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.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
What is the current mask policy at St. John’s?
- We are recommending that students wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
- Staff and Faculty will be wearing masks while in the building with children and families.
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.
If my child is exposed to COVID-19, will he/she need to quarantine?
- 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.
What should I do if my child is not feeling well?
- Please keep them home! The Minnesota Department of Health’s Decision Tree is an excellent resource.
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.
** If an entire class or grade should need to quarantine, live lessons will be provided.
Additional COVID-19 Information
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.
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.
We will adhere to physical distancing when appropriate and when it does not impede on our instructional model or goals.
We are recommending that students wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Staff and Faculty will be wearing masks while in the building with children and families.
NOTE: Masks are required on school busses, which includes any field trip bussing.
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.
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.
We will maintain a one pew gap between grades during Mass and will otherwise follow the liturgical guidelines of the Archdiocese.
Students will eat lunch in the school cafeteria.
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.
The following resource from the Minnesota Department of Health may be helpful for you.