St. Catherine’s Montessori is continuously monitoring updates and directives about COVID-19. This is an ever-evolving situation, and we are committed to keeping you informed and providing resources as we navigate this situation together. The well-being of our school community remains a top priority, and we will keep you updated via email and this page.
Notices and Emails
April 17, 2020: St. Catherine’s will remain closed through end of 2019/2020 school year
This decision brings mixed feelings for all of us. We are all ready to get back to “normal.” The announcement the governor provided us today allows us to make concrete plans about how to complete the school year. Going forward we will put our thoughts and energies toward hosting upcoming SCM events virtually.
All of our faculty and staff are doing well and continuing to work from home.
We would like feedback on how Learning from Home is working for your family. We have spoken to many of you, and at the same time realize situations change as time goes on. Starting next week we will be sending out a survey and hosting small parent support group meetings to share ideas and hear your feedback.
The health, safety, and well-being of our community are always our greatest concern.
April 1, 2020: School closure extended until May 4, 2020
Head of School
March 24, 2020: Learning from Home Handbook
March 20, 2020: Moving ahead together
Head of School
March 17, 2020: SCM closed through April 10, 2020
March 12, 2020: Upcoming School Trips and Spring Break Travel
March 12, 2020: School closure for Friday, March 13, 2020
Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,
After thoughtful deliberation, we have decided that today, March 12, will be our last day at school with students prior to Spring Break. School will be closed for students on Friday, March 13, and will be a faculty and staff in-service day, so we can spend the day continuing our preparation for a potential prolonged school closure. There will be no school, no childcare and no after-school activities, and the PSO AM Child Play Date scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled.
A prolonged closure has not yet been determined, and we are planning on being open after Spring Break on Monday, March 23. If this changes, families will be notified by email.
Fortunately, we do not have any active or presumptive cases of coronavirus; however, we are taking proactive steps to increase our readiness, should a change in status emerge.
SCHOOL TRIPSWe are continuing to evaluate our class trips. To guide our decision, we are monitoring recommendations and notifications from state and local authorities, health organizations, and the CDC. If a change or cancellation to a trip is decided, parents will be notified by email.
March 11, 2020: Update on Forest Glen, Trip Canceled
Thank you for your help and understanding. We will be having regular school tomorrow.
March 11, 2020: Coronavirus Updates
We take the health of our students, parents, faculty and staff seriously and while St. Catherine’s does not have any active or presumptive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking proactive steps to increase our readiness for meeting the challenges of COVID-19. Our administrative team continues to meet regularly and refers to information and guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, local health organizations, Houston Area Independent Schools, the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston, and Texas Private Schools Association.
Please review the following updates regarding school operations during this emerging situation.
GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY
As an extra precaution in consideration of the older adults in our community and for those grandparents who may intend to travel to Houston to share this special day with their grandchildren, we have made the decision to cancel the April 9th event, Grandparents and Special Friends Day. At this time all other special events will continue as planned. We will notify the community if additional changes or cancellations are needed.
SPRING BREAK TRAVEL
We are monitoring the evolution of COVID-19 and have made some decisions and have some action steps that we are asking our community to take this week. With Spring Break next week, we know that many of our families will be traveling and we are asking that everyone take extra precaution during this time.
- Anyone returning from CDC Level 2 and 3 travel advisory locations for coronavirus are asked to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to school.
- Anyone traveling on a cruise ship should monitor their health and limit their interactions with other people for 14 days after returning from their trip.
As always, and especially now, keep children home if they are sick and do not return to school until they are symptom free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.
At this time, there is no plan to cancel any of our upcoming school-sponsored trips, however, this situation is evolving quickly, and we will continue to monitor any recommendations from the CDC or health departments regarding travel restrictions and will communicate any changes if they become necessary. We understand that parents may choose to have their child not participate in upcoming school-sponsored trips, and we support parents in making the best decisions for their families.
SCHOOL CLOSURE AND DISTANCE LEARNING
At this time St. Catherine’s remains open; however, knowing that the situation continues to evolve, faculty is discussing options for distance learning in the event of a school closure. Faculty have class lists and will be in touch with their individual groups about work that can be accomplished at home. The guides will send details if and when the need arises. We ask that students take home any materials, books, journals, current research projects or personal computers (high school students) as they leave for Spring Break.
We have developed a page on our website with information about coronavirus, which can be found under the “What’s New” tab.
Thank you for your continued partnership in caring for our community.
March 6, 2020: Message Regarding Coronavirus
- Frequently washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is the most effective method of germ control.
- Hand sanitizers with 60% or higher alcohol content are the next best method when soap and water are not available.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and promptly dispose of the tissue in the trash.
- Clean your hands after blowing your nose or using a tissue. If tissue is not available, cough in the upper sleeve of your clothing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Consider frequently disinfecting commonly shared areas and items especially if a visitor or family member is ill.
- Students (or adults) who are ill should not come to school until they are better.
- At the first sign of illness, please contact your medical professional.
SCM Cleaning Protocol
- We are continuing daily cleaning procedures and practices to minimize risk of exposure to any potential germs and viruses.
- We will remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure safety and wellness.
- At this time, we have not canceled any scheduled student travel within the state of Texas or within the United States.
- We will closely monitor matters and communicate if there are any changes.
Spring Break Travel
- We encourage families to closely monitor the CDC recommendations regarding travel and at-risk areas (local, national, and international).
The health and well-being of our community is of the utmost importance to everyone at St. Catherine’s. We will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate our response as more information becomes available. Please be sure ParentsWeb contains your most up-to-date contact information to help facilitate our efforts to keep you informed.
What is the plan for campus closure and learning from home?
What is the plan for school trips?
What is the plan for special events?
Per CDC guidance, in-person school events and gatherings are canceled through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Details about alternative plans for graduation and end-of-year celebrations are forthcoming.
Health & Wellness
- NASP: “Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19"
- NPR: “A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus”
- SCM: Tips for Keeping Fit and Strong
- Weill Cornell Medical Center: “Empowering and Protecting Your Family during the COVID-19 Pandemic” (video)
- Health & Fitness with SCM Coach Kevin Lewis
- Wellness Tips from SCM Counselor and Health Care Coordinator, Sandra Espinosa
St. Catherine’s Montessori campuses are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, and will continue our Learning from Home program through our last day of school, May 28, 2020.
During this school closure, our aim is to create a Montessori-based framework that serves our students while supporting parents as we all adapt to a different daily routine.
This handbook outlines how St. Catherine’s guides and administration will support our families throughout this period of Learning from Home.
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