THE JOURNEY AHEAD
t. Gabriel’s Catholic School will focus on promoting behaviors and strategies that reduce the spread of COVID-19. Health procedures and guidelines may change as virus data is updated and as the 2021-2022 school year progresses. Health protocols will follow recommended guidance from multiple local and national organizations.
All visitors, will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire via Raptor Sign-in System about current symptoms and recent exposure. These screenings will be required before entering campus, and health monitoring will be strongly suggested for all individuals. While any student is home exhibiting symptoms or self-isolating, it is recommended to log symptoms into the Magnus Health Portal.
Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
Faculty, staff, and students will be expected to frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at multiple times throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple locations throughout the school and all classrooms.
Faculty, staff, and students will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue if possible and immediately wash hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Face masks or face shields are encouraged for students in both Lower and Middle Schools, especially after travel. However, they are not required at this time except when a student is in the Test-to-Stay protocol.
EPA registered disinfectant wipes will be issued to all classrooms to maintain surface hygiene. High touch surface areas will be wiped down multiple times per day.
Students will be required to bring 1 refillable water bottle daily, labeled with their first and last name. Only the filtered water dispenser on the water fountains will be used. Playground “high touch” surfaces such as grab bars and railings will be cleaned routinely.
The school nurse’s office will continue to have plexiglass dividers between exam tables.
This space will be treated as the “quarantine” space as needed for illness. Students who are feeling “ill” will be asked to wear a mask, or be given a disposable mask if needed.
Covid vaccinations are not required for children to attend school. St. Gabriel’s follows the Diocese of Austin’s vaccine policies, and this is not a required vaccine by the Diocese or by the State of Texas. It remains your choice as a parent whether to vaccinate your eligible child.
Deciding When to Stay Home
Even as the risk of COVID-19 decreases, it is important to all of us to keep our school community as healthy as possible with regard to any and all communicable illnesses. The guidelines below are still relevant in deciding when to keep your child home.
Convenient Testing Availability
Binax Now and BD Veritor tests are available on campus only to symptomatic individuals in school that day. If your child develops symptoms while at home please call your pediatrician for a test and advice specific to your child’s symptoms.
Individuals deemed to be close contacts will be monitored for symptoms while on campus, and it is essential that parents monitor their children for symptoms at home. If a test is deemed appropriate on campus, parents will be notified of the results. If positive cases occur, our hydrostatic cleaning protocol will be implemented.
SGCS Test-To-Stay Protocol
Any individual who is deemed a close contact will be given the option to stay on campus for learning if the following protocol is adhered to:
1. Absence of symptoms.
2. Screening on Day 1 and Day 6.
3. Mask must be worn for 7 days.
4. If symptoms occur at any time, a test is required.
5. Siblings are considered close contacts and will therefore enter the Test-To-Stay protocol. They may attend school in person as long as they remain asymptomatic with negative testing.
Individual Returning to Campus
In the case of the individual who was diagnosed with Covid-19, the individual may return when all of the following requirements are met:
1. At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
2. Improvement in symptoms (for example, decreasing cough, nasal congestion, etc.)
3. At least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same set of criteria listed above.