St Charles School | Woburn, MA

COVID-19 Updates


July 23, 2020

Dear St. Charles Families,

Thank you to those who attended our meeting last evening in the Church or virtually. You asked great questions. For those who may still wish to watch the meeting, you may locate it on Facebook within the St. Charles Borromeo Collaborative Page.

We needed to reorganize some school staffing this summer. We blended our school business manager and receptionist positions into one. Mrs. Karoub and Mrs. Mulrennan are going to move on. I am appreciative of all the hard work and dedication they have provided St. Charles School. They have been a tremendous help during my transition. Mrs. Lisa Looby will be the school office business manager and administrative assistant. Some of you may know Mrs. Looby. She worked with Mrs. Hayes as an assistant last school year.

I am going to bullet the major points of our discussion last evening. I wish to thank Fr. Capuci, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Ferlisi and Ms. Kovac who have answered many questions for me the past three weeks and helped reach out to new school families.

We will need to support one another this year as we never have before. There will be unexpected challenges and we will need to work together to create feasible solutions.

We can’t predict the future, but I can predict the staff and administration of St. Charles is committed to teaching and supporting your students. The staff did an amazing job moving to virtual learning last spring in record time.

We will do the best we can to recreate typical school day routines while keeping students and staff safe, and following the guidance provided to us by the Catholic Schools Office and the State.

Masks/face coverings will be required for students in Grades 2-8. They will be worn throughout the school day. We are STRONGLY recommending the younger students have face coverings as well. Please have your child practice wearing a mask now. They should practice on warm days, too! Our classrooms are not air conditioned and it is imperative they have their noses and mouths covered at all times in the classroom. We are exploring the specifics on mask breaks, when students may go outside and remain at least six (6) feet apart, remove the mask and get some fresh air. Also, please do your best to help your students to have an idea of what six (6) feet of distance looks like. You are a role model for your student. Point out the times when you are wearing a mask or social distancing. Those are teachable moments!

Students will be kept together as a grade and will not be using shared spaces such as the cafeteria, library or computer room. Students will have lunch, library time and technology instruction in their classroom. We need to reduce the number of individual and group interactions students have.

It is imperative that you keep your student home when they are ill. We cannot be irresponsible and pass germs along to others who may be or are living with vulnerable individuals. There are many protocols to follow should a student or staff member become ill with COVID. We will follow the guidance of the Health Department in Woburn should we have this situation.

We are in the princess of hiring a full-time school nurse.

Students will wash or sanitize their hands when they enter their classrooms, remove or place back a mask, consume food, use the bathroom, and before they leave at the end of the day. Please practice with your child washing hands for 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer is a part of our supply list for students. It must have at least 60% ethanol or at least 70% isopropyl to be effective.

Students in Grades 2-8 will have Chromebooks to use and will not be sharing them.

We are waiting for additional guidance about recess, physical education, labs, before and after school care and co-curricular activities.

It is likely students will not use the coat rooms. They will place backpacks under their desks and place their jackets on the back of their chairs.

We are preparing a virtual learning option for those who may not be able to attend school for a period of time or those who wish to enroll virtually. I will be sure to share more details about this once I have exact information.

We will be sanitizing bathrooms, door knobs, handrails, etc. throughout the school day.

Students will continue to participate in school Masses on a rotational basis. While we are not able to attend as an entire school, the classes not present in the Church will attend remotely.

There are guidelines specific to preschool. Students will not pass materials back and forth or play closely to one another. Manipulatives and toys will be sanitized after each student uses them.

We will not be taking the temperature of students as they enter school each day. Parents are asked to monitor their child’s temperature.

I do not have information about bussing or lunch from the City of Woburn yet.

Grade 8 has a large number of students. They will use the cafeteria for large group instruction.

It will be important for students to have the items on the supply lists including tissues, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and paper towels. They will not be able to share rulers, crayons, etc..

I will send you the school calendar the first week in August. Please see the attached memo from the Woburn Public Schools.

Have a safe and blessed weekend!

Donna Cargill