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SHMS COVID-19 Guidelines

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SHS Student COVID-19 Procedures

UPDATE to Quarantine Procedures to Direct Contacts - December 7, 2020
  • 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. 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

All SHS Receptionists will take temperatures of all students upon arrival. Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or higher is considered having COVID-19 symptoms and will be asked to leave immediately and follow scenario #2 above.
 

Absences and Digital Learning clarification - Updated January 5, 2021

Only the students who have signed a Digital Learning Contract for the 3rd quarter that is on file with Ms. Mullen may join their class(es) remotely on TEAMS. If you have not been contacted by Ms. Mullen with permission to participate in Digital Learning for Quarter 3, you do not have permission to participate digitally in the case of an absence beginning on January 11, 2021.  The only exceptions to this policy are:
  1. students in Levels 3-8 who are COVID-19 positive
  2. students in Levels 3-8 who are awaiting COVID-19 testing results; or
  3. students who are in quarantine because a family member or someone they have come in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19.
 In all three of these scenarios, the parent of this child(ren) should let Mrs. Nolan in the school office know via the attendance email shmsattendance@shslou.org or phone line (502-736-6520) by 8:00 a.m. on the day the student(s) will be out of school. Mrs. Nolan will include these students on the daily attendance report that is sent to teachers, and teachers will allow these students to join TEAMS classes. In addition, Ms. Mullen will reach out to the family to better understand the situation at hand and will communicate specifics with the teacher(s).  
 
If students in Levels JK-2 are COVID-19 positive, awaiting COVID-19 testing results, or are in quarantine because a family member has tested positive for COVID-19, their parents may contact the school office for school work to be sent home as we do when a student is sick/ absent. Students in Levels JK-2 will not be permitted to join their class on TEAMS or Zoom for these days.

 

 

SHS Communication Protocols Regarding COVID-19
 
As you are trusting us with your children, please trust that we are following all guidelines put forth by the health department. We are reporting any positive cases to the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Health Department in real-time. We are not, however, waiting for the health department to conduct contact tracing. All contact tracing and necessary communications are being completed by our staff.
 
Sacred Heart Schools’ Communication Protocols for reported positive cases of COVID-19 are as follows:
  • 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.
 
Face Covering (Mask) Update - 9.4.2020
 
This week we received an update and guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) as it pertains to students and staff wearing a mask while at school.  Please note this change reflects recent updates to CDC guidance and other information:The use of cloth face coverings (masks) should be required by all students and staff at all times while in the building or on the bus unless medically waivered. Students and staff should only lower their masks while actively eating or drinking.

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:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/cloth-face-covering.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html

As we know, the nature of COVID-19 is ever-evolving and the information and guidance we receive helps to put us in compliance with the KDE and KDPH and other partners to ensure policies, procedures, and protocols align with the current scientific information.  As the situation evolves, it is expected that we will continue to receive guidance as plans will need to be re-evaluated and adjusted as necessary.  Thanks for your continued support and patience. 
 

We are in the process of updating our SHMS Safe at School handout to reflect the latest guidance.