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  • Covid-19 Update

    Posted by Kelly Fernald on 10/6/2020

    Saints Academy Families:

    The Saints Academy is following the guidelines put forth from the Department of Education in conjunction with the guidance of our local health departments.  We are trying to navigate all of this and not create more anxiety or fear. So, I apologize if we have added to any of this for you or your family.   Please understand we are not trying to hide anything from anyone, and are striving to do what is best for our entire community.  There have been a number of people tested within our school community, and the majority of these have been out of an abundance of caution.   No one (students, faculty/staff) in our school has tested positive. And, no one has been symptomatic at school. Families have been following the “Daily Health Screening Tool” (COVID19_Daily_test_tool_1_.pdf) we shared before school began.  All have been very good about keeping students out with any symptoms (most have been allergies) and following testing protocols.  Faculty and staff have also been diligent in following these protocols.   Anyone that has been tested has not returned unless they received a negative test and/or followed the state guidance (as shared below). The nurses have also been following strict protocols when students come to their office. They are also checking in with families when students are absent, have travelled, or if there are any other concerns.  Please know that if anyone in our school tests positive that we will share this with their close contacts and/or class.

    Please also remember that students and staff will get sick and they may choose to get tested for any number of reasons.  This does not mean we should panic.  All we can do is continue to follow the most up to date guidance from local and state authorities.  We can get through this together.  

    Please find below the guidance from DESE that explains the protocols that we are following.  The full guidance on DESE’s website also includes bus and what to do if you need to close schools.  I did not share those at this time (Beverly Public Schools are following these guidelines as well - bus).

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me,  or our two school nurses: Kelly Gray and Sian Jones (kgray@saintsacademy.org sjones@saintsacademy.org). 

    Thank you so much for your support and cooperation during this time.

    Kelly Fernald 

    Guidance from DESE  (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)                                                                                   

    Testing, tracing, and isolation

    It is important to note that testing, combined with contact tracing and isolation, helps control the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. All test results, both positive and negative, are reported to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). When a person has a positive COVID-19 test, it is the local board of health or the Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative that will reach out to provide support so that these individuals can remain safely in medical isolation. They will also ask for help to identify close contacts. These organizations will then reach out to the individual’s close contacts to provide important information that is aimed to stop the spread of the virus, including how to safely isolate/quarantine. While these organizations will provide support, to further assist with contact tracing the student/family and staff are asked to reach out to their personal contacts and notify the school.

     

    Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 10 days

    Most people who test positive and have a relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days. People who test positive can resume public activities after 10 days and once they have:

    a.   gone for 24 hours without a fever (and without taking fever-reducing medications like Tylenol); and

    b.   experienced improvement in other symptoms (for example, their cough has gotten much better); and  received clearance from public health authority contact tracers (the local board of health or Community Tracing Collaborative).

    Repeat testing prior to return is not recommended. Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution.

     

    Close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case should be tested. 

    For general guidance, DPH defines close contact as:[1]

    ·    Being within 6 feet of COVID-19 case (someone who has tested positive) for at least 10-15 minutes. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case while the case was symptomatic or within 2 days before symptom onset, OR

    ·    Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

     

    If someone in the school setting tests positive

    ·       If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, their close contacts will be defined as only those who have been within 6 feet of distance of the individual for at least fifteen minutes, while the person was infectious. The infectious period begins 2 days prior to symptom onset. If someone is asymptomatic, the infectious period is considered to begin 2 days prior to the collection of their positive test. While previous guidance stated that all students in an elementary classroom would be defined as close contacts, this new guidance provides a narrower definition of a close contact which mirrors DPH guidance.

     

    Policy of when a close contact may return to school

    ·       All close contacts should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive, regardless of test result. After further consultation with the medical community, we are updating this guidance as the virus can cause illness from 2-14 days after exposure and even asymptomatic individuals can transmit the virus. Going forward, even if an individual identified as a close contact receives a negative test result, they must continue to self-quarantine for the full 14 days as the virus may take up to 14 days to cause illness.

     

    Policy of when a student/staff person may return to school after COVID-19 symptoms

    ·       If a student or staff member has COVID-19-like symptoms, they may return to school after they have tested negative for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. If a provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza or strep pharyngitis).

    ·       If a student or staff member presents COVID-19-like symptoms and chooses not to be tested, they may return to school 10 days from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication.

    [1] https://www.mass.gov/info-details/about-covid-19-testing#what-are-the-symptoms-of-covid-19?-

    Protocols for possible COVID-19 scenarios

    While specific protocols vary, there are some common elements for each possible COVID-19 scenario:

    ü  Evaluate symptoms

    ü  Separate from others

    ü  Clean and disinfect spaces visited by the person

    ü  Test for COVID-19 and stay at home while awaiting results

    ü  If test is positive:

    -       Remain at home at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms

    -       Monitor symptoms

    -       Notify the school and personal close contacts

    -       Answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative to help identify close contacts to help them prevent transmission

    -       Secure release from contact tracers (local board of health or Community Tracing Collaborative) for return to school

    Section 1: Protocols for individual exposure or individual positive test

    Protocol: Student or staff tests positive for COVID-19

    1.     The student or staff member must remain at home (except to get medical care), monitor their symptoms, notify the school, notify personal close contacts, assist the school in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. For most people who have relatively mild illness, they will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms.

    2.     The student’s parent/caregiver or the staff member informs the proper school official (e.g.  a designated person that is the COVID-19 school lead) that the individual has tested positive for COVID-19. The designated COVID-19 school lead in turn notifies others as pre-determined by the school (e.g., school leadership, school nurse or school medical point of contact, building management, maintenance). 

    3.     Determine whether the student or staff member was on the premises during the time frame that started two days prior to symptom onset (or testing positive if not symptomatic) until the time of isolation.

      1. If so, promptly close off areas visited by the COVID-19 positive individual until such areas can be cleaned and disinfected, if they have not been cleaned and disinfected already.

      2. Promptly clean and disinfect the student’s or staff member’s classroom and any other facilities (e.g., extracurricular facilities) visited by the individual, if that has not been done already.

      3. Promptly clean and disinfect the bus(es) the student or staff member was on, if any, and if not already done.

    4.     Communicate with families and staff of close contacts:

      1. The school should identify the student’s or staff member’s possible “close contacts” based on the assigned seating charts and proximity related to class activities. Close contacts will be defined as only those who have been within 6 feet of distance of the individual for at least fifteen minutes, while the person was infectious. This definition is for students, teachers and other staff.  The infectious period begins two days before symptom onset (or two days prior to the date of the positive test if asymptomatic) and includes up until the time the student/staff/teacher was isolated. Consider students and staff members who were close contacts in class, other school spaces, on the school bus, or at extracurricular activities.

      2. Send a communication to the staff/teachers and families of students of close contacts that there has been a positive test without naming the individual student or staff member who tested positive.

      3. Communications sent to families/staff should:

        1. Inform them there was a positive test (not the specific individual) in the student’s class/bus or other activity.

        2. Explain that since the student/staff were within 6 feet of the person with a positive test for 15 minutes or more, they are considered a “close contact” and therefore should be tested. Having assigned seating and keeping up-to-date seating charts will help identify who should be instructed to be tested: specifically, those who were sitting next to the student, plus any others who also had close contact with the student.)

        3. Instruct close contacts to isolate prior to their test and while waiting for the results. In general, as the highest yield test will be a few days after the exposure, ideally, the test should occur no sooner than day 4 or 5 after the last exposure. (In other words, if an exposure lasted several days, the best time to test is 4 or 5 days after the end of the exposure period.)

        4. Close contacts should be tested for COVID-19 at one of Massachusetts’s test sites.[1] Sites may require pre-screening, a referral, and/or an appointment.

        5. Close contacts are asked to communicate their test results to the school. They should not return to school until they have quarantined for 14 days. This includes close contacts who receive a negative test result or who choose not to be tested.[2]

        6. Remind families and/or staff of the importance of not having contact with higher-risk individuals (e.g., grandparents and those with underlying medical conditions).

        7. Remind families and/or staff of the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which to monitor.

      4. If the school finds out about the original COVID-19 positive test in the middle of a school day:

        1. The school should quickly identify the individuals who may be “close contacts” of the student and notify students and their families.

        2. Make sure the students who could be considered close contacts are wearing masks, including students in pre-kindergarten through first grade. Extra masks as may be needed should be provided by the school. Enforce strict physical distancing. Require students to wash their hands.

        3. Caregivers of close contacts may pick students up prior to the end of the day. Caregivers must wear a mask/face covering when picking up their student. Students who are close contacts and students with any symptoms should not ride the school bus to get home. Caregivers and students, as well as staff, should wash their hands upon arriving at home and change their clothes as a precaution. 

        4. Close contacts should not come back to school until they have quarantined for 14 days[3] and are asked to communicate their test results to the school.

      5. As feasible, to assist with contact tracing, make a list including phone number and email of any other close contacts the student or staff member had, beginning two days before the onset of symptoms (or positive test if asymptomatic) until individual was isolated.

    7. IF NO OTHERS IN THE SCHOOL TEST POSITIVE: Close contacts are asked to communicate their test results to the school. They should not return to school until they have quarantined for 14 days.  This includes close contacts who receive a negative test result or who choose not to be tested.

    Any area of the school visited by the COVID-19 positive individual must be closed off and/or cleaned and disinfected. The area can be used 12 hours after cleaning/disinfecting has occurred.

    Protocol: Close contact of student or staff tests positive for COVID-19

    1. Current Massachusetts DPH guidance is that all close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should be tested.[4]

    2. The student or staff member who was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should be tested at one of Massachusetts’s test sites.[5] Sites may require pre-screening, a referral, and/or an appointment.

    3. Close contacts should isolate at home prior to testing and while awaiting test results.

    4. Close contacts are asked to communicate their test results to the school. They should not    return to school until they have quarantined for 14 days. This includes close contacts who receive a negative test result or who choose not to be tested.[6] Because tests performed too early can be falsely negative, ideally the test should be performed no sooner than 4 or 5 days after the last contact with the person who tested positive. 

    5. IF POSITIVE TEST: The student or staff member should remain at home (except to get medical care), monitor their symptoms, notify the school, notify personal close contacts, assist the school in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms. FOLLOW STEPS UNDER: “Protocol: Student / staff tests positive for COVID-19.”

    Protocol: Student is symptomatic at home 

    1. Family should monitor students at home each morning for the most common symptoms of COVID-19 (see list above).

      1. IF NO SYMPTOMS:

        1. Send student to school.

      2. IF ANY SYMPTOM:

        1. Do not send the student to school.

        2. Call the school’s COVID-19 point of contact and inform them student is staying home due to symptoms.

        3. Current Massachusetts DPH guidance is that all symptomatic individuals in Massachusetts, even those with mild symptoms, should be tested.[7] An individual who does not wish to be tested may return to school 10 days[8] from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication.

        4. The student should get tested at one of Massachusetts’s test sites.[9] Sites may require pre-screening, a referral, and/or an appointment.

        5. Isolate at home until test results are returned.

        6. Proceed as follows according to test results:

          1. IF NEGATIVE: Students may return to school after they have tested negative for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. If a provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza or strep pharyngitis).

          2. IF POSITIVE: Student should remain at home (except to get medical care), monitor their symptoms, notify the school, notify personal close contacts, assist the school in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms. [10] FOLLOW STEPS UNDER: “Protocol: Student / staff tests positive for COVID-19.”

    Protocol: Student is symptomatic at school

    1. Although families are the most important first line of defense for monitoring symptoms, teachers will play an important role in referring possible symptomatic students to the school nurse or other medical point of contact. (Note: This will require training for teachers.)

     

    1. Teacher ensures the student is wearing a mask that fully covers nose and mouth at all times.

     

    1. Teacher calls the nurse or school medical point of contact to inform them that they have a possible case. Nurse or school medical point of contact comes to get the student from class.

     

    4.     Nurse (or school medical point of contact) should evaluate the student for symptoms (see list above: “Most common symptoms of COVID-19”).

      1. IF ANY SYMPTOM:

        1. Place the student in the designated medical waiting room. This space must be supervised.  If feasible given space and staffing constraints, schools are encouraged to provide individual students with their own waiting room. If more than one student is in the same waiting room at a time, each student must be at least 6 feet apart (and should be spaced as far apart as possible) and wearing a surgical mask (non-N95 and non-cloth) while in the medical waiting room.[16] If a student does not already have a surgical mask, the school should provide one. Schools must also be equipped with the PPE for the staff involved with supervision of the waiting room. Strict mask wearing covering the nose and mouth at all times for every person in the room must be enforced. Students can work on individual schoolwork or other activities while in the medical waiting room.

        2. Contact caregiver for pick-up.

          1. IF CAREGIVER CAN PICK UP DURING THE DAY: Student waits to be picked up in the medical waiting room. Caregivers must wear a mask/face covering when picking up their student. Students should not ride the school bus to get home. Caregivers and students should wash their hands upon arriving at home and change their clothes as a precaution.

          2. IF CAREGIVER CANNOT PICK UP DURING THE DAY: The student should wait in the medical waiting room until the end of the day to be picked up by caregiver. The student should not go home on a school bus with other students.

        3. Current Massachusetts DPH guidance is that all symptomatic individuals in Massachusetts, even those with mild symptoms, should be tested.[17] An individual who does not wish to be tested may return to school 10 days[18] from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication.

        4. Student should get tested at one of Massachusetts’s test sites.[19] Sites may require pre-screening, a referral, and/or appointment.

        5. Isolate at home until test results are returned.

        6. Proceed as follows according to test results:

          1. IF NEGATIVE: Students may return to school after they have tested negative for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. If a provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza or strep pharyngitis).

          2. IF POSITIVE: Student remain at home (except to get medical care), monitor their symptoms, notify the school, notify personal close contacts, assist the school in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms. [20] FOLLOW STEPS UNDER: “Protocol: Student or staff tests positive for COVID-19.”

      2. IF NO SYMPTOMS:

        1. If the evaluation shows the student does not have symptoms, send the student back to class.

     

    Protocol: Staff is symptomatic at home

    1. Staff should monitor themselves at home each morning for the most common symptoms of COVID-19 (see list above: “Most common symptoms of COVID-19”).

      1. IF NO SYMPTOMS:

        1. Come to work.

      2. IF ANY SYMPTOM:

        1. Do not come to work.

        2. Contact the COVID-19 point of contact and/or other absence reporting mechanism established by the school.

        3. Current Massachusetts DPH guidance is that all symptomatic individuals in Massachusetts, even those with mild symptoms, should be tested.[21] An individual who does not wish to be tested may return to school 10 days[22] from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication. The staff member should get tested at one of Massachusetts’ test sites.[23] Sites may require pre-screening, a referral, and/or an appointment.

        4. Isolate at home until test results are returned.

        5. Proceed as follows according to test results:

          1. IF NEGATIVE: Staff member may return to school after they have tested negative for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. If a provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza or strep pharyngitis).

          2. IF POSITIVE: Staff member should remain at home (except to get medical care), monitor their symptoms, notify the school, notify personal close contacts, assist the school in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms. [24] FOLLOW STEPS UNDER: “Protocol: Student/staff tests positive for COVID-19”.

     Protocol: Staff is symptomatic at school

    1.  As noted above, staff should be encouraged not to come to school if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

     

    1. If a staff member suspects any symptoms during the day, they should follow the school’s protocols for getting another adult to cover their class mid-day, if needed, and see the school nurse (or school medical point of contact) to be evaluated for symptoms.

      1. IF NO SYMPTOMS: The staff member should follow the school’s standard protocols for being excused due to illness.

      2. IF ANY SYMPTOM:

        1. Current Massachusetts DPH guidance is that all symptomatic individuals in Massachusetts, even those with mild symptoms, should be tested.[25] An individual who does not wish to be tested may return to school 10 days[26] from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medication.

        2. The staff member should get tested at one of Massachusetts’s test sites.[27] Sites may require pre-screening, a referral, and/or appointment.

        3. Isolate at home until test results are returned.

        4. Proceed as follows according to test results:

          1. IF NEGATIVE: Staff member may return to school after they have tested negative for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. If a provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza or strep pharyngitis).

          2. IF POSITIVE: Staff member should remain at home (except to get medical care), monitor their symptoms, notify the school, notify personal close contacts, assist the school in contact tracing efforts, and answer the call from local board of health or Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative. Most people who have relatively mild illness will need to stay in self-isolation for at least 10 days and until at least 24 hours have passed with no fever and improvement in other symptoms. [28] FOLLOW STEPS UNDER: “Protocol: Student/staff tests positive for COVID-19”.

     

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  • Flu Clinic October 7 2:30-4:00

    Posted by Amy Burke on 10/5/2020

    Flu Clinic Wednesday, October 7, 2:30-4:00 pm at The Saints Academy.  Children and family members aged 9 and up are welcome, but you must sign up by Monday.  Follow this link for sign up and link to CVS form (found on Parentportal resource documents) :https://payit.nelnet.net/form/z87GosAo (you only need to submit 1 form per family)

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  • Travel over Columbus Day Weekend

    Posted by Amy Burke on 9/28/2020

    Due to the Columbus Day weekend coming up, we wanted to share the guidelines we must follow about travel: 

    MA state guidance

    All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

    • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.

    • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

    If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

    Please keep our nurses informed.  

     

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  • Are you ready to get back to school?

    Posted by Amy Burke on 9/7/2020

    Saints Families, are you ready to get back to school?  I sure am!

    Wednesday morning drop off 7:55-8:10 (8:20 is the late bell)

    New Balch St. Parking lot: (this is the same for afternoon pick up)

    PreK - Mrs. Gauthier will meet you at our main entrance at 8:10 am.

    Kindergarten - will use the K entrance to the left of the main entrance

    Cabot St. Parking lot: (see pick up procedure below)

        Grade 1-8  rolling drop off - students will enter through the cafeteria doors

    We will be giving each family a name tag for afternoon pick up Wednesday morning.  If we miss you, we will send it home with your child.

    Don’t forget to pack a snack, lunch, towel/mat, and a water bottle.

    Suntan lotion (please put on your child prior to school) and hats are allowed (and suggested) for outdoor learning.

    If supplies are too much to bring in the first day, please spread out what your student brings in throughout the week.  

    Reminder that visitors including parents will not be admitted without scheduled appointments at this time. Please make sure students pack their school bags, snack/lunch, and charged chromebooks (gr 5-8) so that they are prepared for the day.

    Reminders:  Permission slips for Hand Sanitizer and Live streaming/recording need to be either emailed or returned to school on the first day.

    Grades 5-8 in order to receive your chromebooks the first week of school - families must have paid at least a deposit and have a signed chromebook agreement sheet on file (send via email or hardcopy).

    Pick up - Grades 1 -8 we are going to try a rolling pick up.  Cones will be taken down at 2:15 pm every day.  We will have staff outside to direct you.  Please place your family name tag on the passenger side of your windshield - either on dashboard or visor so we can see it as you enter the parking lot.  Students will be paged by family name.  Please be patient with us as we try this way to safely dismiss the students.  

    Please let the school know if your student will be picked up by someone different, will be going home with someone else, or if you have a carpool.  A note or an email can be sent to the teacher in the morning.  If things change during the day, please call the office and we will let the teacher and student know.

    Please look over the Re-opening plan that was sent home last week.

    Don’t forget to bring in any Saints Rocks that you painted over the summer!

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  • Helpful information for parents about cloth face coverings

    Posted by Amy Burke on 8/31/2020
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  • Re-Opening Plan 2020

    Posted by Amy Burke on 8/31/2020
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  • Staff Updates

    Posted by Amy Burke on 8/28/2020

    Every year brings some type of change.  2020 has been a year of figuring things out as you go.  Some things we can control and others we cannot.  

    There have been many twists and turns that have caused the delay in this email.

     

    I told you of a number of retirements at the end of the school year.  The majority of these were planned well before the pandemic hit.  We have had many teachers that stayed with us when we merged and then for consistency as we were working on accreditation.  It is not always convenient how these things work out and we do not have control over all that happens.  Some of these changes may be Covid related, but most are not.  We look forward to the future and the changes that will help keep our school strong.

    Changes

    Retiring:

    Mrs. Paula Malionek, Kindergarten assistant teacher

    Mrs. Paula Piraino, Reading specialist (please see note attached from Mrs. P)

    Moving on:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mrs. Nicole McKenzie, Spanish

    Leave of absence :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mrs. Cathy McGrath (planning to return for the 21-22 school year and helping us remotely)

    Mrs. Randi Hernandez (hoping to return during this school year)

    Mrs. Danielle O’Connor will not be returning after her medical leave of absence

    Let me introduce some of our new faculty and staff.

    Grade 1 Miss Katie Daly

    My name is Katie Daly and I am so excited to be your child’s first grade teacher this year! Growing up going to a catholic school myself, I understand the importance of including faith in the classroom and am looking forward to being a part of the SA community.

        I am a graduate from Umass Lowell with a degree in Liberal Arts (concentrations in psychology and theater arts). I love music and I play the piano and guitar. I have also been involved in musical theater my whole life. 

        My passion for teaching lower elementary stems from the joy I get from turning a classroom into a home. This school year is going to be different for teachers, students, and parents, and my goal is to ease as many anxieties as possible by going the extra mile to keep my classroom a safe and happy place for my students. I am hoping to create an environment where students feel EXCITED and LUCKY to be going to school in a classroom, while still enforcing safety measures that will hopefully become second nature to the students as time goes on. 

        I am so excited to meet my new firsties and families! See you soon and let’s have a great year!

     

    Assistant teacher  - helping grades 1,2,4, & 5 (and subbing when necessary) - 

    Mrs. Sarah Goodhue

    My name is Sarah Goodhue and I am a proud alumna of Saints Academy, formerly Saint John's. I attended Saint Anselm College where I majored in Psychology. I also hold a Master's Degree in Early Ed.  I live in Beverly with my husband and two young girls.  You may have seen me working in the aftercare program these past couple of years. This year I am proud to take on the role as the floating aid for the elementary grades. 

     

    Assistant teacher - grade 3 Miss Shannon Stewart

    I am so excited to be a part of the Saints Academy community this coming school year! I have recently graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Family Relations, with an additional major in Communication. While I was in school, I worked as a behavioral health professional to provide emotional and academic support to children of all ages. I have lived in Beverly my entire life and just recently moved back to continue the next chapter of my life. I am grateful for this opportunity to work with the third-grade class, and I am looking forward to a great school year! 

     

    Grade 4 - Miss Kayla DeMattio

    Hello Saints Academy families!  My name is Kayla DeMattio and I am excited to be welcomed into The Saints Academy community as the interim fourth grade teacher.  I have been an elementary teacher in various public and private Catholic schools along the North Shore.  I am a product of Catholic parochial school myself having graduated from Austin Prep in 2010 and attended Catholic school for grades K-8.  I understand the value of attending a Catholic school such as Saints.  In addition to my teaching experience, I have also had the opportunity as a substitute teacher here at Saints Academy in grades two through five.  I am happy that I am given the chance to spend a full year at this school.  I cannot wait to get the year started and be a part of the journey as your children learn and grow throughout this school year.

     

    Spanish - Ms. Melissa Chez

    ¡Hola! I’m Ms. Chez, I’ll be the Spanish teacher here at Saint's Academy starting in September. I look forward to meeting everyone and having an educational and fun-filled school year. A little background about myself, I was born in the Dominican Republic, but grew up in Peabody, MA. I got my Bachelor's in Architecture but did a complete career change to teaching instead. I like to hike, fish, and curl up to read a good book. I have been teaching Spanish in a classroom for a year, but I’ve been working with children for over 5 years. In the classroom, I try my best to adapt my teaching styles to what works best for the class. Sometimes that means doing various hands on activities and other times it might mean group projects where students can express themselves while also learning the language and culture. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone soon.

    Middle School ELA

    We had hired a teacher in July and last week, before school even started, she resigned.  We have been interviewing applicants and will have someone in place for the first day of school.  Unfortunately, this is not something I could have planned for, but we are doing what is needed and best for our school.  I will introduce our ELA teacher as soon as a final decision has been made.

    Message from Mrs. Piraino: 

    Before coming to St. John's now Saints Academy,I taught at two parish preschools as a Pre-K teacher. When I saw a position at my own parish's school, I thought, why not apply, it might be nice for a year or two. Well, it's 24+years later and now I find myself at a new crossroad. As of September, I will be leaving my position at the much loved Saints Academy. At the start of the stay home order due to Covid 19, my daughter Laura and son-in-law Brandon welcomed Maeve Eloise Sylvia to the world at Winchester Hospital. Maeve arrived a month early at 3lbs., 7 oz. After 38 days in the NICU, she was able to come home. Thankfully, she is thriving and doing very well. As a first time grandmother, I am thrilled to be able to care for Maeve so that her parents can work. She will indeed be enjoying many good books with her Marmie. 

    I am blessed to have worked here for so many years, being part of a traditional, yet progressive Catholic school. I wish you all the very best, and I thank you for the wonderful memories.

     

    This is definitely going to be a different school year, but I am confident that we have a strong team that will help our students thrive.

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  • Brief Update 8/20/20

    Posted by Amy Burke on 8/20/2020

    Saints Families 

    We have been working hard all summer to get back to school.   A lot has happened in the past few weeks and I want to give you some updates.  The following information is about transportation (buses), before/after care, lunch, and utilizing the outside campus. 

    Please understand that we are taking the safety and health of our entire community seriously.  So we are starting our school year with the strictest precautionary measures so that we can ease up as the situation and guidelines allow.

    Transportation 

    Dana Cruikshank from Beverly Transportation sent me the following information:   Bus transportation for The Saints Academy families that registered will begin on September 9th.  This will be for students in Kindergarten through grade 8 (grades 7 & 8 still have the usual fee) that live over 2 miles away from the school.  They will be assigning bus stops and there will be 2 full size buses used for our students.  Masks are required to take the bus, there will be hand sanitizer to use as students get on the bus, and there will be assigned seats.  Buses will be sanitized between runs.  If you need to register or have any specific transportation concerns/questions, please contact Beverly Transportation http://beverlyschools.org/resources/transportation

    Before/After care

    The guidance from DESE on After Care programs has been slow to come out.  The EEC (Early Childhood/day cares) guidelines do not allow for a program like we are accustomed to.  In order to make sure we are safe and ready, we are going to delay the opening of before and aftercare until October (if guidelines allow). If you are planning on using before and/or aftercare, please complete the attached Google form:  https://forms.gle/xDCC6r9sG7q9SjJ36

    More information to follow (when we have it). If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Fears rfears@saintsacademy.org .

    Lunch

    We were planning on offering a box lunch program starting in September.  Due to reasons beyond anyone’s control, we will not be able to begin this program at this time.  All students will need to bring their own lunches daily.  We will update you when we know when this program will resume. 

    We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay in these programs may cause, 

    but we want to make sure that our return is safe and successful. 

    Outside lunch and learning

    As stated before, we are hoping to utilize our outside campus as much as possible.  In order to do that, we have acquired a number of canopies.  Also, I am asking that each child bring a beach towel/yoga mat/some type of mat they can sit on for weekly use.  Please put this in a separate bag (string shoulder bag would work great).   They will keep these at the school for the week and then they will be sent home Fridays to be cleaned.

    Thank you

    Thank you to those families who have donated the use of canopies so that we may offer more outside opportunities.  It is greatly appreciated!

    Teacher updates will be sent out by the beginning of next week.

    Information for grades 5-8 about Chromebooks will be sent out very soon as well.

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  • Hello from the Nurses

    Posted by Amy Burke on 8/16/2020

     Hello from the Nurses,

    These certainly are strange and uncertain times we are living through! Kelly Gray and I have been
    researching all the current guidelines that have been put out from sources like Mass.gov and the CDC. We are coming up with a plan as to how we can, as safely as possible, return to school from our perspectives as well as what has been mandated by the state. The nurses' office will be moved up to the conference room on the main floor, and the old nurses' office will become the medical waiting room.

    Before entering the nurses' office, all children will have their temperatures taken and asked a few screening questions. Please explain to your children that this will be done to everyone, not just them, to lessen fears when it happens. If the child has a temperature of 100.0 or higher, they will be sent home. Now, we know that a high temp doesn't necessarily mean Covid-19, but in an abundance of caution these are the steps we deem necessary to take. We have created a Covid-19 daily screening tool that we ask you to put on your fridge or somewhere else noticeable, and use it every morning before school.
    We're not asking you to send it in to school, just go through the steps.

    Every child will be expected to bring 2 masks into school each day. Please make sure the mask patterns and colors are following the guidelines for what would be appropriate to wear on a color day. No inappropriate slogans, words or themes will be tolerated. Pleated, double lined cloth face masks are recommended as the best protection with the most comfort for children. We suggest you start getting your children used to wearing masks now starting with 5 minutes and working up 5 minutes at a time. The American Academy of Pediatrics web page is a great resource for this. Tips for Wearing Masks. Washing hands properly will be stressed with the children when they return. You can also start
    emphasizing that now at home by washing hands before eating, and first thing anytime you are returning home from somewhere else. Hands should be washed for 20 seconds or as long as it takes to hum or sing "happy birthday" twice. We will be trying to get the children outside as much as possible
    and weather permitting. With that in mind, please sunscreen your children before school. Please return to us an updated physical and immunizations record as soon as possible. We are
    mandated by the state to report immunization records.

    Well, that's certainly enough for now. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at
    sjones@saintsacademy.org.

    In good health,

    Sian Jones, RN & Kelly Gray, RN

     

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  • Covid-19 Daily Health Screening Tool

    Posted by Amy Burke on 8/16/2020

    We ask that you please check temperatures every morning before coming to school. Has your child been experiencing any of the following symptoms (not related to chronic health conditions or seasonal allergies):

    1. Fever (100.4 or higher), chills or shaking chills.
    2. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
    3. New loss of taste or smell.
    4. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
    5. Cough
    6. Sore throat
    7. Muscle aches or body aches

    If your child has any of these symptoms: PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME.

    If your child has any of these symptoms in combination with other symptoms: PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME:

    1. Headache
    2. Fatigue
    3. Nasal congestion or runny nose.

    Please consult your pediatrician for the most current and up to date guidelines regarding testing. The CDC recommends that if your child exhibits any of the 1-7 symptoms, they must get a test for active Covid-19 prior to returning to school. If they exhibit any combination of 8-10 they must get a test for active Covid-19 prior to returning to school. Please call the nurses if your child experiences any of these symptoms, or for any questions you may have.

    In good health, 

    The Nurses  ~  Sian Jones, RN & Kelly Gray, RN

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