“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” –Herman Melville
Dear NDA Community,
As we turn the page on another year and begin the second semester, I am once again communicating to you regarding our approach to COVID-19 at Notre Dame Academy. While the most recent variant appears not to be causing as significant a health crisis as previous variants, it is true that it is still causing disruptions in our daily lives. COVID-19 positive cases are significantly on the rise both nationally and locally. Although we are hopeful the ‘spike in cases’ will last only a brief time, internally we are still above our threshold (10 concurrent cases) for masking.
Consequently, all members of our community will be required to mask for the next two weeks. This includes, but is not limited to in class, in the chapel, waiting for practices, during change of class, etc. Please note that during times of exertion, students are not required to mask. These instances include when students are actively competing in a sport and when students are performing on stage. All spectators will be required to mask at athletic contests and performance events.
Our COVID-19 procedures for students and employees who have been positively identified have been adjusted and are included below as well as posted on our website.
The frustration your children may be experiencing because of this protocol is shared by the adults who work with them. While in many places masking is not mandatory, please understand that students are in very close proximity to one another throughout the entire school day and we are precluded from distancing by the size of our classrooms.
Please join me in looking forward to what we are being told will be a brief spike in cases followed by a period of greater normalcy.
Parents and NDA Employees should report a diagnosed case of COVID-19 to Joey Rickards in the main office at (920) 429-6186.
If symptoms develop, get a test, stay home and await results.
If a test is required to return to school, evidence of the negative result must be presented. At this time, at-home tests will not be accepted as evidence of testing negative.
The school will track the number of positive cases. If the total number of positive students/employees exceeds 10 concurrent cases and is greater than three households (1.5% of the student population), all members of the school community will be required to wear masks for two weeks.
Students who are required to mask while in school are required to have both their mouth and nose covered. A student may be issued a referral for "Conduct Around the Building" if they fail to comply with expected masking protocols. This will be considered a disciplinary issue.
The school will contact trace, alert parents if their child was a close contact (within 24 hours of being notified) and require masking for students who were close contacts for 14 days (regardless of vaccination status). All close contacts will be required to mask for two weeks and stay in school unless symptoms develop.
If a student/employee tests positive for COVID-19
Stay home for five days
- If there are no symptoms or symptoms have resolved after five days, the student/employee can return to school.
- The student/employee will be required to continue to wear a mask for five additional days.
- If there is a fever, stay home until the fever resolves without the use of medication.
Close contacts and those exposed to someone with COVID-19
- Students/Employees are allowed to come to school provided they do not have symptoms. They must wear a mask for 10 days.
- Student/Employee is required to PCR test on Day 5 and turn in results to the main office once available. Students/Employees may attend school as long as there are no symptoms while awaiting results.
If there is a positive in the household
- If there is a positive COVID-19 case in the home, vaccinated** students/employees may return to school provided they wear a mask and take a PCR test on Day 5.
- If there is a positive COVID-19 case in the home and the student/employee is not vaccinated, but can isolate themselves from the COVID-19 positive individual, the student/employee can test after five days of being isolated. Upon receipt of the negative PCR test, the student/employee may return to school.
** Note: Fully Vaccinated equals having been boosted OR completing the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months OR completing the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months.
If a student/employee received only the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over six months ago OR completed only the primary series of J&J vaccine over two months ago, the student/employee should stay home for five days if there is a positive in the household and take a PCR test on Day 5. If the test is negative, they can return to school provided they wear a mask for five days.