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FAQ

UPDATED 4/27/2020

How long will the students have to work remotely? 

As of Thursday, April 23,  per the governor's guidance; Saint Raphael Academy will continue educating all of our students using virtual instruction until the end of the school year. The last day of virtual classes will be May 27 for seniors and June 3 for underclassmen. Final exams have been cancelled, but there will be a final assessment for each class.

 

UPDATED 3/16/2020

Will there be a tuition refund for the time students are not in school?

There is no refund for tuition. Classes have been held virtually while students are home and will continue to be held for the foreseeable future.

How long will the students have to work remotely?

As of Monday, March 16, students will continue to have lessons online through March 20. We, along with other schools in the state, are closely following the instructions and guidance from the governor and the Diocese of Providence.

When are we getting a refund for the EF Tour trip to Spain?

We are in discussion with the tour company, which will issue travel credits to trip participants a soon as possible.

 

UPDATED 3/4/2020

How long will the students have to work remotely?

Students will continue to have lessons online through March 13. 

What is virtual learning?

Every student is provided with a laptop at the beginning of the school year. Students can access lessons from home that are provided by each class. Students complete their work from home, and instruction is not interrupted. For the last three years, students and faculty have utilized virtual learning during school professional development days and inclement weather days.

Will the trip to Spain over April break be cancelled?

On Monday, March 2, we began the process of cancelling the trip to Spain that was planned for April break. Saint Raphael Academy has been in talks with EF Educational Tours, the company through which SRA plans its international travel, and they have agreed to issue travel vouchers to all SRA participants that may be used on a future EF Educational Tours trip. If you choose not to go on a future EF Tour, participants will be contacted separately with details regarding compensation. We will be in touch with each family as details are solidified.

 

UPDATED 3/3/2020


How many are people on the trip tested positive?

RIDOH has the most updated information.

Have these people been in contact since the trip with anyone from the school?

Yes, we are aware of the affected individuals being in contact with others from the school. We are continuing to work closely with RIDOH. And it’s important to remember that the general risk to the community is very low.

If we were on campus, what precautions should we take?

RIDOH states that transmission of the virus with people who are asymptomatic (not exhibiting symptoms) of the virus is very low. They recommend washing your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and using a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

If we had contact with someone who went on the trip, what should I do?

If you feel sick with fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for instructions. RIDOH does not recommend going to your provider’s office or a hospital emergency room.

Why did the school go on the February trip?

At the time of the trip, which took place on February 14-22, there were no cases of community-spread coronavirus in Italy and no CDC travel warning in effect. In fact, the CDC Level 3 travel warning to avoid nonessential travel was issued on February 28, 2020.

Why isn’t school closed for a month? Who determines when and for how long school needs to be closed for?

Please be mindful that as school leaders, we defer to the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) on protocols for addressing the spread of coronavirus and similar respiratory infections like colds, flu, and the norovirus. No school nurse or staff member should screen students to diagnose for coronavirus, although they can be very helpful in identifying flu-like symptoms, notifying parents, and sending children home. Decisions to close school or cancel events should be made only after consultation and on the direction of RIDOH. Neither faculty, staff nor parents should influence schools to make these decisions. RIDOH is well staffed with nurses prepared to answer any questions you may have about the coronavirus and the health and safety of your school community.

Where else can I get information?

Everyone can receive up-to-date information about COVID-19 by visiting RIDOH’s website. Anyone can also call RIDOH’s COVID-19 Information Line at 401-222-8022, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Evening and weekends, the United Way’s 2-1-1 call center can answer many frequently asked questions about the coronavirus.



As of 3/1/2020

Who was infected?

Please refer to the RI Department of Health (RIDOH).

Where and when were they infected?

The member of the community was on the recent trip to Europe on Feb. 14-22.

When did your school find out about the possible case of this illness?

Our school was notified on Feb. 26 and we immediately contacted the RIDOH and have followed their guidance since then. We have taken immediate and appropriate action at all times throughout this process, based on close coordination with authorities including the RI Department of Health.

Who else was exposed to this person?

Please refer to RIDOH.

Was this person present in the school since showing symptoms?

No, the affected person demonstrating these types of symptoms has not been on the actual campus of Saint Raphael Academy.

Why did the school go on the February trip?

At the time of the trip, which took place on February 14-22, there were no cases of community-spread coronavirus in Italy and no CDC travel warning in effect. In fact, the CDC Level 3 travel warning to avoid nonessential travel was issued on February 28.

What about the other participants on the trip? Why weren’t they quarantined as soon as the individual reported symptoms?

As soon as we found out about the affected individual’s symptoms, we immediately contacted the RI Department of Health and have followed their guidance since then. Please refer to the RI Department of Health for more information.

Will the other participants on the trip be quarantined now?

According to the RIDOH, trip participants are on self-quarantine until March 7, with monitoring from RIDOH.

Will the other participants on the trip be tested before returning to campus?

Please refer to RIDOH.

Has the person been in contact since the trip with anyone from the school?

Yes, we are aware of the affected individual being in contact with at least one other person from the school. We are working closely with RIDOH. And it’s important to remember that the general risk to the community is very low.

Why did the school put something out on Saturday about the information in the news being misleading?

At the time of the news report that came out on Saturday, there were no facts available indicating that this was a case of coronavirus. RIDOH notified the SRA administration on Sunday, March 1 that the person had a "presumptive positive" test result for coronavirus. As soon as the RIDOH announced that the affected individual tested positive for coronavirus, we immediately notified parents, students, teachers and staff. In addition, the school proactively shared information with parents and students on Friday, February 27, regarding coronavirus in general and tips for staying healthy.

What does a "presumptive positive" test result mean?

A presumptive positive test result was given by RIDOH after the patient was diagnosed with coronavirus using an expedited test run by the State Health Laboratories. According to the RIDOH press release on March 1, “At this time, each presumptive positive test result must still be confirmed by the CDC Laboratories. This might change in the coming days.”

How is testing going to be available to students, teachers, staff and families?

Please refer to RIDOH.

How long will the students have to work remotely?

Out of an abundance of caution, students will have virtual days Monday, March 2, through Friday, March 6, and will be given assignments online.

What precautions is the school taking to ensure the campus is sanitized?

The school has hired an outside company to disinfect all surfaces with bleach. We are committed to the health and safety of all of our students, parents, teachers, and staff.

What do I do if I think I may have symptoms?

Please refer to RIDOH.

Will the trip to Spain over April break be cancelled?

Right now, we are focusing on the present situation. The health and safety of our students is very important to us, and the administration will be discussing the April trip soon.