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Community Responsibility Statement

All St. Peter’s School community members must work together to uphold the School’s health and safety procedures to protect our fellow community members. To meet our goal of providing an in-person educational experience for as many students as possible as safely as possible, and to reduce the risk to those here at school and in our community, we must all share the responsibility for keeping our community safe.

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An Important Update as of November 12

Virtual Learning Schedule

New Government & City-wide Orders

Safer at Home: New Restrictions in Philadelphia

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, the City and Department of Public Health have announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths. The new “Safer at Home” restrictions are effective November 20, 2020 through January 1, 2021. An extension of these restrictions and/or the implementation of additional restrictions is possible depending on trends in the spread of coronavirus in the city.

CDC on Small Gatherings

Traveler Testing

Dr. Levine issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the commonwealth. If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.This order, which takes effect on Friday, November 20, does not apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.

Strengthened Masking Order

Dr. Levine first issued a masking order on April 15. The order signed on Tuesday, November 17, strengthens this initial order with these inclusions:

  • Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home.
  • When outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors.
  • When indoors, masks will now be required even if you are physically distant from members not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household.
  • This order applies to every indoor facility, including homes, retail establishments, gyms, doctors’ offices, public transportation, and anywhere food is prepared, packaged or served.
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2020-2021 School Year Reopening Plan

The following plan outlines the important and necessary steps we are taking to ensure our community can remain in the building for in-person instruction safely. Society has changed and schools have adapted to the short term reality: uncertainty around the virus, limited testing for most, and anxiety for all as it relates to the economy. The School will remain the community it has always been, adapt the way it delivers instruction while continuing to provide a safe environment for families to bring their children during an increasingly volatile time.

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COVID-19 Advisory Committee

In September of 2020, our School established a Multidisciplinary COVID-19 Advisory Committee (MCAC) to support the Administration in the implementation and adaptation of the School Reopening Plan. The purpose of this group is to bring together medical and professional stakeholders to collaborate with SPS Administration to advise and set appropriate, reasonable accommodations and considerations for the 2020-2021 school year grounded in previous and ongoing COVID-19 related experiences. The Advisory Committee will serve to supplement the Administration’s established feedback loops while providing medical, psychological, and organizational information on COVID-19 related matters.

Meet Valerie R. Hill, Certified School Nurse, MPH, BSN, RN

Valerie received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Tougaloo College, her Masters of Public Health from Mercer University and her Bachelors of Nursing from Georgetown University.

Before making the career switch to school nursing, Valerie worked for over 10 years developing public health programs for various federal, state and local governments as well as non-profit agencies on issues concerning children and families.  A lifestyle shift founded her nursing career, and as a NICU nurse, she learned what it means to treasure every moment of this unpredictable life. In her spare time, Valerie treasures her time with her family and boxer puppy, Rocky.