Holy Family Parish School 2021-2022 COVID-19 Safety Plan
We are opening to full in-person instruction September 1!
As new information and guidance becomes available, this plan will be updated.
- Teachers, school staff, and school volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated.
- School staff, students and visitors are required to wear masks in the school building. Masks are optional outside. HFK will provide each student with a lanyard, so their mask will be with them throughout the day.
- We will maintain physical distance of three feet or more between students in classrooms to the degree possible and reasonable.
- Students will be allowed to work together in small groups for short periods of time.
- At recess, students will be assigned to grade level zones, so grade levels will not be mixing. Students will be directed to play games that limit physical contact.
- Students will be eating lunch in the classroom. The space between students will be maximized as much as feasible. Students will be facing forward and focused on eating. When they’re finished, students will put their masks back on.
- Weather permitting, teachers will take students outside for activities as often as possible.
- 8th graders will be using lockers and students in grades K-7 will have access to the coat closets to hang up backpacks and coats. Teachers will limit congregation in these areas.
- The number of students in the bathroom at one time will be kept to a minimum.
- Students will not be changing clothes for PE.
- HFK will continue to maintain high levels of ventilation with the HVAC vents open to allow for maximum air circulation, the use of MERV-13 filters, opening windows, and using air purifiers in areas with less access to fresh air.
- Students will have opportunities to wash their hands throughout the day, hand sanitizer is available in every room, paper towel dispensers and faucets in the bathroom are no-touch.
- Desks will be cleaned throughout the day using soap and water or a similar product. Desks will be disinfected at the end of each day. Desks will be cleaned in between the different classes that come into the room.
- If your child is a close-contact of someone with COVID-19 or is diagnosed with COVID-19, call the main office or email Suzanne Malcom at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the COVID-19 Return to Work/School Flow Chart. Contact Susan Webster at email@example.com if you have any questions.
- If your child has a “cold,” this means they have 1 or more symptoms. If the student has not been in close contact of someone with COVID-19, and they receive a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school after 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication) AND symptoms have improved.
- When your child is sick, please notify Suzanne Malcolm. Before your child returns to school, submit the negative result of their COVID-19 test. If your child receives another diagnosis, submit a doctor’s note indicating the diagnosis.
- If someone at HFK tests positive for COVID-19, Susan Webster will use letter templates provided by the King County Health Department to communicate a COVID-19 exposure with staff and families.
- HFK will prepare for instructing students who are excluded from school due to an exposure to COVID-19 and are quarantining at home with no symptoms. This will include providing materials, activities, and some online instructional support as needed during the 14-day quarantine.
- For students who are sick (with any illness, which includes COVID-19), we want them to rest and get better, so online learning will not be available while absent. The teacher(s) will coordinate with the student and parents to ensure the student can catch up on the learning and assignments upon the student’s return to school.
- The Health Department no longer recommends screening students or visitors at school, so we will not be checking temperatures during carpool. We will be taking student temperatures in the classroom at the start of each day. This protocol may be revised as the year goes on and COVID-19 numbers continue to improve.
- We are continuing to require that parents screen their child(ren) for symptoms of COVID-19 before bringing them to school. If the answer is YES to any of the following questions, parents will keep the student home and contact the school. If siblings do not have any of these symptoms, they may attend school, but monitor for the development of any of these symptoms.
1. Has the child had any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours:
- Fever of 100.4°F
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Unusual fatigue
- Muscle or body aches
- Recent loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose – not related to seasonal allergies*
- Nausea or vomiting
2. Has the child been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days? Close contact means being within 6 feet (2 meters) of an infected person for 15 minutes or more.
3. Has the child had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days, or is the child waiting for COVID-19 test results?
4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you the child needs to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19?
- Travel Protocol: To reduce the spread of COVID-19, please delay travel until everyone in your family is fully vaccinated. If people in your family are not vaccinated, limit non-essential travel, before school starts and throughout the year. Also, please do not travel to cities or areas with high-levels of Covid-19 or with anyone who is sick.
If you do travel, please be safe and do the following:
- Wear a mask
- Maintain physical distance from people not travelling with you
- Avoid crowds
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
If you travel internationally:
- When you return to the United States, you are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel. Submit a copy of your child’s negative COVID-19 test to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: There is no online learning available when your child is travelling.
When you return:
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms
- If you are not travelling internationally, we encourage you to still test for COVID-19, but it is not required. Submit results to email@example.com
- Mass: The principal and pastor will work together to come up with a plan that meets the safety guidelines of the school and the parish. At the beginning of the year, the plan is to have one class attend each Friday while the other students remain in their classrooms and participate in Mass virtually. Students will wear masks and sit at least 3 feet apart. September 3 will be an all-school Mass outdoors. Parents are invited.
- Morning Drop-Off Procedure: We will be returning to the normal morning drop-off procedure where all students are dropped off in the back of the school and all students line up at least 3 feet apart in their designated class lines.