SHMS COVID-19 Guidelines
SHS Student COVID-19 ProceduresScenarios of SHS students with possible and/or confirmed positive COVID-19 infections:
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19: If a student tests positive for COVID-19, their parent should contact their school immediately. The student will be required to stay home for at minimum of 10 days. In order to return to in-person instruction on campus, the student must be symptom-free, without fever-reducing medication for at least their final 24 hours of being home. They may be asked to provide SHS with a negative test result or a release to return to school from their physician or the Health Department.
- If a student reports/exhibits COVID-19 symptoms: If a student reports or exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, their parent should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Once the student’s parent has direction from their physician, their parent should contact their child’s school. 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 fever-reducing medication, for a minimum of 24 hours. We encourage students who are symptomatic to submit a COVID-19 test to their healthcare provider, however they are not required.
- If a student has been told of possible exposure to COVID-19: If a student has been told of a possible exposure to COVID-19, their parent should contact their child’s school immediately. The school will require the student to stay home for at least 14 days. In order to return to in-person instruction, the student must be symptom-free, without fever-reducing medication for at least their final 24 hours of being home. If the student develops COVID-19 symptoms while in quarantine, they should contact their physician immediately followed by their parent alerting their child’s school.
Updated 8/13/2020SHS 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 six feet for 10 minutes or more.
- 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.
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:
As we know, the nature of COVID-19 is ever-evolving and the information an 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.
Deciding When to Stay Home
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.
- Is a member of your household positive for COVID-19, awaiting a test result, or experiencing COVID-like symptoms? Yes. Keep your SHMS child(ren) home. Stay home; Call your doctor; Let SHMS know.
- Is your child unwell, with COVID-19 symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea)? Yes. Keep your child(ren) at home. Stay Home; Call your Doctor; Let SHMS know; Take care, hydrate, rest, and recover.
- Does the child have a fever of 100.4 or higher? YES. Keep your child at home. Stay Home; Call your Doctor; Let SHMS know; Take care, hydrate, rest, and recover.
- Does the child have diarrhea or been vomiting? YES. Keep your child at home. Stay Home; Call your Doctor; Let SHMS know; Take care, hydrate, rest, and recover.
Absences and Digital Learning clarification
Only students who have signed a Digital Learning Contract for the quarter that is on file with Ms. Mullen may join their class(es) remotely on TEAMS. The only exceptions to this policy are:
- students in Levels 4-8 who are COVID-19 positive;
- students in Levels 4-8 who are awaiting COVID-19 testing results; or
- students who are in quarantine because a family member has tested positive for COVID-19.
If students in Levels JK-3 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-3 will not be permitted to join their class on TEAMS or Zoom for these days.
We are in the process of updating our SHMS Safe at School handout to reflect the latest guidance.