January 2022 CDC Guidelines
Click here to review the CDC K-12 Isolation & Quarantine Guidance
Revised July 2022
COVID 19 UPDATES
St. Augustine Catholic High School
Recommended COVID Guidelines SY 22-23
The following are revised back-to-school recommendations based on state and local health guidelines, CDC recommendations, American Academy of Pediatrics Guidance, Diocesan COVID Committee feedback, and COVID-19 current regional data. These recommendations are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 numbers as well as local and state health department guidance revisions.
IN-PERSON LEARNING: Students benefit from in-person learning. Therefore, safely returning to in-person instruction is a priority for St. Augustine Catholic High School.
VACCINATIONS: Vaccinations are currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, vaccinations of those who qualify and are able is highly recommended. The more a school population is vaccinated, the lower the chance of transmission among children and adults who cannot be vaccinated.
MASKS: CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask indoors or in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
SPORTS: St. A’s will follow all state, county, and AIA guidelines.
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS: Students and/or staff must stay home from school if they are experiencing any symptoms including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, or fatigue. Exceptions would be for chronic asthma, allergies, or other diagnoses on file that exhibit similar symptoms which will be particular to each individual.
· Anyone within 6 ft of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
· An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or 2 days before the positive specimen collection date) until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.
· St. A’s will send a note home-positive case at school to parents when encountering a positive case within a class to alert parents/guardians of the importance of following quarantine guidelines.
COLLABORATION WITH LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT & POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES: St. A’s personnel will continue to collaborate with the local health department on any COVID-19 related issues and report student and/or employee positive COVID-19 cases to the local health department. We will continue to follow the ADHS Isolation and Quarantine Guidance used at the end of SY2020-21 with the following exceptions:
· Shortened quarantine for those who remain asymptomatic
· Not required to quarantine – fully vaccinated persons
· Not required to quarantine – previously infected persons (that are not fully vaccinated) whose exposure is within 3 months of symptom onset of their initial illness.
QUARANTINE OF CLASS: St. A’s will accommodate students who need to isolate at home due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or quarantine due to an exposure to a COVID-positive person.
CLEANING/SANITIZING PROTOCOLS: St. A’s will continue the same level of cleaning/sanitizing we had in place during the close of school year 2021-22.
INDOOR VENTILATION: St. A’s will continue to encourage classroom ventilation through the use of fans and continually running its HVAC systems.
CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools: CDC K-12 School Guidance
Pima County Recommendations for K-12 Schools: PCHD K-12 Guidance
AZ Dept. of Health Services: ADHS Release from Isolation and Quarantine
American Academy of Pediatrics: AAP Guidance for Safe Schools
Links that may help during this time:
Internet service during Coronavirus:
CDC guidelines for Coronavirus
Diocese of Tucson website
Pima County Health Department Updates
How to help your teens who may be anxious during this time