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Return to School 2020 » Back to School FAQs

Back to School FAQs

Q: What are the three learning models?
A: Normal Learning Model, Cohort Learning Model and Online Learning Model. Descriptions and details for each of these models are available in our Return to School Plan posted to the Parents section of the CBC website.
Q: What is the Cohort Learning Model?
A: Students are sub-divided into two cohorts based on the first letter of their last name and attend in-person classes on campus when indicated on the Master Calendar. Cohort A (students whose last names begin with the letters A - K) will attend in-person classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and some Wednesdays. Cohort B (students whose last names begin with letters L - Z) will attend in-person classes on Thursdays, Fridays, and some Wednesdays. On a day when a cohort is not scheduled to be on campus, those students will participate in live, synchronous classes online from home via Microsoft Teams.
Q: When would we move to an Online Learning Model?
A: We will transition to a fully online learning model if mandated by the St. Louis County Health Department, the St. Louis County Executive, or the Governor of the State of Missouri. Should a fully online learning model be mandated for an extended period of time during the semester, we will transition to a consistent weekly schedule as follows: Monday (Purple Day), Tuesday (Gold Day), Wednesday (Support Day), Thursday (Purple Day) and Friday (Gold Day).
Q: Can families choose to go the Online Learning route if they want?
A: We are prepared to meet the needs of students and families who would prefer a full-time Online Learning Model. Unlike many public school districts, which require the decision to opt-in to online learning be made for the entirety of the semester, we understand that personal circumstances and the current environment evolve quickly. If you choose a full-time Online Learning Model and subsequently wish to return to the Normal Learning Model, we simply ask that you provide a minimum of one week’s notice so that our faculty can adjust and prepare accordingly. Please contact Mr. Jerry Heet, Assistant Principal, at to coordinate the details for this accommodation.
Q: What health and safety measures are you taking?
A: We will be doing daily health screenings of everyone who enters the building. Prior to entering the school building each day, all students and staff will answer a series of COVID-19 screening questions (shown below) and have their temperature checked using an infrared thermometer.
1) Today or in the past 24 hours, have you experienced any of the following symptoms:
a. Fever
b. A new or worsening cough
c. Any new congestion or runny nose not associated with allergies in the last 24 hours
d. Nausea or muscle pain
e. Chills and / or repeated shaking
f. Congestion or runny nose
g. A new loss of smell or taste
h. Diarrhea or vomiting
2) Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for 15+ minutes) with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
All families are strongly encouraged to conduct a daily health screening of their CBC student using the above questions prior to sending them to campus. The symptoms of COVID-19 oftentimes mirror those of a common cold. It is important that any student or staff member stay home and contact the school nurse if they experience even mild symptoms or if they have been knowingly exposed to COVID-19.
Q: Will students be required to wear face masks?
A: Students will be required to wear face masks in all classrooms and common areas (hallways, restrooms, Ross Hall, etc.) of the building before, during, and after the school day. Students may only remove face masks when at lunch or with the permission and at the instruction of a teacher when outside the school building or during times when they are able to be at least 6 feet from any other student in a classroom.
Q: Are students allowed to wear whatever face mask they want?
A: Each student will purchase three custom CBC face masks from the CBC bookstore during their class orientation session in August to wear while at school. However, students may also wear an alternative solid-color (no designs or logos) face mask, if they prefer. No neck gaiters, bandanas, or face masks with valves are allowed. Please refer any questions to the Dean of Students.
Q: How will social distancing be accomplished on campus?
A: In an effort to maximize distancing in all learning spaces on campus, all desks have been arranged in rows facing the same direction. The amount of space between desks (which will range from 4.5 to 6 feet) will be maximized based upon the number of desks necessary in a classroom. No pod configurations will be used in learning spaces.
Floor markings and additional signage will assist students in traveling one-directional hallways and staircases as they flow throughout the school building. Students will only be able to access their lockers prior to the first period of the school day, at the beginning of their lunch period, and following the conclusion of the school day. At present, there will be no large gatherings (such as traditional assemblies or pep rallies) held during the school day.
Q: Is lunch being conducted the same as in the past?
A: No. Our food service provider, Birch Culinary, will offer a limited number of safely prepared, pre-packaged lunch options available by pre-order during the school year. Students must pre-order all meals for a given week by the prior Thursday using an online ordering system. Birch Culinary will charge all orders to the MySchoolBucks account of a student. Students will NOT be able to pay with cash upon checkout as in past years.
Students who choose to bring a lunch prepared at home may purchase a bottled drink or snacks from the concession stand in Ross Hall. Students may only make purchases using a MySchoolBucks account.
Q: Where will students eat lunch?
A: In an effort to ensure distancing between students, the three shifts during the lunch period will be further sub- divided into smaller groups of students. Weather-permitting, two of the groups currently eat lunch either in Ross Hall or outside in the Chapel Courtyard and all freshmen eat in the gym mezzanine.
Q: Will visitors to campus be screened?
A: Prior to entering the school building, any approved visitor will participate in a daily health screening that includes answering the COVID-19 screening questions and having their temperature checked using an infrared thermometer. All visitors must also wear face masks throughout the duration of their time in the school building.
Non-essential visitors will not be permitted into the school building. The Office of the Dean of Students will maintain a record of any person permitted inside the school building.
NOTE: Please avoid entering the school building, if possible, and we encourage you to obtain approval from the Office of the Dean of Students, in advance, in order to do so.
Q: How has the bus service changed?
A: We will continue to offer bus transportation services to routes currently served across the St. Louis region. In an effort to maximize distancing on all buses, the number of riders on each bus will be capped. Priority will be given to students who register for year-long transportation (including both pick-up and drop-off) services and in the order that completed registrations are received. If your family has an alternative mode of transportation available, please consider that as a possibility for the daily commute.
Students who ride buses will experience similar health and safety protocols to those being utilized in the school building--a daily health screening prior to entering, assigned seats, mandatory face masks for drivers and riders, drivers disinfecting seat surfaces after each route, and hand sanitizer to support proper hygiene habits.
Families interested in identifying potential car pool matches in their geographic area may contact the Office of the Dean of Students. We can provide a list of other CBC families in your zip code or surrounding zip codes who may be willing to car pool.
Q: How are you cleaning and disinfecting the school every day?
A: Prior to sitting at their assigned classroom desk, at a table in Ross Hall, or at another common area location, students will ALWAYS use disinfectant wipes to disinfect surfaces. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building and all students will be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building each day, at the beginning of each class, and at the beginning of lunch.
High-touch surfaces (door handles, handrails, light switches, etc.) and common areas will be cleaned regularly throughout the school day. Restrooms will be cleaned with EPA-approved disinfectants daily, and classrooms will be mopped and sanitized regularly in the evenings.
In the event that a community member tests positive for COVID-19, all spaces that may have been contaminated as determined by student check-in software, attendance records, and contact tracing protocol will be cleaned with EPA-approved disinfectants. In addition, the school’s daily cleaning protocol will be enhanced to ensure that high-touch areas and common areas will be thoroughly cleaned.
Q: What happens if a student tests positive?
A: Any student who indicates having COVID-19 symptoms (as a basis for a reported absence or while on campus), fails a temperature check during a daily health screening, or feels ill during the school day and is sent home should be tested for COVID-19.
If the student tests negative for COVID-19 and has no other confirmed non-COVID-19 illness, he may return to school upon providing documentation from a healthcare provider.
If the student tests positive for COVID-19, he must isolate at home following public health guidelines. The student may return to school after ALL of the following have occurred:
• At least 10 days have passed since his initial symptoms.
• He has had no fever for 72 hours (3 days) without the use of fever-reducing medication.
• His respiratory symptoms have improved.
• You have obtained medical clearance documentation that he may return to school.
If the student is not tested for COVID-19, he is presumed to be positive and must isolate at home following public health guidelines. The student may return to school after ALL of the following have occurred:
• At least 14 days have passed since his initial symptom.
• He has had no fever for 72 hours (3 days) without the use of fever-reducing medication.
• His respiratory symptoms have improved.
• You have obtained medical clearance documentation that he may return to school.
Q: How will contact tracing be conducted?
A: Any student or staff member who has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 14 days from the point of their last contact with that individual. “Close contact” includes the following:

• Being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
• Close, direct and extended physical contact with the person (such as hugging or kissing)
• Sharing eating or drinking utensils with the person
• Being sneezed or coughed on by the person
Q: Will there be a fall sports season?
A: We are following the guidelines offered by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and St. Louis County Department of Public Health as we prepare for the fall season. Currently, we are told that we are in Phase I again for all sports. This includes cohorts of 10 or fewer student-athletes doing individual drills. We will implement new processes and guidelines to provide the safest possible environment for our student-athletes as decisions are made.
Q: Will after school activities be available to students?
A: Yes, and we are working with our teachers and program heads to define how that will work. A more detailed level of planning will be necessary for all on-campus activities, and we will be sure to provide that specific information as soon as it is available.
Q: Will Mass still be offered?
A: Yes, we will still have Mass on campus. As we begin the year, our Masses will likely be delivered in a different format so that we can avoid large gatherings of students and provide appropriate social distance. Part of this solution will likely be to continue to live-stream our Masses on the Cadet Student Network. Our Mission and Ministry team is working on the specifics and will be sure to let our families know how our community will continue to celebrate Mass.
Q: Will students have to fulfill service hours?
A: We are exploring new opportunities where our students can serve others in a safe way. We are not yet sure if there will be a specific number of hours required of each student, or if our program will evolve in a new way. We will be sure to keep you updated as we answer that question.
*Updated 8/25/20