Sacred Heart Catholic School plans for a full, in-person return to our campus for all students in PreK-8th grade for the 2020-2021 school year. Our mission to deliver the very best experience for our students is at the heart of all plans and modifications to school operations. In partnership with the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis and our school families, Sacred Heart Catholic School has initiated enhances COVID-19 safety and cleaning protocols consistent with the CDC and MN Dept. of Health recommendations and guidelines. We look forward to welcoming you back to school on September 8, 2020.
Re-Opening Campus Policies and Procedures for Parents and Students of Sacred Heart Catholic School
Sacred Heart Catholic School has developed a School Preparedness and Readiness Plan to help keep our students and staff safe and healthy.
Please read our comprehensive plan for in-person learning, along with a distance learning model for those who have health related concerns and are unable to be with us in-person.
Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student and Child Care Programs
We will follow this decision tree for people who have tested positive for COVID-19, have a symptoms of COVID-19 without a medical evaluation, and for other diagnoses.
Decision Tree for People with COVID symptoms (Revised 8/6)
Sacred Heart Catholic School Continuum for Reopening
What can parents do to prepare their child for Back to School?
Family Health Checklist
Please complete this each morning before sending your child to school. Together, we can work to help mitigate the spread. If you answer YES to any of these questions about your child or yourself, please keep you child home and contact your healthcare provider and the school (763-537-1329).
- Do you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, without having taken any fever reducing medications.
- Do you have a loss of smell or taste?
- Do you have a cough, muscle aches, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills or a headache?
- Do you have a stomachache, diarrhea, nausea, or a loss of appetite?
- Have you or anyone you have been in close contact with recently been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Protocols for COVID-19
The following protocols align with references from the MN Dept. of Health (MDH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and other local physician recommendations.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, it must be reported to the school office promptly. The sick person should follow MDH protocols immediately, separate from others, and monitor for symptoms, such as; fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell.
Parents and guardians will be noticed if their child is in a class with a positive COVID-19 case. Sacred Heart will contact MDH and follow their recommendations and possibly begin contact tracing and/or quarantine the class.
If a student or staff person’s household member who DOES NOT attend Sacred Heart Catholic School gets COVID-19, that student or staff member and their immediate household members need to quarantine. However, since that student or staff member is not positive for COVID-19, the class they were in contact with would NOT need to quarantine.
Those sick or symptomatic with COVID-19 must stay home until all three of these things are true:
- You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better.
- It has been 10 days since you first felt sick.
- You have had no fever for the last three days (72 hours) without using medicine that lowers fevers.
Those in contact with confirmed COVID-19 persons must:
- Quarantine for 14 days since last possible exposure.
- Monitor for symptoms.
COVID-19 Symptoms and Returning to School
Students or staff members who go home are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should not return to school until they obtain a negative COVID-19 test or have an alternate diagnosis with a doctor’s letter. If they go home with COVID-19 symptoms and do not seek medical care, they must stay home for 10 days.
COVID-19 Guidance for Community Exposure
Staff members will social distance from other staff members and adhere to the exposure guidelines from the CDC.
Protocols for Other Illness
If while in school your child presents another type of illness unrelated to COVID-19, the school will contact a parent/guardian for pickup, and that student may not return to school the following day.
After being home for the remainder of the school day and the following day, the student may return to school if their symptoms have subsided and medial advice from their healthcare provider was sought.
Any time your students goes home ill, you must schedule an appointment or a phone call with the student’s healthcare provider to seek medical advice on how to handle symptoms.
Following your primary health care providers directives, your student can return to school once symptoms have subsided and after the additional day.
Please remember to contact the school office (763-537-1329) regarding the results from the healthcare provider. These results will be kept confidential.
We do recognize there are several times a student goes home mid-day and is not symptomatic the next day-however we ask that you keep your student home one additional day.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
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