COVID-19 and Health Information
August 19, 2022 - The CDC recently released a document with information about Monkeypox as it relates to teens and young adults. We have included this information for our families here.
As a reminder, for any COVID-related questions or reporting, please use the firstname.lastname@example.org email.
On January 7, Multnomah County updated its quarantine protocols (direct link here) and, the ODE communicated revised quarantine guidelines and a revised definition of what an “Up to Date” status on COVID-19 vaccination requires:
Within the K-12 setting, those who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination include:
· Individuals 18 or older who have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
· Youth 5-17 years who have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
St. Mary’s Academy Quarantine Guidelines
ODE/OHA Quarantine Guidelines
St. Mary’s Academy follows the ODE Planning for COVID-19 Scenarios In Schools Guidelines when determining whether students or staff should quarantine. We also work with the Multnomah County Public Health Authority to help guide us. There are occasions when St. Mary’s will err on the side of caution when asking a member of the community to briefly quarantine while the school gathers additional information.
SMA Student Quarantine
If it is determined by OHA guidelines that a student or group of students needs to quarantine due to exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, then St. Mary’s will provide live-streaming access to the quarantined student’s classes for the duration of the quarantine. St. Mary’s will not offer live-streaming access for students who are absent from school due to non-COVID related illnesses or other absences (i.e., college visits, family events, and so forth).
Attendance during Quarantine
We track attendance for all students, regardless of quarantine status. If a student is in quarantine but not attending school for the day due to illness or other reason, then please use email@example.com to record the absence. Attendance will be taken for quarantined students attending school on Microsoft Teams.
Quarantine--No Symptoms: If a student is quarantining due to a COVID-19 exposure but is not showing symptoms, she will attend classes remotely via Teams for the duration of the quarantine. Teachers will share Microsoft Teams info to students in quarantine.
Quarantine--Symptoms/Illness: If a student is quarantining, has tested positive, and is showing symptoms, she should not attend classes remotely during the time she is unwell. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org to record an excused absence for the days absent.
In the event students require quarantine due to COVID-19 illness or exposure, Liane Rae will blind-copy email impacted teachers indicating the anticipated dates of absence for each student. Please be mindful that quarantine information has legal protections and is highly confidential. Do not forward the email or share quarantine information with students and fellow teachers. SMA administration will inform you if you are included in a contact-trace and need to quarantine. Teachers are not responsible for contact tracing and have no administrative authority to do so. Please follow the guidelines outlined below if you receive an email regarding student(s) in quarantine. Students out with actual COVID symptoms may choose to be marked absent from class and may require adjustment of assignments. In some cases, live-streaming may not be applicable for a particular lesson. Please make these expectations clear and provide asynchronous work.
• Send a separate (NOT GROUP) email to each listed student, including the following
o Where on Schoology to find assignments and related class materials
o How to access your Teams meeting
Microsoft Teams Meeting How To…
• Create an Outlook calendar invite and check the “Teams Meeting” tab
• Send the calendar invite to the quarantined student
• Open Teams during the scheduled class time.
• Student will join
• Invite the quarantined student via email to video call you on Microsoft Teams during
your scheduled class time
• Open Microsoft Teams at the beginning of your class
• Answer the Microsoft Teams call from the quarantined student. Teachers will need to
start the meeting in order for the student to join.
Please reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions.