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Covid-19 and Feehan's Health & Safety

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In addition to following all school regulations within the 2020-2021 Student Handbook, students will be expected to honor the following expectations and responsibilities as they do their part to help keep our school healthy, clean, and safe. 

These protocols and mandates do change from time-to-time as the state updates its guidance based on new findings and health recommendations. We will keep this page updated with our latest protocols throughout the school year.

Working to keep everyone within the Feehan community as safe and healthy as possible will be a dedicated team effort, where everyone does their part to satisfy their individual expectations and responsibilities, for the collective good of the entire school community. If everyone does their part, we will help create a healthy and productive educational experience for all.

For more information, please click here to refer to our Return-to-Learn Plan.

Our Daily Commitment

Every individual — students, teachers, staff, volunteers — must make a daily health assessment and decide if attendance at Feehan is warranted on that given day.  If there is any question about health or exposure, that individual should stay home and access the many tools we have put in place for successful at-home participation.

The most important concept is “When in doubt, stay out.”

Experiencing any one, some, or all of the below means a student or staffer must stay home:

  • Fever Symptoms: 100.4 or higher, chills, shaking
  • Respiratory Symptoms: Cough and/or nasal congestion (not due to other known problems like allergies); difficulty breathing; shortness of breath.
  • Digestive symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, nausea
  • New loss of taste or smell.
  • Sore throat
  • Headache when in combination with another symptom

We can’t emphasize enough that there is no reason to push these boundaries.  If you are not sure, stay home or keep your student home. We have invested a great deal of money in training to optimize the from-home experience, making this an even easier required practice. 

If your child is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you are directed to call the school nurse at 508-226-6223 ext 117 and keep your child home.   

All other (standard) absence reports should still go to the attendance office via email (attendance@bishopfeehan.com) or phone (ext 108)

Our Facility in the Time of COVID-19

Our entire community has a responsibility to ensure a safe environment on campus. This begins with our mask and distancing requirements and extends to our significantly heightened cleaning regimens.

Daily Cleaning Practices at Feehan:

  • Hand sanitizer stations at all entrances and throughout the building.
  • All bubblers replaced by bottle fillers. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations installed in multiple additional locations around building..
  • Comprehensive, COVID-specific nightly cleaning by our third-party cleaning company across all indoor spaces at Feehan.
  • Adding an additional daily (school-day) custodial staffer for regular cleaning rotations
  • Bathrooms sanitized multiple times each day
  • Cafeteria tables sanitized between all seatings
  • Exterior and main interior door handles cleaned multiple times per day.
  • Students wiping down own desks at end of every period.
  • Assigned seating in all classes.
  • Door handles wiped at end of every class by classroom teacher.
If a student presents with COVID-19 symptoms while at school

Students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at school will be asked to rest in our new isolation room at school while awaiting a pick-up from a parent or emergency contact. Please make sure you or the emergency contact is wearing a mask/face covering when picking up. Parent/emergency contact and students should wash their hands upon arriving at home and change their clothes as a precaution.

Students who are sent home for COVID-19 concerns cannot go home on the bus or with other students.

A student that has driven him/herself to school will be allowed to drive home provided we have parental consent and the nurse deems it safe. Parents will be called by the school nurse or her designee requesting that you pick up your child at the school or dismiss them. 

You are then instructed to follow the guidelines below for any student presenting with COVID-19 symptoms.

If a student presents with COVID-19 symptoms while at home

Any student who presents with COVID-19 symptoms at any time must follow one of the three below possible courses:

  1. Quarantine at home for 14 days and only return to school if showing no COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. Take a COVID-19 test and get a negative result. In this case the student may return to school once the student is asymptomatic for a minimum of 24 hours. The negative test result must be shared with the school nurse. All test results must be provided to the nurse PRIOR to the student’s return. The health care office that conducted the test should fax results to 508-222-2417, or parents can email a scan of results to cknight@bishopfeehan.com.
  3. Take a COVID-19 test that has a positive result. See "If a student tests positive for COVID-19" below.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19

In this case, the student must stay home in quarantine and the parent must inform the school nurse as soon as possible at 508-226-6223 ext 117.  

This quarantine will extend for at least 10 days and until all symptoms have been gone for at least three days. 

Parents and students should also contact their own known close contacts immediately.

Notes:

In all instances of a positive test result, you will be required to help Feehan and the MA Community Tracing Collaborative with tracing efforts. 

School nurse can help provide a list of available testing sites. Typically, your primary care physician can help with this as well.

If a student is in “close contact” with a positive person

The regulation states that a "close contact" must stay out of school for 14 days no matter the result of a test.

Remember, students will still be able to attend their classes virtually if they need to stay home because of a quarantine.

If your child knows that he or she is—or has been notified by the school, the local board of health, or MA Community Tracing Collaborative—that he or she has been identified as ­— a “close contact”, then the protocol is exactly the same as if the student were displaying COVID-19 symptoms.  

Notes: 

  1. In the event of a close contact, it is recommended that the test be performed 4-5 days after the close contact. Tests performed too early can lead to false negatives. 
  2. The Department of Public Health defines “close contact” as:
    • Being less than 6 feet from a COVID- 19 case for at least 10-15 minutes while the case was symptomatic or within the 48 hours before symptom onset.
    • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case.
Massachusetts Travel Restrictions

MA Governor Baker issued new travel guidelines effective August 1, 2020. These guidelines state: all visitors entering Massachusetts, including MA residents returning home from a restricted state who do not meet an exemption, are required to quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result from no earlier than 72 hours prior to your arrival back in Massachusetts. 

If your child/family is planning to travel outside of the exempt states, please notify the school’s attendance office as soon as you become aware of your travel plans. To see the exemptions to the travel guidelines (they are updated often), please go to http://www.mass.gov/MATraveler

NOTE: if a parent or other family member travels to a restricted state, the parent is responsible for adhering to state guidelines (and is not allowed on Feehan’s campus until doing so), but the student may still attend school.

NOTE: Though Rhode Island is currently on the restricted list, this policy does not apply for RIers entering MA for school or work. Our RI students and teachers have no special quarantine or testing requirements nor any restrictions on travel to Feehan.  

Information-Sharing and Community Announcing at Feehan

In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within the Feehan community (current student, faculty or staff), the school will communicate that news quickly via email with faculty, staff, students and parents. The email will provide general information about the diagnosis as well as any action steps taken by the school to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. 

If or when a positive case arises, Bishop Feehan will work with public health authorities to conduct the contact tracing process as set forth by the then current state guidelines. In collaboration with public health authorities, Bishop Feehan will follow these guidelines to notify individuals who were exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 by phone and email. Notification will also include instructions on a follow-up protocol and any requirements for quarantine or testing.

While Feehan will share general information about positive cases and schoolwide steps and trends, please know that privacy laws will prevent us from sharing specific names or details in most cases. We’d likewise ask that the community work hard to tamp down the rumor mill during this challenging time. Professional, confidential health conversations and questions can be addressed to the school nurse or Vice Principal of Student Life. 

Mask Requirements

Masks will be required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Exceptions would be outdoors (when distanced), when eating (under tight protocols) and during any designated mask breaks. 

  • Mask must be solid in color and display no logos, advertisements or other messaging. The only exception is the Feehan mask (small Shamrock logo), which will be available for sale in the Welcome Center ($5). 
  • Masks must be worn around the ears. Masks with exhalation valves are not permitted. No gaiters or bandanas. N95 or KN95 masks are not recommended.
  • We recommend that students have at least two masks with them at school, one as a back-up and a plan to wash masks at home as needed. Feehan will have a supply of disposable masks available free of charge for students in need or who may forget or run into another issue. These will be available at the Welcome Center, in the nurse’s office and from Mr. Svendsen. 
  • Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth. We must emphasize that our masking requirements will not be treated like the occasional uniform error (tie not high enough, sneaking unapproved shoes into the uniform). We need every member of our community to take these expectations very seriously. Our administration and staff certainly will.
  • Should a student forget his or her mask in the morning, that student should remain in his or her car (please pull into a guest parking spot if this is a parent drop-off, so as not to impede traffic flow) and call our attendance office — 508-226-6223 x108 — and provide location. One of our drop-off/lot monitors will bring the student a disposable mask. 
Student Supplies Needed

Each student will be expected to bring to school each day:

Personal hand sanitizer (unscented). While there will be hand sanitizer at school, we’d like each student to have their own, especially before and after meals. 

Disinfecting wipes (enough for each class of the day). Students will be asked to wipe down their own desks/work areas after each class and before eating.

Headphones — this school year, iPad compatible headphones will be a class requirement for every class every day. Remember, on any given day, a class — even if the student is in school — may be delivered remotely or using a standard Zoom model. 

Recommended: students keep sunscreen with them, as more classes than usual — and possibly lunches and similar breaks — will be using outdoor spaces for effective distancing and fresh air.

Recommended: for rain day, a small umbrella. We will be outside far more this year than in a typical year, rain or shine.

Hybrid 8-Day Rotating Schedule & Class Times

Cindy Knight, RN

508-226-6223 ext 117

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