COVID Safety Measures

Students and parents must be partners with Cathedral in self-screening before coming to school each day. Families should self-screen each morning for the following symptoms:

  • Temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Stomachache/nausea/vomiting/diarrhea/stomach pain
  • Head congestion/sinus issues/runny or stuffy nose
  • Eye redness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Unexplained muscle aches and pains
  • Loss of taste and smell

If you are experiencing one or more of the screening questions that cannot be contributed to any previous health condition and is abnormal to your health, you are required to stay home and away from other people, contact your health care provider and notify the school.  If students stay home with one or more unexplained symptoms, families must alert Cathedral of the illness. Please use the ISDH Screening Guidance to ensure proper screening.

If a student needs to be tested for COVID-19, they cannot return to school before receiving the result. Quarantine or positive test protocols will be implemented after receiving the results.

Quarantine Guidance
The CDC recommends a 14-day quarantine, but the CDC has given us some leeway to do a 10 day quarantine if the person has never had any symptoms. If a student returns after 10 days a mask must be worn 100% of the time for 4 additional days, even while playing sports or participating in any activity except eating. The student will also need to maintain social distancing at all times from friends, teammates and staff until the original 14 day quarantine is completed. We will NOT allow a 7 day quarantine scenario.

Persons can discontinue quarantine at these time points only if the following criteria are also met:

  • The person has shown no symptoms of COVID-19 at any point during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine is discontinued; and,
  • Daily symptom monitoring continues through quarantine Day 14 and,  
  • All recommended preventive measures continue through Day 14 of quarantine:
    • Practice good hand hygiene by washing with soap and water for a least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
    • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others
    • Clean frequently touched surfaces often 

If you are able, the safest option is to follow previous guidance and quarantine for 14 days without testing.

If your student is absent from school for any reason, he/she must have this Return to School Pass signed by a doctor or a note written on the doctor's prescription pad/letterhead and signed by the doctor to return to school. Your student must present the form or doctor's note to the Student Services Office before returning to class. If you have any questions, please reach out to our school nurse, Marianne Vogt, at (317) 968-7467.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 on Cathedral’s Property

When there is confirmation that a person infected with COVID-19 was on Cathedral’s property, Cathedral will contact the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) and Indiana State Department of Health immediately.  Cathedral will work with the local health department to assess factors such as the likelihood of exposure to employees and students in the building, the number of cases in the community, and other factors that will determine building closure. The MCPHD will send a COVID task force to our campus to inspect campus safety and health procedures.

The health departments will contact the person confirmed with COVID-19, inform direct contacts of their possible exposure, and give instructions to those involved with the confirmed case, including siblings and other household members regarding self-quarantine and exclusions. Contact tracing will be performed by the health departments (What to Expect During Contact Tracing). The individual who tested positive will not be identified in communications to the school community at large but may need to be selectively identified for contact tracing by the local health department.

If a closure is determined necessary, Cathedral will consult with their local health department to determine the status of school activities including extracurricular activities, co-curricular activities, and before and after-school programs. 

As soon as Cathedral becomes aware of a student or employee who has been exposed to or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the custodial staff will be informed, so that impacted areas are thoroughly disinfected.

Potential School Closure

You will note that in the event of a documented positive case, short-term closure may be appropriate. Cathedral and our local health departments are encouraged to keep  our schools open and operating as much as possible. The local health department or the Indiana State Department of Health will engage with Cathedral to recommend further testing, cleaning, etc  (See Change Log in IN-CLASS).

Recommendations about prolonged closure will depend on the level of cohorting the school has been adhering too, the community level of disease and the current burden of infection impacting your hospital systems.


COVID-19 Definitions

Close Contact
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a close contact is a person who spends greater than 15 minutes within six feet of a positive COVID-19 person from the 48 hours prior to the positive person’s symptom onset or positive test collection date if asymptomatic. While mask use decreases the risk of infection, at this time it does not change recommendations for quarantine. Close contacts need to quarantine at home for 14 days after the date of their last exposure.

Contact Tracing:
Contact tracing is used by health departments to prevent the spread of infectious disease. In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease and their contacts (people who have been exposed) and working with them to interrupt disease transmission. To accomplish this, it is essential that the school have available students’ schedules, assigned seats, bus seating, cohort groups, lunch seating, extracurricular activities and other potential contact settings.

Isolation: A positive student or staff member with symptoms must isolate at home for 10 days from onset and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and have a reduction in symptoms. A positive student/staff member without symptoms must isolate at home for 10 days after the date the positive specimen was collected.

Close contacts who have been exposed should quarantine at home for 14 days after last date of exposure to the positive student/staff member.

Information last updated on January 14, 2021