Highland Catholic School COVID-19 Protocols for the 2022-23 School Year

Preschool – 8th Grade

Though we are now in a place where COVID-19 is seen as a common infectious disease and not a public health emergency, Highland Catholic School remains committed to providing a safe learning environment. We are grateful for your support.

Changes to Note:

•Highland Catholic School will not require students with close exposure to quarantine for any amount of time.

•Seats at lunch will no longer be assigned.

•Students may stay in class after being exposed to COVID-19.

•Absent special circumstances, it is no longer recommended to test for COVID-19 unless a student is demonstrating symptoms or there is a positive COVID-19 case in the home. Special circumstances include, but are not limited to, the presence of someone in the family home who is at high risk for severe COVID-19 and a family member’s presence in high risk settings, i.e. the medical field, first responders, etc. Highland Catholic School encourages each family to make testing decisions that best suit their needs.

•Highland Catholic School will not be offering distance learning for students who choose to quarantine after exposure.

Masking

•Masks are optional at Highland Catholic School.

If you are concerned about your child’s exposure, encourage them to wear a mask. N95 masks work well, even if others aren’t masked.

•If your child has cold symptoms, please consider sending them with a mask or keeping them home until symptoms improve. No child should attend school with a fever.

•Some teachers and students will be masked on any given day. There will be no conversation about a person’s choice.

Water Bottles

•Send a filled water bottle daily with K – 8 students. We want ALL students (K-8) to have a water bottle that comes to school clean, filled and labeled. Please make this a habit.

•Water is provided for preschool children. Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Licensing restrictions prohibit the use of water bottles in preschool; therefore, Preschoolers do not use water bottles.

Hand Washing

Highland Catholic School will encourage hand washing. We have added additional hand sanitation stations in the cafeteria. Minnesota (DHS) licensing requires preschoolers to wash their hands throughout the school day.

Reporting

Please report positive COVID-19 cases in enrolled children to school. Text information to Attendance at 612-930-3501. Please text every day that your child will be away from school. Highland Catholic School has to complete a weekly report to the Minnesota Department of Health. The number of positive COVID-19 cases will be shared in the weekly Hi-lites.

Testing Positive

Students who test positive are asked to stay home 5 full days. The day of the positive test counts as Day Zero. They can return on Day 6, if they are fever free and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. They do not have to test negative to return.

Communication

Households will be informed through an email from Educate of a positive case in their child’s classroom. Classmates are not required to test or quarantine. Parents/Guardians should monitor children for symptoms. Notification will be similar to what is provided for head lice or strep throat.

Test Kits

Highland Catholic School has a number of test kits available while they last.

You can also request kits at:

· The U.S. Postal Service. It’s wise to order now as it can take a week or so for the tests to arrive.

· MN Department of Health. (If you don’t live in MN, check your state’s department of health.)

•Do not use tests that are past the expiration date. FYI: The FDA has extended the expiration dates of some tests.

As numbers and information is updated, policies may need to change. For the latest information from the CDC, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

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