COVID-19 Response Plan

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.

List of 18 frequently asked questions.

  • Vaccination

    • 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 
      • Residential Life Program
      • Adults and students attending overnight retreats,
      • Athletic tournaments requiring overnight accommodation 
      • Any school sponsored, co-curricular event requiring overnight accommodations (eg Speech & Debate Tournaments beyond a commuting distance). 
    • Flintridge Sacred Heart has a partnership with VHH to connect faculty, staff, students and families to COVID-19 vaccination opportunities.  
    • Flintridge Sacred Heart has promoted accurate vaccine information through formal and informal channels, including educating and training students, faculty and staff to understand vaccine science.
  • Face Coverings

    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.
  • Testing

    • 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.
    • Testing sites can be found at:
    • Testing resources also include: Personal Healthcare Providers
    Access appointments for free testing in LA County.
  • Physical Distancing

    • Measures to promote physical distancing of students will be implemented.
      • Directional signage to avoid crowding in the halls and on stairways.
      • Classroom furniture is set up to maximize distance between students and between students and teachers.
      • Increased distance as much as possible during times of eating and drinking and mask is off.
    • Use of Flintridge Sacred Heart facilities for non-school purposes is permitted.
  • Ventilation

    • Doors and windows remain open during the school day if feasible and as outdoor conditions permit.
    • Existing fire codes requiring closure of fire-rated doors will be respected.
    • Direct fans above the heads of individuals.
    • Air purifiers are used in rooms with poor natural ventilation.
    • Meals to be eaten outside, as feasible.
  • Symptom Screening

    • 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.
    • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who report symptoms at any point during the school day will report to the School Nurse to determine whether the individual should be excused from the facility according to Screening and Exposure Decision Pathways for Symptomatic Persons and Contacts of Potentially Infected Persons at Educational Ins
    • 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
  • Staying Home While Sick

    • Individuals are directed to stay home when sick and be tested.
    • Follow the strategy for Staying Home when Sick and Getting Tested from the CDC.
    • Getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent possible spread at school.
    • Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 infection will be advised not to return for in-person instruction until they have met LACDPH/CDPH criteria to return to school for those with symptoms:
      • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND
      • Other symptoms have improved; AND
      • They have either: 
        • a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, 
    OR
    • a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) 
    OR
    • a healthcare provider has provided documentation of a confirmed alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), 
    OR
    • at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.
    • Note: Documentations should be submitted directly to the school nurse prior to the return to campus. 
    Students, faculty, staff or visitors who report symptoms at any point during the school day will report to the School Nurse to determine whether the individual should be excused from the facility according to Screening and Exposure Decision Pathways for Symptomatic Persons and Contacts of Potentially Infected Persons at Educational Ins
  • Cleaning & Disenfecting

    • Facility crew members perform daily cleaning of all areas and frequently touched surfaces. 
    • Ventilation is maximized during cleaning and disinfecting to the extent feasible.
    • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of School premises is done when students are not at school, with adequate time to let spaces air out before the start of the school day.
    • Drinking fountains are permitted. Flintridge Sacred Heart encourages the use of refillable water bottles with filling stations located on the campus.
    Facility crew members will clean AND disinfect spaces that have been occupied by a COVID-19 positive individual within the last 24 hours using a disinfectant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 list.
  • Hand Hygeine

    • Students, faculty and staff are taught and reinforced to wash hands or use hand sanitizer, avoid contact with one's eyes, nose, and mouth, and to cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Hand hygiene is promoted throughout the day.
    • Signage is posted throughout the school reminding students, faculty and staff on the use of handwashing.
    • Restrooms are stocked with adequate supplies of soap, tissues and no-touch trash cans. 
    Hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol is in all classrooms, offices and high traffic areas.
  • Food Services

    • All individuals will eat outdoors physically distanced as feasible. 
    • Surfaces will be cleaned frequently.
    • Students will line up to pick up food, on markings used to promote distance between students. 
    • Vaccinated volunteers will be assigned during meals to maintain distancing.
    • Meals eaten in the dining hall will accommodate space between tables and chairs to maintain distance between individuals. 
    • There is no need to limit food service approaches to single use items and packaged meals.
  • Visitors

    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.
  • Transportation

    • Passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school transportation.
    • Open or crack windows if doing so does not pose a safety risk to improve air circulation.
    • Physical distancing of students on school buses will be encouraged.
    • Buses are thoroughly cleaned daily and disinfected after transporting any individual who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Bus drivers are equipped with disinfectant wipes and disposable gloves to support disinfection of surfaces as needed during the day.
  • Physical Education Classes

    • PE classes will be held outdoors as much as possible and will select activities that allow students to physically distance from one another.
    • All PE classes held indoors will require students to wear masks except when drinking water.
    • Locker rooms will be monitored with faculty supervision.
  • Performing Arts

    Music
    •  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.

    Theater classes  
    • 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. 
    • Performances will follow Best Practices for Large Events recommendations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

    Dance classes 

    •  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.
  • Boarding/Residential Life

    • 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.
  • Close Contact

    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 & Isolation

    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
    Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected. 
     
    Anyone in isolation should: 
    • stay home
    • 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


Facilities Updates

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.

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