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Return to School 2021-2022 Updates

 August 25, 2021: COVID-19 Update

Dear Beaumont Parents,

We continue to closely monitor the Covid-19 pandemic by following the spread of infection both here at Beaumont and throughout our larger community. To effectively do this, we ask for your help in partnering with us to ensure we have the most accurate information to help us effectively handle contact tracing protocols and inform future decisions regarding Covid-19 mitigation.  

Covid-19 Vaccination Status 

It is vital that each parent complete the Covid-19 Vaccination Status form by this Friday, August 27. If a student did receive the vaccine, families must upload an image of her vaccine card to FinalForms to qualify under the "Vaccinated Individuals" protocol. Those who choose not to respond will be required to follow the “Unvaccinated individuals” protocol below. 

We have verified the Covid-19 vaccination status of all Beaumont School employees, including coaches, to be at 97.1% fully vaccinated. More specifically, 100% of our faculty and administration are fully vaccinated. 

Quarantine and Reporting Protocols

As required, we will continue to report positive cases of Covid-19 to local health authorities, who will issue isolation and quarantine orders as necessary. In the event that your daughter does test positive for Covid-19, parents are required to report cases directly to Mr. Beyer as soon as possible. 

In the event of a Covid-19 exposure, a summary of the protocols are as follows:

  • Vaccinated Individuals will: remain in person but must wear a mask indoors for 14 days after exposure. If asymptomatic, vaccinated individuals may participate in extracurricular activities and sports.

 

  • Unvaccinated Individuals will: halt immediately from in-person school, sports, and extracurricular activities. Unvaccinated individuals can only return to school 7 days after receiving a negative PCR or antigen test result. The test must be performed at least five days after exposure.  

Covid-19 CasesTable          

Beginning next week, as part of the bi-weekly Beaumont Bulletin, we will publish a Covid-19 Cases and Quarantine Chart to better keep families informed of the spread of Covid-19 at Beaumont School. At this time, we have no known cases of COVID among our student and adult population. It’s worth noting that our Blue Streak Athletic Teams (comprising 123 students) have been practicing, conditioning and playing throughout the summer without incident. 

Masking at School 

As mentioned in our B-Safe Return to School Plan, Beaumont, in alliance with local, state, and federal health agencies, and our medical advisor from the Cleveland Clinic, strongly recommends masking for all individuals when indoors. In our effort to partner with you and inform our decisions moving forward, we ask you to please fill out a short questionnaire regarding your desire to have your child masked while at school. 

 

In Saint Angela,

Wendy Hoke, President

Nick Beyer, Principal


August 12, 2021: Beaumont B-Safe 2021-2022 Plan

As we plan for our third school year amid COVID, the words of St. Angela Merici urge us to “carry on steadfastly and faithfully the work you have undertaken.” In this spirit and with a joyful heart, we have developed the following plan to fulfill our mission to educate our young women in the Ursuline tradition.

Our B-Safe 2021-22 Plan is based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health, and our medical advisors from the Cleveland Clinic.

Following the CDC guidelines, last year allowed us to have a successful school year largely in person and with limited COVID cases. We strongly recommend that everyone in our Beaumont community get vaccinated and wear a mask as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

We look forward to partnering with our students and families once again to foster robust in-person learning in an Ursuline environment that supports all aspects of our students’ physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

To that end, we have put the following measures in place for the 2021-22 school year.

In-Person Learning

We believe that students learn best in person and in the community with one another. We will not be offering any long-term virtual option for the 2021-22 school year. Students will be required to attend class in person. If they cannot attend class due to illness or other reasons, they will be considered absent.

Face Coverings*

Face coverings are recommended for students, faculty, staff and visitors, but they are not mandatory. You have our pledge that Beaumont will support individual family decisions regarding masks. All students will be respected regardless of their choice. 

*This measure is subject to change based upon the evolving guidance from local, state and federal officials or during a time of widespread community virus spread.

 

Vaccinations

The CDC and the Ohio Department of Health strongly recommend that our students, faculty and staff get vaccinated. While we do not require the vaccine, we strongly encourage those who are not vaccinated to do so.

Students who have been vaccinated are asked to upload a copy of their vaccination card to the COVID-19 form on FinalForms during the week of August 23. This information will be used solely for contact tracing.

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

We will continue to report positive cases of COVID-19 to local health authorities, who will issue isolation and quarantine orders as necessary. Our contact tracing and questionnaire protocols will be consistent with the guidelines outlined by the Ohio Department of Health. In the event of a Covid-19 exposure, a summary of the protocols are as follows:

  

  • Vaccinated Individuals will: remain in-person but must wear a mask indoors for 14 days after exposure. If asymptomatic, vaccinated individuals may participate in extracurricular activities and sports.

 

  • Unvaccinated Individuals will: halt immediately from in-person school, sports, and extracurricular activities. Unvaccinated individuals can only return to school 7 days after receiving a negative PCR or antigen test result. The test must be performed at least five days after exposure.

 

In the event, a student is required to quarantine, she will be considered absent. Students will be able to access asynchronously through Google Classroom. Students are encouraged to communicate with teachers directly during such absences to stay up to date as much as possible. It will be the responsibility of the student to make up any missed assignments or assessments. 

Families must submit proof of a student's Covid-19 vaccination to FinalForms to qualify under the "Vaccinated Individuals" protocol.

 

Monitoring Symptoms

Students, faculty, and staff will be responsible for checking their symptoms before coming to school each day. However, we will not be using the Go Evo App or checking temperatures routinely. Students who are not feeling well or who suspect they may be infected with COVID-19 should stay home. Assignments will be available on Google Classroom for students.

 

Social Distancing

Beaumont will continue to encourage students to stay three feet apart indoors. Social distancing measures include:

 

Classroom Seating

  • Nearly all classrooms have been organized and assigned in a fashion that will allow three feet of social distancing. 

Lunch

  • The cafeteria has been organized to seat students at 50% capacity, allowing four students at the table, and increased seating capacity in the adjacent hallways and outdoors (weather permitting).

Lockers and Backpacks

  • Students are assigned lockers, which they can access throughout the day. Students are also permitted to carry backpacks to limit the need to visit lockers and reduce congestion in the hallways.

Outdoor Spaces 

  • Beaumont will use extensive outdoor spaces when appropriate for classes, lunches, and large group activities when appropriate to increase physical distancing. Additionally, students are encouraged to walk outdoors between classes to enjoy the fresh air while also minimizing congestion in the hallways.

 

Handwashing and Sanitation

We will continue to promote regular hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily.

 

Transportation

Because of a CDC mandate in effect for public transportation, all persons must wear masks when traveling on school buses.

 

Athletic Events 

Fall sports season is underway. There currently are no state mandates regarding vaccinations, masks, and social distancing for high school athletics. We will provide updates as we receive them from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

 

Extracurricular Activities

We expect extracurricular activities such as clubs, drama, music, etc., to resume in force this year. We strongly encourage our students to get involved and enjoy activities that help to round out their experiences as Beaumont women. We will continue to monitor the guidance we receive from health professionals and will communicate to our families in the event that a change to any protocol is necessary. 

 

Visitors

We are looking forward to welcoming back our parents and families to celebrate the variety of events on campus. The CDC recommendations for vaccination and masks apply to our visitors as well; however, it is not mandatory.

 

We are so proud of our Beaumont community, particularly how well our students adapted to life during COVID throughout the past 18 months. We look forward to welcoming them back for a new year. Recognizing the challenges experienced, we have a particular focus on well-being this year, finding joy in our every day, being brave, not perfect, deepening our faith and service to others, and discovering our passion to change the world.

May God bless our Beaumont students and families.

 

In St. Angela,

Wendy Hoke, President

Nick Beyer, Principal