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COVID-19 Response

As a community, may we all offer each other grace as we continue to navigate this pandemic together. With the rise of COVID-19, we wanted to provide information on our upcoming testing dates, an update on Contra Costa Health Services protocols for student close contact tracing, and other resources.

Returning after Isolation/Quarantine

  • Students that are positive or who have tested positive, please email the attendance office and either VP Reinwald or Principal Cushing.
  • Students who have tested positive, must have a negative test to return to school. That test must be administered by a healthcare provider or school admin. Schoolwide antigen testing dates qualify.
  • Students needing to test to return to school are encouraged to bring their own, unopened rapid test to the Main office and the test will be administered by a Carondelet admin.

On-campus testing

Free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff: Sign up for testing.

Vaccine status and close contacts

Families are encouraged to disclose student vaccination status to help inform procedure in case of a close contact to a positive case. If status remains undisclosed, we will assume that the student is not vaccinated.

Upload student vaccine status. Click “view checklist” to access where to upload documentation. Note: vaccinated status is define as two weeks after receiving the final dose. 

Contra Costa Health Services has implemented different standards for what qualifies as close contact in K-12 educational settings. Depending on vaccination status, these are the steps students will be asked to take if close contact with an individual that tests positive for COVID-19 occurs. 


Updated policies for 2021-22

The following updates are related to COVID-19 and will be in place until further notice. We will assess conditions on an ongoing basis, in conjunction with the state and county, and will update the Carondelet community with any changes as needed.

Upload your vaccination information 

Carondelet highly encourages all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to safeguard themselves and our school community. Get Answers to your questions about the vaccine from Contra Costa Health Services, John Muir Health, and Kaiser.

All students can fully participate in on-campus classes, however county restrictions may be implemented which changes accessibility to some Carondelet experiences. Moving forward, some Carondelet extra-curricular experiences (e.g., athletics, retreats, indoor dances, etc.) may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within a certain period of time from the experience.

For this reason and due to contact tracing protocols, we need to understand which students are vaccinated. Please upload COVID-19 vaccination documentation immediately if you have it. To do so, log in to your family’s SchoolAdmin portal and click “View checklist” to access where to upload the documentation. If you do not upload your student’s vaccination information, we will assume that your student is not vaccinated.

Masks recommended indoors, optional outdoors

Masks are considered the most effective and simplest safety mitigation to prevent in-school transmission of COVID-19 infections and to support full time in-person instruction in school. Carondelet strongly recommends masking while indoors, but is not requiring them at this time.This recommendation is for all students regardless of vaccination status. Many will decide to continue masking for added security or because of interactions with those who may be at greater risk from COVID-19, while others will choose to remain mask free. We will remain respectful of all members of our community and the decisions they make. This policy is in effect on the main campus, at the Carondelet Athletics Complex, and at De La Salle.

Stay home if sick

Students who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home. Parents/guardians should also promptly connect with our Attendance Officer and contact their healthcare provider for testing and care. Isolating when sick with COVID-19 and/or quarantining when close contact to a positive case has been confirmed, is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others.

Students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection, regardless of vaccination status, should not return for in-person instruction until they have met California Department of Public Health’s criteria to return to school for those with symptoms:

  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
  • Other symptoms have improved; and
  • They have a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma), OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis, OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.

Additional details in handbook

All details and full information about new COVID-19 policies are documented in the Student Handbook.

Case Reporting, Contact Tracing, and Investigation

Per AB 86 (2021) and California Code Title 17, section 2500, schools are required to report COVID-19 cases to the local public health department. Quarantining instructions for vaccinated vs. unvaccinated students vary. For more information on case reporting, contact tracing, and investigation, please visit the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year Document.

Informed Consent

This notice is to inform you of the steps that Carondelet and De La Salle will take to maintain health and safety, with the understanding that we cannot guarantee that your students (both Carondelet and De La Salle students) being on campus will be free from the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. We ask that you partner with us in understanding how you and your student(s) can help reduce the risk of transmission by staying current on information about the virus provided by public health officials and experts, and acknowledging that by sending your student to our campus, there is an unavoidable risk that you and your student may become infected with COVID-19. We will continue to send out guidance to you as we receive it from our public health experts and authorities. Parents, students, and employees are responsible to familiarize themselves with, and comply with, these state and county health guidelines:

California Department of Public Health K-12 Guidance for 2021-22

Contra Costa Health Services COVID-19 Website

CCHS and CCC Office of Education Urge Schools to Stay Open during Omicron Surge

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Resources

Navigating a pandemic and shelter-in-place is an unknown for all of us. We’ve curated a variety of resources to help for families, students, and educators manage emotional and physical stressors. → Wellness resources for COVID-19

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