Today’s unprecedented challenges don’t stand in the way of how we support each student’s pursuit of truth in her studies—and in life—as she becomes a courageously curious thinker and the best version of herself. Our health and safety plan allows us to respond to a changing situation while maintaining the hallmarks of a holistic Flintridge Sacred Heart education and protecting the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
Policies & Protocols
The foundational principle of this guidance is that all students must have access to safe and full in-person instruction and to as much instructional time as possible.
COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for all eligible students, faculty and staff.
The School Nurse will maintain copies of all COVID-19 vaccination cards and vaccine status to inform implementation of prevention strategies that vary by vaccination status (testing, contact tracing efforts, and quarantine and isolation practices).
Students, faculty, staff, and volunteers involved with Flintridge Sacred Heart congregant (shared) living space(s) on or off campus, are required to have proof of full vaccination on file with the School Nurse. Congregant living is defined as sharing living space over a 24 hour (or longer) period of time. This includes members of the
Consistent with LACDPH, Flintridge Sacred Heart will require all students and employees to wear a mask indoors and outdoors as masking remains the most powerful tool to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. Our COVID-19 Task Force will reassess the outdoor masking policy as public health data reflects transmission rates decreasing and the increase of vaccination rates within the community.
Masks completely covering the mouth and nose are required indoors for everyone on campus, with exemptions only per CDPH face mask guidance.
No gaiters, bandanas are allowed
Masks are required outdoors at this time and until the high transmission risk associated with the variant of COVID-19 is reduced. Communication updates regarding the outdoors mask mandate will be sent as appropriate.
Flintridge Sacred Heart maintains a supply of masks for those who fail to bring a mask to school or need a replacement during school hours.
Signage is posted at the entrance of Flintridge Sacred Heart and throughout the school emphasizing the requirement to wear a mask, even if fully vaccinated, while inside.
Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.Adults and students must wear a mask at all times when driving or riding in a school bus, van or other school sponsored transportation. Masks are highly recommended in carpools.
Access to testing for students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, who are symptomatic or have known or suspected exposure to an individual with COVID-19 is available.
Access to testing at no cost to employees during paid time including:
Symptomatic unvaccinated faculty or staff
Vaccinated faculty or staff if they develop symptoms
Vaccinated faculty or staff to be tested 3-5 days after an exposure
Unvaccinated faculty and staff in an outbreak ( 3 or more employees cases)
All employees in a major outbreak ( 20 or more cases)
Baseline testing for all faculty, staff and students of the Flintridge Sacred Heart community will be mandatory with Nobility Testing on campus on Thursday, August 26th. Students, faculty and staff who are not able to participate in this will be responsible for submitting an approved independent lab test results to the School Nurse prior to the start of classes on Monday, August 30th.
Weekly testing is strongly advised for all individuals (including those who are fully vaccinated) when the community is experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 transmission, in light of evolving data on virus variants.
Nobility Health will be on campus each week for all student, faculty and staff testing.
Student Athletes will be tested according to CIF guidelines and in alignment with the requirement(s) of schools in their specific sport leagues.
All positive test results will be reported to LACDPH.
Daily COVID-19 symptom screenings are required and will be done on Magnus prior to arrival at school asking if students,faculty or staff have symptoms of COVID 19:
fever or chills, new loss of taste or smell, cough, headache, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose.
Screening includes a question about close contact with anyone at home, school or elsewhere in the past 10 days who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Any student, faculty or staff member who reports close contact with an infected person is to initiate quarantine at home and be tested.
If an individual has proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and is asymptomatic they are not required to quarantine but must monitor for symptoms for 14 days ( and report symptoms to School Nurse) and should be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after exposure.
Case Reporting, Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation Practices
The School Nurse acts as the COVID-19 Liaison and reports positive cases and performs contact tracing per the local public health department guidelines and per AB 86 (2021) and California Code Title 17, section 2500.
Quarantine and isolation practices are determined by the local public health departments Exposure Management Plan
In keeping with our ongoing effort to lessen density and minimize COVID transmission on Flintridge Sacred Heart’s campus, only visitors with essential school business are permitted. We ask that parents conduct meetings via Zoom or phone, or at an off-campus location. Approved visits must require an appointment and adherence to all on-campus health and safety protocols.
Nonessential visitors and volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated, particularly in areas where there is moderate-to-high COVID-19 community transmission, are limited.
Visitors will be required to register in a visitor log that includes visitor’s name, phone number and email address in case this information is needed in the future for contact tracing purposes. If a visitor must be accompanied by another person (e.g., for translation assistance, or because the visitor is a minor, or has minor students) their information will also be captured in the visitor log.
Movement of visitors within the school is limited to designated areas (e.g.reception or lobby area, offices, conference or meeting rooms, and public restrooms) to the extent feasible.
Visitors will be required to wear a face mask while inside school.
Face masks will be made available to visitors who arrive without one.
Signage is posted at the entrance to Flintridge Sacred Heart informing visitors that they should not enter the facility if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
Any activity that requires students to remove their face masks (e.g., playing wind instruments) will only be done as a group if the activity is held outdoors. However, individuals may practice such activities alone indoors in a studio or practice room with the door closed.
For activities that generate more forceful expired respiratory droplets such as singing, increased distance between individuals and engaging in these activities will occur outside.
Individual singers may practice alone indoors without a mask or with a single instructor present while indoors in a studio or practice room if both of them are masked. Increased distance between the singer and instructor is recommended.
Limited exchange (or sharing) of any instruments, parts, music sheets, or any other item is recommended.
Disposable absorbent pads to catch the contents of spit valves or water keys are used and discarded after use.
Students and instructors must wear face masks at all times when indoors.
Increased physical distance if the participants are enunciating
Limit, where possible, sharing of props, costumes, and wigs. If they must be shared, choose props, costumes and other materials that can be more easily disinfected. All props must be disinfected before first use on the set, and between uses by different actors
All shared clothing must be cleaned after each use.
All wigs or other shared prosthetics must be disinfected after each use.
Dressing rooms, green rooms, and production areas are cleaned using a disinfectant from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for COVID-19.
If possible, outdoor rehearsals and performances will be held.
Students and instructors must wear face masks at all times while indoors.
Masks may be removed briefly to drink water; during water breaks; and to maintain an increased distance from others while masks are removed.
Students are to limit their exertion to a level that is comfortable while wearing a face mask and to immediately take a break from exercise if they begin to experience any difficulty breathing. Masks may be briefly removed while a dancer rests and catches their breath as long as they move an appropriate distance from all others in the space. Masks should be changed if they become wet, if they stick to a person’s face, or if they obstruct breathing.
For activities that generate a greater volume of respiratory droplets such as heavy exertion, the distance between dancers will be increased and performed outdoors as possible.
Outdoor space will be used for practice and performances as much as possible.
COVID-19 vaccination is required for all eligible individuals within the residential life program including: students, residential life staff, faculty,and adults sharing the residence with these members.
Residential life students living in the same room are considered a “household cohort.”
Household cohort members, once fully vaccinated, do not need to wear masks or physically distance themselves when they are together without non-household cohort members nearby, unless someone in the household is ill.
If different “household cohorts” are using a shared indoor room when together, wearing a mask will be required, and healthy hygiene behaviors for everyone until fully vaccinated.
Non-residential components (e.g. in-person instruction) are governed by the guidelines as noted in this document.
Anyone who has been within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 cumulative minutes during the case’s infectious period (24 hours within two days of their developing symptoms) AND/OR an individual who had unprotected contact with the infected person’s body fluids and/or secretions, for example, being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without wearing appropriate protective equipment is a close contact.
Exposures will be reviewed by the health department to assess which persons need to quarantine.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others, and it helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick People in quarantine should stay home as directed in box above and:
separate themselves from others;
watch for symptoms of COVID-19;
follow directions from their state or local health department;
monitor themselves for symptoms until day 14; if they develop symptoms, they should contact their primary care provider (Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health Guidelines)
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected.
Anyone in isolation should:
stay in a specific room and stay away from other people in the home as much as possible; wear a mask if must be around others
use a separate restroom (if available).
Isolation ends when persons with COVID-19 symptoms have met the following criteria:
at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without fever-reducing medication AND
symptoms have improved
Isolation ends for a person who tested positive but never had symptoms:
10 days from the date their test was collected
We have updated our facilities to support safe and full in-person instruction while minimizing missed school days. Please see all that has been done, including signage, directional, classroom and office safety spacing requirements, ventilation, safety/cleaning supplies, daily evaluation before coming to campus (Magnus program and phone app) and so much more.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, a Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory, day and boarding school, educates young women for a life of faith, integrity, and truth.
Flintridge Sacred Heart admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, and athletic and other school-administered programs.