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FAQs

Notre Dame Academy is committed to being transparent about all aspects of our efforts to combat COVID-19 and keep our students and employees safe. Please email questions to ndafeedback@notredameacademy.com. We will update this page each Tuesday with answers to frequently asked questions.

These are composite responses to several of the questions posed. Policies and procedures are in the process of being developed due to the changing nature of advisories, health and safety procedures and NDA’s response to the COVID-19 situation.

On Sept. 4 the NDAfeedback@notredameacademy.com email will be closed. We appreciate everyone's input and questions through the NDA Feedback email as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year. Please reference this "Who to Contact with Questions" page for help with specific topics at NDA.

Transcript of Zoom Parent Meeting Aug. 12
Transcript of Zoom Parent Meeting Aug. 17

Will masks be required at school?
Yes, masks will be required to be worn by adults and students. 

Will masks be provided by?
The state of Wisconsin has purchased one mask for each student and staff member. Additionally, the school has purchased one mask with an NDA logo on it for every student and staff member. 

Can students bring their own masks to wear?
Yes, students can wear a mask not provided by NDA. Masks should be a solid color. Further refinements to this policy will be forthcoming.

What type of cleaners are used at the school?
All cleaners used at NDA are approved for school use and are EPA approved/certified.

How large will classes be?
The number of students in a class will depend on the number of square feet available in the classroom. All rooms have been measured to be in alignment with the CDC recommended physical distancing guidelines.

What happens when an individual tests positive?
NDA is working with the Brown County Board of Health and Prevea Health to address each situation as it arises. Recommendations vary according to individual circumstances. We will share a comprehensive document from the Brown County Board of Health in early August and as soon as it is made available to schools.

Will hand washing/sanitizing be available in every classroom?
A hand sanitizing dispenser has been installed in every classroom with 62% alcohol, aloe and vitamin E. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol (also referred to as ethanol or ethyl alcohol).

Will employees and students be trained in how to mitigate risks of becoming infected?
A formal training will take place for employees during the professional development days in August. Students will receive the same information on their orientation day(s) at the beginning of the year.

I have heard a virus can be spread through the ventilation system. What type of ventilation is there at school?
Air handlers at NDA have multiple supply and return filters on the systems and all air handlers have filters.

How will the student body be grouped in the hybrid scenario?
The student body will consist of two groups, Blue and Green, based on the alphabetical order of last names. Siblings will be kept together in the same group. Further refinements to this policy will be forthcoming.

Why was the school start date changed to September 8?
The start of school was adjusted to accommodate additional training for faculty, staff and students on the Instructional Scenarios. The full calendar will be adjusted at a later date. At this time, opening school is the primary focus.

What are the advisory times?
Policies and procedures are under development.

What are the entry protocols for school?
These are under construction due to developing advice from the Brown County Health Department.

When will NDA send a supply list for the upcoming school year?
Because of the many different classes students may choose, there is not a published supply list. On the first day of school teachers will make students aware of individual items that may be needed for the class.

What type of computer do you recommend for my child considering it may be necessary to spend time online this year?
It would be best to have a Windows laptop or Macbook. Although Chromebooks are permitted, we have found some of the more interactive apps do not run well on these machines.

Many students who were not able to come to school developed social and emotional challenges.  What is the school doing to assist in this area?
During the first week of school, each class will have a day designed specifically for their grade level. This one day retreat/orientation will give students the opportunity to process their experience being out of school, share their concerns and acclimate to being back at NDA. Part of this day will be designed to familiarize students with NDA’s new Advisory Program. This program was created to foster adult to student interaction regardless of the type of schedule NDA is following. We believe in the importance of community and relationships and have designed a program to foster both.

I have heard NDA will be utilizing ZOOM this year, but I am not familiar with this program.  Can you tell me more?
ZOOM is an easy to use video conferencing program which allows students and teachers to meet via the computer. This creates opportunities for real time interaction and will allow students to be ‘present’ in class even when they are at home. Learn more about ZOOM.

When will NDA make a definite decision about which schedule will be used to begin the year?
The decision regarding the schedule will be made no later than August 20. This will allow us to work carefully with our medical partner, Prevea, and make a decision guided by the most recent information.

I understand students will not be able to use lockers as the year begins. What will happen if we have a colder Fall and students must bring a sweatshirt?
Each student has an advisory class they will check into in the morning, at lunch and at the end of the day. Space has been set aside in every advisory room for students to store items they will not be carrying to their classes.

If Advisory begins prior to the first bell, does my child need to be in Advisory before school starts?
The first bell will ring at 8 a.m. Students may come to Advisory earlier, but will only be marked tardy if they are not in class by 8 a.m.

Will students receive a second set of books so they do not have to carry books back and forth from school.
Many of the student books are online so not all books will need to be brought home each night. Unfortunately, NDA does not have a second set of books for every class so some carrying back and forth will be required.

*Last update August 17, 2020

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