Moreau Catholic High School | Reopening Plan



Last revised 3.3.21

Mission Statement

Moreau Catholic High School is dedicated to the legacy and values of the Congregation of Holy Cross and its founder Blessed Basil Moreau. We are a college-preparatory school committed to outstanding achievement. As a community of faith, we prepare our students through academic, social, and spiritual learning experiences that form and transform them as they become responsible citizens of our global community.

General School and Contact Information 

Name of School:  Moreau Catholic High School
27170 Mission Blvd.
Hayward, CA  94544

School Type:  Holy Cross Catholic High School (grades 9-12)
Heads of School:  Terry Lee, President & Dr. Elizabeth Guneratne, Principal

Date of Reopening:  On or after January 25, 2021
Date of Submission:  December 30, 2020

COVID Liaison:  Colleen Galloway, Dean of Students
     (510) 881-4315

School Site Liaison:  Toni West, Associate Dean of Students
Human Resources:  Carla Adcock
Principal:  Dr. Elizabeth Guneratne

Number of Students:  823
Number of Faculty and Staff:  115

Guiding Priorities 

  • Mission Alignment The plan aligns with our school mission and Holy Cross values.
  • Health and Safety The plan prioritizes the health, safety, happiness, and success of our Mariner students, families, faculty, and staff. 
  • Continuity and Quality of Learning The plan supports the continuity and quality of teaching and learning to support the outstanding achievement of our students. 
  • Social-Emotional Wellness & Connection The plan supports the social-emotional wellness of our community and allows for authentic connection among students and teachers, both in classes and through co-curricular experiences. 
  • Flexibility The plan is flexible and allows the school to implement instructional models based on student needs, local conditions, and local health officials and governing authority guidelines. 
  • Communication The school communicates regularly with all stakeholders for transparency, clarity, and accountability regarding instructional models and the future return to campus. 
  • Trust MCHS will continue to work in partnership with all members of our Mariner family to iterate, communicate, and implement the best plans. We are grateful for the trust and support of our school community and we will rely upon this trust and support to move forward together.

Safe Return

Moreau Catholic High School is committed to empowering the safety, health, wellness, happiness, and success of each member of our diverse Mariner family. We all assume risk when we leave our homes, especially during a pandemic. Moreau Catholic High School is dedicated to continued learning and supporting the outstanding achievement of our Mariner family in 2020-2021 regardless of what form school takes. We appreciate the tenacity and resilience of our faculty and staff and we pray for the continued health and safety of all community members.

Schedule and Learning Models

Moreau Catholic High School is committed to providing students with opportunities for in-person learning when it is safe to do so and returning to our traditional learning model when possible. We recognize that in-person learning is optimal in many ways, and distance learning is a short-term necessity during COVID-19. Our hybrid model blends both in-person and distance learning formats to meet the re-opening requirements provided by the Alameda County Department of Public Health. Families will have the option of choosing to have their students remain in the distance learning virtual-only model for the remainder of the 20-21 school year.

Learning Models:  

Distance Learning – Our distance learning model began in March 2020 and has continued with improvements during the fall semester of 2020. In distance learning, our campus is closed and the school remains open through remote virtual instruction.

Our distance learning model includes daily live Zoom instruction, attendance taken each class period, and use of our learning management system Canvas for daily agenda and assignments.

Hybrid Model Traditional – The hybrid model combines in-person learning with distance learning. On a given day, half the student body is on campus for in-person instruction and the other half join from home through Zoom. Students are split by last name in the alphabet, A-K, and L-Z.

Teachers will create lesson plans and assignments where students can achieve the learning outcomes whether they are on campus or at home. In-person instruction will foster the important connections between teachers and students in the classroom setting. All MCHS classrooms have been measured for safe occupancy and furniture has been moved and modified to allow social distancing in compliance with county and state guidelines.
We know that our return to on-campus learning will be an adjustment for everyone, and we are planning for a gradual re-entry to begin as early as January or possibly later as follows:

  • Week 1: Distance learning for students, teachers teaching on campus in classrooms; time to test new technology and collaboratively plan 
  • Week 2: Distance learning for students, teachers teaching on campus in classrooms; on-campus student orientation days led by deans in the afternoon
  • Week 3-4: Phased hybrid instruction launch with teachers and some students on campus, beginning with seniors & continuing with frosh, sophomores, juniors & seniors in their A-K and L-Z groups

Bell Schedule

Day 1 Green

8:00- 8:05 Daily Prayer/ Announcements

8:05 – 9:05 Period 1

9:05 – 9:10 Passing Period A

9:10 – 9:15 Passing Period B

9:15 – 10:15 Period 3

10:15 – 10:35 Break

10:35 – 11:35 Period 5/7

11:35 – 11:40 Passing Period A

11:40 – 11:45 Passing Period B

11:45 – 12:45 Period 9

12:45-1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Collaboration

Day 2 Gold

8:00-8:05 Daily Prayer/ Announcements

8:05 – 9:05 Period 2

9:05 – 9:10 Passing Period A

9:10 – 9:15 Passing Period B

9:15 – 10:15 Period 4

10:15 – 10:35 Break

10:35 – 11:35 Period 6/8

11:35 – 11:40 Passing Period A

11:40 – 11:45 Passing Period B

11:45 – 12:45 Office Hours

12:45-1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Collaboration

Cohorting: The realities of a high school class schedule creates challenges with establishing a cohort of students that stay together for all courses and activities. Recognizing this, we will stress the importance of face coverings, social and physical distancing, and limiting group gatherings. Desks will be placed a minimum of 6 feet apart and arranged facing the same direction to minimize face-to-face contact.

Additionally, passing periods will be staggered to minimize congregated movement through hallways. Separate break and lunch spaces have been created for students and end of the school day release times are staggered to minimize opportunities for students to gather.

Co-Curriculars (Clubs & Academic Teams), Retreats & Spiritual Formation and Athletics are vital components of a Moreau Catholic education and will resume as soon as it is safe to do so, following the best practices recommended by Alameda County, the state, and CDC.

Social and Emotional Learning & Wellness

MCHS will continue to implement SEL in our tone-setting and curriculum concentrating in the areas of:

  • Self-Management
  • Self-Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills

These areas will help to reduce anxiety for our students as they start the hybrid model. We want to ensure that students have the tools needed in order to follow state covid guidelines and respect all students, faculty, and staff.

Additionally, all of our counselors are available to students and families throughout this time for virtual appointments, both in small groups and in 1:1. Please check our counseling page on our website if you need a reminder of your student’s counselor and their contact information.

On-Campus Habits

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our overriding priority. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, we are monitoring the situation closely and following the guidance from the Alameda County Public Health Department, California Public Health Department, and the CDC.

Students and staff will be alert for COVID-19 symptoms and will know to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms. Signs and posters outlining COVID-19 symptoms will be up in high traffic areas.

Supplies, equipment, and utensils will not be shared among staff and students to the extent feasible. When items must be shared, the school will clean and disinfect these shared items.

We will minimize staff and students’ contact with high-touch surfaces by propping open doors during arrival and departure times and passing periods.

COVID-19 Health Screening:  All employees and students must perform a daily health screening at home prior to coming on campus and should not come to school if they are sick or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.  Moreau Catholic has contracted with VisitU, a mobile app for checking symptoms, that must be completed by students and staff before coming on campus.  When coming through their assigned entrance, employees and students will show the campus supervisor or Dean their green screen.  The supervisor at each point of entrance will do a visual check of individuals coming through their entrance. The Moreau Catholic health screening questions can be found here.  

Face Coverings:  Face coverings are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the face-covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or otherwise raises their voice.  This is called source control.  

Face coverings, that cover nose and mouth, are required at all times (except when eating or drinking) while on campus for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  Gaiters and bandanas are not considered adequate face coverings.  Face coverings should follow appearance code guidelines in Section 10.1.7 (pg 46) of the Handbook.  

It is recommended that staff and students carry an extra face covering(s) with them.  The school will have disposable face coverings available for individuals who do not have one.

Students who are not exempt from wearing a face-covering under California Public Health Department guidelines yet refuse to wear an appropriate face covering will be excluded from campus.

Visitors:  Moreau Catholic will limit any nonessential visitors and volunteers.  Visitors will be required to complete a symptom screening form and are required to wear a face covering.  Visitors will be admitted to the extent that physical distancing of six feet can be maintained.  Six feet distancing markings will be clearly visible. 

Healthy Hygiene Practices

As the CDC explains, COVID-19 in schools is on a “continuum of risk”.  This risk increases when there is an increase of in-person learning.  However, this risk can be mitigated through the use of the following “mitigation strategies”:

  • Students are divided into groups that are staggered between in-person instruction and distance learning
  • Small, in-person classes, activities, and events
  • Students and teachers do not share objects
  • Students, teachers, and staff follow all steps to protect themselves and others such as proper use of face coverings, social distancing, hand hygiene, and staying home when sick
  • Regularly scheduled cleaning of frequently touched areas implemented with fidelity

The California Department of Public Health lists the following as the likely “top three items”:

  • Face coverings
  • Stable groups
  • Physical distancing

Campus signage reinforces daily hygiene routines and is widely posted, disseminated, and encouraged through various methods of communication.

Frequent Hand cleaning:  All restrooms are equipped with soap dispensers.  Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is recommended, especially before and after meals, after using the restroom, and after touching your face.  When soap and water is not readily available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations are set-up near classrooms and high traffic areas.

Whenever possible, equipment and supplies will not be shared.  If classroom or office equipment needs to be shared, it is recommended that a tissue or paper towel is used to avoid direct contact.  Equipment and supplies that are shared should be wiped down after use.

Entering, Exiting, and Movement within the School:  Students will enter and exit campus through designated locations:

  • Frosh (Class of 2024) – Main Entrance 
  • Sophomores (Class of 2023) – Capurro Plaza 
  • Juniors (Class of 2022) – South entrance of Main Building (near B-Hall)
  • Seniors (Class of 2021) – Breezeway

Physical DistancingPhysical distancing reduces the number of in-person contacts and is an essential practice in ensuring a safe school environment.  

All activities, instructional or otherwise, will support physical distancing and will be implemented across the entire campus at all times.

Students will follow the signage and markings around campus to ensure social distancing.  Stairwells will be marked as either UP or DOWN to allow social distancing during passing periods.  While walking in the hallways, students are to stay near the sidewalls (lockers) to keep the middle open and ensure a minimum of 6 feet from individuals moving in the opposite direction.

Students will not linger outside their classroom until the bell rings.  They will move into the classroom when they arrive to prevent a back-up that forces students to be too close together.

Food can only be eaten in designated areas: benches along the theater; benches along Art Room C; benches at Mother Mary Grotto; tables outside the ISC.  

Vending machines and community microwaves will be out of service.  Drinking fountains will be covered and staff and students will be advised to bring their own water bottles to fill at our water filling stations.

Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation

Following recent CDPH guidelines, Moreau Catholic will distinguish between “cleaning” (using soap or detergent and water to decrease germs on surfaces and decrease infectious risk) and “disinfecting” (using specific chemical agents to kill germs on surfaces), understanding that frequent disinfecting can pose a health risk to students due to the strong chemicals often used.

The following frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned daily:

  • High touch points including door handles, elevator buttons, and stairwell railings will be performed throughout the day.
  • Restrooms surfaces and partitions will be cleaned throughout the day.
  • Students will wipe down desk/work space surfaces before and after use with provided cleaning products
  • Athletic facilities including locker rooms, weight rooms and indoor practice spaces will be cleaned between physical education classes and between each team practice.

Outdoor tables and benches will have routine maintenance and cleaning.  Hand hygiene will be emphasized at these locations.

Disinfecting, using products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19, will occur after an in-school COVID-19 case has been identified and adhere to the following protocols:

  • Disinfecting will be focused on spaces (classrooms, offices, locker rooms) where the case has spent a large proportion of their time.
  • Victory Electrostatic Sprayers using ph7QDual and Bioesque Disinfectant will be used on all hard surfaces.

Ventilation:  All classroom windows and doors will be opened 2 hours prior to the start of the school day and will remain open for two hours after the conclusion of the school day. Interior doors will be propped open in the main passageways and stairwells to avoid the need to touch handles.  Every effort will be made to maximize fresh air flow throughout the buildings. Staff are encouraged to have their office windows and doors open whenever feasible.  All classrooms with ceiling mounted fans will have the airflow directed up and out of the room and classrooms with portable fans shall have the airflow directed away from students and teachers. Offices, classrooms and sick rooms without a functioning window for outside air will be equipped with portable HEPA air filtration units. All existing HVAC systems have had recent service including filter changes and adjustments to the units to maximize outside air flow.

Testing of Staff and Students

We are adhering to CDPH and Alameda County’s recommendation to engage in surveillance testing of faculty and staff to detect pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic infections.  Faculty and staff are required to test monthly (a PCR or molecular test) and when we return to some in-person learning on-campus testing will be provided every two weeks.  We will consider adding more testing dates (possibly weekly) to allow for students to be tested.

COVID Positive and Contact Tracing; COVID Exposure; COVID Symptoms

The COVID-19 virus spreads mainly from person-to-person, especially if people are within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes, even if you both wear face coverings, or if you have multiple shorter periods of contact that add up to 15 minutes or more in a day.  Infected droplets are released when talking, coughing, sneezing, singing, exercising, shouting or other forms of increased respiration, but the use of face coverings by everyone can limit the exposure.  

If an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19, the following protocols, adhering to guidance released by CDPH, Alameda County Public Health Department and Office of Education, will be followed:

  1. Any positive test must be reported immediately to Colleen Galloway (Covid Liaison), Toni West (School Site Liaison) or Carla Adcock (Human Resources).  Confirmation documentation will be requested.
  2. If the individual is on campus:
    1. Students will immediately be moved to a supervised isolation room and parent/guardian will be contacted to make arrangements for student to return home as soon as possible.  
    2. Employees will be sent home immediately.
  3. The individual will be instructed to isolate at home for 10 days from the date of the positive test or from when symptoms first appeared
  4. MCHS’s Covid Team will conduct a case investigation to identify and trace exposed individuals or groups.  Cohort members, close contacts and household members will be advised to follow quarantine instructions for a minimum of 14 days.
  5. ACPHD will be notified and a COVID-19 Safelearning Case and Contact Reporting Form will be completed that includes a line list of contacts
  6. The community (staff, students and families) will be notified about the positive case, consistent with FERPA and HIPAA privacy requirements.  Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of any individual who tests positive.
  7. Close contacts will be sent an exposure letter and told to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure with the recommendation to contact their health care provider and consider testing.
  8. Any classroom or office used by the COVID positive individual will be closed off for 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting.  If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible but no less than 2 hours.
  9. All employees on campus during the time of the positive case will be notified within 24 hours (per AB 685 Notification requirements).

If an employee or student has a household member or other close contact test positive for COVID-19, the following protocol will be followed:

  1. The close contact must be reported immediately to Moreau Catholic’s Covid Team
  2. Individual will be sent home or advised to stay home
  3. Individuals will be advised to follow quarantine instructions for a minimum of 14 days and to contact their health care provider and consider COVID-19 testing.
  4. If a COVID-19 test is taken and does come back positive, individual will immediately report this to Moreau Catholic’s Covid Team and be instructed to follow isolation instructions for a minimum of 10 days from date of positive test or onset of symptoms

If an employee or student exhibits symptoms the following protocols will be followed:

  1. Moreau Catholic’s Covid team will be immediately notified.
  2. If the student is on campus, they will be moved to a supervised isolation room and parent/guardian will be contacted to make arrangements for them to return home as soon as possible.  Employees will be sent home immediately.
  3. If the individual is not on campus, they will be instructed to stay home and isolate for 10 days and recommended to contact their health care provider and consider COVID-19 testing.  Individual will be asked to share testing results with Covid Team.
  4. If while isolating, the individual tests negative, they may return to campus if symptoms have improved, they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without taking medication to lower a fever and they show a note from a medical evaluator verifying the symptoms were not due to COVID-19.
  5. If while isolating, the individual does not take a COVID-19 test, they may return to campus only if symptoms have improved, they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without taking medication to lower a fever and they show a note from a medical evaluator verifying an alternative diagnosis.
  6. Any classroom or office used by the individual exhibiting symptoms will be closed off for 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting.  If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible but no less than 2 hours.

Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning

The California Department of Public Health has established metrics for closing in-person instruction due to COVID-19.  Moreau Catholic High School would return to distance learning under the following conditions:

  • If within a 14-day period, an outbreak (3 or more confirmed or probable cases of staff or students occurring within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked in the school, are from different households and are not contacts of each other in any other investigation cases) has occurred in 25% or more of the stable groups in the school.
  • If within a 14-day period, at least three outbreaks have occurred in the school AND more than 5% of the school population is infected.

The school would only reopen after the quarantine period and the following have occurred:  

  •  Deep cleaning and disinfection of the campus
  • Public health investigation  
  • Consultation with the local public health department

Training and Education

All staff, students and families will be trained and provided educational material in the following areas:

  • Enhanced sanitation practices, including washing of hands for a minimum of 20 seconds and avoiding touching your mouth, nose or eyes
  • COVID-19 symptom identification and health screening practices
  • Physical distancing guidelines and their importance
  • Importance of face coverings and their proper use, removal, and cleaning
  • How COVID-19 is spread
  • The importance of staying home if you have symptoms or someone in your household has tested positive 
  • Moreau Catholic’s plan and procedures to follow when staff or students become sick at school (see Covid Positive and Contact Tracing above)

Communication Plans 

Moreau Catholic has protocols in place to communicate with students, staff, and families about cases and exposures at the school, consistent with privacy requirements (FERPA and HIPAA) and AB 685.

Regular communication with the school community includes updates on the school’s reopening plans and safety protocols, along with guidance and decisions regarding public health, safety, and educational concerns from the Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Office of Education, Diocese of Oakland, California Department of Public Health, California Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This communication provides transparency, clarity, and accountability in our reopening planning and increases our community’s trust and confidence as we work together to promote the safe return to on-campus learning in the future.

Last revised 3.3.21