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—March 2022

For the remainder of the school year, unless otherwise advised by the Minnesota Department of Health, DeLaSalle High School is issuing guidelines regarding masking requirements that will be based on student overall absence rates, related to COVID-19. Masking will be determined based on the average absence rate on a per-week basis. DeLaSalle will follow the criteria below when considering masking:

Red – If the average absence rate due to COVID is greater than 5% DeLaSalle will require all students, educators, and guests to wear a mask during the school day and at all indoor school events.

Gold – If the average rate due to COVID is greater than 2% but less than 5% DeLaSalle will strongly recommend students, educators, and guests to wear a mask during the school day and at all indoor school events.

Green – If the average rate due to COVID is less than 2% DeLaSalle will permit masks to be optional for students, educators, and guests during the school day and at all indoor school events.

DeLaSalle is currently in code GREEN. Attendance data will be reviewed at the end of each week and any change in practice will be announced in our weekly emailed newsletter blast.

 

—February 2022

As the calendar turns to February, we are grateful for your partnership to keep our community healthy as we continue full in-person learning for all students. There were a few days in early-January with higher than usual absentee rates due to Covid-19 and the Omicron variant, but in the past ten days we are experiencing typical mid-winter rates of 95-97 percent students healthy and in class each day and we have only two active Covid-19 cases at this time. Of course, we will continue to evaluate throughout the coming weeks, but we understand the academic and social-emotional benefits of having students and staff together on campus, not only in classes but also in community with one another.

In light of all the available data and the trends we are seeing, the Pandemic Response Team met again this week and has decided to roll back a few of the measures taken a month ago.

Effective Monday, February 7, the following changes will occur:

Lunches
Students will be once again ALL join together in the Florance Center for lunch each day, reconnecting the entire community in the same space for prayer and friendship during the meal. We thank the students, teachers and lunch proctors for their adaptive and cooperative efforts during the past five weeks while we temporarily turned the LL Gray gym into a second lunchroom for half of our students each lunch period.

Assemblies
Should there be a need for an all-school assembly in coming weeks, we are in a position to return to the first semester practice of the entire community gathering in one location.

Activities and Sporting Events
Spectator attendance will NOT be limited, BUT masks will still be required for all spectators. Per the temporary Minneapolis guidelines, we will continue with the practice of no concessions at on campus events.

 

The following protocols and recommendations stay in place as ongoing assessment occurs; thank you for helping our community work together in support of each other’s health and well-being.

Vaccination
COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended to everyone eligible, and we encourage anyone eligible to seek a third booster dose, as well. The CDC has now approved the booster shot vaccine against COVID-19 for ages 12-17.

Reporting COVID symptoms, exposure, or positive test results
Please use THIS FORM to report an instance of COVID (symptoms, exposure, positive test result). After reading the introductions, click on the NEXT button in the lower left corner to get to the input form.

Symptomatic Individuals
Per school policy since last year, any individual who exhibits symptoms should not attend school or onsite activities. If someone develops symptoms while onsite, they are to report to the Main Office to be evaluated and possibly make arrangements to return home.

Masks
Masks will continue to be mandatory until further notice. It is imperative all students wear masks correctly throughout the day, meaning that both the nose and mouth are covered at all times other than while eating lunch.

Academic Support While in Quarantine Due to COVID-19
If a student is absent due to quarantine from COVID-19 and would like to observe class, students need to contact their teacher via email to make arrangements before the day they wish to observe. Not every class will be observable, since it is dependent on the lesson and class activity at a particular time. Even though students are observing, they are still considered in a Medically Excused status.

— January 2022

DeLaSalle’s objective is to continue full in-person learning. Of course, we will continue to evaluate throughout the coming weeks, but we understand the academic and social-emotional benefits of having students and staff together on campus. To continue operating at full capacity and to do so as safely as possible, the following measures will be implemented throughout January.

Reporting COVID symptoms, exposure, or positive test results
Please use THIS FORM to report an instance of COVID (symptoms, exposure, positive test result).  After reading the introductions, click on the NEXT button in the lower left corner to get to the input form.

Symptomatic Individuals
Per school policy since last year, any individual who exhibits symptoms should not attend school or onsite activities. If someone develops symptoms while onsite, they are to report to the Main Office to be evaluated and possibly make arrangements to return home.

Masks
Masks will continue to be mandatory until further notice. It is imperative all students wear masks correctly throughout the day, meaning that both the nose and mouth are covered at all times other than while eating lunch.

Lunches
Students will be spread out to two different spaces for lunches. For the month of January, 9th and 10th grade students will eat in the Florance Center. 11th and 12th grade students will eat in the LL Gray Gym. Students will continue to eat at round tables.

Assemblies
A pause will be placed on all-school assemblies. We will limit any gathering that is necessary to a grade level only.

Activities and Sporting Events
All activity participants will be required to wear masks at all times in indoor settings, including practices and competitions. Spectator attendance will be limited, and masks will be required. We will allow three spectators per participant in the Main Gym, and one spectator per participant in the LL Gray Gym. This applies for DeLaSalle participants as well as for participants from other schools. There will be no concession sales at athletic contests until further notice.

Academic Support While in Quarantine Due to COVID-19
If a student is absent due to quarantine from COVID-19 and would like to observe class, students need to contact their teacher via email to make arrangements before the day they wish to observe. Not every class will be observable, since it is dependent on the lesson and class activity at a particular time. Even though students are observing, they are still considered in a Medically Excused status.

Testing
DeLaSalle will continue with random weekly COVID testing. Thank you to those families who have filled out the forms from the email that was sent from the Midwest Coordination Center “MCC.”  If you have not done so already and would like your child to be eligible for testing, please access your MCC account and complete both consent forms.

Vaccination
COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended to everyone eligible, and we encourage anyone eligible to seek a third booster dose, as well. The CDC has now approved the booster shot vaccine against COVID-19 for ages 12-17.

— August 2021

The health and well-being of each member of the DeLaSalle community remains our highest priority and continues to guide our planning and response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic has changed how we interact with each other and conduct school. But it has not shaken our mission to provide a relevant educational experience, rooted in Gospel values, for our students. In fact, the pandemic has strengthened our ties as a community and allowed us to respond, as we have for more than 120 years, with compassion and concern for each individual. The resources below will help each of us understand how we can safely engage with each other in the DeLaSalle community.

Through collaborative input, DeLaSalle has created a Pandemic Preparedness Plan that addresses the health and safety needs of our employees, students, and community.

DeLaSalle’s pandemic response is coordinated through a Pandemic Planning Task Force, which continues to meet and is composed of faculty, staff, administrators, and Board of Trustees leadership. As we have done since March 2020, the Pandemic Planning Task Force regularly evaluates the school’s response and modifies DeLaSalle’s response plan as needed. The Task Force discusses local recommendations made by the Minnesota Department of Health based on transmission rates. DeLaSalle used similar information last year that helped guide administration through the school year and to avoid any disruptive outbreaks.

Our planning is guided by the latest science and recommendations from public officials, including the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). School offices will create more specific guidance for their departments, activities, and circumstances as needed. It is important that each member of the DeLaSalle community familiarize themselves with the plan and the actions it requires.

 

DeLaSalle has developed a Pandemic Preparedness Plan, which is guided by the recommendations of local, state, and federal public health officials and governing bodies like the Minnesota State High School League.

To keep our DeLaSalle community informed, we are providing a list below of lab-confirmed onsite COVID-19 exposure dates reported at DeLaSalle. In each situation, we have worked to identify whether there were individuals that would qualify as close contacts for exposure to COVID-19. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of the infected individual for more than 15 minutes. If any close contacts were identified in these situations, they were notified individually. If you were not identified as a close contact, the risk of exposure to you on these dates is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community.

Reported Exposures with Category
January 19 and 21….School
January 18-21….School
January 17….School and Co-Curricular
January 17-20….School
January 17-19….Co-Curricular
January 17-19….School and Co-Curricular
January 17-18….School
January 17-19….School
January 11-19….School
January 13-17….School and Co-Curricular
January 10-17….School
January 11-13…School
January 10-12….School
January 10-13….School
January 10-12….School
January 10-12….School
January 10-11….School
January 11….School
January 10….School
January 7….School
January 5-7….School and Co-curricular
January 3-7….School and Co-curricular
January 6-7….School
January 5-7….School
January 4-6….Co-Curricular
January 4-6….School
January 3-6….School
January 3-6….School
January 3-5….School
January 3-5….School
January 3-5….School
January 3-5….School
January 3-4….School
January 3-4….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School and Co-curricular
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
January 3….School
December 16-17….School
December 13-18….School and Co-curricular
December 14-21….School and Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 17-21….School and Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 15-21….School and Co-curricular
December 16-21….School and Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 18-23….Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 22-23….Co-curricular
December 17-22….Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 21-22….Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 20-23….Co-curricular
December 20-22….Co-curricular
December 20-23….Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 20-23….Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 14-17….School
December 20-23….School
December 22….Co-curricular
December 21-22….Co-curricular
December 27-31….Co-curricular
December 16-17….School and Co-curricular
December 22….Co-curricular
December 15-18….School and Co-curricular
December 13-15….School
December 13-15….School
December 22….School
November 29-December 6….School
November 29-December 6….School
November 29-December 3….School and Co-curricular
November 28-30….School
November 29-30….School and Co-curricular
November 22-23….School
November 22-23….School
November 22…. School
November 22-29….School
November 22-30….School and Co-curricular
November 22…. School
November 16-17….School
November 4-6….School and Co-curricular
October 29-November 2….School and Co-curricular
October 29-November 3….School
October 29-November 2….School
October 18-19….School
October 22….School
October 11-12….School
October 22….School
October 4-6….School
September 27-October 1….School
September 21-27….School and Co-curricular
September 20-24….School and Co-curricular
September 20-23….School
September 22….School
August 30-31….School
August 30-31….School
August 24-27….School and Co-curricular

We remind the DeLaSalle community that everyone can take steps to minimize the spread of illness by following our Pandemic Preparedness Plan.

  • If you or anyone in your household is sick, stay home.
  • If you or anyone in your household is waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test, stay home.
  • Additionally, we recommend that you frequently clean all commonly touched surfaces (e.g. telephones, doorknobs, countertops, etc.).
  • If symptoms develop, stay home and consult with your physician to determine if medical evaluation is needed. If you are experiencing symptoms or have any concerns about COVID-19 exposure, please contact DeLaSalle’s Health Services Coordinator to provide your family with individualized guidance for school-related activities.

Masks are a helpful tool in preventing the spread of the respiratory droplets that carry coronavirus. We thank everyone for their cooperation wearing masks last school year. Per current guidelines for schools in Minnesota, those who wear masks would not have to quarantine even if exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (the exceptions are students engaged in music or physical education). A quarantine is required for those who are unmasked and exposed to a positive case. It is important to use every measure to continue full in person learning throughout the school year.

Starting on Monday, August 16, we will open the school year requiring masks for everyone while inside the school building. Please ensure that the mask fits properly over your nose and mouth. Masks may be removed to eat or drink, but should be worn at all other times.

The U.S. Department of Transportation already requires anyone riding a school bus or van to wear a well-fitted face mask. Thank you for cooperating with the requirement on vehicles operated by Northstar Bus Lines or DeLaSalle Transportation.

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) issued their current COVID recommendations just yesterday; the MSHSL encourages mask use for individuals who are not engaged in active participation or competition on the sidelines and in bleachers.

As mentioned earlier, this is the plan to open the school year. The Pandemic Planning Taskforce will regularly evaluate DeLaSalle’s mask requirement, always in relation with other mitigation strategies, and we will continuously determine what is the best course of action.

Thank you to the many in our community who have already received their COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccines are the best defense against COVID-19 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination for all who are 12 years or older. It is entirely likely that the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) will set a requirement for all students in all schools to receive a COVID vaccine within the next several weeks, in the same context as vaccines are required for polio, measles, etc.

Please check with your local healthcare provider or the Minnesota Vaccine Connector to obtain a vaccination.

DeLaSalle used several mitigation strategies in the 2020-21 school year which proved effective in preventing the secondary transmission of COVID-19 on campus. We will continue to use many of the same strategies as we begin the 2021-22 school year. Each strategy contributes to reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission onsite, and when multiple strategies are layered, this creates a lower risk environment which will keep students, faculty, staff, and families safer than using only one or no mitigation measures.

From consultation with multiple health professionals, we know that good ventilation is key to providing a safe environment during the pandemic — from physically being outside to bringing clean outside air into indoor spaces and venting filtered inside air out of our buildings. We are confident that all three of our classroom buildings now offer exceptional air exchange and air quality each day.

As returning families know, during the 2020-21 school year, DeLaSalle upgraded the HVAC system in the B Building to match the systems already in place in the A and D buildings and provide exceptional air flow and ventilation in classrooms and offices. The project included the installation of a bipolar ionization system as well as several outside air systems and rooftop units, which help to circulate fresh air and remove harmful particles from the building.

We are pleased to report that, as part of our upgrade, the B building is now fully air conditioned. The AC will provide relief in classrooms and the Florance Center on hot days at the beginning and end of the school year.

We encourage everyone to continue practicing physical distancing as much as possible this year. Keeping a safe space between yourself and other people will help reduce the risk of exposure and limit the number of close contacts when someone is infected with COVID-19.

The hand sanitation stations that we deployed throughout classrooms and common spaces on campus will remain for the 2021-22 school year. Hand washing and sanitation are easy steps we can take to help prevent the spread of disease and we encourage everyone to sanitize their hands each time they enter and leave a space.

Regular classroom attendance is important for students to learn and engage in their courses. But, it is even more important that students stay home if they are sick to avoid spreading their illness to others. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must stay home. Those with a positive test and no symptoms must stay home for at least 10 days. Those with a positive test and symptoms must stay home until your symptoms are better and you have not had a fever for 24 hours. Even students who display symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, or fever should remain home. A parent or guardian must report an absence by calling (612) 676-7600 or emailing mainoffice@delasalle.com.

Students and families participating in onsite activities are encouraged to seek regular COVID-19 testing as a form of screening for illness. By testing regularly, these COVID-19 diagnostic tests turn into a screening and surveillance tool, to help individuals, families, and the school be more vigilant and assist in tracking any potential COVID-19 transmission. Getting a COVID-19 test is quick and easy and you can access free community testing locations (in addition to the free at-home testing kits). You can also seek testing from your healthcare provider or many pharmacies. Please note, individuals are not required to stay home while waiting for the result of a COVID-19 test if it was taken in a screening capacity, but must stay home if testing is due to symptoms or COVID-19 exposure.

Partnership with Midwest COVID-19 Testing Coordination Center

DeLaSalle is excited to partner with the Midwest COVID-19 Testing Coordination Center on a new COVID-19 testing program!

Starting October 27, testing will occur on campus on Wednesdays. Students who have opted in (with parental consent) will be randomly selected to be tested. The test uses a newer, painless nasal swab. To help test more students and staff, most nasal swabs will be tested in batches or “pools” of 10 swabs that are tested as a batch. The individual test result is available within a day and students and parents may view the result by creating an account.

Parents should check their email inbox for a message from donotreply@testedandprotected.org with the subject line “Midwest Coordination Center Invitation” with instructions about how to create an account. Please contact info@testedandprotected.org if you have any questions.

All students must review the “Student” section of the Pandemic Preparedness Plan.

  • Expectations
    • Monitor your health: Complete your home-based health screening every day and stay home when you are ill or have had contact with someone who had COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test.
    • Wash your hands: Always wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating. Regularly sanitize your hands when coming into contact with high-touch areas or shared items.
    • Support your community: Be kind and help others. Now is the time to serve your community!
  • Activities
    All of DeLaSalle’s activities will comply with the health and safety protocols outlined in the Pandemic Preparedness Plan. This means that some activities will be offered onsite, while others will be offered remotely. More on the Student Activities webpage.

DeLaSalle has implemented the following protocol for students who have COVID-19 symptoms or close contact with confirmed COVID-19 individual.

Covid chart

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, were exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus, or tested positive for the virus yourself, please stay at home to begin a recommended 14-day quarantine and complete this survey. DeLaSalle health and administrative staff will follow up with you after you submit your survey to determine next steps.

Students who are quarantined should communicate their absence to their teachers and discuss how they will make up any missed assignments or work. A student or family may request a shortened quarantine period if they can provide documentation of a COVID-19 vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 test through this online documentation tool. DeLaSalle health or administrative staff will follow up and communicate whether the student is eligible for a shortened quarantine. Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine if they do not have symptoms, but proof must be submitted through this survey or directly to DeLaSalle health or administrative staff.

A student may not return to on-campus learning until they are cleared by a school administrator.

We want to hear from you! Please direct your questions/comments here and we will send them to the appropriate person who can answer your questions.

DeLaSalle administration, staff and counselors recognize the myriad emotions our students and families may be experiencing because of the pandemic.

It is important to recognize that students will react in various ways to the things going on in their environment. Some of these reactions include: behavioral changes, anger, anxiety, distress, and unusual sleep patterns. DeLaSalle counselors understand the importance of social, emotional and mental health support during these times of unrest. Counselors will be available to provide support both on campus and virtually. In addition to supporting our students and families, we will continue sending information and resources to best support our community.