SHS COVID-19 Guidelines
As our 2020-2021 academic year approaches, our school routines will look different. We have reimagined the SHS school days from the moment our students arrive on campus to the moment they return home to ensure the safety of our campus community.
Families will receive communications from their respective school and those guidelines will be posted. This is an ever-changing, fluid situation, and we recommend you check back here and with your school communications regularly for update information.
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 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 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.
|August 4, 2020 Update|
SHS Staffing Covid-19 Procedures
Scenarios of SHS staff members with possible and/or confirmed positive Covid-19 infections:
SHS Receptionists will:
SHS Reopening Taskforce will:
*Your immediate supervisor will be your point of contact should you have any questions regarding the aforementioned procedures and will work with you on an individual or situational basis regarding any needs you may have. Additionally, SHS reserves the right to change the aforementioned procedures in order to help keep our schools and community safe*
|July 24, 2020 Update|
St. Angela shared with us, "if according to times and circumstances, the need arises to make new rules or do something differently, do it prudently and with good advice." As we approach our new school year at Sacred Heart Schools, our administration, faculty, and staff continue to follow St. Angela's words. Our administrative team collaborated throughout the summer to ensure a safe start to the 2020-21 school year.
As we considered several reopening options, the safety of our students, faculty and staff remained in the forefront of our decision-making process. We re-imagined each part or your child's day to ensure we implement state and federal guidelines for social distancing.
While we are "together in heart" as a district, we realize each school is unique. Therefore, each school will reopen in a slightly different manner to accommodate our students' developmental needs.
Three of our schools, SHMS, SHA and SHSA, will begin the year following a hybrid-model of both in-person and distance learning instruction. SHP, which reopened at the end of June, will serve our youngest students with in-person instruction.
In addition to these adjusted reopening plans, Sacred Heart Schools has also established a new and diligent COVID-19 cleaning schedule that disinfects high-touch surfaces, hallways, bathrooms, and classrooms throughout the day along with deep-cleaning each evening.
We are committed to our mission of educating diverse learners to become globally minded, compassionate leaders. Our reopening plans will provide the best model for the success of our students in a safe manner.
Our instruction model will be updated and adjusted in accordance with the latest information collected from local, state, and national health officials throughout the school year. In these extraordinary times, we are prepared for a variety of scenarios for our school day. We will be providing you with more updates, information, and resources in the weeks to follow.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate how to safely reopen our campus. I look forward to welcoming our students and faculty back to school, in-person and virtually, under our "Healthy at Heart" reopening plan.
Together in Heart,
Dr. Karen McNay
|SHS Staffing Covid-19 Procedures|
Scenarios of SHS staff members with possible Covid-19 infection:
SHS Receptionists will:
*Your immediate supervisor will be your point of contact should you have any questions regarding the aforementioned procedures and will work with you on an individual or situational basis regarding any needs you may have. Additionally, SHS reserves the right to change the aforementioned procedures in order to help keep our schools and community safe.