St. Paul School

Return to Learn Guide - 2020-2021


To reopen St. Paul School for the 2020-2021 school year, on time, and for on campus learning as safely and fully as possible.


The goal of our reopening plan is to provide a re-entry that fosters the overall health of students, staff, and the St Paul School community that we serve. The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Merced County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Updates will be made to this plan based on information provided by the CDC and applicable federal, state and local agencies as needed.

We hold that not opening our school would have a negative impact on the spiritual, mental, behavioral, and developmental health of our students and families. Consistency is essential for our students and it will be important to ensure that once children return to school, our schools stay open to the greatest extent possible. Furthermore, children rely on structure and schedule for stability, which supports the need for a daily school model. We want to maximize children's health while minimizing the risk. We trust that this plan will do so and provide a framework for safety when St. Paul School reopens with approval from the Merced County Department of Public Health.


While medical experts agree that the risk to the individual child is low and reasonable precautions are being taken, there is risk that a child could become infected and infect others.

No one knows the interactions of their child better than the parents. We are asking that the parents make the ultimate decision and accept the responsibility that enrolling their child at St. Paul School is appropriate. Please prayerfully consider whether or not you would like to have your child attend our school and that the steps that we are taking as a community are in the best interest of your family.



In order to ensure the continued well being of our employees the following guiding principles have been put into place:


  1. We will provide notice to our parents and communicate status regularly.

  2. We will implement practices that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as feasible and reduce the likelihood of an outbreak on campus.

  3. We will respond to all lab-confirmed cases from students and staff.

Exposure Defined

Exposure is defined as "close contact" of less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes, continuous or collectively, to a person who has COVID-19 symptoms or a person who has tested positive.