In schools, parish offices and churches of the Archdiocese,
MASKS ARE OPTIONAL with the exception of those completing EXPOSURE or ISOLATION PROTOCOLS when a well-fitting mask is required for 5 days following return to school. Mask usage is encouraged especially for those not vaccinated or immunocompromised, but remain the choice of the individual regardless of vaccination status.
On extended travel on a school or commercial bus, masks are required. Schools should inquire at the Office of Catholic Schools whether a particular trip requires mask usage. Compliance with local requirements is required.
Currently there are no testing or quarantine requirements for domestic travel within the USA. There is no quarantine requirement upon return from INTERNATIONAL travel although a PCR test is required 3-5 days after return to the US. If exposed to an infected person while traveling a PCR is required upon arrival along with usage of a well-fitting mask until negative test results are received. Otherwise, a PCR is required 3-5 days after return to US. If positive, follow the ISOLATION protocol. Persons with positive COVID diagnosis within 90 days prior to return to US do not need testing.
RULES FOR DETERMINING
A CLOSE CONTACT is believed to be one in which transmission of the virus can occur from the infected person to other person(s). The protocol for determining a close contact is based on distance from, and time with a contagious person – and therefore the mandatory EXPOSURE PROTOCOL for the person depends on ALL of the following criteria:
1. PROXIMITY - Was the person within 6’ of the infected (COVID positive) person AND
2. DURATION - Was the person that close (within 6’ of the infected (COVID positive) person) in excess of 15 minutes, either for short periods or for continuous contact during a 24 hr period? AND
3. CONTAGIOUS PERIOD - Did the encounter in #1 and #2 (above) occur within 2 days prior to the onset of symptoms of a symptomatic patient or 2 days before the date the infected person tested positive or even after the infected person tested positive.
If the answer to #1, #2, and #3 are ALL YES, then there is a reasonable probability that the encounter was a CLOSE CONTACT and transmission of the virus may have occurred from the infected person to another person(s) who met those criteria. If so, the EXPOSURE PROTOCOL is required for the person exposed.
ADOM EXPOSURE WEAR MASK FOR 5 DAYS + PCR
5 full days of wearing well-fitting mask required - then
Testing no sooner than day 5 -- PCR test required
Continue MASK until NEGATIVE results received
Monitor symptoms for 5 more days’ of virus’ 10 day incubation
IF ELECTING NOT TO TEST:
WEAR MASK FOR 10 DAYS
Wear well-fitting mask for10 full days
No testing required
WHEN EXPOSED PATIENT DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS (ISOLATION REQUIRED)
A patient who has experienced a close contact and, while wearing a mask and awaiting PCR testing on Day 5 (as per the EXPOSURE PROTOCOL), develops symptoms is then considered to be POSITIVE. The count for the minimum of five (5) days of isolation begins with the onset of symptoms counting as day zero (0) of the ISOLATION PROTOCOL.
• Please see this helpful flier from the CDC related to handwashing and hand sanitizer.
• Please see this helpful flier from the CDC related to stopping the spread of germs.
A positive COVID diagnosis, whether the student is symptomatic or asymptomatic, requires isolation for a minimum of 5 full days. After 5 days, isolation can conclude if the infected student is without symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication. Even when the student ends isolation and returns to school, a well-fitting mask must be worn for five (5) days.
ADOM ISOLATION TESTED POSITIVE AND/OR SYMPTOMATIC
MINIMUM five (5) full days of ISOLATION required
Clearance to leave isolation only when all symptoms resolve
More than 5 days of isolation, if needed
Restoration of loss of taste/smell not required to leave isolation
NO TESTING to return to school/work
Return to school/work but wear well-fitting mask for 5 days
Children under 2 unable to wear mask, 10 days’ isolation
Alternative to 5 days wearing a well-fitting mask following ISOLATION PROTOCOL:
• After the resolution of symptoms and after the minimum 5-days of isolation,
• Two (2) sequential NEGATIVE antigen tests (rapid, at-home) at least 48 hrs apart, mask may then be removed without completing the 5 day post symptom resolution requirement,
• Test results (dated photo of test results is sufficient) need to be shared with the school/parish for the student/employee to return without wearing a well-fitting mask following the ISOLATION PROTOCOL after a positive diagnosis.