Falcon Newsletter 1-19-22
Good Afternoon Saint Francis of Assisi families,
Over the long weekend we received further guidance from the Diocese, County and State regarding updated protocols for addressing Covid exposures. We have reviewed all of the documents and have updated our Site-Specific protocols. An effort has been made to simplify the protocols and present them in a manner that is easily referenced and more efficient to apply.
Again, the below protocols are Site-Specific and draw from recommendations from all advisory authorities. They have been blended to create a workable document that attempts to address the various scenarios we may encounter both as a school community and that which families may face in off-site situations. One noticeable addition to our Site-Specific protocols is how we will be addressing the “Same Household” exposures. This is a Site-Specific addition to recommended protocols as it has been the most common circumstance of exposure to our community over the last two weeks. It has become evident that our community must aggressively address this source of continued exposure and re-exposure to keep our students and staff healthy.
We urge you to familiarize yourself with the protocols so that you can better prepare for isolation and/or quarantine should an exposure occur.
Below, please find the exposure protocols from which we will be working moving forward.
If my child is exposed to someone in the same household that tests positive (Quarantine)
  • Your child, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms must quarantine themselves at home to prevent the spread of Covid.
  • Contact the school to report the absence.
  • Your child will have to stay home for 5 days.
  • The quarantine can end after 5 days if symptoms are not present and with a negative test on or after day 5. (Even if the original positive household member still tests positive). (Day 0 is the day the positive test was taken).
  • A picture of the negative test result with the student’s name and date of the test must be emailed or brought in person to the school or administrator.
  • If you are unable to have your child take a test or you choose not to test your child, and symptoms are not present, isolation can end after day 10.
  • If fever is present, isolation should continue until the fever resolves.
  • Your child must wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
My child tested positive for COVID: Isolation Required
  • Your child, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms must isolate themselves at home.
  • Contact the school to report the positive results.
  • Your child will have to stay home for 5 days (If symptomatic, Day 0 is the first day of symptom onset. If asymptomatic, Day 0 is the day the positive test was taken.)
  • Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.
  • Isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving, a diagnostic specimen collected on day 5 or later tests negative and the student is without fever for 24 hours without medication.
  • A picture of the negative test result with the student’s name and date on the test must be emailed or brought in person to the school site or administrator.
  • If you are unable to have your child take a test, or you choose not to test your child, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until the fever resolves.
  • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving, continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving, or until after day 10.
  • Your child must wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings
  • In all cases, if fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves.
My child has COVID symptoms: Isolate at Home and Test
  • Your child must isolate themselves at home if they are experiencing COVID symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Because of the difficulty of differentiating COVID symptoms from symptoms of other illnesses, it is recommended that students experiencing any illness stay home from school.
  • Please report your student’s absence to the school.
  • Your child may return to school when:
  • Symptom(s) have improved and they are fever-free for 24 hours; AND
  • They produce a negative test on or after day 2. (Day 0 is the first day of symptom onset)
  • A picture of the negative test result with the student’s name and date on the test must be emailed or brought in person to the school site or administrator.
  • If you are unable to have your child take a test, or you choose not to test your child, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
  • Your child must wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings
  • If at any time during this quarantine period the student is seen by a medical doctor who deems the symptoms to be non-Covid related and has been without fever for 24 hours without medication, the student may return to in-person learning upon the school’s receipt of the doctor’s note.
COVID Symptoms Include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New Loss of taste or smell
My fully vaccinated*** child was exposed* to someone with COVID (both masked) and does not have any COVID symptoms: Remain in School and Monitor
  • Your child is not required to quarantine
  • Your child must wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings
  • If your child does not have any symptoms, he/she may remain in school and participate in all school activities.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.
  • If testing positive, your child will have to quarantine at home and follow the above guidelines. Please contact the school office for further instructions.
My unvaccinated child was exposed* to someone with COVID (both masked) and does not have any COVID symptoms: Modified Quarantine
  • Your child may continue attending school for in-person instruction under the “modified quarantine” protocol as long as your child…
  • remains symptom-free
  • continues to mask appropriately
  • quarantines from extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and activities in the community.
  • gets tested two times per week during the 5 days modified quarantine period (testing recommended immediately after notification of exposure and on or after day 5 after exposure)
  • Your child’s “modified quarantine” will end after day 5 if no symptoms are present and with a negative diagnostic test.
  • A picture of the negative test result with the student’s name and date on the test must be emailed or brought in person to the school site or administrator.
  • If testing positive, follow the recommendations above.
  • Your child must wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
Your unvaccinated child is not eligible for “modified quarantine” without testing. In this case, your child will have to stay at home and they can return to school after day 10 if symptoms are not present.
My unvaccinated (masked) child was exposed* to someone with COVID (unmasked) and does not have any COVID symptoms: Shortened Quarantine
  • Under the “shortened quarantine” protocol your child can return to school
  • after Day 5 if a test is collected on or after day 5 from the last date of exposure and the test is negative. (Day 0 is the day the positive test was taken).
  • remains symptom-free
  • A picture of the negative test result with the student’s name and date of the test must be emailed or brought in person to the school or administrator.
  • Continues to mask appropriately
Your unvaccinated child is not eligible for “shortened quarantine” without testing. In this case, your child will have to stay at home and they can return to school after day 10 if symptoms are not present.
My child, who was previously infected with COVID-19 in the past 90 days, was exposed* to someone with COVID and does not have any COVID symptoms: Monitor and Test on Day 5 (Not from the same household)
  • Children who were previously diagnosed with symptomatic or asymptomatic, lab-confirmed COVID-19, do not need to be quarantined if the exposure was within 90 days of previous COVID-19 infection and they remain asymptomatic. Testing is recommended on day 5, antigen preferred.
My child and/or the COVID-positive contact were not masked: Quarantine at Home
  • Your child must quarantine at home until…
  • after Day 5 if a test is collected on or after day 5 from the last date of exposure and the test is negative. (Day 0 is the day the positive test was taken).
  • remains symptom-free
  • A picture of the negative test result with the student’s name and date of the test must be emailed or brought in person to the school or administrator.
  • Continues to mask appropriately
Your unvaccinated child is not eligible for “shortened quarantine” without testing. In this case, your child will have to stay at home and they can return to school after day 10 if symptoms are not present.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK UPDATE:
We will be celebrating National Catholic Schools week beginning January 31- February 4. The celebration will take place Monday- Friday for our faculty, staff and students. However, due to the current instability and spread of Covid cases, we will be postponing our Catholic School Mass and Open House until a later date. That date is yet to be determined. The schedule for the week’s activities will be coming soon!
Reminders:
  • Friday, January 21- PJ Day- Wear your PJs to school today to celebrate winter
  • Tuesday, January 25- Panda Express Dine and Donate 10:00-9:00
  • Friday, January 28 Minimum Day Dismissal
Dine and Donate
Please join us Tuesday, January 25th, from 10am-9am, for our next Dine and Donate at Panda Express on Oak Grove Road and Citrus Marketplace Center (by Nob Hill). Please see the flyer below.
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Join the Knights of Columbus for the StFrancis Crab Feed on January 22nd. Visit their website to purchase your meals!
Scrip Orders
If you are interested in purchasing SCRIP please contact Mrs. Del Prete at [email protected]. The Scrip order form can be found on the school’s website (sfaconcord.org) under the “SUPPORT SFA” tab.
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Our Mission Statement
Inspired by our patron saint, StFrancis of Assisi, in collaboration with the Parish, community, parents, and students, our school celebrates an environment which is dedicated to providing quality faith-based Catholic education in a safe and nurturing environment for students in grades TK-8. Our value-centered academic programs empower the students with the skills to be faith-filled people, life-long learners and problem solvers, globally responsible citizens, and effective communicators.

St. Francis of Assisi School

866 Oak Grove Road
Concord, Ca. 94518
(925) 682-5414