Our Mission is Essential

Our plan to open school in August reflects the input of our faculty, our parents and healthcare experts. With a shared desire for the health and well being of our community, several protocols will be in place. While school may look different, our goal of providing our students with an academically rigorous, Catholic education in the Jesuit tradition remains unchanged.

Saint Ignatius High School

Frequently Asked Questions

We are partnering with medical experts from University Hospitals for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information. The health and safety of your sons and families - and our teachers and staff - are top priorities for us. Please use this page to find answers to some common questions you may have.
How does the school plan to maintain physical distancing?

The class schedule we created was intentional in that it allows for smaller class sizes. Our plan allows us to reduce the average class size by approximately 50 percent, leaving sufficient spacing between the teacher and students and between students. Generally, classes will be between 10-15 students. Additionally, we are looking at ways in which we can utilize our larger spaces (Sullivan Gym, Rade Dining Hall, etc.) to accommodate safe, physical distancing. We will also utilize outdoor spaces on campus (weather permitting), which allow for greater occupancy while observing appropriate distancing.

 
Will students, faculty, staff and visitors wear face coverings all the time?

Yes. Everyone on the Saint Ignatius High School campus will be required to wear a face covering. Either a face mask or a shield is acceptable. Obviously, those can be removed when eating. We respect and follow the scientific data that shows face coverings help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Can my son be on campus when his group is not in session?

Yes, of course. We understand that this schedule may create some transportation challenges. We welcome students to be on campus when they are not in a live session, either in the morning or in the afternoon. Spaces for quiet and group study, opportunities to meet with counselors, access to other resources like the Strength and Conditioning Center, and time for extracurricular activities will be available.


If a student, faculty or staff member travels out of state, can they come back to campus upon their return?

There are several documented hot spots around Ohio, the country and the world. As such, we are asking any member of our community who travels outside of Ohio to document their trip (where, how long, precautions taken, nature of interactions, etc.) and inform their department chair, supervisor, or in the case of a student, the Assistant Principal for Student Life. Please make this notification at least 24 hours before returning to campus to allow for follow up if needed. Depending on the location and nature of your travel, we may ask that you wait 14 days before returning to campus.

 
What happens if someone at the school tests positive for COVID-19?

The health and safety of students, faculty and staff remains a top priority. We are working with the University Hospitals COVID-19 Response Team to not only plan for the year, but to ensure resources are available as we need them should situations like a positive test arise. In the event a student, faculty or staff member is identified as exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or we are notified of a positive test, that person will be immediately isolated and sent home from campus. A symptomatic person who has not been tested will be assumed to be positive until their test comes back negative. The individual will not be permitted back on campus until cleared by their primary care physician. In addition, we will immediately begin contact tracing to identify anyone considered a close contact (defined as within six feet for longer than 15 minutes). Close contacts will be notified and asked to leave campus and quarantine until a positive or negative test result is known. Close contacts will be advised to consult with their primary care physician and remain alert for symptoms. Close contacts may return to campus in the event of a negative test or following the appropriate quarantine period. 

In the event a student is quarantined at home, our counselors will work with that student remotely to ensure his school work can continue to the extent his health allows. Every effort will be made to allow the student to continue with his school work remotely until his quarantine period ends.

This approach is current at the time it is written. As we have all seen, practices and protocols continue to change. We will ultimately follow the recommendations of the health care professionals at the University Hospitals COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials.

 
What is the plan if there is an outbreak of positive testing at Saint Ignatius High School?  

While there are no hard and fast numbers to define an “outbreak,” as with all decisions pertaining to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff we will act with an abundance of caution to make decisions that we believe are consistent with that objective.

 

With the modified On Campus Schedule or need for Distance Learning, will tuition be reduced?

Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year has not been reduced at this time. We believe that Saint Ignatius High School has continued and will continue to deliver the college preparatory education in the Jesuit tradition that is our hallmark. Our commitment to our students’ education and preparation for college and beyond, along with our commitment to their faith formation and their physical, social and emotional well-being through athletics, extracurriculars and social activities has not wavered. While it may look a bit different, the goal and objectives remain consistent. The adjustments we have made for this year are done with the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff in mind. As a reminder, our Family Tuition Relief program will remain open all year for any family encountering economic hardship resulting from the pandemic.

 

What will hapen with athletics this year?

Saint Ignatius High School will follow the recommendations of the OHSAA.


What will happen with all-school Mass, assemblies, dances, and sporting events?

Following medical recommendations, there will not be any all-school gatherings for the fall of 2020. We are exploring options to gather as a single class with physical distancing for liturgies only.

 
How is lunch being handled? Will Campus Dining be open?

Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch to campus. The Rade Dining Hall will have a very limited pre-packaged grab-and-go selection for students. Students will eat lunch throughout campus in the various large locations with physical distancing.

 
How can I best protect myself, my family, students, and colleagues?

Saint Ignatius High School seeks cooperation from the entire community. The health and safety of everyone on our campus is the responsibility of all who work and learn there. There are basic steps we can all take to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including:

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer. Dispensers are accessible throughout campus.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask or shield.
- Adhere to physical distancing (six feet) from others, not only when on campus, but in your non-school hours.

 
Besides what is happening at school, what can I do to help?

Please work cooperatively with these expectations and protocols. Everyone should:

1. Complete the daily self-monitoring form.

2. For parents, if your son is sick, keep him at home. For faculty and staff who are ill, please stay home.

3. Parents, communicate to your son’s counselor if he is struggling with his mental and/or emotional help. Faculty and staff can access Ease@Work.

In your home and social life, observing the recommendations to keep people safe helps keep the Saint Ignatius High School community safe. Each choice you make affects others outside of your immediate circle.