CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

INFORMATION

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change quickly. All policies, procedures, and information are subject to change based on the advice of our local health department and/or the Diocese of La Crosse. Any and all changes are and will be effective immediately. It is important to keep in contact with your school and read all communications.

January 16, 2022 - COVID Protocol Update

 

Good Evening Aquinas Catholic Schools parents and guardians,

 

As shared in our update earlier this month, the Aquinas Catholic Schools mask mandate will be as follows:

 

Aquinas High and Middle Schools continue to provide students (parents) the option to wear masks during the school day. 

No face coverings are required. 

 

Cathedral, Blessed Sacrament, and St. Patrick’s Schools are above the 3 percent threshold set by policy and are currently requiring masks at all times.   

 

Once the individual school drops below 3 percent in positive cases for two consecutive days, that school will be allowed to move to an optional mask-wearing protocol. 

 

Please see attached for the new Isolation and Quarantine protocols for the school system. 

We will move to the recommended five-day period.  Please see the document for specific COVID scenarios.

I thank you for your ongoing support,

 

Ted Knutson

President

Aquinas Catholic Schools

 

January 14, 2022 - COVID Cases Update

 

Good Afternoon Aquinas Catholic Schools Parents and Guardians,

 

We will be sharing our COVID positive case numbers each Friday in January.  

 

As of today, Friday, January 14, 2022:

Cathedral Elementary School:  10 students and 3 staff members

Blessed Sacrament Elementary School:  5 students and 2 staff members

St. Patrick’s Elementary School:  5 students and 2 staff members

Aquinas Middle School:  3 students and 1 staff member

Aquinas High School:  5 students and 2 staff members                          

 

Thank you for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well and for your ongoing support of our teachers, support staff, and our building principals. 

A revised set of COVID-19 protocols will be coming soon.  

I thank you for your ongoing support,

 

Ted Knutson

President

Aquinas Catholic Schools

 

January 7, 2022 - COVID Cases Update

Good Afternoon Aquinas Catholic Schools Parents and Guardians,

We will be sharing our COVID positive case numbers each Friday in January.  

 

As of today, Friday, January 7, 2022:

 

Cathedral Elementary School:  2 students and 1 staff member

Blessed Sacrament Elementary School:  5 students and 1 staff member

St. Patrick Elementary School:  3 students and 0 staff members

Aquinas Middle School:  7 students and 2 staff members

Aquinas High School:  7 students and 2 staff members                          

 

Thank you for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well and for your ongoing support of our teachers, support staff, and our building principals.

I thank you for your ongoing support,

 

Ted Knutson

President

Aquinas Catholic Schools

January 5, 2022 - COVID Protocol Update

Good morning Aquinas Catholic Schools Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to share with you our updated COVID protocols for our P3-12 schools below.  As of today, we have 11 of our 1009 students who have tested positive for COVID and are out of school.  We thank you for your wonderful efforts to keep your children and our staff safe and in school!  We always will continue to monitor and adjust these protocols when appropriate.

COVID Protocols as of January 5, 2022 for Aquinas Catholic Schools

The Aquinas Catholic Schools COVID-19 mask protocols remain the same as we enter the new year. 

Aquinas High and Middle Schools continue to provide students (parents) the option to wear masks during the school day.  No face coverings are required.  

 

Cathedral, Blessed Sacrament, and St. Patrick’s Schools do require masks to be worn when students are not at their desk.  Students are allowed to remove their mask while seated at their desk, during physical education classes, at lunch, and outside at recess.  

 

In all buildings, masks may also be required for any cohort (team, class or school) where 3% or more of the individuals test positive for COVID-19.

 

Beginning second semester (January 18th), it is our plan to make masks optional for our P3-6th grade schools as long as the school continues to stay below the 3% threshold.  In this case, students may wear masks if they chose but will not be required to do so.  

The quarantine and isolation protocols we are following for close contact or positive COVID tests are:

 

COVID-19 Vaccine: 

Fully vaccinated students and staff will not have to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact due to COVID-19 exposure and are symptom-free. You should monitor yourself for symptoms and will be required to wear a mask when in public. You should also be tested 5-7 days after exposure.

 

POSITIVE for COVID-19:

If a student tests positive for COVID-19:

Isolation for 10 days (from symptoms or positive test as defined below).

You must stay in isolation even if you start to feel better. It will be safe for you to end isolation when:

1)  It has been at least 10 days since your symptoms began (or 10 days from when your test was conducted if you have not had symptoms)

AND

2)  You have had no fever for 24 hours without using medication that would reduce the fever, such as Tylenol or Advil,

AND

3)  Any other symptoms have been improved for 24 hours without using medication that would improve them

 

Close contact (unvaccinated) with someone who is positive for COVID-19:

A 14-day quarantine is the gold standard. However, there are two alternative strategies for discontinuation of quarantine:

1)  Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing IF no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. Daily symptom monitoring must continue through Day 14.

2)  Quarantine can end after Day 7 ONLY if the result of a COVID-19 test is negative on day 6 or 7 of the quarantine AND if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. Daily symptom monitoring must continue through Day 14. A pending test result on Day 7 is not sufficient.

 

Living in a household with someone with COVID-19:

If the household member is able to be isolated from all other family members, the above close contact protocol is followed (7, 10, or 14-day quarantine).

If the household member is not able to be isolated from all other family members, the close contact is part of the 10-day isolation period from the positive member's symptoms or positive test and THEN the above close contact quarantine protocol begins (7, 10, or 14-day quarantine).

 

Parents are asked to immediately report any positive or close contact cases to the school office. Specific return dates and clarification of the protocols can be addressed at that time.

I thank you for your ongoing support,

 

Ted Knutson

President

Aquinas Catholic Schools

October 22, 2021 - COVID Protocol Update

 

Aquinas Catholic Schools Parents and Guardians,

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday!  I would like to update our Aquinas Catholic Schools community on our health and safety numbers. We are pleased to share that we only have a total of four positive cases across all five of our schools.  

The breakdown by school is as follows:

 

We currently have three cases (two staff /one student) of COVID-19 at our Cathedral building and one student with

COVID-19 at the Aquinas Middle School.  St. Patrick’s, Blessed Sacrament, and Aquinas High School do not have any students or staff with the COVID-19 virus.

 

Thank you for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well.  We are continuing with our current COVID-19 protocols and appreciate all the student and staff compliance with our safety measures.

 

I thank you for your ongoing support,

 

Ted Knutson

President

Aquinas Catholic Schools

 
 
October 8, 2021 - COVID Protocol Update

Good Morning Aquinas Catholic Schools Parents and Guardians!

Here is another update on our Aquinas Catholic Schools community health and safety numbers.  

We currently have four cases (one teacher/three students) of COVID-19 at our Blessed Sacrament building.  The students, parents, and staff at Blessed Sacrament have received communication this week from their principal regarding those cases and the steps the school/system has taken. 

St. Patrick’s, Cathedral, our middle school, and our high school do not have any students or staff with the COVID-19 virus. 

I would like to remind everyone that these numbers can change very quickly.  Thank you for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well and for your ongoing support of our teachers, support staff and our building principals.  We are lucky to have such a caring and professional staff!! 

 

We will continue with our current COVID-19 protocols.  These procedures will remain in place unless there is more than three percent of any school student population with COVID-19. 

 

I thank you for your ongoing support,

Ted Knutson

President

Aquinas Catholic Schools

September 16, 2021 - COVID Protocol Update

Aquinas Catholic Schools Parents and Guardians, 

We have just completed our third week of school.  I am pleased to share with you that we have had only one reported case of COVID-19 in our PreK - 6th grade schools during this period.  We have had two reported cases in our middle school and seven reported cases in our high school during the first three weeks.  Thank you for your wonderful work in following our school protocols and for your ongoing support of your children, your teachers, and your school administrators. 

 

Beginning Monday, September 20th, we will provide an option for our PreK - 6th grade students to remove their masks while seated at their desk.  Students and staff will still be required to wear their masks at all other times in the building.  While we take this small step to relax the face-covering requirement, we still strongly encourage students to wear their masks in the classroom. 

Face coverings will continue to be strongly encouraged in our 7th-12th grade buildings but not required.  We also strongly encourage students to consult with their physicians to see if getting vaccinated is the right decision for them. 

These measures will remain in place unless there is more than three percent of a school student population with COVID-19.

 

Aquinas Catholic School Quarantine Protocol:

 

Aquinas Catholic Schools will notify families of identified close contacts.  Asymptomatic close contacts who have been confirmed to have worn a mask during contact will not be required to quarantine.  If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine you do not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact.

 

Unvaccinated students who live in a household where a positive case has been identified will be required to quarantine. 

 

*This protocol is subject to change.

 

If quarantine is needed, from the La Crosse County Health Department,

1) Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.

2) Quarantine can end after Day 7 ONLY if the result of a COVID-19 test taken on day 6 or 7 is negative AND if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring.

3) If another member of the household tests positive during the quarantine period and you are a close contact, the quarantine period of 10 or 7 days starts over.

 

Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns related to quarantine.

 

Ted Knutson

President

Aquinas Catholic Schools

August 20, 2021 - COVID Protocol Update

Aquinas Parents and Guardians,

 

I wish to thank the many parents, students, staff and the Aquinas community for sharing your passionate thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding our COVID-19 protocols.  

 

After listening to our Aquinas community, local healthcare providers and after careful consideration, Aquinas Catholic Schools will be adjusting our protocols and will be asking all P3-6th grade students to start the year with face coverings.  Our 7th-12th grade students are highly encouraged to wear face coverings but will not be required.  If you have received the COVID-19 vaccine you do not need to quarantine (unless you are living in a home of a positive case). You SHOULD monitor yourself for symptoms and wear a mask when in public.

 

It is the goal of Aquinas Catholic Schools to safely open our schools on time, face to face, five days a week, and to remain open.  We have determined the best way to meet this goal in our three elementary schools is to begin the school year requiring face coverings for our P3-6th grade students who are not able to be vaccinated.  We also believe that our 7th-12th grade student population have an extra layer of protection (vaccine) that our youngest do not.  We clearly understand that any decision addressing face coverings may disappoint some parents and students.  I ask for your support as we begin the school year.  

 

Aquinas Catholic Schools will continue to monitor relevant information provided by the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health, the Diocese of La Crosse, the La Crosse County Health Department, our local medical providers, as well as other healthcare advisors.  Broad national guidelines may address areas in the United States with high transmission rates but may not be relevant to local conditions.  Local community conditions will be considered throughout our ongoing decision-making process.  We will be adjusting our protocols as our local conditions allow.  


You have our promise that our faculty and staff will be providing their very best at all levels regardless of the status of face coverings.  I pledge to communicate openly with you and make myself available to discuss your thoughts and/or concerns.  I can be reached at ted.knutson@aquinasschools.org or by phone at 608-784-8585 ext. 5124.  

 

Thank you for your investment in your children’s education and support,

 

Ted Knutson

President

Aquinas Catholic Schools