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Central Catholic COVID Protocols
2021-2022 School Year

 

Central Catholic High School is committed to providing robust educational opportunities in an inclusive and supportive community. Our commitment to offering a rigorous education rooted in equity, collaboration, and a Catholic worldview is even stronger as we look to the 2021-2022 school year and the challenges our school systems face in the pandemic COVID-19 is still a reality that we must continue to mitigate for the safety of our students, our faculty and staff and our community. Outlined below are the basic safety precautions Central Catholic will be observing as we begin the 2021-2022 school year.
 


Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 Within Our Community

Central Catholic is partnering with Northwest Mobile Testing to provide entry testing: universal one-time testing to identify asymptomatic individuals who could potentially introduce infection to the school community. This will be an antigen test for all students, faculty and staff.  A test through Northwest Mobile Testing will be required for anyone to be allowed on campus. All testing will take place at Central Catholic High School during the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021  2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, August 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Central Catholic will conduct surveillance testing through Northwest Mobile Testing for at least the first semester of the school year. This testing is mandatory for all students and staff. Unvaccinated students and staff will be tested weekly. Vaccinated students and staff will be tested monthly with a minimum 25% of our population tested on a weekly basis.

Key administrators, faculty, and staff are trained in symptomatic Testing. This is testing done for symptomatic individuals to identify a COVID-19 infection if they present symptoms while on campus. Offering a school-based option for rapid testing and results helps to provide reassurance that risk mitigation can be implemented quickly. Training and testing for symptomatic testing is provided by the Oregon Health Authority. 

Community Response:

Students, faculty, and staff who develop primary symptoms of illness (cough, a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell) will report this to the school. 

The school will record the symptoms reported or observed using a symptom tracking tool. This form allows for the CONFIDENTIAL documentation of symptoms and the date school became aware and excluded the individual.

Students, faculty, and staff who have symptoms will stay home or be sent home. 

Students, faculty, and staff who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, is waiting for a COVID-19 test result for themselves, or has a positive COVID-19 test result will report this exposure to the school prior to returning to campus through our reporting system using the COVID-19 Event Reporting Form and should remove themselves from all on-campus contact until they have communicated with our Designated Contact Tracer for clearance.

Any questions regarding COVID-19 health concerns, contact tracing, symptoms, isolation, and quarantine should be directed to healthreporting@centralcatholichigh.org

School Response:

Students, faculty, and staff who develop symptoms of illness while at school will alert their teacher and/or [supervisor] immediately. We encourage all students with COVID-19 symptoms to seek medical advice. If the ill person has non- COVID-19 symptoms, then usual disease-specific return-to-school guidance should be followed.

Responses to reports of COVID-19 symptoms depend on factors such as exposure, alternative diagnosis, and testing status criteria as described for each COVID-19 scenario outlined through the RSSL Planning for COVID-19 Scenarios in Schools:


Safety, Hygiene, and Wellness

MASKING:

Central Catholic is following the state mandate for indoor masking during school hours. This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus regardless of vaccination status. Masks are required at all times indoors regardless of vaccination status. Certain accommodations for medical needs or disabilities will be necessary.

Please access this short article for a physician's recommendation for the best masks for school: https://katu.com/news/return-to-learn/what-type-of-face-mask-should-parent-buy-for-their-kids-for-school
 

VACCINATIONS:

Vaccinations are the most powerful tool available to stop the spread of COVID-19. Central Catholic has a 93% vaccination rate among students and a 99% vaccination rate among faculty and staff. People who are fully vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, do not need to quarantine or get tested after exposure to someone with COVID-19. People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose. Pfizer-BioNTech is the approved vaccine for students aged 12- 18.

Pope Francis released a video on Twitter where he reminds us that getting vaccinated is an "act of love." https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1428005038417489927.

SURVEILLANCE ANTIGEN TESTING:

Central Catholic will conduct surveillance testing throughout the first semester of the school year. All unvaccinated students and staff will be required to receive weekly Antigen testing. We will require antigen testing for 25% of the vaccinated population every week. Antigen testing is provided at no cost to our families and takes place during the school day. Students may not opt-out of antigen testing.

 

Cleaning and Hygiene Protocols:

The school will follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting, and cleaning and sanitation guidance from OSHA. This includes electrostatic disinfectant and EPA-approved disinfectants. Central Catholic currently uses Oxivir Tb Disinfectant Cleaner, manufactured by Diversey, which is rated for one minute contact to kill Coronavirus

Frequently touched surfaces and objects such as light switches, doorknobs, desktops, will be cleaned at every transition.

Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected hourly with a posted cleaning log. Surfaces and objects that are not frequently touched will be cleaned daily. The building will be completely sanitized and cleaned at least once every 24 hours. 

Items that are not essential to teaching in shared spaces have been removed to reduce frequent handling or contact by multiple people. Soft and porous material, such as area rugs and seating, have been removed to reduce challenges with cleaning and disinfecting.

The school will promote safe hygiene practices as set forth by the CDC through direct teaching, scheduled time for handwashing, and visual displays throughout the school.

The school will follow the practice of key times to wash hands or sanitize hands:

  • Before and after eating food

  • After using the bathroom

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After touching garbage

  • After touching an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people such as door handles, tables, or electronic screens, etc.

  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our bodies

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is available in every room of the school. Sanitizer can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. Sanitizer is not a substitution for hand washing.

Physical distancing will be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing cloth face coverings, encouraging students to avoid touching their face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

When coming to campus, it is important to stay at least (3) three feet away from other people and properly wear a face mask (covering both the nose and mouth at all times) to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Consider the following tips for practicing physical distancing when leaving to come to school:

  • Know Before You Go: Before going out, know, and follow the guidance from local public health authorities where you live.

  • Prepare for Transportation: Consider social distancing options to travel safely when commuting to and from school, whether walking, bicycling, wheelchair rolling, or using public transit, rideshares, or taxis. When using public transit, try to keep at least (3) three feet from other passengers or transit operators – for example, when you are waiting at a bus station or selecting seats on a bus or train. When using rideshares or taxis, avoid pooled rides where multiple passengers are picked up, and sit in the back seat in larger vehicles so you can remain at least (3) three feet away from the driver. Follow these additional tips to protect yourself while using transportation.

  • Limit Contact When Going to and From School: Limit stops between home and school. Only visit stores selling household essentials in person when you absolutely need to, and stay at least (3) three feet away from others who are not from your household while shopping and in lines. If possible, use the drive-thru, curbside pick-up, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain physical distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges and wear a cloth face covering.

  • Choose Safe Social Activities: It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who do not live in your home by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through social media. If meeting others in person (e.g., at small outdoor gatherings, yard or driveway gathering with a small group of friends or family members outside of school), stay at least (3) three feet from others who are not from your household. Follow these steps to stay safe if you will be participating in personal and social activities outside of your school cohort or home.

  • Maintain Distance at Events and Gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be difficult to stay at least (3) three feet away from others who are not from your household. If you are in a crowded space, try to keep (3) three feet of space between yourself and others at all times, and wear a cloth face covering. Cloth face coverings are especially important in times when physical distancing is difficult. Pay attention to any physical guides, such as tape markings on floors or signs on walls, directing attendees to remain at least (3) three feet apart from each other in lines or at other times. Allow other people (3) three feet of space when you pass by them in both indoor and outdoor settings.

  • Stay Distanced While Being Active: Consider going for a walk, bike ride, or wheelchair roll in your neighborhood or in another safe location where you can maintain at least (3) three feet of distance between yourself and other pedestrians and cyclists. If you decide to visit a nearby park, trail, or recreational facility, first check for closures or restrictions. If open, consider how many other people might be there and choose a location where it will be possible to keep at least (3) three feet of space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

  • The more you keep yourself safe and follow these guidelines outside of school, the safer you keep your friends and family and we can all keep the school open!

We have completed a study of all spaces in the school to ensure that all students maintain physical distance of (3) six feet. We are making modifications as needed. Policies are in place regarding the use of shared spaces, locker rooms, the weight room, cafeteria procedures, and restroom use. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in each classroom.

Entrances, exits, and travel patterns on campus are limited and signage is in place to provide direction.

Student life activities are essential to building community and providing robust educational opportunities in an inclusive and supportive community. Our traditional student life activities including retreats, liturgies, Christian Service, affinity groups, brown bags, and other student gatherings will continue to be a part of your student’s school experience to the extent possible operating within public health guidelines.

Faculty and staff are required to complete the following safety trainings: ALICE (active shooter training), Creating A Safe Environment (child protection training), and COVID- 19 Safe Environment training, and COVID-19 Signs, Symptoms, Transmission, and Control Measures Training through OSHA.

Isolation of Students with Symptoms and Cleaning Protocols:

Areas on campus have been designated for those who need to be isolated for any period of time. Parents or emergency contacts will be expected to pick up any isolated student within 30 minutes of receiving a call. 

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing will be conducted for all high-touch surfaces. 

Ventilation:

Central Catholic’s ventilation systems have been inspected and the circulation of outdoor air within the buildings is being increased as much as possible. Central Catholic’s ventilation system uses filters that are COVID rated and these filters are changed four times a year which exceeds the recommended rotation for filtration based on the filter type. All intake ports that provide outside air to the HVAC system are regularly cleaned, maintained, and cleared of any debris that may affect the function and performance of the ventilation system. 

Five classrooms do not have recycled air flow: Room 101, 102, 104, 111, and 201. These rooms have been fitted with individual air purifying filtration systems that exceed COVID-19 standards for ventilation.

Where applicable, classrooms will maximize outside air by opening windows in addition to outside forced air through ventilation. Classroom doors will be left open at all times to provide greater circulation.All floor model fans (pedestal fans, box fans, table fans, etc.) have been removed from classrooms because air blowing from an infected person directly at another in closed spaces may increase the transmission of the virus from one person to another.

Protocols for the Typical Classroom:

It is essential for each faculty and staff member to reinforce social distancing and proper masking with students and does not fall on the responsibility of one person. It is up to faculty and staff to work together with students to make sure the learning environment is successful and safe for students and employees. Students will need reminders daily until they mirror our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Below is a checklist teachers will follow to ensure safety in classrooms (protocols for bathrooms, lunch, hallways, supervision, etc):

  • Make sure each desk is positioned 3-feet apart

  • Gently reinforce COVID-19 social distance protocols to students daily in the classroom and in the hallways. If you see something, say something.

  • Complete ALICE, Case, Meet Sam, and COVID Trainings by September 1, 2022

  • Students will arrive as early as 7:15 am and will be directed to go straight to their classroom where classroom doors will be unlocked so students can enter to wait.

  • Teachers must arrive to their classroom by 7:40 am each day 

  • Each person must use hand sanitizer upon entry and exit of all classrooms and areas

  • Teachers are visible in the doorway/hallway before each class to gently remind students to social distance, sanitize hands, and properly wear masks 

  • At the end of each class students and staff wipe down all surfaces (Teacher sprays, cleaner sits for one minute, and students wipe down surface areas)

  • Teachers will excuse one student at a time to the restroom and will remind students to use the restroom closest to them.

  • Ensuring masks are worn at all times and worn properly

  • Absolutely no food or eating in classrooms

  • Students may drink water, but must be 6 feet away and lift their mask from the bottom without completely removing it to do so.

  • After using any shared supplies, like dry erase markers, students should sanitize their hands after sharing.

  • Students are responsible for letting the Facilities Director know via email if they need refreshed cleaning supplies or protective equipment.

Special safety precautions and practices will be in place for Fine Arts, Physical Education, and American Sign Language classes.

Band and Choir:

Central Catholic music rehearsal policies and safety guidelines are informed by the COVID-19 Aerosol Distribution Study conducted by the University of Colorado and the University of Maryland. This study looked at how COVID-19 may spread during the course of music activities and was supported by the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, and more than 125 other organizations. Information and complete results of this study can be found at https://www.nfhs.org/articles/unprecedented-international-coalition-led-by-performing-arts-organizations-to-commission-covid-19-study/. The results of this research inform our mitigation techniques to prevent or lessen aerosol distribution during singing and playing of wind instruments. 

Central Catholic music classes will adhere to the following mitigation strategies and guidelines to reduce respiratory aerosols:

Safety policies for all music courses:
  • Students in all music classes will continue to follow all Central Catholic protocols for health and safety in the classroom including frequent hand-washing/sanitizing, standard classroom entrance and exit routines, and no shared materials/equipment/instruments. 

  • Central Catholic will provide instrumentalists well-fitting, multi-layered, washable masks with a small slit for mouthpiece access while playing (masks close shut when the musician is not playing) as well as bell covers (instrument masks). The mask’s fabric weight is in excess of 70 denier nylon as recommended by NFHS guidelines.

  • Bell covers are double-layered polyester/spandex fabric that stretch over the bell, along with a layer of MERV-13 filter material. Fabric weight in excess of 70 denier nylon recommended by NFHS guidelines.

  • Flute and French horn players will use specially designed masks (of similar specification) for their instruments.

  • Percussionists, guitarists, and other instrumentalists who do not use their mouth to play an instrument will wear masks throughout rehearsal. 

  • Singers produce aerosols at similar rates as woodwinds and brass. For this reason singers in choir and music production lab will be provided their own special “Singer’s Mask,” that is, a (3) three-ply tightly woven polyester/cotton blend fabric with a MERV-13 filter. The mask is specially designed for singers: it does not touch the mouth, it allows free movement of the jaw, and provides a seal above the nose and around the mouth. 

  • Masks used during rehearsal will only be used during rehearsal and not worn outside the music room. Students will be responsible for regular cleaning and care of their masks and bell covers.

  • Musician seating will exceed CDC recommendations: 6x8 foot space around each student and 6x9 foot space allocated to trombone players. Students will sit in straight lines (curved setups can affect the aerosol movement in a room).

  • Students will all face the same direction back to front to minimize potential exposure.

  • All students will enter the music room through the north door, and exit through the south door.

  • Indoor rehearsal times will be limited to 30 minutes, followed by a brief break in order to provide time for the HVAC system to clear the room with one air change.

  • Instrument spit valves will be emptied into absorbent disposable paper towels.

  • Our instrument storage lockers are located in the hallway outside the music room. Hallway space will be used for students to set up their instrument and store their case during rehearsal.

  • Practice rooms will be limited to one student at a time per period. There will be 20 minutes given for the HVAC system to clear the practice room with one air change between students. 

  • Musicians will wipe down chairs, music stands, and equipment with single-use virucidal wipes before and after use.

  • Musicians will not share sheet music, music stands, cables, or drumsticks. Sheet music will not be stored in the music room - students will bring music to class. 

  • Director will wear a mask with MERV-13 filter and use a wireless microphone for clarity and to keep voice at a low conversational volume. Students will also keep their voices in a low conversational volume.

 
Physical Education Classes: 

Physical Education (PE) classes will focus more on individual pursuits or skills as well as traditional team sports or activities (e.g., dance and rhythms, exercises without equipment, fitness, mindfulness, outdoor pursuits, track and field, throwing underhand, kicking and target games).

Teachers will select a location for PE instruction where students and staff can respect physical distancing guidelines and remain (3) three feet apart when possible. PE teachers are familiar with the classrooms and spaces where instruction will be delivered so they are able to adjust their lessons and activities appropriately based on the space available.

Since more space will be required for instruction for PE class due to increased respiration of students when participating in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, class sizes will be limited and students will be required to wear masks when indoors.

Teachers will evaluate available outdoor spaces on school property. When possible, they will utilize outdoor spaces for physical education instruction. When outdoors, they will avoid the use of benches or other permanent structures.

When using gymnasiums or multipurpose rooms for instruction, teachers will keep the doors open when possible to maximize circulation and air flow to accommodate for increased respiration by students while participating in physical activity. The ventilation systems in these areas have been evaluated and are working properly.

Teachers will minimize the use of shared materials, and plan for sufficient time between classes to allow for appropriate sanitization of shared materials when sharing materials between classes is unavoidable. All equipment will be sanitized between class periods. Students will sanitize their hands after sharing equipment within their class period.

Students and teachers will remain properly masked at all times indoors regardless of vaccination status for physical education classes.


Locker Room Protocol:
  • On days when students have a PE class, students should be prepared to change into the school approved PE uniform in the locker room.

  • Locker room access is supervised by PE teachers 

  • Students will enter through the main locker room door and follow arrows for one way traffic

  • The girl’s locker room exit door will lead to the main gym

  • The boy’s locker room exit door will lead to outside/field

  • Each student will have a set amount of time to change, shower, and exit the locker room

  • The locker room will have marked spots (taped boxes) - 3 feet apart on the floor for changing

  • Students must continue to keep their masks on even while changing

  • Showers and lockers will be utilized.

  • Students will follow the guidelines for physical distancing when using the restrooms in the locker room.

Any concerns of a person in the building operating outside of these protocols should be immediately reported to school administration. Safety Concerns or feedback can be sent to safetyconcerns@centralcatholichigh.org.

Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) also enforces workplace safety rules and statutes. Oregon OSHA will address employees’ and others' inquiries and complaints and provide advice to employers related to any potential violation of existing Oregon OSHA rules or directives issued by Gov. Kate Brown if they involve potential workplace exposure. If you believe a school is not in compliance with the RSSL guidance, you can file a named or confidential complaint with Oregon OSHA at 1-833-604-0884 or online.

Chartwells will provide meal options that are healthy, nutritious, and meet dietary restrictions.

Chartwells will provide options for breakfast, break, lunch, and an after school snack.

If your family is experiencing food scarcity issues and needs support please let your student’s counselor know we can provide food options while at school.

Vending machines will be available for use.

The best way for students to pay for their lunch is using their lanyard student ID that is linked to their Meal Pay cafeteria account.

Students will have access to microwaves and will not be allowed to share food. 

Eating spaces will be expanded on campus to allow for greater physical distancing. Seniors have the option of off campus lunch once they submit their parent permission form. Freshmen will eat in the main gym or can choose to eat in outside spaces. All other grade levels can choose between the two cafeteria spaces, the Memorial gym, the gym hallway, the Student Activities Center  hallway, the outside courtyard, and the fire line and bleachers by the field. No food or drink is allowed on the field.

Regular sanitizing of cafeterias and other eating spaces will continue.

Students may not use food delivery services from outside of the school such as GrubHub, Postmates, Uber Eats, etc.

Cafeteria staff will wear face coverings and gloves at all times. Any unattended lunch boxes and water bottles will be thrown away.

Food will not be allowed in any area of the school outside of the designated eating spaces. This will be strictly enforced.

We encourage students to bring a reusable water bottle from home. Filling stations will be available. Drinking fountains will be cleaned regularly. Students may consume water during class but must lift up their mask to take a drink. They may not fully remove their mask from their face while in a classroom setting.

Campus Entrances and Building Access Hours:

Campus entrances will remain card-access only. Students will not be allowed to enter the building prior to 6:50 A.M. for zero period classes, and 7:15 A.M. for regularly scheduled classes. 

Students will need to wait outside the building and follow physical distancing guidelines immediately following the school day unless they need to remain on campus in the supervised cafeteria area while waiting for a designated co-curricular activity or extended transportation needs. This space is available from 2:35 P.M until 7:00 P.M.

After school study hall will be held in The Commons from 2:35 P.M. until 3:35 P.M. Students will need to either exit the building after study hall or go to the supervised cafeteria waiting area for a co-curricular activity.

Lanyards with ID badges must be visible at all times and will be used to check students in and out of the school upon entrance and exit of the building.


Events, Visitors, and Deliveries:

Admissions tours and visits will take during the school day and will follow all COVID safety guidance. Any Admissions activities outside of these guidelines must have the approval of the president and the principal.

Extended visits to campus, including for volunteering, are highly discouraged and will be kept to a minimum. Any visitor entering the building must be approved by the leadership team and must be educated about safety and cleaning protocols. 

All visitors must wear face coverings. Exceptions are made for people with disabilities and children under (5) five. 

Any deliveries such as FedEx, UPS, daily mail, shredding pickup, etc. may not enter the building and will be met at a service entrance by facilities personnel only or will drop deliveries at the main office.

Deliveries that require access to the building will require safety protocols including signing in, a COVID-19 health screening, face mask, gloves, and cleaning protocols after the delivery is made. Deliveries should be made outside of the school hours when students are not present to limit the risk of exposure.. 

Campus spaces cannot be reserved by outside groups during the 2021-2022 school year.


CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The Student Life Department consists of the offices of Campus Ministry, Christian Service, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Student Leadership and Activities Program. 

All Student Life events and experiences will be implemented using the latest guidance from the State of Oregon, the Archdiocese of Portland, the Oregon Department of Education, and OSHA. 

ATHLETES AND SPECTATORS

(As of Aug. 2021- subject to change)

1.  REQUIRED ITEMS EVERY ATHLETE MUST BRING TO EVERY WORKOUT, PRACTICE AND COMPETITION:
  • A Water Bottle(s) with athlete’s name on it.
  • Personal Hand Sanitizer
  • Face Mask - Every athlete must carry a mask with them so they are prepared to wear it if they come into the school building.
2.    ATHLETE FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES

    Indoor Mask Policy for Athletes that are FULLY VACCINATED:

  • Masks will be worn and required at ALL times in the building except when in the gym and actively competing in a game, match or practice.  Players on the bench and sideline will be required to wear a mask. Masks are required when entering and exiting the facility, walking in the hall, in classrooms, bathrooms, locker rooms and when traveling in buses and vans..

     Indoor Mask Policy for Athletes that are UNVACCINATED:

  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times.  No Exceptions!
3.  SPECTATORS

Indoor Mask Policy for Spectators (VACCINATED OR UNVACCINATED)

  •  All spectators must wear a mask at all times when indoors.
4.  OUTDOOR FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES
  •  Face masks are optional, but are strongly recommended for non-vaccinated athletes and spectators.