(subject to change by government authorities)
The Kentucky Department for Public Health: School Strategies
- All adults and students are expected to stay home if any of the following symptoms are present: fever, nausea, diarrhea, a new loss of smell or taste, difficulty breathing, body aches, cough, or sore throat. See isolation and quarantine information in item 5.
- The Archdiocese, in concert with the Health Department, has issued guidelines for a mask-optional approach. Therefore, we will join a number of other local Catholic high schools in going mask-optional starting on Dec. 6. This is optional – all who want to wear a mask are welcome to do so. Every Friday afternoon we will determine if masks are required the following week based upon our average weekly attendance and what percentage of absences are due to someone being Covid-positive. Students in school under the test-to-stay protocol must wear a mask until cleared. Also, when masks are off, ties are required. All quarantine rules remain in effect; asymptomatic vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine.
- Regular hand washing and proper hygiene are expected.
- All persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated, must wear masks on buses.
- All are expected to abide by these isolation and quarantine guidelines:
- Students, teachers, or staff members, vaccinated or unvaccinated, who are sick should see a health care provider. If they are tested for COVID, they should isolate at home until they receive their test result. If they are not tested, they should remain at home until their symptoms resolve.
- Persons who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate away from school for 10 days after the start of their illness (or testing date) or otherwise follow directions of the health department (which could mean a 14-day quarantine). Students, teachers, or staff members who test positive for COVID-19 through a non-medically proctored “at-home” test should isolate at home and obtain an additional test from a medical provider to confirm the result.
- Local health departments are to require schools to help them do contact tracing for those with close contact with a person with COVID-19. A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes while the person was considered contagious. Exception: the close contact definition excludes students who were at least 3 feet or more away from an infected student if both students were wearing masks. This exception does not apply to unvaccinated teachers, staff members, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
- Fully-vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine if exposed to a person with COVID-19, if not experiencing symptoms. Fully vaccinated means more than 14 days have passed since receipt of the Janssen (J&J) vaccine or the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Send a copy of your son’s vaccination card to email@example.com if you want to speed up the time he may return to class while a close contact is being investigated.
New “Test-to-Stay” Option Can Reduce Quarantine
On Monday, October 18, Trinity will adopt the Metro Health Department’s “test-to-stay” rules for those who are Covid-19 direct contacts. The rules state the exposure must have happened at school. Community exposure, including that occurring at home and from after-school activities, is not eligible under this program. The test is free, voluntary and requires parent permission for students. The test must be administered at school; home tests are not eligible. Our contact tracers will explain the options below.
Unvaccinated students, teachers, or staff who are Covid-19 direct contacts must do one of the following:
- Quarantine away from school for 7 days after last exposure. If symptom-free, may return on Day 8 if there is a negative PCR or antigen test on Days 5, 6, or 7.
- Quarantine away from school for 10 days after the last exposure, may return on Day 11 if symptom-free.
OR, with the new Health Department option:
- A modified quarantine allows the student, teacher or staff member to attend classes or be at work, but not after-school activities, if the daily test is negative. The modified quarantine ends if on Day 8 if symptom-free and has a negative test on Days 5, 6, or 7.
- Testing is done each day before classes begin.
- If a test is positive, the individual will be sent home to isolate.
- Individuals in this testing protocol cannot ride the bus or carpool to school.
- A daily health screen before the individual comes to school must be done. If symptoms surface, the individual must stay home.
- If an individual refuses a test or does not follow modified quarantine procedures, he/she will be sent home.
Fully vaccinated students, teachers, or staff do not need to quarantine if symptom-free.
DO NOT send your son to school if he has any cold, allergy or flu symptoms. Keep him home until symptoms are gone.
SPECIAL NOTE: Those away from school due to quarantining will not be able to follow class on-line in real time. They will be able to access class information by contacting individual teachers and via Rockspace.