Frequently Asked Questions
Where did you find information to support the use of masking?
We have taken our guidance for support of masking from the MDH, and the CDC. Our two goals for the year have been to keep students and staff healthy and keep students and staff in the building. Masking achieves those two goals. Below are some additional
CDC articles on masking:
CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 Spread
Studies Show More COVID-19 in Areas Without Schools Masking Policies
Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools
When will the current protocols be up for review and what will that look like?
The leadership team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and develop any changes based on guidance from MDH and CDC. We will continue to utilize the COVID Task Force and SAC as part of our review process.
What will be considered or reviewed at those times?
When reviewing protocols, we take into consideration guidance from MDH, the CDC, and the Archdiocese along with the following:
- Current school community cases/situation
- Current local community cases/situation
The discussion will be around how our current safety protocols are working and if any adjustments can or should be made to best fit the St. Odilia School community.
Who is participating in making the decisions?
Decisions are made by the St. Odilia leadership team with the guidance of our school nurses.
- Vicki Marvin, Principal
- Nikki Giel, Assistant Principal
- Kay Hannon, Preschool Director
- Tracy Umezu, School Nurse
- Katherine Pomerleau, School Nurse
- Fr. Erich Rutten, Pastor
- Rick Storms, Parish Administrator
Will there be a requirement to vaccinate?
At this time we are not requiring the vaccine for students or staff. We will continue to follow the requirements and laws laid out by the Minnesota Department of Health. Currently, the MDH is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for students or staff.
Will parents and volunteers still need to mask in the vestibule and school building?
Masks are optional for all students, staff, guests, visitors, etc.
What does the phased approach of returning to normal look like?
Will you be quarantining kids and/or doing contact tracing if needed?
We will not be quarantining individuals who are exposed in the school building. (This includes preschool.) When there is a child in school who is infectious, we will work to the best of our ability to notify families who have children who are considered close contacts. This will allow families to not only decide if they would like their child(ren) to mask, but also allow them to make an informed decision about quarantining their child(ren). We will continue to use the quarantine guidelines put forth by MDH for an in-home exposure. That guidance can be found here.
My vaccinated child is sick with a cold, why does he/she need to get tested for COVID-19?
If your vaccinated child has symptoms that are associated with COVID-19, he/she still needs to get tested. While the vaccine is highly effective in preventing infection caused by COVID-19, there are instances of breakthrough cases. You can get a rapid COVID-19 test through the health office for your child by filling out this form.
One of my children is sick and has a COVID-19 test pending, do siblings have to stay home until the results are received?
Currently, siblings are able to come to school if one child is sick in the house and a COVID-19 test is pending.
How do we monitor illnesses within our school?
The Health Office follows up daily on all students who are absent with flu and COVID-19 symptoms.
Would we go back to full-time masking at any time?
Yes, if data within our school community warrants a change in protocols to temporarily return to masking, we would do so. We will continue to review our protocols, and if we determine they are no longer successful, we will adjust as needed.
Do I have to quarantine if exposed?
My child tested negative for COVID-19 after being sick, when are they able to return to school?
They are able to return to school 24 hours after their symptoms start to improve, and/or 24 hours after their last fever without taking medication to prevent fevers. Please let the health office know of your negative result so if questions come up, they can verify that your child is cleared to return to school.
Will you accept a negative result from the test we pick up at school?
As long as your child is not getting sicker and symptoms are improving, we will accept a negative rapid test that you pick up at school. If you test your child, get a negative, and symptoms persist or worsen, there is a second test in the kit to use 36 hours after the initial test. In these instances, the health office may also recommend getting a PCR test which is a more sensitive test.
My child tested positive on the rapid test, but then got a negative test a few days later. Are they able to return to school before the original isolation period ends?
No. A positive test is a positive test no matter what kind of test it is. You can not test out of isolation by getting a negative test later on.