Our Coronavirus Response

COVID-19 Updates 2021 Year

 

Letter from Principal Dr. Stutsman 8/10/2021

Dear Parents,

 

As we start our new school year, we are once again facing challenges from Covid-19.  We have been blessed to have your tremendous support and cooperation during the unprecedented challenges we faced last year.  We are also most fortunate to have such a dedicated staff and parent community that have worked together to put in place safeguards to protect our students, staff, and greater community.

 

Although there is no 100% unanimity among government and health officials, we have had  extensive consultation with medical professionals, the county health department and local area school leaders to provide practical and sensible health measures to ensure the well-being of our students in an educational conducive environment.  Accordingly, we are implementing the following procedures for this school year.  The measures allow for more collaborative learning for students and based on recent information provided by the health department, should allow for less student/class quarantining in this upcoming year.  We will continue to monitor area conditions and work with the health department and adjust current protocols as soon as possible or when needed.

 

Our primary goals during a pandemic are:

  • Maintaining the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of all members.

  • Keeping the school open and fully operational with minimal impact due to Covid

  • Keeping students and staff in school and minimizing quarantine.

 

Masking Indoors

  • Immacolata requires students, staff, parents and visitors to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

  • This policy is in compliance with the St. Louis County Health Department, CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics.  

  • We realize this policy may be frustrating to some families but we believe implementing this policy is the correct thing to do presently as it will allow for "Modified Quarantines" (more info below)

  • Preschool Students - Masking while in the homeroom classroom will continue to be at the family discretion for preschool students, only.  Preschool students are required to wear masks anytime they are out of their homeroom.

 

Masking Outdoors

  • Masking is optional outdoors.  This includes recess, lunch, PE and classes when held outdoors.  (The top of the playground tower and Gaga pit will require masking as children are so close to one another in those areas.)

 

Health Monitoring

  • Daily health screening forms are NOT required this year. Students or staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home (even if they are vaccinated) and contact the school office before returning to school. 

  • We will continue working with the Health Department on a case-by-case basis.  

  • We still encourage parents each morning to monitor their children’s’ health prior to coming to school.

  • Contact tracing, frequent hand hygiene, fresh ventilation and other mitigation strategies will remain in place.  

  • Please wash masks regularly.

Modified Quarantine

  • Quarantine protocols have changed to a "Modified Quarantine" - should there be a class exposure where students are masked and pre conditions are met, the class will be allowed to remain at school if showing no symptoms.  This will remain as a case by case basis as deemed by the Health Department.  

  • Per health department guidelines, we are strongly recommending that close contacts get tested 5-7 days after exposure even if not asked to quarantine

Social Interactions

  • Students will be allowed to have mixed group learning opportunities when masked, participate in  Faith Family and Buddy opportunities, work in collaborative groups, and attend weekly Wednesday morning mass together. 

  • Our goal is to hold all typical school functions this year and will modify on an as needed basis depending on conditions at the time.

 

School Building Access

  • Parent volunteers and other individuals who enter the building must be admitted through the main entrance and must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination, while in the building.  

Arrival & Dismissal

  • Students will continue to report directly to homeroom rather than before care in cafeteria

  • We will continue to stagger dismissal but there will only be two release times of 3:05 and 3:10.  Please do not arrive prior to 2:45 pm.  Masks are not required at outside pick up.

 

Daily Reminders

  • Students will continue to bring a water bottle everyday as drinking fountains are still closed

  • Students will continue to bring a towel everyday as teachers will be utilizing outdoors to allow for outdoor education and social time without masks.

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Back to School Events

  • Students, parents and staff must wear a mask to Back to School Night and Backpack Sunday.

 

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and will keep you informed with updates and any changes in our policy.  We appreciate your continued support and prayers as we face the upcoming school year together.

Blessings to all as we begin this school year together.

Symptom Protocols

 

*Please note information is changing rapidly.

  • Health Department may change protocol in a case by case basis.

  • For "Close Contact / Exposure Protocol" click here

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TIER 1 SYMPTOMS:

• Headache

• Fatigue

• Sore Throat

• Runny Nose / Congestion

• Vomiting / Diarrhea

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TIER 2 SYMPTOMS:

• Shortness of Breath

• Difficulty Breathing

• Loss of Taste or Smell

• Persistent Cough

IF STUDENT HAS ONE TIER 1 SYMPTOM:

  • Student remains home / goes home from school 

  • NOTE: Siblings may remain at school

  • Student may return when student is symptom free for 24 hours.

  • No doctor note required.

  • Please note - if student who is home start to have more symptoms, alert school so siblings can be sent home.

IF STUDENT HAS TWO OR MORE TIER 1 SYMPTOMS OR ANY TIER 2 SYMPTOMS:

  • Student & School Siblings remain home / go home from school 

  • Student & School Siblings follow COVID-19 Symptoms protocols

IF STUDENT HAS BEEN VACCINATED:

  • Contact school office and will follow health department guidelines for specific cases

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS PROTOCOLS

  • If student has two or more tier 1 symptoms or any tier 2 symptoms, Student & School Siblings remain home / go home from school 

  • Student follows 1 of 4 requirements below:

1) Other Illness Identified

  1. To return to school, student must provide a note from a healthcare provider confirming a non-COVID-19 illness.

  2. Student and siblings may return to school according to school policies dictated by diagnosed illness.

2) No COVID-19 Test Completed.

  1. If no other illness identified and no COVID-19 test completed, Student will be Presumed Positive.

  2. Student may return to school once ALL conditions below are met:

    1. 24 hours with no fever​

    2. AND symptoms improving

    3. AND approved by local health department to return (typically 10-14 days since symptoms first appeared)

  3. Immacolata siblings should follow guidelines provided in our "Close Contact Protocol"

3) Positive COVID-19 Test

  1. If symptomatic, student may return to school once ALL conditions below are met:

    1. 24 hours with no fever​

    2. AND symptoms improving

    3. AND approved by local health department to return (typically 10-14 days since symptoms first appeared)

  2. If asymptomatic, student may return to school once ALL conditions below are met:

    1. You continue to have no symptoms

    2. AND 10 days have passed since test.

    3. Immacolata siblings should follow guidelines provided in our "Close Contact / Exposure Protocol"

4) Negative COVID-19 Test​

  1. Student may return to school after a negative COVID-19 test.

  2. Immacolata siblings may return to school.

  3. If being tested due to close contact, follow guidelines in our "Close Contact Protocol"

"Close Contact" Protocols

 

*Please note information is changing rapidly.

  • Health Department may change protocol in a case by case basis.

  • For "COVID-19 Symptoms Protocol" click here

WHAT DEFINES COVID-19 CLOSE CONTACT:

  • You were 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 / Health Department will contact you if it is determined your student had close contact to the COVID-19 positive person..

 

IF STUDENT HAS CLOSE CONTACT TO COVID-19 POSITIVE PERSON OR PRESUMED POSITIVE PERSON:

  • Student remains home / leaves school 

  • Health Department determines whether siblings should also remain home  (if awaiting response from health department, siblings may be asked to remain home until level of risk is determined)

  • REGARDLESS of whether student is tested for COVID-19, student will quarantine for 14 days from last contact with the positive COVID-19 person

  • Student should quarantine away from other family members as much as possible.

  • Student may follow one of two options.

*If student is vaccinated, school will work with health department on a case by case basis.

1) Student does not get tested for COVID-19

  1. Student remains home, away from family members, for 14 days from last contact with the positive COVID-19 person.

  2. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, other symptoms of COVID-19 (follow "COVID-19 Symptoms Protocol" if symptoms arise)

  3. Siblings may attend school unless health department deems otherwise.

2) Student gets tested for COVID-19

  1. Health Department will let student know when student can get tested for accurate results (typically 5-7 days after last contact with COVID-19 positive person)

  2. If being tested because symptoms have started, student should follow "COVID-19 Symptoms Protocol" and siblings should remain home.

  3. If asymptomatic and student gets tested:

    1. POSITIVE test result:​

      1. Student may return to school once all below are met:

        1. Student continues to have no symptoms​

        2. AND 10 days have passed since test.

      2. If siblings had "close contact" with student within 48 hours of the test, they should come home and follow "Close Contact" protocols.

    2. NEGATIVE test result: 

      1. Regardless of negative test, student will quarantine for 14 days.​

      2. If siblings were asked to remain home while awaiting results by health department, students may return to school.

Member of Family has had "Close Contact"*

 
 

WHAT DEFINES COVID-19 CLOSE CONTACT*:

  • You were 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 / Health Department will contact you if it is determined your student had close contact to the COVID-19 positive person.

 

IF MEMBER OF STUDENT'S FAMILY HAS CLOSE CONTACT TO COVID-19 POSITIVE PERSON OR PRESUMED POSITIVE PERSON*:

  • Health Department determines if Immacolata student(s) should also remain home.

  • If the family member tests negative, Immacolata student(s) in family may return to school if Health Department had them be home while awaiting results.

  • If the family member tests positive and Immacolata siblings/children had close contact within 48 hours of test (if asymptomatic) or within 48 hours of onset of symptoms, student(s) will then follow "Student has Close Contact" protocols.

*If family member has been vaccinated, they may follow county guidelines as to whether they need to quarantine or not.