10/01/20COVID-19 Protocols During Hybrid Learning
Please be assured that we have been diligently working to prepare for a Hybrid Learning platform for those that choose this. Protocols have been put into place for wellness screenings and temperature checks before students, staff, or visitors will be allowed on campus. Once admitted to campus, face masks will be required at all times. Hand sanitizers have been placed throughout the campus and frequent hand washing will be encouraged. Classroom dismissal times will be slightly staggered, by a minute or two, to limit the number of students in the hallway and staircases, and the egress in those areas will be one-way to avoid face-to-face contact during passing periods. Students and parents will be required to sign and return a Family Pledge document before beginning school to ensure that everyone is aware of their responsibility to maintain the best possible health habits. It is important to remember that our actions outside of school will affect our school community as well as our broader community. We must be conscientious about our daily activities and interactions. Together we can make this a safe and successful school year. Note that we will begin Hybrid learning when the city and the Department of Public Health permit us to do so, and families will be notified via email. The Department of Public Health has adopted a tier system that determines which parts of the community will be open for business at what times based on the number of positive cases and hospitalizations. Please refer to the following link to see the tier system and for more information: Workbook: Plan for reducing COVID-19 We are currently in the “purple tier”. Our goal is to reach the “red tier”, which is where we need to remain for two weeks without our numbers rising to begin our hybrid program. We are making progress towards that, but our numbers must remain steady to move tiers. As soon as we are in the red tier, we will reach out to our families to begin preparations for those that have decided to return with in-person learning. Thank you for your patience. We are all hoping to be back sooner rather than later!
As we reach the sixth-month mark of “safer at home” restrictions, Notre Dame has begun the 2020-21 school year with online classes. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and assessing information and directives from various sources, including the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, the State of California, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and other public officials and agencies. Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students, parents, employees, and other campus visitors.
The Notre Dame technology team has done an amazing job in giving the teachers the tools they need to continue offering a top-quality educational experience for our students. Teachers and students are connecting on Zoom and happy to be back in class. The faculty is doing an outstanding job in keeping the students engaged, which is exactly what they need during this stressful time. Governor Newsom recently announced a revised process for reopening counties based on a four-tiered, color-coded system that tracks counties by the number of COVID-19 cases recorded each day and the percentage of positive cases out of the total number of tests administered. Los Angeles County is currently in the purple tier, which is the highest level and indicates a widespread risk of infection. Once Los Angeles County moves to the red tier and remains there for two consecutive weeks, schools will be permitted to reopen. This decision is out of our control, but once the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health tells us we can return to in-person learning, we will launch our hybrid plan in which half the students at a time will be on campus while the other half are online. We hope that this plan will be in an intermediate step to having all of our students safely on campus. Please join us in our prayers for an end to the pandemic.
Some of you may have noticed a new app on your NDHS iPads called Visitu Mobile. Visitu is our new visitor management system that will be used to pre-screen all visitors and provide everyone with a touch-free check-in process. As some of you prepare to return to the NDHS campus for various reasons (meetings, extracurricular activities, etc.), you will be required to go through our new touch-free check-in process in the Gym Lobby as soon as you arrive on campus.
Although the Visitu app has been pushed to your NDHS iPads, it is advisable that you set-up the app on your mobile phones as well (this is not required and is optional). By adding Visitu to your mobile device, you will be able to use your device to check-in without bringing your NDHS iPad every time you come to campus. The attached PDF
will walk you through setting up the Visitu app on your NDHS iPads as well as your mobile phones.
If you are approved to come to campus, the pre-screening/check-in process will be as follows:
- Students complete the COVID-19 survey on the Visitu Mobile app prior to coming to campus.
- Upon arriving to campus, immediately proceed to the Gym Lobby.
- Scan your QR code/badge (shown on the Visitu mobile app) from your mobile phone or NDHS iPad.
- The Visitu app will then prompt you to continue the check-in process on your device.
- Once checked in, proceed to have your temperature taken at the designated locations.
While on campus, your mask must remain on and you should remain 6 feet apart at all times.***
Students that do not follow the above procedures may not be allowed back on campus.
For assistance with the Visitu app, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
. For COVID related questions, please email our COVID coordinator, Mrs. Bradley, at COVID19@ndhs.org
It certainly hasn't been the same without you all here since we started our distance learning program last March. The administration, faculty, and staff all look forward to the day we are able to bring you all back safely! Until then, please continue to stay safe and healthy.