The following plan was prepared by the school’s COVID Safety Committee using the guidelines published by the Connecticut State Department of Education entitled, “Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together” as well as guidance provided by the Office of the Superintendent of the Diocese of Bridgeport in the document entitled, “We Face It Together: Faith, Academics, Community and Empowerment.”
OLFCA MEETING THE NEEDS OF TODAY'S UNCERTAIN ENVIRONMENT
In these unusual and remarkable times, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy want to remind everyone, although we have been faced with unique challenges, there are some things that have remained:
1. HEALTH & SAFETY:
The children's safety has always been woven throughout our educational practice. Since the start of the virus' impact on our country, steps were taken to address this larger concern. Cleaning and sanitizing regimens were intensified, teachers prepared for possible at-home instruction, and the entire staff and administration immediately made accommodations to maintain our sense of community - never forgetting about the children's emotional well being.
When we return for the 2020-21 school year, we will be vigilant to incorporate health and safety measures at increased levels from our ordinary high level of safety.
2. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE:
Personalized approach to learning that blends small group instruction with technology that is fluid and flexible based upon the ability of the student.
3. SMALL STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO:
Enables adherence to social distancing while MAINTAINING A FULL-TIME, 5-DAY A WEEK SCHEDULE for PreK3- Grade 8.
4. FAITH BASED and COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT:
Emphasizes moral values and inspires Service Above Self.
REOPENING 2020-21 ~ Diocese Guidelines
From Superintendent Dr. Cheeseman
Reopening Document ~ Provided by the Diocese of Bridgeport Superintendent, Dr. Cheeseman:
"As we look toward the 2020 – 2021 school year, we face obvious challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Reopening document contains some of the guidelines that we will follow so that, working together, we can meet those challenges,” said Dr. Cheeseman.
The theme of the plan is “We Face it together,” and the document focuses on faith, Academic, Community, and Empowerment. It covers a wide range of topics related to returning to school including the use of face coverings, physical distancing, sudden closures if necessary, temporary home instruction, and resources for students, parents, faculty and staff.
“We appreciate your patience as we worked diligently to finalize this document. These guidelines were created with every student, parent, faculty and staff member in mind. It is expected that these guidelines will need to adjust as time goes by and conditions change,” he said, of the 14-page Document