- Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Sore throat
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
- Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain
- Onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
- Loss of taste or smell
- Consult the CDC website for the latest info.
Masks are recommended for:
- Unvaccinated students and staff
- Vulnerable individuals who may be at increased risk of illness
- Anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask.
This policy could be modified based on updated guidance from the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD).
The Holy See and U.S. Bishops have determined that vaccination is morally acceptable and responsible. The CDC and the Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) recommends that all eligible parties be encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Bishop Chatard will not require vaccinations of students and staff. We believe that getting vaccinated is a personal family decision.
NOTE: Vaccinated students and staff members will not have to quarantine due to close contact exposure.
Students will be seated three feet apart in the classroom and facing forward. In order to contact trace any possible positive cases of COVID-19, seating charts and assigned seats will be mandatory in all classrooms, cafeterias and on buses traveling to extracurricular events.
The daily self-screen will be required of students and staff. Students and staff who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without being otherwise explained, are prohibited from coming to school.
Similar to last year, a daily self-screen will still be required of students and staff. Students and staff who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without being otherwise explained are prohibited from coming to school. See above for a list of symptoms.
- If a student tests positive, he/she will need to be isolated.
- Parents of students that meet close contact criteria will be notified that their child has been potentially exposed to COVID-19. Options for what a close contact student can do will be explained to parents to include quarantining, returning to school, or monitoring for symptoms.
- We will continue to be transparent and send out weekly updates of positive cases in our community, as needed.
In January, BCHS secured a Mobile Ultraviolet Sanitizing Machine to enhance cleaning and sanitizing throughout the school.
This unit uses Ultraviolet Germicidal Light to inactivate pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and influenza. It is able to clean a 700-square-foot area in approximately five minutes and will be used during unoccupied hours to thoroughly disinfect classrooms, restrooms, locker rooms and other spaces in the school. Similar units are being used in healthcare and government settings and are becoming the gold standard in disinfection. This disinfecting process will be utilized in addition to the many protocols already in place.
In addition, over the summer 2021, every classroom has an additional air purification system in place ready for the beginning of the school year. Other improvements are ongoing and will be communicated as they progress and are completed.
- Deposits will be accepted using a cafeteria drop box.
- A touchless transactions point of sale system has been implemented.
- All food items will be packaged or wrapped to prevent contamination.
- New digital screens and labeling to increase speed of serving line and point of sale.
- Further information will be posted as it becomes available.
In the event of a hybrid transitional schedule, students will be eating in the cafeteria in small groups with social distancing guidelines.
Specific COVID-19 questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.