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. Prayers go out to all families that continue to be affected by COVID-19. As a community, may we all offer each other grace as we continue to live through this pandemic together.
On-campus testing resumes
Free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff resumes Monday, August 23. 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.
(All wearing masks)
(One or more not wearing masks)
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.
All students on-campus
All students are expected to return to campus and attend classes in person. Distance learning options will not be available for students. This will allow students to receive instruction and work with peers directly every day. Additionally, teachers will no longer be required to navigate a hybrid learning environment.
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 required 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. All students are required to wear approved masks whenever they are indoors. This policy is in effect on the main campus, at the Carondelet Athletics Complex, and at De La Salle. All adults, including visitors and parents, are required to wear masks when in the presence of students.
Masks are recommended, though not required, when outside. Exceptions may apply for some public or crowded outdoor activities that involve sustained close contact.
Social distancing not required when masked or outdoors
Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (e.g., masking) are implemented. This is consistent with CDC K-12 School Guidance. As long as all students are following masking guidelines, social distancing is not required at this time. Students should still social distance when eating lunch indoors.
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.
On-campus testing returns
Carondelet and De La Salle will resume on-campus COVID-19 testing for students and their families, as well as employees and their families, beginning on Monday, August 23. Testing will be available for all on Mondays and Wednesdays.
CHS Prescreen App status
We will not be using the CHS Prescreen App for daily arrival to campus. If there is a rise in cases, and we need to start using the app again, we will let you know.
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.
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: