COVID-19 Update ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE ON THE MASK POLICY FOR FALL 2021:“UPDATE TO THE MASKING POLICY FOR FALL 2021 IN LIGHT OF THE NEW DIRECTIVE FROM GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER, THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH CARDINAL SEAN O’MALLEY, HAS IMPLEMENTED UNIVERSAL INDOOR MASK WEARING FOR ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF THROUGH january 15, 2022. THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON, FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF THE CARDINAL AND THE HOLY FATHER, URGE VACCINATION AS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO BRING THIS PANDEMIC UNDER CONTROL AND KEEP FAMILIES SAFE. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.” Masks Masks will be required for all students, faculty, and staff of the school regardless of vaccination status. Children will be allowed to remove their masks during recess and lunch when they are outside. School Building Visits Parents are asked not to come to visit the school building unless it is an emergency. If you need to come to the Office during school hours, please call ahead. We ask that you enter through the main door and seek assistance at the Front Office. Please observe social distancing requirements and use hand sanitizer as you enter. School Cleaning Classrooms and the school will be cleaned every evening and deep cleaned on the weekends. Continuous cleaning during the day will be focused on high impact areas (doorknobs, bathrooms, hallways, entrances and exits, etc). Classroom Health and Safety The health and safety of every child during this time of pandemic is of utmost importance to our faculty and staff. Teachers have been trained on the importance of monitoring the cleanliness of the classroom and providing a healthy environment. Air circulation in classrooms will be a priority. Windows will remain open during the school year to increase ventilation. Each classroom will have HEPA certified Air Purifiers, as well as fans that will help circulate and clean the air. Each classroom is equipped with hand sanitizer, additional masks, gloves, and sanitizing wipes. The cleaning staff will be assisting faculty throughout the day when needed. Social distancing will be monitored by the teacher and all students will be required to wear masks. Lunch will be held in the classrooms with 6 ft. social distance, the cafeteria, and the outside space each day. The health and safety of your children while in the classroom setting is of utmost importance as we try, during these challenging times, to bring some normalcy to the classroom environment while providing a quality education. We will have mask breaks, socially distancing activities and outdoor classes when the weather permits. Partnering with families will be crucial once again this year as we face many obstacles due to the global pandemic. We appreciate your support, your patience and cooperation as you work with students at home to practice safety protocols such as wearing a mask and washing hands. We have asked our teachers to reach out in hopes to ease any anxiety that children may have. I am confident that the staff at St Mary of the Hills will do everything in their power to transition students back to school safely. Due to our commitment to providing a safe environment we are a fully onsite learning school. In the event that the State would close due to COVID-19 we would go fully remote for all grades. Our team is working on a robust plan to ensure that all staff are ready and prepared to offer this option if the State mandates remote learning for all schools.