COVID-19 MITIGATION Protocols 
                                                                           Academic Year 2021-2022

Does my child need to wear a mask indoors?
Yes. We will follow the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) mandate that all faculty, staff, visitors, and children ages 5 and older inside school must wear a mask (except while eating), regardless of vaccination status. It is highly recommended that children ages 3 and 4 also wear a mask. This order will be held through September 30, at which time it will be reevaluated.

What if a child has no mask?
The school nurse will provide a mask.  All students will be required to wear a mask, age 5 and above. If a mask cannot be worn, the student will be sent home.

Does my child need to wear a mask outdoors?
No. Children do not need to wear masks outside. 
Do faculty, staff and visitors need to wear a mask outdoors?
No.  Masks are not required to be worn outside on our campuses.
Will students wear masks on the bus?
Yes, it is a federal law that all students must wear their masks on the bus for the duration of the bus ride.  

Will cohorts be continued?
No, cohorts are not required at this time.

Where will my student enter the school building?
All students will enter and exit together via the back school yard at Sacred Heart and main entrance at Saint Francis.

Are visitors allowed in our school buildings?
No.  Visitors will not be allowed in our school buildings at this time to limit exposure of students. 

Other Mitigation Protocols: 

  • Hand sanitizing
  • Hand Washing
  • Frequent cleaning
  • Ventilation (open windows, frequent outdoors)
  • What are the symptoms of Covid 19?
  • Fever (100.0 F or higher)
  • Chills, shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches / body aches of unknown origin 
  • Cough (not due to other known cause)

The following when in combination with other symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Headache 
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion 
  • Runny nose

What do I do if my child is sick?
If your child is unwell, it is imperative that they stay home.
Please call the office to notify of an absence. 
Please call your pediatrician to review your child’s symptoms.
Schedule a COVID-19 test as per recommendations
Please communicate the test results with your school nurses.
Sacred Heart: Julie Carragher,  [email protected]
St Francis Xavier: Bridget Jaklitsch, [email protected]

Do I have to get the vaccine?
The Pfizer vaccine is only currently available for children ages 12-17.  
Children less than 12 are currently not eligible for a vaccine.
Get vaccinated whenever you are eligible.  
While not mandated, St Francis Xavier strongly recommends that all eligible individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  
We also recommend that all individuals receive the annual influenza vaccine.  
Please submit vaccination status to the school nurse at the start of the year and if the vaccine status changes.

What are close contacts?
Close contacts are individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID positive person for at least 15 minutes within a 24-hour period.  

What do I do If I test positive for COVID-19?
If your child tests positive you must inform the school nurse’s office.  
The nurse will provide detailed information regarding your next steps.  
Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, quarantine for 10 days. 
Return to school on day 11 if there are no Covid symptoms.  
Repeat testing is not recommended.

What if I am a close contact?
UNVACCINATED PERSON:
If I am unvaccinated, and both the COVID positive individual and I were masked, I do not have to quarantine.  
If one or both of us was unmasked, and I have no symptoms, I must be tested.  
If I have any symptoms, I must quarantine and may return to school on day 8 provided I am asymptomatic and tested negative (PCR) on day 5.  
Otherwise, the student will return on day 11.  

VACCINATED PERSON:
If I am vaccinated and have no symptoms, I may remain in school, and must wear a mask.  
If I am symptomatic, I must quarantine and return on day 8 if a negative PCR test on day 5.  
Otherwise, the student will return on day 11.   

Will the school provide testing?
No, testing is not being done in school at this time

Will there be Remote Learning?
The educational model for the 2021-22 school year is a 5-day, in person model.  There is not a remote learning option.  However, in the instance where a student is required to quarantine, the student will have the ability to stream classes via ZOOM.  Classes will not be available on-line without the explicit permission of the Headmaster, who will communicate this change to the teachers. 

What is the plan for lunch or snack?
There are no physical distancing requirements in place this year, even during meals. However, DESE recommends that students distance as feasible when masks are removed indoors, such as during mealtimes. DESE recommends a distance of 3 feet during meals, when masks are removed.

Be assured that you are not navigating the school year alone.  Building on our experiences of last year, and with mutual respect and patience, we look forward to a healthy academic year.