As with all vaccines, Catholic schools of the Archdiocese recognize that vaccination of school-age children is a decision of parents and guardians and is not mandated by Catholic schools. Parents and guardians make health care decisions for their children. An explanation of the Church’s position can be found here. As with all healthcare decisions, parents and guardians of students in our Catholic schools should carefully weigh the risks and benefits in consultation with their healthcare provider.

We encourage you to meet with your child’s primary care provider in an effort to make an informed decision in light of your child’s particular health history, risks, and benefits associated with the COVID- 19 vaccine. While Catholic schools have not been a significant source of transmission of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, our school remains vigilant and focused on ensuring our students receive the essential service of an in-person education and a place of encounter with Jesus Christ.

I need to implore everyone to be vigilant and take seriously the importance of keeping kids home when they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (one more common or two less common).  Keeping people who are exhibiting common symptoms out of the classroom is a critical component of our Pandemic Preparedness & Readiness Plan.  Along with regular hand washing, classroom sanitization, and hospital-grade air filtration, keeping kids home who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms helps to keep our kids and staff healthy.

TESTING – UPDATED 10/17/2021
I’ve been notified by MDH that we will not be receiving any more tests.  This was a one-time serve they provided us.  I will alert you if they offer this again in the future.  If you got a testing kit from us that came in a plastic Ziploc bag with a small bottle of solution, we can reuse the remainder of that solution (or provide you with more testing supplies) if you return it to us.

If you do plan on keeping your child home because of symptoms, or if they have tested positive for COVID-19, please call 1-855-SJS-SICK (855-757-7425) and leave a voicemail message so that all the relevant people are notified immediately (the voicemail is automatically distributed to those who need to know.)

More Common Symptoms (one or more please have your child stay home):

  • Fever or chills
  • A new or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

Less Common Symptoms (two or more please have your child stay home):

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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