COVID-19 Safety Protocol
Dear All Saints Catholic School Students, Families and Staff,
We realize that many parents may have questions regarding the safety of our students surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic while students attend school. Please know that the safety of our students is our primary focus and practicing a genuine concern over each student’s health, spiritual and emotional mindset is a shared mindset at our school.
All Saints Catholic School (ASCS) uses information and recommendations from District Health Department 4 (DHD4) and will immediately share any information to circumvent the spread of COVID. Our goal is to keep our families and staff informed about the local COVID-19 situation and make changes that are best for our campus as needed.
Vaccinations and Use of Masks
The Gaylord Diocese recognizes that vaccinations are the decision of our families, therefore students and staff are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to attend school. ASCS will foster an environment of Christian charity and respect for others’ decisions regarding vaccination status and use of masks.
Students, Teachers and Staff
At this time, ASCS does not require the use of masks during school but allows individuals (students and staff) to wear masks if they choose. At no time will favoritism, prejudice and bullying be tolerated by any student or teacher because of the choice (s) made by students or families regarding the use of masks or vaccinations. All incidents regarding favoritism, prejudice and bullying regarding this protocol will immediately be reported to the school principal for immediate resolution.
Parent and School Staff Monitoring of Students
It is vital for parents to inform the school when students or family members become a close contact of someone with COVID-19. With your help, we will be able to keep our students and staff safe and continue in-person learning at school. ASCS families and staff will need to take the following steps when determining if students should be allowed to attend school:
- Parents/guardians should monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 or any infectious illness every day before departing home for school.
- Students who are sick or displaying symptoms of infectious illness should not attend school and seek medical care. Please use this list as guidance for COVID-19 symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue, muscle, or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- School staff faculty will check temperatures of students and monitor students for symptoms of infectious illness at the beginning of each day as part of a health and welfare safety check. This includes making a digital temperature check of all students and staff upon entry to ASCS.
- A pre-designated area in school will be used to quarantine and care for students who develop COVID-19 signs and symptoms until they can be picked up by a parent or legal guardian.
- All families will continue to use the 10-day isolation and quarantine guidance from MDHHS.
- Staff will conduct daily self-examinations, including a temperature check, prior toentering the school. When new or unusual symptoms are noticed, staff members will contact the school administrator and stay home until they have tested negative or have completely recovered according to the CDC guidelines.
Quarantine versus Isolation
Students and staff are required to quarantine when they might have been exposed to COVID-19. Students and staff will isolate when infected with COVID-19 and have tested positive, even if symptoms are not present. If parents are unsure whether to quarantine or isolate, please contact the local DHD4 agency at (989) 356-4507. In addition, see the attached decision tree which provides further guidance on determining when a person is considered a “close contact” (Decision Tree, 2021).
- ASCS will provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors including soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, tissues and signage that will help communicate and reinforce hygiene goals.
- ASCS will educate staff and students on how to cough and sneeze into their elbows or to cover with a tissue. Used tissues will be thrown in the trash and hands washed or sanitized immediately using proper hand hygiene techniques.
- School staff will teach students and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Students will wash their hands before lunch and when they return from recess.
- School staff will limit student-to-student sharing of personal items and school supplies will also provide opportunities for students for handwashing at every opportunity.
End of Day Student Pick-up
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we are asking parents to line-up in the school parking lot and remain inside vehicles. Your student will be brought to your car by one of our staff.
- The use of masks is required for all students on school buses and other forms of public transportation within the United States.
- ASCS school administration will work in partnership with Alpena Public Schools and follow their established bus guidelines and safety protocols.
ASCS will utilize the CDC Guidance for cleaning, disinfection, and hand hygiene.
- Libraries, computer labs, arts, and other hands-on classroom materials will undergo cleaning after every class period or when cohorts change classrooms using an EPA-approved disinfectant.
- Student desks will be wiped down when cohorts change classrooms using an EPA-approved disinfectant.
- Frequently touched surfaces including hand rials, light switches, doors, benches, bathrooms will undergo cleaning at least every four hours using an EPA-approved disinfectant.
- School faculty will ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing products securely away from children, and with adequate ventilation when staff use products.
- Staff and parent volunteers must wear gloves and protective facial coverings when performing all cleaning activities.
Athletics and Afterschool Events
The following restrictions apply for athletics, robotics or other after-school events:
- ASCS will comply with all guidance published by Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).
- Students, teachers, and parent volunteers must use proper hand hygiene techniques before and after every practice, event, or gathering.
- Every participant will confirm that they are healthy and without any COVID-19 or other illness symptoms prior to participating in any event.
- All equipment must be disinfected after use.
- Each participant must use a clearly marked water bottle for individual use. There will be no sharing of water bottles at no-time.
- Handshakes, fist-bumps, and other unnecessary contact will not occur.
- Indoor physical conditioning activities can occur providing students practice social distancing.
- Large scale indoor spectator events will be allowed with capacity limitations and social distancing at the discretion of the school administrator or his representative.
Every classroom at ASCS is not capable of providing the recommended social distance of 6 feet without a mask and 3 feet with a mask. However, classrooms in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 are large enough to practice the recommended social distancing. In addition, we sanitize and disinfect every classroom at the end of each school day and use a plastic barrier during lunch and in classrooms depending on the situation. If parents elect for their students to wear masks, please let school staff know and we will help ensure students wear their masks during the school day.
This protocol is not in effect when students are outside in the playground.
Please be Flexible and work with our School
We ask every member of the All Saints Catholic School family to be flexible and help us reinforce our established COVID-19 safety protocol. Updates to this protocol will be made, as needed, per the guidance of DHD4.
Updated: January 10, 2022