWAY
Registration for CAA baseball, softball and T-Ball is now open. Please click the flyer below for full details.
SCOLIOSIS SCREENING COMING SOON
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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.
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.
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.
Box Tops for Education benefits our school every time you purchase qualifying products. Please click here for more information.
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.