In addition to modifying our behaviors, it is also essential that we modify our facility to create the safest possible environment.

What follows is a brief description of the ways in which we will continue to work to create the safest, cleanest, and healthiest environment possible for students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Please know that this list is not exhaustive, as with each passing day we continue to look for ways to make our facility safer.

Facility Enhancements and Modifications

  • We have purchased and will install Nanoseptic disinfectant strips. These strips provide instant disinfecting capabilities and they will be installed on high-touch areas (think door handles and select surface tops).
  • The hallways, stairwell, and corridors will all be unidirectional, meaning people will only be allowed to travel in one direction. This is critical to maintaining adequate social distancing throughout the school. 
  • Classrooms, academic centers, the library, common areas, etc., are being set up to ensure that proper social distancing is achieved. While the June 25, 2020 Massachusetts guidance allows for a minimum of three feet for proper social distancing within schools, we will use six feet as our guide in every classroom during hybrid education. 
  • Lockers will not be used. Students will instead use backpacks. 
  • Bubblers will not be used as they typically would. We are in the process of modifying our drinking fountains to be water bottle filling stations. Students will use Xaverian approved water bottles throughout the day.
  • We are in the process of installing hand sanitizer dispensers in every classroom, common areas, and by the doors. While students are being asked to possess a personal bottle of hand sanitizer, we nonetheless have purchased and installed these dispensers throughout our campus.
  • We have purchased disinfectant wipe dispensers for every classroom and common area. This will give the individuals present the opportunity to fully wipe down their seating area before utilizing said space. 
  • We will ensure that as many doors as possible are propped open to limit hand-to-hand interaction.
  • We have created an isolation room, managed by school nurses, for anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms during the school day. In essence, this is a second nurses’ station and it will be designated for potential COVID-19 cases only. This space will be deep cleaned after each use.
  • We are presently working with our HVAC service personnel to ensure the maximum allowable fresh air circulates through each room. Our goal is to completely recycle 100% of the air in a given space every 30 minutes via HVAC units. We will also utilize windows whenever possible.
  • We are limiting the number of people on campus.
    • No unauthorized guests will be allowed on our campus.
    • Employees who can continue to work from home will do so.
  • We will limit use of common areas, centers, the library, etc. Capacity limits will be established for each area.
  • We have removed the tops of trash bins to limit interaction with covers.
  • We will ensure all bathrooms are well stocked with soap and cleaning products. Signage will be in each bathroom to provide guidance on proper hygiene. 
  • Student bathroom capacity will be limited to ensure proper social distancing.
  • COVID-19 “Best Practices” signage, complete with expectations and guidelines, has been developed and will be posted throughout the campus as a reminder of our collective responsibility to ensure a clean, safe, and healthy school. 
  • Classrooms and other areas will be configured to eliminate any face-to-face seating at Xaverian. All seats will be facing the same direction. 
  • Sneeze guards will be installed in the main office, student life office, and other high traffic areas.

Cleaning Protocols

The Xaverian facilities team continues to acquire all the tools, supplies, and equipment necessary to maintain our normal cleaning protocols, while also providing for “deep cleaning” of our campus. In addition to our daily cleaning routines (think vacuuming, disinfecting bathrooms, sweeping floors, cleaning each classroom and common area, washing windows, etc.) we will also engage in frequent deep cleaning of our building, both on a daily and as-needed basis. A description of the additional actions associated with “deep cleaning” include: 

  • Special attention paid to high-touch areas throughout the day, including:
    • Countertops, door handles, hand railings, table surfaces, light switches, toilets, sinks, shared electronic keyboards, trash bins, etc.
  • Utilization of EPA-approved disinfecting agents known to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
  • Continued utilization of electrostatic disinfectant machines each night and as needed throughout the day. These machines coat the targeted surfaces with a disinfectant spray.
  • Routine wiping down of all desks and utilized resources including microscopes, probes, lab equipment, phys. ed. equipment, X-Ploration Center, etc. after each usage using supplied disinfectant wipes
  • Immediate deep cleaning and disinfecting of any known or suspected location that was utilized by a person known to be sick
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all highly used surfaces of the school will be done throughout the day, in conjunction with deeper cleaning in the evening and on weekends.
A private, Catholic, college preparatory day school for boys in grades 7-12. The Boston area prep school offers a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-developed campus ministry program focused on faith, character, and leadership, and a proud athletic tradition featuring competitive Division 1 high school athletics in the Catholic Conference.