2021-22 COVID-19 Updates
All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. This is the number one way to protect ourselves and our community. Vaccines are free and widely available. Children ages 12-17 are currently eligible for the "Kids Deserve a Shot" campaign.
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. More information on these circumstances will be coming the first week of school.
To ensure our community’s health, CDH will require 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.
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
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 10 days after their first symptoms or positive COVID test, and they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
Unvaccinated students who are un-masked when exposed to a positive case, on campus or off campus, will be required to quarantine for seven days and produce a negative COVID test before returning to school.
If masked, most students will not be required to quarantine upon exposure, unless they become symptomatic.
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. The protocols that are in place at the beginning of the school year will likely change as the COVID situation changes. Here is the most recent Minnesota Department of Health recommendation for schools (7/28/21).
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.