School Health Protocol Plan for Incarnation Families

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Return to School Guidelines mandated that three plans be made available to families attending Archdiocese schools. 

They are:

1) a plan for full opening of the Catholic schools,

2) a remote learning plan for use in the event of a required full closure of the school, and

3) a blended operation for students learning at home for illness, quarantine, exposure, heightened risk, etc., while most other students are in the classroom.  Incarnation School’s three plans are detailed in the attachment to this letter.    

The full-time, in-person platform that was described a few weeks ago is the main plan for Incarnation School.  However, some families may need to enroll in a distance option.  This distance option will be available on a quarterly basis.  Teachers will provide assignments and resources for distance learning, the school will provide the technology and materials, and the parents and students will complete the work at home.  This option will be a reversal from the normal classroom in that it will be parent-driven and teacher-supported.  This option is distance learning, rather than virtual learning.  Virtual learning requires a live or video recorded component and placing a camera in a classroom with students in attendance creates many privacy and confidentiality concerns.

Incarnation School will follow all mandates from the State of Ohio, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County.  Governor DeWine recently announced that masks would be required for all students in K-12 buildings, but the details of this announcement have not been made public by the Ohio Department of Health.  Therefore, the mask requirements in this plan may change.  We will communicate changes as they happen and use the most current mandates.  Please remember that this is an ever-changing situation, and we are being flexible in our plans to allow for updates.    

As always, please know that you are all in my prayers.  I ask that you keep all teachers, students, and families in your prayers.  We are all working to create a better tomorrow for our children and prayer must be at the heart of our endeavors.

I know there are likely more questions that haven’t been answered. Please remember that current plans are fluid and may change based upon breaking data or guidelines. I will work hard to keep you apprised of changes if they happen.

Please remember the best defense against the spread of the virus is the commitment we ask of every student, employee and family member to practice safe social distancing, good hygiene and self-care — and wear a face covering — until a vaccine and/or treatment for COVID-19 is available. We care deeply about our students, our employees and our families, and our actions will reflect that.

I was recently sent the following: Remember, you help determine your child’ attitude. Be angry or sad in private. Discuss your frustrations away from the kids. Set them up for success by teaching them to make the best of it. Be a sounding board for their worries and disappointments. Stay positive and model perseverance. May God bless you and keep you healthy and safe as we move into the fall season. We are a strong family and will persevere these unchartered waters.