SHMS COVID-19 Guidelines
SHS Student COVID-19 Procedures
- The state of Kentucky has now adopted the new CDC guidelines requiring only 10 days of quarantine for individuals who have been identified as being exposed to Covid-19 and exhibit no symptoms.
- Additionally, an exposed individual may only quarantine for seven days if they exhibit no symptoms AND have a negative Covid test taken on or after day five of their exposure.
- The state is still recommending 14 days if the exposed individual will be around people that are considered high-risk.
Deciding When to Stay Home - Updated January 5, 2021
We have always said we are partners in educating your most precious gift from God, your child(ren). Now, more than ever, we must trust and partner together in order to agree when to keep students at home, away from school. To stay open, we must keep our school healthy.
If a student reports/exhibits COVID-19 symptoms: If a student reports or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), their parent should keep the student home and contact their healthcare provider immediately. Once the student’s parent has direction from their physician, the parent should contact SHMS. The student will be required to stay home as long as they are symptomatic. In order to return to in-person instruction, the student must be symptom-free without symptom-reducing medication, for a minimum of 24 hours. We encourage students who are symptomatic to be tested for COVID-19 by their healthcare provider.
If a student is awaiting a COVID-19 test result or has a family member awaiting a COVID-19 test result: If a student is awaiting a COVID-19 test result or has a family member awaiting a COVID-19 test result, their parent should keep the student home and contact SHMS immediately. The school will require the student to stay home until the they or their family member receive the negative test result.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19: If a student tests positive for COVID-19, their parent should keep the student home and contact the school immediately. The student will be required to stay home for a minimum of 10 days. In order to return to in-person instruction on campus, the student must be symptom-free, without symptom-reducing medication for at least their final 24 hours of being home. They may be asked to provide SHMS with a negative test result or a release to return to school from their physician or the Health Department.
If a student has a positive COVID-19 case in their household or been told of possible exposure to COVID-19: If a student has a positive COVID-19 case in their household or been told of possible exposure to COVID-19, their parent should keep the student home and contact SHMS immediately. The school will require the student to stay home for at least 10 days. If the student develops COVID-19 symptoms while in quarantine, they should contact their physician immediately. Parents should then alert SHMS. In order to return to in-person instruction, the student must be symptom-free, without symptom-reducing medication for at least their final 24 hours of being home.
Absences and Digital Learning clarification - Updated January 5, 2021
- students in Levels 3-8 who are COVID-19 positive
- students in Levels 3-8 who are awaiting COVID-19 testing results; or
- students who are in quarantine because a family member or someone they have come in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19.
SHS Communication Protocols Regarding COVID-19
- If your child is exposed to a person at SHS who is COVID-19 positive, an exposure email will be sent directly to you from Paul Kichler, Vice President of Operations, as part of the contact-tracing protocol, informing you that your child was exposed due to direct contact. Direct contact is defined as within 6ft for 15 minutes collectively throughout a 24 hour period.
- The name of the person who tested positive cannot be given for privacy reasons. HIPAA guidelines must and will be followed.
- Each school principal or director will send a health advisory email to those who were in the same class(s) but who were not a direct contact.
To be in compliance with the new guidance, Sacred Heart Model School will now require students and teachers in levels 1-8 to wear face masks at all times while in our school buildings. Students will only be permitted to lower their masks when eating or drinking or at EPE as long as they are moving and active.
In addition to this guidance, students must wear a solid or patterned mask. We do not allow masks with words, slogans, phrases or symbols.
Here are a few links about masks from the CDC:
We are in the process of updating our SHMS Safe at School handout to reflect the latest guidance.