At St. Luke's School, we are committed to the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our committees relied on the recommendations of the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, the NYS Department of Education, health professionals, ABA Studios, Polise Consulting Engineers, and Environmental Management Solutions of New York.
Since returning to school in the fall of 2020, we have continued to meet, implement, assess, and modify our plans. As the nature of learning during COVID-19 has changed, we have adapted to meet needs. In January 2021, we implemented a new weekly pool testing protocol. In the fall of 2021, in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone in our community, we implemented a new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for those who are eligible. We will continue to provide weekly testing for those students who are not yet eligible for vaccination. Though the community remains stable and strong, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic is always evolving during this challenging and unpredictable time. To see what we have done and how we've responded to COVID-19, view our visual timeline. For our most up-to-date safety protocols and guidelines, review our COVID-19 Appendix.
Our approach to learning in the time of COVID-19 is a reflection of how we hope to serve our community, meet the requirements of our regulatory agencies, and live our mission. St. Luke’s School has taken a five-step approach to keep the school environment safe for the community. Our five layers of health and safety are as follows:
WHAT WE'RE DOING: HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOL
1. Limiting physical contact
- Smaller class sizes: pods allow us to minimize exposure and spread of COVID-19.
- Staggered arrival and dismissal: arrival and dismissal are staggered to minimize large groups, and divided among three separate entry points.
2. Maintaining a sanitary environment
- Increased cleanliness: cleaning and sanitization is performed during the day and nightly in order to maintain and a clean and safe learning environment.
- Air filtration: windows are open when possible to allow for increased airflow, and HEPA filters and air purifiers have been installed in classrooms.
3. Practicing personal hygiene
- Mandatory masks: except while eating or taking a mask break, students and staff wear masks at all times.
- Hand hygiene: frequent hand washing is practiced in all classes, additional hand washing stations are installed around the building, and both free-standing and wall-mounted hand sanitizers have been installed in convenient locations.
4. Modifying school acTIVITIES
- Social distancing: desks are arranged to allow for extra space, and social distancing is encouraged and enforced at all times.
- Snack and lunch delivered to classes: students eat within their pods, and are delivered lunch in pre-packaged portions.
5. ISOLATING POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS
- Health survey: students and staff are asked to fill out a health survey on Magnus Health daily.
- Isolation: isolation chambers have been built into our new and expanded nurse's office, which allow for direct exit from the building.
- Pool testing: we conduct weekly pool testing of all students and professional staff.
- Temperature checks: all students, staff, and parents must have a temperature of under 100°F in order to enter our grounds; temperature checks are conducted at all points of entry.
- Quarantine: if an individual is directly exposed to COVID-19, they must adhere to our quarantine protocol. For details on our quarantine protocols for exposure, illness, and travel, please refer to our COVID-19 Appendix here.