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Effective March 16: St. Augustine will close campus to Students

UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 2020 

Dear St. Augustine parents and guardians,
 
Today, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order asking people to refrain from attending gatherings of more than 250 people in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and closing schools for the next 30 days. St. Augustine High School, along with all Catholic schools in the State of Louisiana, will be following the governor’s executive order. 
 
At this time, we want parents to know:
  • Essential personnel will be on site as necessary. 
  • Faculty-led academic instruction will continue remotely.
  • Faculty and staff will continue to be paid during this time period.
  • Tuition payments will be as normal.
  • Students will be required to complete age-appropriate assignments.
 
This situation is fluid and changes are occurring rapidly. Please check your email, Plus Portal system, and all official school social media accounts regularly for updates. The closure requires us to cancel all school activities, athletic practices and on-campus classes.
 
On Monday, March 16, all teachers and staff will be on campus to refine and put final details on the virtual education program for all students.
 
On Tuesday, March 17, online learning will begin for all students at their homes or at a place of parents choosing. We ask both parents and students to log in to Plus Portals daily to check assignments and for further updates and instructions.
 
Parents and guardians are also encouraged to ensure that students are completing all assignments as required by each instructor. A hotline will be established to provide assistance to families that may have difficulty accessing and completing online assignments via the Plus Portal system.
 
Thank you for your attention to this and all future communications on this issue. Please be assured that the health and wellness of our community is our top priority, and that we are prepared to adjust our operations in response to the public health situation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kenneth A. St. Charles, Ph.D. '81
President & CEO
St. Augustine High School
 

Current Protocols 

 

Cleaning Campus and Health Information Signage

Our facilities team will continue cleaning classrooms, bathrooms, the dining hall, and shared spaces during the school closure, with a specific focus on doorknobs and levers, light switches, faucet handles, bathroom partition handles, work surfaces, student desks, classroom tables, teacher desks, keyboards and mice, phones, and the athletic facility.
 
In addition to enhanced cleaning, we have placed hand sanitizer dispensers in classrooms and in common areas.
 
Throughout campus, the school has placed signage with information on proper hygiene and how to avoid germ transmission, following the list of CDC recommendations for K-12 schools on common sense preventative actions for students and staff.
 

Health Safety Protocols

Students, faculty, and staff have been reminded about health-safety protocols for preventing the spread of germs, as well as a reminder that if they are sick, especially with a fever, signs of cough, flu or pneumonia, shortness of breath, or other respiratory conditions that could be contagious, to stay home and seek immediate medical attention.  
 

School-Related Travel

The school will continue to monitor CDC recommendations for travel, making decisions that prioritize student health and safety and communicate updates to families with students enrolled on these trips.
 

Family Travel and Trips

Many St. Augustine families travel regularly and/or may have plans to travel over Spring Break. We will follow the travel recommendations put forward by the CDC. For any families with upcoming travel, the school recommends reviewing  CDC Travel Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. 
 

Please maintain the following health and safety practices:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water vigorously for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a minimum 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you do become sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.