Letter to Salpointe Families from Kay Sullivan - September 17

Dear Lancer Families,

It was just great to have Lancer students back on campus for orientation on Wednesday and Thursday of this week! The campus was more alive and energized than it has been since March 13 when we were last together. And now we are poised to initiate hybrid learning on Monday, September 21. If you missed the Salpointe’s reopening plan, please visit Salpointe Plan for Reopening Fall 2020

We are cautiously optimistic as we move forward with this hybrid plan. However, we are keenly aware of the fragile nature of this reopening. Lancers, please do not get together outside of school. Parents, please do not allow student gatherings at your homes. It will only take a few careless individuals attending a party or gathering in groups to spread COVID and shut down the school, end our sports programs and dash plans for extracurricular activities. Partner with us to protect the health and safety of our community … and to safeguard the success of our reopening plan. 

Salpointe will continue to offer a five day/week distance learning option for those students who select At-Home Learning. Please sign up here: At-Home Learning Form. At-Home learners are welcome to participate in all extracurricular activities. 

To assure social distancing during the hybrid model, students will be divided alphabetically by last name for On-Campus learning: A-L on Mondays and Tuesdays and M-Z on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with distance learning during the opposite days. All students will participate in distance learning on Fridays. To review the hybrid schedule, please click here: Salpointe Calendar

We ask our Lancers for understanding and patience as we complete the construction of the Stearns Center for the Arts. The facility is close to being finished, but detours and unfinished areas may cause a bit of frustration until the project is completed in the next few weeks.

I want to reiterate Salpointe’s health and safety protocols that will be implemented during hybrid learning:

Masks: Salpointe will require all persons on campus to wear masks covering the mouth and nose (at least two layers of fabric with no racial, sexual, political or inappropriate messaging). Students should bring their own masks (not single layer scarves or gators) on a daily basis. Shields, in addition to masks, are recommended, but not required.  

Temperature checks and symptom checklist: If your student is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea), please keep him/her home; do not send him/her to school. Salpointe will use no-contact, infrared thermometers to take temperatures and review symptom checklists with all students and visitors every day. Students who exhibit any COVID-like symptoms will be sent home. Please let Salpointe’s nurse and attendance office know if your student tests positive for COVID-19.

Social Distancing: By opening in the hybrid model, with up to half the students on campus on any given day, Salpointe will be able to effectively provide for six feet of social distancing in most classrooms, hallways and lunchrooms. Locker access will be restricted to before and after school and during lunch. Two lunch periods in Foundation Hall and the Commons Plaza will provide enough space to accommodate two students per table, allowing six feet of distance between students. Passing periods are being extended to ten minutes to allow for directional movement from class to class, limiting close contact.

Hand Washing and Hand Sanitizer: Salpointe will provide the time and facilities necessary for students to wash and/or sanitize their hands between classes. Longer passing periods will allow students to practice frequent hygiene. Classrooms will be supplied with hand sanitizer. 

Campus Sanitization: Salpointe will clean public areas multiple times each day, including student desks, restrooms, door knobs, etc. The school has installed enhanced air filtration systems and facilitated the addition of outside airflow into every classroom and office. Plexiglass shields have been installed in high traffic areas such as the Student Services counter, Foundation Hall point of sale stations, Click Library and Spirit Store counter.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these uncertain times.
 
Take care. Stay safe. Pray!

Kay Sullivan
President
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