COVID 19

Updated COVID protocols as of January 1, 2022.

COVID Policy Update
We have prayerfully considered our Covid-19 protocols and had a recent Task Force meeting, and we want to share an update with you.

Update from the Bishop

The Cleveland Guild of the Catholic Medical Association has recently shared a Briefing on the Surge in Covid Cases in Northeast Ohio with Bishop Malesic.  Some key points of that briefing are as follows:

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has been an exhausting and prolonged process, and unfortunately, we are in the midst of a highly contagious phase.
  • In December, Northeast Ohio saw a “test positivity rate” of 35%.  The CDC considers anything greater than 5% to be extremely high levels of community spread.
  • Our community is experiencing “pandemic fatigue,” where people have become tired of the pandemic restrictions.

Father Merzweiler will share additional information to the parish family, which you will see in the coming days.  Specific to our school, we share the following information from the Bishop, which emphasizes our “Faith in God that transcends fear, but also leads to prudence to act in defense of ourselves and our neighbors.”

  • We encourage all who are able to get vaccinated and stay up-to-date with their vaccinations.
  • We strongly encourage you to ask your people to wear masks.

With regard to respecting the personal choices of our families, we are returning to optional masking as of Monday, January 10th. Please prayerfully consider the decision you make for your family in light of the information above and also be reminded that wearing a mask indoors is strongly recommended for adults and children, especially those who are not fully vaccinated.  If your child forgets his or her mask or was initially unmasked and wants one during the day, we continue to have surgical-grade masks available for children; however, our supply is provided on a rolling basis from the Summit County Department of Public Health – at times it is more robust than others.  If you are able, we encourage you to utilize surgical-grade masks as well, as they are proving to be more effective than cloth masks.

We previously communicated that we have adopted the five-day stay-at-home policy as set forth by the Ohio Department of Health.  Please see the attached flowchart for a complete breakdown.  This flowchart represents OUT OF SCHOOL EXPOSURE. As it relates to the school setting, the following are the most important points.

(Regardless of symptoms or vaccination status) If your child or a household member suspects they have Covid-19, has tested positive for Covid-19, or has tested and is awaiting results

If your child or a household member suspects that they have Covid-19, has tested positive for Covid 19, or has tested and is awaiting results, your child must:

  • Stay home for the next five days.

On day six after the onset of symptoms, the following apply.

If your child or household member has a fever or other symptoms that have not gotten better on day six after the onset of symptoms, your child must:

  • Stay home until the fever and other symptoms are better; and
  • Wear a mask for the next five days.

If your child or household member does not have a fever or other symptoms, your child may return to school, provide a negative test, and will be required to wear a mask for the next five calendar days.

Out Of School Exposure to Someone Positive with Covid-19

If your vaccines are up-to-date:

  • Wear a mask around others for ten days after your last exposure;
  • Test on day five;
  • If you develop symptoms or test positive, stay home.

If you tested positive for Covid-19 within 90 days of your exposure:

  • Wear a mask around others for ten days after your exposure; and
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home.

Exposure and You are Unvaccinated or Your Vaccines are Not Up-to-Date

  • Stay home for five days after your last exposure;
  • Test on day five;
  • Wear a mask around others for the next five days; and
  • If you develop symptoms or test positive, stay home.

We will maintain the Mask-to-Stay/Test-to-Play guidelines for In-School Exposure.

I realize that there are still many differing opinions with regard to masking. I want you to know that myself, Fr. Jeremy and the Task Force have reviewed a good amount of material in order to come to this decision and feel that this is the best decision at this time. We will continue to monitor this and review the policy if need be.

Please know that while the state of COVID, and CDC information, continues to change we are committed to keeping our students and staff safe while also staying committed to face-to-face/in-person learning. We are continuing to stay up-to-date with the latest information regarding the Omicron variant and transmission rates. We will continue to provide layers of safety at school to best protect our students. Remote learning will remain a last resort based on the inability to staff appropriately or evidence of a severe outbreak at the school. We anticipate some students will need to be away on a rolling basis due to isolation or family quarantines and intend to fully support these students with SL as we have done in the past.

We have just received word that ODH has adopted the latest CDC guidelines with regard to quarantining. We will send out more formal information to our community once we have had a chance to review it further. This information will also be used as we are in contact with individual families affected by COVID over the Christmas break. Our task force will also meet this week regarding masking. However, until we have had the opportunity to meet we will return to school with all students and staff masked.

 

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