Coronavirus (COVID-19)

All Saints will continue to closely monitor this health crisis, make adjustments if need be, and communicate with you along the way.
March 25, 2022

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to opening the campus to visitors in the next couple of weeks. Revised Campus Protocols were sent out in an email and in the e-blast earlier this week. We will continue to have a table outside the front office for a convenient drop-off and pick-up place for parents. Please read below for more details about our lunch and chapel policies and procedures.

Please call the front office or contact your teacher if you have additional questions.

Sincerely,
Scootie Clark
Head of School


LUNCH AND CHAPEL FAQ - MARCH 2022
LUNCH - GRADES K-8
Q. When can parents begin having lunch with their children?
A.  Beginning Monday, March 28, K-8 parents are welcome to come on campus to have lunch with your child. If you would like to purchase lunch, orders must be placed online by 9:00 a.m. All visitors must sign in at the office and get a visitor's badge whenever they are on campus except when attending chapel.
Q. Can parents bring a lunch for their child?
A. Parents are always welcome to bring a homemade lunch. We will continue with our school policy regarding bringing lunches. From our Family Handbook: Lunch from restaurants is not to be brought to school, delivered, or dropped off in the office. Students who do not comply with this policy will not be permitted to eat with their class. Please note that lunches and snacks brought from home should not include candy or soda.
Q. Will my child have access to a microwave?
A. No. Many of the classes enjoy eating outside and, since there is a limited amount of time for lunch, students do not have much time to eat after waiting in line to use the microwave.  We will continue with our policy of students who want a hot lunch to either order it from our food service or use insulated storage items when bringing a hot lunch from home.
Q. Where and when will my child’s class be having lunch?
A. On inclement weather days, all students will eat in the dining facility. Many of the classes like the option of eating outside when the weather permits. Below is the schedule of where and when to find classes on nice weather days.
  • Kindergarten @ 11 a.m. - Monday - Thursday in the dining facility, Fridays outside their classrooms
  • 1st grade @ 11:30 a.m. - every day in the dining facility
  • 2nd grade @ 11:25 a.m. - every day outside their classrooms
  • 3rd grade @ 12 p.m. - every day in the dining facility
  • 4th grade @ 12:10 p.m. - blue weeks in the dining facility, red weeks outside their classrooms
  • 5th grade @ 12:15 p.m. - every day outside their classrooms
  • 6th - 8th grades @ 1:10 p.m. - every day outside on the middle school carpool side of the building
CHAPEL – GRADES PK3-8
Q. When can parents begin attending chapel with their child?
A. Parents and visitors are welcome to attend chapel with their child beginning on Monday, April 4.
Q. Where do parents meet their child?
A. Parents drop off their child in carpool, park, wait at the entrance of the 3-5 grade building (PK3-K) or St. Stephen’s (grades 1-8) for their child’s class, and then join their child.
Q. When does chapel begin?
  • PK3-K @ 8:15 a.m. Monday - Thursday in 3-5 building; 8:45 a.m on Friday at St. Stephen's 
  • Grades 1-8 @ 8:10 a.m. at St. Stephen's
Q. What happens if my child is late to school?
A. The tardy bell rings at 8:05 a.m. Students arriving after 8:05 must sign in at the office and will join their class as they walk to chapel, or sit in the office and wait if chapel has already begun.

Letters from The Head of School

List of 6 items.

  • January 3rd Letter

    January 3, 2022
    Dear All Saints Families,
    We have received questions from parents about students being exposed to a positive COVID case in the household. We would like to clarify that the policy we shared on December 31 about quarantine options refers to exposure to a positive case at school or outside of your home.
    If someone in your home tests positive, students are subject to prolonged exposure and should take the following precautions.
    • Do not come to school, and notify the school nurse.
    • Quarantine for 10 days.
    • Notify the school nurse if symptoms develop.
    We have also received questions regarding the decision to continue with the 10 day quarantine instead of moving to 5 days. When the CDC made the shift to 5 days, they included the condition that the person with COVID must wear a “well-fitting” face mask for an additional 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others. Since the risk of infection is 10 days, we determined students will need to continue to quarantine for 10 days.
    Open lines of communication between All Saints and our families is critical to the safe operation of our school during this pandemic. It is the responsibility of each member of our community to self-report in order to keep us all safe. As always, please note these guidelines are subject to change. 
    Sincerely,
    Scootie Clark, Head of School
    Nicole West, School Nurse
     
    Contact information: 
    Nicole West at nwest@allsaints-beaumont.org (409) 892-1755
    After hours COVID-19 reporting:  https://bit.ly/3qMwb8C
  • December 31st Letter

    December 31, 2021
    Dear All Saints Parents,
    We hope you have all enjoyed the Christmas break with your family. In preparation for the return to campus next week, we wanted to review key points of the COVID-19 policy update that was shared on December 3. At this time, we are not making any changes to the policy.
    • Face masks are optional
    • 10 day quarantine for students/faculty and staff who test positive
    • Two options for those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive
      • ​Remain on campus if asymptomatic and closely monitor for 14 days
      • Quarantine for 10 days
    Families are strongly encouraged to continue reporting family/community positive and close contact cases to the school nurse, Nicole West, at (409) 892-1755 or at nwest@allsaints-beaumont.org.
    We are grateful that this latest variant didn’t significantly impact our area until after our last day of the semester. It was wonderful having families on campus for the Christmas pageants, the pep rally, and class parties. However, since the hospital admissions and positive cases are steadily increasing by the day, we are going to continue to have the campus closed to non-essential visitors. Hopefully, this surge will be short-lived and we will be able to update our visitor protocols.
    In order to keep everyone safe, we urge you to follow the guidelines in our December 3 COVID-19 Policy Update.
    Monitoring at Home - Students who are unwell should remain at home to monitor symptoms. Parents should consult their primary care physician. Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:
    • Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • New onset of severe headaches
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering 
    • Diarrhea/Vomiting/Nausea
    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing 
    • Shortness of breath
    We are looking forward to welcoming our students back on campus on Tuesday, January 4. 
    Best wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year.
    Scootie Clark
    Head of School
     
    COVID-19 Policy Update - December 3, 2021
    Contact Tracing 
    • All Saints will observe the 3 ft. 15-minute guideline for determining close contacts. 
    • Families are encouraged to continue reporting family/community positive and close contact cases to the school nurse, Nicole West, at (409) 892-1755 or at nwest@allsaints-beaumont.org.
    School Notification
    • Notification will be sent to close contacts. Since face masks are optional, all students in the classroom with a student who tests positive is considered a close contact.
    • Families will receive a notification email of positive cases on campus.
    Student who Tests Positive
    Student must quarantine for 10 days. They can return to school under the following conditions:
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
    • They are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication
    • Their symptoms have improved
    Close Contact Options
    Students who are close contacts have two options.
    Option A: Remain on Campus
    Remain on campus - If a student is not experiencing any symptoms, the parents have the option for the child to remain on campus and monitor symptoms for 14 days after exposure.  The CDC recommends wearing a face mask for 14 days after exposure. Wearing a face mask remains optional for students.
    Option B: Quarantine
    The parent/guardian has the option for the student to quarantine for 10 days after close contact exposure. Assignments will be provided for students in quarantine. There is no remote learning option.
    Monitoring at Home - Students who are unwell should remain at home to monitor symptoms. Parents should consult their primary care physician. Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:
    • Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • New onset of severe headaches
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering 
    • Diarrhea/Vomiting/Nausea
    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing 
    • Shortness of breath
  • December 3rd Letter

    COVID-19 Policy Update - December 3, 2021
    Contact Tracing 
    • All Saints will observe the 3 ft. 15-minute guideline for determining close contacts. 
    • Families are encouraged to continue reporting family/community positive and close contact cases to the school nurse, Nicole West, at (409) 892-1755 or at nwest@allsaints-beaumont.org.
    School Notification
    • Notification will be sent to close contacts. Since face masks are optional, all students in the classroom with a student who tests positive is considered a close contact.
    • Families will receive a notification email of positive cases on campus.
    Student who Tests Positive
    Student must quarantine for 10 days. They can return to school under the following conditions:
    • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
    • They are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication
    • Their symptoms have improved
    Close Contact Options
    Students who are close contacts have two options.
    Option A: Remain on campus
    If a student is not experiencing any symptoms the parents have the option for the child to remain on campus and monitor symptoms for 14 days after exposure.  The CDC recommends wearing a face mask for 14 days after exposure. Wearing a face mask remains optional for students.
    Option B: Quarantine
    The parent/guardian has the option for the student to quarantine for 10 days after close contact exposure. Assignments will be provided for students in quarantine. There is no remote learning option.
    Monitoring at Home - Students who are unwell should remain at home to monitor symptoms. Parents should consult their primary care physician. Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:
    • Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • New onset of severe headaches
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering 
    • Diarrhea/Vomiting/Nausea
    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing 
    • Shortness of breath
  • October 22nd Letter

    October 22, 2021

    Dear All Saints Parents,

    During the month of October, the transmission rate for Covid-19 cases in our county has decreased, the number of cases in Beaumont for ages 0 - 20 has gone down to single digits, and we have had zero positive cases on campus. Considering these factors, we have updated our Covid-19 policies. At this time, all other protocols will remain in place. 

    COVID-19 UPDATED POLICIES
    Masking
    • As of Monday, October 25, All Saints will move to mask optional on campus for our students, faculty and staff.
    • Masks will continue to be required for essential visitors on campus during school hours and for spectators at indoor athletic games as per the Diocese of Beaumont Sports League rules.
    Hygiene - Continue good hand washing and sanitization of all areas of the school on a regular basis. 

    Contact Tracing 
    • All Saints will observe the 3 ft. 15-minute guideline for determining close contacts. 
    • Students who are close contacts of a positive case will need to quarantine for 10 days unless they are fully vaccinated.
    • Fully vaccinated students who are close contacts will need to wear a face mask for 14 days and do not need to quarantine.
    • Families are encouraged to continue reporting family/community positive and close contact cases to the school nurse.
    School Notification - The notification policy remains unchanged.
    • Parents will be contacted should their child be determined to be a close contact of a positive student.
    • A general exposure letter will be sent to the class/group of the positive student.
    • Families will receive a notification email of positive cases on campus.
    Monitoring at Home - Students who are unwell should remain at home to monitor symptoms. Parents should consult their primary care physician.

    This is the first step in our goal of restoring the pre-COVID All Saints experience for our families. Another step in that direction will be the opportunity for families to shop at our book fair after school hours. The book fair is November 1 - 5. Parents will be able to come and shop with their children on Tuesday and Thursday 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. We are opening the campus to families for this after-school event because it will be an optional activity.  As for chapel, we must abide by the policies set forth for churches by the Episcopal Diocese. Currently, masks are mandated in the sanctuary, and we are still keeping students in their cohort groups and not mixing grade levels. We will continue to live stream chapel into the classrooms for the time being. The administration team meets weekly to review our policies. I will keep you informed of any updates.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,
    Scootie Clark
    Head of School
  • September 1st Letter

    September 1, 2021

    Dear All Saints Community,

    When I sent out our protocols for 2021-2022 on August 11, we were looking forward to a mask optional year. As we announced last week, though, in light of the continued increase in infection rate and hospitalizations in our area, we moved to having masks temporarily be required indoors for all students, employees, and essential workers on campus.

    The decision to return to face masks being optional again will be based on the decrease in infection rate for the county, the city of Beaumont, and the All Saints community.  The CDC Covid tracker gives weekly updates regarding the case rate and percentage of positivity in Jefferson County. The color code system indicates we are currently in the highest level (red) of transmission. Our goal is for the transmission rate for the county to trend in the moderate (yellow) range.  In addition, we will monitor and factor in the city of Beaumont’s daily report on the number of new cases, broken down by age groups, and the number of cases on our campus. These three factors will guide us in our decision to move to face mask optional. Please know that protocols are subject to change based on the infection rate in our community.
                                               
    Thank you for your cooperation through this challenging time. We appreciate your prayers for our school community.

    Sincerely,
    Scootie Clark
    Head of School
  • August 25th Letter

    August 25, 2021

    Dear All Saints Community,

    In my August 11 letter, I stated that all our COVID protocols are subject to change based on the infection rate in our community and recommendations by local health officials. As we see daily, there is a steady increase of positive cases and hospitalizations due to COVID in our area. With the support of our Board of Trustees, the administration has made the decision to mandate face masks indoors for all students, faculty and staff, effective Thursday, August 26, 2021.

    Proper mask-wearing and social distancing may reduce the need for classes to quarantine but will not supersede it if the necessity arises. Contact tracing will be the determining factor in the decision to quarantine.  

    P.E. classes, lunch, and break will take place outside when weather permits, which will allow students to have mask breaks throughout the day. Other classes will have opportunities to meet outside as well. 
    Daily monitoring of your child’s health is essential to the safety of our entire community. Students, faculty and staff should screen for COVID symptoms before coming on campus. We are including again the Health Protocols for 2021-2022 for your reference. Do not send your child to school if they are exhibiting symptoms. 

    Contact our nurse, Nicole West, with questions or to report illness. During school hours you may call the school (409-892-1755) or email her at nwest@allsaints-beaumont.org. During the hours between 4:00 p.m. -7:30 a.m. please use the confidential online After Hours COVID Reporting form: https://forms.gle/XRL6BWdFYtCger7k8.

    We hope this is a temporary measure. We will continue to evaluate the local infection rate and make adjustments accordingly. I appreciate everyone’s support as we continue to work together to keep our community safe. 

    Sincerely,
    Scootie Clark
    Head of School
    • Conditions for Returning to Campus

REOPENING PLAN

2021 School Year FAQS

List of 10 items.

  • When will the school day begin?

    Early morning drop-off will be available for working parents beginning at 7:00 a.m. The location on campus will be determined by the number of students enrolled in the program.
    All students may begin arriving at 7:45 a.m. and the tardy bell will be at 8:05 a.m.
  • When will school dismiss?

    Dismissal times will remain the same. PK3-PK4 students will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. Students in grades K-8 will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m. on Mondays and 3:15 p.m on Tuesday - Friday.  In order to lessen the number of students gathered and waiting in a limited space, students in grades K-5 will have a designated area on the sidewalks, safely distanced, to wait with their class until their parent arrives.  Students dismissing from the middle school will wait inside with their class to be dismissed, much like our “rainy day” dismissal protocol. Carpool signs must be used to expedite the dismissal process.
     
  • Will students’ temperatures be checked at school?

    Parents will pre-screen their children before sending them to school using the school’s daily health checklist. The checklist will be included in the Back to School Information book. Students, parents, visitors, faculty and staff should be fever-free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication, before entering campus. Visitors to the campus will have their temperature checked and be asked to fill out the school’s self-check screening.
     
  • What if my child is running a fever?

    Students running a fever of 100.4 or higher must be evaluated by their physician and must have a note from their physician in order to return to school.  If the physician recommends COVID testing, students must wait for the results to come back and be cleared by their physician before returning to school.   We will follow guidelines from the CDC, TEA, and local officials for students testing positive for COVID. Students must be afebrile for 72 hours before being considered recovered and also remain at home for 10 days from the start of the illness.  

    If students are exhibiting symptoms of COVID, have been exposed to the virus in their immediate family, or have tested positive to COVID, parents will be expected to contact the school nurse or the Head of School. HIPAA privacy guidelines will be followed. All parents will need to sign an Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to COVID-19.
  • What if someone in my child’s class is diagnosed with COVID?

    In the event a child tests positive for COVID-19, appropriate contact tracing and family notifications (under HIPAA privacy guidelines) will be performed in accordance with CDC and TEA guidelines and local orders. 
  • Will there be social and physical distancing in place?

    Yes, when reasonable and feasible. Seating at the tables in the PK building will be safely distanced. The desks in the other classrooms will be set apart, facing the front of the room, and sidewalks will have marks six feet apart to encourage distancing when moving around the campus. 
  • What health precautions will be in place?

    Cleaning and Disinfecting:
    • All classrooms will be disinfected with electrostatic sprayers daily. The rooms will be aired out after being disinfected.
    • Hand sanitizer stations will be in every classroom and at the entrance doors to buildings.
    • All air conditioning units will have ultraviolet purifiers to purify the air going into the classrooms.
    There will be a full-time nurse on campus 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. We have converted the teacher’s break room in the administration building into the nurse’s office. The space is larger, can be partitioned off, and has a separate entrance.

    The nurse and the faculty and staff will continue to educate students about the importance of frequent hand washing; covering a cough or sneeze; not touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; staying home when sick; and other measures to help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.  Signs will be placed throughout the campus reminding the community about safety precautions.
  • What other precautions will be in place?

    Students will stay with cohorts throughout the day.
    • To help prevent the spread of communicable diseases this year, plans are in place to keep students with their homeroom classmates as much as possible throughout the day and limit the time when they mix with other students. When classes are combined it will be primarily by grade level and for outside activities like recess and P.E. 
    Chapel
    • We will be limiting the number of students who will be together in an enclosed room. For the time being, we will have chapel broadcasted into the classrooms instead of everyone gathering together for chapel and the link will be shared with parents as well. Special chapels, including class chapel programs, will be held and presented virtually.
    Lunch
    • Students in PK3-PK4 will bring their lunch and eat in their classrooms as usual. Students in grades K-8 will eat lunch outside, weather permitting, or in their classrooms. They will either bring their lunch or purchase a pre-packaged lunch from the food service. Since the students will not be using the dining facility at this time, they will not have access to the microwaves.
    Water Fountains
    • Water fountains will be covered and not be used. Students are highly encouraged to bring their own water bottles labeled with their names. They will be able to re-fill them at the water dispensers around campus. Disposable cups will be available in the classrooms if students forget their water bottles. Water bottles may only contain water. 
    Middle School Lockers and Hallways
    • To prevent large groups of students from congregating, students will not be assigned lockers. Rather, they will use their backpacks throughout the day. Students will change classes by grade level to help with traffic and lessen congestion in the hallways when changing classes. Digital textbooks will be accessible online and print textbooks will be kept in the classrooms.
  • What will P.E. look like?

    P.E. classes will be held outside whenever possible. The curriculum will focus on exercises and activities that limit close contact. Students will not dress out in P.E. uniforms this year to eliminate having students in the confined space of the locker rooms. 
  • Will students be able to be outside?

    The All Saints campus sits on eleven beautiful acres and we plan to continue to put them to good use. Students will have daily recess and break outside. Teachers plan to hold P.E. and other classes outside when feasible and appropriate for the lessons. 

Things We Are Doing

The safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff is a priority. Here are some measures we are taking as an institution.
  • Administration meets daily. 
  • Consulting health authorities.
  • Will be educating students about hygiene.
  • Utilizing hand sanitizer units, UV air purifiers, and electrostatic sprayers.
  • Monitoring health trends.



Things Everyone Can Do

As with common respiratory illnesses such as the cold and flu, you can take the following measures to minimize your risk. 
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Disinfect surfaces and objects frequently.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds.
  • Use 60–90% alcohol hand sanitizer, if you can't wash hands.
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