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Planning Framework for the 2020/21 School Year

Catholic schools provide a top-quality education. We look forward to continuing that education, in-person and on-line in the school year to come. 

We are guided by four guiding principles for reopening Sacred Heart Catholic School: 
  1. The safety and wellbeing for students and school employees are our primary concerns. 
  2. Everything possible is being done to reopen school buildings and provide a faith-filled education in a safe timely manner. 
  3. The progress of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas remains unpredictable, and it is possible school buildings will be closed again if a significant rise in cases were to occur. 
  4. Faithful citizenship is key- we expect our families to take personal responsibility for the common good as well as for their own safety.  
We live in extraordinary times. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect for our lives and has left a mark on Catholic education. Sacred Heart Catholic School quickly evolved, using the creativity, ingenuity and dedication of our school employees to maintain quality education for our students. Our employees did incredible work during these unprecedented challenges. 
 
We have consulted federal, state, and local guidelines in forming our plan. It is our intent to safely reopen our school buildings to all families this fall and the following information lays out how we plan to do just that. This framework identifies key areas for our school to safely reopen. 
 

Infection Protocols

Before leaving home, please check to see how your child is feeling. If he/she is exhibiting any of the below symptoms in a way that is not normal for him/her, then please keep your child home from school. 
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore Throat
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
If your child is feeling well, then please bring him/her to school. We are excited to greet our healthy students with open arms! 
Sacred Heart will conduct temperature checks prior to anyone entering school grounds. 
To limit exposure, Sacred Heart Catholic School will function as a closed campus as much as possible. Visitors will not be permitted on the campus during the school day. 

Academics and Programming

Recognizing that the need of our families are varied, with some families needing their children o be physically in school so parents can work, and som families have options to stay home with their children either part-time or full-time. SHCS has designed educational option for all families. 
 
On-Campus (Face-to-Face)
Student will be in their classroom with teacher giving instructions in person. Several breaks are scheduled throughout the day, allowing students to take off the mask with social distancing being practiced. 
 
Remote (Synchronous Learning) 
The online option combines lives interaction with teachers to include self-paced learning activities, recorded lessons and/or assignments. 
  • Home students will have the opportunity to interact/participate with their face-to-face classmates and ask questions.
  • Remote learning students will have the same requirements and due dates as in-person students. 
  • Students who choose to remain home and attend online classes must be in school uniform. 
  • Parents may choose between the two options by the quarter. 

Contingency Mandated Plan

In the event that Sacred Heart Catholic School is mandated to follow an at-home decree order again or if an entire class is at home, Sacred Heart Catholic School is prepared to continue instruction through our remote platforms and Google Classroom. If distance learning is required for all students, then teachers will provide more synchronous remote instruction with multiple Zoom sessions per week and asynchronous remote instruction.