Our Mission Is Essential

COVID-19 has presented a tremendous challenge for Saint Ignatius High School to balance our mission of providing an academically rigorous, Catholic, Jesuit education along with the health and safety recommendations of leading healthcare experts. Due to a rise in the number of positive cases, we are pivoting to virtual learning beginning Monday, November 16.

Saint Ignatius High School

Exposure and Positive Testing Protocol

This information is based upon CDC guidance and University Hospitals COVID-19 Response Team recommendations as of October 19, 2020. State or local health department or a physician may recommend further or different precautions, which would supersede this information.

Preventing Exposure on Our Campus

  • Students (with their parents), Faculty and Staff are required to perform a health assessment daily before leaving the house.  Anyone meeting the indicators outlined in the health assessment IS NOT PERMITTED TO COME TO SCHOOL.

  • The primary responsibility for determining student health is with the student and his parents, prior to coming to school.  

  • Employees are responsible for assessing their own health via the same health assessment prior to coming to school each day.

  • As an added layer of prevention, students will be checked for elevated temperature at school.

  • Thermal imaging technology will be used in designated entrance locations to our buildings. All students will be required to pass through one of those locations each day on arrival.
     

If a student in the Saint Ignatius High School community exhibits one or more symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 while at school:

  • Student will be removed from class and instructed to report to the 2020-2021 Nurse’s Office located in the former St. Vincent Medical Building (adjacent to Wendy’s), where he will be evaluated by the school nurse.  For 2020-2021, teachers/adults are instructed to contact Campus Security (216.365.6509) whenever sending a student to the Nurse’s Office. Campus Security will notify the nurse via two-way radio and will ensure the student arrives safely at the nurse’s office.
  • Based on the nurse’s assessment, student may be sent back to class with a note from the nurse indicating it is safe to do so (e.g. allergies, no obvious symptoms), OR student may be sent home (immediately if they have transportation, or isolated until parents arrive to pick him up).
  • If sent home, parent/guardian will contact primary care physician for further instructions
  • If sent home, parents will be asked to provide documentation that primary care physician was consulted regarding the student's health
  • Parent/guardian will follow normal absence protocols
 

If a faculty or staff member in the Saint Ignatius High School community exhibits one or more symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 while at school:

  • Leave campus immediately and contact your primary care physician for further instructions.
  • Follow normal absence protocols
 

If someone in the Saint Ignatius community (student, faculty, staff) had symptoms and has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • They may return to school 10 days after symptoms first appeared
  • AND all after all symptoms have improved (e.g. cough subsided, gastrointestinal issues respoved, etc.),
  • AND has had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine)
  • OR they bring a physician's note indicating that they are safe to return to school (based on two negative tests 24 hours apart)
 

If someone in the Saint Ignatius community has symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19 and is awaiting test results or has not been tested: 

  • They may return to school 10 days after symptoms first appeared
  • AND all after all symptoms have improved (e.g. cough subsided, gastrointestinal issues respoved, etc.),
  • AND has had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine)
  • OR they bring a physician's note indicating that they are safe to return to school 
 

If someone in the Saint Ignatius community has tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms:

  • They may return to school 10 days following the date of the positive test
 

If someone in the Saint Ignatius community has been exposed* to someone known to have COVID-19 or highly likely to have COVID-19 (but not yet confirmed via positive test):

  • They may return to school 10 days after the date of exposure.
  • OR following a "negative" PCR test at least 5 days after date of exposure
  • Note: A person who has been exposed as defined in the footnote below is also defined as a Close Contact.
 

Contact Tracing:

Local or County Health Departments are generally responsible for contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 test.  However, depending on their workloads, it may take several days.  Therefore, Saint Ignatius High School has developed its own internal contact tracing, should we become aware that a member of our community tests positive for COVID-19.

If someone in the Saint Ignatius High School community (student, faculty or staff) tests positive for COVID-19 or is highly likely to have COVID-19 based on their symptoms, and has been on campus within the preceding 10 days, Saint Ignatius High School will make every effort to trace and identify the Close Contacts, notify them (or their parents if a minor) and require them to immediately quarantine for 10 days beginning with the most recent date of exposure.  

In the case of students, Brian Martin and Brad Ganor will be responsible for contact tracing. 

If the person thought to have COVID-19 subsequently tests negative, then all Close Contacts can be immediately released from quarantine.  Classroom seating charts in Power School are required for each class and will be strictly adhered to in order to aid in quick contact tracing.

 

Communication:

Each case or possible case of COVID-19 or COVID-19 exposure on our campus will have unique elements.  In the spirit of transparency, while respecting individual privacy and HIPPA, each positive case will be communicated in accordance with the State of Ohio Department of Health requirements.


*Exposure is defined as being within 6' for 15 continuous minutes or 15 minutes cumulatively over the course of one school day.