2021-22 COVID-19 Education Plan and Information

Update: Dec. 3

After reviewing current COVID-19 cases at BSM, as well as the internal capacity limitations related to contact tracing, we will continue current management protocols until Christmas break. Therefore, all students and adults will need to wear masks while in our school building through December 17. Please remind your students to bring their masks to school.

The goal of this decision is to provide optimal learning experiences for all students by keeping them in school rather than many students having to learn remotely right before Christmas. Additionally, it lessens the strain on BSM faculty and staff, allowing them to focus on student learning and instruction in the classrooms. 

Beginning Jan. 3, 2022, we will no longer be requiring masks for students, faculty, and staff. In addition, over break we will be examining the efficacy of our contact tracing procedures in comparison to other peer schools in an effort to improve the overall experience for our students and families. Any changes to this plan will be communicated prior to school resuming in January. 

Throughout the year, we have remained committed to following our core principles of keeping the learning experience as close to normal as possible; relying on school-specific transmission data to guide mitigation strategies; and allowing for flexibility as circumstances change. Our intent is to continue learning and improving the experience for our students while also supporting our faculty and staff as we navigate the ups and downs associated with COVID-19.

The COVID-19 response team will continue to work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to monitor case data and on-campus transmission rates, and we are in regular communication with other Catholic schools in the area about their experiences and COVID-19 protocols. 

For more information on current protocols and mitigation strategies review the BSM COVID-19 Dashboard below.

~ BSM COVID-19 response team
(comprised of administration and health services staff)

 

Update: Nov. 17 (pdf)


BSM's COVID-19 Education Plan and Information

BSM has established the following COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-22 school year, based on three principles:

  • Create a learning experience for students that is as close-to-normal as possible
  • Rely on school-specific transmission data to guide mitigation strategies
  • Allow for flexibility as circumstances change

Our COVID-19 response team will continue to work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to monitor case data and on-campus transmission rates as the school year progresses. Some portions of this plan could change as the situation evolves. 

We will keep parents and guardians informed of any significant updates. 

2021-22 Learning Model and Mask Policy

  • Students in grades 7-12 will learn in-person on campus each day.
  • All students and adults will need to wear masks while in our school building through Dec. 17.
  • Per transportation regulations established by the CDC, students will be required to wear masks while riding the bus. 
  • Students who test positive and are therefore required to quarantine will have the option to learn virtually. 
  • Unvaccinated students who come into close contact with someone who has tested positive will be required to quarantine for 7-10 days and will therefore also have the option to learn virtually. 

BSM's COVID-19 Dashboard

 Positive COVID-19 Cases
Aug. 31-Sept. 48
Sept. 5-110
Sept. 12-181
Sept. 19-251
Sept. 26-Oct. 20
Oct. 3-93
Oct. 10-161
Oct. 17-230
Oct. 24-301
Oct. 31-Nov. 65
Nov. 7-139
Nov. 14-206
Nov. 21-276
Nov. 28-Dec. 48

Attendance Guidelines

Students must stay home if they suspect they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Temperature over 100.4 degrees
  • Excessive coughing
  • Chills
  • Severe headache
  • Sore throat
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath

Parents and guardians must notify the school by contacting the main office at 952-927-4176 and filling out the attendance form if their student:

  • Has flu-like symptoms
  • Has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Is awaiting test results

If someone at BSM tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to leave campus until they have been cleared by their healthcare provider and have satisfied the 10-day quarantine requirement. BSM will notify MDH of each positive diagnosis. 

Athletics

  • BSM athletic teams will follow the guidance, rules, and regulations of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). Updates will be shared with athletes as information becomes available. 

Communications and Monitoring

The COVID-response team will actively monitor daily COVID-19 rates to ensure the safety of our community. 

  • BSM’s COVID-19 coordinator will notify MDH of each positive diagnosis. 
  • BSM will meet weekly with MDH regarding school transmission rates.
  • Families of students who come into close contact with someone who has tested positive at BSM – either in the classroom or during athletic events or other activities -- will be notified by BSM’s COVID-19 coordinator. 
  • Each week, COVID-19 case numbers will be updated on our website (see above).
  • Communitywide updates regarding our response to COVID-19 will be shared as necessary.

Quarantine Requirements 

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. Students and adults will be allowed to return to campus after they’ve been fever-free for 24 hours, and after the 10-day quarantine period has passed.
  • Unvaccinated students who come into close contact (defined as within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive will be required to quarantine for 7-10 days. Students will have the option to learn virtually during quarantine. 
  • Vaccinated students who come into close contact with a positive case will not be required to quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms. However, vaccinated students will be required to wear a mask indoors for 14 days unless a negative test result is received after exposure. 

Facilities and Daily Cleaning

  • A new HVAC and air-filtration system was installed in the summer of 2020. This system eliminates pathogens, odors, and particulates throughout campus.
  • Every classroom will be disinfected at the end of each school day.
  • Common areas and high-touch-point areas (light switches, doorknobs, classroom desks, etc.) will be cleaned daily. 
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant, facial tissues, gloves, and masks will be made available in multiple locations.

Mitigation Strategies

  • Strong vaccination rates among the student body.
  • Close contact tracing and quarantining when appropriate in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Face coverings encouraged for anyone indoors; required while riding the bus.
  • Students with illnesses are encouraged to stay home when sick.
  • Regular hydrostatic cleaning of learning spaces and high-touch surfaces.
  • Upgraded ventilation system installed in 2020.
  • Students are given regular handwashing and respiratory etiquette reminders.

Vaccination Policy

  • BSM strongly recommends every eligible student get the vaccine. It is the strongest line of defense against COVID-19.
  • Parents and guardians are asked to please email BSM School Nurse Stacy Zitzloff when their student has completed the vaccination cycle.

Visitors

  • Visitors will be allowed on campus per BSM’s standard safety procedures and protocols. 
Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19? 

  • If someone at BSM tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to leave campus and quarantine according to the guidelines established by MDH. 
  • Current guidelines require anyone who tests positive to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. Students will be able to learn vitually during their quarantine, and will be allowed to return to the classroom after they’ve been fever-free for 24 hours, and after the 10-day quarantine period has passed.

Will distance learning be an option in 2021-22?

  • Only students who have tested positive for COVID-19 – or those who have been asked to quarantine by MDH due to close contact with a positive case – will be allowed to learn virtually. 

Will families of students who come into close contact with a positive case be informed?

  • Yes. Families of students who come into close contact with someone who has tested positive at BSM – either in the classroom or during athletic events or other activities -- will be notified by BSM’s COVID-19 coordinator.