The priority for preventing the spread of disease while at Cathedral is to insist that sick employees and students stay home. Additionally, students and employees should remain home if someone in the household has COVID-19 symptoms or is being tested for COVID-19. Sharing this message with the school community and having a policy in place that ill persons must stay home for a minimum of 72 hours before returning to Cathedral is the first and most important step Cathedral can take.
Some people can be infected with COVID-19, but show no signs of illness even though they are contagious and can spread the disease to others. It is also unknown how contagious people are the day or two before they begin to exhibit illness symptoms. Thus, these employees or students may be present at school, will show no signs of illness, but be capable of transmitting the disease to others. In these situations, the three most important mitigation strategies are social distancing, frequent hand washing, and appropriate PPE.
Hand washing and avoiding touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth are also important steps a person can take to avoid becoming sick or spreading germs to others. Cathedral requires that employees and students wash their hands often and if soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. These key times should be done in a staggered class pattern to maintain social distancing between students and include:
- Start of the school day
- Before eating
- After using the restroom
- After blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After using shared equipment
Water bottle refill stations will only be allowed and available. Standard drinking fountains will not be available until further notice. Water will be accessible.
Desks are cleaned after every class period and hand sanitizer is offered before students enter the classroo .
More information regarding preventative measures can be found below.
- ISDH Guidance for Students Returning to School
- Social Distancing
- Hand washing
- How COVID-19 Spreads
- Cleaning Procedures and Considerations
- Proper Use of Cloth Face Coverings
- Parent Checklist
Exchange of Resources to and From School
Cathedral will reduce the amount of materials, supplies, and personal belongings going to and from school. The same consideration will be given to reducing student exposure to high-touch, shared resources at school.
Information last updated on December 8, 2020