Face coverings will be optional for all faculty, staff, and students. As previously communicated, we ask all parents and guardians to consider what is best for their child(ren) while also being vigilant in the monitoring of symptoms and the health of their child(ren). School faculty and staff will be working diligently to eliminate any stigmatization for wearing or not wearing a face covering. Please communicate to your child(ren's) teacher(s) if you would like for your child(ren) to wear their mask so that he/she can be sure to follow through in school.
Previously, we had communicated that teachers can choose to arrange their room in a way that suits the classroom best. After further conversation, we have decided that, with the exception of preschool, students will remain 3ft from other students while in the classroom.
HEPA filters have been ordered for each classroom. We are encouraging teachers to keep their windows open as weather permits.
Teachers will provide handwashing time before eating, and after recess. If you would like for your child to use hand sanitizer, your child is welcome to keep it in his/her backpack.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Regular cleaning and disinfecting will take place with an emphasis to high touch surfaces.
MDH has announced that they will provide free COVID-19 testing for schools. Some options include onsite rapid testing, weekly COVID screenings for teachers and staff, as well as sending children home with COVID-19 test kits. We are looking to implement a variety of testing options at St. Croix Catholic School to keep availability high, and barriers low for staff and any families who would like access to testing for their child(ren) through SCCS. SCCS will only administer a test to a child when requested by the parent and in the presence of a parent/guardian.
Testing Positive for COVID-19
If staff or students test positive for COVID-19 they are required to stay home until it has been 10 days since symptoms began or tested positive AND:
- they feel better. Cough, shortness of breath and other symptoms have substantially improved.
- they have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using fever reducing medicine.
When determining close contacts, we will first determine if the positive student or teacher was in school when they were symptomatic. It is our understanding that when someone is symptomatic with COVID-19 they are more likely to spread the virus compared to when they are not. If students/staff members are fully vaccinated and are close contacts, quarantining is not required unless any symptoms arise.
If a student or staff is positive and symptomatic:
- Students/staff members who sit within 3ft of a COVID positive individual will need to quarantine for 10 days. If a close contacts presents a negative COVID-19 PCR test day 5 or later, and are symptom free, they can return after day 7. Symptoms must be monitored through day 14.
- Students/staff members who sit beyond 3ft but within 6ft of a COVID positive individual, will need to monitor for symptoms through day 14. Parents will be notified and will have the option to quarantine and test if they desire.
If a student or staff is positive and asymptomatic, students/staff who sit beyond 3ft but within 6ft of a COVID positive individual will need to monitor for symptoms through day 14. Parents will be notified and will have the option to quarantine and test if they desire.
COVID Positive Within the Home
If there is a positive COVID-19 case within the home, students will need to quarantine for the 10 days that the positive case is infectious, plus an additional 7 days with a negative COVID PCR test completed on day 5 or later, and no symptoms present. Like last year, if an additional person in the house hold become infectious with COVID-19, the household contact will begin again. If students/staff members are fully vaccinated and there is a positive contact in the home, quarantining is not required unless any symptoms arise.