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COVID-19 Communications

 
The safety and well being of our students, teachers, and school community of OLPHA is our first priority. Please review the COVID-19 related information provided below. It is important that we all do our part and work together to keep our school safe for all involved.
 
For anyone entering our Campus, please adhere to the following COVID-19 Symptom Check prior to entering:
 
COVID-19 Symptom Check
 
If you are unsure about the Eligibility Criteria for In-Person Participation in School Classes, Events, Activities or Athletics, please see the chart below:
 

An important strategy for minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 is a commitment to staying home when sick.  Individuals with probable or confirmed COVID-19, exposure to someone with COVID-19, or symptoms that may be COVID-19 should stay home, seek medical advice, and contact the school for more information.  School exclusion and readmission criteria for these scenarios are outlined below.  Thank you for helping us keep our school community healthy.  Click HERE for FAQ.

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COVID-19 Symptoms

Tested Positive for COVID-19

Close Contact with COVID-19

Temperature of 100.0o F or more

Loss of taste or smell

Cough

Difficulty breathing

Chills

Sore throat

Body aches / Muscle Pain

Vomiting or Diarrhea

Headache or Fatigue 

Congestion or Runny Nose


Individuals with any of the above new or worsening symptoms, not normal for self, are encouraged to seek medical advice.  The following criteria applies to individuals with symptoms in the absence of known close contact. 

During periods of LOW or MEDIUM Community Levels:

Individuals may return when symptoms have resolved.  Must be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine and otherwise symptom free without medications to suppress symptoms.  Individuals seeking return with persistent cough should obtain a medical professional's note with clearance  to return to school based on an alternate diagnosis OR Obtain a *lab-collected negative COVID-19 PCR  or Rapid Antigen test 


During periods of HIGH Community Levels:

Individuals may return after completion of a full 5 days from symptom onset OR Obtain a medical professional's note with clearance  to return to school based on an alternate diagnosis OR Obtain a *lab-collected negative COVID-19 PCR  or Rapid Antigen test 

Individuals with probable or confirmed COVID-19 are encouraged to seek medical advice. 


Individuals that tested positive but did not have symptoms: may return after completion of  5 days from the date of the positive test.  Consistent with CDC guidance, mask use is strongly recommended at school for an additional 5 calendar days.


Individuals that tested positive and had symptoms: may return after completion of 5 days from the date of symptom onset, must be feeling well with symptoms resolved AND fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.  Consistent with CDC guidance, mask use is strongly recommended at school for an additional 5 calendar days.


Please follow the advice of your medical provider if he/she recommends a longer isolation period.

Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within approximately 6ft of a COVID-19+ individual for a total of 15 minutes or more during the infectious period.  The infectious period is defined as 2 days before the start of symptoms or 2 days before a COVID-19 + test in asymptomatic individuals and ends when the individual is medically cleared.  Household members are always considered close contacts.  Parents should use their discretion in assessing contact outside of the household.


Individuals with close contact exposure to COVID-19 are encouraged to seek medical advice. 


May return after completion of 5 days from the date of last contact, must remain asymptomatic all 5 days.  COVID-19 testing is recommended on or after day 5, prior to returning to school.  Consistent with CDC guidance, mask use is strongly recommended at school for an additional 5 calendar days.  

Return date is calculated from date of last contact.  See FAQ for household contacts that are unable to avoid continued exposure during the infectious period.

Individuals that have had known exposure to COVID-19 and go on to develop symptoms in the 10 days from the date of last contact, should follow the return criteria found in column 2 for probable COVID-19.

EXCEPTION:  Asymptomatic individuals that are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines and/or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 3 months will not be excluded from school for close contact exposure. The CDC encourages careful symptom monitoring, mask usage for 10 days and testing on or after day 5 for these individuals.  See CDC for more information.

*At-home self-administered rapid antigen tests will not be accepted as clearance to return to school, documentation of lab test results are required when indicated.

Consult with your pediatrician for advice regarding AAP guidance for youth returning to physical activity or sports after COVID-19  https://bit.ly/3kbtziY

 
Please visit the Office of Catholic Schools's COVID-19 Communications to access the latest 2021-2022 Mitigation Guidelines and more for the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. 
The Diocese of Corpus Christi Office of Catholic Schools have updated the 2021-2022 COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines as of 4/1/2022.  They may be found here: