Updated Protocols

 
  • Masks are temporarily required inside campus buildings.
  • Hallways are to remain clear - no sitting or lounging.
  • Enhanced facilities cleaning procedures, including electrostatic sprayer, are ongoing,
  • HEPA filtration is being maintained in every classroom.
  • Outdoor eating is again encouraged.
 
  • Handwashing and the use of hand sanitizing stations are again being emphasized.
 

On-Campus Plan for Fall 2021

 
 
Dear St. Michael's Students and Families,
 
As we welcome you to the fall semester, our standing task force continues to monitor and consider guidance and recommendations from the various government and health agencies regarding on-campus learning. We review and update the practices and policies that served us well in response to the pandemic last year and remain in close contact with local independent school leaders and the Diocese of Austin.

The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff guide our decision-making. We are committed to on-campus learning. Our goal is to keep our students at school and to keep all of our sports and extracurricular activities operational throughout the year. We want to limit the instances of students and staff who need to stay out of school due to close contact quarantine. With that in mind, we are implementing a temporary indoor mask requirement for all students and staff. We will reevaluate conditions following the Labor Day holiday.  
 
The majority of our faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, and we encourage vaccination for all of our eligible community members. We will continue to conduct contact tracing and will keep the community informed regarding any positive cases of Covid-19 on campus. It remains important to notify health@smca.com if your child has a positive test. 

Heidi Sloan
Head of School
 
 

Adjusted Protocols

  •  Students and staff should self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms each day before coming to campus.
  • See Academic Plan below for details on students or staff needing to isolate or quarantine.
  • Lockers may be used.
  • Weekly Mass attendance in the chapel is on a virtual/in-person rotating basis with no more than 80 students at each indoor service.

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  • What is the academic plan if a student has to isolate or quarantine?

    We remain committed to on-campus learning; however, should a need for your student to quarantine arise, we want to assure you that we are prepared to support our students and their studies. With the following plan, it is our intention to help facilitate learning for our students while also taking into consideration the health and safety of our community. As always, we ask that you email health@smca.com to notify our nurse of a positive case or concern about exposure. 

    Academic Plan for Asynchronous Quarantine Learning
     

    1. Upon receiving confirmation of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case or a close contact quarantine situation, academic counselors will reach out to the student, the student’s parents, advisor, and the student’s teachers regarding the distance learning plan. 
    2. Teachers will provide the following:
      1. Asynchronous work to students who can continue coursework but are unable to attend school.  
      2. Asynchronous work may include not only assignments but other types of instructional delivery: video, recorded classes, or Zoom meetings with the teacher. 
      3. No tests or assessments will be taken at home unless they are a take-home assessment for the whole class.
      4. We will provide support to teachers and students as the need arises.
    3. Academic Counselors will reach out again between days three and seven to check in while a student is in quarantine to ensure that their academic needs are being met.
    4. Student Support Center staff will also help students manage any make-up assessments. They will also be available 1:1 via Zoom for any help with organization and planning. To set up a time to meet, please contact Suzanne Lara, Student Support Specialist, slara@smca.com.

    As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have to Stephanie Stewart, Humanities Chair, sstewart@smca.com or Roxanne Thurman, STEM Chair, rthurman@smca.com.

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  • What are the current guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine?

    Current Isolation and quarantine guidelines are as follows:

    Isolation Information for COVID-19 Positive Individuals

    The criteria for returning to activities after an individual tests positive are 24 hours with no fever, symptoms improved, and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.  

    Quarantine Information for Identified Close Contacts

    People who were fully vaccinated - or appropriately masked - or have had COVID-19 in the past three months do not need to quarantine
     after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, it is recommended that fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms.
     
    St. Michael's recommends following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Austin Public Health (APH) for unvaccinated individuals who have had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

    Current recommendations:
    • If your child was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you live with people who are at high risk for severe disease, your child should quarantine the full 14 days.  
    • If your child was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and does not live with people who are at high risk for severe disease, the recommendation for returning to activity is:
      • After day 10 following close contact exposure without testing or
      • After day 7 following close contact exposure AND after receiving a negative test result (administered at least 5 days after the last close contact).
    Please contact Neilia Bliss, RN, school nurse, nbliss@smca.com, with any questions or concerns regarding health matters.

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  • Are we able to attend athletic games and events in person?

    As we head into season play, we want to provide an update on Athletics COVID-19 guidelines and protocols so that we can all enjoy attending upcoming competitions safely. Please familiarize yourselves with our current practices.

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    All individuals are asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before they come to an athletic event. There is no formal documentation of the self-screen; however, we ask that you do not come to campus if you are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
    • Masks are optional at outdoor venues for all athletes, coaches and spectators.
    • Spectators are asked to practice social distancing and keep a minimum of 3-6 feet between households.
    • Masks are required for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while indoors.
    • Masks are recommended, but optional, for players on the court/actively engaged in game play.
    • Masks are required for players and coaches on the bench during indoor athletic competitions.
    • No locker rooms will be available for visitors.
    • All players (home and visitor) are asked to bring their own water bottles.
    • St. Michael’s fans are asked to sit on the home side (behind team benches) and all visitors should sit on the visitor side bleachers (across from team benches).
    • Currently, there is no limit on the number of spectators that can attend or tickets that can be purchased.
    • Spectators and student-athletes are required to leave campus immediately following the completion of the event.

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    Family of Families
3000 Barton Creek Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78735  (512) 328-2323
St. Michael's Catholic Academy is mindful of its mission to prepare the student holistically for leadership, service, and decision making consistent with Catholic values; and admit students of any race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the school. St. Michael's Catholic Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, age, or gender in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. St. Michael's Catholic Academy does not discriminate against students with special needs; a full range of services might not be available.