COVID-19

At the beginning of August, the Archdiocese came out with some recommendations on COVID-19 policies/procedures for
Catholic Schools. After a review of these recommendations and those of surrounding schools, our plan for the
2021-2022 school year is listed below.

Please note that this is based on the information we have currently. As we have all learned over the last 1.5 years, things can and do change frequently, and these decisions may need to be adjusted based on the latest recommendations.

Please continue to check the weekly Principal’s Bulletin and school website for any updates to the plan regarding our COVID-19 protocols.

Please continue to contact the school office if your child has tested positive, has symptoms and will be home, or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.


COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current mask policy at St. John’s?

  • We are recommending that students, staff, and faculty wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks are required for all those who are returning from a 5-day isolation or if the school has increased mitigation measures due to a spike in connected cases in a classroom, grade, or school setting.

Does my child need to wear a mask while on a bus?

  • Per current federal regulations, all passengers on public transportation need to wear a mask. This will include any field trip that your child may attend.

What is the current isolation policy at St. John’s?

For anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status…

If symptomatic:

  • Remain at home for five days (Day 0 is your 1st day of symptoms).
  • Contact the school office.
  • Return to school on Day 6 if you are fever free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times (except lunch and outside recess) from Day 6 to Day 10.

If asymptomatic:

  • Remain at home for five days (Day 0 is the day of your positive test).
  • Contact the school office.
  • Return to school on Day 6. If you develop symptoms after day 0, the 5-day isolation restarts at day 0 on the day that symptoms develop.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times (except lunch and outside recess) from Day 6 to Day 10.

ALL individuals with a positive case (with or without symptoms) who return after 5 days must wear a well-fitting mask from Day 6 to Day 10. If students are unable to wear a well-fitting mask, they must stay home through Day 10.

If my child is exposed to COVID-19, will he/she need to quarantine?

Students and staff who come into close contact with a person with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 outside of school or at home should contact the school office for direction. Students do not need to quarantine if at least one of the following is true:

  • They have had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days that was reported to the school.
  • They are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks have passed since the second dose of the vaccine series) AND they do not have any symptoms.

If a person living in your household tests positive for COVID-19 and you have not had COVID-19 in the past 90 days or you are not fully vaccinated, you must quarantine due to a family exposure (positive case in the home) for 10 full days. Day 0 is the day of symptom onset for the infected household member or if no symptoms, then the test day is day 0. Again, please contact the school office for guidance.

What should I do if my child is not feeling well or if they have COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Please keep them home! The Minnesota Department of Health’s Decision Tree is an excellent resource.
  • Consider seeing a healthcare provider.
  • Take a COVID-19 test.
  • Remain at home until 5 days have passed and your child has been fever free for 24 hours.

Will St. John’s provide live online lessons if my child is quarantined?

  • Teachers will provide materials via Google Classroom throughout the duration of your child’s absence as well as opportunities to pick-up textbooks and/or other materials if needed from the school.

What will St. John’s do if a student and/or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

** If an entire class or grade should need to quarantine, live lessons will be provided.


Additional COVID-19 Information

Learning Model
Our learning model will be in-person learning. We will only engage in distance learning as determined by the school (scheduled days or consecutive inclement weather days). Students who are sick or on vacation may check Google Classroom for posted assignments, lessons, or videos, but we will not be providing live on-line instruction.

Temperature Checks
We are discontinuing our daily temperature checks. Students should stay at home if they are sick. More information on the requirements for students to stay home will be made available in future bulletins.

Physical Distancing
We will adhere to physical distancing when appropriate and when it does not impede on our instructional model or goals.

Face Coverings
We are recommending that students, staff, and faculty wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required for all those who are returning from a 5-day isolation or if the school has increased mitigation measures due to a spike in connected cases in a classroom, grade, or school setting.

NOTE: Masks are required on school busses, which includes any field trip bussing.

Quarantines
The Minnesota Department of Health may ask your child to quarantine if they are in close contact of the individual with a lab confirmed positive COVID-19 case, if they have not been vaccinated, and if they are not wearing a mask. If an individual is vaccinated and is showing symptoms of COVID-19, they should quarantine. The Minnesota Department of Health may ask a class or grade to quarantine if they have determined that there has been an outbreak of cases at St. John’s.

Busses
All students and staff will need to wear masks on busses in accordance with federal regulations.

Notification of a Positive COVID-19 Case
Parents will be notified if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in their child’s class, grade, or sports team as we would with any other infectious disease. These notifications will come via email.

Mass
We will maintain a one pew gap between grades during Mass and will otherwise follow the liturgical guidelines of the Archdiocese.

Lunch
Students will eat lunch in the school cafeteria.

Volunteers
We are keeping volunteering to essential volunteers which includes parents and other volunteers who are assisting in the educational process. Yes, parents will again be allowed in the building for class parties; however, we may need to limit the number for each grade/class.

Resources
The following resource from the Minnesota Department of Health may be helpful for you.

Updated 2/14/22