COVID 19 UPDATES
St. Augustine Catholic High School
2021-22 COVID-19 Mitigation Plan
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: In addition to vaccinations, the wearing of masks is among the primary mitigation strategies to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, all staff and students should wear masks indoors unless medical or developmental conditions prohibit their use regardless of vaccination status. For parents/guardians of students who are not fully vaccinated, it is recommended that such parents/guardians make the determination whether their children will wear masks while indoors at school, however, parents/guardians should realize the impact their decision will have on their children’s class and the school community. Masking – whether vaccinated or not – should be practiced out of charity toward others and the common good, health, and safety of the entire school community. School faculty and staff should wear masks while indoors, especially when working with children who are unable to be fully vaccinated and/or those who are in a vulnerable health category.
Masks are not necessary for outdoor activities. However, CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Student desks/individual workspaces will be at least 3 feet apart. A distance of at least 6 feet is recommended between students and teachers/staff, and between teachers/ staff who are not fully vaccinated (CDC, 2021). Indoor lunchroom seating will be a minimum of 6 feet apart for both students and employees, but outdoor seating will be arranged at 3 feet apart.
Students, family members, employees and community members should physically distance at least 6 feet for::
• School registrations
• Clubs and after-school functions and gatherings
• Community gatherings
• Indoor sporting events
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 2020-21.
INDOOR VENTILATION: St. A’s will continue to focus efforts on optimal ventilation for classrooms and indoor gathering spaces.
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