Holy Family Catholic High School leadership communicates weekly with our parents regarding return-to-campus protocols and updates. These emails are posted near the end of the day on Fridays.
9.9.2020 - COVID-19 Update - New Decision Tree
Good Afternoon Holy Family parents and students,
Let me start by expressing our appreciation for your support, patience, and partnership as we enter our second week back on campus. We have been impressed by our students’ attitudes and cooperation as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students and employees. As new information becomes available, we believe it is important to share updates to procedures and provide clarifications on processes.
School District 112 – Eastern Carver County provides nursing and health services to Holy Family. For the past several years, we have been blessed to have Liz Rodgers as our school nurse. To take care of her family’s learning needs during this time, Liz is switching to a part-time district schedule. We will miss Liz’s attention to providing community health updates, daily care of our students, and staff training regarding our students’ needs. We are grateful Liz has stayed to train her replacement, Anna Nelson, RN. Welcome, Nurse Anna! We are confident we will receive continued high-quality attention and care.
Moving forward, we will be using an updated and revised decision tree. This decision tree provides a list of symptoms and attendance pathways based on common/less common symptoms and exposure or confirmed cases.
This new form will be used in the following ways:
1. As a checklist for reporting a student’s absence and illness to the school (952) 443-4659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
a. When calling in or emailing attendance for a child with symptoms, a parent must provide a Yes or No answer to all 4 “MORE COMMON” Symptoms and all 9 “LESS COMMON” Symptoms indicated on the checklists.
*Should a parent fail to answer yes or not to each of the symptoms on both lists, the school will need to follow up with a phone call or email to make sure these symptoms are not the reason for missing school. If the school fails to reach the parent(s), then the student will need to remain out if school until symptoms can be identified.
b. After verifying all symptoms’ status, parents should then follow the pathway guidelines below the symptoms checklist, which include the next steps for further evaluation.
c. NOTE: If your child’s symptoms direct them to follow Pathway #1, any sibling must also stay home from Holy Family (or their elementary or middle school).
2. As a checklist and information guide when a student becomes ill at school during the day.
a. The school nurse will complete this sheet if a student becomes sick during the school day and notify parents of their pathway.
3. Staff will be using this as a guideline for decisions related to their exposure or symptoms.
The decision pathway form can be found at http://www.hfchs.org/zwp/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/PathwayForm.pdf or on our resources page: http://www.hfchs.org/2020-2021-plan/return-to-campus-resource-page/ . This form follows the most recent guidelines and decision trees provided to schools by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control.
Other helpful links include:
Decision tree and further explanations:
Close contact guide:
Waiting for results guide:
The MDH does encourage students who stay home to participate in classes if they are well enough to do so. Mild symptoms should not inhibit the opportunity to continue to learn and remain current with coursework. Students should check their TEAMS pages to see how to participate from home each day.
We have created a Holy Family Dashboard for sharing numerical data regarding current quarantined students and staff. It is accessible from the 2020-21 Plan dropdown menu or at http://www.hfchs.org/2020-2021-plan/dashboard/. It will be updated as statuses change.
Parents can help reduce the follow-up/administrative workload by being as thorough as possible when leaving absentee messages.
Finally, please continue to follow the 3 WS: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. We enforce this while your son/daughter is at school, but you can enforce this when they are at home. We know that it can be difficult, but the more we can follow these practices the longer we will be able to stay in school, in person! #hfstayhealthy
John P. Dols
Holy Family Catholic High School