Immacolata's Coronavirus Response

If you have an out of school exposure or a (+) case in the family, please contact Dr. Stutsman at jstutsman@immacolata.org.

Please  note, protocols are rapidly changing, so we will always attempt to be as updated as possible.

Thank you so much for all your help as we navigate these next couple challenging weeks!

COVID-19 Protocols

IMPORTANT NOTES:


COVID-19 Cases are extremely high. Our paramount goal is to keep our students and Immacolata community safe and well. That includes keeping the school open in person as much as possible as we know the benefits of in person learning. To try to do that, we need to be incredibly diligent about our COVID-19 protocols. as the cases continue to rise. It is imperative that all families are extra vigilant regarding illnesses. It is only through this conscious effort to protect one another and our staff and to ensure in-person learning that we can continue to have a successful school year.

  • Parents are asked to continue screening their children and keeping them home at the onset of even slight symptoms and getting tested. This has prevented many others from becoming close contacts. (look at symptom & symptom protocols for more info)
  • Any students that come to school exhibiting two symptoms will be sent home and are required to have a negative COVID test or a doctor’s not indicating the illness is not COVID related prior to returning to school.
  • If a student is absent for any reason, an email must be sent to the school office (to both Mrs. Gaskell AND Dr. Stutsman), indicating the reason for the absence and the symptoms the child is experiencing to determine if a COVID test is required.
  • Parents are required to contact the school office if their child should test positive.




VACCINATION PROTOCOLS - Vaccination Status


  • Whether the student is vaccinated makes a difference when student has had "close contact"
  • If student is fully vaccinated, please:
  • Please note - sending in your vaccination status is NOT required.
  • However, if school needs to know if student is vaccinated to ascertain protocol and vaccination status is not provided, the student will be presumed unvaccinated.
  • If student is symptomatic or exposed, we may need to ask whether the student is vaccinated.
  • If you do not wish to provide vaccination status, the student will be presumed unvaccinated and will follow such guidelines




VACCINATION PROTOCOLS - Completed Vaccination Submission Form


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SYMPTOM PROTOCOLS - Symptoms


COVID-19 Symptoms: Please note that the new variant can display as a very mild cold. We also know that it is very contagious. As a result, please be extra vigilinat with symptoms, despite that the symptom may be a simple cold. We want to err on side of caution: Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose / Congestion
  • Vomiting / Diarrhea
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Persistent Cough
Symptoms Protocols - see below




SYMPTOM PROTOCOLS - Student has ONE Symptom:


Student has ONE Symptom: For ease, we are giving example of student in question being named Susie (for "S"tudent), unvaccinated sibling name Uma (for "U"nvaccinated) and vaccinated sibling Victor (for "V"accinated) (just read ahead, you'll get what we mean ;-)) Pleae note - this protocol is if nobody in family presently has COVID Follow "Exposure Protocols" for more info if student (Susie) has symptom(s) AND has been exposed If Student (Susie) has just ONE symptom:

  • Student (Susie) remains home / goes home from school
  • Student (Susie) may return when student is symptom free for 24 hours
  • Sibling(s) (Uma & Victor) (vaccinated and unvaccinated) may remain at school
  • Please note - if student who is home (Susie) starts to have more than one symptom, alert school
  • unvaccinated sibling(s) (Uma) will be sent home if sibling has 2 or more symptoms*
  • vaccinated sibling(s) (Victor) may stay at school as CDC guidelines would not have them quarantine if student (Susie) ended up (+).
  • *sibling(s) that have TESTED (+) for COVID-19 in last 90 days may also stay at school regardless of vaccination status
  • Now follow the Symptoms Protocols for "Student has TWO or more symptoms" (below)
  • We hope student feels better soon and will pray for a healthy and speedy recovery!




SYMPTOM PROTOCOLS - Student has TWO OR MORE Symptoms:


Student has TWO OR MORE Symptoms: For ease, we are giving example of student in question being named Susie, unvaccinated sibling name Uma and vaccinated sibling Victor (just read ahead, you'll get what we mean ;-)) If Student (Susie) has MORE than one symtpom:

  • Pleae note - this is if nobody in family presently has COVID (look at "Exposure Protocols" for more info if student (Susie) has symptoms & has been exposed)
  • Student (Susie) remains home / goes home from school - we hope she/he feels better soon!
  • Siblings:
  • Unvaccinated Sibling(s) (Uma) also stays home / is sent home, regardless of lack of symptoms
  • Vaccinated Silbing(s) (Victor) may remain at school as CDC guidelines would not have them quarantine if student (Susie) ended up (+).
  • Student (Susie) & her Immac Siblings may return to school if student (Susie) tests negative
  • We hope student feels better soon and will pray for a healthy and speedy recovery!




EXPOSURE PROTOCOLS - COVID-19 Close Contact:


COVID-19 Close Contact: WHAT DEFINES COVID-19 CLOSE CONTACT:

  • You were unmasked within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes within 48 hours of onset of symptoms of positive person or 48 hours prior to when asymptomatic positive person took test.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19 within 48 hours of onset of symptoms of positive person or 48 hours prior to when asymptomatic positive person took test.
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils within 48 hours of onset of symptoms of positive person or 48 hours prior to when asymptomatic positive person took test.
  • The person sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you within 48 hours of onset of symptoms of positive person or 48 hours prior to when asymptomatic positive person took test.​
*If positive person is a student, Immacolata may contact you if it is determined your student needs to be aware they had close contact to the COVID-19 positive person. This may vary from regular close contact due to our mitigation and safety measures.




EXPOSURE PROTOCOLS - K-8th Student has exposure to COVID-19 + Person AT SCHOOL


Student has exposure to COVID-19 + Person AT SCHOOL For ease, we are giving example of student in question being named Susie (for "S"tudent), unvaccinated sibling name Uma (for "U"nvaccinated) and vaccinated sibling Victor (for "V"accinated) (just read ahead, you'll get what we mean ;-)) If Student (Susie) has had "close contact" (see above definition) / exposure IN school to someone who has tested (+):

  • Due to our mitigation and safety protocols in place, school exposure may not always count as "close contact".
  • Student (Susie) may be allowed to REMAIN in attendance at school, due to the specific nature of the case and our mitigation practices in place. While this has been the case so far, please note that this may not always be the case deemed by the health department but we will alert you as to how to proceed.
  • If Student (Susie) has symptom(s), student should follow symptoms protocol above.
  • If more students in the class test positive or symptoms were of a certain nature, quarantine may be recommended for the class.
  • Plese keep the individual and school community in your prayers as we continue through this challenging time.
  • Please note - this is for IN school only. This does not apply to sports teams / play dates etc. with another student(s)




EXPOSURE PROTOCOLS - K-8th Student has exposure to COVID-19 + Person OUTSIDE of School:


K-8th Student has exposure to COVID-19 + Person OUTSIDE of School: For ease, we are giving example of student in question being named Susie (for "S"tudent), unvaccinated sibling name Uma (for "U"nvaccinated) and vaccinated sibling Victor (for "V"accinated) (just read ahead, you'll get what we mean ;-)) If student had "close contact with someone who has tested (+) or presumed (+) -------------------------- If student (Victor) is VACCINATED

  • Vaccinated Student (Victor) should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).
  • Vaccinated Student (Victor) should watch for symptoms
  • Vaccinated Student (Victor) is encouraged to test after 5 days.
  • If Vaccinated Student (Victor) tests positive or develops COVID-19 symptoms, Vaccinated Student (Victor) should isolate from other people and follow recommendations in the Isolation section below.
-------------------------- If student (Uma) is UNVACCINATED
  • If Unvaccinated Student (Uma) TESTED (+) in previous 90 days from COVID-19, they should follow protocols below for those that tested (+) in previous 90 days, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Unvaccinated Student (Uma) should stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of their exposure is considered day 0.
  • Unvaccinated Student (Uma) will stay out of school for at least 5 days (subject to change)
  • Unvaccinated Student (Uma) should wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.
  • If Unvaccinated Student (Uma) develops symptoms, student should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive your test results.
  • If Unvaccinated Student (Uma) then tests positive, follow "Testing / Positive Protocols"
  • After quarantine
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after student's last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If student has symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested.
If student (Susie) tested (+) in past 90 days to COVID-19
  • If Student (Susie) tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms, PK student (Susie) does not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated.
  • Monitor for symptoms.
  • A test may be requested.
  • Student (Susie) should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).




TESTING PROTOCOLS - Student Tests (+)


If Student tests (+)

  • Isolate for 5 days
  • To calculate your 5-day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of SYMPTOMS or the (+) test, whichever is earlier.
  • Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed / (+) test.
  • Student can return to school after 5 full days if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​).
  • Student should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of their 5-day isolation period.
  • If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days.
  • If student continues to have fever or their other symptoms have not improved after 5 days of isolation, they should wait to end their isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved. Contact your healthcare provider if you have questions.
  • Student does not need to test again to return to school.
  • It is strongly recommended to have an antigen test on day 5 to confirm that you are not highly infectious.
  • If student's test result is positive, you may test again the following day and return once student receives a negative test.
  • If student's test result is negative, student can end isolation and return to school, but should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10.




TESTING PROTOCOLS - Student is Presumed (+)


If Student is presumed (+)

  • Student will follow all same guidelines as above and be presumed (+).
  • Please note, if student is a presumed (+) due to not taking a test, they will follow all same guidelines above but should a "close contact" exposure occur in future, they will not qualify for the "COVID(+) within 90 days" as a (+) test is needed to verify that. This does not matter for vaccinated students as the same protocols are in place for vaccinated and those that tested (+) for COVID-19 within 90 days.




MASK PROTOCOLS - Mask Update


1/4 Letter from Dr. Stutsman on Mask Update: Good morning, I wanted to send a quick update regarding our goal of mask optional after MLK on January 18. As previously stated, the date was contingent on our own COVID numbers staying low along with the greater area. As I am sure you are aware, Immacolata like much of the region is experiencing a positivity rate much higher than we have ever experienced among our students, staff, and parents. Further, we are attempting to follow the lowered school exclusion for positive cases and close contacts from ten days to five days. Due to the combination of these factors, we are going to postpone our mask optional date for a few weeks and reevaluate in 4-6 weeks. We have Catholic Schools Week at the end of January/beginning of February which is a great fun-filled week of celebration for our students but also involves our students doing numerous activities together. That would also make it prudent to hold off a bit longer. I know this is disappointing for some families just as I know some families do not feel we are being cautious enough. But we will continue to work together as a school community to remain in-person rather than going back to virtual while maintaining a faith-filled, strong academic program. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Dr. Stutsman




EXPOSURE PROTOCOLS - PK Student has exposure to COVID-19 + Person AT SCHOOL


Student has exposure to COVID-19 + Person AT SCHOOL For ease, we are giving example of student in question being named Susie (for "S"tudent), unvaccinated sibling name Uma (for "U"nvaccinated) and vaccinated sibling Victor (for "V"accinated) (just read ahead, you'll get what we mean ;-)) If PK Student (Susie) has had "close contact" (see above definition) / exposure IN school to someone who has tested (+):

  • Dr. Stutsman will alert the preschool class that there was a "close contact" within the classroom.
  • Classroom will quarantine for 10 days.**
    • **This is subject to change and is decided by Health Department / changing protocols / # of vaxxed students in classroom / # of recovered students in classroom who have tested (+) wihtin previous 90 days.
  • If Student (Susie) has symptom(s), it is recommended student tests.
  • Plese keep the individual and school community in your prayers as we continue through this challenging time.
  • Please note - this is for IN school only. This does not apply to sports teams / play dates etc. with another student(s)




EXPOSURE PROTOCOLS - PK Student has exposure to COVID-19 + Person OUTSIDE of School:


Student has exposure to COVID-19 + Person OUTSIDE of School: For ease, we are giving example of student in question being named Susie (for "S"tudent), unvaccinated sibling name Uma (for "U"nvaccinated) and vaccinated sibling Victor (for "V"accinated) (just read ahead, you'll get what we mean ;-)) If student had "close contact with someone who has tested (+) or presumed (+) -------------------------- If PK student (Victor) is VACCINATED

  • wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).
  • Watch for symptoms
  • Student is encouraged to test after 5 days.
  • If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow recommendations in the Isolation section below.
-------------------------- If PK student (Uma) is UNVACCINATED
  • PK Student (Uma) should stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of their exposure is considered day 0.
  • PK Student (Uma) will stay out of school for 10 days (subject to change)
  • PK Student (Uma) should wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.
  • If student develops symptoms, student should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive your test results.
  • If student then tests positive, follow "Testing / Positive Protocols"
  • After quarantine
  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after student's last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If student has symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested.
If PK student (Susie) tested (+) in past 90 days to COVID-19
  • If student (Susie) tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms, PK student (Susie) does not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated.
  • Monitor for symptoms.
  • A test may be requested.
  • PK student (Susie) should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).