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Our school community has remained healthy during the pandemic. There have been zero reported cases on the physical school campus! This is due to the combined efforts of our families and faculty. We continue to practice our mitigation strategies including social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Please continue to help keep our community healthy by keeping children home when a child or household member is ill.
Update: August 2021
IN-PERSON LEARING: Students benefit both socially and academically from in-person learning. Therefore, safely returning to in-person instruction is priority. It is, therefore, critical that all parents/guardians abide by their school’s protocol and strong recommendations, especially regarding vaccinations and mask-wearing.
VACCINATIONS: Vaccinations are currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, vaccinations of those who qualify and are able is highly recommended. The more a school population is vaccinated, the lower the chance of transmission among children and adults who cannot be vaccinated. Even if an individual expresses they do not need a vaccination or are outright choosing to not be vaccinated, unless it is for medical reasons, they should be strongly encouraged to get a vaccination as an act of charity toward those vulnerable children and adults.
MASKS: In addition to vaccinations, the wearing of masks is among the primary mitigation strategies to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, all visitors, faculty, staff, and students 5 years or older should wear masks indoors unless medical or developmental conditions prohibit their useregardless of vaccination status. We will continue to adhere to diocesan guidance on social distancing in the classroom. In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. However, CDC recommends that people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated. OMOS determines layered mitigation protocol , to include a policy on masking while indoors on campus, based on the following criteria:
Current COVID data in Pima County, in particular the percent positivity rate and transmission level
Consultation with the Pima County Health Department
Consideration of what other districts and private schools in our region have in place for mitigation
School board, and consulting with the Department of Catholic Schools
SOCIAL DISTANCING: It is recommended that student desks/individual workspaces be at least 3 feet apart. A distance of at least 6 feet is recommended between students and teachers/staff, and between teachers/ staff who are not fully vaccinated (CDC, 2021). OMOS seeks to comply with guidelines for lunchroom seating as well as for instruction and play. Students, family members, employees and community members should physically distance at least 6 feet for: School registrations, Clubs and after school functions and gatherings, Community gatherings, Indoor Sporting events COHORTING STUDENTS:Given the increased transmissibility of the COVID Delta variant, OMOS cohorts as much as we are able. This reduces the number of those needing to quarantine should there be a positive case within a class or cohort. SPORTS: Tucson Elementary Sports: This program will follow Pima County Health guidelines.
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS: Students and staff should remain at home and away from school if they are experiencing any symptoms including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, or fatigue. Exceptions would be for chronic asthma, allergies, or other diagnoses on file that exhibit similar symptoms which will be particular to each individual.
CLOSE CONTACT:Per CDC guidance, close contacts are identified as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.” (CDC, Aug. 5, 2021) * CDC does provide an exception “In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.” (CDC, Aug. 5, 2021) * *Subject to change with updated CDC guidance