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October 23, 2020   Announcement

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.

We understand that there is inherent risk in engaging in activities during a pandemic, including attending school in person. We also understand that if risks are taken outside of the school, it increases the likelihood of members of our community contracting this virus. We all want to remain safe and healthy and be able to attend St. Peter’s in person, so we must all take responsibility for our actions. Therefore, it is imperative that we are all mindful of the health and safety of the entire community as we make decisions about our engagement with people outside of the school.

We have seen the rapid infection of large numbers of people in a short period of time when we do not strictly adhere to the advice of medical experts based on the science of how this virus spreads.

We also know that there is fatigue in wearing a mask, sadness in being apart from friends and loved ones, and frustration as we all must continue to adhere to these expectations while others do not. Keeping everyone safe is the responsibility of each one of us and we all deserve to be safe.

In addition to the many mitigation efforts we have in place at SPS, please consider the following specific guidelines to help SPS community members remain safe during this pandemic:

  • Keep your child at least 6 feet away from others who don’t live with them and those who are sick

  • Wear a face covering when in public and when in contact with people you do not live with

  • Make sure your child washes their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Stay home if your child or anyone in your family has any symptoms of illness, feels sick, has a fever, or if potentially exposed to any individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has symptoms of COVID-19 after “close contact”. (“Close contact” per the CDC means contact within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset; or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection until the time the patient is isolated)

  • It is our expectation that all SPS household members who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will seek medical attention, and if there is concern for COVID-19 infection, will isolate and/or quarantine according to Department of Health guidelines

  • Get a flu shot this season

  • Reduce or eliminate social gatherings with large groups of people, especially indoors

  • Avoid sleep-overs for children

  • For playdates, the risk of COVID-19 increases as follows: (from the CDC)

  • Lowest risk: No in-person playdates. Children connect virtually (via phone calls and video chats)

  • Medium risk: Infrequent playdates with the same family or friend who is also practicing everyday preventive measures. Children maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other during the playdate. Playdates are held outdoors. (Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor space where there is less ventilation and it might be harder to keep children apart)

  • Highest Risk: Frequent indoor playdates with multiple friends or families who are not practicing everyday preventive measures. Children do not maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other

We expect everyone to do their part to accomplish our main goal of keeping our staff and students healthy and continuing in-building instruction.

Thank you.