Mater Christi School Reopening Plan
The Mater Christi School Reopening Plan is the result of hours of collaboration and hard work on the part of our school’s Extended Emergency Response Team, our COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, our Principal, our School Office Administration, parents, faculty, staff, our Parish Leadership Team, our Pastor, our School Nurse, Medical Consultants and the School Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. We thank each one for their commitment to the safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff.
On Monday, July 13, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region.
Determinations will be made by regions about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.
While schools have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, Mater Christi School is also planning for remote/distance learning, as well as a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model. Mater Christi School (PreK-8) will restart in person learning (when permitted by the Governor’s Orders) with a capacity of 201 students and 25 faculty and staff members. All students will also be offered the choice a hybrid of in person and remote learning. All classrooms and offices will be set up for social distancing or with barriers if six feet of separation is not feasible. These barriers are appropriate physical barriers between individuals that do not adversely affect air flow, heating, cooling, or ventilation, or otherwise present a health or safety risk. These barriers are in accordance with United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
The plan outlined here is for the reopening of Mater Christi School for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to the school campus. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Reopening Guidance for Religious and Independent Schools, the Religious Services Guidelines on the New York Forward website and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our school.
Tammy Crasto will serve as the school’s COVID-19 Safety Coordinator along with Sister Deborah Timmis, CSJ, School Principal.Together they will serve as a central contact for stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the school is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. As stated in our Plan Overview. “The Mater Christi School Reopening Plan is the result of hours of collaboration and hard work on the part of our school’s Emergency Response Team, our COVID-19 Safety Coordinator, our Principal, our School Office Administration, parents, faculty, staff, our Parish Leadership Team, our Pastor, our School Nurse, Medical Consultants and the School Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany”.
Tammy Crasto, COVID-19 Safety Coordinator
Sr. Debbie Timmis, CSJ, School Principal
Contact information will also be posted using the school’s communication platforms:
- SwiftReach (email, text and phone alert system)
- the school website (www.mcsalbany.org)
- Seesaw (parent communication)
- Google Classroom