March 2021: HNHS Safe Reopening Plan
HOLY NAMES HIGH SCHOOL
SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL
Published and submitted MARCH 15, 2021
Guidelines created by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, Alameda County Office of Education, and Diocese of Oakland have helped determine a list of directives for community members. These directives apply to Holy Names community members while on and off campus to ensure the health and safety of all community members.
As a school community, we will:
Additionally, we ask that all employees and families review and comply with the Holy Names Social Contract to protect community health.
We all assume risk when we leave our homes, especially during a pandemic. Holy Names is dedicated to continued learning and community connection in 2020-2021 regardless of what form school takes. We appreciate the dedication of our faculty and staff and we pray for the continued health and safety of all community members.
This is the model of education we will use if we are in the High-Risk Conditions in Alameda County and/or as ACOE-ACPHD public health directives allow. All information about Holy Names remote learning can be found in our Distance Learning Plan.
High Risk Conditions -Full Remote Learning
We will have outside events, activities, athletics approved by CIF and NCS and online instruction opportunities on-campus.
We recognize that hybrid learning, which restricts movement and interactions for health and safety reasons, is not a substitute for normal learning and campus life at Holy Names; therefore, we are planning to continue with remote instruction until the 2021-2022 school year. As we end the 2020-2021 school year we will have on-campus opportunities for student connections and engagement.
Even with strict adherence to guidelines, hybrid learning cannot prevent students or employees from contracting COVID-19. We are confident that we will begin the 2021-2022 school year fully on campus after staff is vaccinated.
We will have co-curricular activities on campus after school. Co-curriculars on campus align with ACOE-ACPHD guidelines for small, stable cohorts and will be available as public health conditions allow.
All details, including athletic schedules for various seasons, can be found on our website. For athletics, we are partnering with CIF and North Coast Section leadership to align with peer schools as well as ACOE-ACPHD.
Clubs whose leaders wish to come to campus are coordinating with Principal Jamie Adams and Assistant Principal of Student life Yejide Ankobia to ensure the activities and spaces can be safely accommodated within guidelines.
Spiritual Formation and Service
We will not be offering in-person Liturgies and Masses for the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue to host remote community Liturgies and Masses, and faith-sharing remotely.
We will have in-person grade level retreats as circumstances allow.
CAMPUS HEALTH AND SAFETY - GENERAL
Daily self-screening: All employees and students must perform a self-health screening at home each day before coming to campus and should not come to school if they are sick or experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19. Each day, staff and students who come to campus will be met with a screening and temperature check.
An inclusive list of symptoms of COVID-19 can be found here. Holy Names is requiring self-screening, the home-monitoring may be the safest course of community protection.
We will not be offering COVID Test on campus. It is anticipated that staff will have had the opportunity to receive the vaccine at least two weeks before our return to campus.
Exposure risk is a gradient. Current CDC health guidelines from the ACPHD indicate that exposure is higher risk if it includes 10 or more minutes, unmasked, within six feet of someone with COVID-19. Shorter interactions at greater distances are lower risk. Universal face coverings decrease risk, and being outside is lower risk than being indoors. (This will change with vaccines.)
Holy Names will follow all protocols outlined in ACOE’s COVID-19 School Guidance if an employee or student, on or off campus, tests positive for COVID-19, has been exposed to COVID-19, or is symptomatic. These protocols will be carried out by Holy Names COVID-19 Coordinator.
DISTANCING & FOOT TRAFFIC
Visitors necessary for the school to conduct business (mail delivery, prospective family tours, contractors, etc.) must adhere to the same safety protocols (masks, social distancing, etc.) as employees and students. Parents who remain in their vehicles do not need to be screened and are advised to remain in their vehicles to the greatest extent practicable.
Classroom Disinfection and Cleaning Between Classes: Students will assist in cleaning by wiping down their desk and chairs at the start and end of each class session. Students will use dedicated classroom cleaning supplies to disinfect high touch surfaces, such as door handles, seat backs, and table tops.
Daily Campus Disinfection and Cleaning: Custodial staff will circulate the campus to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, bathroom surfaces.
Daily Bathroom Disinfection and Cleaning: At regular intervals during the day, trained custodial staff will use campus cleaning supplies to disinfect stall doors, counter surfaces, and paper dispensers.
Evening Cleaning: The entire school will be thoroughly clean every evening.
Cleaning Protocols for Contamination: If an area is believed to be contaminated, trained custodial staff will follow a specific procedure to minimize contamination as well as protect their health and safety while cleaning and disinfecting. They will follow CDC recommendations including goggles, gowns, and gloves.
Phone: (510) (510) 450-1110 x.146
Jamie Adams, Ed.D., Principal
Julia Casella, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Constance Hubbard, President
Advisors, Consultants and Partner Organizations
Alameda County Office of Education
Alameda County Public Health Department
Diocese of Oakland
National Association of Independent Schools
Jeanne A. Noble, MD, MA, UCSF - Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director of COVID Response, Parnassus ED; UCSF CARES (Collaborative Advising on Reopening Education Safely); Residency Director of Emergency Medicine Simulation; Director of Advanced Procedural Skills, Department of Emergency Medicine; Global Health Affiliate Faculty
Jamie Adams, Ed.D.
Student Life/Co-Curricular Committee
COVID-19 Site Response - Testing
Jamie Adams, Ed.D.
Campus Logistics Committee - Routes/Signage/PPE/Ventilation
Judith Coseteng - COVID-19 Liaison
Jamie Adams, Ed.D. - COVID-19 Liaison
Jose Gomez - COVID-19 Site Liaison
Marisol Rodríguez - COVID-19 Site Liaison
July 15 - HNHS to begin the 2020 school year online
Holy Names High School is following guidance from the California Department of Public Health in regards to reopening campus for in-person learning. For more information, please visit https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Schools%20Reopening%20Recommendations.pdf
The current upsurge of COVID 19 in our communities has led to concerns for the safety of our staff and students; therefore, we are now creating a distant learning plan for the start of the school year. In the initial plan for an on campus start we prepared the campus based on the guidelines from the CDC; however, the acknowledgement of keeping our high schoolers 6 feet apart with masks during unstructured time was always a concern. Now, with the current research, it is clear we would be putting both our students and staff at risk if we begin the school year on campus.
The campus is and will continue to be open during school hours. It's clean and ready for staff members and parents/students to strategically access the building in ways that support our programs and student learning. The front office will be open, and I will be available for on campus or virtual meetings to support questions and concerns as they arise. Any and all meetings that occur on campus will follow the CDC guidelines.
Even though we will not be on campus for instruction, we are Holy Names and we are approaching our opening of the school year with love and care. I end this communication with this Prayer of the Day: I pray for everyone’s safety and health. I pray that during this time, we focus on God. I pray that everyone who is worried about this pandemic finds rest in Him. Amen.
Take care and be safe!!!!
Jamie Adams, Ed.D.
May 4 - School Update
Good Morning Holy Names Families and Students,
With only two more weeks of instruction, and then two weeks finishing up project assessments or assignments, many of us are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. That said, I know we have a lot to think about before we finish the year. So much of what is ahead is in the planning. The teachers and I will be working on ending this school year with positive outcomes for students. We want to authentically recognize their hard work and achievement; therefore, we will be making important decisions about grading, graduation, and meaningful ways to end the school year. Below are the things in progress and some assurances.
Graduation Team -
Ms. Ankobia, Ms. Soldavini, Ms. Lima, and Mr. Nelson are reaching out to students and families and gaining wonderful input about graduation. The innovative ideas are greatly appreciated and are being explored for implementation. The team will be connecting throughout the week and determining next steps. The assurance is we want a celebration that is uniquely Holy Names and that resonates with our students and their families.
Process to end the year-
The week of May 26th will be utilized for students returning school materials and cleaning out lockers. Next Monday, I will set forth the plan so we can do this effectively with physical distancing retained.
Our incoming class is excited to join our learning community! Admissions held a New Monarch Hangout and it was a huge success! Our student ambassadors answered questions that our Class of 2024 submitted. Coach T made a cameo appearance and answered questions about our Athletic Department. We will be ordering Class of 2024 t-shirts this week that we will mail to our new students!
Reminder…. AP Tests
This year due to COVID -19, the tests are all administered online. Students will be taking their tests at home. Ms. Brownell has been giving updated information about these tests to staff and students all along. If you have more questions please contact the teacher of record or Ms. Brownell firstname.lastname@example.org .
As you can tell, we have some important decisions and action steps on the horizon. I can give an overarching assurance, we will be thoughtful and sensitive to individual interests. However, our challenge as educators is to take the steps that support all students.
In closing, students will look back on this unusual year as one of their most memorable years. Living this history will give our young adults an education far beyond the classrooms. The perspective they will gain through this time will add a wisdom far beyond their years. You cannot buy wisdom, it’s gained by experiences.
Dr. jamie Adams
April 2020: Launching the HNHS Response Fund
March 26, 2020: HNHS Closure Extended
March 18: HNHS Campus Closed through April 17
March 17 - Shelter in Place
Alameda County education community resources related to COVID-19
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) is compiling information and resources to support the education community in Alameda County as we respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
We want to share the information with you as our partners in education. Please visit our COVID-19
resource folder, and feel free to use any information you find there in your messaging and planning.
The folder includes public health resources, updates and recommendations from ACPHD, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other reliable sources. We are also sharing information from educational agencies, including the California Department of Education (CDE). It also includes templates for potential scenarios we all face as this virus spreads in our county, and advice from across the education field we can use as a starting point in our decision-making and messaging.
A few items we’d like to highlight:
ACOE is posting public-facing resources at https://www.acoe.org/publichealth. We have found valuable, reliable, and current resources for the public from the following sources:
March 11 - Homecoming Canceled
The Homecoming events scheduled for March 20th and 22nd have been canceled. The health and safety of our school community are of utmost importance to Holy Names High School. While there are no known cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on campus, the Homecoming celebration honors many of our seasoned alumnae who are most at risk of contracting the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and several Bay Area counties have recommended “social distancing” and canceling group events to protect seniors and people with underlying medical conditions. In an abundance of caution, we considered all of this and made the decision to cancel Homecoming 2020.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a fluid situation with information being released hourly. For that reason, we have made the decision not to reschedule, and instead, we will celebrate all of the honor year classes next year at Homecoming 2021. Your ticket will be held for next year and we will have all of the same festivities for the celebration classes of 1940 through 2015, including our 50th anniversary class, 1970.
We know this may be disappointing to some, and we share in the disappointment that we cannot celebrate our honor classes this year. However, we put health and safety first, and we will have a particularly special Homecoming to celebrate next year.
We hold our global community in prayer, and most especially those affected by the virus, healthcare workers on the front lines caring for the ill, and the researchers and scientists working towards a vaccine. Holy Names graduates are “women of faith” and we will pray and care for one another.
If you have questions, please contact me at email@example.com or 510-450-1110 x138. In light of this extraordinary situation, if you prefer a refund instead of having your ticket held for next year or offering it as a donation to the school, we will honor your request.
Executive Development Director
March 10 - Update to Parents & Students
Dear Holy Names Families,
We continue to be vigilant in our efforts to stay well informed on Coronavirus updates in our community and the surrounding communities. At this point in time we have no reported cases of the virus in our school community. We thoroughly check out any information brought to our attention by staff, students, and families who are concerned about the spread of the virus.
The campus continues to be cleaned thoroughly each day and staff and students are practicing the health guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
With our current status, there are no plans to close school. Monday, March 16th was already scheduled as a spring holiday and it will be nice to enjoy a three-day weekend.
If there's a school closure in the future, the staff will be given information about an online component to explore and complement Schoology, the already accessible system we use for communicating about curriculum and instruction.
I continue to be grateful for the efforts of our learning community to keep everyone healthy and safe.
All the best,
March 6 - Immersion Day Postponed
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Due to the Coronavirus guidelines and expectations for keeping communities safe a decision has been made to cancel Wednesday’ s March 11th Immersion Day. There are so many unanswered questions about the virus, we thought it would be prudent to keep students on campus instead of traveling out into the community at large.
This decision came with much thought and consideration. HNHS Service Learning program has education at its core. Service is an active, ongoing process of learning and engagement. Immersion days aim to provide our students with opportunities to interact with the wider community. This is an essential element of the HNHS mission and SNJM charism. Service contributes to the full development of the human person and is a hallmark of a Holy Names education. Although Wednesday’s service learning excursions have been postponed, Service and Justice remain as one of our core pillars.
I am grateful to share at this point in time there have been no reported Coronavirus cases within our learning community. We will continue to be vigilant with our campus health and safety protocols.
Since we will not be leaving campus Wednesday, students will attend their Monday classes on Wednesday. Monday will still be a Wednesday schedule as shown in the daily planner.
Thank you for your understanding and flexibly.
All the best,
March 2 - Update to Parents & Students
We are keeping a watchful eye on where and how the Coronavirus is spreading throughout the State. As of now, only one case has been reported in Alameda County. The fact there is one, makes it even more important for all of us to be vigilant about following recommended protocols for keeping our community safe and healthy. I want to share highlights of those recommendations for not only our school community, but also for friends, family, and yourself. The below list of actions steps is known to prevent the spread of flu, and all viruses of that nature:
Wash your hands often with hot, soapy water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow if tissue is not available.
Holy Names High School will continue to support a clean campus and provide hand sanitizers on campus at strategic locations.
For more information, Alameda County Public Health Department website can offer continued insights and updates about the virus.