We want to take this time to remind everyone of our protocols as of January, 2021.
THE LATEST COVID INFORMATION REGARDING QUARANTINE
POLICY UPDATE REGARDING QUARANTINE FOR CLASSROOM BASED EXPOSURE
After review of the guidelines for schools set forth by the State and County, and after speaking to other Catholic and local school district leaders, we will be updating our quarantine policy in regards to CLASSROOM BASED EXPOSURE.
This update means that students and adults in K-12 schools may continue to attend in-person school, even during normal quarantine period as long as:
Exposure happened in classroom/or other monitored area where prevention steps such as; masking, distancing, hand washing, mitigation plan to identify COVID 19 illness symptoms, and routine cleaning and disinfecting are in place.
What does this mean for your student?
- If your student was exposed, in a classroom based setting, where prevention measures were in place as listed above, students will still be quarantined but, will be allowed to continue to come to school during their quarantine period.
- Students quarantined due to exposure in a classroom based setting, will NOT BE PERMITTED to attend any extracurricular events during their quarantine time, (sports, clubs, activities…) and should follow typical quarantine procedures outside of school (meaning not attending: family gatherings, playdates, non-school sports, clubs, activities, etc..)
- If your student’s exposure at school took place where the above mentioned protocols like masking or distancing did not take place, such as at lunch, in preschool or pre-k where masking is not required by students, then traditional, at-home,14 day quarantine will need to be followed.
- If your child is a close contact through classroom based exposure and you would like her/him to follow the traditional, at-home quarantine, please know that is permissible.
This update in our policy is consistent with the policy developed by the Summit County Health Department based upon the guidance released by the Ohio Department of Health on January 5, 2021.
Please know even with this policy update, the following will remain the same:
- Any students exposed to COVID 19 outside of school will need to complete the traditional, at-home, 14 day quarantine and is not permitted to come to school.
- If your child is exposed outside of school to COVID 19, they are NOT permitted to attend school.
- Identification and reporting of all positive cases to our staff, families, and community will remain the same.
- Close contacts of positive students will be called personally by our school administration and given directions on the type of quarantine (traditional or classroom based exposure) that will need to be followed.
A few reminders:
- If anyone in your household is being tested for COVID your child needs to stay home from school and you need to contact school administration.
- If you believe your child has had exposure to COVID 19, please keep your child home and call school administration to clarify next steps for your child.
- Continue to pray for all those in our community and beyond who have COVID 19, have loved ones with COVID 19, and anyone directly impacted in anyway by this illness.
IN SUMMARY : The only thing that is changing regarding our quarantine policy is that if your child is exposed to COVID through a CLASSROOM BASED (IN-SCHOOL) EXPOSURE where prevention measure were in place, your child will be allowed to attend in-person instruction during their quarantine.
Our policy continues to remain the same IF YOUR CHILD is exposed to COVID 19 OUTSIDE of the CLASSROOM or their exposure happened in school where prevention measures such as masking or distancing were not happening, then the traditional, at-home, 14 day quarantine will apply.
If you have any questions regarding this update of policy please email Mrs. Goshe.
Daily Health Assessment
We ask that you continue to conduct a daily health check at home prior to sending your children to school. That check should assess whether your children are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including taking your children’s temperatures and assessing the following symptoms. We ask that you keep your children at home if they are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
• Fever of over 100 °F;
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
• Muscle or body aches;
• New loss of taste or smell;
• Sore throat;
• Congestion or runny nose;
• Nausea or vomiting; or
If any of your children have a fever greater than 100 degrees F or are experiencing any other symptom listed above, your child must stay home from school and you must notify the school. Your child is welcome to return to school when he or she is symptom free without the aid of over-the-counter medicine. There are 4 symptoms; fever above 100 degree F, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste or smell that require your child to be out for 10 days. If families would like to send their child back to school before the ten-day window is cleared, they must provide a doctor’s note stating that fever and accompanying symptoms were caused by someone other than COVID-19.
Falcon Families Must Strictly Adhere to the SCPH’s Advisory on Social Events and Private Gatherings.
We want our school to remain open. If we have any hope of doing so, we have to rely upon you to tighten your circles during this surge of COVID-19. We understand that this is difficult at all times, but especially difficult as we approach the holiday season. However, it is something that we must do in order to keep our school open. At this time, we are asking you to strictly adhere to the SCPH’s advisory on Indoor and Outdoor Meetings and Social Events and Private Gatherings.
Plan for Child Care in the Event that we are Required to Transition to Remote Learning.
We join the Diocese of Cleveland in the belief that all children are a precious gift from God, and all parents have the right to choose what is best for their children. We are committed to providing the safest possible face-to-face learning environment for our students and their families, along with our Simultaneous Learning option. However, we know that COVID-19 is the driving force behind all decisions that must be made this school year. Our state and local leaders have consistently demonstrated their resolve in issuing policies to protect the health and safety of our community. Although Governor DeWine has repeatedly expressed his desire for schools to remain open, and that such decisions should be made by the schools themselves, if the present surge worsens, we cannot rule out the possibility that we may be forced back into a completely distance learning situation at some point during this school year, either due to illness, quarantine, and/or staffing shortages in our school community, or conditions in the larger community. Therefore, as we have repeatedly said, it is vital that every family have contingency plans in place.
A Reminder of the Travel Advisory
If you are planning to travel during either the Thanksgiving or Christmas break to a State that has a 15% positivity rate or higher, your child(ren) will need to quarantine for 14 days from the day you return to Ohio. Please click here to view the ever-changing list of States that have a 15% positivity rate or higher.
COVID 19 Re-opening Email Communications
For you to have readily and in one location, we have added all of our past email communications regarding our reopening plans below. We have also set up tabs regarding specific policies/information that you can click on to only read about that information if you prefer.
The School and Parish leadership and the Task Force have developed these policies while keeping the following principles in mind:
1. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are of utmost priority.
2. A faith-filled, high-quality education is at the center of both our on-campus learning and Simultaneous Learning.
3. The public health crises is a fluid situation. While much has been achieved over the past several months, we must proceed prudently and cautiously so as not to lose what we have gained.
4. The trust our school families place in us is sacred, and our re-opening efforts will progress with complete transparency and open lines of communication.
5. We ask all of you to exercise faithful citizenship and take personal responsibility for the common good as well as for your own family’s safety. We want to keep our campus open and we must all depend on each other to be faithful citizens in order to do so.
6. The school leadership and the Task Force will be regularly reviewing these policies and will revise as necessary for the health and safety of all in our St. Francis community.