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2020-2021 School Year - Reopening Plan

Below you will find our reopening plan (July 28, 2020).

We will continue to monitor recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, Center for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics. We will reevaluate our plan and adjust it, as needed.

All Saints Catholic School

Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

We are excited to welcome our wonderful students back to All Saints Catholic School! There have been a variety of people working hard to create a plan for our students to come back to a safe and loving learning environment. We realize some families may have concerns about returning to the classroom. Therefore, we are preparing a  distance learning option as well! 

SalendarGet ready! The start date of the 2020-2021 school year will be Tuesday, September 8. 

Open House will be held on Wednesday, September 2. Watch for details in the newsletter for new information on the adjusted format.  



Living Our Faith: Helping our students grow in their faith continues to be a priority at All Saints Catholic School.

  • Our goal is to have all students participate in a weekly school Mass. We are working on solutions to make participation as meaningful as we can with the current limitations.
  • Students will continue to participate in classroom prayer throughout the day. 


Social/Emotional Health: The mental health of our students, parents and staff is a priority as we face the year ahead.


  • In person learning with new guidelines, as well as distance learning, will have some level of impact on the emotional well-being of everyone as all adjust to this modified learning experience.
  • When discussing school and the changes taking place with your children, try to keep an optimistic attitude and find the positive in the learning environment you choose for them. 
  • Mrs. Peggy VanWyk, our counselor, will be at All Saints two days a week to support the students learning at school and at home.

ClassroomThe Classroom Learning Experience

Classrooms will be reconfigured and traffic flow will be adjusted to account for social distancing guidelines.

  • In classrooms with student desks, the desks will face the front and will be arranged to ensure as much social distancing as possible (minimum of 3 ft per APA Guidance).
  • In classrooms with tables, dividers on the tables will be used between students to create a barrier where social distancing cannot be achieved.
  • Students will have their own supplies to use throughout the day.
  • All devices will be disinfected between the use of the students.
  • Field trips will be suspended at this time.  
  • Students in preschool-5th grade will be in self-contained learning pods with most of their specialists traveling to them. 
  • Middle school students will have an 80-minute block of science and social studies every other day to reduce travel time. 
  • The traffic in the commons area (5th grade & middle school classroom area) will travel in a one-way direction. Directional arrows will be added to the floor and signs will be hung outside of classroom doors to help direct traffic. 
  • Some of the former 5th grade lockers have been relocated to make the hallway wider.

DLThe Distance Learning Experience

For those who’d prefer a distance learning experience, All Saints is prepared and here is what you can expect.

  • Two digital platforms will support those in distance learning as we start the year or if we have to move to distance learning for an extended period of time during the school year: Seesaw for K-4 and Google Classroom for grades 5-8.
  • Videos with how to use these platforms will be available to students and parents. 
  • When possible, we will utilize a new video system that will support instruction and record lessons for those learning from home.
  • For those students learning from home during in-person teaching, a support teacher will be assigned to every distance learning student to check in with them on a daily basis to support their learning.
  • The support teachers will be available during the hours of 7:30 am-3:30 pm.
  • Expectations for Distance Learning:
    • Packets with students assignments will be picked up and completed work will be dropped off on the designated day and time. 
    • Students will check in with their designated teacher, as scheduled.
    • Parents will monitor student lessons to make sure they are following directions, but not complete the work for them.


Health Protocols

The health and well-being of our students, staff and parents is our #1 priority.


  • Parents will take their children’s temperature at home daily and review the healthy student wellness checklist at home. (Checklist to be provided later.)
  • Parents will keep their child home when they are experiencing any symptoms and/or feeling sick. 
  • All students and staff will have their temperatures taken daily upon entering the school. Those with a temperature of 100.0 or higher will be sent home which is consistent with our current policy.
  • During the school day, students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 will remain in a well-vented waiting area while they wait to be picked up. The school nurse will supervise and monitor the student until a parent arrives.
  • When students develop symptoms at school, parents will pick up their child in a timely manner to help reduce exposure at school.
  • Teachers and the school nurses will review and monitor hand washing procedures with students. There will be increased hand washing throughout the day including the start of the day, before and after recess, lunch, after using the restrooms and before leaving for the day.
  • Teachers will review respiratory etiquette with students, such as coughing and sneezing into elbow then wash hands.
  • Signage will be placed throughout the school promoting healthy practices.
  • Water fountains will be covered throughout the school. The bottle fillers will be available at certain drinking fountains where there is not a sink in the room.
  • Each child is encouraged to bring his or her own water bottle daily. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be placed in every room in the school.
  • A school nurse or a health aide will manage the nurse’s office every day.
  • To help purify the air, new HVAC filters, with a high efficiency particulate removal rating, will be installed and replaced, as recommended by the manufacture.

maskFace Coverings

Many health care providers have concluded that the wearing of face coverings and social distancing are key ways to limit the virus. 

  • A “face covering” must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely, and can include a paper or disposable face mask, a cloth face mask, a scarf, a bandanna, a neck gaiter or a religious covering. 
  • Please make sure that mask fits your student- child size for the younger students, adult sized for the older children.  Proper fit is important for reducing the spread of germs.
  • To comply with Governor Walz’s Executive Order, all staff, students, parents and visitors over the age of 5 must wear a face covering when entering and occupying the building at All Saints Catholic Church & School.
  • Face masks will be available for students who forget theirs or if theirs becomes soiled.
  • There are a limited number of child sized masks available so please send an extra one with your child in their backpack to ensure that they have an appropriate fitting mask that fits them.
  • For students who are not able to tolerate a face covering due to a developmental, behavioral, or medical condition, or if it is problematic for the student, a face shield can be used as an alternative. 
  • Faculty and Staff will wear a combination face shields and masks. Shield will be worn during direct instruction, when needed, while maintaining a social distance of 6 ft.
  • It is the expectation that face coverings and shields are washed or disinfected daily. This helps to keep your student healthy and reduce germ spread of all types of sicknesses.

cleaningCleaning Protocols

Cleaning and disinfecting key areas of the building will help limit the spread of germs.


  • We will increase our custodian services to include midday cleaning of bathrooms, lunchroom and other high touch surfaces.
  • Weather permitting, classroom doors and windows will remain open to improve airflow in the classrooms.
  • All classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.
  • All devices will be disinfected between the use of the students.
  • PreK-5th grade desks/tables will be disinfected as needed throughout the day.
  • In grades 6-8, student tables and chairs will be disinfected between classes and exchanges of students.


The lunch experience will be modified for health reasons.

  • Our goal is to continue having our hot lunch program.
  • Lunches will be served vs self-served.
  • Students will eat in their classrooms or lunchroom based on a rotating schedule.
  • When students are eating in their classrooms, hot lunch will be brought to them. 

recessRecess/Outdoor Time
Active play & fresh air is an important part of the development of children of all ages. Recess reinforces positive social interaction & physical development. 

  • All students will wash their hands before and after recess.
  • Classroom teachers will take their students outside for recess to keep the learning pods together, at their assigned time.
  • Students will take 2-3 breaks throughout the day to go outside for a face covering break. 
  • Weather permitting, a tent will be set up in the St. Francis garden area for band lessons to allow for social distancing and fresh area for the band students. 
  • Face coverings are recommended outside if students are unable to socially distance.

famParents, Mission Partners and Guests

During this first phase of reopening, restrictions during the school day will be in place.


  • Limiting the number of adults in the school building each day is a recommendation of the CDC to minimize the potential spread of the virus.
  • At the beginning and end of the day, all students need to be dropped off and picked up at door J through the drop off and pick up line. 
  • Parents picking up students during the school day for appointments will meet their child at the security desk.
  • We will look for creative ways for our parents to share their time and talents with us when we receive new guidelines regarding risk factors from the CDC.


Ongoing communication will be provided.

  • Any procedures and protocols that change will be sent to parents in a timely manner.
  • Updates will be posted on our website, 
  • Any urgent messages will be sent out through our ALERTS system.

Extracurricular Activities

  • The South Side Youth Organization, our athletics league, has cancelled all organized sports for the remainder of the school year.
  • After school extracurricular activities (non-athletic) will continue to be suspended.

Updated January 3, 2021