Sept. 3, 2021
Dear Members of the John Bapst Community
We are very happy that we’ve started a good year of in-person teaching and learning. The easy availability of vaccines and revised guidance from the CDC make this very doable at John Bapst. However, there are some confusing parts of the revised CDC protocol that I wanted to make sure I cleared up for everyone.
John Bapst has consulted with the CDC, Department of Education, Northern Light, and the University of Maine to put together our steps for preserving in-person schooling and also protecting the safety of our students and staff. Those measures include the following:
- Universal Indoor Masking – students and staff are expected to wear a mask at all times (except when eating) indoors.
- Social distancing – students are kept 3 feet apart in classes and 6 feet apart during lunch.
- Reduced crowds at lunch.
- Symptom checks – We are continuing to publicize the symptoms of Covid-19 and asking students, staff, and families to be alert to symptoms and stay home if they are symptomatic
- On-site testing – Our staff is able to test students and staff as necessary.
- Continued consultation and contact with the CDC and Department of Education multiple times per week.
Contact Tracing and Quarantining guidelines
The CDC protocol for dealing with close contacts includes the following.
- Students who have had both shots of a vaccine AT LEAST 14 days prior to an exposure are considered fully vaccinated.
- Students who have only had 1 shot or whose second shot was LESS THAN 14 days prior to exposure are considered unvaccinated.
- Students who have had no shots are considered unvaccinated.
- Students who have recovered from Covid-19 within the previous 90 days are treated the same as students who are vaccinated.
- Students who recovered from Covid-19 more than 90 days prior, and have had no vaccine, are considered unvaccinated.
- A close contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 means either they have had direct physical contact with the infected person or they have been within 6 feet of an infected person for cumulative 15 minutes or more.
- If exposure to Covid-19 happens in school – No healthy student needs to miss class during a quarantine period:
- Vaccinated students have no restrictions on their activities.
- Unvaccinated students who are exposed in school (not through physical contact) do not have to miss school afterward. However, they do need to quarantine from out of school activities (including extracurriculars) for 10 days.
- Unvaccinated students who are exposed by direct physical contact with an infected person DO need to be out of school for 10 days.
- If exposure to Covid-19 happens outside of school…
- Vaccinated students have no restrictions on their activities
- Unvaccinated students who are exposed outside of school DO need to quarantine out of school for 10 days from the date of exposure
- Testing is recommended for vaccinated people who have been exposed (3-5 days after exposure).
- Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed (5-7 days after exposure).
- Testing is available on site during the school day.
In short, masking and maintaining distance means that students will mostly not miss school due to exposure to positive Covid cases. We will continue to work to preserve both the physical safety and the academic progress of all our students. This promises to be an interesting year, but a year in which in-person schooling can happen.
Head of School
School Lunches must still be ordered in advance and, just like last year, delegates from homerooms will pick them up in the auditorium at lunch time. Students are welcome to bring their own lunches. Lunches will be eaten in homerooms. The website for ordering school lunches is here – School Lunch Choice