COVID-19 Updates

Quarantine Requirements

Per the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations, CDH will now require a 5-day quarantine for Covid-19 positive cases. Students returning from isolation must wear a well-fitting N95 or KN95 mask for the following five days. They will also need to socially distance during lunch for five days.
 
Those who have received their 2nd vaccine within the last 6 months or have received their booster dose are exempt from close contact quarantine. Unvaccinated students and those whose 2nd dose was more than six months ago, will be asked to quarantine if exposed to a Covid-19 positive case.


Vaccines

All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. This is the number one way to protect ourselves and our community. 

Please note, no one is considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after receiving the Johnson and Johnson shot, or two weeks after receiving the second shot of Pfizer or Moderna. Being fully vaccinated will be important in some situations, especially in regard to requirements surrounding quarantine or participation in select off-campus activities, such as service sites. 

Masking

To ensure our community’s health, CDH requires masks indoors on campus, effective Friday, August 27. Masking minimizes the risk of transmission of the virus, for everyone, whether vaccinated or not. 

This will include all faculty, staff,and students, as well as visitors.

  • Masks are to be worn over both the nose and mouth.

  • Masking is required except for when eating or drinking.

We are committed to giving students a more regular school-day experience. One of our overarching goals is to keep students in school with in-person learning; masking protects many students from quarantine requirements if/when they are exposed. CDH will follow current MDH guidelines stating that both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, in the classroom setting, are exempt from quarantine if both students are correctly wearing well-fitting masks at the time of exposure. 

This quarantine exception for those in masks is a significant difference from last year and will allow uninterrupted in-person learning for most students with masking in place.  

Health Screening 

If your child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, do not send them to school, even if they are fully vaccinated.   

Symptoms of COVID include: 

  • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F

  • New onset or worsening cough

  • Difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste or small - or- 

  • At least two of the following:

    • Sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.

If an unvaccinated person is experiencing any of the COVID symptoms above, a negative. COVID test is required before returning to school. It is also recommended that vaccinated people experiencing COVID symptoms take a COVID test.

Contact Tracing and Quarantine

CDH will follow the MDH Decision-Making Tree which provides the most up-to-date protocols and best practices based on variants and local rates of infections.

Parents must alert the CDH COVID Coordinator, Katie Carroll if a student has a positive case of COVID, or if they have been exposed to a known positive COVID case, whether they have symptoms or not. Parents must also alert the school if the student is un-vaccinated and any member of their household has a positive diagnosis of COVID.  

A student can return to school following a positive diagnosis five days after their first symptoms or postiive Covid test, and they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. Students will be required to wear an N or KN95 mask for five days after returning to school. 
 
Unvaccinated students, and those who's last does was more that six months ago, who are un-masked with exposed to a positive case, will be required to quarantine for five days, be asymptomatic and wear an N or KN95 test upon return to school. 
 

If masked, most students will not be required to quarantine upon exposure, unless they become symptomatic. 

We are following the MDH guidelines on what to do if you have a close contact with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19.

Of special note: CDH students will not have a remote learning option this year. Students will not have access to the teacher and class via Zoom or other technology when absent.  There will be no synchronous learning so students will have to complete their work as independent study. A student on quarantine due to COVID exposure will be considered an excused absence.   

Monitoring and Adjustment to Protocols

CDH COVID Coordinator Katie Carroll and School Nurse Tara Kaup continue to monitor all guidance regarding spread, risk and COVID protocols. 

At the end of each month, CDH will review our school’s COVID protocols, with attention to our local, state and national guidance surrounding schools and COVID. Once the situation improves, CDH will update this protocol. It is our sincere hope that these mitigation measures, such as masking, will become less necessary as the COVID situation improves.

Again, thank you for your support as we launch the school year with these structures in place to protect the health and safety of our community and to maintain in-person learning.  We want you to have this information as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact our COVID Coordinator, Katie Carroll, by email or by calling 651-696-3325.