Pius X announces return-to-school plan
Plan calls for universal face covering, social distancing and good hand hygiene.
Pius X Catholic High School announced their return-to-school plan on Friday afternoon.
According to school principal Tom Korta, the school used input from the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to inform their plan.
All students and school personnel at Pius will be required to wear face coverings when school opens next month.
Students will be able to remove their masks during physical activity, lunch and when outdoors. Teachers must wear a mask or a face shield when in the classroom with students and can remove it when alone in their office or classroom. Korta believes that in-person learning is important at Pius X.
“Our primary reason for existence is actually spiritual development for our students,” Korta said. “That is very tough to communicate through a camera remotely. Faith in God is very relational. We feel very strongly that our parents wanted us to have our kids in school and our students wanted to be in school so we can promote and continue to develop that aspect of the whole person.”
The plan is geared to facilitating in-person learning while containing the spread of the coronavirus by using face coverings, regular washing of hands and social distancing. Pius X will adjust their school plan if necessary according to the current COVID-19 risk levels in Lincoln.
Parents concerned about the safety of their children will have the opportunity to choose remote learning for their students. Pius X will open its doors for the first day of school on August 17.
You can view Pius X’s return-to-school plan in its entirety here.